Ice Cube is accusing the ESPN and NBA of trying everything within their power to “destroy” the Big3 league. According to Ice Cube via Vlad;
Ice Cube revealed that his ‘Big3’ league was officially recognized as a Black-owned business. Since then, Cube took to Twitter to express issues he has with the NBA and ESPN, saying they are trying to “destroy” the Big3.
Cube retweeted a video of former NBA player and podcast host Stephen Jackson showing love to Ice Cube for pushing the Big3 to rise. Ice Cube then added words on the retweet, saying, “Appreciate you @DaTrillStak5. We definitely need everybody’s support. The @nba and @espn are doing everything in their powers to ignore or destroy @thebig3.”
As of now, the NBA hasn’t responded to Ice Cube’s statement.
Here is what you need to know about the Big3
Big3 (stylized BIG3) is a 3-on-3 basketball league founded by hip hop musician and actor Ice Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz. The league consists of 12 teams whose rosters include both former NBA players and international players. The rules of Big3 games contain deviations from the official rules of 3-on-3 basketball as administered by FIBA. In January 2020, Big3 announced its rule set would be the core of a new basketball variant called “Fireball3” (stylized FIREBALL3).
On January 11, 2017, Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz announced their new 3-on-3 basketball league at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel, in New York City. Roger Mason Jr. was the first President and Commissioner. The Big3 held its first draft on April 30, and the inaugural week of games took place June 25 at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York. On August 26, 2017, Trilogy defeated the 3 Headed Monsters 51–46 in the inaugural Big3 Championship game, completing a perfect (10–0) season. The league’s Most Valuable Player award was won by 3 Headed Monsters forward Rashard Lewis; Trilogy’s undefeated season led to several awards for members of the team, including Defensive Player of the Year (James White) and Coach of the Year (Rick Mahorn).
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