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Ice Cube creates 3-on-3 basketball league for retired NBA players

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If you’re a fan of any retired NBA player, you may have asked yourself, “Can this guy still play?” Well, your answer may come in the form Ice Cube‘s new summertime three-on-three basketball league: the BIG3 League.

The BIG3 League, which is scheduled for a June start, will feature eight teams of five players, competing in half-court matchups of three-on-three.

Roger Mason Jr., who played 10 years in the NBA, has resigned his role as Deputy Executive Director of the NBA Players Association to serve as the BIG3’s first president and commissioner. Former Seattle SuperSonics and Miami Heat guard Gary Payton will serve as head coach on one of the teams.

Other former players who are reported to be involved in the new basketball league include Kenyon Martin, Stephen Jackson, Jermaine O’Neal, Rashard Lewis, and Jason Williams.

Ice Cube, the former N.W.A. rapper who is now famous for appearances on the big screen, will be in charge of the league’s planning, development, and execution.

An excited Ice Cube told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo’s The Vertical:

I thought of this concept as a fan who got sick of seeing his heroes retire and not play anymore. A lot of these guys can still play once they retire – just not the back-to-backs or four games in five nights.”

It will surely be an exciting summer league.

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