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Director SPIKE LEE is "set to shoot a feature-length documentary" about Bobcats Managing Member of Basketball Operations MICHAEL JORDAN. The NBA will finance the movie, while Lee's 40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks will produce it. The documentary will include "extensive unseen footage shot by NBA cameras during the final two years in Jordan's career," the '01-02 and '02-03 seasons (DAILY VARIETY, 5/21).

BOOK CLUB: Author Jonathan Mahler, in a special to the N.Y. TIMES, reviews former MLB Commissioner FAY VINCENT's new book, "WE WOULD HAVE PLAYED FOR NOTHING," and writes if Vincent's "goal was to land big interviews, he has succeeded." But the interviews are the "least engaging moments" in the book, and "much more enjoyable, not to mention resonant, are the personal, even quotidian, anecdotes" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/21).

HONORS & AWARDS: Blackhawks President JOHN MCDONOUGH tonight will receive the Chicago Exec of the Year Award from the Chicago chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 5/21)....The National Cable & Telecommunications Association has awarded Trail Blazers and Seahawks Owner PAUL ALLEN its Vanguard Award for Science & Technology (, 5/19).

NAMES: A document shows that former NBAer and Sacramento Mayoral candidate KEVIN JOHNSON in '97 agreed to pay a Phoenix-area teenager $230,000 after the teenager claimed Johnson "molested her." The draft agreement indicated that Johnson "denies the allegations are true" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 5/20)....Braves C BRIAN MCCANN and 3B CHIPPER JONES Monday released their Charity Wines. Jones' Chipper Chardonnay supports The Miracle League, while McCann's McCann Merlot supports The Rally Foundation For Cancer Care (Charity Hop)....Former LPGA President CAROL MANN Monday conducted a clinic for about 40 participants in Genesee Valley, New York, through the Exec Women's Golf Association (ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, 5/20).

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