TWO former PBA imports gained a new lease on their basketball lives – in a different setting.
Former Powerade reinforcement Rashad McCants and controversial TNT import Ivan Johnson have been taken in the draft of the BIG3 League, a new American 3-on-3 league with an abundance of former NBA players and coached by NBA legends.
McCants, who had an uneventful stint in the 2012 PBA Governors’ Cup where he played just two games before getting released, appears to have a better future in 3-on-3 hoops as Trilogy took him with the first overall pick in the maiden draft on Monday.
Johnson, who was slapped with a ban that was eventually reduced to just one year after confronting commissioner Chito Narvasa in a game, was taken in the third and last round – 22nd overall – by Ghost Ballers.
Allen Iverson leads the constellation of stars in the pro 3-on-3 league co-founded by rapper/actor Ice Cube.
The former NBA MVP is the playing coach of a 3’s Company team, also composed of Dermarr Johnson, Andre Owens, Mike Sweetney, and Ruben Patterson.
McCants plays with Kenyon Martin, Al Harrington, James White, and Dion Glover under coach Rick Mahorn at Trilogy.
Ivan Johnson teams up with Mike Bibby, Ricky Davis, Mo Evans, and Marcus Banks for Ghost Ballers, coached by George Gervin.
Another former PBA import, Al Thornton, went undrafted along with Steve Francis, Kendall Gill, Joe Smith, Smush Parker, DJ Mbenga, Kareem Rush, and Earl Boykins.