It was a 2000s Los Angeles Clippers reunion when FanSided spoke with BIG3’s Power team of Corey Maggette, Cuttino Mobley, and Quentin Richardson.
FanSided spoke to BIG3’s No. 1 seed Power about their Clippers roots and even beyond to a friendship that extends beyond the court. Corey Maggette spoke about the humbling accolade of league MVP, Mobley and Q-Rich debated who the true best three-point shooter between them is these days, and the chemistry formed between the three over the last 20 years.
That undeniable chemistry has brought them to the top of the BIG3, a championship looming if they can seize victory from 3’s Company in tonight’s BIG3 Finals Championship game at Barclays Center at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.
Watch FanSided’s interview with Corey Maggette, Cuttino Mobley, Quentin Richardson (with cameos by Xavier Silas and JYD), or read a transcript of the conversation below.
FanSided.com [Nir Regev]: You guys are both former Clippers. I think it’s really cool with Maggette and you even have “Big Baby” [Glen Davis] over that was also a Clipper. How do you feel about bringing that Power in?
Cuttino Mobley: Yeah, that’s crazy to think about, Big Baby was a Clipper too.
Quentin Richardson: Yeah, I knew that coming in, it was all good! The most important part is we’re all on the same vibration, we all brothers, that’s where we at now.
Mobley: We’re all brothers, we pay attention to each other. We all got high IQs when it comes to this game, we played it at a high level so there’s no egos.
Speaking of IQ, I heard you speaking about some book reading you’ve been doing on the bench.
Mobley: [Smiles] Yeah, that’s a thing that me and Mahmoud [Abdul-Rauf] have been discussing – [Maggette cuts in with a classic LeBron face! MVP Chant breaks out.]
Corey Maggette: Who did this face? [Does King James face] Hey man, these are my guys. I’m known them since the fifth grade. Rookie transition us two. It’s unbelievable.
Mobley: This is twenty years, us three. They’re even longer [Maggette & Q], that’s something else.
I think it’s really cool to see you guys out there still competing against each other.
Maggette: All the time! Its been that way! We have a good time doing it too.
Mobley: It’s the brotherhood. We got a rookie Xavier Silas, he wants to know our secrets!
Maggette: This guy is a good player and a good person. He has been one of the guys that’s terrific from a coach’s perspective.
Mobley: High IQ!
Maggette: JYD has been here taking care of Big Baby, getting him shots, making sure he right. Ryan Gomes has been another guy that’s been doing it on the court. It’s just been great.
How does it feel to be MVP though? You have one up on these guys.
[MVP Chant breaks out]
Maggette: Hey man, honestly it’s been a truly humbling accolade.
Mobley: He’d like to thank his fans. [laughs]
Maggette: I thank the Lord upstairs for getting me back healthy to be able to play. I think more than anything, I believe it’s not me, it’s him. It’s given me more confidence in myself to be able to play. Not just me man, when it was time for us to practice and get focused, all of us met in L.A. People from all over the United States, find places so we can actually come together as a team. And that just shows the camaraderie of what we were trying to accomplish from the start.
I always liked your style in NBA. You got free throws, the real way, the old fashioned way, drawing the fouls.
Maggette: Well you know, I was wasn’t shooting like these guys. So I just said man I might as well use my muscles.
Richardson: He’s got plenty of those. [Laughs] Sidebar real quick, I enjoy every time we come to the game before. Because this is James ‘Ghost’ St. Patrick [Power] and this is Mike Lowrey [Will Smith in Bad Boys]. For those who don’t know James ‘Ghost’ St. Patrick is the well dressed, muscle bound on Power who also comes with suits on all serious. Now Mike Lowrey on the other hand, Bad Boys, Will Smith, fly. And every time he looks back, he says, “What? I just like looking good?”
Mobley: Philly boy.
Richardson: When I come, I just be chilling every time in my athletic wear.
Maggette: He has a lifetime supply of Jordan. Not like partial, not like 10 years, even 20 years lifetime.
Mobley: Lifetime! Ask him the shoes he wears are 10 years old and never been worn. That’s how many shoes he has.
Richardson: Like I said I’m just taking notes. If there was ever a best dressed award in the BIG3 it would be a tie for both of the,.
Who’s the best three-point shooter out of you three these days?
Maggette: I’m gonna step out of this one because it ain’t me. I’m a mid-range shooter.
Mobley: It’s gotta be a tie, I step on his neck every time.
Richardson: Who won today? They can argue who’s second or third, I believe in what Ricky Bobby said. If you’re not first, you’re last.
You guys think you’re gonna take the BIG3 Championship tomorrow?
Mobley: We’re gonna stay humble, be aggressive. Take the chance you get back up. Kudos for guys for making it because they beat a really good team. We just want to be out there and have fun.
I saw these guys joking before that you need to stay humble because you turned around after taking one shot and missed it [To Mobley].
Mobley: [Laughs] But I reminded myself the other day to stay humble. I came back and beat him [points to Maggette. [Laughs] [Maggette returns stone face back.]
Be sure to watch the BIG3’s Championship game between Power and 3’s Company from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York airing Friday, Aug. 24 on FOX at 8 p.m. ET. There will be a third place matchup between Tri-State and the 3 Headed Monsters with the Championship game immediately following.
Tickets are still available on Ticketmaster for those local to the area. Ice Cube will give a special performance to fans in the arena at 6:30 p.m. ET prior to the games.