Denver Nuggets great Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf will be a part of the BIG3 half-court basketball league

This month, we learned that another former high-profile former Nuggets guard has agreed to play in the league: Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf.

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf has agreed to play in the BIG3 league. (Screen shot via YouTube)

Last month, we learned that former Denver Nuggets guards Allen Iverson and Chauncey Billups would be a part of the BIG3 three-on-three half-court basketball league to be held this summer.

This month, we learned that another former high-profile former Nuggets guard has agreed to play in the league: Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf.

Abdul-Rauf played his first six seasons of NBA basketball in Denver. His best came in 1995-96 when he averaged 19.2 points and 6.8 assists per game.

Abdul-Rauf decided in 1995-96 to stop standing for the national anthem, citing that doing so would conflict with his Muslim views, and he received severe backlash for his decision. Abdul-Rauf didn’t play for the Nuggets after 1996, and he was out of the NBA by 2001.

He plans to once again play professional basketball again this summer.

Abdul-Rauf will be a part of one of the BIG3’s eight five-player teams. Each team will have one head coach and one assistant coach. The league will play in 10 cities throughout the U.S.

A star-studded lineup has already committed. Iverson, Billups, Gary Payton, Kenyon Martin, Stephen Jackson, Jermaine O’Neal, Rashard Lewis, Jason Williams, Bonzi Wells, Mike Bibby, George “The Iceman” Gervin, Ricky Davis, Al Harrington, Rick Barry, Rick Mahorn, Clyde Drexler, Kenny Anderson are all on board.

Iverson will serve as a player/coach. Seriously.

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