Ex NBA and ‘Basketball Wives’ Star Eric Williams Broke and Homeless

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Former NBA player Eric Williams, who appeared with his ex Jennifer on VH1’s “Basketball Wives,” says he is now homeless and destitute, according to legal documents obtained by TMZ Sports.

Williams, who spent 12 season in the league, made the statements in a letter he wrote to a Colorado court recently explaining why he could not attend a child support hearing earlier this month.

Jennifer and Eric Williams attend Sean "Puffy" Combs' Birthday Bash sponsored by Ciroc Vodka at Mansion in New York City on November 5, 2008

Jennifer and Eric Williams attend Sean “Puffy” Combs’ Birthday Bash sponsored by Ciroc Vodka at Mansion in New York City on November 5, 2008

Among the reasons, Williams says a “court-ordered citation for me to appear was not delivered to my home address as I have no home.”

Williams, who owes more than $24,000 in support to the mother of his 13-year-old son, also says his financial situation is so dire, he can’t afford airfare and has no money to pay a lawyer.

In his letter, Williams says he is currently a volunteer at an unnamed non-profit organization. “I’m in the rebuilding stages of my life,” he stated.

 

LeBron James Pens Letter to Deadbeat Father

lebron jamesMany times, it only takes one parent to raise an amazing child!

Well, this is the case for LeBron James. He was raised by a single mother.

His father wasn’t in the picture. And James wrote an open letter to his father about it.

In an upcoming cover story with GQ, James shares a powerful message to his father.

“Because of you Pops!” James wrote along with the photo. “Thanks all along. Could have said why me with u not being there but look what I made of myself.”

James definitely credits his mother, Gloria James, for his success. So much so he wrote an open letter to her last month.

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He wrote, “I am honored to participate in a project that is trying to help single mothers who are struggling to make a living and raise their kids, because that perfectly describes my mother when I was growing up. You think LeBron James is a champion? Gloria James is a champion too. She’s my champion.”

Read more about his letter to his mother here.

But also, his father absence helped make him the man he is today.

The photo above reads, “It’s part of the reason why I want to be hands-on with my endeavors… So me in a position allowing people around me to grow, that maybe wouldn’t happened if I had two parents, two sisters,  a dog, and a picket fence, you know?”

James doesn’t know his father, but he sure isn’t Leicester Bryce Stovell  who’s stillclaiming to be James’ father after it’s been proven otherwise.

Nevertheless, whoever James’ father is, he’s saying thanks… for nothing!

Starz Orders LeBron James Comedy ‘Survivor’s Remorse’

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Starz has given a series order to the half-hour scripted series “Survivor’s Remorse,” a basketball comedy produced by NBA star LeBron James.

The show is set in the world of professional basketball and, “explores the comedy and drama of an experience that everyone reads about but few understand — what truly happens when you make it out. ”

The series centers on Cam Calloway, a basketball powerhouse in his early 20s who must navigate the limelight after inking a multimillion-dollar contract with a professional basketball team.

James serves as an executive producer, alongside Tom Werner (“Roseanne,” “That ’70s Show”), Maverick CarterPaul Wachter and Mike O’Malley (actor on “Glee,” writer on “Shameless”), who will also write.

Starz, which will retain all domestic and international multiplatform rights, has ordered six episodes of the series.  Production will take place in Atlanta for a planned fall premiere.

LeBroning! The Latest Viral Verb (Watch)

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First there was planking, then there was Tebowing, Kaepernicking, and Dufnering.

And now we have the newest viral verb – LeBroning!

In the latest viral video fad, people are taking Miami Heat star LeBron James‘ habit of flopping on the floor, during NBA games, into the real world.

LeBroning is when a person throws them self on the floor after lightly being brushed by another person and then making an angry facial expression claiming it is the other persons fault, that you are on the ground.

Click here to see a compilation of James’ greatest flops.

 

While #LeBroning just started trending, the first social media post was published months ago by Vine user Ronnie.

