Summary of “Is ‘Space Jam 2’ a Way for LeBron James to Skirt the Salary Cap?”

Since 2014, James has been attached to a sequel to the 1996 classic Space Jam, which came out when I was 6 years old and happened to star my two favorite people on the planet when I was 6 years old, Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny.
Naturally, the cast that would join James in Space Jam 2 has long been a topic of speculation.
On the same day that it was reported the Lakers were scrambling to shed cap space, the first-ever list of James’s Space Jam 2 castmates was also reported.
While the original Space Jam was a one-off opportunity to make Jordan look good to the purchasing public, James seems to view his basketball successes and his future in entertainment as somewhat equally critical parts of his future.
The two feel connected: If James wins a championship with the Lakers in 2020, Space Jam 2 will probably perform better in 2021, and if Space Jam 2 does well, James’s future in entertainment will be firmly rooted in a successful blockbuster, which James hasn’t had yet.
At any rate, a player receiving money for Space Jam 2 wouldn’t be an illegal affiliation between the Lakers and their players.
With James taking on simultaneous roles in basketball and entertainment, he can legitimately argue that the casting of his current and desired future teammates is a strategic choice to boost the success of his movie rather than a salary cap workaround.
LeBron seems to have the power to make Space Jam 2 into the movie he wants, and the best use for it would be as an instrument to make the Lakers into the team he wants.

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Summary of “How the Lakers wasted Year 1 of LeBron”

Before Rich Paul of Klutch Sports garnered attention representing two clients on the Lakers – LeBron and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Mintz represented two-fifths of the starting lineup, D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle.
Even though the Lakers controlled Randle’s rights as a restricted free agent, L.A. never made an offer to him, sources told ESPN. This despite coach Luke Walton and his staff’s preference to keep Randle, as earlier reported by The Athletic and confirmed by ESPN. Mintz eventually asked the Lakers to renounce Randle’s rights and navigated his client to the New Orleans Pelicans, where he signed a two-year, $18 million contract with a player option on the second year.
The consequences of George’s decision forced L.A. to roll over its cap flexibility in the hopes of landing another star in the summer of 2019 – and ultimately wasting James’ first year with the Lakers.
July 6, 2018: Caldwell-Pope signs a one-year, $12 million contract to re-up with the Lakers, and Rondo signs a one-year, $9 million contract to come to L.A. July 8, 2018: Lopez leaves the Lakers and signs a one-year, $3.3 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.
ON DEC. 18, three days before the Lakers would host the Pelicans for the first time this season, James was asked by ESPN how he would feel about playing with Anthony Davis.
Shortly after the trade deadline, Clippers consultant Jerry West – who spent more than 40 years with the Lakers as a player, coach and executive – got together for dinner with old friends who also had former Laker ties, sources said.
On an off day in Memphis following a 128-115 loss to an Anthony Davis-less Pelicans team on Feb. 23, the LeBron James-led Lakers had their own air-it-out session.
March 2, 2019: The Lakers lose 118-109 to the Phoenix Suns, and LeBron adds to the season’s blooper reel, throwing an inbounds pass off the back of the backboard, resulting in a turnover.

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Summary of “Standing at Ground Zero for UFO Believers”

Tyler had told James and me to wear sturdy leather boots to protect our legs from rattlesnakes.
After we had recovered from the trip and sipped some water, Tyler configured two metal detectors and showed us a map of where the craft had landed.
Through a combination of videos, text messages, and emails, Tyler explained that part of his mission was to translate the information he learned from space exploration into biomedical technologies.
One video featured the CEO of one of Tyler’s companies in Tampa praising him.
The video featured a photo of Tyler in a blue flight uniform, wearing aviator sunglasses, posed in front of a giant rocket.
Tyler worked with venture capitalists and with surgeons and medical researchers to implement his visions.
Tyler’s voice, now strained and broken, trailed off in the video, but he was still filming.
The video marked a turning point in my estimation of who Tyler was and what he had contributed, and was contributing, to a history that, ironically, was unknown.

