Are You Buying Into The BIG3?

It's hard to determine whether or not the BIG3 is a success. The league is populated by guys that are so far over the hill that they've seemingly sailed into the horizon. But whether you call it a side-show or not, you can't deny the financial return that the tournament has been making.

The one thing that everyone can agree on is that they care about the BIG3, and that's sometimes all you need.

Those that take the BIG3 too seriously need to be reminded that, at its core, the whole production is about fun. They play music during the games while an announcer blares over the action constantly (almost incessantly). On the court, however, are all the stars of yesterday that we know, love and hate. From Allen Iverson to Brian Scalabrine, there's something for everyone who has loved the NBA at one point or another.

A problem that the league is having is that the product still isn't that good, no matter how fun it is for fans. That's both a result of something like the BIG3 meandering through the maturity process of its first year, and the fact that many of the players on the court are north of 40 years old. The tournament has already lost one of its big attractions in Jason Williams. White Chocolate's knees have been reduced to pudding.

Calling players "attractions" is in and of itself a problem for the league, because that's how the whole product is viewed. There's a lot to be forgiven, and it needs to be forgiven because Father Time has robbed guys like Stephen Jackson and Bonzi Wells of the athletic gifts that made them special.

It says a lot about the league that Power and Trilogy are the top two teams. Nobody could've predicted this. One is led by the always fun combination of Corey Magguette and Cuttino Mobley, while the other is anchored by Kenyon Martin and Al Harrington. Both of those teams remain the only that are undefeated, and the sole pair that are playing like this tournament means anything.

If you're putting a gun to my head, those are the two I'm banking on if I had to put money down.

Now that the NBA and NHL are over and the NFL is yet to begin, the BIG3 could fill that hole and be an enjoyable time filler and bet.

The BIG3 is all about fun. They're not as rigid as the NBA and aren't afraid to make changes on the fly, like they did from Week 1 to Week 2. All these guys are asking us to do is enjoy the show. I'm buying in.

BIG3 Summer Schedule:
Week 1 (June 25): Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Week 2 (July 2): Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC
Week 3 (July 9): BOK Center, Tulsa, OK
Week 4 (July 16): Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Week 5 (July 23): UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL
Week 6 (July 30): American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
Week 7 (August 6): Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY
Week 8 (August 13): Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Week 9 (August 20): Key Arena, Seattle, WA (Playoffs)
Week 10 (August 26): T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV (Championship)