 

Pete Wentz (Fallout Boy) just released a video of himself LeBroning to “Panic! At the Disco.” And YouTube has already created a collection of the best LeBroning videos.

“You’re just trying to get the advantage,” James said when asked about the NBA’s anti-flopping rules. “Any way you can get the advantage over an opponent to help your team win, then so be it.”

According to the NBA, flopping is “any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player.” A punishable act costing first-time floppers a warning and second-timers a $5,000 fine. Last May, during a game against the Indiana Pacers, James was one of three players hit with the fine.

The Heat forward is no stranger to being mocked. People have teased him for wearing his headband, higher up on his forehead than any player in the NBA, for tossing his chalk high in the air before games, and for his proclamations about the number of titles Miami would win with him, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.

So, is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? Tell us what you think.

 

 

Kevin Hart, LeBron James to Play Brothers in New Film ‘Ballers’

 

ballers-headerKevin Hart and the NBA’s LeBron James will play siblings in the upcoming basketball comedy “Ballers,” from Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment.
Hart, all of 5’ 3”, plays a man overshadowed in every way by his 6’ 8” NBA superstar brother (James), but gets a chance to prove himself when he and some friends attend a weekend fantasy basketball camp in Miami. The standup comic will also pen the script along with his writing partners Joey WellsChris Spencer and Harry Ratchford. Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and Michael Rosenberg are producing.
According to Deadline.com, a director will be signed once Hart and his team turn in the script.
The plan is to start production next summer when James has time off.

Drake’s Promo for Hometown Toronto Raptors (Watch)

 

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As the official “global ambassador” for the Toronto Raptors, Drake appears in a new promo spot for the team in which expresses his love for the Canadian city and its basketball program.

“I love this city more than anything in the world,” Drake says of his hometown over dramatic shots of the Toronto skyline and other establishments. “I have the option to live anywhere I want [but] I always end up coming back home… Everything that I’m saying is inspired by this city.”

He admits being a big fan of the franchise since its inception in 1995 and hopes to return it to glory, particularly in terms of fan support — citing college sports and European soccer fandom as a level for which to strive.

“It becomes something to live by, something to die by,” he says of collegiate athletics and soccer overseas. “They’re so passionate about it… I want to bring that energy here. I want other teams to hate coming to play the Raptors.”

According to Rolling Stone, the rapper is in charge of a new clothing line for the franchise and will take on certain hosting duties — including a spot at the 2016 All-Star Game.

The Toronto Raptors began the 2013-2014 season against the Boston Celtics, hoping to rebound from the previous season during which the team finished tied for dead last in the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division.

Michael Jordan: I Could’ve Beaten LeBron in my Prime

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Michael Jordan believes he could have beaten LeBron James in a game of one-on-one when he was in his prime. However, he’s not sure about Kobe Bryant.

In a video promoting the “NBA 2K14″ video game released Tuesday, Jordan said there’s a long list of players he would’ve liked to have played one-on-one — Jerry WestElgin BaylorJulius Erving,Carmelo AnthonyDwyane Wade, Bryant and James, who is on the cover of this year’s game.

“I don’t think I would lose,” Jordan, 50, says in the video, before smiling and adding, “other than to Kobe Bryant, because he steals all of my moves.”

James, when informed of Jordan’s comments, acknowledged he has thought about the hypothetical matchup.

“MJ said that? I’ve thought about the matchup, but no one will ever see it and it’s not going to happen,” James said Tuesday after the Miami Heat’s training camp practice in Nassau, Bahamas. “It’s good for people to talk about.”

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This year marks the first time on the cover for James, a four-time league MVP who has led the Heat to back-to-back NBA championships.

When reminded that he is on the cover of the game, James referred to Jordan’s comments as good for business.

“Where he’d say this at? Oh, it was for my game? It’s good promotion then,” James said.

Jordan, a six-time NBA champion and five-time MVP, also said that the game was much more physical when he played than it is today.

“You go in with the understanding of, ‘I’m going to get hit. I’m going to pay the price,’” he said. “But that’s part of the game. I’m not going to be afraid to go inside. Those are the types of things that these kids don’t even have a clue of how we had to grow up and how we had to play.”

