Jimmy Kimmel Rumors
All-Star forward Khris Middleton and center Brook Lopez appeared Friday on “Jimmy Kimmel Live: NBA Finals Game Night,” one of ABC’s pregame shows ahead of Game 4 between the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors. Middleton played in a game of “College Knowledge,” where he was asked to answer trivia questions alongside fellow Texas A&M attendee Deandre Jordan. The pair faced off against former University of Kentucky players Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Malik Monk.
And it delves into his business ventures and entrepreneurship, including being one of the owners of MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers. It even touches upon his ill-fated 1998 talk show “The Magic Hour,” which comedian Jimmy Kimmel — a self-professed fan of Johnson — joked in the documentary “not just one of the worst talk shows but one of the worst television shows in history.”
Legendary basketball player Earvin “Magic” Johnson, who earned the moniker “Magic” for his superior talents as a high school baller, debuted the first episode of his Apple TV+ series “They Call Me Magic” Saturday at Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. The four-part project, directed by Rick Famuyiwa (“Dope,” “The Wood”) streams starting April 22. The series features famous fans like Snoop Dogg (who shows off his Lakers arm tattoo), Samuel L. Jackson, Jimmy Kimmel and former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. Filmmakers also talked to several athletes including Johnson’s Lakers teammate Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – whom Johnson annoyed by playing Parliament-Funkadelic on a boom-box – Larry Bird and Michael Jordan.
For a young Shaquille O’Neal, signing with Nike would have, no doubt, jump-started his career — and it’s an opportunity not many would have passed up. But according to O’Neal himself, he actually sabotaged his own meeting with Nike to sign with another brand instead.
Here’s the story, where he literally wore a Reebok jacket during a meeting with Nike executives. “Nike, they had like four or five people and it was always my dream to have a signature shoe. So when I went to Reebok, they was going to give me a signature shoe. Because I already had my Shaq emblem. I already had all the commercials. I had everything done in my head on how I wanted to go. So when I went to Reebok, they said they were going to do it,” Shaq said on Jimmy Kimmel Live. But we promised Nike that we would listen to them. So I wore my Reebok jacket to the Nike meeting. So I came back, and I signed with Reebok.”
Pacers center Myles Turner made an appearance on Saturday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live: NBA Finals Game Night, the basketball-themed version of ABC’s late-night talk show that served as a lead-in to Game 5 of the NBA Finals. In the episode, which was hosted by Anthony Anderson, Turner participated in a segment called “College Knowledge,” where players from two different universities compete in a trivia competition.