Allen Iverson issues apology over skipping BIG3 game

Former NBA star Allen Iverson issued a formal apology Tuesday for skipping a BIG3 game Sunday in Dallas.

First and foremost, I apologize to Ice Cube and my BIG3 family, my fans and everyone disappointed by my absence in Dallas this past weekend, Iverson said, via social media. I have spoke with Ice Cube directly regarding the details of my absence. I will do my best to make up for this moving forward on the BIG3 tour.

The BIG3 made an official announcement Sunday stating they received no advanced warning of Iverson’s absence. The league then launched an investigation.

According to TMZ Sports, Iverson was gambling at a casino in Chicago hours before Sunday’s game.

While Iverson presented fans with no exact reason for his absence, it appears he’s cleared everything up with Ice Cube and the league.

Let’s be clear about this. Any move the Cavs make happens with the Warriors in mind. Despite the Celtics adding Gordon Hayward in free agency, the Cavs are still kings of the Eastern Conference until LeBron says otherwise. So the real question is: Does signing Rose close the gap on Golden State?

No, it doesn’t. While Rose showed signs of his former self last season, his style of play doesn’t improve Cleveland’s chances to win a title — in fact, it hurts the Cavs in that specific matchup.

Rose has never been a consistent outside shooter, but with the Knicks, he essentially eliminated the threat of a 3-point shot altogether. He averaged less than one 3-point attempt per game for the 2016-17 season and hit at a 21.7 percent rate, the worst of his career. He shot 5 of 11 on corner 3-pointers (45.4 percent) but an abysmal 8 of 44 above the break (18.2 percent). Rose was also one of the worst Knicks players in spot-up situations, scoring 0.80 points per possession (19.7 percentile in the league).

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