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May 6, 2015 Updates

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." Dallas Morning News

May 4, 2015 Updates

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. CBSSports.com

April 23, 2015 Updates

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." Cleveland Plain Dealer

April 20, 2015 Updates

An inside look at both the triumphs and struggles of NBA icon and all-time great shooting guard Allen Iverson. IVERSON premieres Saturday, May 16th on SHOWTIME. Sportando

Chris Vivlamore: Hawks announce Ludacris to perform at Game 2 ... but you already knew that. #ATLHawks Twitter @CVivlamoreAJC

April 10, 2015 Updates

Next week's showings, which will also feature a red-carpet event, will mark the American debut for the nearly two-hour production. The film is in German with English subtitles and originally premiered in Germany in September 2014. "It's pretty sweet," Nowitzki told ESPNDallas.com this week when asked to reflect on the project. "I think that's another thing that's going to be even sweeter down the road when I sit there and maybe show it to my daughter and son and see them smile. They can think to themselves that daddy wasn't a complete waste. I think that's going to be really special later on. Now it means that I had an impact with my career in some sorts. "Having a documentary, they don't make a documentary about everybody. I guess that should make me feel proud about what I've accomplished so far and hopefully finish strong in the next couple of years."‎ ESPN.com

The documentary features interviews from Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd and Vince Carter, as well as Cuban, recently retired NBA commissioner David Stern and both Donnie Nelson and father Don Nelson, who served as Nowitzki's first coach in the NBA. Nowitzki describes the film as a "fun little movie," one that isn't necessarily as staid as typical documentaries. ESPN.com

April 9, 2015 Updates

The film debuted at SXSW last month and much of buzz surrounded LeBron James' role. Initially, James was expected to have a brief cameo. However, his role is a full-on supporting one some critics say steals the show. James plays wingman to Bill Hader's character, who is in a relationship with the promiscuous Schumer. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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March 25, 2015 Updates

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

March 18, 2015 Updates
March 16, 2015 Updates

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

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