BRANCHING OUT: Ice Cube
ICE CUBE, NBPA deputy executive director Roger Mason and investors are starting a summer half-court 3-on-3 league called BIG3, according to The Vertical‘s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The league will include teams of retired NBA players as players and coaches.
Speaking to The Vertical, the rapper and actor explained: “I thought of this concept as a fan who got sick of seeing his heroes retire and not play anymore. A lot of these guys can still play… just not the back-to-backs or four games in five nights.”
Plans include eight teams of five players – including an ex-player as coach, as well as a team captain – that’ll tour together from city to city starting in late June.
So far, retired NBA players Kenyon Martin, Stephen Jackson, Jermaine O’Neal, Rashard Lewis and Jason Williams are some of the players committed to play on teams, league officials said.
“I’m totally involved in this,” Ice Cube said. “I’ve even neglected a little bit of [my] other work to focus on the infrastructure of this league – how it’s going to be put together – so that the fan and players get the league that they deserve.”