N.B.A. All Star Game M.V.P. LeBron James’ blog at LeBron on MSN has a nice mention of Black Fives by former Vibe Magazine honcho Emil Wilbekin. James’ site is ultra cool technologically and creatively, and worth the visit.

Converse has a cool techno-savvy area about Black Fives on their site. It’s called Century Stories and has vintage vignettes that you can share.


That fictional basketball comedy Semi-Pro premieres tomorrow, starring Will Ferrell and Andre 3000.

It’s set in 1976 and loosely based on the old American Basketball Association. The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh meets White Shadow, maybe. Speaking of 1976, let’s look at the retro sneakers they’ll be wearing. Will the Converse 1976 Pro Leather be included?

Andre plays big Afro star Clarence Black of the make-believe Flint Michigan Tropics.

This reminds me. To audition for the part last year, Andre wanted to wear some vintage basketball shorts. You know, the real short kind with the belt buckle and taping. He wanted to be “authentic.” So his people called my people to see if we had any they could borrow. Luckily I knew someone who had an unlimited supply of original joints. He got the part, so they must’ve helped!

I’ll be at the premier, which I decided to attend because I was invited, and I’ve never been to one before. Will let you know how it went. Semi-Pro opens in theaters February 29.

MSG Network will air a documentary about the relationship between N.B.A. pioneer Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, one of the first 3 African American players to break the N.B.A.’s color barrier, and former Original Celtics legend and New York Knicks coach Joe Lapchick.

The piece, called Lapchick and Sweetwater: Breaking Barriers, will air on February 20 at 9:30p.m. following the Knicks-Sixers game.

Although we don’t know who’ll be included, MSG interviewed several of our friends as experts for this doc, including former New York Rens star John Isaacs, long time Amsterdam News sportswriter Howie Evans, history professor Murry Nelson, historian Susan Rayl, sports sociologist Richard Lapchick (Joe’s son), and yours truly.