Blink, and you will have missed what Leandro Barbosa was doing on Sunday simply outdoors of Las Vegas.
The previous Golden State Warriors guard – and present participant mentor coach for the membership – might have formally introduced his retirement as an NBA participant final 12 months, however Barbosa continues to be tearing it up on the court docket. On Sunday, “The Brazlian Blur” led his Ball Hogs squad to a 51-42 victory towards the Aliens in BIG3 Week 2 motion in Paradise, Nevada by going off for a game-high 27 factors – together with 4 3-pointers (however no “four-pointers”) – and contributing a game-best 5 assists as nicely.
The Ball Hogs at the moment are 2-0, which is already midway to their win complete from their first three seasons mixed.
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Co-founded by actor and hip-hop musician Ice Dice and leisure government Jeff Kwatinetz, the BIG3 is a three-on-three basketball league that began in 2017 and consists of former NBA gamers and worldwide gamers. The league has 12 groups and follows with “main deviations” from the officers guidelines of three-on-three basketball as administered by FIBA.
Barbosa Spent 2 Seasons Coming off of the Warriors Bench
Although he’s now a 38-year-old star within the BIG3, Barbosa crafted a profitable 14-season NBA profession with 5 groups, primarily the Phoenix Suns. Barbosa was chosen by the San Antonio Spurs with the 28th decide in the course of the 2003 NBA draft, however was then traded to the Suns, the place he spent 9 years over three totally different stints, together with the primary seven seasons of his profession.
Throughout his fourth season in Phoenix, Barbosa gained the Sixth Man of the Yr award after posting career-highs in factors (18.1), assists (4.0), and minutes per recreation (32.7), whereas additionally recording a career-best 56.2% efficient area purpose share. Following his first and second runs with the Suns and earlier than becoming a member of Golden State, Barbosa suited up for the Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics.
After serving to lead his native Brazil to the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup Quarterfinals, Barbosa signed with the Dubs in September of that 12 months and carved out an necessary bench position on the 2015 title-winning group. Over 134 profession video games (all however considered one of them off of the bench) within the Bay Space, Barbosa averaged 6.7 factors per recreation in 15.Four minutes of motion on a 46.8/36.9/80.9 taking pictures line.
‘Brazilian Blur’ Isn’t Solely Member of Ball Hogs With a Dubs Connection
Regardless of this being Barbosa’s rookie season within the BIG3, he holds the position of co-captain alongside former Spanish League basketball champion Will McDonald. Former NBA participant Brian Scalabrine is the staff’s captain and the opposite two gamers on the roster are former NBA gamers Jodie Meeks and Spencer Hawes.
In his fourth season because the Ball Hogs head coach is Corridor-of-Famer and Warriors legend Rick Barry. The 77-year-old former ahead is taken into account among the best gamers not solely in Dubs historical past, however NBA historical past as nicely, having made 12 All-Star groups, 4 All-ABA groups, and 6 All-NBA groups.
Barry was the 1966 Rookie of the Yr and later led Golden State to their first ever title by profitable the Finals MVP in 1975.
In response to the Ball Hogs’ staff web page, they missed the playoffs in every of their first three seasons and the one returning participant from final season is Scalabrine. With Barbosa main the staff in scoring and exhibiting that he’s nonetheless bought it in his late 30s, it wouldn’t be a shock for the staff to make their postseason debut this 12 months.
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