Jordan has had a sponsorship deal with 2K Sports since 2011, when he first appeared on the cover of the popular game. He shared the cover the next year with Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.

Former NBA Star Dean ‘The Dream’ Meminger Found Dead

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Dean “The Dream” Meminger, who helped the NY Knicks clinch the 1973 NBA title, was found dead in his hotel room Friday … wearing his championship ring, reports TMZ.

Meminger was found unconscious inside his NYC hotel room by staff members after failing to check out. He was pronounced dead on the scene. There were no signs of trauma. A witness reportedly saw “white stuff” oozing out of his nose.

Meminger had long suffered from drug addiction, including cocaine, even in his pro-basketball days. He almost died in a rooming house fire where he was allegedly smoking crack back in 2009.

The 65-year-old was a first round draft pick back in 1971.

His family released a statement following the news, “We want to thank everyone for their prayers and condolences during this difficult time for our family.”

Chris Paul Named NBA Players’ Union Pres & Already Set to Make Changes

chris-paulcrop*After about 18 months of struggle and turmoil, the National Basketball Players Association/NBPA has elected Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul , to lead them forward.

On Wednesday Paul, also known as CP3, was elected president of the NBPA after previously acting as a vice president.

Amongst all the drama, Paul replaced Derek Fisher. Fisher was there through all the controversy including the February firing of Billy Hunter, the union’s longtime executive director, public squabbles and lawsuits, including Hunter’s lawsuit against the NBPA and Fisher in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

“I think I have a lot of experience, being around and knowing what’s going on,” Paul said Wednesday. “Moving forward is not about me or any one person. It’s about the players as a whole. It’s going to take a lot of work, but we have a great executive committee, a great group of guys who are ready to move forward.”

Paul hadn’t even settled in good before he started putting together a list of players’ demands to take to the NBA, TMZ is reporting.

Players went with CP3 because they feel he’s bold enough and has enough clout to effectively take on the league.

Paul is reportedly taking his new role very seriously and is already talking to players about his agenda, which includes:

– Preparing a battle plan to fight any league proposal for HGH testing
– Eliminating flopping fines
– Forbidding any dress code additions/changes

Find out MORE at USA Today.

Celtics Trade Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets

paul pierce & kevin garnettThe Boston Celtics have cleaned house.

Kevin Garnett has agreed to waive his no-trade clause, clinching an agreement on a trade that will landPaul Pierce, Garnett and Jason Terry with the Brooklyn Nets, sources close to the process told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard on Thursday night.

Garnett waiving the no-trade clause was the last step to sealing the deal, sources said.

No trade between the teams can officially be consummated until July 10 — when a league-wide moratorium on signings and trades is lifted after free agency begins Monday — but the teams made fast progress on finalizing the trade parameters.

Brooklyn has agreed to send three first-round picks (2014, ’16 and ’18) along with Kris Humphries’ expiring contract, Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, MarShon Brooks and a sign-and-traded Keith Bogans to the Celtics for Pierce, Garnett and Terry, a source told Broussard.

It was initially reported that Brooklyn had included Tornike Shengelia and Reggie Evans, but the source said that the Joseph and Brooks were in the final tally.

By agreeing to add Terry to the trade, sources said, Brooklyn alleviated some of Boston’s concerns about absorbing the remaining three years and $30 million on Wallace’s contract.

Because Pierce is making nearly $17 million this season, Brooklyn needs the deal to wait until after the start of free agency and the lifting of the moratorium on July 10, because the $15.3 million team option the Celtics had on their longtime captain is used in the trade.

In 2014, Boston gets either Brooklyn’s pick or Atlanta’s pick, whichever is worse. And in 2017, Boston has the right to swap picks with Brooklyn, a source said.

The Celtics now are a team in transition looking to accelerate the rebuilding process by chasing draft picks and creating cap space.

After news of the proposed trade, Sportsbook.com dropped the Nets’ odds to win the NBA title from 50-1 to 25-1.

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