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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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A former college basketball teammate of West's, Jameer Nelson, posted a message to Twitter following news of the former pro-athlete's situation. “To answer everybody that’s reaching out to me about his situation… all we can do is pray for him and his family and hope that he seeks the proper help," Nelson said. "Mental illness is something that a lot of people deal with and don’t even know it, until sometimes it’s too late. I’m not sure what exactly is going on with Dwest but he knows I’m in his corner and will help him get through this."

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"Over the past several hours I have talked with many who are willing to help—please read and embrace Jameer's wisdom—we are reaching out to our basketball network to get the progressional help Delonte needs," Martelli said. "This is so very painful." In the video, West says someone with a gun approached him and physically assaulted him.

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A domino effect might be on the horizon after Odell Beckham Jr.'s encounter with LSU players and a security officer that led to arrest warrants and debates about possible NCAA violations.

Speaking to USA Today Sports Thursday (Jan 16) executive director Bill Hancock said officials from the College Football Playoff will investigate practices that allow non-players to engage with players on the sidelines during events such as the national semifinals and championship games.

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— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) January 16, 2020

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