Names In The News
Warriors C JAVALE MCGEE has become the host for a YouTube series on KEVIN DURANT's channel named "The Parking Lot Chronicles." Last summer, Durant's manager, RICH KLEIMAN, was "pondering ways to expand" Durant's YouTube channel. Already "armed with the approval" of Warriors GM & President of Basketball Operations BOB MYERS, Kleiman "floated an idea for the show to McGee." His personality, "coupled with the ambiance and opportunities provided by the players’ lot intrigued Kleiman." While McGee's interest in media has been a "lifelong pastime, he had no desires to be in front of a camera" (San Jose MERCURY NEWS, 3/8).
THE GOOD STUFF: DWYANE WADE has been "out front in his support for those impacted" by the Parkland shooting last month. Wade "continued to show that love" yesterday by "stopping to visit with students, faculty and staff on their first full day of school" since the incident (PALMBEACHPOST.com, 3/7)....DEREK JETER's Turn 2 Foundation "paired up" with former MLBer JORGE POSADA and his wife last weekend to "give out furniture to students who have relocated from Puerto Rico to Miami" after recent hurricanes hit the island (MIAMI HERALD, 3/8)....Golfer JON RAHM and his sponsors "contributed $63,000 to the Mexican Red Cross" for earthquake relief. Rahm "pledged $1,000" for every birdie he made during last week's WGC-Mexico Championship and "made 21 of them." Personal care and dietary marketing company Isagenix and financial services company Unifin, which both sponsor Rahm, "matched his donation" (AP, 3/7)....Rockets coach MIKE D'ANTONI recently "visited with 20 students" from Notre Dame Catholic Schools of Milwaukee, "thanking them for their support during Hurricane Harvey" (CHRON.com, 3/7).
NAMES: JOHN ELWAY will compete in the U.S. Senior Open sectional qualifying at the Broadmoor Golf Club in Colorado Springs on May 28 (DENVER POST, 3/8)....Lakers season-ticket holder JACOB EMRANI said that he “paid to put up four billboards” around L.A. trying to recruit LEBRON JAMES to “join the Lakers in free agency.” The Lakers “do not have anything to do with the billboards” (ESPN.com, 3/8)….New UNC Charlotte AD MIKE HILL’s contract is for five years through ’23 and will pay him $400,000 annually. Former AD JUDY ROSE made $300,000 a year (BIZJOURNALS.com, 3/6)….The Michigan State men’s basketball team on Tuesday traveled to Chicago to “take in the hit musical ‘Hamilton’ as a team” (MLIVE.com, 3/8)....ODELL BECKHAM JR. on Tuesday was spotted at the Real Madrid-Paris St Germain UEFA Champions League match in Paris (NYPOST.com, 3/7).