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In a press release Monday, producers of "Playing to Win: A Relentless Pursuit to Save a Team" announced they'll premiere the documentary at the Sacramento International Film Festival on April 29 in downtown’s Esquire IMAX Theater. “The film chronicles the heartache, fight and resolve during the tumultuous era in Kings history when the franchise seemed destined to relocate to Seattle,” stated the release. “After years of hard work by so many people in this community, we are thrilled to be able to present this film on the big screen,” said director Rusty Prevatt in the release. “The threat of the Kings leaving Sacramento for Seattle brought this community together in a way we have never witnessed before. We hope our film has captured the city’s passion for keeping its beloved team in Sacramento.” The film will showcase exclusive interviews with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, Kings Chairman Vivek Ranadivé, Kings President Chris Granger, KHTK Sports 1140 Host Carmichael Dave and more. The documentary’s initial showing — which comes just days after ESPN’s “30 for 30” film that also chronicles the city’s effort to retain the Kings — is scheduled for the two-year anniversary of the NBA Relocation Committee’s recommendation (7-0) to keep the team in California’s capital. NBA.com

March 19, 2015 Updates

James' multimedia company - Springhill Productions - is in the midst of a huge fiscal year, from the renewal of its first TV show "Survivor's Remorse," to its new upcoming sports show for children on Disney XD, to its prime-time game show that's in production. And, of course, James' No. 23 Cavaliers jersey is the NBA's best seller. Cleveland Plain Dealer

"My business is doing very well," James said. "But I think more importantly it's what I do on the floor. And what I do on the floor, as a citizen off the floor, being a professional, everything that I have, I approach it that way, and that's the benefit of it for sure. I give it all to my friends and to all the people who love the way I approach the game." Cleveland Plain Dealer

"For me, my main thing is about playing basketball," James told the Northeast Ohio Media Group, following his 16-point, seven-assist outing against the Nets. "Obviously I love my partnership with Nike. We've done so many great things, but it starts with performance and all of us at Nike we perform first and we let everything take care of itself. "For me to be able to have those numbers just means that fans still love what I do on the floor. They appreciate how I approach the game and everything else benefits from that." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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It's a sweet moment between the 25-year-old Ibaka and his young daughter — but also so much more, as the documentary that premiered at SXSW Interactive on Saturday night reveals to powerful effect. Ibaka didn't know Raine existed for the first five years of her life. His father in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, had begged family to keep her a secret from Ibaka. He wanted to reduce stress on the then-teenage basketball phenom after Ibaka left their poverty-stricken home to chase a pro hoops future in Europe. (Raine was conceived with a girlfriend before he left, but not born until after.) Mashable

March 13, 2015 Updates

Because Yahoo is trying to be funny, rather than just having the season get away from them. Yahoo is getting into the streaming, scripted show market, and one of their new shows is “Sin City Saints” about a fictional NBA team in Las Vegas. The show features former NBA players Rick Fox and Baron Davis, plus Malin Akerman, Tom Arnold and Andrew Santino. From executive producer Mike Tollin (“One Tree Hill,” “Smallville,” “Varsity Blues”) and Mandalay Sports Media. NBCSports.com

But Shumpert says the whole thing has been blown out of proportion ... saying, "The 'Empire' story pertaining to myself and my girlfriend Teyana has gotten out of hand." "Fans of the show and friends have told us on many occasions that couple favors us but we do not at all feel that our lives are being copied/stolen." TMZ.com

