Professional 3-on-3 basketball makes its debut in Boston this weekend when BIG3 takes over the TD Garden. The league, founded by the legendary Ice Cube, features a number of former NBA stars, including several ex-Celtics like Nate Robinson, Glen Davis and the "White Mamba," Brian Scalabrine.Following a successful inaugural season in 2017, BIG3 has expanded its reach this year, bringing the action to more arenas around the country and to viewers across the globe thanks to live-streaming and broadcast deals with Fox Sports and Facebook. The future is pretty bright for BIG3, too, with interest growing for video game projects, as well as possible international leagues, which would take advantage of the growing hype around 3-on-3 basketball ahead its debut at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. All of this is music to Ice Cube's ears. The rapper, actor and lifelong Lakers fan has always had a special place in his heart for the sport and is excited to see his league grow.Ahead of Friday's … [Read more...] about Ice Cube talks BIG3, LeBron James vs. Kyrie Irving and why he loves Boston
Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving is unpredictable. On the court, Irving isn't an explosive athlete. Rather, he loses defenders with an unprecedented mixture of dribble moves and head fakes, which can leave an opponent in his wake. Off the court, Irving's next move is equally difficult to guess. In the summer of 2019, he will be an unrestricted free agent, and general buzz around the NBA suggests he would at least be interested in exploring the possibility of joining the New York Knicks. But Marc Stein of the New York Times notes that there have been "no firm indications" from Irving or his camp that he is actually interested in New York, or even that he's considering leaving Boston at all. Per Stein, Irving's intentions are "not at all clear. Playing for the Celtics offers him everything he could want -- a chance to be an All-Star leader of a championship contender. Still, per Stein, "there are nonetheless credible rumblings in … [Read more...] about Boston Celtics rumors 2018: Kyrie Irving’s free-agency intentions ‘not at all clear’
Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving has opened the floodgates for massive speculation after admitting earlier this summer that he will not sign a contract extension with the Boston Celtics this year. With his deal set to expire following the 2018-19 season, he is expected to become one of the most coveted free agents in a loaded market next offseason. The New York market has practically begun to salivate at the prospect of Irving coming to the Big Apple. However, initial buzz was that he would join the Knicks, a team that is expected to become the premier landing spot for free agents next year. However, it sounds as though they have company from their New York neighbors, according to the New York Times' Marc Stein in his newsletter. "There are nonetheless credible rumblings in circulation that the Nets plan to pursue Irving, right alongside the Knicks, should he become a free agent on July 1, 2019," Stein wrote (h/t NBC Sports). Irving initially linked himself … [Read more...] about Kyrie Irving Knicks Nets NBA trade rumors: Coming to NY?
Buried in New York Times reporter Marc Stein’s NBA newsletter Tuesday was a nugget about the future of Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving. Two teams — the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks — are expected to pursue Irving if he hits free agency next summer, Stein reports. The Knicks, who were reportedly one of Irving’s preferred destinations when he initially requested a trade out of Cleveland, have continued to pop up as a contender to lure Irving away from Boston. The Nets, on the other hand, are a new name to join the discussion. “I expect Brooklyn to aim as high as possible in free agency while reserving the right to stay conservative if the Nets can’t convince top-tier free agents to take their money,” Stein wrote. According to Stein, Irving’s plans for the 2019-20 season are “not at all clear.” “There have been no firm indications from Irving or his camp that the All-Star guard is eyeing an exit … [Read more...] about At least two teams are reportedly expected to pursue Kyrie Irving next offseason
We are already in an era where elite NBA players take things year by year. Kevin Durant could absolutely bolt from the Warriors for the Lakers or Knicks next summer. LeBron James predictably opted out of his contract in Cleveland and wound up in Los Angeles. The latest buzz on Kyrie Irving Celtics Knicks NBA Trade Rumors is here. Durant won’t be getting free agency questions every day like LeBron did this past season, but you can surely bet that the Boston media will be pestering Kyrie Irving about his status with the Celtics this coming season no matter how well the team is playing.Irving has been consistently linked to the Knicks with free agency on the horizon next summer and the Knicks have been clearing out cap space to target one of the many big fish in the talented free agent class of 2019. Irving grew up in nearby New Jersey and has a strong connection to the New York market. There is also a growing feeling in the league that the last real “holy grail” in … [Read more...] about Kyrie Irving Celtics Knicks NBA Trade Rumors Latest buzz