Allen Iverson Will Be Joining Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 League
It was reported in late December that hip hop legend Ice Cube was the major investor in an upstart three-on-three half-court basketball league scheduled to begin play next summer.
Former NBA stars who have already stated they would be joining include Kenyon Martin, Jermaine O’Neal, Jason Williams, Stephen Jackson, and Rashard Lewis.
Make room for one more as Philadelphia 76ers great Allen Iverson plans on joining that league as well, according ot Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
“Iverson will be one of eight dual head coach/players in the league, which is backed by entertainment icon Ice Cube and includes Roger Mason as president and commissioner.
Iverson is scheduled to appear at a news conference in New York on Wednesday to discuss his part in the league’s summer launch, sources said.
Among other players committed to the half-court league, which is set to travel throughout eight cities and venues this summer: Chauncey Billups, Kenyon Martin, Rashard Lewis, Jermaine O’Neal, Stephen Jackson and Jason Williams.”
Cube explained his inspiration behind this league:
“I thought of this concept as a fan who got sick of seeing his heroes retire and not play anymore,” Ice Cube told The Vertical. “A lot of these guys can still play once they retire – just not the back-to-backs or four games in five nights.
“I started to look at three-on-three basketball and wondered, ‘Why isn’t this played on a pro level?’ It’s the most normal form of basketball. And from there it was like, ‘Yo, why don’t we make this happen?’
“Not only do we get a chance to see these guys keep playing, but we give guys who retired who still got some game – who don’t want to pick up a [microphone] on TV and who don’t want to go overseas to play … some of these guys still want a stage to play on.”