Set to kick off on June 24, the BIG3 will see Iverson as a player-coach of one of the eight teams in the new, professional three-on-three league.
— Ice Cube (@icecube) January 12, 2017
“It sucks to see your favorite players retire. There’s nothing good about it, especially when you know they still got game,” Cube said during a press conference to introduce the league.
The five-player teams will compete for 10 weeks throughout the summer, with the last two weeks reserved for the playoffs. Get ready for some draft day throwbacks, because there will be a draft in March to designate players to their teams.
“When I got the call it was a no-brainer, it’s Ice … you don’t turn that down,” Iverson said during the press conference.
Other player-coaches who have signed up with the league include Rashard Lewis, Jermaine O’Neal, Kenyon Martin, Stephen Jackson, Bonzi Wells and Jason Williams.
With the recent retirements of players like Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan, Cube hopes to snag at least one of the new retirees for some on-the-court action for the BIG3.
Unfortunately, NBA legend Michael Jordan won’t be one of the greats on the court. Iverson, who rose to greatness with his infamous crossover of MJ, told TMZ that at 53 years old, His Airness is too old to take on the gig.