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September 3, 2013 Updates

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

June 17, 2013 Updates

Jay-Z announced that his next album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, will be out in July in a Samsung Galaxy ad during halftime of Sunday's NBA Finals game between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs. The three-minute ad shows the rapper working in studio with producers Rick Rubin, Timberland, Pharrell Williams and Swizz Beatz, telling them, "We need to write new rules." Samsung Galaxy Smartphone users will be able to download an app June 24 that will allow the first 1 million users to unlock the Jay-Z's 12th album for free July 4 at 12:01 a.m., 72 hours ahead of release. USA Today Sports

June 15, 2013 Updates
June 5, 2013 Updates

Jones, 34, says 65 players have signed up thus far, with hopes of getting the entire league involved. He's also hopeful that he'll get the NBA Player's Association on board, having met with Vice President and Secretary- Treasurer of the Player's Association Jerry Stackhouse and James Jones. Stackhouse and James Jones were impressed with Jones' website and presentation and are backing it with plans to present it to President Derek Fisher. Jones is confident that Player Population will eliminate misinterpretation of vital and key information that come out of player meetings. CSNNW.com

May 7, 2013 Updates

Jason Collins, the NBA veteran who last week announced he was gay, is seeking a book deal, the Associated Press reports. Jason Collins Calls Support for His Coming Out 'Mind Boggling' in 'GMA' Interview Collins denied the rumors tweeting, "I have no current plans to write any books. Sorry to disappoint my literary loving fans," he said, adding a hashtag "GoingToTheGym." But officials at three publishing houses said on Monday that they had been contacted about a planned memoir by Collins, the first active player in any of four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay. The Hollywood Reporter

At least one publisher turned down the book, said one official, who noted the extensive media coverage of Collins and expressed concern that his story already has been told. The Hollywood Reporter

April 4, 2013 Updates

Thankfully, our long wait is over. Oprah Winfrey's OWN has ordered a reality series called Millionaire Mama's Boy based around enigmatic Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee and his mother/business manager/former basketball player/confidant Pamela McGee. Expect lots of anti-Shaq rhetoric and confusion. Mostly the confusion. We tried to select the best snippets from from the network's description of the show, but since every single word is the best snippet, we figured we'd include the whole preview (via Deadline): The new OWN series Millionaire Mama's Boy explores the dynamic relationship between former WNBA basketball star Pamela McGee and her 25-year-old son, Denver Nuggets center, JaVale McGee. Famous for being domineering on and off the court, Pamela is not only JaVale's mom, she's also his business manager, working to build an empire while trying to keep a tight rein on the glitz and girls that come with the life of an NBA star. USA Today Sports

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