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• Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Finalists Class of 2018: Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks, Charles “Lefty” Driesell, Hugh Evans, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Rudy Tomjanovich, Chris Webber, Kim Mulkey, Katie Smith, Tina Thompson, Wayland Baptist University. Class of 2018 will be named during the NCAA Men’s Final Four weekend in San Antonio March 31-April 2.

• Serena Williams, who said her first auto purchase was a while Lincoln Navigator SUV she named “Ginger,” has signed to become an official spokesperson for the brand. A social media-based marketing campaign includes videos of Williams talking about and driving the 2018 Navigator, with ongoing videos to follow. “Partnering with a brand like Navigator comes from a genuine place,” she said in the first video. “Let’s just be honest: Serena Williams needs to be in the new Navigator.”

• The Smashing Pumpkins unveil 'Shiny And Oh So Bright' 36-city tour, their first tour in nearly 20 years, with founding members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, James Iha. Produced by Live Nation.

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Most Exciting Sports Worldwide
1. Athletics (i.e. Olympics) 47% Very/Quite Exciting
2. Tennis 43%
3. Football (soccer) 43%
4. Rugby 41%
5. Gymnastics 36%
6. Boxing 32%
7. Formula 1 32%
8. Swimming 26%
9. Horse Racing 25%
10. Cycling 25%

Most Boring Sports Worldwide
1. Golf 70% Very/Quite Boring
2. U.S. Football 59%
3. Cricket 58%
4. Darts 58%
5. Snooker 57%
6. Basketball 52%
7. Horse Racing 52%
8. Cycling 50%
9. Formula 1 49%
10. Boxing 46%

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Top Selling MLS Player Jerseys
1. Miguel Almirón Atlanta United
2. Bastian Schweinsteiger Chicago Fire
3. Josef Martínez Atlanta United
4. Jordan Morris Seattle Sounders
5. David Villa NYCFC
6. Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders
7. Sebastian Giovinco Toronto FC
8. Kaká Orlando City FC
9. Andrea Pirlo NYCFC
10. Nicolás Lodeiro Seattle Sounders
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Saturday
May072016

Kobe Bryant Shines Spotlight On Post-NBA Life With "Dear Basketball' Movie Deal

By Barry Janoff

May 5, 2016: On April 14, Kobe Bryant scored 60 points in his final NBA game, then spoke to a packed Staples Center crowd, friends, family and other players, ending his message of thanks by referring to his "Black Mamba" nickname, with the words, "Mamba, out."

Now, a new deal to create a multi-layer platform based on his official retirement letter/poem, "Dear Basketball," has Kobe saying, Mamba, in."

Prior to his final game, Bryant already had started to transition to life after his 20-year NBA career, all with the Los Angeles Lakers, through business and marketing efforts under the corporate umbrella, Kobe, Inc.

Bryant, via his Kobe Studios, launched this past February, has now unveiled its first project: Working with Time Inc.'s  Sports Illustrated Group, digital entertainment company Believe Entertainment Group and the likes of renowned animator Glen Keane and five-time Academy Award-winning composer John Williams to bring "Dear Basketball" to the screen.

Bryant published the ode on The Players' Tribune in November.

Dear Basketball is scheduled to premiere this fall as an animated short film on SI.com, which will be accompanied by  a series of mini documentaries "taking viewers behind the scenes of the animation process."

Support will see the project touted across SI Group platforms. In true Hollywood fashion, SI, Kobe Studios and Believe Entertainment Group will co-host a red carpet premiere event.

“We are proud to collaborate with Kobe to tell the comprehensive story of his first endeavor after retiring from the NBA in a way that only SI can,” Rich Battista, president for the Time Inc. Entertainment and Sports Group and Video, said in a statement. “We are excited for Kobe’s fans and the global community of sport, entertainment and art enthusiasts to experience these productions.”

Keane, whose work includes such classic animated features as Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan and Tangled, will head the production.

Williams, who has composed film scores for the likes of Jaws, Superman, the Indiana Jones series, E.T., Jurassic Park, the Harry Potter films and Star Wars, is heading up the music.

According to Bryant, “Dear Basketball is the perfect tribute to something I’ve loved for so long. Glen and John are two legends in their industries, so to partner with them on the creative process is a dream come true. Working with Sports Illustrated on this special project is an amazing opportunity to hopefully inspire fans all over the world."

Bryant has been involved with or the focus of other cinematic projects, including Kobe: Doin' Work (2009), a documentary from Spike Lee; and last year's Kobe Bryant's Muse, which aired on Showtime.

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