Ice Cube in New York City

Ice Cube, NBPA executive Roger Mason Jr., and entertainment executive Jeff Kwatinetz hosted a press conference in New York City to officially announce the launch of the BIG3, a professional 3-on-3 basketball league featuring retired NBA players.

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T.I. performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

From a press release:

“ATLANTA, GA —– The Atlanta Hawks and Grammy Award-winning superstar and Atlanta native Tip “T.I.” Harris have teamed up to make Opening Night versus the Indiana Pacers on Saturday, Nov. 1st the hottest ticket in town. The celebration will start as soon as fans enter the doors and fans will have good reason to come early.”

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Chris Brown and Rihanna attend the Summer Classic Charity Basketball Game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NYC

Pop singer Rihanna practically ignored her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown while sitting court side at Jay Z‘s Roc Nation Summer Classic Charity Basketball game at Barclays Center in Brooklyn yesterday. Brown did everything he could to attract RiRi’s attention, but Rihanna focused all her attention on the true Love of her life, her bestie Melissa Forde. The two women are said to be inseparable these days. Isn’t Love grand?

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Roc Nation Charity Basketball Game

Urban artists and pro athletes such as Rihanna, Chris Brown, Fabolous, Future, Ne-Yo, Carmelo Anthony, Robinson Cano, Melanie Fiona, Skylar Diggins, Rockets star James Harden, Yankees star Derek Jeter, former WNBA player Teresa Weatherspoon, former NFL players Terrell Owens and Tiki Barber, DJ Clue, and more attended the Roc Nation Sports Charity basketball game last night in NYC.

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Meta world peace and Darious McCrary attend Ron Beals Basketball game in Venice Beach

Actor Darious McCrary, 38, attended Ron Beals‘ charity basketball game in Venice Beach, CA. with his son and his girlfriend Tammy Denise. Also attending the game was NBA player Ron Artest, aka Meta World Peace, who is reportedly changing his name (yet again) to “Friend of the Pandas” or something like that.

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LeBron James no-carb diet

LeBron “King” James, the greatest basketball player on earth, has a lot more than basketball on his mind lately. His wife Savannah is expecting their 3rd child: a girl, and he is preparing for the upcoming 2014-15 NBA season with his old team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. But James looks a lot different these days. His dramatic weight loss has fans concerned and wondering if he is on the same diet as his pal, hip hop mogul Jay Z.

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Kevin Ware is dunking again

The Louisville Cardinals basketball player who suffered a gruesome leg injury during the 2013 NCAA Tournament is dunking again.

Ware is seen practicing with his team in a video that was uploaded to YouTube. The tibia in Ware’s right lower leg snapped in half leaving the bone protruding from his skin during the nationally televised Midwest Regional final against Duke on March 31.

The injury made Ware an instant celebrity. He was even invited to attend a White House dinner with the Obamas.

Ware underwent surgery to insert a metal rod in his shattered bone, effectively making his leg stronger than it was before the injury.

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Zaire Wade and Dwyane Wade

Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade helped lead his team to back-to-back NBA championships last week. When Wade finally hangs up his sneakers for good he might have a namesake to root for in the NBA. Wade’s 10-year-old son Zaire is one of the nation’s top 5th grade basketball prospects.

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