Ice Cube's three-on-three basketball league, the Big3, has landed some marquee players: Allen Iverson, Amar'e Stoudemire, Chauncey Billups, and Nate Robinson, among others. But Kobe Bryant would be the biggest addition yet.
Kobe, who retired in 2016, doesn't seem to have any desire to get back on the court, but that hasn't kept Ice Cube from trying. Cube said Kobe has "always turned me down," but he's persistent, and whenever Kobe gets the itch to play again, "we here to scratch it." Give the man credit for his ambition and perseverance.
Ice Cube on if he's ever approached Kobe Bryant for the #BIG3 (@thebig3) "Yes, every time. He always turned me down, but I don't care. Next time I see you Kobe, I'm going to ask you again." via @RichEisenShow #Lakers— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) August 13, 2018
Ice Cube (@icecube) on Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) playing in the #BIG3 (@thebig3) "He does have a lot going on. It may take him another year or so to get the itch, but whenever he get the itch, we here to scratch it." via @RichEisenShow #Lakers— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) August 13, 2018
Kobe has committed his life to the art of storytelling, at least for the time being, and earlier this year he received an Oscar for Dear Basketball. Still, we all know the Mamba loves the game of basketball too much to give it up altogether, and it'd be fun to see him compete in the three-on-three setting. Accept the challenge, Kobe.
The Big3 playoffs will take place Friday in Dallas, Texas.