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LeBron James helping produce sitcom for cable

Sep 3, 2013, 11:37 AM EDT

NBA basketball player James of the Miami Heat gestures as he attends a promotional event in Beijing Reuters

But what he really wants to do is produce.

LeBron James and long-time manager and business partner Maverick Carter have teamed up with Tom Werner (“The Cosby Show,” “Roseanne”) and actor Mike O’Malley to produce a show for the Starz network, reports the Associated Press. Don’t laugh, it seems all the best and most interesting new television is off cable networks lately.

The show has themes from LeBron’s life. Called “Survivor’s Remorse” it is the story of two guys who get out of Philadelphia’s inner city and make it big, with plenty of money and fame. The story is about their adjustment to that new life while so many people they know back home struggle. I think we can call it semi-autobiographical (in the sense that “Entourage” was based on Mark Wahlberg’s life).

LeBron dabbled in media matters before, remember there was “The LeBrons.” Hopefully for him this goes better.

Good on LeBron for reaching out and trying something different. Some people seem to want their basketball stars to be of single focus — we as a society idolize and venerate people with a singular focus in their life, whether it is basketball or making sushi.

I think that can make for tedious, dull human beings. The world is better off for people who have varied interests, who try and do different things. You should have a passion that drives you to strive to be great at something, but that is different than being one-dimensional. LeBron, to his credit, is more than just basketball.

  1. mtheparrothead - Sep 3, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    “Has themes from lebrons life…”

    No, it sounds like it has themes from inner city life in general and that the producers want to ride lebrons name as far as it will take them.

    Regardless, it’ll be a train wreck. Mike o’malley? Really? Dude hasn’t been funny since I was 10 and watching nickelodeon.

  2. decimusprime - Sep 3, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Regardless of who’s working on that show, the name is so terrible it won’t make it. Change the name and it might last.

  3. bucrightoff - Sep 3, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Please God let there be a way to get Delonte banging his mom into this show

  4. antistratfordian - Sep 3, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Well good luck to him. He’ll need it. One would have better luck opening a restaurant.

    But at least the premise is intriguing. And it doesn’t just apply to celebrities. I understand this feeling:

    “You’re supposed to be a statistic and end up like the rest of the people in the inner city — (and) being one of the few to make it out and everyone is looking at you to be their savior.”

    You know how to cut to the core of me, Baxter.

  5. bobaboohee - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    The name of the sitcom is going to be called NBA, it’s going to be a huge hit because it’s such a joke.

  6. eatitfanboy - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Executive Producer: Guy whose name we attach to the project to get meetings.

  7. mew395 - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Maybe he should be a wall street investment banker next…his credentials are the same

  8. badintent - Sep 4, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    LBJ be careful what you wish for.Tom Warner made a cool $$ billion as the producer of Crosby show, then bought the Padres back in the late 80’s. I managed a party for him and his biz partner in LaJolla. He got cheap on the team when they were starting to put good numbers up and sold off stars., i.e. Joe Carter , he of the back to back WS Jays. He was a whining little smuck.

  9. unsportsmenmic - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Reblogged this on UnSportsMenMic and commented:
    I thought Fresh Prince of Bel-Air did an episode about this. Can that theme run a whole season/seasons of episodes? We will see

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