While he’s gearing up for his first full NBA season as a Los Angeles Laker, LeBron James is also quietly building himself a formidable portfolio of film work.
James is serving as the executive producer on the upcoming three-part documentary series Shut Up & Dribble, taking the misguided epithet lobbed at him by conservative media moron Lauren Ingraham earlier this year, and spinning off a fully-fledged series exploring the relationship between the NBA, its players, and issues of race and systemic racism affecting and oppressing the black American community.
The Showtime series has been picked up for local distribution by Stan, and today they released a powerful clip from the series, detailing the famous White House visit of the 1990-91 NBA Champion Chicago Bulls, notable not only for the absence of Michael Jordan, but for teammate Craig Hodges attending dressed in a traditional West African dashiki. Hodges hand-delivered a three-page letter to then-President George H. W. Bush addressing his concerns over the Bush Administration’s treatment of poor and impoverished minorities in America; issues that persist to this day.
The three-part series is set to premiere on Stan on Sunday November 4th at 2pm AEDST, just a few short hours after its global premiere on Showtime in the US.
The subsequent two episodes will follow on successive weeks, arriving on Stan on November 11th and 18th respectively.
If the above clip is anything to go by, Shut Up & Dribble is going to be incredibly vital viewing. Not just for sports fans, but for everyone.
You can keep an eye on all the vital local broadcast details via our gr8 m8s Stan.Image: Getty Images / Slaven Vlasic