Just in time for the NBA’s All-Star Weekend, the commentators of TNT’s Inside the NBA are welcoming some very special guests. Yes, at long last, host Ernie Johnson and analysts Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, and Charles Barkley will join forces with DC’s superhero team the Justice League to play basketball — and possibly fight evil, if any supervillain dares get in the way of the basketball. The crossover occurs in The Justice League Goes Inside the NBA: All Star Edition, a new limited edition comic book that will be distributed for free at the NBA All-Star Jam Session in New Orleans from February 13-16. READ FULL STORY
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NBA center Jason Collins authored a piece for Sports Illustrated today that began with three very powerful sentences: ”I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.” Many have noted that this makes Collins the first openly gay male major American professional sports player and Collins explained that this is one of the reasons he felt it was time to speak. Collins wrote eloquently about his journey through the NBA, as well as his journey from keeping a big secret about himself to coming out and feeling comfortable in his own skin. The piece is incredibly honest and raw and Collins’ bravery has been praised all over the Internet this morning. Bill Clinton tweeted ”I’m proud to call Jason Collins a friend,” the NBA Commissioner David Stern issued a statement ending, ”We are proud [Collins] has assumed the leadership mantle on this very important issue,” and Jason Collins’ Twitter following has skyrocketed from about 4,000 to over 18,000 and growing.
However, along with praise there have been a number of ugly comments as well. The Sports Illustrated comments section is littered with posts of Collins’ ”sins, ”deviance,” and other homophobia. Although now, it looks like comments have been shut off on the story. In his writing, Collins joked ”… if I’m up against an intolerant player, I’ll set a pretty hard pick on him. And then move on.”
The tournament started 22 days ago, the final game didn’t tip off until 9:23 ET last night, and Lousiville didn’t cut down the nets til close to midnight. But the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, that annual spring bug better known as March Madness, isn’t officially over until “One Shining Moment,” the post-final montage that captures all the blood, sweat, and tears of the Big Dance.
I’m sure the CBS video technicians can put these three minutes together in their sleep by now: cue smiling cheerleaders, the mascots, the band, the opening tip, and then off and running to the slams, the Cinderellas, the tears, and the final “shining moment.” It can’t erase the horror of your disaster office bracket, but weren’t Florida Gulf Coast and Wichita State fun to watch while it lasted?
See it again below: READ FULL STORY
President Obama has turned against Nate Silver!
…in his NCAA Tournament bracket.
The president shared his Barack-etology picks for this year’s Final Four with ESPN’s Andy Katz, and he went against top-seeded Louisville, who famed numbers-cruncher Silver considers the favorite to win the tournament. To be fair, Obama didn’t exactly go out on a limb, picking Silver’s second choice, Indiana, to beat Louisville in the finals in Atlanta. In fact, the president seems to have a keen appreciation for the numbers that Silver tabulates, since they each selected three of the same four teams to reach the Final Four.
Watch the President below, as he cops to his Big-10 bias, sends Notre Dame home early for their horrible neon green uniforms, and explains who Joe Biden wants to see go all the way. Orange you going to take a guess? READ FULL STORY
On some level, every basketball player in the post-Jordan era wants to be like Mike — and LeBron James is no exception. Like Jordan, James snagged an incredibly lucrative contract with Nike and has starred in a series of iconic commercials. He’s also dabbled in acting and hosted Saturday Night Live, just like the former Chicago Bull — although Jordan never did a cameo on Entourage. Now the Heat’s superstar has set his sights on another Jordinian achievement: Starring in a sequel to everyone’s favorite aliens-vs.-Looney-Tunes adventure.
On Sunday, James was asked on Twitter if he loved the movie Space Jam. LeBron’s answer? “I love that movie. Wish I could do Space Jam 2!”
The idea really isn’t so crazy. Although movies starring NBA greats aren’t always slam dunks, Space Jam is an exception — the film was a financial success, grossing over $230 million worldwide. (And that’s in 1996 dollars!) Looney Tunes: Back in Action wasn’t nearly as big at the box office in 2003, but it didn’t focus on sports and tried to replace MJ with Brendan Fraser. A Space Jam sequel could be just what the franchise needs to get back in the game — especially if a lightning rod player like James is in the Jordan role.
So, what might the plot for Space Jam 2: It’s Good 2 Be the King entail? Picture this: READ FULL STORY
There are already too many hyphenates affixed to Jay-Z’s already hyphenated name to reasonably list here, but that isn’t stopping the music superstar and NBA franchise co-owner from adding one more: Videogame executive producer. Over the course of this year, Jay-Z has been working with 2K Sports on the latest annual iteration of their bestselling NBA series, NBA 2K13, and when the game hits shelves on Oct. 2 (for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC, and PSP), “Executive Produced by JAY Z” will appear prominently on the packaging.
But what does that ultimately mean? Is this simply a vanity project? “Jay is so obsessed with authenticity,” says Jason Argent, VP of marketing at 2K Sports. “He really didn’t want to just put his name on a product. Neither did we. We wanted a true collaboration with him.” While Jay-Z’s involvement with the gameplay itself was indirect, Argent says he directly oversaw “everything off the court in the game.” That included the graphical flow of the game, as well as its intro and outro videos. “It’s much more music [and] cultural oriented,” he says. “There are visuals of musicians and him interwoven with game play. It’s really basketball within an entertainment and music package.” READ FULL STORY
Nothing like a little peer pressure to push the POTUS into some PDA.
Barack and Michelle Obama were at an exhibition basketball game between the U.S. and Brazil on Monday night, and their court-side presence did not go unnoticed by the crowd or the Kiss Cam, which zoomed in expecting a smooch.
Michelle wasn’t so hot on the idea, though. She took one look at the scoreboard screen and shook her head, much to the disappointment of the crowd, which you can hear “boo” and “aww” about the lack of JumboTron affection. Who can blame them for wanting to witness a little presidential romance?
But nobody, not even the First Couple, is too good for the Kiss Cam. So when the cameras tried again later — and after some helpful prodding from daughter Malia, seated next to Vice President Joe Biden — the Obamas delivered. Watch the video below:
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