Entries in Basketball (4)


VH1's "Hit the Floor" Goes Inside the Scandalous World of Professional Basketball 

Piotr Sikora/VH1(NEW YORK) -- Hit the Floor is VH1's new sexy and scandalous drama centered on the Los Angeles Devil Girls, a fictional professional basketball dance team, and what goes on inside the big arena.

And a lot goes on as the team captain deals with a new crop of girls coming to steal the spotlight, while veteran dancers deal with the consequences of fraternizing with the players, a big no no for dancers that seems all too common with the Devils.

Dean Cain stars as Coach Pete Davenport, a former All-Star who comes back to coach the team.

Cain says the show portrays some things that really happen in the world of professional sports.

"Obviously we over-dramatize some of things in the show, but a lot of the things that we do, you'd say, 'Oh! That's over-dramatized! And the reality is some of it's under dramatized to what really happens," he tells ABC News Radio. "There's just some crazy stuff [that happens] with that kind of money, that kind of wealth and that kind of fame."

"It's professional basketball where there is a lot of money, a lot of scandal, a lot of gorgeous young people and all the stuff that surrounds that," Cain adds.

Taylour Paige plays Ahsha, a naive young dancer who auditions and joins the team against her mother Sloane's wishes. Paige, who danced with the Los Angeles Laker Girls for three months, says Hit the Floor is a much more salacious version of life than when she danced professionally.

"It's a fictional show and it's obviously a lot more dramatic onscreen than off," the 23-year-old tells ABC News Radio. "A lot of the things that happen in the show, I don't think would be tolerated."

Kimberly Elise plays Paige's mother, a former professional dancer who could write the book on what not to do in that world. The Diary of a Mad Black Woman actress says she's happy to finally show a lighter side of herself onscreen.

"I've done a lot of you know super heavy things," Elise, 46, explains. "I wanted to do something that was different, sort of go back to my roots of doing some funny things, some sexy things and some dramatic things."

Cain says viewers can expect billionaire Mark Cuban, who owns the Dallas Mavericks and stars on ABC's Shark Tank, to make an appearance on the Hit the Floor, along with rapper Akon, model Eva Marcille and Grammy award-nominated singer Kevin McCall.

The season premiere of Hit the Floor airs Monday, May 27 at 9 p.m. Eastern time on VH1.

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Dwayne Wade Attends High School Senior Prom

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- A Florida high school senior got a huge surprise Friday night when basketball star Dwayne Wade surprised her at her senior prom.

Nicole Muxo, a senior at Archbishop Colman Carroll High in Miami, posted a YouTube video in April inviting the Miami Heat basketball star to her prom, even sending him a Tweet with the address of the prom in Coral Gables.

Wade decided to show up, calling her at the start of the prom to wish her well - without telling her he was actually there. He said it was fun to suddenly appear, upstaging her actual date.

“To be talking to her on the phone and then um to be able to walk in and see her reaction was awesome,” he recounted later.

Wade had a dance with Muxo, mingled with her family and posed for lots of photos.

“This was definitely the highlight of my senior year,” Muxo said.

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LeBron James Celebrates NBA Championship by Rapping with LMFAO 

Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABC(NEW YORK)-- After Lebron James defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder and led the Miami Heat to the NBA Championship, Lebron rocked the night away with LMFAO.

The Entertainment Weekly reports that after Lebron and the Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder Thursday night to win the NBA title, he celebrated by heading to the LIV Miami nightclub at the Fontainebleau hotel and jumping onstage to rap with LMFAO. 

According to EW, Lebron, Dwayne Wade and their crew kept the party going 'til early Friday morning.

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Will Ferrell Does Intros for Hornets-Bulls Basketball Game

Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW ORLEANS) -- Will Ferrell, who played a fictional basketball player in the 2008 comedy Semi-Pro, returned to the court Wednesday night when he introduced the starting lineups before the New Orleans Hornets' home game against the Chicago Bulls.

In Ferrell fashion, he delivered funny comments about each player -- for example, he said Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer "still lives with his mother."

Ferrell is currently shooting Dog Fight, a political comedy, in the New Orleans area.

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