CLOSE Ex-NBA players Lamar Odom, Baron Davis, Jermaine O'Neal and Bonzi Wells have been "deactivated" from the Big3 basketball league for the remainder of the 2019 season, the league announced Wednesday.
No specific reason for their deactivation was given, though the league said in a news release that the changes were implemented to "maximize competition, protect the health of players, and to raise the level of professionalism" of the 3-on-3 league, which was co-founded by Ice Cube in 2017.
"As the premier professional 3-on-3 league in the world, we are always striving to improve the quality of both the live and broadcast experience for our fans as well as the level of competition," the release reads.
In an April Instagram post, Odom, 39, wrote, "The reason i am making a comeback to basketball is because I REFUSE to listen to my fears but instead follow my heart.
ESPN, citing sources, reported that Odom, O'Neal, Wells and Davis were deactivated for competitive reasons and not due to off-the-court issues, and that Odom was not "up to it from a competitive standpoint."
Another ex-NBA player, Glen Davis, was fined "significantly" by the Big3 for "behavior detrimental to the league."
The league, which broadcasts its games live on CBS and CBS Sports, began its season last month.