Report: Ice Cube replaces Roger Mason Jr. as BIG3 commissioner

Ice Cube is taking over as commissioner of the BIG3 basketball league, TMZ reports, replacing current commissioner Roger Mason Jr.

Mason confirmed in a statement Monday night that he had been terminated, but disputed that he had been fired because of allegations of corruption, as TMZ reported.15

“I was terminated by BIG3 in retaliation for legal claims which I made last week in a letter sent by my attorneys to BIG3 Basketball alleging that the League had breached my employment agreement,” Mason said in his jerseys cheap china

TMZ reported that the firing involved Mason’s connection to a pair of Qatari investors who were allegedly cheating the league.

In his statement, Mason said the work environment at the BIG3 was “hostile and racist” and accused BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz of a “malicious, defamatory campaign of disparaging me.”

A spokesperson for Kwatinetz and Ice Cube told TMZ,cheap nfl jerseys china “Mason’s claims do not require a dignified response beyond the fact that they are preposterous and false.”

The BIG3 is a 3-on-3 basketball league founded by actor/rapper Ice Cube that features mostly retired NBA players. After a successful inaugural season it will return this summer featuring former players Metta World Peace, Amar’e Stoudemire, Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Nate Robinson and Baron Davis.

Ice Cube will act as commissioner until a new director can be found, TMZ reported.

Mason, who played for seven NBA teams during an 11-year career, was also deputy executive director of the National Basketball Players Association.

The top challengers for the Predators, Lightning

Now that we’ve cleared the NHL trade deadline and the playoff picture is starting to take shape, it’s never too soon to start thinking about potential playoff matchups.

Unless something crazy happens, the postseason will begin with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nashville Predators as the top seeds and the clear-cut favorites to represent their conferences in the Stanley Cup Final.13

While the Lightning and Predators are well stacked,authentic nfl jerseys cheap in years past it hasn’t paid to be the No. 1 seed. In fact, the 2012-13 Chicago Blackhawks are the last team to win their conference and reach the Cup Final.

There are a few possible explanations for the struggles of top seeds. There is a high degree of luck involved in a seven-game series. Sometimes injuries play a role. Teams can also be better than their overall record indicates, especially following deadline nfl jerseys But most often, it’s matchups that dictate whether a team moves on.

So will we see the Predators and Lightning buck the trend? Which teams could give them the toughest time? Let’s have a look.