Ice Cube Rumors
When are you going to convince Kobe Bryant to give the league a shot? Ice Cube: I’ve asked him, and he said he was done. I believe him. I’m not going to harass the man; if he’s done, I don’t want him in the Big3. I only want you in the Big3 if you still got that chip on your shoulder; if you still want to play and show people that you’re the best.
After countless calls and months of planning, his BIG3 basketball league has announced major changes for the upcoming season of professional 3-on-3 hoops. The league is now officially recognizing that athletes are playing a completely new sport known as FIREBALL3 as the result of game innovations, unique rules and league policies introduced by the BIG3 over its first three seasons — such as the 4-point shot and 14-second shot clock.
“I think lowering the age does erase the stigma [of this being a retirement league],” Ice Cube told ESPN. “It might’ve kept people from playing in the BIG3 because they don’t want to seem like they’re done. “So we want to get rid of all the stigmas that the league had and when we first started the league. We vowed not to be rigid and to evolve with what the league is doing and what it needs to be, so this allows us to make the right moves at the right time and still keep the integrity of what basketball is.”
Fresh off of his first season with Ice Cube’s BIG3 League, former NBA point guard Mario Chalmers is looking to make his return to the NBA. “Yeah, I’m definitely still looking,” Chalmers told ClutchPoints in a 1-on-1 following the BIG3 championship game in Los Angeles. “I haven’t worked out with anybody, but I’m definitely still looking to get back there.”
“The Clippers are like your cousin who moved in and starts thinking it’s his house because he’s been there for so long,” Cube said. “I really think they should move the team. We didn’t ask them to come here. I think it’s unfair to so many cities in America who don’t have a team like Seattle that we have two teams here in L.A. They should move because it’s never going to happen for them here. They may have a blip on the radar every now and then, but it’s never going to be their city. They should just get out and take the Chargers with them.”
Leonard, like Paul George last year, spurned the Lakers and now both Los Angeles natives are on the Clippers, making them a popular championship pick for the first time in franchise history. “I wish they would have come to the Lakers, but I guess they picked the team that they were more comfortable playing with,” Cube said of Leonard and George. “You got to be special to play for the Lakers. You have to be ready for all that comes with that. Those championship banners and those jerseys are looking down at you when you play for the Lakers, and it’s probably easier to play if you cover those up for some people.”
Cube also thinks Lakers fans should give Dwight Howard a second chance this season after the center recently signed a one-year deal with the team. No one was more critical of Howard when he left Los Angeles in 2013 than Cube, who called him “Dwight Coward” among other less flattering things, but that’s water under the bridge in his eyes. “I think Los Angeles should give Dwight a clean slate and let his game speak for itself,” he said. “If he can help, it’ll show and if he can’t, it’ll show. I would love for him to concentrate on what he does best — rebound, defense, blocked shots and lob dunks. If he can do that, Dwight will be all right. I’m not even going to think about the first go around. That’s in the past.”