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Finally giving us an answer to the age-old question “What if NBA stars Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan got together with everyone from Danielle Fishel to the cast of The League to Jean-Ralphio from Parks & Recreation, and the whole lot of them sat down at long, mismatched, fold-out tables to do a live-read of the script for the 1996 cinematic classic, Space Jam?,” Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan got together last night with everyone from Danielle Fishel to the cast of The League to Jean-Ralphio from Parks & Recreation, and the whole lot of them sat down at long, mismatched, fold-out tables to do a live-read of the script for the 1996 cinematic classic, Space Jam. And it turns out the answer is: I will like it. Uproxx

Griffin's carved out a niche for himself in pop culture because of his sense of humor. Using a mix of sarcasm, self-deprecation and sophistication, Griffin has become the go-to NBA player whether it's a funny commercial, an internet sketch or even a movie cameo. Neal Brennan, co-creator of "Chappelle's Show" on Comedy Central, is a stand-up comedian, writer and director. He's also a friend of Griffin's. "I would never, I mean ... I don't (say) people are funny who aren't funny. It means too much to me," Brennan said. "And he's funny." Orange County Register

"Whenever I tell people Blake Griffin is funny, they're like, 'Oh, whatever. That's nice,'" Brennan said. "But he could be a professional comedy writer." Griffin said he'd like to write or direct sketches or movies, and he's always dreamed about "Saturday Night Live." So far, most of his comedy work, though, has been in front of the camera. After making a comedy video with comedian Ben Glieb, Griffin was cast in a commercial for the video game "Rage." Orange County Register

March 19, 2014 Updates

Shaquille O’Neal stands alone as the only NBA player to actually turn a profit in the hip-hop game with his debut album “Shaq Diesel,” a 12-track compilation that went platinum in 1994. The seven-footer can also toot his horn when it comes to longevity in the field, having produced five albums in total. That’s the sort of impact Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard is looking to make when he eventually and officially, takes the music industry by storm. “If my profile continues to increase, I think I can go platinum with my music,” Lillard told CSNNW.com. “Not to knock anybody else who has done it, but I can actually rap. I have a story to tell. It’s not going to just be about basketball. I have more content than that. With the way I know I can get down, and the producers that I’ll align myself with, there’s no reason not to think I couldn’t go platinum. Shaq proved it’s possible.” CSNNW.com

The All-Star point guard says he anticipates releasing a mixtape sometime this year consisting of 10 tracks to spawn up some buzz before he drops his first album. Just as smooth and effortless is his shooting stroke; he says freestyling and putting verses together “comes more naturally” to him. “It’s something that comes easy to me,” Lillard said. “It’s another talent that I have.” CSNNW.com

It doesn’t end there for the venturous second year guard out of Weber State. Lillard is interested in starring in movies, too. “I’m not an actor but I think it’s something that I can grow into if given time,” he acknowledged. “I would like to play a part like how Ray Allen played Jesus Shuttlesworth. That’s something I’m interested in among some other things.” CSNNW.com

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Shaq is looking for help making his video game dream come true. The retired center-turned-TNT analyst is teaming up a video production company and IndieGogo to raise money to bring back Shaq Fu, the entirely bizarre video game that he starred in when he was 22. “I don’t think it was the worst,” O’Neal told the Associated Press. “When you talk about the worst, you’ve got to talk about sales. I actually sold a lot of games, but when I did the first ‘Shaq-Fu,’ that was at the end of analog right before digital came out. It wasn’t a bad game. It wasn’t a good game, but it wasn’t awful.” For The Win

March 5, 2014 Updates

Some day, Davis hopes to have a more personal rooting interest in the awards show. He already is more involved in the film industry than any of his contemporaries in the NBA. Since 2002, he's been working on film projects, and he's currently writing his first script for a potential Christmas completion, a basketball title that he says is like "Boyz n the Hood meets He Got Game." "Maybe it'll be Oscar-worthy," he said, laughing, "but hopefully it'll be something that will give me the respect that I'm just looking for." Bleacher Report

February 22, 2014 Updates
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Blake Griffin’s multiyear global deal with automaker Kia came out of a conversation Messler had with the Los Angeles Clippers power forward about what he thought he might do at the 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend dunk contest. Griffin mentioned to Messler that he was thinking about jumping over a car. Since Kia was a sponsor of the NBA, Messler approached Kia with the idea of Griffin jumping over a Kia Optima. Then she asked Griffin if he thought he could do it. “He said, ‘Get the measurements of the car and I’ll let you know,’” Messler recalled. “So Kia sent me the measurements. I think the first time I called them, they thought I was crazy.” Sports Business Daily

