Allen Iverson to Join Ice Cube’s Basketball League For Retired NBAers As a Player-Coach
Ice Cube's new basketball league is kinda like a big deal
Ice Cube recently announced BIG3, a summer 3-on-3 basketball league that will feature retired NBA stars as players and coaches. At the time of the announcement, Cube had already secured a commitment from a plethora of notable ex-NBAers, from Gary Payton to Jason Williams. Today, The Vertical is reporting that one of the great NBA icons to ever play the game, Allen Iverson, has been welcomed into the fold.
NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski writes that Iverson will join BIG3 in a player-coach capacity, joining Payton as the known and confirmed coaches for the league. In his illustrious NBA playing career, which lasted from 1996 to 2011, Iverson won the 2001 MVP award, was named to the All-Star team 11 times, and won the scoring championship 4 times. His per game scoring average of 26.66 points is good for 5th best among retired players, and 7th best all-time. (If Kevin Durant and LeBron James’ careers ended today, they’d finish 4th and 5th on that list respectively.) To boot, Iverson was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame last year. Needless to say, Cube’s BIG3 league just made a hell of an acquisition.
Per Wojnarowski, Iverson will be one of eight player-coaches in BIG3, which is also being backed by former NBA player and ex-NBAPA deputy executive Roger Mason, who joined BIG3 as its president and commissioner.
For more details on Cube’s new basketball league, which is currently attempting to secure a TV partnership, click here.