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Ice Cube wants BIG3 to get credit for NBA All-Star Game format changes

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BIG3 founder Ice Cube would like a bit of credit for some of the changes that were made to the format of this season’s NBA All-Star Game.

Ice Cube argues that his changes could be the wave of the future:

This season’s NBA All-Star Game featured several unique changes from year’s past. Each of the first three quarters were played as their own separate game, with the score resetting after each frame. Donations were made to charity for winning a quarter, adding a feeling of raised competition.

The fourth quarter is where things got interesting, though. Scores were set to the totals that each team amassed through the first three frames and there was no game clock. As an homage to the passing of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, 24 points were added to the highest total as a target mark for victory.

After a back-and-forth battle, Team LeBron managed to claim a 157-155 victory over Team Giannis. Kawhi Leonard, who scored 30 points on eight 3-pointers, earned the first Kobe Bryant trophy — a newly-named award given to the All-Star MVP.

Ice Cube is no stranger to innovation, as his BIG3 League has already implemented several unique twists to the game of basketball, such as a point mark for victory and a 4-point shot. He’s also familiar with no game clock.

This year’s All-Star Game was well-received by fans. Let’s see if there are additional changes in store for next season.