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Ice Cube's Big3 League Impresses With Brooklyn Debut

This is the start of something special.

The Big3 landed in New York Sunday (June 25) and was met with positive reviews as it showcased the good, the bad and surreal moments only a game so unique could conjure up.

Nearly 15,000 paying customers (kids 13 and under with a paying adult got in free) packed the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, donning throwback jerseys and even Big3 apparel to take in the quadruple header of rugged old-school basketball.

The inaugural Big3 match up will go down as a season one classic between the Ghost Ballers and Three-Headed Monsters. Games were way more physical than expected, so the officials will have to clean that up moving forward. If you are a fan of early 2000's basketball this game is for you, post play, hand-checking and trash talking were present in all of the contests.

After Ricky Davis gave the Ghost Ballers a 60-59 lead (this is first to 60 but win by 2), Rashard Lewis drove the lane and nailed a tough bucket while he was fouled and sank a free throw for his 27th point and to power the Three-Headed Monsters their first win 62-60. Kwame Brown also played really well down low as he and Lewis drew smaller defenders. The former number one overall pick finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds. One aspect that could be a downfall for the league were was injuries., as guys are getting older. Jason "White Chocolate" Williams went down early in the second half for the Monsters with a non-contact knee injury and Sports Illustrated reports he will miss 6-8 months.

There was an overwhelming amount of positive energy in the stadium, even though fans and players didn't really know what to expect.

A star-studded cast of celebrities also made appearances court-side for the afternoon action. James Harden, D'Angelo Russell, LL Cool J, Lou Williams, Paul Pierce and Whoopi Goldberg were on hand to add mystique to the league's debut. Maybe next season retired players like Pierce will be suiting up for one of the eight Big3 teams. Ice Cube has to be pleased with the venture's start. The onslaught of all star guest was also a fitting match for its half-time talent Fabolous, who gave a rousing performance in his native borough.

Game 2 featured another thrilling classic between Power and Tri-State which went down to the wire. Former Washington Wizard and fan-favorite DeShawn Stevenson lead the Power to victory with 20 points while drilling the game-winning three pointer, sending the crowd into a frenzy after the 62-58 final. Corey Maggette went down with a knee injury for Power forcing 41-year-old Cuttino Mobley into extended playing time down the stretch. Former NBA All-Star Jermaine O'Neal looked like he still had all the moves, out there pouring in 16 points for Tri-State but it was not enough.

Then came the main attraction–the return of Allen Iverson. It was a sight to behold as the Barclays Center erupted when his name was called. His game however, was very underwhelming as The Answer only had one bucket in 9 minutes of playing time, but the player-coach's squad 3's Company was victorious thanks to Andre Owens 20 point effort 61-51, as both teams struggled to put the ball in the basket shooting a combined 32%.

Post-game Iverson addressed the media saying, "You get goosebumps in that atmosphere because you get flashbacks but you know these guys have been playing everyday, while I have been retired for almost 7 years."

By this point, the air had been taken out of the arena and many of the fans made their way toward the exits as the five and a half hour event came to a close. Trilogy ousted Killer 3's who were without team captain Chauncey Billups, as he continues to negotiate a deal to make him the Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager 60-45. League first overall pick Rashad McCants, and former Knicks Al Harrington and James White did the heavy lifting for Trilogy as team captain Kenyon Martin left the game with a hamstring pull, which he calls "the first in his entire basketball career," said K-Mart post-game.

The successful week one came to a close in Brooklyn, making a historic positive first step for Ice Cube and the Big 3. Next Sunday (July 2), the league makes it’s one and only trip to Charlotte, North Carolina at the Spectrum Center, as games will now be played to 50 instead of 60 to shorten the duration of each match up. Fans in the area should not miss the affordable experience and day of basketball and fun.

Check out more information on the Big3 here.

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Cam Newton Says Practicing Celibacy Has Made His Mind Stronger

It might be the offseason for Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, but that doesn't mean the game is over just yet. Part of his time off includes engaging in self-made challenges and this month, the athlete has decided not to get down in the bedroom.

The fashionable athlete shared the details behind his challenges on The Late Late Show with James Corden. The 29-year-old broke down his twist on New Year's resolutions with his latest challenge possibly taking the cake for being the hardest thus far.

"Every month I try to challenge myself in many, different ways," the Atlanta native started. He pledged to veganism for the month of February and dedicated the third month of the year to nothing less than chastity. "And then March, I hope this is an adult crowd — it looks like it is — no climax."

