If Not Kobe, Who Should Play in the BIG3 Next Season?

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By Sean Highkin | Bleacher Report

The dream of Kobe Bryant making an appearance in the BIG3 was sadly short-lived.

After league co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz hinted on a conference call that the NBA‘s No. 3 all-time leading scorer was planning to play next season in Ice Cube’s summer three-on-three league for retired pros, a spokeswoman for Kobe Inc. shot the rumors down.

Bryant joining the BIG3 would bring an unprecedented amount of attention to the league, which will play its championship game Friday. But even if doesn’t happen, there’s no shortage of high-profile former NBA players who have yet to make an appearance and could add some fresh star power in the third season.

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