LeBron James backing new documentary series

The Hollywood lifestyle has suited LeBron James perfectly so far. The future Hall of Famer, fresh off a 4-year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, is behind a new basketball project entitled, “Shut Up and Dribble.”

Directed by Gotham Chopra, who was also behind "Kobe Bryant's Muse" in 2015, the three-part series will air on Showtime. The documentary series will debut in October, the same month that the Lakers kick off their 2018-19 campaign.

The title of LeBron’s work derives from a comment a political commentator made toward LeBron. The series will explore basketball’s role in society.

"It's really an exploration of how basketball is truly America's game and the NBA has been a vessel for black athletes to claim pieces of the American dream," Chopra told ESPN.

“Shut Up and Dribble” will trace the NBA’s roots, beginning in the 1970’s and working its way to present day.

James will also debut another show, entitled “The Shop,” on Aug. 28. The conversational theme takes place in barbershops and will air on HBO.

James has been quite active this offseason. In addition to his contract and the two TV shows, he opened up a school in his hometown Akron, Ohio for at-risk youths. LeBron’s ability to make a difference–both on and off the court–surely led his decision to join Magic Johnson’s Lakers during the offseason.

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