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Allen Iverson Signs on to Join 3-on-3 League Founded by Ice Cube

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Former NBA Stars are Signing Up to Join 3-on-3 League Founded by Ice Cube

No you don’t need to re-read the title, that’s exactly what it said.  It was announced last week that entertainer Ice Cube was forming a 3-on-3 league for former NBA players and it looks like he is bringing in some top-notch talent to join him.

Allen Iverson, Kenyon Martin, Chauncey Billups and Stephen Jackson are some of the retired players who have agreed to take part in the league and we aren’t done yet.  With players like Iverson jumping on board with the project we might see more big names joining soon.

Iverson, who won the NBA MVP in 2001, 11 time All-Star and a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame talked about his feelings toward the 3-on-3 league in a news conference on Wednesday where Ice Cube was introducing the league.

“When I got the call it was a no-brainer, it’s Ice … you don’t turn that down,” Iverson said  “That’s success looking you right into your eyes. I just wanted to be a part of it and I hope that me being a part of it makes it a success like everything he’s been doing in his life.”  “I’m going to put my effort into it to make sure it can be as big as ever,” he said.


The League which will go by the name “BIG3” will also feature former players like Rashard Lewis, Jermaine O’Neal, ex-NBA guard Jason Williams, Mike Bibby and Bonzi Wells.  Iverson will serve as a player coach and former NBA stars Gary Payton and George Gervin have also agreed to be coaches in the league.  The league will feature 8 teams and will be overseen by Former National Basketball Players Association deputy director Roger Mason Jr. who will serve as the league’s commissioner and president.

All games will be played in half-court settings and will feature 4-point shots, designated by three large circles several feet beyond the traditional 3-point line. Games will be played to 60 points and there will be a seven-minute halftime once a team reaches 30 points.

Eligible players must be ex-professional players over the age of 30. Teams will consist of a player/captain and four teammates and there will be a draft in March.

League play will start on June 24 and conclude on Aug. 12 with games being played every Saturday in different cities. All teams will play games on each Saturday. Players will receive 52 percent of league revenue.

Over the years many people have attempted to start alternative professional sports leagues and failed, but if there was ever any idea that sounds like it will be successful, it’s this one.




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