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September 24, 2014 Updates

Basketball superstar LeBron James isn't getting too far ahead of himself with his latest off-court project, the hoops-related comedy Survivor's Remorse (Starz, Oct. 4, 9 p.m. ET/PT). When friend and fellow executive producer Maverick Carter talked about possible stories for Season 6, half-jokingly assuming a long run for the half-hour series, James acknowledged TV success is no easy layup. At a Tuesday premiere screening at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, he reminded a supportive audience of an earlier statement he made about multiple NBA championships for his former team, the Miami Heat. "What (Maverick) said about Season 6 – Last time I said, 'Not one, not two, not three, not four …,' that … didn't go over too well," he said, drawing laughter with a reference to a memorable Heat rally with fellow stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. James, who recently signed a deal to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, led the Heat to two championships and four NBA finals during four seasons in Miami. USA Today Sports

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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

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