If I have two sports wishes for the summer of 2017, they are these: 1) please let The BIG3 — a new 3-on-3 professional basketball league — be as outrageous as it sounds like it is going to be; and 2) please let Minneapolis/St. Paul be one of the 10 cities the league plays in during its tour.
If you are not familiar with The BIG3, let's review:
•It's a 3-on-3, half-court basketball league launched in January and featuring what can politely be termed an eclectic mix of former NBA players. Just to give you a little taste: Latrell Sprewell and J.R. Rider were two of the players announced Monday as having committed to the league. Who doesn't want to watch this?
•There will be a scouting combine in April and then a draft from which each of the eight teams will fill out five-player rosters.
•The two (out of eight) teams that have names so far are Trilogy and 3 Headed Monsters.
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