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Are we closer to LeBron starring in Space Jam 2?

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Hollywood is a wonderful and strange place, a different universe that operates in a way that is often confusing yet ultimately serves to delight and entertain. Which is to say, the following story is still under some scrutiny, but if we are to believe published reports, we might be one step closer to a Space Jam sequel starring LeBron James.

Rumors of a sequel to Michael Jordan’s popular original started two years ago, when it was reported that LeBron would consider starring in a Space Jam sequel. Today, according to a story from The Hollywood Reporter, an accomplished director is on board…

Justin Lin, Andrew Dodge and Alfredo Botello are ready to shoot some intergalactic hoops with LeBron James.

The Fast & Furious 6 and Star Trek Beyond helmer is co-writing with Dodge and Botello the Warner Bros.’ sequel Space Jam 2. Lin is also eyeing to direct and produce via his Perfect Storm Entertainment, and sources say he will be thoroughly involved in the creative development of the project.

Rumors of a follow-up to the live action/animated 1996 hit have been brewing for years, and picked up again when James and his company SpringHill Entertainment signed a deal with Warner Bros. in July. The Cleveland Cavaliers NBA player, who recently appeared in Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck, will star in Space Jam 2. He’s repped by WME.

The first film, a live action/animation hybrid that earned $230.4 million worldwide, starred Michael Jordan and a collection of Looney Tunes cartoon characters who teamed up to play a game of ball against aliens threatening their freedom.

Lin helmed four of the Fast & Furious films, starting with 2006’s The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift through 2013’s Fast & Furious 6. He directed Star Trek Beyond, which is slated to hit theaters on July 22, 2016. His other credits include 2002’s Better Luck Tomorrow and episodes of True Detective and Scorpion. He’s repped by CAA, Cinetic Management and Sloss Eckhouse.

Great, huh? Not so fast, my friends. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst says there is no deal set as of yet…

What happens when Charles Barkley wrestles Shaquille O’Neal?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Sure, when they’re on television, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal seem like a couple of fun-loving guys. But what are they like off camera? As someone who has been fortunate enough to have spent a good bit of time with them off camera, I can attest that they are basically exactly the same on camera as they are off camera. Exhibit 479: This video from last night from just outside the TNT Green Room, where Chuck and Shaq apparently decided to see who would win in a wrestling match. Pretty sure that’s Charles claiming credit there at the end…

Office Vibes.

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Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert partake in Running Man challenge

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Cleveland Cavaliers haven’t played a game since Sunday, when they eliminated the Detroit Pistons in four games in Round One of the playoffs. And because the Cavs had to wait for their opponent to be determined, Cleveland’s next game won’t be until Monday, when they host the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. So it’s perhaps understandable if the guys are a little bored of practicing against each other and are ready to get to some actual game action. That ennui showed itself at practice yesterday, when first a little football game broke out…

JR Smith, LeBron and Kyrie throwing a football after Cavs practice.

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Then, Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert did their best Running Man dance…

Tom Thibodeau throws out first pitch at Twins game

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s baseball season, which means we’re going to start seeing more and more NBA-related folks throwing out the first pitches at games. And last night in Minnesota, new Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau took the mound for his shot at it. Now, we can assume that Thibs was probably, if anything, over-prepared for this moment. We don’t know if he threw a strike, because the video above cuts off just as the ball reaches the plate. But let’s just assume he did, because Thibs wouldn’t have it any other way.

Harry the Hawk pays tribute to Prince

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Atlanta Hawks mascot Harry the Hawk has apparently recovered from his mishap last week, and last night during the Hawks game against the Boston Celtics, Harry took the court along with the Hawks dance team to perform a tribute to Prince. And not only did it serve to get the crowd involved, but it also seemed to have a positive effect on the Hawks…

Kobe Bryant and Ellen Degeneres team up for hilarious prank

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERKobe Bryant may be finished on the basketball court, but he’s just getting started in his post-playing career. What will he do to fill his time? I’m not certain, but after watching the video below, maybe he should pursue a career doing a hidden camera show. For his first post-retirement interview, Kobe paid a visit to the Ellen Degeneres show, and Ellen and Kobe teamed up to trick a doctor with an elaborate and hilarious hidden camera prank…

Sacramento Kings debut new logos

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As the Sacramento Kings prepare to move into a new arena next season, the Golden 1 Center, today the team unveiled their new logos, and they looked to the past to help redefine their future. From a release on Kings.com

The new primary emblem is inspired by the Kings classic logo. It is reimagined to reflect the civic and franchise pride that has lasted and grown for a generation. Now, with a clean, modern look – a reshaped crown, refined basketball and new typeface that puts Sacramento front and center – the new identity draws from the team’s ambitious beginnings and reminds our region and the world that Sacramento is undergoing a transformation.

Each of the team’s new insignia are designed to connect to the elements that define the Sacramento Kings: Our City. Our Pride. Our Foundation.

The secondary logo featuring the lion, pays tribute to the unmatched pride and loyalty of the NBA’s best fans. The “Sac” badge is dedicated to the bold and unwavering devotion the Kings organization has for its city. A new crown logo reflects the rich tradition of the team dating back to its origins, reminding the fanbase and the community of Sacramento that, “we are all Kings.” The heralding lion crest represents leadership and strength and will be used as the Kings work to make basketball the premier global sport of the 21st century.

Gear featuring the new logo is available now from the Kings team store.

The Oklahoma City Thunder can’t stop dancing

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few days ago we saw what happened when Oklahoma City Thunder guards Russell Westbrook and Cameron Payne had their pregame dance routine interrupted by a couple of members of the Dallas Mavericks. Well not only did the dancing duo return to their pregame ritual, but as we saw last night as the Thunder eliminated Dallas, Payne managed to keep dancing even while on the bench…

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Messi has a present for Curry

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It hasn’t been the best of weeks for Steph Curry, who injured his knee on Sunday against the Houston Rockets and is currently sidelined while he recuperates. But at least one person is looking out for Steph and trying to help lift his spirits: Barcelona’s dynamo Lionel Messi, who took to Instagram to leave a gift for Curry…

Jeremy Lin does his best Michael Jordan shrug

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most iconic moments in NBA history came during the 1992 NBA Finals, when Michael Jordan opened the festivities with 6 three-pointers during the first half of Game 1. After making a couple of shots, Jordan knocked down a three over Blazers’ forward Cliff Robinson and had no response remaining other than just to shrug…

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Fast-forward to last night in Charlotte, where Hornets guard Jeremy Lin had to force a three-pointer against the Miami Heat with the shot clock running down. His shot went in, off the glass. How do you respond to something like that? Lin looked to the sideline, where Hornets owner Michael Jordan himself was sitting, and broke out his best MJ imitation…