Ice Cube’s new 3-on-3 league has close games, hard fouls

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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.

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