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Ice Cube’s BIG3 brings retired NBA players back to “old-school” basketball—and it’s coming to Atlanta
As a way to bring retired NBA veterans back onto a competitive stage in front of fans, rapper Ice Cube founded the BIG3, a professional 3-on-3 league. Now in its second season, BIG3 is coming to Atlanta for the first time on Friday at Infinite Energy Center.
When Philips Arena finishes up its renovations this fall, the clubs and suites will feature a brand new menu from executive chef Joe Schafer. He chats about what to expect, from venison brisket sandwiches to fresh, beer-battered onion rings.
“You feel a little bit like a one man show,” Nicki Collen says, contemplating her first few days on the job as the new head coach of the Atlanta Dream. “One woman show, I guess.”
Top scorer Angel McCoughtry is out this season, but these Atlanta Dream teammates are ready to step up.
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It’s been 55 seasons since the Hawks (then in St. Louis) played for (and lost) an NBA championship. This season isn’t likely to break that streak, yet the Hawks are certainly worth watching.
In January 2008 the WNBA unveiled its first women’s pro team in Atlanta: the Dream. The basketball team became a reality largely due to the efforts of a group of boosters led by then City Council President Lisa Borders. Eight years later the former mayoral candidate and self-described “raving” WNBA fan has landed a dream gig—league president.
The Harlem Globetrotters posted a video of their latest stunt—player Bucket Blakes taking a 300ft shot from a cable car in Stone Mountain Park.
While playing basketball at Berkmar High School in Lilburn, and later at college in Tennessee, 31-year-old Alex “Moose” Weekes got used to coaches battling him over his hair.
“Hopefully, this can, and will, snowball into something bigger, not just for us and the city of Atlanta, but for the NBA and all professional sports.”