DETROIT – Fans in Detroit did not have to wait long for the Big3 to deliver fireworks.
Less than a minute after Ice Cubes tipped off a professional 3-on-3 basketball league at the Little Caesar's Arena in Detroit, Metta, World Peace, a member of the Killer 3s, was ejected after repeatedly receiving technical fouls and hit the ball in the stands.
"I told him if he kicked him, he should have hit at least the top deck," said Captain Chauncey Billups of Killer 3s. "It was a weak kick."
Fans of Detroit showered the man, formerly known as Ron Artest, with boos and a series of nicknames that were unfit for publication.
Metta World Peace complained after Alan Anderson had dropped into the basket but no one was called.
"It was like a time bomb just went out," said Billups. Ron lost it, Stephen Jackson lost it a bit, he stopped us, and since we knew we did not have Ron, we really needed him, and his desire was just gone it hard. "
Nate Robinson, the 5-9 spark plug, who received one of the loudest ovations of the night when he was announced, was also ejected in Tri-States two-point loss against the 3 Headed Monsters. But not before, to bring a highlight to the Detroit fans.
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This is the first time that the up and coming league is coming to Motor City, but among the more than 12,000 spectators were very excited.
The first game of the night between defending champion Trilogy and The Killer 3s ended shortly after 6pm. Three more match-ups followed, including one between two 3-0 teams, the 3 Headed Monsters and Tri-State.
"We are pleased to be driving to Detroit for the first time," said league founder Ice Cube this week. "It's such a great basketball city with a rich history, I know, because the Pistons definitely took away some championships from the Lakers in the 80's and 2000's, so I'm looking forward to being in a city that knows great basketball when they do see." , "
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Ice Cube sat on the field all night.
It was a bit late incoming crowd, as fans dripped into the building during the first of four game pieces, those who were late missed fireworks early and not just Artest's excitement.
Pregame introductions saw Piston's great Chauncey Billups make a loud and long The same could be said for the original Detroit "Bad Boy" Rick Mahorn, who serves as the trilogy's trainer, both of whom later turned up on the screen for even louder applause
Trilogy defeated the Killer 3s in the opening game of the night, 3s Company then defeated Ball Hogs and the 3-headed monsters defeated Tri-State in the unbeaten battle teams through a perfectly guided pick-and-roll that led to a slam-dunk winner. Power brought the Ghost Ballers to end the night.
Game 1: Trilogy (1-3) – 52, Killer 3 (1-3) – 39
Al Harrington (trilogy) – 19 points, 5 rebounds
Josh Powell (1965) Killer 3) – 14 points, 5 rebounds
Game 2: 3's Company (3-1) – 50, Ball Pigs (1-3) – 40
The Mage Johnson ( 3's Company) – 15 points, 7 rebounds
Jermaine Taylor (Ball Hogs) – 14 points  Game 3: 3 Headed Monsters (4-0) – 50, Tri State (3-1) – 48
Reggie Evans (3 Headed Monsters) – 18 points, 12 rebounds
Amar & # 39; s Stoudemire (Tri-State) – 14 points, 6 rebounds
Game 4: Power (3-1) – 50, Ghost Ballers (0-4) – 45
Corey Maggette (Power) – 17 points, 6 rebounds
Carlos Boozer (Ghost Ballers) – 13 points , 12 rebounds