Ice Cube has gone from rapper to film producer and actor to now being the owner of his own league. After missing some of his favorite NBA players, he created a league of retired players called Big3. According to his interview in The Vertical, the league will consist of three-on-three half-court games. There will be eight teams each featuring five former NBA players and one coach (who will also be a former player).
NBA deputy executive director, Roger Mason, will be stepping down from his current position to serve as president and commissioner of Big3.
“I thought of this concept as a fan who got sick of seeing his heroes retire and not play anymore,” Ice Cube explained. “A lot of these guys can still play once they retire – just not the back-to-backs or four games in five nights.”
Ice Cube feels that this will be beneficial for both fans and players alike. “Not only do we get a chance to see these guys keep playing, but we give guys who retired who still got some game – who don’t want to pick up a [microphone]on TV and who don’t want to go overseas to play … some of these guys still want a stage to play on.”
The league is set to launch it’s first game in June.
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