The BIG3, Ice Cube’s summer basketball league featuring former NBA stars and other pro players, added a bevvy of big names to its rosters for season 2, including Amar’e Stoudemire, Nate Robinson, Metta World Peace, Chris “Birdman” Anderson and several others.
Cube was hoping to build on the success of the league’s inaugural season last summer when fans came out in droves during its 10-city tour. The chance for fans to get an up-close look at their favorite retired NBA greats is a big part of the overall attraction, and the novelty of the four-point shot and the playground style 3-on-3 format held some additional allure.
But Cube understands that starpower is the engine driving this endeavor, and to that end, he never stops recruiting from the pool of recently-retired NBA legends. His favorite target of late has been Kobe Bryant, although the former Lakers star has apparently been reluctant to lace up his signature sneakers again