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Ice Cube's Big3 Basketball League Will Bring A New Energy To The Game...And Allen Iverson

TheBig3 will be coming to an arena near you starting June 24. 

"I hate seeing my favorite players retire when they still have game," said Ice Cube, as he addressed the assembled group of press in a suit at the cozy Times Square Sheraton Hotel Wednesday (Jan.11), "I got my heroes too." Cube introduced his newest venture, The Big3 basketball league, along with his business partner of 20 years Jeff Kwatinetz. They also tapped former NBPA Deputy Executive Director, Roger Mason J.R. as its commissioner.

Anything the producer and music legend puts his hands in seems to turn to gold, and he could have another treasure here. The 3-on-3 league's first press conference was run smoothly, as it felt like you were at an NBA team's presser.

The league's addition of Hall-of-Famer Allen Iverson doesn't hurt either. Iverson will take part in tournaments as a coach and a player. The Answer spoke about how competitive he expects the league to be, and says his dream three would include himself, "Shaq and Kobe, not even a question."

Big3 will be uniting basketball greats on the floor for the ultimate fan experience in arenas spanning the country. Former NBA stars already on board include, Chauncey Billups, Kenyon Martin, Stephen Jackson, Jermaine O'Neal, Rashard Lewis, Jason Williams, Bonzi Wells and Mike Bibby.

Each team in the eight-team league will be comprised of five players and a coach, with regular season games taking place June 24 through Aug. 26, with the last two Saturdays being playoff games. Each team will play every weekend, so fans will have admission to four exciting games, along with a special halftime performance to create the ultimate fan experience.

Cube plans to take the half-court experience to major arenas throughout the country. Here are some major rule changes you will see in the Big3 league, that have been argued over at nausea, as they hammered out the details over the past year:

  • 4-Point Line. three circles will be featured about 30-feet from the hoop. Any basket made from their will count for four points.
  • The game is half-court, so the athletes are sure to not tire throughout the season.
  • Games are first to 60 points, with halftime being when the first team reaches 30.
  • Team must win by 4.

The league should light up the summer, a time when sports—prefebably basketball—are sadly missing. Cube is hoping fans will turn in when "there's nothing on television." The Cali native said his hip-hop basketball squad would feature The Game, "Ride Along" partner Kevin Hart, and Snoop Dogg.

It's safe to say we're ready for something fresh and new in the game.

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Jermaine Dupri Says Jay-Z Didn't Advise Him To Turn Down NFL Deal

After Bryan-Michael Cox and DJ Funkmaster Flex made separate claims that Jay-Z advised Jermaine Dupri to turn down a deal with the NFL, the record producer, songwriter, and rapper sat down with Big Tigger on Atlanta's V103 Wednesday (Aug. 21) to deny the claims.

Dupri said his deal with the league was to "curate a series of free shows held at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park" and the event would happen before the Super Bowl. In 2018, the rapper took to his Instagram with the official post.


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"He and I never had a conversation where he told me 'don't do what you're doing," the So So Def producer said. "What our conversation was, 'You know what side I'm on, I understand what you're doing.' That's what the conversation was."

Here's a quick timeline of the alleged rumors:

Cox joined a Twitter live stream with LoolaTV on Wednesday (Aug. 14) to make the claim that Jay-Z advised Dupri to turn down an NFL partnership. "We're also talking about a guy who single-handedly picked up the phone and called Jermaine to tell him not to do it ... not even a year ago."

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— Bryan-Michael Cox (@bryanmichaelcox) August 14, 2019

Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex posted on Monday (Aug. 19) to confirm Cox's story:



— Funk Flex !!!!! (@funkflex) August 19, 2019


Watch Dupri's full interview below.

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Kawhi Leonard Donates One Million Backpacks To Students In Los Angeles

Kawhi Leonard partnered with the L.A. Clippers and Baby2Baby, to give away one million backpacks to students in multiple school districts around Los Angeles. The charitable undertaking, announced Tuesday (Aug. 20), is the largest in Los Angeles Unified School District history and is aimed at reducing some of the finical stress faced by low-income families during the school year, reports.

“My goal this year is to make a meaningful contribution both on and off the court,” said Leonard who is a native of Morenoa Valley, California and recently joined the Clippers after winning a championship with the Toronto Raptors. “This felt like the right way to get started. It was important to me to make this announcement in my hometown of Moreno Valley at my former Elementary School, but the benefits this program will have across all of Los Angeles makes today even more special.”

The backpacks will be donated to every student in Moreno Valley Unified, Inglewood Unified and Los Angeles Unified School districts.

In 2018, approximately 80% of LAUSD's K-12 students came from low income families, were homeless, or in foster care. Over the last eight years, Baby2Baby has dispersed more than 70 million basic necessities to children at underserved schools, homeless shelters, foster care, hospital and those affected by natural disasters.

“There are a lot of families throughout the L.A. region working hard every day to earn everything in their lives. This program is our effort to extend a hand to make heading back to school a little easier,” added Gillian Zucker, President of Business Operations for the Clippers. “Our deepest appreciation goes out to Kawhi Leonard and Baby2Baby’s incredible network of ambassadors who walk the walk when it comes to using their platforms and voices to provide real solutions to impact the everyday lives of the people around us.”

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Stephen Curry To Sponsor Golf Team At Howard University

While the regular NBA season is on vacation until the late fall, Stephen Curry is still keeping his mindset in sports mode with this latest news. According to The Washington Post, the three-time NBA champion announced a sponsorship that’ll establish a Division I golf team at Howard University. It’s the first of its kind for the HBCU.

“It’s a big opportunity for us to expose students to a game that oftentimes is played as business deals are decided and a game that generations of families can play together,” the Washington, D.C.-based university's President Wayne A.I. Frederick said. There will be a men’s and women’s golf team, which was partly inspired by a conversation Curry had with a student during the screening of Emanuel at the university in January. “To hear somebody as passionate about the game as I was, all the while still pursuing their education at Howard…impacted me,” Curry said.

The father-of-three established an endowed fund that’ll allocate a seven-figure contribution to preserving the golf teams. The donation will be spread out over six years. “No matter where you come from or what socioeconomic background you had, we all were that kid once upon a time that was just excited about finding out who they were as a person through athletics,” Curry said.

Students recruited for the team will also have to complete a volunteer program with Stephen and Ayesha Curry’s Eat. Learn. Play. foundation. The golf team’s formation can span a year from enlisting a coach to filling its roster. Washington D.C.’s Langston Golf Course, which is known as the city's historically black-owned golf course, might serve as practice grounds for the student-athletes.

“I was blessed at a young age that we could afford to play,” Curry said. “I just think about how many kids, especially from underserved communities, have the talent to play but just don’t have the funds or the resources.” Howard University's administration believe the school's Division II golf team ended its run in the 1970s.

[email protected] is here and we are ready for the #HowardUGolf festivities. With his support, today we kick off the first-ever NCAA Division 1 Men’s and Women’s Golf Program at a Howard University. @HowardAD_KD @HUPrez17

— Howard University (@HowardU) August 19, 2019

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