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October 4, 2013 Updates

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

James is developing the show with his longtime friend and business partner, Maverick Carter; Tom Werner, the producer behind classic shows like "Roseanne" and "The Cosby Show"; and actor Mike O'Malley, who will be an executive producer and is the show's writer. Paul Wachter will also be an executive producer. "It's definitely not an autobiographical series about my life or LeBron's life; it's fictional characters living in a fictional world," said Carter, before adding with a laugh: "LeBron is actually too famous, he would screw the show up if I tried to make a show about him." NBA.com

August 29, 2013 Updates

This foray into music has been something of a punchline ever since, if only because the whole ordeal seemed decidedly un-Spurs. And while it was safe to predict that Parker would never rap again, he confirmed as much in a recent interview with Tele-Loisirs (via Project Spurs and EOB, translation via Google Translate and my own sense of what constitutes a real sentence): In 2007, his music career was launched when he released his first album which featured guest appearances from Jamie Foxx and Booba Soprano. The single from this album sold nearly 50,000 copies. Despite this good result, after a time considering recording a second effort, he changed his mind and now he confirms that his career is over. "I'm retired from music." What a pity ... Yahoo! Sports

August 28, 2013 Updates

NBA superstar, All-NBA point guard from the San Antonio Spurs will retire from hip-hop today. In 2007, Parker dropped a self-titled French rap project which boasted singles such as “Balance-tois,” “Premier Love,” and “Top of the Game.” In a interview with French site Tele-Loisirs, Parker confirmed that he is done with the music business stating, ”I’m retired from music.” Now he never had success in the US musically but was a hit in France, especially his single ”Balance-tois.” XXL Mag

August 22, 2013 Updates

Former Bradley basketball player Zach Andrews will appear as a body double for NBA superstar LeBron James in an upcoming Nike television commercial. According to WPLG Channel 10 in Miami, Andrews will appear as James in a long-range shot riding a bicycle with a group of people on South Beach. pjstar.com

August 6, 2013 Updates

Just before the start of the 2012-13 season, you might have read a story about two basketball fans in Chicago who were working on a comedic musical theater production based on a fictionalized version of the NBA's 2011 labor stoppage. Well, we're here — "The Lockout: A Musical" will debut in Chicago later this month, and you can listen to (and buy, if you so choose) the original cast recording of the songs from the show at that Bandcamp link. Creativity in action! Yahoo! Sports

August 5, 2013 Updates
July 10, 2013 Updates

So, it appears that James is working on at least one track of rapping. In two short videos posted to Instagram on Tuesday, LeBron showed off his flow over the beat from Jay-Z and Kanye West's "N----- in Paris" (NSFW language) off their "Watch the Throne" album. Listen for yourself after the jump (via For The Win). First, here's LeBron introducing himself as "the kid King James" and giving a "shout out to the Four Horsemen," which could be a reference I am too uncool to place. Yahoo! Sports

July 9, 2013 Updates

During his career — spent entirely with the Utah Jazz — Stockton was the NBA’s version of Howard Hughes. He was the league’s mysterious recluse who gave few the opportunity to know him. Stockton avoided the spotlight and fought — stubbornly sometimes — to prevent outsiders from getting more than a glimpse of his life away from basketball. "I’ve been accused sometimes of being a hermit," Stockton said last week. "[But] my feelings about privacy have never changed and probably never will. Everybody deserves that." In Assisted, however, the intensely private basketball star successfully makes the transition to entertaining author. Salt Lake Tribune

Even more troublesome: Some new teammates began to grumble about their roles behind Stockton and Malone. They complained of favoritism coach Jerry Sloan allegedly showed his 40-something stars by not making them participate in every practice. "Things just started to add up," Stockton said. "Things that started to worry me had never worried me before. Things that started to bother me had never bothered me before. The aches and pains I felt, I had never felt before. My reaction to it — instead of attacking it — was an indication it was time [to retire]. That was the message." When told it sounded like his final season was a truly unhappy one, Stockton said, "I don’t want people to feel sorry for me. I had a great time. It was a great part of my life. But you can’t play forever." Salt Lake Tribune

July 4, 2013 Updates
June 24, 2013 Updates

Dwyane Wade is getting into the app business. The Miami Heat guard released a fitness app called "Dwyane Wade Driven" on Monday, the same day that the team was celebrating its third NBA championship with a parade and rally. The app offers customized training programs and videos for basketball players and other athletes. ESPN.com

The app, priced at $3.99, was available Monday for download. It includes basketball drills and a fitness routine along with ways for users to track their progress. Driven Apps, the publisher, plans to release additional bundles for users to download once they have mastered or completed the initial Wade program. "It's something that we've worked on for a while," Wade said. "I actually filmed it earlier this season. It's something we've talked about for a while, something I've thought about doing in many different ways. Apps are so big now, so important, everyone has them on their phones, this became the best way to do it. It's very nice, very well done." ESPN.com

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