Lewis: BIG3 Is Perfect For Guys Like Me; Seattle Deserves An NBA Team

NBA champion and reigning BIG3 MVP Rashard Lewis believes Seattle would support another NBA team if given the chance

Ferrall On The Bench
April 12, 2018 - 8:22 am

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The BIG3 was incredibly successful last year, despite one glaring problem: games aired on tape-delay – not by an hour or so, but by a full day.

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“It sucked a little bit, but at the same time, it was the first year,” NBA champion and reigning BIG3 MVP Rashard Lewis said on Ferrall on the Bench. “We had a lot of fun. It was exciting to go back home after a game on Sunday and be able to watch yourself play on Monday. We got a lot of good feedback. Because of the fans, we’ll be on live TV this year so we’re excited about that.”

Lewis plays for the 3 Headed Monsters, which went 7-1 and reached the championship before losing to the undefeated Trilogy, which featured Kenyon Martin, Al Harrington, and Rashad McCants, among others.

“It’s exciting,” Lewis said. “It’s professional 3-on-3 basketball. The first game last year when we played in Brooklyn, when I walked out into the arena and the arena was sold out of  half-court 3-on-3 game, I started getting the chills (like) I was back as a rookie walking into my first NBA game. It just felt that way. Being away from that type of crowd for a year-and-a-half, I almost forgot how to play in front of that type of crowd. As the year went on, it was a lot of fun.”

Lewis played 17 years in the NBA. He was a two-time All-Star and reached the Finals with multiple teams.

“I still have that fire burning to go and compete at a high level,” the 38-year-old said, “but maybe not at an NBA level where I’m running up and down playing for 48 minutes a night – or an 82-game schedule, which is brutal. But the BIG3 is perfect for a guy like myself who still has that fire burning and still feels like I can play at a high level. Half-court, 3-on-3, once a week, not a lot of wear and tear on your body – I think it’s perfect for somebody like myself and guys that want to continue to play and they feel like they still can play.”

Lewis won an NBA title with Miami in 2013. Playing with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Ray Allen was the highlight of his career.

“All we wanted to do was win ball games,” he said. “We didn’t care how we won. We just wanted to win. That was an amazing experience for me.”

Lewis, a second-round pick in 1998, spent the first nine years of his career in Seattle, which is reportedly in the mix for an NHL team. Lewis and Scott Ferrall both think the NBA could one day return to Seattle as well.

“It’d be great for that city,” Lewis said. “That’s one city that I now the fans would come out and support. My nine years playing in Seattle, there were years when we didn’t make the playoffs and maybe won 20 games. But every night we had fans in that arena cheering us on. We had fans waiting for us at the airport when we returned home late at night – 2 in the morning. That’s one thing Seattle would do is support our team. They most definitely deserve a basketball team. A hockey team, hopefully, but I hope to God they get a basketball team first.”