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New York City hoops legend and former Nets star Kenny Anderson suffered a stroke this weekend and is currently hospitalized, according to former NBA guard Ron Harper.

“Let’s say a prayers for my guy [Kenny Anderson] who is [in] the hospital after having a stroke over the weekend. You’re in my thoughts my brother,” Harper wrote of the Queens native.

Anderson, 48, played for nine franchises in his 14-year career.

In an effort to broaden the scope of the sport of basketball across the world, the NBA and FIBA announced today that they are planning to launch a basketball league featuring 12 club teams across Africa. NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced the creation of the league during All-Star Weekend in Charlotte.

The league will reportedly feature 12 franchises that will begin play in January 2020, with existing African club teams having a chance to qualify for the league. The new league will be called the Basketball Africa League (BAL), and will be based on already existing team competitions that FIBA has organized throughout Africa.

“The Basketball Africa League is an important next step in our continued development of the game of basketball in Africa,” Silver said in a statement (via ESPN). “Combined with our other programs on the continent, we are committed to using basketball as an economic engine to create new opportunities in sports, media and technology across Africa.”

The NBA and FIBA also announced that they are planning on conducting qualification tournaments later this year in order to find the 12 best teams to represent countries including Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia. According to the statement, there will be no more than two teams from any single country in the league.

Along with the announcement of the league, the NBA also announced that by the start of the 2019-2020, a revamped direct-to-consumers offering of NBA games will be available for fans in Africa, along with FIBA also promising to dedicate financial support and resources toward the development of the sport in Africa, which will include money that goes to training players, coaches, referees, and infrastructure.

There are currently 12 players from African countries on NBA rosters. Joel EmbiidLuc Mbah a Moute and Pascal Siakam are from Cameroon; Bismack Biyombo and Emmanuel Mudiay are from the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Abdel Nader is from Egypt; Cheick Diallo is from Mali; Josh Okogie is from Nigeria; Serge Ibaka is from the Republic of the Congo; Luol Deng and Thon Maker are from South Sudan; and Salah Mejri is from Tunisia.

 

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Ice Cube‘s got a message for the Qatari investors he’s suing for over $1 BILLION … after they allegedly went back on their agreement with the BIG3.

“We gon’ win. Stay out of American sports if you don’t wanna do the right thing,” Cube said on his way into Power 106 in L.A. to promote VH1 “Hip Hop Squares,” which premieres Wednesday night.

TMZ Sports broke the story — Cube and his BIG3 partner, Jeff Kwatinetz, are suing a bunch of Qatari investors who were supposed to invest $5 mil in Cube’s pro hoops league.

In fact, they recently added the CEO of Qatar Airways to the list of defendants.

Cube says the Qataris made up every excuse in the book to avoid ponying up — and now him and Jeff are seeking $1.2 BILLION in damages.

Clearly, Cube’s confident these billionaire dudes are gonna get schooled in the courtroom — and he ain’t afraid to let ’em know.

The BIG3 founder also told us why fans should be hyped for Season 2 — and we would be too with all the big names comin’ in.

 

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Mark Jackson will interview for the New York Knicks‘ head coach vacancy Wednesday, ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported Monday.

Jackson spent three years as the Golden State Warriors‘ head coach, compiled a 121-109 record and helped the team reach the playoffs on two occasions.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday that the Knicks had three candidates they were seriously considering as Jeff Hornacek’s replacement: Jackson, David Fizdale and Jerry Stackhouse.

Were the Knicks to hire Jackson, they may encounter some resistance from their fanbase.

While Jackson helped lay the groundwork for a Warriors team that would become a modern-day dynasty, it may not be a coincidence Golden State went from losing in the first round of the playoffs in 2014 to winning a title in 2015.