LeBron James has but to play a minute for the Los Angeles Lakers, but the NBA famous person is already busy in Hollywood.
James is behind the three-part documentary sequence, Shut Up and Dribble, introduced Monday by Showtime.
Set to debut in October, the identical month James fits up for his new crew, the sequence appears on the changing role of athletes within the present political and cultural local weather in opposition to the backdrop of the NBA.
Its title comes from a remark Fox Information host Laura Ingraham made to James in February when she sought to rebuke him for speaking politics throughout an interview.
James is the chief producer of the sequence alongside along with his enterprise associate Maverick Carter and his agent Wealthy Paul. Gotham Chopra, who directed Showtime’s Kobe Bryant’s Muse in 2015, helmed the undertaking.
The sequence traces the fashionable historical past of the league and its gamers beginning with the 1976 merger of the freewheeling American Basketball Affiliation and the Nationwide Basketball Affiliation, how the highest gamers have expanded their notoriety off the court docket in fields reminiscent of enterprise and vogue whereas turning into icons within the course of.
James has one other present, The Store debuting Aug. 28 on HBO during which he leads dialog and debate amongst his company in barbershops across the nation.
James discovered himself drawn into politics final week when U.S. President Donald Trump unleashed a withering assault on him in a tweet after an interview aired with CNN anchor Don Lemon during which he deemed Trump divisive.
Though James has lengthy been a Trump critic, calling the president “U bum” in a 2017 tweet, the tweet was Trump’s first assault on the participant, who simply opened up a faculty for underprivileged kids in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.