The doctor is in.
Basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving, a.k.a. "Dr. J," will be a coach in Ice Cube's first-year 3-on-3 league, BIG3 announced Tuesday.
Erving, 67, joins a list of former NBA players affiliated with the league that begins play in June, including fellow former 76er Allen Iverson, who will be a player/coach.
Erving, who scored more than 30,000 points in a 16-season professional career in the ABA and NBA, will coach one of the eight five-player teams in the league.
Other high-profile players and/or coaches announced by the league include Rick Barry, Chauncey Billups, Clyde Drexler, George Gervin, Rick Mahorn, Charles Oakley and Gary Payton, though Erving — inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 1993 — clearly is the biggest name attached to the fledgling league.
Former NBA players announced as participants include Mike Bibby, Stephen Jackson, DerMarr Johnson, Rashard Lewis, Corey Maggette, Jermaine O’Neal, Bonzi Wells, and Jason Williams.
The league will conduct a draft in April and begin its 10-week barnstorming, mini-tournament season June 25, shortly after the NBA Finals and NBA Draft.