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December 14, 2014 Updates

Nick Young: Look at Shaq; he went out and had a movie called Kazaam. I'm trying to make Kazaam 2, with me as the star. We hope to push it to the theaters, but it might be straight-to-DVD [laughs]. I watched all of Shaq's movies. Steel, when he was the hero with the iron suit on, oh man! It's hard to act, period. So to watch somebody that's seven feet tall in an all-iron suit, that's big! Rolling Stone

December 13, 2014 Updates

Premium cable network Showtime has a collaborated with Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant to make a documentary that tells the story of how he became the man that he is today. The documentary is set to debut in February of 2015, but an early first-look trailer was released Friday to drum up some early hype. The 16-year veteran spoke with Variety about the documentary. People know me because of what I am, a basketball player. In ‘Muse,’ everyone will begin to understand who I am and how I became who I am. I created this film to open up my journey in hopes of inspiring others as they guide their own.” SheridanHoops

December 11, 2014 Updates

My Italian colleague Riccardo Pratesi gave me a heads up about a music video that's dropping (is that the word the kids use these days?) there today. It's a rap video by an artist called "Ghemon" and it features our Italian, Marco Belinelli. Enjoy. Pounding the Rock

As reported by Deadline, ABC has given a pilot commitment to a new series from Neighbors and Galavant creator Dan Fogelman. Set in the jumpin’ and dribblin’ world of the National Basketball Association, the series will focus on a hotshot NBA player who doesn’t speak English and “a translator who doesn’t speak basketball.” Fogelman is quoted as saying “it’s basically the international Odd Couple set in the NBA,” though we’d argue that it sounds more like Perfect Strangers set in the NBA, but whatever. Also, as indicated by the number of times we’ve said “NBA” in this paragraph, the series is being made with its full support, which means ABC and Fogelman will be able to use real players and team names. AVClub

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With Footlocker promoting Wall and his line of sneakers, made by Adidas, it’s now time that the music world starts jumping on the John Wall bandwagon. And they have. Rappers Shy Glizzy and Lil Mouse released a song entitled ‘John Wall’, and they got the Wizards star to make a cameo in the song. TalkBasket

November 26, 2014 Updates

Demar Derozan is one of the most talented and important pieces of the 2014-2015 Toronto Raptors, who currently have the league’s best record at 12-2. Drake, the team’s global ambassador, also has a tight relationship with many of the players, even the newly arrived Lou Williams, who was just named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player Of The Week. While on the NBA TV Fan Night Pre-Game show discussing Drake’s relationship with the Raptors with Chris Webber, Derozan mentioned that Drake said he’d give Derozan a copy of his mixtape, Derozan says is “coming out in January.” TheSource

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Martell Webster: My Album is coming soon and I would love for you all to follow this journey. To be a part of it follow @Eyrst it will nothing short of astonishing http://instagram.com/p/vBfaUqhHrC/ Twitter @MartellWebster

November 3, 2014 Updates

Delayed by the eye infection of their latest leading man, Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs finally got around to shooting their latest batch of commercials for H-E-B following a long practice on Monday. The Spurs typically shoot the popular spots during the postseason. But with Leonard, whose incorporation last season mirrors his on-court ascent, sidelined for roughly three weeks with a nasty case of pink eye, production was pushed into the regular season. San Antonio Express-News

Nike paid Cleveland State University $75,000 to rent the Wolstein Center for LeBron James' two-minute Nike "Together" commercial that debuted Thursday night to coincide with the Cavs' season-opener. Filming took place over 17 hours on Oct. 6 in the center, which was masquerading as Quicken Loans Arena. In addition to James and other Cavaliers players, about 500 extras filled the center. The money was welcome, but won't come close to erasing the annual operating deficit of the arena, which is projected to be more than $900,000 this fiscal year. Cleveland Plain Dealer

October 31, 2014 Updates

‘New Girl’ star Zooey Deschanel relayed on a story on ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’ about the Lakers captain coming to visit the set of her show — and her sister’s show, ‘Bones’. “One day they were like Kobe Bryant’s on set, do you want to say hi?,” Deschanel said. “I said ‘sure’ but it was kind of weird because I wouldn’t have guessed he would be our audience.” For The Win

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