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February 22, 2014 Updates
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Blake Griffin’s multiyear global deal with automaker Kia came out of a conversation Messler had with the Los Angeles Clippers power forward about what he thought he might do at the 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend dunk contest. Griffin mentioned to Messler that he was thinking about jumping over a car. Since Kia was a sponsor of the NBA, Messler approached Kia with the idea of Griffin jumping over a Kia Optima. Then she asked Griffin if he thought he could do it. “He said, ‘Get the measurements of the car and I’ll let you know,’” Messler recalled. “So Kia sent me the measurements. I think the first time I called them, they thought I was crazy.” Sports Business Daily

Messler took the lead and secured a deal for Deron Williams to write a blog for ESPN from Turkey, where he played during the NBA lockout, as well as creating a “digital hub” for him that included Twitter, Facebook and his own staff writers. Williams now has partnerships with Red Bull, American Express and MetroPCS, and is on the cover of the “NBA Baller Beats” video game. “That is a great example of repositioning him to the marketplace,” Schwartz said. “Reintroducing him to the market and going out and explaining to them why he makes sense for all these different companies to use, and Jaymee did that.” Sports Business Daily

January 19, 2014 Updates

Allen made an unusually gifted film debut as Jesus Shuttlesworth in the 1998 Spike Lee film “He Got Game.” McCarty, a Knicks rookie at the time, was part of a supporting cast of former college stars that also included John Wallace (Syracuse) and Travis Best (Georgia Tech). And now, 14 years later, McCarty has heard rumors of a sequel. He’ll sign on again tomorrow, if Lee wants him. He understands that Allen is game for the opportunity, too. “They have to get Denzel (Washington) and Rosario Dawson to sign back on, and then I understand they’ll go ahead with it,” said McCarty, who was originally invited in by Lee to read for the lead role. Indeed, in addition to Allen, all of the basketball players in the cast were allowed to audition for the Shuttlesworth role. Boston Herald

“I was just out of college for a year, after my rookie season,” said McCarty. “(Lee) gave us an acting coach, and the next thing we’re reading scripts. It made us comfortable. Every time the cameras went on, he let us be a little free with the script. We could add on or take away. He gave us that freedom.” And there was a good reason that Allen walked away with the lead role. “Ray was very good,” said McCarty. “I thought he did a heck of a job. He surprised a lot of people with how well he did.” Those who have met McCarty over the years, and know the film, tend to have the same reaction. “I always get teased, ‘Man, I didn’t know you were in that,’ ” he said. “A lot of people recognize it. It was a lot of fun, a great experience. Being in the movie is something that really reaches out to my people, so it was awesome.” Boston Herald

January 17, 2014 Updates

Drama-filled reality shows with loud cast members pulling outlandish stunts tend to draw in the most ratings from networks in this day and age. That's considered must-see television for most viewers, if everyday life struggles aren't enough. Flint natives JaVale and Pam McGee are trying to set a new standard in their reality television show with humor and family fun. Basketball's first WNBA-NBA mother-son duo's show debuts Saturday, Jan. 18, at 10 p.m. for a six-episode series called 'Mom's Got Game' on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Most of the footage was shot in California near Los Angeles with some pieces in Denver during the NBA off-season over a six-week period. "I had fun filming my show last summer with my family," Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee said. "The show is about my real life. You'll get to see some of my workouts, my business adventures, interacting with the youth, meet my close friends and experience the bond between me and my mom." Booth Newspapers

January 7, 2014 Updates

'Linsanity' is available starting Tuesday on DVD, which means it's available now. The DVD is available online at amazon.com and is also available locally, mainly at Wal-Mart. CSN Houston

December 5, 2013 Updates

LeBron James’ feature film debut project is heating up again, as comedian Kevin Hart will join the NBA champion in Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment’s “Ballers,” an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap. The diminutive Hart may appear small next to James but he’s a big star, with the hit comedy “Think Like a Man” under his belt and the upcoming “Ride Along” shaping up to be a potential franchise at Universal. “Ballers” will find Hart playing LeBron’s brother, who gets a chance to emerge from James’ towering shadow when he attends a fantasy basketball camp in Miami. TheWrap.com

November 20, 2013 Updates

Dwyane Wade is taking his story of fatherhood to television, looking for some laughs. The Miami Heat guard has sold a sitcom to Fox, through Sony Pictures Television — and oddly enough, it's the story of an NBA star who gets full custody of his two young sons. With a working title of "Three The Hard Way," it's the first television project announced by Wade's ZZ Productions, a company that bears the initials of his sons' first names. "I will be involved," Wade said. "I'll be very involved." Many details have not been announced, including who will play Wade in the show. "Haven't figured that out yet," Wade said. "But I'm sure it'll be somebody very handsome." Oklahoman