Newton's revelation was met by exclaims from the crowd and of course from Corden himself. "It's challenging," the father of three responded. "For me, doing certain things that challenge me in the off-season that I can't necessarily do, so now when the season comes along it makes my mind stronger; I feel like if I go back and I say "I did those things," I'm mentally stronger."

Newton subtly teased the notion of celibacy on his Instagram account earlier this month with a photo of a flower.

Some of his challenges have stuck around longer than a month, like his journey with veganism. We can only wonder what challenges April will bring.

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Ex-Basketball Player, Cliff Dixon, Killed While Celebrating His Birthday

Cliff Dixon, former basketball player and Kevin Durant’s longtime friend, was fatally shot in an Atlanta strip mall Wednesday (March 20), while celebrating his 32nd birthday.

According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Dixon had just arrived at SL Lounge when he was shot multiple times in the parking lot. He was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where he died from his injuries. Police responded to the incident at around 1 a.m. The gunman fled the scene by foot and remains on the loose, Fox 5 reports.

Dixon turned 32 earlier in the week. His final post was promoting his birthday bash.

 

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We litty tonight @slloungeatl come catch the vibe

A post shared by Cliff Dixon (@cldtoon) on Mar 20, 2019 at 4:21pm PDT

A native of Maryland, Dixon attended Suitland High School where he first met Durant, whose mother ended up taking him in when he was 16 years old. After graduating high school, Dixon attended community college before transferring to Western Kentucky University where he played basketball for two seasons. In 2014, Dixon headed overseas to play ball in Austria.

Durant saw Dixon an “adopted brother. The NBA player's mother, Wanda Durant, extended “deepest condolences & prayers to Dixon’s mother, siblings, friends and loved ones, in a heartfelt statement on Twitter Thursday (March 21). “Our family was an extension of his & we shared wonderful memories. His transition is an incredible loss for all of us who loved him, he will be missed dearly.”

The Durant family extends our deepest condolences & prayers to Cliff’s mother, siblings, family & friends. Our family was an extension of his & we shared wonderful memories. His transition is an incredible loss for all of us who loved him, he will be missed dearly #CliffDixon RIP pic.twitter.com/QuIRt0hIIu

— Wanda Durant (@MamaDurant) March 21, 2019

Dixon was most recently linked to reality star Erica Mena, but the pair split last year. Mena joined Meek Mill, Dave East, and a chorus of others in posting tributes to Dixon on social media.

Read the dedications below.

 

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Damn that’s fucked up @cldtoon rip! Y’all 2 guys showed me nothing but love since we met! #restwellprime I had some good nights with yall! 🤞🏾🤞🏾

A post shared by Meek Mill (@meekmill) on Mar 21, 2019 at 10:02am PDT

 

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I Can’t think of no memories with @easymoneysniper or @tdurant And u wasn’t there. We been cool since like 16-17 years old 🤦🏽‍♂️U was just in my session in Atlanta listening to my album this shit super wacc!!!! Rest in heavenly peace bro u ain’t deserve whatever happen to u all we talked about was ball bitches and gettin to it!!!! God bless you cuzo real shit 🙏🏽 @cldtoon @akbar__v hold ya head I know y’all was close ✊🏾

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#EricaMena speaks on the passing of her ex, #CliffordDixon. We're sending our deepest condolences to his loved ones 🙏🏾

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Better days.

Rest In Peace, Cliff Dixon. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/p8Q8UwvRVZ

— Timeless Sports (@timelesssports_) March 21, 2019

Rest In Peace to Cliff Dixon who was killed in Atlanta, GA early this morning celebrating his birthday 😔 pic.twitter.com/n4A0e4SXh5

— DC Maryland Virginia (@DMVFollowers) March 21, 2019

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Kobe Bryant Encourages LeBron James To "Keep Pushing" Despite Rocky Season

Following the Los Angeles Lakers' up-and-down season, former purple and gold player Kobe Bryant offered encouraging words to the team and its newcomer, LeBron James.

On an episode of ESPN's Get Up with Mike Greenberg, Bryant said the string of injuries plagued the West Coast franchise. "It's unfortunate because they got hit with so many injuries in rapid succession," he said. "When they were rolling they were playing very well, exceeding people's expectations. Then they got hit with all these injuries, kind of set them back, knocked them off of kilter a little bit. It's hard to reboot that."

"Seasons like this are what make the championships worth it.”

[email protected] on LeBron and the Lakers pic.twitter.com/RyqA6myggd

— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) March 20, 2019

Greenberg then went on to ask if the 20-year vet has any advice to offer James, who joined the legendary franchise in 2018. "Oh, you just got to keep pushing," Bryant said honestly. "Seasons like this are what make the championships worth it."

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