LeBron James is making headlines again despite it being the offseason.
NBA insider Stephen A. Smith has admitted multiple times on ESPN’s First Take that – outside of playing basketball – if James is in the news then it’s by design, essentially saying that he’s an attention seeker.
And that was certainly the case here after he made this announcement for an upcoming Showtime documentary, effectively trolling Laura Ingraham of Fox News.
You might remember a while back when superstar NBA players LeBron James and Kevin Durant sat in the back of a car, interviewed by ESPN’s Cari Champion, and attacked President Trump for the job he’s been doing.
When Champion asked them about the political climate James said, “Well, the climate is hot. The number-one job in America, the appointed person, is someone who doesn’t understand the people. And really don’t give a f—k about the people.”
This was met with polarization but Laura Ingraham of Fox News’ Ingraham Angle shut James down by telling him to “shut up and dribble.”
Now, James is essentially trolling Ingraham’s comment by producing a Showtime documentary called, you guessed it, Shut Up and Dribble.
Showtime announced on Monday that it will be a three-part documentary series set to debut in October when the next regular season begins and James will be the executive producer.
It goes without saying that based on the title it’ll be about athletes doing charitable causes within their communities and echoing James’ recent motto of himself being that “I’m more than just an athlete.”
More specifically, it will start with the NBA and the ABA merger in 1976 and how the players expanded their notoriety on and off the court.
It will be curious to see whether it only highlights those athletes that did productive things in the community and ignore the others that have committed heinous crimes and have been a complete self-righteous nuisance of the court.
And this is probably why LeBron James picked up his family and moved them across country to join the Los Angeles Lakers. It’s because he wanted that Hollywood moviemaking lifestyle.
That might be underestimating what he actually wants. James probably wants to be a media mogul.
After his announcement that he would join the Lakers, LeBron James was spotted by paparazzi having dinner with acting legends Leonardo DiCaprio and Al Pacino. Although nobody knows what they were discussing, DiCaprio and Pacino will be featured in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which will be the first time they acted together.
Another huge announcement was that Space Jam 2 will go into production at some point in the near future with James as the star, taking over for Michael Jordan as portrayed in the first one.
We know that because they announced that an up-and-coming African American director, Terence Nance, will be directing the feature and it’s the first concrete news that we’ve heard in a long time on the anticipated sequel. James also has a three-year production deal with Warner Bros. so that’s not surprising that it would be James in the starring role versus Kevin Durant or Steph Curry.
Do you see the trend that’s happening here though?
James is diving headfirst into taking over Hollywood and he will use producing content as a way of getting after people who have criticized him like Ingraham.
Joining the Los Angeles Lakers wasn’t just a basketball decision.