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SPIKE LEE's documentary "Kobe: Doin' Work" screened Saturday night as part of the Tribeca Film Festival, but the N.Y. POST's Page Six cites sources as saying that Lakers G KOBE BRYANT demanded "creative control" over the project prior to the filming. Lee had "worked for months to get permission from Bryant, the Lakers team, coach PHIL JACKSON, the NBA and ESPN," and he already had flown to L.A. and 30 cameras were in place for the April 13, 2008, Spurs-Lakers game. A Lee spokesperson said that he "retained creative control and called the story of the dispute 'completely baseless'" (N.Y. POST, 4/27).

Celtics CEO Grousbeck Also Plays In
A Cover Band, French Lick
AROUND THE HUB: Celtics Managing Partner & CEO WYC GROUSBECK's cover band, French Lick, played at the "invitation-only opening bash" of Lansdowne Pub in Boston. Red Sox President & CEO LARRY LUCCHINO and his wife, STACEY, Grousbeck's wife CORINNE, Celtics President RICH GOTHAM and his wife, KARA, and Celtics Senior VP/Ticket Sales, Marketing & Service SHAWN SULLIVAN and his wife, ROBYN, were also in attendance (BOSTON HERALD, 4/27)....Patriots Owner BOB KRAFT and LB JEROD MAYO Saturday were celebrity judges at the Boys & Girls Club's Science of Sports program's science fair, which "featured sports-inspired projects by teams of middle schoolers" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/27)....Kraft and his wife, MYRA, along with former NFLer ANDRE TIPPETT, recently gave scholarships to 36 high school students. Meanwhile, Celtics Dir of PR HEATHER WALKER and her husband, STEVE, Friday gave birth to their daughter, SAMANTHA MAE (BOSTON HERALD, 4/26).

CHARITY STRIPE: U.S. Olympic skier and former NFLer JEREMY BLOOM's Wish of a Lifetime foundation, erected last October to "enrich the lives of low-income seniors by fulfilling their heart's desires," thus far has "granted six wishes." Bloom's foundation, which "operates with no office space and has only one paid employee," Thursday night will grant 10 more wishes at a fundraising dinner in Denver. The foundation hopes to raise $200,000-300,000, and Bloom donated the first $25,000 to start the foundation (N.Y. TIMES, 4/26)....Hockey HOFer ROD GILBERT and former NHLer ADAM GRAVES are growing NHL playoff beards to raise money for the Garden of Dreams Foundation (N.Y. POST, 4/26).

FASHION SHOW: The N.Y. TIMES' Alex Williams follows tennis player SERENA WILLIAMS as part of the paper's "A Day Out With" feature. Williams took time to "indulge in a shopping jaunt" in N.Y., accompanied by her personal assistant. Williams was looking for jeans, and "also for inspiration for her new fashion line, Serena Williams Signature Statement." Williams' jewelry and handbags, all priced under $100, will be introduced this month on Home Shopping Network (N.Y. TIMES, 4/26).

Hank Aaron Exhibit Opens At Baseball HOF
NAMES: Titans Owner BUD ADAMS Saturday sat in the team's draft room for the first time since the team moved from Houston in '97. Adams also said that he "plans to fly to a number of Titans' road games with the team" this season, and is becoming "more active since his wife NANCY died in February" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 4/26)....Baseball HOFer HANK AARON Saturday was in attendance at the HOF for the ribbon-cutting of the “Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream” exhibit. The exhibit features “old baseballs from landmark home runs, including Aaron’s 714th.” There also are “old wooden bats from memorable moments, including his 3,000th career hit” (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 4/26)....Wake Forest golfer CHEYENNE WOODS, the niece of TIGER WOODS, was profiled on NBC’s “Today” yesterday. Cheyenne Woods: “When I go to tournaments, there’s always some kind of media there following Tiger Woods’ niece. So I’m used to it.” Woods said her goal is to play on the LPGA (“Today,” NBC, 4/26)....Heat G DWYANE WADE and CSMG Sports President HENRY THOMAS, who reps Wade, are “accused in a federal lawsuit of conspiring to either destroy or take over D. Wade’s Place, a restaurant venture that operated in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton.” The establishments “closed weeks after opening last year” (, 4/24)....Tennis player ANDY RODDICK and SI swimsuit model BROOKLYN DECKER were spotted celebrating their one-week wedding anniversary with Decker's family in the crowd at a Dave Matthews Band concert in Charlotte on Friday. Roddick wore a T-shirt sporting the name of sponsor Lacoste (THE DAILY). 

BEST WISHES: Charlotte Observer sports columnist TOM SORENSEN yesterday wrote, “I have squamous cell carcinoma. Last week, doctors removed two cancerous lymph nodes, one cancerous tonsil and a mass of cancer along the base of my skull. (A third cancerous lymph node had been removed during a biopsy).” Sorensen had not written a column since The Masters (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 4/26).

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