That isn’t derailing the sport’s momentum.
“It’s really exploding like a time bomb,” Bradford said. “We’re (the United States) just catching up. That’s why the European teams are better than the USA teams is because they’ve been doing it for so long. They have thousands and thousands of fans just gathering around watching. It was huge in France.”
Now it’s a huge part for four guys from Nebraska who get to stretch their basketball careers a bit longer.
“I’m going to keep playing as long as I can,” said Bardsley, who is working toward his master’s degree and plans to teach and coach.
Bradford, 42, doesn’t see himself slowing down anytime soon either. He promised his young daughter that he’d step away from his professional career as she began to grow up. Three-on-three basketball has extended his competitive fire.
“I said I’ll stop playing when I think someone can guard me,” Bradford said. “When I feel someone can guard me and I’m not doing what I need to do, I’ll stop. Other than that, I haven’t found a beep that can guard me yet, so I’m going to keep playing.”
3BALL Omaha is waiting for an official invitation to go on a world tour, and there is hope it can make a run at the 2024 Olympics. In the meantime, the summer will remain busy.
Bardsley said the team will compete in about 10 tournaments on the Red Bull tour over the next three months, including stops in Chicago and Raleigh, North Carolina. They’ll play in a FIBA international tournament, too.