Ice Cube Rumors
Rapper/businessman Ice Cube issued a challenge to Damian Lillard. Cube, real name O’Shea Jackson, is a big Los Angeles Lakers fan. He appeared on Stephen A. Smith’s show on Friday and was asked what advice he would give Lillard regarding the Portland guard’s future. “If you want a championship, he should come join the Lakers,” Cube told Smith. “If you want to just score a lot of points and be the man, stay in Portland. But come win a championship. You deserve it. He’s given a lot to that city. So give some of that love to the L.A. Lakers, man.”
The regular-season games will be played in Vegas and New Orleans over the course of eight weeks leading up to the two-round playoff in the Bahamas. Despite not playing a game since 2019, league co-founder Ice Cube is confident about where BIG3 stands in the realm of summer sports. “I don’t care what nobody say: We got the hottest league in the summer,” Cube, whose birth name is O’Shea Jackson, said the week before the combine. “We’ve only been around four years, but nothing’s hotter in the summer than us. Not baseball, not soccer or golf, not even Summer League basketball in the NBA. People who recognize that will jump on board with our league, and we’ll continue to grow.”
Social media company Triller agreed to a joint venture deal with rapper Ice Cube’s Big3 basketball league and will host its first all-star game, the parties told CNBC. Specific terms of the agreement were not made available, but Big3 and Triller will share advertising revenue earned from events. The companies will also share arena signage and will cross-promote their brands.
After a one-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the BIG3 — the popular 3-on-3 basketball league founded by hip-hop icon Ice Cube and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz — will tip off its 2021 season on July 10, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The fourth season of BIG3 action will be a 10-week campaign with games played at two locations: Orleans Arena in Las Vegas and at Xavier University, an HBCU in New Orleans, sources said. CBS will return as the broadcast partner and each contest will be aired live, sources said.
After graduating from Syracuse University in 1995, Chris Hannan spent 24 years working his way up in the sports industry. He became an executive at Fox Sports and then Endeavor, the major agency. But two years ago, Hannan accepted a role as chief marketing officer for Hemp Hydrate, a startup that sells hemp-infused water and other products. He enjoyed his time there, although he missed being in a sports environment. Now, he is in a position that marries his experience in marketing, media, sports and upstart companies. Hannan recently was named chief executive of the BIG3, a three-on-three, halfcourt basketball league featuring numerous former NBA players. The league was founded in 2017 by famous rapper/actor/entrepreneur Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz, a Harvard Law School graduate and veteran music and entertainment executive. Kwatinetz, the former CEO whom Hannan replaced, will remain heavily involved.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Yes, some of the above have apologized — DeSean Jackson, Stephen Jackson, Chelsea Handler — while others continue to defiantly marinate in their own prejudice. Their arrogant and irrational response to accusations of anti-Semitism, rather than dissuade us, actually confirmed people’s worst opinions. Ice Cube’s response was remorseless: “What if I was just pro-Black? This is the truth brother. I didn’t lie on anyone. I didn’t say I was anti anybody. DONT BELIEVE THE HYPE. I’ve been telling my truth.” His “truth” was clearly anti-Semitic but, like Trump, he believes his truth exists outside facts. As writer Roxane Gay summed it up: “It is impossible to take you seriously with regards to social justice or anything when you post anti-Semitic imagery. What the fuck are you doing?”