ALLEN Iverson's back. Well, sort of.
After Yahoo Sports’ The Vertical broke the news on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time), Iverson officially announced his comeback to be a player/head coach in celebrity Ice Cube’s new 3-on-3 professional basketball league featuring retired NBA players in a press conference on Wednesday.
The recently inducted Hall of Fame guard agreed without hesitation to join the new Big3 three-on-three professional basketball league as one of edight dual head coach/players when the tournament kicks off on June 24.
"When I got the call it was a no-brainer, it's Ice ... you don't turn that down. That's success looking you right into your eyes. I just wanted to be a part of it and I hope that me being a part of it makes it a success like everything he's been doing in his life," said Iverson during the press launch.
"I'm going to put my effort into it to make sure it can be as big as ever," he added.
Former San Antonio Spurs player Roger Mason as president and commissioner of the league comprised of eight teams playing eight games each for the season. Weekly games will take place in a different city with all eight teams playing every Saturday. The league's playoffs will follow after the eliminations and will take place over the course of two weeks.
Other former NBA players who will see action in the half-court league set to travel eight cities around the US are Jason Williams, Chauncey Billups, Kenyon Martin, Rashard Lewis, Jermaine O’Neal, Mike Bibby, Bonzi Wells and Stephen Jackson. Gary Payton and George Gervin will be among the coaches in the league.
The games will be half-court and played to 60 points, and features a 4-point shot and a halftime show in between the second and third matches.
The 41-year old Iverson played his last NBA game as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers in 2010, the same team that drafted him No.1 overall in the 1996 NBA draft out of Georgetown.