After losing its NBA team last month, Seattle will welcome 3BA to town tonight.
What is 3BA?
3BA International is ”an unprecedented full court 3-on-3 professional basketball game that places extreme emphasis on speed, stamina and fundamental skills.”
You can read more about 3BA International here. Basically the game primarily uses point guards, shooting guards and small forwards to create an exciting fast paced style of play. There is an 18-second shot clock instead of a 24-second clock, and the game uses a shortened court — 72 by 50 feet rather than the NBA’s 94 by 50 feet court size.
3BA creator Kevin LuBahn said it is not yet a league. 3BA International is scheduled for five tour dates this year, 21 next year and plans to begin a 32 to 40 game season in April 2010 through late August 2010.
“It’s the Arena Football version of basketball,” said longtime Lakers forward A.C. Green, who will coach the Portland team tonight against Seattle. “I got involved because I wanted to be part of something new and different.”