The Big3, a legit professional 3-on-3 basketball league and not at all a money grab by washed up NBA players and rappers, is still going, and is apparently more than halfway done with the season after a stop in Chicago this past weekend. Who knew!
And with the playoffs fast approaching, the teams at the top of the league are bolstering their rosters via trade to try to win the…whatever the fuck the Big3 title is called. The big bag of money. Or something like that.
Anyways, there was a trade this week! And it is the shadiest, most lopsided trade you’ve ever seen, short of turning off the computer intelligence on old NHL games on the SEGA.
Anyway, here is what went down on Tuesday between the second-place Power (4-1) and the last place Ball Hogs (1-4):
Hey, those are two former NBA players people might recognize or remember! That seems like a fair trade…until you at all dive into it.
Butler, despite playing on a last-place team, is averaging 15.4 points per game, good enough for 9th in the league. So in the context of the Big3, he’s pretty good and a game-changing player.
Norris…well, Norris has appeared in three games for Power, recording 3 points with 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Those are his entire stats for the year. Not averages. As in, he is averaging exactly 1 point per game.
Now, in a legit league there might be ways to make this trade make sense. For the Power it’s obvious why you’d make this move, you’re getting one of the 10 best players in the league. But for the Ball Hogs…you’re getting a guy who has 3 total points this season and nothing else. In a real league maybe the Ball Hogs get a couple of draft picks for next year, or some cash, or a couple young prospects, or maybe they just want to shed salary.
Instead, this is a straight-up one for one trade that basically looks like the league trying to rig it so the playoffs will be more competitive and have four good teams, while not at all caring what happens to the teams who don’t make the playoffs. If this were at all a real league, nobody would make this trade as is, because even if you took money into account, the salaries are the same for both player, so it’s not like the Ball Hogs save money on this.
It makes no sense, and just adds to the embarrassment of this league, which was basically designed so Allen Iverson could afford to go drink at Applebee’s a few more times this year.
Oh, and here are the standings for this crap-fest after five weeks:
Basically there are four good to OK teams, and four teams who probably shouldn’t be on the court. Because they might hurt their old backs walk trying to play basketball with a walker.
The Big3 rolls into Dallas this weekend if you have any interesting in watching a bunch of has-beens play basketball.