The decision-makers running the Big3 basketball league took a look at their on-court and television product after the league’s debut in Brooklyn and implemented changes for Week 2 in Charlotte.
Games were shortened from 60 points to 50, with halftime taking place once one team reached 25 points. The league’s self-reflection and willingness to change its rules is a positive sign for its future success.
Sporting News attended Week 2 of the Big3 at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center and left with ideas for future improvements to the league. Some are as simple as changing a rule, as the league did with its point limit, while others are more ambitious and would take longer to implement.
The playing time and comfort were the catalysts for Smoak’s breakout in 2017, but his positive, light attitude toward his teammates was always there.
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It was a recurring theme from Martin and Bautista. And of all the Jays players so willing to heap praise on Smoak, there’s probably no player who Smoak has had an effect on more than outfielder Kevin Pillar.
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