Mark your calendars: The BIG3 is coming to Portland

Chris Burkhardt

Basketball fans in the Northwest will be treated to quite the experience this summer thanks to Ice Cube and the BIG3.

The league announced its season-four schedule Wednesday and it's highlighted with an August 22nd stop in Rip City. 

This marks the first time in the league's history that they will be playing in Portland and just the second time they have made a stop in the Northwest. The previous occurrence was in 2017 in Seattle.

However, this will be no ordinary stop for the BIG3 - Moda Center will play host to the league playoffs!

The BIG3 will play its entire playoff bracket in Portland before moving to Detroit the following weekend to play the BIG3 Championship Game. 

Former Trail Blazers star Clyde Drexler, now the commissioner of the BIG3, is looking forward to the league returning to the Northwest and debuting in the city he once called home:

We're so excited to bring the BIG3 back to the Pacific Northwest with the best professional FIREBALL3 players in the world! With all of our star players, co-founders with an amazing knack for entertainment, and Hall of Fame coaches, you'll be greatly impressed with not only the quality of play and intensity, but just how much fun our festivals are! The BIG3 is a sports lovers delight and a fan favorite!

Drexler isn't the only former Blazers star excited about the return to Portland. Former No.1 overall pick Greg Oden is also looking forward to being back inside Moda Center.

In fact, the BIG3 has a lot of connections to the Northwest: 

- Former Trail Blazers center and No.1 overall in the 2007 NBA Draft, Greg Oden plays for the Aliens

- Former SuperSonics and Oregon State star Gary Payton coaches the 3 Headed Monsters

- Current Trail Blazers assistant Jannero Pargo plays for the Triplets

- Former Trail Blazers forward Qyntel Woods, the 21st overall pick int he 2002 NBA Draft, plays for the Trilogy 

- Former Seattle SuperSonics forward Rashard Lewis plays for the 3 Headed Monsters

- Former Washington Huskies point guard and Seattle native Nate Robinson plays for Tri-City

- Seattle native Jason Terry plays for the Trilogy 

Tickets for the event have yet to go on sale, but they're sure to sell out fast when they do!

Mark your calendars: The BIG3 is coming to Portland originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest