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BASKETBALL: Perkins joins BIG3

Recently retired NBA champion Kendrick Perkins signed a contract with the BIG3 basketball league.

It is not known which team Perkins will play for. The Beaumont native and 2003 Ozen graduate last played in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who waived him last July.

Perkins won the NBA Finals with the Boston Celtics in 2008, his fifth season in the league. He went back to the finals in 2010 with Boston and with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012.

The BIG3 is a 12-team summer 3-on-3 league featuring mostly retired NBA playoers. It was co-founded by rapper and actor Ice Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz in 2017.

Port Arthur native Stephen Jackson also plays in the BIG3 with Killer 3’s.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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