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Seattle Goes From NBA to 3BA

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: April 12, 2013 at 5:52 pm •  Published: August 22, 2008

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.”


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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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