There has recently been an enormous name added to Ice Cube's Big3 league, as former New York Knicks great Charles Oakley has been announced as a player/coach for the Killer 3s, which will be captained by Chauncey "Mr. Big Shot" Billups and co-captained by Stephen Jackson, who won an NBA title with the San Antonio Spurs as a rookie.
At 54 years old, Oakley is currently the oldest payer in the Big 3. A fan favorite of hardened Knicks fans, Oakley used strength, toughness, interior defense, rebounding and a rugged competitive desire to carve out a very productive 19-year career.
“I couldn’t be happier to be a part of this league,” said Oakley. “Everyone seems to realize we are about to make history together as players. What an exciting opportunity to stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the best ever.”
The Big3 will continue releasing the names of additional teams and players every Wednesday until the remaining participants are announced. In addition to the Oakley signing, the Big3 has revealed the names of its first three teams, as well as the teams' captains. Rashard Lewis and Jason Williams will captain the 3 Headed Monsters, Kenyon Martin and Al Harrington will captain the Trilogy in addition to Chauncey Billups and Stephen Jackson leading the Killer 3s. This Wednesday, the league will announce one of the remaining team names and captains.
“The players and coaches are our central focus at the BIG3. Charles Oakley is an NBA legend, who deserves and has earned respect, and will get just that in our league,” said Founder Ice Cube.
BIG3 co-founder and lifelong Knicks fan Jeff Kwatinetz noted, “Charles Oakley will forever be one of the greatest players I ever witnessed play the game. Through his remarkable dedication to his team and willingness to leave everything he had on the floor night after night, he exemplified to me what defines a true legend. His style of play and toughness will always be seared into my memory as the bedrock of my love for the Knicks. It’s a personal inspiration and honor to welcome one of my heroes to our league.”
“When I reached out to Charles about joining BIG3, it was as a fan and fellow player. I’ve looked up to him as so many players have and am very excited he is joining the BIG3 family,” added Roger Mason Jr.