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Ice Cube to Receive Inaugural Impact Award from Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

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Rap icon Ice Cube is set to be honored with the inaugural Ice Cube Impact Award by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, a recognition that has left the legendary artist genuinely speechless.

The collaboration aims to celebrate Cube’s outstanding contributions to the basketball world, acknowledging his unparalleled passion for the game and his steadfast commitment to fostering vital conversations on inclusivity, equal opportunity, racial and social justice, and supporting initiatives focused on education and community development.

In a statement, the creator of the BIG3 basketball league expressed gratitude for the prestigious award bearing his name, emphasizing the award’s significance in deepening his commitment to advancing inclusivity, equal opportunity in sports, and community activism.

The Naismith Hall of Fame plans to permanently showcase the Ice Cube Impact Award in its museum. Each year, subsequent award winners will be honored through a dedicated exhibit, showcasing in-depth stories about honorees leveraging basketball for positive community impact.

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John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, praised Ice Cube’s unwavering passion for the game and his dedication to using basketball as a force for good. Doleva emphasized the award’s role in highlighting the transformative power of basketball in communities worldwide.

The Ice Cube Impact Award will be formally presented to the rap legend on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 15, 2024, at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Meanwhile, Ice Cube’s recent allegations against the NBA for attempting to “destroy” his BIG3 basketball league have prompted a U.S. Government investigation. The Department of Justice has reportedly been examining claims that the NBA violated antitrust laws by allegedly hindering Cube’s 3-on-3 league.

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TMZ reported that Cube believes the NBA discouraged sponsors and networks from supporting BIG3 and pressured owners not to invest in the league. The NBA spokesperson, Mike Bass, denied these allegations, stating that the league has been supportive of BIG3 since its inception.

Despite the investigation, Cube stands firm, stating that BIG3 never sought NBA investment but demands an end to alleged interference. The ongoing conflict between BIG3 and the NBA, as Ice Cube revealed earlier to Joe Rogan, underscores the challenges faced by his growing basketball league and its struggle against perceived efforts to stifle its progress.

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