It was the type of question that launches a sports bar argument: If you could put together the best three-on-three basketball team in the world, who would you call?
As it happened, it was posed to someone with expert insight.
“Man, I might try to get KG [Kevin Garnett], Kobe,” said Paul Pierce, a retired 10-time NBA all-star. “Maybe we set up our own team coming this next year.”
Pierce was speaking during the inaugural games of the Big3 basketball league, a three-on-three venture co-founded by the rapper Ice Cube.
Kobe Bryant is unlikely to join, but the league arrives at a time when three-on-three — long the realm of NBA practices, the courts at Venice Beach and...