BIG3 Names The League’s Championship Trophy After Julius “Dr. J” Erving
In celebration of Julius “Dr. J” Erving’s prolific and influential basketball career, the BIG3 League has named it’s championship trophy in his honor.
The BIG3 is gearing up for its second season, and they are making sure that this is one you won’t forget. For the next 10 weeks, BIG3’s cavalcade of characters, ballers, and legends will vie for the grand prize with stops in Houston, Chicago, Detroit, Miami, Toronto, Brooklyn and more. Whoever makes it to the top of the mountain will be the first to take home a truly distinctive honor. In celebration of hoop legend Julius “Dr. J” Erving’s prolific basketball career, BIG3 has named its championship trophy in his honor.
Erving, the head coach of BIG3 team Tri-State, joined the league ahead of its inaugural season last year. With the award now named the Julius Erving Championship Trophy, the winner will be presented this great honor at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on Friday, Aug. 24. Last season, Kenyon Martin and Al Harrington’s Trilogy took the inaugural season’s Championship Trophy and hope to defend it when the 2018 BIG3 Season starts next Friday, June 22 at the Toyota Center in Houston. “Dr. J is a basketball pioneer whose style of play forever changed the way the game of basketball is played,” said BIG3 co-founder and co-CEO Ice Cube.
“As a league that perpetually strives to change the game, it only made sense to name our Championship Trophy for a man who has made a career of doing just that.”
Over the course of Dr. J’s career, he won three championships, four MVP Awards, three scoring titles and is the sixth-highest scorer in ABA/NBA history with 30,026. A true NBA Hall of Famer, Erving influenced the game with his dynamic skill set, imaginative dunking style, and charisma in front of the camera. His Tri-State team features returning players Jermaine O’Neal, Bonzi Wells, Amaré Stoudemire, Nate Robinson, and will surely be focused on being the first ones to hold up the 24-karat gold trophy crafted by S. R. Blackinton, makers of the Kentucky Derby trophy.
All stops will feature four back-to-back games on Friday evenings and will be broadcast live on FS1 or FOX this season. If you want to see it live and in living color, tickets are on sale now starting at $20 and can be purchased at BIG3.com.
Peep the 2018 BIG3 season schedule below:
WEEK 1 | June 22: Toyota Center | Houston, Texas
WEEK 2 | June 29: United Center | Chicago, Illinois
WEEK 3 | July 6: Oracle Arena | Oakland, California
WEEK 4 | July 13: Little Caesars Arena | Detroit, Michigan
WEEK 5 | July 20: American Airlines Arena | Miami, Florida
WEEK 6 | July 27: Air Canada Centre | Toronto, Ontario
WEEK 7 | August 3: TD Garden | Boston, Massachusetts
WEEK 8 | August 10: Infinite Energy Arena | Atlanta, Georgia
WEEK 9 | August 17: American Airlines Center | Dallas, Texas *Playoffs*
WEEK 10 | August 24: Barclays Center | Brooklyn, New York *Championship Finals*