March 12, 2015 Updates

Shumpert is dating Taylor, and Hakeem is dating Tiana in the show. They're a real-life couple and believe "Empire" is hijacking their character without permission or compensation. "They're using my girl's character, her style, her look and she's not getting anything for it," Shumpert said. "They didn't even change her name. They could have at least let my girl audition for the part instead of stealing her character completely. "And come on man, they're really using a guy with a flat top like me. Come on. That's ridiculous. They never called us. We were blindsided. We found out by our family and fans when the show aired." Calls to the show's producers at FOX Studios in Los Angeles were not returned. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Shumpert, a defensive specialist, is coming off of game where he tied his career-high of six steals in a 127-94 rout of the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday. So he feels he has a pretty good idea of what stealing looks like. "I don't see how they can deny it," he said. "Everybody knows." Whether the accusations are true or not, it's certainly worth discussing or possibly even an investigation, according to the guard. "My girl and her fans are more mad about it than I am," Shumpert said. "I'm a ball player, but that's her field. That's what she does. Me personally, I don't plan on taking any action but I don't know about her." Cleveland Plain Dealer

March 3, 2015 Updates

Mark Cuban and Ann Coulter have joined the growing list of guest stars for the third TV movie in the phenomenon, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Launching in July, Sharknado 3 will be set in Washington, D.C., this time and, per Syfy, will "cause mass destruction in the nation's capital" before it roars down the Eastern Seaboard. Entrepreneur/Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban of Shark Tank will play the president, while conservative commentator/author Coulter will play the vp. The Hollywood Reporter

March 2, 2015 Updates

Now, Cuban is headed back to the small screen. Lesley Goldberg of The Hollywood Reporter: Launching in July, Sharknado 3 will be set in Washington, D.C., this time and, per Syfy, will “cause mass destruction in the nation’s capital” before it roars down the Eastern Seaboard. Entrepreneur/Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban ofShark Tank will play the president NBCSports.com

March 1, 2015 Updates

On Saturday afternoon, Beastie Boys member Ad-Rock tweeted about Mason’s death: “MASE!!! You are for surely missed. RIP.” Mason was not the only Knick of the Pat Riley era to inspire the Beasties’ rhymes. “Get It Together” contains the line “I got heart like John Starks,” while “Flute Loop” references the team’s 1993 Atlantic Division title with the somewhat hard-to-decipher lyric: “Lead my team to 60 wins like my man Pat Ewing.” New York Daily News

February 28, 2015 Updates

Directed by Gotham Chopra, the 83-minute film contains a wealth of rarely seen footage that reaches back to Bryant's early childhood in Italy. By turns charming, cocky, remorseful and emotional, the celebrated and divisive superstar probes his past in the film with an openness and candor rarely seen during his 18-year pro basketball career. "I didn't want to write a book — I don't have the patience to do that," Bryant said in a phone interview. "We wanted to create something really different, very truthful. Cinematically, we wanted to do something that would be different from the ways documentaries are shot. This was about doing something that was fun, but also honest." Los Angeles Times

At the core of the project is Bryant's all-consuming passion for basketball, a double-edged sword that drove him to greatness but also often alienated him from teammates, friends and family. Since skipping college and entering the NBA at 18, he had a solitary goal — to become one of the greatest basketball players of all time. "This was my life," he declares in the documentary, looking straight at the camera. "You can't possibly become better than me because you're not spending the time on it that I am. Even if you wanted to spend the time, you can't, because you have other things, other responsibilities taking you away from it. So I already won." Los Angeles Times

February 27, 2015 Updates

Derrick Rose is one of Powerade’s most high-profile endorsers. With reports that he’ll be out 4-6 weeks after surgery to repair a menicus tear, Powerade employed creative marketing in support of Chicago’s former MVP point guard. The “Rose From Concrete” clip below has a message of perseverance through struggle and continuing to fight in tough times. The Fields of Green

February 26, 2015 Updates

There were 11th-hour edits to make on his new film, a months-long media tour to complete and inspiration to be shared by way of his 90-minute Showtime documentary titled Muse. Kobe being Kobe, he played on — albeit in gray Nike sweats and a black "Kobe" T-shirt. "I've played with a torn shoulder, man," he told USA TODAY Sports this week while sitting inside this second-story bayside suite in which the documentary about his life, premiering Saturday, was mostly produced. "I've played with the flu before, so it's nothing. I'm loaded on medicine ..." USA Today Sports

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