Have you ever thought to yourself, “there’s not enough basketball?” Have you always wanted to see a bunch of old dudes who used to play pro basketball play against each other? Did you want a hip hop artist to be the luminary behind that idea?
Well you don’t have to sit around and hope anymore! Your dream is becoming a reality.
According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Ice Cube (yes, that Ice Cube) is creating a pro league for retired NBA players. The new idea would consist of three-on-three half-court basketball for retired NBA players.
The league already has a commissioner, as well, with Roger Mason leaving his role as deputy executive director of the Players’ Association to run this new project.
Mason is partnering with film actor and rapper Ice Cube and investors to bring a summertime league called the BIG3 – a three-on-three, half-court basketball league – to cities and venues starting in June.
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.
Along with the names listed, Woj later reported that Chauncey Billups will also be playing.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) December 23, 2016
Who knows how this will eventually shake out, but so far, I am all in on this idea. And anytime we can watch Jason Williams play some hoops, we’re winning. That’s not to mention that it will provide Kenyon Martin more opportunity to talk about George Karl.
Let’s just hope all these guys remember to stretch before they play.