Robbie Hummel, Natasha Cloud and Jameer Nelson Talk 3x3 in Philly
Philadelphia basketball has a reputation for being gritty, hard-nosed and relentless.
“That’s the only thing you know. Nothing is easy,” Philadelphia native and former USA Basketball and NBA player Jameer Nelson said.
On Tuesday night in Philadelphia, Nelson and fellow Philadelphia native and Washington Mystics guard Natasha Cloud joined 2019 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year Robbie Hummel and Philadelphia 76ers event host Christian Crosby to discuss the game of 3x3 basketball and its debut in the upcoming Summer Olympics.
The Philadelphia basketball community came to Mitchell & Ness’ store to celebrate Red Bull’s launch of the 3X limited edition can and learn more about the fast-paced, non-stop game of 3x3.
3x3 is played with three players per team on a half-court and a 12-second shot clock. Baskets made inside the arc are worth one point, and baskets made from behind the 3-point line are worth two points. The winner is the first team to reach 21 points, or the leading team after 10 minutes.
“The first time I saw this, I asked, ‘What is going on?’ because you never see this in any other form of basketball,” Hummel told the crowd after watching the game’s strategy.
"It was a little bit intimidating at first," Cloud said of her first experience playing with USA Basketball and the 3x3 game, but once she got used to it, she said she fell in love.
Nelson compared the game to the 3x3 he used to run in NBA practices, but Hummel and Cloud countered. Hummel and Cloud added that in the NBA one can admire a 3-pointer, back-pedal and chill, but in 3x3, one has to immediately guard.
Nelson said he didn’t think a “stubby point guard from Chester” would have much success in the game, but added that New Orleans Pelicans’ JJ Redick and Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet are two players that would thrive in 3x3.
“Versatility,” Hummel said of which type of players would excel in the league, referencing Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard.
Cloud added that Kelsey Plum, USA Basketball Women’s National and 3x3 team member and Las Vegas Aces guard, is a prime example of a player with an all-round game excelling in 3x3.
For a sport just starting to take shape in the United States, the panel was asked about its future. For them, they all said it’s in its infancy and about to take off in the U.S.
“When it gets to the Olympics and the more eyes are on it, they're going to be drawn to it. It's a faster paced game,” Cloud said. “People are going to love it. It's intense, it's fast-paced, everyone plays. It appeals to what we like to watch.”
“The more it grows, the more people will want to play," said Nelson. "We have the best athletes in the U.S., so when it starts with the younger kids it will be something special.”
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