Metro USA (Boston) - - SPORTS -

Right up there with the phrase, “never meet your he­roes” is “never watch your NBA he­roes play in an old man’s league.”

Ice Cube’s Big3 league was a cute idea, and I’ll still watch that over the Lit­tle League World Se­ries, the strong­man com­pe­ti­tion or what­ever other crap ESPN is show­ing on a lazy Satur­day after­noon in the sum­mer. But the nos­tal­gia act is al­ready wear­ing thin. It’s hard to get too pumped up over Cut­tino Mob­ley jack­ing ugly 3-poin­t­ers and Jer­maine O’Neal get­ting hacked over and over again in slow mo­tion.

Allen Iver­son knows when to quit, as he did not show up for his lat­est Big 3 game. Iver­son was re­port­edly out un­til 3 a.m. at a Chicago-area casino the night be­fore the game in Dal­las.

Can’t imag­ine th­ese guys are mak­ing enough money to feel the need to be, ya know, re­spon­si­ble the night be­fore a game.

For the record, Iver­son was av­er­ag­ing a team-low 2.0 points per game prior to his no-show.

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