I recently attended a “BIG3” 3-on-3 basketball game at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. The BIG3 is a basketball league consisting of former NBA players playing in a series of 3-on-3 games at various locations around the country. The league was created by Ice Cube and it is in its inaugural season. I believe that the league is genius because it allows basketball fans, especially millennials, an opportunity to see many former NBA players that they followed as children but never got an opportunity to see.
At one event I got to see Brian Scalabrine, KENYON MARTIN, ALLEN INVERSION, GARY PAYTON, DR. J, Cuttino Mobley, and others (Steven Jackson, Chauncey Billups, and Charles Oakley were also there but I did not see them). I also got a chance to see Kenyon Martin, Brian Scalabrine, and Brian Scalabrine play. I also was afforded the opportunity to try another stadium’s pizza.
As far as basketball goes, I could not have been happier. For pizza, it was an utter disappointment! They only had one concession stand open and the line was so long that I would have missed the games. The games only play to 60 points so I did not want to that much of the game. I also noticed them bringing out frozen pizzas from boxes and putting them in the oven. The pizza is Connie’s Pizza which is delicious, and the same pizza served at the United Center and Allstate Arena. I have had the pizza many times and it is great, especially when fresh. Since they sell frozen Connie’s Pizza at the grocery store, I chose to pass on the pizza at the stadium. The pizza at Allstate Arena and the United Center may be frozen too, but I know they are not taking them out of frozen pizza boxes in front of the fans.
It was also a start studded affair. Taraji P. Henson (from Empire, Hidden Figures, Hustle & Flow, and many other movies), Louis Farrakhan, Chance The Rapper, Will Rapaport (sideline reporter), and of course Ice Cube were in attendance. There were others, such as Lovie Smith and former and current NBA players.
While I cannot recommend the frozen pizza, I can recommend attending a Big 3 game.