This past week, the end of season two brought the Big 3 a step closer.
Power outlasted 3’s Company, 51-43, in front of 13,000 fans at the Barclays Center this past Friday, the same venue where the league held its inaugural event in June of 2017. The game followed the consolation contest, where the 3-Headed Monsters narrowly defeated Tri-State, 52-49.
“These type of games help the league get better, and I think today’s game showed why the league is going to make it,” said 3-Headed Monster head coach and basketball Hall of Famer Gary Payton after a closely contested consolation match-up.
The Monsters are also led by former NBA Most Improved Player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, who hit the game-winning three, and two-time NBA All-Star Rashard Lewis.
Power held the distinction of being the only team led by a woman in current Sacramento Kings assistant and Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman, who was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Far Rockaway.
Lieberman earned league Coach of the Year honors, and was praised by her players at the championship presser for the team led by league MVP Corey Maggette.
This breaks all barriers where a man is supposed to coach men, but Nancy did a phenomenal job. I’m just really thankful,” said the 14-year NBA veteran, who had two pulled hamstrings one week before the championship, and had recently returned to action from a torn Achilles.
The team also included Quentin Richardson, Cuttino Mobley, Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Chris “Birdman” Andersen, Ryan Gomes and Xavier Silas.
“It’s not just about the coach,” Lieberman added. “It’s about the coach allowing the players to have input. This is a players league and you have to allow your players to express themselves.”
Davis, known to be a vibrant personality with a tendency to be outspoken, was very expressive as each member of the team discussed their road to the title, which is still a significant achievement for this collection of former NBA professionals, some of whom accomplished great things during length careers.
“I’ve been going through a lot of things lately that is just not who I am,” said Davis, who had been arrested on drug possession and distribution charges in May, one month before the season began.
“[Ice] Cube and Clyde [Drexler] stuck by me, they knew who I was as a person,” he added. “This Big 3 organization, the camaraderie, the people, the love, it’s a great thing. As long as I’ll play a damn basketball game I’ll be in the Big 3 for sure.”