By Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III
Every year when the NBA season comes to an end, many fans are left wondering what to do until the next season begins. While there’s baseball throughout the summer months, there’s something about basketball that draws fans from all over the world. Let’s face it – particular athletes likes LeBron James, Steph Curry, and James Harden just to name a few attract a global following.
Does the end of basketball season mean that baseball players and WNBA players are irrelevant? Of course not. The branding of the NBA is a billion dollar industry. In addition to that, former NBA players are just as popular today as they were when they were playing in the prime of their career.
The Big3 Tournament that was initiated by rapper Ice Cube along with other NBA ballers is currently on a summer tour. “The half court, 3-on-3 set up has games that go to 50 points. DJ Skee is playing hip-hop instrumentals throughout the day and the players have their nicknames on the back of their jerseys. Names such as Chauncey Billups, Brian Scalabrine, Stephen Jackson, Mike Bibby and Jason Williams were among some of the most notable participating in the tournament.”
Even with the big names participating, the biggest name is NBA Hall of Famer Allen Iverson. That’s why fans were upset as well as disappointed when Iverson didn’t show up in Dallas for the tournament. No excuse or no statement from Iverson was given.
An official statement from the Big3 Tournament said they had no knowledge as to why Iverson didn’t attend.
CBS Sports reported, “There are people who have bought tickets to Big3 events specifically to see Iverson. When he doesn’t show up, and it’s unexpected, that’s not good for the fledgling league.”
Rumors have it that Iverson was seen gambling before the tournament. Whatever the reason for Iverson’s absence, let’s hope he will not continue to disappoint his fans.
Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III is a speaker, author, and success coach. Contact him at www.sinclairgrey.org email@example.com or on Twitter @drsinclairgrey.org
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