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The LeBron James movie ‘Ballers’ is back in production, with Kevin Hart set to play his brother

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Way back in the fall of 2009, LeBron James seemed to be on top of the world. He had won his first MVP award months earlier, was set to own the NBA landscape as a free agent the next summer, and had put the Cleveland Cavaliers in position to win their first title. Things were so great, in fact, that he planned to take another step towards global icon status by starring in his first film, the working-title-sounding “Fantasy Basketball Camp.” With Hollywood mega-producer Brian Grazer on board, the project looked like a slam dunk!

As you may have heard, LeBron’s public image took a bit of a hit over the next few years. In the 2010 postseason, he disappointed worldwide audiences as the heavily favored Cavs fell to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. Weeks later, James spurned Cleveland for South Beach during the ill-conceived “The Decision” special on ESPN, and pretty much everyone decided he was a big fat jerk. Production plans for the film were tabled for at least a year, and then put on hold indefinitely when the Miami Heat lost to the underdog Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals. The future of the film, eventually titled “Ballers,” seemed unclear, especially when the creative team neglected to embrace my suggestion of turning it into a slasher movie with LeBron murdering the greatest champions in basketball history

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Bradley Beal sets Wizards/Bullets franchise record for career three-pointers

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Bradley Beal made history on Saturday night.

With 4:42 left in the fourth quarter against the Raptors, Beal made his 869th career three-pointer and in doing so passed Gilbert Arenas for first all-time in Wizards/Bullets franchise history.

Beal, just 25, now tops a list that includes Antawn Jamison (646) in third and John Wall (489) and Chris Whitney (489) tied for fourth. For Arenas, Jamison and Whitney, those are only the threes they made in a Wizards uniform.

Beal set the new mark just two games into his seventh NBA season. He has made at least 100 threes in each of the past five years. That is also a franchise record.

Beal is likely to set a high bar when it’s all said and done. He is under contract with the Wizards through the 2020-21 season and is on a historic pace.

Only eight players made more threes through their first six NBA seasons than Beal. That list includes some of the best three-point marksmen of all-time like Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Ray Allen.

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Colin Kaepernick receives prestigious honor for contributions to black history and culture

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Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick was among eight people saluted by Harvard University on Thursday for contributions to black history and culture.

All eight recipients of the prestigious W.E.B. Du Bois Medal were honored in a ceremony held Thursday afternoon by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard “in recognition of their contributions to African and African American culture and the life of the mind.”

As requested by Kaepernick, his speech at the ceremony was not broadcast live (there was a live stream of the event available). In his speech, Kaepernick encouraged further protests against racial inequality.

“I feel like it’s not only my responsibility, but all our responsibilities as people that are in positions of privilege, in positions of power, to continue to fight for them and uplift them, empower them,” Kaepernick said. “Because if we don’t we become complicit in the problem.”

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Stephen A.: LeBron to groom Lonzo Ball into ‘Showtime’-caliber point guard | First Take

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