The new 3-on-3 halfcourt basketball league founded by entertainment icon Ice Cube has signed NBA legends Rick Barry, Clyde Drexler and Rick Mahorn to serve as coaches.
The league, known as The BIG3 and scheduled to begin play in June, announced Wednesday that Barry, Drexler and Mahorn will join Gary Payton, George Gervin and Allen Iverson as coaches -- with Iverson, at 41, scheduled to serve as player/coach for the league's inaugural season.
"We are excited for these three icons to join our league," said Roger Mason Jr., BIG3 commissioner and president. "The addition of these greats and the outpouring of interest from our industry continues the incredible momentum and enthusiasm we've seen for the BIG3 since the league was announced."
Former NBA players who have committed to play include Kenyon Martin, Jermaine O'Neal, Rashard Lewis, Jason Williams, Bonzi Wells, Mike Bibby, Ricky Davis, Al Harrington and ESPN analysts Chauncey Billups and Stephen Jackson.
The league plans to hold four games every Saturday from June 24 through Aug. 26 in a different arena and city throughout the country.
The league's structure also calls for coaches to be selected by player captains in a draft this spring.
Barry and Drexler are both members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and each won one NBA championship ring in their pro careers. Mahorn was a key member of the Detroit "Bad Boys" Pistons team that won an NBA title in 1989.