The second season of the BIG3 basketball league will kick off on June 22 at the Toyota Center in Houston, but Ice Cube is already looking towards the future. He and BIG3 commissioner Clyde Drexler are working together to bring their basketball league to China.

TMZ Sports reports that Cube and Drexler are in high-level meetings with China officials to bring the BIG3 to the Far East. The pair is currently in Beijing as part of a three-day trip to announce BIG3's participation in exhibition games in China.

The tournaments will happen after the BIG3's U.S. season ends. Then the players will travel to China and play in exhibition games with players from China’s 3-0n-3 league, the JYB, established by Taiwanese star Jay Chou.

If it’s a success, then a BIG3 league in China is possible. But for now, Cube and Drexler are still in negotiations. This is an exciting development for the BIG3 league, which Cube started only a year ago.

The BIG3 games will be broadcast live every Friday Nights on FS1 beginning June 22. NBA veterans Amar’e Stoudemire, Nate Robinson, Ron Artest (aka Metta World Peace), Carlos Boozer, Baron Davis and many others are ready to play with NBA icons Julius Erving, and Charles Oakley set to coach the players.

“I just can’t wait to get out there and play,” Artest told NBC Sports. “I just got back into the gym, and I’m excited about it. Ice Cube was able to pay to start this thing with his successful career. I’m going to get out there live on Fox on Friday’s I’m very excited about it.”

Watch Ice Cube and Clyde Drexler Talk About Bringing BIG3 to China

 

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