Messler took the lead and secured a deal for Deron Williams to write a blog for ESPN from Turkey, where he played during the NBA lockout, as well as creating a “digital hub” for him that included Twitter, Facebook and his own staff writers. Williams now has partnerships with Red Bull, American Express and MetroPCS, and is on the cover of the “NBA Baller Beats” video game. “That is a great example of repositioning him to the marketplace,” Schwartz said. “Reintroducing him to the market and going out and explaining to them why he makes sense for all these different companies to use, and Jaymee did that.” Sports Business Daily

January 19, 2014 Updates

Allen made an unusually gifted film debut as Jesus Shuttlesworth in the 1998 Spike Lee film “He Got Game.” McCarty, a Knicks rookie at the time, was part of a supporting cast of former college stars that also included John Wallace (Syracuse) and Travis Best (Georgia Tech). And now, 14 years later, McCarty has heard rumors of a sequel. He’ll sign on again tomorrow, if Lee wants him. He understands that Allen is game for the opportunity, too. “They have to get Denzel (Washington) and Rosario Dawson to sign back on, and then I understand they’ll go ahead with it,” said McCarty, who was originally invited in by Lee to read for the lead role. Indeed, in addition to Allen, all of the basketball players in the cast were allowed to audition for the Shuttlesworth role. Boston Herald

“I was just out of college for a year, after my rookie season,” said McCarty. “(Lee) gave us an acting coach, and the next thing we’re reading scripts. It made us comfortable. Every time the cameras went on, he let us be a little free with the script. We could add on or take away. He gave us that freedom.” And there was a good reason that Allen walked away with the lead role. “Ray was very good,” said McCarty. “I thought he did a heck of a job. He surprised a lot of people with how well he did.” Those who have met McCarty over the years, and know the film, tend to have the same reaction. “I always get teased, ‘Man, I didn’t know you were in that,’ ” he said. “A lot of people recognize it. It was a lot of fun, a great experience. Being in the movie is something that really reaches out to my people, so it was awesome.” Boston Herald

January 17, 2014 Updates

Drama-filled reality shows with loud cast members pulling outlandish stunts tend to draw in the most ratings from networks in this day and age. That's considered must-see television for most viewers, if everyday life struggles aren't enough. Flint natives JaVale and Pam McGee are trying to set a new standard in their reality television show with humor and family fun. Basketball's first WNBA-NBA mother-son duo's show debuts Saturday, Jan. 18, at 10 p.m. for a six-episode series called 'Mom's Got Game' on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Most of the footage was shot in California near Los Angeles with some pieces in Denver during the NBA off-season over a six-week period. "I had fun filming my show last summer with my family," Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee said. "The show is about my real life. You'll get to see some of my workouts, my business adventures, interacting with the youth, meet my close friends and experience the bond between me and my mom." Booth Newspapers

January 7, 2014 Updates

'Linsanity' is available starting Tuesday on DVD, which means it's available now. The DVD is available online at amazon.com and is also available locally, mainly at Wal-Mart. CSN Houston

December 5, 2013 Updates

LeBron James’ feature film debut project is heating up again, as comedian Kevin Hart will join the NBA champion in Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment’s “Ballers,” an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap. The diminutive Hart may appear small next to James but he’s a big star, with the hit comedy “Think Like a Man” under his belt and the upcoming “Ride Along” shaping up to be a potential franchise at Universal. “Ballers” will find Hart playing LeBron’s brother, who gets a chance to emerge from James’ towering shadow when he attends a fantasy basketball camp in Miami. TheWrap.com

November 20, 2013 Updates

Dwyane Wade is taking his story of fatherhood to television, looking for some laughs. The Miami Heat guard has sold a sitcom to Fox, through Sony Pictures Television — and oddly enough, it's the story of an NBA star who gets full custody of his two young sons. With a working title of "Three The Hard Way," it's the first television project announced by Wade's ZZ Productions, a company that bears the initials of his sons' first names. "I will be involved," Wade said. "I'll be very involved." Many details have not been announced, including who will play Wade in the show. "Haven't figured that out yet," Wade said. "But I'm sure it'll be somebody very handsome." Oklahoman

November 12, 2013 Updates

Our well-placed underwear sources tell us ... Russell inked a huge deal with Kings and Jaxs that will require him to not only model the undies, but will also give him creative and design input. FYI --K&J prides itself on how the underwear is built to let your man parts breath -- the web site says, "The little man doesn't like to be restricted with little or no oxygen." TMZ.com

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