November 12, 2013 Updates

Our well-placed underwear sources tell us ... Russell inked a huge deal with Kings and Jaxs that will require him to not only model the undies, but will also give him creative and design input. FYI --K&J prides itself on how the underwear is built to let your man parts breath -- the web site says, "The little man doesn't like to be restricted with little or no oxygen." TMZ.com

October 17, 2013 Updates
October 4, 2013 Updates

Chris Bosh just might have a future in acting after his basketball career. The Heat’s big man has already made appearances on “Law & Order: SVU” and Disney Channel’s “Jessie.” On Thursday night, he played the role of a high school basketball player on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” slamming one down and then comically taunting an opponent and showing off some sweet celebratory moves. Palm Beach Post

The recent offseasons haven’t been so easy for Brook Lopez. There was the bout with mono three years ago, and then the three foot surgeries that stalled his career. But all this time away from the court has provided Lopez an opportunity to advance his eclectic interests, specifically a script for an animated adventure/comedy that he and his twin brother — Robin Lopez, a center for the Trail Blazers — have been shopping to television networks. “We have a pilot all written out,” says Lopez. New York Daily News

Brooklyn’s All-Star center is quite serious about this endeavor, as well his future plans to create books, comics and video games. He and Robin have visited the studios at Disney and Fox, even sitting at a taping of “The Simpsons.” Like any Hollywood writer, he is keeping the details of the script a secret, providing only the theme. “This one is Robin’s brainchild,” Lopez says. New York Daily News

October 2, 2013 Updates

For most of his career, Dwight Howard has been known to NBA fans as “Superman.” He’s just as well-known for his fun-loving persona as he is for the NBA career that’s netted him three Defensive Player of the Year awards and seven All-Star selections. Howard has wanted to break into the entertainment industry for a while, so when the opportunity came up to be involved with Disney XD and reach a younger audience, he jumped at it. The Houston Rockets center has a guest spot on a new series called Mighty Med, which centers around two boys who take after-school jobs at a hospital for superheroes. Howard stars, appropriately, as a superhero called “The Great Defender.” “My character is great at blocking things,” Howard told For The Win. “I can fly, too.” For The Win

September 20, 2013 Updates

'Linsanity' comes to Houston on Oct. 4, but its first premiere before hitting different cities globally takes place Thursday in Los Angeles. It marks a milestone in a long journey for the documentary. "Excited is probably an understatement," said Brian Yang, one of the producers of the film. "Getting to introduce it to the the world - it means everything. Obviously, people have been getting sneak peeks here and there, but this is it. This is gametime and we're psyched. Obviously, I couldn't be happier and it's been a real labor of love. "Back in 2010, if you told me this was going to happen, I'd probably not only laugh at you, but I'd slap you in the face and say, 'Haha, good one!'" Yang said while laughing. "It just wasn't even a pipe dream at that time, so this is amazing and excited is just a tenth of how this feels." CSN Houston

"It's really the ultimate underdog story," Yang said. "I think what our hope is is that this isn't just a basketball film. It's not just something that appeals to sports fans. I mean, yes, that's there, that's one of the audiences we definitely want to have enjoy this. But the people who are outside of the zone, any demographic, anywhere on Earth, whatever you do, whatever you enjoy, by watching the film, we hope they can deepen their relationship and their understanding of what made Jeremy who he is and how relatable the story really is to themselves, to their own journey. "Someone who's just struggling to find his footing in society. Not looking like the obvious choice. Always being told no. In your career, whatever journey you go down, just kind of being the person who goes against the grain." CSN Houston

September 12, 2013 Updates

Dwyane Wade cut down his share of basketball knots, but now, he's making his own. The NBA All-Star guard for the Miami Heat and Chicagoland native announced his collaboration with the flourishing Chicago-based online neckwear company, The Tie Bar, to create "The Gentleman by Dwyane Wade" collection. The collection will run four series each year starting this fall. The Tie Bar has been making ties since 2004, and its products have been frequently featured on GQ magazine. Yet, the ties are priced inexpensively at around $15 each. Anand Shah, CEO of The Tie Bar, said the mission behind the online company is accessible fashion. "This isn't about tie wearers who wear ties for work," Shah said. "This is also for folks who are into fashion and want to express themselves.”" nwi.com

September 3, 2013 Updates

After LeBron James won his second NBA championship this year, he talked about the improbability of his journey -- ascending to world fame despite growing up with challenge after challenge in the inner city. Now James plans to explore that theme as part of "Survivor's Remorse," a new show he's developing with Starz. While he won't star in the half-hour sitcom, he'll be one of the executive producers of the show, which will explore the lives of two men from the streets who attain fame -- one is an NBA star and one is not -- and how they deal with friends and families in the wake of that success. NBA.com

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