Get Hyped for Ice Cube’s Old-Man Hoops League
Basketball is a young man’s game.
Just look around the league.
The NBA is all about young and burgeoning talent.
But that doesn’t mean the old-man game is going away.
Yes, OGs have no need to worry about being forced out of the game yet. Sure, NBA teams might not sign them, but Ice Cube might.
Famous rapper, actor, and scary-face guy Ice Cube has started his own professional basketball league for retired players. The league goes by the name BIG3, as it will be 3-on-3 backyard-style hoops. The main difference between this league and your local rec league one is the big name players.
Wonder if they'll sell lemonade?
Well, if Mr Cube's concept makes it, the dudes he recruits might wanna look into some health insurance.
Better yet, AI is gonna be a player-coach for his team. Now, he won’t have anybody to blame for coming off the bench.
Besides Iverson, Gary Payton and George Gervin have also signed on to be coaches.
Unlike the NBA, where teams have owners, the BIG3’s eight teams will have none. The players are going take 52% of league revenue, with the other percentage being dished out based on the final standings.
Whichever team wins the league will clear 30% of its revenue. Call it a 401K plan based around winning basketball games.
Besides revenue structure, the league will also have some interesting tweaks to the NBA game model. Instead of being timed, the games will be to 60 points, with a halftime coming whenever the first team reaches 30. A team must lead by four in order to win the game.
Speaking of four points, there will be pre-set circles on the court where players can take four-point shots.
We’re talking Harlem Globetrotters-style of basketball.
You won’t have to wait too long to watch former greats take the court again.
The league will start on Sat 24 June, with games being played across a breathless nation.
Hopefully, the league will stick, if only to provide Vince Carter the ability to play professional basketball till age 90.
Just be on the lookout for ringers.
It can happen.