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August 28, 2014 Updates

Stephon Marbury’s turbulent decade in the N.B.A. was marked by public feuds and lackluster teams, but in recent years he has found a better basketball life in China, where he has led the Beijing Ducks to two national championships. The mutual love affair between Marbury, 37, and his adopted home of Beijing will reach a new milestone this fall when “I Am Stephon Marbury,” a musical about his life in China, opens in the capital with Marbury on stage, playing himself. New York Times

August 25, 2014 Updates

Kevin Durant has sworn off acting forever -- telling TMZ Sports even Shaq's critically-panned movie "Kazaam" was WAYYYY better than his 2012 flop "Thunderstruck." Gotta respect the honesty. Here's the deal ... Durant was leaving Benihana in Bev Hills (delicious hibachi shrimp btw) ... when we asked if he was ever gonna try to rebound from the debacle that was "Thunderstruck." For the record -- "Thunderstruck" (like "Freaky Friday" with basketball powers) -- was a box office disaster ($587,211 domestic) ... especially compared to Shaq's 1996 classic ($18,937,262). TMZ.com

August 24, 2014 Updates

Kobe Bryant is the subject of a Showtime documentary set to air in November, and the trailer makes it seem like a must-watch. The documentary, titled Muse, will cover the Lakers’ forgettable 2013-14 season. “We can always just be average or do what’s normal,” Bryant says in the trailer, “I’m not in this to do what’s normal. It’s a decision you’ve got to make if you want to accomplish anything that’s significant and have a serious impact. You’ve got to make those sacrifices. You have to make that choice. I made that choice a long time ago.” For The Win

August 20, 2014 Updates

Life has been good for Stephon Marbury after leaving the NBA for China. In March, Marbury led the Beijing Ducks to their second Chinese Basketball Association title in three seasons. Marbury has become a star in China, where’s he’s been a five-time All-Star in five seasons. Marbury will play himself in a stage production about his life, which will depict the Ducks’ 2011-12 championship season. For The Win

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Shawn Marion salutes the Mavericks and the city of Dallas on the new track “I’m A Champion”, featuring T-Pain, Dorrough and Young Cash. The single is part of the upcoming album, Full Court Press, Vol. 1, which will feature verses by NBA players Iman Shumpert, Stephen Jackson and Lou Williams, among others. Full Court Press, Vol. 1 will have 10 tracks, including “Welcome to NY” with Iman Shumpert & Ma$e, “Winning Streak” with Twista, Willie Taylor & Carlos Boozer, “Go Hard” featuring Bun B & Stephen Jackson, “We Hoopin’ (Yeah Boy)” with Charlie Villanueva & Royce Da 5’9, and “Airtime” featuring Future, Sean Garrett, Rocko & Lou Williams. Full Court Press, Vol.1 will be released this fall, with proceeds benefitting the ‘nPlay Foundation in its mission to battle childhood obesity. SLAM

July 11, 2014 Updates

LeBron James is a TRUE BASKETBALL HERO for deciding to return to Cleveland ... so says Cleveland rap legends Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. We spoke with Krayzie, Wish, Bizzy and Flesh ... who all tell us they're FIRED UP about Bron's Cleveland comeback -- telling us, "He's a hero for Cleveland." "He brought hope back to the city," Wish says ... "The entire city is already partying downtown. I am here now! All of my neighbors were screaming and yelling ... everyone is going crazy." Krayzie adds, "It makes a better story for him in the end if he comes back to Cleveland and wins." Flesh said, "I'm at a loss for words. I'm so happy I can't believe it." TMZ.com

As northeast Ohio waits to find out if LeBron James will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, his foundation says it is partnering with a reality TV show to spruce up some houses in his Akron hometown. The basketball star's LeBron James Family Foundation is teaming with the "Rehab Addict" TV show on the DIY and HGTV networks to make over the house and yard of a middle-school student and her family in early August. The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1j0evAN ) reports that the 10-day project will also involve improving the yards of nine other families throughout the city. USA Today Sports

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LeBron James’ sitcom is closer to becoming reality. Starz released the official trailer for “Survivor’s Remorse” on Tuesday, not long before James and the Miami Heat took on the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. James is an executive producer of the show, which tells the story of a basketball phenom who turns pro, signs a big-money contract and deals with the challenge of having opportunistic family members with strong ties to their poor upbringing. CBS New York

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If we drafted a blueprint of everything a professional athlete should be to his family, his team, his community and his world, Steve Nash would be that guy. But how to best tell that story when the subject in question — one named by Time Magazine in 2006 as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World — breaks so many of the stereotypes associated with the professional athlete? “I guess, at the onset of the film, we were struggling a bit because in documentaries there is always some drama,” says Hamilton, the film’s producer, who began work on the movie in 2010 with co-director Corey Ogilvie. “But that is something that we never had with Steve. He’s a pretty nice guy. “Then the lightbulb went on for us. Why were we trying to find some kind of drama in a guy’s life, when there wasn’t any? He is the anomaly. He is the quintessential athlete who is doing it on his own terms.” The Province

May 16, 2014 Updates

Ex-NBA star Joe Smith -- the #1 overall pick in the '95 Draft -- is spittin' hot fire at Donald Sterling ... hitting the disgraced Clippers owner with a brand new rap verse ... and TMZ Sports has the footage. Ever since Smith called it quits from the NBA in 2011, he's been focusing on pursuing a rap career -- and even started his own label, Nova Unit Records. He's also got a rap name, "Joe Beast." TMZ.com

May 12, 2014 Updates

Shaquille O’Neal can add a new title to his LinkedIn profile: “Children’s book author.” The retired basketball player will author a new series of books called Little Shaq for early readers. It will be based on O’Neal’s childhood and feature a series of adventures of a young Shaq and his cousin Barry. “I am excited to be working with Bloomsbury on this project that will reach young, independent readers,” O’Neal said in a statement. “Education is a cause that is very important to me and I love that this series will combine reading with my love of basketball. It’s a slam dunk for literacy!” The first book is scheduled to be published in 2015. For The Win

May 8, 2014 Updates

NBA star LeBron James and hip-hop musician Method Man are heading toward a Trainwreck. The Miami Heat player and Cliff Smith (better known as Method Man) have nabbed roles in Judd Apatow's upcoming comedy Trainwreck. They'll star alongside Amy Schumer (who wrote the screenplay), Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Vanessa Bayer, Tilda Swinton, John Cena and Mike Birbiglia. The Hollywood Reporter

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