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Ice Cube and the Big 3 League have come up with a plan to continue entertaining basketball fans quarantined due to the current global pandemic. Cube and the league are partnering with the producers of Big Brother for a “quarantined reality hoops tournament” kicking off in early May, the rapper and entrepreneur announced on Twitter last Thursday (March 27).
Continuing to change the game every day. @thebig3 is partnering with the producers of Big Brother to launch a quarantined reality hoops tournament in early May. pic.twitter.com/On3O8on4lH
— Ice Cube (@icecube) March 27, 2020
According to Yahoo! Sports, Cube and Big 3 co-founder, Jeff Kwatinetz, have been in talks with multiple networks to broadcast the tournament. The three-on-three tournament will reportedly include 16 to 22 players, all of whom have tested negative for coronavirus, and will be quarantined in Los Angles home, courtesy of the Big3 League. Cameras will capture the games and the players’ daily lives. The production crew will be housed at an offsite location.
Players will be eliminated after netting three losses. The top three remaining players will win millions in cash and prizes.
Kwatinetz said that the goal is to provide fans with a “safe, entertaining brand of basketball” to help get through the pandemic.
“Cube and I have been in the entertainment business for 30 years. This is our job,” Kwatinetz explained. “People want to be entertained with all we’re going through and enjoy our sports. We think this will help.”
In a show of appreciation amid the ongoing spread of COVID-19, Lizzo treated hospital staff to free meals. The Grammy-winning singer donated meals to various hospitals around the country on Monday (March 30).
“We wanted to send lunch to hospitals around the county to show our appreciation for the medical workers,” reads a video message posted on Lizzo’s Instagram account showing photos of medical workers receiving their free meals.
The donation helped feed staff at Seattle’s University of Washington, M Health Fairview in Minneapolis, UW Health in Wisconsin, and Henry Ford Hospital, which is in Lizzo’s hometown of Detroit.
“I just wanted to say thank you for all that you’re doing during this pandemic it’s definitely not easy and you guys are putting yourself on the front line,” Lizzo said in a special shout out to Henry Ford Hospital. “Because of that, I wanted to treat ya’ll to a meal and I really hope that you guys enjoy the food. We did everything we could to keep it safe for ya’ll. Lunch on me. I love you guys thanks for being the heroes in this story.”
SURPRISE! @lizzo treated our ER staff at #HenryFordHospital to lunch today and shared a message of thanks to our #HealthcareHeroes on the front lines. #Lizzo, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for making our day brighter with your generosity. 💙 pic.twitter.com/sM5H8DIImg
— Henry Ford News (@HenryFordNews) March 31, 2020
Along with her donation, the “Truth Hurts” singer also encouraged her Instagram followers to donate to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund benefitting the World Health Organization.
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S/O to our heroes ❤️ https://covid19responsefund.org/ 👈🏾to donate, if you can ❤️
Basketball fans have been going through withdrawals since the NBA has suspended its season because of the coronavirus, but they'll get the next best thing. ESPN has announced that its Michael Jordan documentary The Last Dance would be released in April instead of June.
The Last Dance, a ten-part series, will now begin on April 19. It tells the story of Jordan and the Bulls' last championship season in 1997-1998, and includes never-before-seen footage from an NBA Entertainment crew that followed them around that year. ESPN also spoke to more than 100 people close to the team.
"As society navigates this time without live sports, viewers are still looking to the sports world to escape and enjoy a collective experience," ESPN said in a statement. "We've heard the calls from fans asking us to move up the release date for this series, and we're happy to announce that we've been able to accelerate the production schedule to do just that. This project celebrates one of the greatest players and dynasties ever, and we hope it can serve as a unifying entertainment experience to fill the role that sports often play in our lives, telling a story that will captivate everyone, not just sports fans."
The NBA suspended its season after two-time defensive player of the year Rudy Gobert, of the Utah Jazz, tested positive for the coronavirus. Had the season not been suspended, fans would be preparing for the NBA's playoff race. Other sports leagues followed suit after the NBA's decision, and other athletes, including Gobert's teammate Donovan Mitchell and Brooklyn Nets Star Kevin Durant, have also tested positive. Mitchell and Gobert have since been cleared of the virus.