BIG3 basketball gets season underway in return to Las Vegas

BIG3 basketball ice cube Las Vegas

For the first time since 2017, BIG3 basketball visited Las Vegas and hosted a combine at Tarkanian Academy to officially get its season underway.

Many things have changed in the city since the league was last in Vegas and founder and hip hop legend, and actor, Ice Cube gives his thoughts on why the city is so ready for sports now more than ever. 

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“It’s great to be in Vegas,” Ice Cube said. “We came here our first year. We had our combine and our draft and Vegas welcomed us. We had our championship here. So to be able to come back, you know, in our fourth year and have our combine here and then do most of our season in Vegas, man, it’s a great feeling.”

BIG3 workouts visit other cities too

This is the BIG3 league’s third open workout this preseason. After the league made visits to Dallas, and Washington, DC in late May, over 100 athletes showed up to show their skills in hopes of landing a spot on the roster. Brian Scalabrini talks about his experience at the combine and during the pandemic shutdown.

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“Yeah. It’s hard to find run and, and, uh, unless you’ve got underground places, people are just aren’t opening up,” Scalabrini said about finding a place to workout. “I feel like the last month or so everybody, everything has been picking up and we’ve been getting back into the gym, and then it’ll be interesting this off-season.”

The BIG3 will host games at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, beginning July 10th. Information on how to get tickets will be released later in June at reporters Michael Howard and David Stepanian contributed to this report.