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Summary of “Why Marlon James Decided to Write an African “Game of Thrones””

Fifteen years ago, when Marlon James was working on his first novel, he requested an exorcism.
After winning the Booker, James told an interviewer that he was going to “Geek the fuck out” and write an “African Game of Thrones.” The first installment of what he calls the Dark Star trilogy, “Black Leopard, Red Wolf,” comes out in February.
The show has not yet been green-lighted, but James is optimistically attempting to write a part for Grace Jones, who was born one town over from Portmore and is one of his idols-a print of her “Island Life” record cover hangs behind his dinner table in Minnesota.
James had wanted to write a “Noirish, magical-realist fable” about Jamaican rural life, he told me-a story that wouldn’t idealize its pastoral setting.
James had wanted to write about the impossibly brutal and volatile period in Jamaica when enslaved Africans outnumbered their white owners by more than ten to one.
James’s brothers-he has seven brothers and sisters, four of them half siblings, though James speaks of them all simply as siblings-had discussed the possibility that James was gay, Richard told me, speaking on the phone from a barbershop, above the metallic hum of clippers.
At the bar, there was a hand-lettered sign atop a little table that read “Reserved for Marlon James.” “I should have worn tights underneath this dress,” James said, as we sat down.
Backstage, Shears embraced James and demanded a copy of “Black Leopard.” As we were leaving, James glanced at the “Reserved for Marlon James” sign on our table.

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Summary of “Gene Therapies Could Fix Incurable Diseases”

Gene therapies could offer long-term fixes for a host of incurable illnesses – except that many people’s immune systems react to them.
In 2012, the EU approved its first therapy targeted at a specific mutated gene, one which causes liver disease; five years later, a genetic treatment for vision loss was approved in the USA. There are ongoing clinical trials of gene therapies for dozens of other diseases.
The gene therapy would instead give their bodies a working gene for them to make their own factor VIII. But transferring a gene into a person is no easy feat.
What we do know, says Schaffer, is that pre-existing immunity is the main reason volunteers are excluded from gene therapy trials, and that it will severely restrict who gets to be treated if and when these therapies become widely available.
Luk Vandenberghe, a gene therapy researcher and associate professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, says that immunity to AAV is gene therapy’s Achilles heel.
Gene therapies require pumping massive doses of the carrier virus into people – many times more than you’d see in a natural infection.
There’s estimated to be around a dozen that can infect human cells, and a number of these are being tested as gene therapy vectors for different diseases.
No one knows for how long James’s new factor VIII gene will work, but an earlier gene therapy trial for hemophilia B offers hope: patients are continuing to produce their own clotting factor eight years later.

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Summary of “Kirk Goldsberry on The King’s evolving offensive game”

Since entering the NBA in October 2003, LeBron James has transformed from one of the league’s least effective volume scorers into a hyper-efficient offensive mastermind, dominating opposing defenses with an incredible blend of interior scoring prowess and perimeter shot creation.
James struggled mightily as a scorer in his rookie campaign.
Of the 46 players who attempted at least 1,000 field goals that season, James ranked 41st in effective field goal percentage.
James’ ability to score at the basket would quickly become his calling card.
The story of James transforming from inefficient rookie into NBA scoring champion is one of a player learning how to attack defenses with his ferocious blend of speed and strength to create scoring chances in the paint.
During the 2007-08 season, James was the only player to attempt 600 or more shots in the restricted area.
James became the best in the world at scoring in the little area that NBA defenses work to protect the most.
To defend James over the past decade is to pick a poison: Either you let him blow by one-on-one coverages and score countless buckets at the rim, or you slow down his interior attacks with help defense and allow him to create clean looks for his teammates.

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Summary of “LeBron Came to Hollywood. So Did the LeBron Media Machine.”

