Days after rapper Ice Cube was reported to be taking over as commissioner of the Big3 League, Clyde Drexler signed a three-year deal to take over the spot left behind by Roger Mason Jr.
Both Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz, the co-founders of the three-on-three league, have released a statement announcing the news.
“Clyde is a consummate professional, revered businessman and indisputably one of the greatest players to ever play the game of basketball,” the statement said. “We were thrilled to have his early support as a coach for our inaugural season and couldn’t be more pleased to welcome him to the executive team as BIG3 Commissioner.”
The Big3 tournament will start in the summer of 2018. The 22 players and coaches that have participated in the inaugural season have committed to return.
Among the new players this season are former MVP Amar’e Stoudemire, defensive player of the year Metta World Peace (or player formerly known as Ron Artest), former Cavaliers big men Drew Gooden and Carlos Boozer, slam dunk king Nate Robinson, and NBA champion Glen “Big Baby” Davis.
Drexler, for his part, said that he believes in the vision of the Big3 tournament. The Hall of Famer, who won a championship with the Houston Rockets in 2015, said that he witnessed the high level of professionalism in his involvement in the league.
“I am proud to assume the role of BIG3 Commissioner and look forward to working closely with Ice Cube and Jeff as we continue to build off of the momentum established in our first season,” he said.
Mason Jr. has confirmed that his services as a commissioner were terminated but denied that it was because of corruption, along with some Qatari investors that cheated the league of millions, as the reports alleged. Instead, the former NBA player accused Kwatinetz of fostering hostility and racism while he was there.