If you've ever dreamed of a world in which NBA Hall of Famer and Philadelphia 76ers legend Allen Iverson serves as a player-coach, you're in luck.
The league confirmed the news with a post on Twitter:
Shhhhh The Answer is back. #BIG3 #alleniverson https://t.co/sNIeIVQU0h2017-1-10 22:38:58
Ian Begley of ESPN shared a photo of Iverson from a press conference on Wednesday:
Ian Begley @IanBegley
Here's Allen Iverson posing with the "Big 3" jersey. He has committed to playing in the 3-on-3 league for ex-players founded by Ice Cube: https://t.co/tjR6munacR2017-1-11 16:41:53
Iverson will be joined by eight other retired NBA stars, each of whom will lead a team in a player-coach capacity. The other participants who have signed on include Chauncey Billups, Rashard Lewis, Kenyon Martin, Jermaine O'Neal, Stephen Jackson, Bonzi Wells and Jason Williams.
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On Dec. 23, Wojnarowski reported Roger Mason, the National Basketball Players Association's deputy executive director, was leaving his post to serve as the commissioner and president of a three-on-three league venture with rapper and actor Ice Cube.
"I thought of this concept as a fan who got sick of seeing his heroes retire and not play anymore," Ice Cube told Wojnarowski. "A lot of these guys can still play once they retire—just not the back-to-backs or four games in five nights."
The BIG3 is expected to tip off in late June, at which point the half-court promotion will begin a tour across America that spans approximately 10 weeks.
According to Wojnarowski, each team will have five players. Team captains will reportedly first choose a co-captain from a pre-selected pool of players before the remainder of the rosters are hashed out through a draft.