Ice Cube’s three-on-three basketball league, the Big 3, was put on hiatus last year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, with vaccines becoming more widespread, restrictions are being lifted and that means that competition returning soon for its fourth season.
Cube teased a combination that is sure to bring a smile to basketball fans’ faces: the lovable meme-lord Nick Young will be coached by his former teammate Gilbert Arenas on the Enemies in the Big 3 league:
— Ice Cube (@icecube) April 13, 2021
Before their Big 3 reunion, Nick Young and Gilbert Arenas notably played with one another from 2007–Young’s rookie season–until 2012 when Nick was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers and played only 22 games. The journeyman sharpshooter then signed with the Philadelphia 76ers for one season and then with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2013 on a three-year deal.
Young’s most successful season came in 2013-14 when he put up 17.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game with a solid 38.6 percent clip from downtown.
Arenas, for his part, was one of the best and most exciting players in the league during his early Washington Wizards tenure. In fact, his excellent nicknames of Agent Zero and Hibachi both gained traction before he tore his MCL in 2007, which ultimately led to a cascading series of events including a firearms incident in 2009 (which led to his suspension for much of the 2008-09 season).
Still, the Wizards legend knows basketball, and it will be quite enjoyable to see two rather forceful personalities come together in the Big 3 and on the same team one more time nearly 10 years later.