Rashad McCants-led Trilogy capture inaugural BIG3 championship
Capping an up-and-down inaugural season for Ice Cube's three-on-three league, Kenyon Martin's Trilogy squad defeated Rashard Lewis' 3 Headed Monsters 51-46 Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, finishing with a perfect 10-0 record and the first BIG3 championship.
Lewis led all players with 13 rebounds, while 48-year-old Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf led the 3 Headed Monsters with 22 points. That wasn't enough, however, to stymie former North Carolina standout Rashad McCants.
McCants was named MVP of the championship game after scoring 22 points of his own, including the title-clinching bucket.
One of the standouts of the BIG3 season, McCants last played in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings in 2009. In parts of four seasons, most of them spent with the Minnesota Timberwolves, the 32-year-old shooting guard averaged 10 points and two rebounds per game while shooting 36.8 percent on 3-point shots.
"All I can think about is where I've come from," McCants told FOX Sports after the game. "The last five-to-seven years have been the toughest years of my life - going broke, trying to find a way. Ice Cube comes out of nowhere with a league that can help me financially and help me show my skills on a national level again, and I was able to take advantage of it."
McCants noted that longtime friend and current Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue was in attendance, and remained hopeful that the ability he showcased on the BIG3 circuit could spark a return to the NBA.
"I know what it takes to win," McCants told FOX Sports. "Right now, the (NBA) is struggling with winners, people who know how to win. I'm open to any opportunity."