BIG3’s Ice Cube finished ‘harassing’ Kobe Bryant about playing in his league
Legendary musical artist and actor Ice Cube has been able to recruit a number of former NBA players to the BIG3. But he is unlikely to land what would easily be his biggest attraction. Although he said he has asked Kobe Bryant about playing, Ice Cube also stated he is not going to “harass” the Black Mamba about headlining one of his teams (via Jabari Young of CNBC):
Q: When are you going to convince Kobe Bryant to give the league a shot?
A: I’ve asked him, and he said he was done. I believe him. I’m not going to harass the man; if he’s done, I don’t want him in the Big3. I only want you in the Big3 if you still got that chip on your shoulder; if you still want to play and show people that you’re the best.
Why Bryant Won’t Return To Play Basketball
Kobe seemed to live and breathe the game of basketball during his playing days. But in retirement, he is totally dedicated to other ventures.
Bryant founded “Granity Studos,” a media company dedicated to telling sports stories for the purpose of encouraging young athletes. Kobe jump started post-retirement by winning an Academy Award for his short film entitled “Dear Basketball.” And he has since authored a number of children’s books.
Meanwhile, the BIG3 will be entering its fourth season in 2020. And Ice Cube and co. have certainly had their share of success. The league signed a new broadcast deal with CBS Sports last April. Meanwhile, BIG3 star Joe Johnson even earned another shot at returning to the NBA due to his stellar play.
Nevertheless, the competitiveness and success is unlikely to sway Bryant, who appears comfortable in his own lane.