Martell Webster: I’m incredibly excited to announce the launch of my record label and lifestyle brand, EYRST. We will throw our official launch party July 16th at Holocene Portland and I will be performing my music live for the first time ever, something I have been dreaming about for many years. Also performing will be our starting roster, Myke Bogan, Blossom, Ripley Snell & Neill Von Tally with special guests. If you are in Portland, OR please come celebrate with us! This is bigger than any one of us – part of a larger philosophical and cultural movement among many creatives in Portland, we hope to contribute to the growth of the arts and community. #MusicIsMedicine
Entertainment Weekly recently published an article touting James as “Hollywood’s Newest MVP.” “We didn’t realize till we were on set that he’s this really good actor and really funny,” Schumer told EW. “It could have been bad if he wasn’t so good! He was able to improvise—and he was down to joke about everything. It was fun to watch.”
Schumer even went as far as to compare James to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who went from WWE superstar to one of the most bankable movie stars on the planet. “I think he’s all set right now employment-wise, but I can say with full confidence that I believe he could have another career in acting if he wanted,” Schumer said of James.
There was one moment [in the documentary] when Helmut Schmidt, the former German chancellor, was telling you if you’re going to be retiring at 40, you need to be studying something, and you tell him you’re studying business. How’s that going? Nowitzki: Yeah, I was so surprised, obviously I was nervous talking to one of the ex-chancellors, so when he hit me with that one he didn’t quite know how much money we earn these days in sports, so he thought I’d have to do something to maintain the family. I didn’t quite want to say, ‘Hey buddy, I’ve got nothing lined up…’ That’d kind of make me look bad. So, I said, ‘You know what, I’ve got something…’ and in the back of my head I’m scrambling about what am I actually good at besides hoops? And business came to mind, and I’m a bad numbers guy, so that was a total lie – made up.
Do you find yourself cheering for other European players that come into the NBA to make it? Nowitzki: Actually, at the beginning I didn’t. I was like, ‘Nah, this is me. This is my spot.’ And now, over the years, I’ve shifted a little bit. Now, I’m obviously almost over the hill, so I’m there to help the young guys. Whenever they have a question, I’ll answer it. But at the beginning, I have to admit, it wasn’t like that. Every time I saw a European I wanted to go extra hard.
Abram Peja Awa: as an Adidas sponsored athlete, you got the hook up on some yeezys or what? Lol. Damian Lillard: Nah, but I definitely want to collaborate with @kanyewest on a #DLillard2 colorway and some music. #teamadidas
The life of Australian basketballer Matthew Dellavedova, who rose from rural Victoria to play in Wednesday’s NBA finals, is being turned into a Hollywood production. The 24-year-old signed with NBA team the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013 after moving to the US to play college basketball in 2009. The fictional story, based on Dellavedova’s rise, will follow the tale of three young Australian basketballers who are drafted to play basketball for a US college.
ESPN.com announced the new roster of athletes for the seventh annual Body Issue on Monday morning. Love is one of 24 athletes featured in the special issue, which goes online July 6 and hits newsstands July 10. Love, a possible free agent this summer, will join the likes of Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper, Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, New York Giants promising young wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and reigning French Open champion Stan Wawrinka.
Iman Shumpert saw the blockbuster San Andreas this week, a film which shows Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson doing battle against plate tectonics, and is now very hesitant about heading to California to play the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. I mean, a lot of stuff blows up in San Andreas, and the movie does take place in California.
According to sources, Wade will be a studio analyst on ABC’s coverage of The NBA Finals for games two and three, and if necessary, games six and seven. An announcement is expected Tuesday. Wade will join Sage Steele, Doug Collins and Jalen Rose on the pre-game and halftime shows, beginning with NBA Countdown at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. ABC has been trying to arrange a Wade interview of LeBron James. Now that would be some interesting television. The former teammates remain close friends, and Wade was the one Heat person to publicly congratulate James for advancing to the Finals.
A driving force behind the venture and a self-proclaimed cinephile, Diaw said the idea was to explore new grounds beyond sports and possibly direct and star in future projects. Diaw also pointed out that the role of players isn’t limited to financing the movies. “We were involved every step of the way, including in the casting and script,” explained Diaw.
Disney and the NBA are teaming up to make three special episodes featuring the funniest moments by top NBA players on and off the court. Disney … NBA … Who better to represent than the Lopez brothers? Brothers Robin and Brook Lopez will team up with Disney stars Cameron Boyce and Jacob Bertrand in hosting the three-day special episodes “NBA Slam Funk!” from June 1 to June 3, which will be a “prank themed” feature that coincide with Disney’s “Lab Rats,” “Kirby Buckets,” and “Mighty Med”.
Pete Pranica: Like Marc Gasol, my contract is up. Happy to share that @Memphis Grizzlies and I have agreed on terms to continue as TV voice of Grizzlies. #gogrizz
Charles Barkley is joining a new team on television after the basketball season. The TNT NBA analyst is joining the cast of ‘Suits’, the popular USA Network legal drama as a long-time customer of Pearson Specter Litt, the fictional law firm on the show in an episode this summer.
Q: Have you ever or would you ever consider being a TV commentator? If so, what network would you want to work with? Allen Iverson: I don’t like commentary because I don’t like talking negative about people. I have had it done to me so much, so I know how it feels.
Silver on Bleacher Report Radio: A few people came back to me and said, “Not so fast.” You can actually look at the data, Nielsen data, minute by minute. And in fact, when we look at the data, it’s not so clear people are turning the channel. In some cases, people are fascinated by the strategy. So, I’m not saying that should be the final answer, but just looking at it from an entertainment matter, we should make sure look at the data to to see if people are truly turning out because of a Hack-a-Shaq strategy.
Ya can’t play basketball forever … and Roy Hibbert knows it … telling TMZ Sports he wants to work in Hollywood after his NBA career — and says his dream job would be to appear on “Tosh.0.” The Indiana Pacers star has already gotten his feet wet — appearing on a few episodes of “Parks and Recreation” over the years. But now, Hibbert says he’s moving to L.A. for the summer — and might take some voice acting classes to help him better his chances of getting a V/O job when he hangs up his sneakers.
But Alessandra is not the only one stepping away from their usual day job for the film. On Wednesday Carmelo Anthony was spotted on set, revealing he too will have a role on the highly anticipated sequel.
On the documentary about him: “I liked it. I wasn’t quite sure where they were going with it at the beginning. I thought it was very Holger-strong just telling his story and how he came to basketball. Which he deserves. Without him, I probably wouldn’t be here. But then it kind of caught the curve a little bit, then the fun thing with the free throws…I thought it was fun. It was a fun little flick and not as boring as you would think.”
To congratulate Stephen Curry for winning the MVP award, Under Armour recruited NBA legend Bill Russell to lend a hand. More specifically, his voice. In Under Armour’s MVP commercial for Curry, Russell reads the famous Jacob Riis quote about a stonecutter pounding away at a rock. Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before. This quote is popular in NBA circles thanks to Gregg Popovich, who has used the quote almost like a mantra to motivate the Spurs. With all of the hardwork Curry has done to get to this point, the quote aptly fits him as well.
Titled “The Offs,” Shumpert references each member of the roster at least once, including injured Anderson Varejao, who was lost in December with a torn Achilles. Even head coach David Blatt has a line in the song. Shumpert, who was seen playing the harmonica in the locker room following games, enjoys making music in his free time, even laying down a track in 2012 titled, “Knicks Anthem.” His Cavs’ playoff anthem features this refrain: “The only way to pick up is to get your funky jazz down.” Shumpert also refers to himself as “one of those most wanted thieves in the league.”