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July 28, 2014 Updates

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

May 5, 2014 Updates

Sources say Universal Pictures is nearing a deal to acquiring the rights to an untitled feature project revolving around NBA superstar LeBron James’ high school career. An aggressive bidding war has seen several studios vying for the film. “Dallas Buyers Club” producer Rachel Winter and husband Terence will produce along with James and his manager Maverick Carter. The project is based on a pitch by Frank E. Flowers. Variety.com

April 28, 2014 Updates

R & B singer Tank has joined the boycott against Donald Sterling ... REFUSING to go ahead with his plan to sing the National Anthem at Tuesday's Clippers game. Tank tells TMZ, "As an African American man and artist, I must take a stand on a matter that is so deeply personal to me." Tank goes on, "In light of the recent disturbing and offensive allegations, in good conscience, I cannot move forward with my scheduled appearance at Tuesday's Los Angeles Clippers game." TMZ.com

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Suffice to say, Koepke has tales to tell about her life and times as the director of Energee! She’ll be sharing some of her better ones, not to mention some of her juicier ones, in a forthcoming book titled: “Lady of the Court: Behind the Scenes of NBA Entertainment.” “I started working on this book about two years ago,” Koepke said. “People have always asked me about what was going on behind the scenes, what were our rules. I’ve been asked a whole bunch of questions and I talk about them and answer them in the book. I think this is an informative book; I think it’s an honest book. If you’re an NBA fan, you would be interested in reading this book. Even if you’re an average fan, in any sport, and don’t know the stuff that goes on behind the scenes, you’d be interested in this book.” Racine Journal-Times

Koepke’s book touches on an array of subjects, from how dancers are selected to her strict stance on prohibiting dancers from dating NBA players — and the repercussions if they did — to delicate business and entertainment matters. Working for a high-profile business like the NBA has its share of peaks, like meeting with the industry’s stars, and valleys, like having confrontational clashes over organizational decisions. Koepke is quick to note much of her time working in conjunction with the Bucks and the NBA was memorable and favorable. But she also candidly concedes there were times that weren’t so pleasant. She brings those encounters to light in the book as well. “Ninety-five percent of the people (in the Bucks organization) were awesome to work with,” Koepke said. “I never had any issues with the majority of people there. Most of the issues that came up were handled fairly. “At the same time, there were two big events that happened, two events that changed the court of my career and I had to write about them.” Racine Journal-Times

“There are only 30 of us (dance directors in the NBA); it’s a small community,” Koepke said. “But there’s never been a book written about it. Obviously, this is from my perspective. It’s about passion, about dreams that come true and it’s about disappointment. I will say this: I don’t know if the Bucks organization will be happy with it or not. But I’m OK with that. What I wrote is truthful.” Racine Journal-Times

April 23, 2014 Updates

LeBron James has signed with WME on all entertainment and acting projects, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. The Miami Heat superstar will be represented by a five-member team at WME. The Hollywood Reporter

April 11, 2014 Updates

What happens when "Portlandia" meets the Portland Trail Blazers? As Thursday's Season 4 episode demonstrated, there was plenty of opportunity for humor as Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's feminist bookstore owner characters decided to raise the consciousness of the NBA team's Blazer Dancers. Blazer players LaMarcus Aldridge, Thomas Robinson, Robin Lopez and Damian Lillard also turned up. Blazers owner Paul Allen even made an appearance, though in a different sketch. Oregonian

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