In his first days in a Lakers jersey, LeBron James made an odd discovery.
James was entering a new period of media friendliness, and McMenamin and James-a year and a half apart in age-connected more or less as peers.
James dished to McMenamin away from the scrums; James later referred affectionately to the Cleveland beat writers as his “Wives.”
Jason Lloyd, who covered James in Cleveland, turned down The Athletic’s offer to move across the country and stay on the beat, citing family roots in Ohio and the exhausting nature of following LeBron.
On September 24, James finally met the L.A. media.
“Yes, he made a movie or two, if you want to call them that. But he was a basketball player. LeBron James is a corporation.”
James now exists in parallel media universes, and his movements are tracked by two different kinds of insiders.
As they sat down, McMenamin noticed that he and James were surrounded by 40 or 50 media members, some of whom whipped out their phones to record the interview.

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Summary of “Did One Hit Lead to a 13-Year-Old’s Suicide?”

James’ buddies were there; some wore bright yellow sneakers and ties-an homage to James’ love of SpongeBob SquarePants.
The game had gotten chippy, and during one play an opposing player hit James on the side of his head. James later said the player was dirty-intentionally so.
James didn’t say anything about the hit to anyone during the game.
Before the boy could make contact, James swatted him away and hit him.
Two months before James’ death, the California legislature passed AB 2007, which required mandatory concussion protocols be followed-including, among other things, the removal of players suspected to have a concussion and that coaches or administrators complete head injury training.
Just days before James took his life, Pop Warner launched a “Concussion education campaign” and implemented safety measures-such as reducing contact in practice to 25 percent and requiring any player who suffers a suspected head injury to receive medical clearance from a concussion specialist before returning to play.
The Ransoms have not brought legal action against the Stallions, Santa Margarita Pop Warner, Pop Warner or the player who hit James.
Though James’ behavior changed following the traumatic brain injury suffered on September 12, 2015, the Ransoms will never know for sure what led to James’ mental illness, but they want to help other families by telling his story.

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Summary of “This Is What it Means if Slow Walkers Make You Furious”

Chances are you have felt it at least once in your life, if not every damned day: the bubbling rage working through your veins, filling your soul, consuming your being, as you find yourself trapped behind a slow walker.
While we often talk about sidewalk rage as an internal irk, or “Private mental venting that consists of irrational assumptions regarding other pedestrians,” the feelings can escalate through fantasies of “Violent acts against the inconsiderate sidewalk blockers” in some to “The overt expression of hostility and aggressiveness,” James notes.
For all most of us know about sidewalk rage, few understand where it comes from, or why some feel it more acutely-at times or always-than others.
Fast walkers often imply-if cheekily-that their rage stems from the fact that they are, in a cosmic sense, in the right.
They trot out studies that suggest faster walkers may be less likely to die of heart disease, develop Alzheimer’s disease, or see their prostate cancer worsen, and that slow walkers seem to die earlier than the fleeter footed.
Living in a city is hardly the only predictor of sidewalk rage, James says.
James seems to believe that sidewalk rage is a growing problem, which makes sense given the fact that modern life, especially in cities, is getting faster-and for many, more stressful.
It’s not too difficult to quell feelings of sidewalk rage in the moment.

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Summary of “LeBron has shows coming on HBO, Showtime, Starz [Video]”

Showtime this week announced a new three-part docu-series produced by LeBron James.
If the Showtime series isn’t enough, or if October is too far away, James is also producing and hosting an HBO show, “The Shop,” that debuts later this month.
If double-dipping with HBO and Showtime isn’t enough, James and his business partner Maverick Carter produced a youth football docu-series debuting on Starz in September called “Warriors of Liberty City.” This comes after his previous Starz show, “Survivor’s Remorse,” ended its four-season run.
More.Of course, James is not the only current or former star athlete who has directed their money into media ventures.
On Aug. 3, Trump tweeted, “LeBron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made LeBron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!”.
The tweet prompted other athletes to react in support of James.
James had already called the president a “Bum” in a 2017 tweet supporting Curry, and added, “Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!”.
Fellow NBA stars are looking to James now for leadership off the court – both in business and politics.

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