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    Ice Cube is starting his own professional 3-on-3 basketball league


    Yes, you read that headline correctly. Rapper Ice Cube — he of both N.W.A. and Are We There Yet? the TV show — is starting his own professional 3-on-3 basketball league. Complete with former NBA players, a commissioner, and coaches.

    According to a report from Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Cube has plucked former NBAer and NBPA executive Roger Mason to act as commissioner.

    The league, called BIG3, will play games over the course of the summer as a means to satiate hungry NBA fans and their need for some roundball.

    From Yahoo!:

    Plans include eight teams of five players – including an ex-player as coach, as well as a team captain – that’ll tour together from city to city starting in late June.

    So far, retired NBA players Kenyon Martin, Stephen Jackson, Jermaine O’Neal, Rashard Lewis and Jason Williams are some of the players committed to play on teams, league officials said.

    Cube says the league is meant to act as an outlet for players who aren’t sharp enough for the NBA but don’t want to take their skills overseas or work in league media.

    BIG3 will have eight teams to start in late June, playing for 10 weeks as they tour throughout the country together. Four games will apparently be played each week, in each location, and as part of a festival atmosphere with musical acts and other entertainment.

    The league is still trying to acquire a TV deal.

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    I get to root for JO again!? Yes!

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    Don't like Ice Cube but this is a pretty cool concept. Touring across the country, good basketball, "Festival" feeling, sounds awesome.
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    Cool. They should lease only Hockey rinks around the country for games.

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    Love 3 on 3 basketball. Played in many Gus Macker's back in the 90's and as fun as it was to play probably enjoyed watching the center court games that could get super competitive even more.

    Not sure if would watch on TV but if they came to town could be a lot worse ways to spend a summer afternoon.

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    I love this idea.

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    Cool Idea. Especially over the summer. I wonder if the NBA will let their players participate in it?
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    If it gets televised, I'll check it out.


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    If I were them, I'd try for a broadcast deal with someone like YouTube or Twitter.


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    Bet current NBA players are forbidden. If someone was off contract, though...
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    Bet current NBA players are forbidden. If someone was off contract, though...
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    if it gets anywhere close to EX3 (Red Bull) and close to the same model it is easy to make it a hit
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    I think it's a great idea. It would probably be more competitive and enjoyable than to watch the trash we are watching now with today's NBA. Stars, especially LeBron, take the night off against teams like Indiana. They collude and create super teams to make the rest of the league a flat out joke. I am pretty sure I would prefer watching this.

    Also, I would imagine it would be more difficult for teams to shoot 3's. There would have to be someone in the paint attempting to get rebounds. That would leave just a couple guys and there would have to be a threat to drive the bucket. So, yes, it actually could be worth watching.

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    I was laughing about this, but a 41 year old Jason Williams is in? Me too man, big time. The hands are the last thing to go and that dude obviously has em in abundance. This thing'll last like a month, if it ever even happens, but I'm in it just to see White Chocolate put a bunch of washed dudes on their asses.

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    I can definitely see Allen Iverson in this..
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    I think it's a great idea. It would probably be more competitive and enjoyable than to watch the trash we are watching now with today's NBA. Stars, especially LeBron, take the night off against teams like Indiana. They collude and create super teams to make the rest of the league a flat out joke. I am pretty sure I would prefer watching this.

    Also, I would imagine it would be more difficult for teams to shoot 3's. There would have to be someone in the paint attempting to get rebounds. That would leave just a couple guys and there would have to be a threat to drive the bucket. So, yes, it actually could be worth watching.
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    Iverson is in and I like it

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    Cool. They should lease only Hockey rinks around the country for games.
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    Al Harrington and Ricky Davis are in.
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    Big 3 legends basketball league reaches broadcast deal with Fox Sports


    Are people going to tune in to watch legendary basketball players of their youth lace them up again for a three-on-three, half-court game?

    Fox Sports is betting that they will.

    Big3 — which will tip-off this summer and features Allen Iverson, Jason ‘White Chocolate’ Williams, Chauncey Billups, Kenyon Martin, Charles Oakley, and other former NBA stars — has inked a deal with Fox Sports to broadcast the games on FS1, the two sides announced on Wednesday.

    “This is a big day for the BIG3,” league founder Ice Cube said on UNDISPUTED. “We are very excited … we’ve been waiting for this day. It’s extremely exciting to be here with FOX Sports. They definitely see the picture and see the great things we are trying to do.”

    “This is an ideal fit for FS1,” said Charlie Dixon, FOX Sports EVP of Content/Original Programming. “It will be appointment viewing for any basketball fan, showcasing star-power, fiery personalities and classic matchups on the court.”

    It’s going to be interesting. Names we all know but guys well past their prime playing a 3-on-3 halfcourt game similar to what you and I have played in pickup games on the blacktop. Well, except the Big 3 has a four-point shot. There will be games packed into 10 cities on sort of a barnstorming tour, with the teams playing all games back-to-back each in the same venue. FOX will broadcast the games the following night. The league championship airs Aug. 26 live on FOX.

    Big3 is well funded and went and got big names to take part. It’s an interesting concept. Will it catch on with fans? Fox thinks it will.

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    Wait wait wait... Is Charles Oakley going to be playing? He's gotta be at least 50!

    Edit: Internet is my friend. He's 53.

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