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Yes, you heard right; NBA Hall of Famer, Allen Iverson is trading in his sneakers for some hard bottoms. The Answer will take on the role of Head Coach in Ice Cube’s new 3-on-3 basketball league BIG3, commissioned by Roger Mason. Other notable ballers set to participate in the league include Chauncey Billups, Jermaine O’Neal and Jason Williams.

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Following the news that John Legend will headline the halftime show, The Roots have also been tapped to perform at the 2017 NBA All-Star Game down in New Orleans next year.

Complex reports that Questlove and co. will help tip off the 66th NBA All-Star game, which takes place on February 17, by performing during the player introductions. According to a press release, the performance promises to be a “dynamic journey celebrating the evolution and history of the game of basketball.”

That isn’t all Roots fans have got to look forward to next year: they’re also dropping a new album called End Game, and it’s sounding pretty crazy.

Related: Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & The Roots Perform Hamilton’s “My Shot” on ‘The Tonight Show’

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John Legend is bringing his soulful voice to New Orleans next February. The 10-time Grammy Award-winner has been announced as the halftime act for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. “Excited to announce that I’ll be performing at this year’s #NBAAllStar game in NOLA,” tweeted Legend on Monday afternoon (Dec. 12). This won’t be 37-year-old’s first time performing at during the halftime show, the singer previously had the same honor at the 2009 All-Star Game in Phoenix and sang the U.S. National Anthem at the 2013 All-Star Game in Houston.

Legend, who released his new album Darkness and Light this month, follows past performers that include Rihanna with guests Drake and Kanye West (2011), Janelle Monáe (2014) and Ariana Grande with guest Nicki Minaj (2015).

The 66th annual NBA All-Star Game takes place Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA. Viewers can watch live on TNT starting at 8 p.m. EST.

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On day after 2 Chainz made an appearance, Snoop Dogg graced the UNDISPUTED set on Fox Sports 1 on Wednesday. Uncle Snoop, who always gives hilarious and strong takes on sports via his Instagram account, sat down with Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe to discuss a wide array of headlines in the NFL an NBA.

Snoop gave his thoughts on the Los Angeles Rams controversy and coach Jeff Fisher, if the L.A. Lakers can make the playoffs, Ben Roethlisberger calling out Antonio Brown for his touchdown dances, and Colin Kaeprnick needing to choose between being an NFL player or a civil rights leader. The west coast legend closed the appearance by responding to 2 Chainz’s statement that he would beat Snoop in a 1-on-1 game.

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When 2 Chainz speaks, people listen. The Atlanta rapper/entrepreneur stopped by Fox Spots 1’s UNDISPUTED to discuss anything and everything sports with Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe. The roundtable discussed Snoop Dogg’s trash talk after his Los Angeles Lakers beat 2 Chainz’ Atlanta Hawks a few nights ago, LeBron James vs. Russell Westbrook when it comes to the NBA’s best player, and how his hometown NBA team is looking this year.

2 Chainz also discussed the NFL’s Josh Norman, the Dallas Cowboys and their chances of winning the Super Bowl, and took time to promote his Christmas merchandise line lead by the famous Dabbing Santa sweater.

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Gucci Mane is officially off the market. On Tuesday night (Nov. 23), Guwop was invited by his hometown Atlanta Hawks to take in their matchup vs. NBA All-Star Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans. Along with performing at halftime, the biggest moment of the night game during a timeout break at Phillips Arena. With the “Kiss Cam” on and panning to various people in the crowd, it stopped at Gucci Mane and his girlfriend Keyshia Ka’oir. What happened next was a surprise to many, as Gucci pulled out a huge 25 carat diamond ring, proposing to Ka’oir who said yes.

OMG!!! Babeeeeeeee thank u! I LOVE U !! Yessssssse💎 25karats @laflare1017,” said Keyshia in an Instagram post showing the huge rock on her finger. “She deserve it!! My bride to be!!
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Gucci Mane is closing the year on a strong note. Along with the engagement, La Flare just got his first No. 1 record with Rae Sremmurd for “Black Beatles,” plus his new album (and third of 2016) The Return Of East Atlanta Santa is due Dec. 16.

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News broke back last month that Nelly secured a development deal with Fox Sports, joining the FS1 sports talk show UNDISPUTED. The St. Louis rapper made his UNDISPUTED debut on Tuesday morning (Nov. 1), sitting down with hosts Skip Bayless, Shannon Sharpe and moderator Joy Taylor.

The trio went into a lengthy discussion about LeBron James’ place amongst the all-time greats in the NBA, Colin Kaepernick, and his influence creating a movement with his U.S. National Anthem protest this season.

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Sevyn Streeter was scheduled to perform the U.S. National Anthem before tip-off of the Philadelphia 76ers home opener on Wednesday night (Oct. 26) vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder. Sadly, the moment was taken away from the 30-year-old singer, as she was informed by the NBA organization that they scrapped the performance due to her wearing a “We Matter” jersey. “I’m at the 76ers game singing the National Anthem and the organization is telling me I can’t because I’m wearing a ‘We Matter’ jersey,” said Sevyn in a video posted on Twitter.

“The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change,” said the 76ers organization in a statement released to Philadelphia’s ABC 6 Action News. “We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community.”

In a video posted online, Sevyn is seen and heard practicing “The Star-Spangled Banner” hours before tip-off as Action News reporter Jeff Skversky gives a preview of the NBA matchup.

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Jeezy’s Trap Or Die 3 LP arrives this Friday, but before the album arrives the Atlanta rapper is making some promo runs across the country. On Wednesday (Oct. 26), Jizzle made a visit to Fox Sports 1’s UNDISPUTED show. The Snowman sat down with Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe to discuss Colin Kaepernick and his anthem protests by kneeling down, roles athletes and entertainers have when it comes to social issues, Muhammad Ali’s influence and role as an entertainer and activist, and more.

Jeezy also took time to speak on Trap Or Die 3, speaking on returning to the roots musically that made him successful, growing up in the trap, and providing the soundtrack for listeners from his environment trying to survive.

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T.I.’s recent promo run made a stop to ESPN’s First Take on Thursday morning (Oct. 6). Sitting down with Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Molly Qerim, the Atlanta rapper/actor discussed police brutality on minorites, the state of America and steps the government need to take when it comes to injustice against people of color. San Francisco 49ers quaterback Colin Kaepernick was also a subject T.I. spoke on, giving his thoughts on Kaepernick’s silent protest of kneeling down during the U.S. National Anthem.

Tip also took time to touch on his politically-charged EP, Now Or Else. Hear the new project by clicking here.

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