I had a chance to speak with former Huskies Forward Bobby Jones who recently released a documentary made about his life playing basketball overseas. The very first recruit signed by Lorenzo Romar when he took the job at Washington, Jones was picked in the NBA Draft and carved out a career playing in Italy. Although his career in Europe may not be over, the documentary is a revealing look at life outside of the NBA.
The movie which Jones released on July 24th entitled, “Basketball Jones: The Overseas Journey,” chronicles the paths of American players in Europe. Jones came up with the concept for the documentary while playing in Italy. “There’s a big void on what people know about overseas basketball in America,” Jones explained. He did a bulk of the work including coordinating interviews, editing, producing, and coming up with the music for the documentary among other things. “It wasn’t easy but definitely worth it,” Jones said of his passion project. The documentary was Jones’ second attempt at chronicling his journey as a first try was scrapped as he was unhappy with what was made. “I wanted to make sure that the message was the right message.”
LeBron James has taken his talents to Hollywood. And in the biggest upset of the summer, it turns out acting is one of his talents. Critics are gushing over James’ performance in “Trainwreck,” a comedy starring Amy Schumer. If there were an Oscar for Best Performance by a Sports Star, James would be the early favorite.
Basketball fans and snake people alike reacted with joy on Wednesday after LeBron James announced his production company and Warner Bros. Entertainment have struck a deal on a partnership spanning film, TV and digital content.
That’s just corporate-speak for “Space Jam 2 is coming,” right? Right? Who knows. But thanks to sharp-eyed Capital New York editor Alex Weprin, we do know this much: Warner Bros. recently filed new Space Jam trademarks.
Watching your favorite basketball team’s games from another city no longer requires an expensive, season-long subscription package. Beginning next season, the NBA will offer individual, out-of-market games for $6.99. That price gets you streaming rights on smartphones, tablets, and PCs, but it also lets you tune in from any cable / satellite provider that currently offers NBA’s League Pass. That list probably includes whoever you’re paying for cable now: Comcast, Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, Dish, Verizon, AT&T, and others already participate in League Pass. So this goes beyond mere streaming and takes on a pay-per-view feel. There is one caveat, though; nationally televised games can’t be purchased this way — since anyone can just watch on ESPN or whatever network they’re on.