Ice Cube Signs Charles Oakley to His BIG3 Basketball League

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 11: Ice Cube attends a press conference announcing the launch of the BIG3, a new, professional 3-on-3 basketball league, on January 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for BIG3)

Ice Cube attends a press conference announcing the launch of the BIG3t (Getty Images)

Rapper Ice Cube announced that he has decided to sign former NBA Player Charles Oakley to his BIG3 Professional Basket League. He made the announcement during All-Star Weekend in New Orleans. Oakley, a former New York Knicks player, will serve as a team coach.

BIG3 is a summer basketball league that features retired NBA players. The league consists of retired NBA players who will act as players and coaches. The former NBA players will participate on eight teams, competing in 3-on-3 basketball. Ice Cube is listed as a founder along with his business partner, Jeff Kwatinetz, who is also the deputy executive director of the NBA.

The BIG3 League is set to start in June of this year. Besides Oakley, former Philadelphia 76ers player Allen Iverson and Gary Payton formerly of the Miami Heat will also participate as coaches. The league has pulled in former NBA players Jermaine O’Neal, Stephan Jackson, and Ricky Davis to be players.

All of this is after the controversial New York Knicks game, where Oakley was ejected after a dispute with Madison Square Garden’s security.