Money talks, but ball don’t lie. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban knows exactly which players he’d want for a 3-on-3 tournament.
Oliver Maroney of Uproxx asked Cuban about the BIG3 League, which features several ex-NBA players and recently wrapped up its inaugural season, wondering who his preferred veteran would be.
“Rasheed Wallace. It’s not 3-on-3 without someone yelling “ball don’t lie.” Also, Kobe [Bryant] and Mark Price would be my other two. Need a couple old guys in there to rep us grey beards!
Wallace spent 16 years in the NBA, screaming the now-popular phrase along the way. In fact, there are several YouTube videos dedicated to him shouting “Ball don’t lie,” which typically happened after a player missed a free throw following a call Wallace disagreed with.
Earlier this year, Wallace shared the origin of the expression with former NBA star Kevin Garnett, saying it happened naturally in a game. It’s now a staple across all levels of basketball.
Wallace only makes perfect sense for Cuban, one of the most outspoken owners in any sport, to include on the roster.
Oh, and I guess that Kobe Bryant guy would be an asset. The Black Mamba retired after the 2016 season, finishing his illustrious 20-year career with the third-most points in NBA history.
Rounding out Cuban’s team is Mark Price a point guard who suited up from the mid-1980s to the late-1990s. Price dished 6.7 assists per game while knocking down 40.2 percent of his threes.
But I think most basketball fans can agree Wallace’s — very loud — trash talk would be the most enjoyable part of Cuban’s team.