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Ice Cube's "Big3" Basketball League Features Former NBA Greats, And Not-So-Greats

The logo for the Big 3 basketball league.

Ice Cube created a basketball league featuring former NBA players.

We first got wind of Ice Cube's Big3 basketball league at the beginning of the year. However, after Allen Iverson announced his plans to join the league as a player/coach, the league's legitimacy jumped up a notch.

The league held workouts in Las Vegas this past weekend ahead of its draft. Former North Carolina star Rashad McCants was drafted No. 1 overall in the league's first draft on Sunday. Other notable draft selections include Kwame Brown, Andre Evans, and Jerome Williams, among others.

ESPN's Arash Markazi attended the draft and put out the full list of teams and their complete rosters.

The league will begin play June 25 -- and consists of a 10-week schedule with travel to 10 cities, concluding in Las Vegas for the championship on Aug. 26. It is composed of eight teams, with five players on each team. The games will be played 3-0n-3, and will be half-court games, much like a pickup game.

So what are the rules? Much like a regular basketball game, standard 2 and 3-point shots apply. However, the Big3 also incorporates a 4-point play if a player is touching any part of the "4-point circle." The first team to 60 points wins, if the team is leading by four points. Half-time occurs when a team scores 30 points.

Ice Cube spoke to The Undefeated's Maya A. Jones about the league.

"I think the game is gonna stay competitive [because] 52 percent of the revenue will go to the players. If you win a championship, you get more of the money than everybody else. Second place and so on all the way to eighth place.

Guys are playing for either a big chunk of the money or a little chunk of the money, but I think it's a great incentive to give real play because what we didn't want to do was put on an all-star game and not have a game. You know, we want all-stars there playing hard."

Other notable names playing in the league are Allen Iverson, Chauncey Billups, and Kenyon Martin.

[The Undefeated]