Shaquille O’Neal: Criticism only motivated me. For one, the reason I started playing basketball was because my favorite basketball player, Dr. J, was in a movie, The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh. Kareem was in a movie (Airplane!). You can only work on your game three or four hours a day — it’s obvious I did that because … I’m going to be first-ballot alongside A.I. [Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers] and Yao Ming.
LeBron James posted an Instagram of him and Mark Wahlberg in a gym together with a couple interesting hashtags — “Camera Ready” and “By The Way Truly Appreciate The Gift.” When Wahlberg went on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon asked him about the photo. The actor responded by saying that the two of them actually thought up of a “great” movie idea. After talking about the photo for a bit (it was at his house), Wahlberg says, “He and I are talking about doing a movie together.”
Kent Bazemore: Special thanks to @officialeastbay and @underarmour for an amazing shoot! Super excited about being on the Eastbay cover! One of my most favorite magazines ever! What an honor! Truly humbled!
In addition, Verizon has been spending to get exclusive content for its go90 video service, estimated to have around two million monthly active users. NBA star LeBron James, for instance, has a deal to make a series. “If you want to make a movie, they’ll pay for it,” said one Hollywood source.
Jeremy Lin, point guard for the Brooklyn Nets, has signed an agreement with China Digital Group (CDC) and Vici Gaming, a Chinese esports club, to create a new Dota 2 team, Team VGJ. In a press release sent to ESPN.com, the team will be comprised of Zheng “Agressif” Sun, Xin “Nono” Wang, Fan “rOtK” Bai, Zhi “hym” Xu and Chao “Fenrir” Lu.
So you know there will be critics and detractors who will be saying, “Why isn’t Jeanie spending 200% of her time rebuilding the Lakers?” Jeanie Buss: The Lakers have an excellent staff. Whatever I am devoting to WOW would never take away from my Lakers responsibility. I would never let anything interfere with that.