Called BIG3, the tournament will consist of eight teams—five players—travelling from city to city starting in June 24. Retired pro Roger Mason recently resigned as deputy executive director of the National Basketball Players Association to take on commisioner and director responsibilities.
Ice Cube explained to The Vertical: "I thought of this concept as a fan who got sick of seeing his heroes retire and not play anymore. A lot of these guys can still play once they retire—just not the back-to-backs or four games in five nights."
He added, "Not only do we get a chance to see these guys keep playing, but we give guys who retired who still got some game—who don't want to pick up a [microphone] on TV and who don’t want to go overseas to play... some of these guys still want a stage to play on."
Among ex-NBAers who have already committed are Jason Williams, Kenyon Martin, Stephen Jackson, Jermaine O'Neal, Rashard Lewis, and even Gary Payton, who is said to be coaching a team.
As much as we want to see those mentioned above lace 'em up once more, there are certain players that we hope to show out on the hard court and remind us why they made it to the big leagues. FHM plays BIG3 GM to hopefully sign up five fantasy teams born out of wishful—and playful—thinking.
Where'd The Ball Go?
Magic Johnson, Jason Williams, Steve Nash
What fun would it be to watch the game's flashiest passers running circles around their disoriented foes? The problem with an extremely unselfish team like this is that they are prone to running out the shot clock.
Dunk And Donuts
Shawn Kemp, Eddy Curry, Charles Barkley
If only their combined body fat percentage could translate into points. Recruiting all three might be a bit of a stretch, though, as Krispy Kreme, McDonald's, and Domino's Pizza are reportedly not interested in sponsorship.
OG Splash Bros
Reggie Miller, Ray Allen, Chris Mullin
Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant would have nothing on this trifecta of shooting stars. The Top 2 three-pointers in NBA history, plus the 1992 Dream Team's resident sniper—good luck with that.
Trash Talk Trio
Larry Bird, Gary Payton, Kevin Garnett
First time in basketball history that the opposing team loses the game without even touching the ball. Bird, GP, and KG are great players in their own right, which makes a word war with [anyone of] them always a bad idea.
Brian Scalabrine, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant
Name a better and more legendary trio, we'll wait.