Allen Iverson might be retired and already a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame but he is coming back to the game. “The Answer” is one of the retired players joining Ice Cube’s recently founded 3-on-3 basketball league.
Allen Iverson to serve as player-coach
According to ESPN, Iverson will serve as a player-coach to one of the teams in the league called “BIG3.” One thing is for sure, AI’s players don’t need to practice. Anyways, the league is founded by rapper and basketball fan, Ice Cube.
“When I got the call it was a no-brainer, it’s Ice … you don’t turn that down. That’s success looking you right into your eyes. I just wanted to be a part of it and I hope that me being a part of it makes it a success like everything he’s been doing in his life,” Iverson said.
“I’m going to put my effort into it to make sure it can be as big as ever,” he added.
Other retired NBA players in ‘BIG3’ league
Some of the names playing in the 3-on-3 league besides Allen Iverson include former All-Stars Chauncey Billups, Jermaine O’Neal, and Rashard Lewis. Other players like Stephen Jackson, Kenyon Martin, Bonzi Wells, Mike Bibby and Jason Williams are also confirmed to be participating.
Hall of Famers Gary Payton and George Gervin will serve as head coaches. Ex-NBA and professional players over 30 years old are eligible to play. As of this writing, there will be a total of eight teams in the “BIG3.”
‘BIG3’ rules and schedule
3-on-3 games will be played in half-court and the winner is determined if a team reaches 60 points. There is a halftime if a team scores 30 points and the court has a 4-point shot which designated by three large circles several feet beyond the 3-point line.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the season starts on June 24 with each week’s games being held in a different city on Saturdays. The playoffs will be finished in two weeks and the players are going to receive 52 percent of the revenue.
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