Showbusiness Rumors

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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.
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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.