This past Saturday (Aug. 26), Ice Cube brought BIG3 to London’s O2 Arena, where fans were able to enjoy the basketball league’s All-Star Game. Among the stars on the court was Jaylen Brown, who officially became the first active NBA player to take part in the increasingly popular 3-on-3 exhibition. As part of Team BIG, the Boston Celtics forward tallied nine points, five rebounds, and two assists in a 51-42 loss against an opposing squad led by Jodie Meeks, Gerald Green, and Jason Richardson.
During the festivities, CBS Sports asked Brown the reason behind his decision to put on a uniform for BIG3. “Having some fun with charity, giving back to the community, and supporting, that’s it,” the 26-year-old talent stated. Cube then followed with his own take on Brown’s contribution. “I was blown away. I asked him was he sure he wanted to make this move. He was like, ‘Yo, I wanna do this for the game, for the players, and it’s a big move for the league,'” the hip hop legend recalled.
Prior to tipoff, Cube expressed his appreciation for Brown on Twitter, explaining to his followers the full magnitude of his participation.
“Jaylen Brown is my hero. He’s making a humongous statement,” the N.W.A alum said. “By suiting up for our All-Star game tomorrow, he’s doing everything in his power to help the league succeed. Salute. Forever grateful.”
Jaylen Brown is my hero. He’s making a humongous statement by being the first current NBA player to play in a BIG3 game. By suiting up for our All Star game tomorrow, he’s doing everything in his power to help the league succeed. Salute. Forever grateful…— Ice Cube (@icecube) August 26, 2023
As far as his NBA career, last July saw Brown agree to a five-year, $304 million supermax extension with the Celtics, the richest contract in NBA history. “I appreciate the investment and commitment from the Celtics and the rest of the community,” he said to the media during a press conference, which can be watched below. “That investment will be felt in return from me here in Boston, on and off the floor, and all around the world.”
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