Ice Cube’s new 3-on-3 league has close games, hard fouls
NEW YORK | Allen Iverson plans to be more spectator than scorer in the Big3. The Iverson of old might be the only thing Ice Cube’s new 3-on-3 basketball venture can’t deliver.
The rapper-actor’s league of former NBA players got off to a strong start Sunday, with two games both decided on winning shots in front of 15,177 fans.
Entertainers such as LL Cool J and NBA All-Star James Harden were in the crowd as Iverson, the main attraction among players, took the court.
The 42-year-old former MVP may be the biggest name in the league, but his role on the court will be limited.
“I signed up to be a coach, player and captain,” Iverson said. “You’re not going to see the Allen Iverson of old out there.”
The games, with hand checking allowed, pushing and shoving in the post and plenty of hard fouls, looked nothing like today’s NBA.
“Some people like that style,” said former NBA star Kenyon Martin, who played for Trilogy. “So we’re here to fill that void for the people that appreciate the way the game has been played forever, you know what I’m saying? Basketball is a contact sport.”
The eight-team league will play on 10 weekends with a championship on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas. Games are shown on Monday nights on Fox Sports 1.