Big 3 and beer pong among events unfazed by coronavirus crisis

Joe Johnson after hitting a shot to win the Big3 title.
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Ricky Dimon

NBA· 2 years ago

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Since graduating from Davidson (The College That Stephen Curry Built), I have been writing about sports--just about any and all you can think of!--and coaching tennis in Atlanta, Ga. Beyond the four major sports, I am an avid tennis fan and cover the ATP Tour on a daily basis. If I'm not busy writing, you can generally find me on a tennis court or traveling the world wherever a sporting event takes me.

Everyone: “Well, we aren’t going to see any sports being played any time soon.”

Post Malone: “Hold my beer.”

Post’s idea to provide entertainment during a time when sports have been almost entirely shut down will involve just that: beer. The rapper is teaming up with Mike Stud to host a beer-pong tournament in which games will be shown on Instagram Live. The 16-team, 32-player festivities are expected to begin this coming week and last eight days.

Among the athletes participating are former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (partner: SI swimsuit model Camille Kostek), former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs, Danny Amendola of the Detroit Lions, Marcus Stroman and Dominic Smith of the New York Mets, Trevor Bauer of the Cincinnati Reds, Mike Clevinger of the Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson, and Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin.

Hopefully there will be some odds available when all of the current contestants have determined their partners.

On the subject of draining shots, the Big 3—the annual 3-on-3 league comprised mostly of former NBA players—is concocting a tournament that will double as a reality show. In fact, Big 3 founders Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz have partnered with the producers of “Big Brother” for this creation. The idea is to have every participant live in the same home for the duration of the event, which will take place in a gym that is currently being built in that home. All players will be tested for the coronavirus prior to arrival and they will be quarantined inside throughout the tournament.

“Our No. 1 concern is safety,” Kwatinetz said in an interview with Yahoo Sports. “Aside from being able to work with the best creative producers possible for this type of show, they’re also the right people to ensure safety and health because they’ve done this for over 20 years in a hundred countries. They’ve specialized in keeping people in quarantined conditions. If anybody knows what they’re doing, it’s them.”

Former NBA players and current Big 3 participants such as Joe Johnson, Amar’e Stoudemire, , Zach Randolph, Gilbert Arenas, and Greg Oden are possible players. There will be a draft at a date to be named later and the tournament is likely to take place in early May.

Any of these distractions would be a welcomed addition to what is the current malaise in sports and entertainment. And it is not ending in the near future. The NBA, for example, is -150 to hold its next game after July 3.

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