It looks like the Kris Humphries is making his return to reality TV!
NBA TV will chronicle the Brooklyn Nets’ made for TV season in their new city and new arena in a series called “The Association.” According to the New York Times, the league will make the official announcement tomorrow with the first episode airing on October 16. “The Association” follows a similar format to the popular HBO series “Hard Knocks.”
The Nets, who are partly owned by Jay-Z, are the fourth team featured on “The Association,” following the Los Angeles Lakers (2009-10), the Boston Celtics (2010-11) and the Denver Nuggets (2011-12).
Showtime attempted a similar reality series venture by following the Miami Marlins in Season 2 of the “The Franchise.” Like the Nets, the Marlins were embarking on a new name and a new stadium but the docu-series was canceled after 7-epsidoes. Both the Marlins and MLB Network were in mutual agreement to cut the season prematurely after the Marlins, who were an NL East favorite, had a disastrous season finishing August at 55-66. Here’s
s hoping there is no reality jinx for Brooklyn’s first major sports team since the Dodgers left in 1958!
Maria Sharapova was rumored to be pregnant after suffering a stomach virus, but the tennis star is neither pregnant nor engaged. Sharapova’s wedding is off to NBA player Sasha Vujacic. The couple who began dating in 2009 planned to wed in Turkey this November.
Vujacic, who played for the Lakers frmo 2004-2011 and last year with the Brooklyn Nets, told close friends he and Sharapova have been broken up for three months.
But Sharapova has plenty of Love in her life. In July, Sharapova won silver at the Olympics and has made it to the finals in three of the last five grand slams.
Has Superman Dwight Howard found his Superwoman in “Goodies” singer Ciara? The newest LA Laker is dating the R&B superstar. According to Media Take Out, the couple have only been on a few dates but want to keep their relationship a secret. After Howard was criticized for causing dismay in the Orlando Magic organization, the source says, “Dwight is VERY conscious about how the public sees him . . . and he wants to be sure that him and Ciara are serious before he goes public with her.”
Last week, Howard was traded to the Lakers in a four-team deal. The trade marked the end of what Magic fans called the “Dwightmare.” The past year, Howard publicity criticized the team for not doing enough to build a championship contender. After the lockout in November, Howard requested a trade to the New Jersey Nets, Los Angeles Lakers or Dallas Mavericks. Despite the request, the Magic were unable to make a deal by March, and Howard amended his contract at the trade deadline keeping him from becoming a free agent at the end of the season. In May, the Magic fired head coach Stan Van Gundy and GM Otis Smith, and not long after Howard got his wish to be traded to LA.
A veteran jersey chaser, Ciara previously dated NY Knicks Amare Stoudemir and was rumored to have had an affair with LeBron James.
All eyes are on Team USA swimmer Lauren Perdue who will swim the first leg of the 4×200 women’s freestyle relay… including LeBron James. James asked Perdue to dinner when the men’s basketball team visited Olympic Village before the games.
Perdue confirmed the rumored meeting saying, “He did. He was kind of joking but he was basically like, ‘Would you like to come eat with me at the dining hall?’ And I said, ‘Um, I’m sorry, I have a curfew. So I turned that one down, yeah.”
The 2009 Beijing gold medalist is engaged to his high school sweetheart and baby mama Savannah Brinson. James joins teammate Kobe Bryant to be in the news for their game off the court. Earlier this week, pictures surfaced of Kobe Bryant shirtless with female fans at an Olympic after party in Barcelona. The pictures caused Bryant’s estranged wife Vanessa to almost cancel plans to attend the London Games.