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Report: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute’s shoulder made him fail physical

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Luc Mbah a Moute missed four of the last of five games of last season in part due to a shoulder injury, but it was thought to be nothing serious at the time.

Turns out, it was a little serious.

That shoulder was the reason  Mbah a Moute failed his physical with the Kings, reports Rui Thomas and James Ham.

You can see where Mbah a Moute fits in with the Kings and why they would still want him. Sacramento has the athletic but raw and inexperienced Willie Cauley-Stein at the four, they could use a professional, veteran, mentor for him and Mbah a Moute can provide that.

Mbah a Moute may have averaged 9.9 points a game last season in Philly, but that was more about circumstance than some growth in his game. He isn’t going to get the touches to do that in Sacramento. He’d have to take a smaller role.

At this point, he’d like just to pass the physical and be on a roster.

Stephen Jackson officially retires from NBA, time to remember his highlights

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While he had been out of the NBA for a year, this news came out of Indiana on Wednesday night.

Stephen Jackson was one of those players you couldn’t stop watching. He has a ring from the 2003 Spurs and he never played better than when Gregg Popovich was his coach (and ripping off his headband). He was part of the Malice in the Palace. He was a rapper. He was entertaining and brash.

He is Stephen Jackson, and he will be missed around the league.

More NBA player imitations: Tim Duncan is up

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Social media comedian @BdotAdot5 has already lampooned the over-the-top antics of Russell Westbrook and the cooking of James Harden.

Now it’s Tim Duncan’s turn.

The Spurs’ big man’s celebrations are a little more understated, but this made me laugh. Especially the way he runs back up court.

Udonis Haslem: “I feel like I could go three or four more years”

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Udonis Haslem, at age 35, will be back in Miami next season for at least one more run. Which seems fitting after a dozen seasons in South Beach already.

His game is deteriorating a little with age. However, because it was always based more on energy and effort — playing smart defense, crashing the boards, being an enforcer — he still brings some value to the court. He started 25 games and played almost 1,000 minutes for the Heat last season, averaging 4.2 points and 4.2 assists per game.

Haslem may be nearing the end of his career, but he told Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post he isn’t ready to hang up his sneakers.

“I feel pretty durable,” he said after his second straight season playing fewer than 1,000 minutes (after averaging 2,283 during his first seven seasons and playing fewer than 1,400 just once in his first 10). “I just make sure to keep myself ready and give myself a chance to play this game.

“I feel fine. I feel like I could go three or four more years depending on how Coach might need to use me or what the situation might be. When I was needed to go out there and play big minutes, I was able to put up some pretty decent numbers. If these guys need me, I’ve gotta make sure I stay ready.”

Haslem could be leaned on to prove he still has some gas in the tank next season — he did that with a few key games down the stretch last season (he scored 18 points against the Pistons, for example).

The Heat will start Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside up front, and behind them bring in Josh McRoberts, Amare Stoudemire, and Chris Andersen (although the Birdman has been mentioned as having been shopped around by the Heat). That’s an interesting front line but not the most durable one ever, and Haslem is going to have to step in some nights to make sure those guys get some rest (at the very least).

This is the last year of his contract ($2.9 million), whether the Heat will want him back remains to be seen. But he’s a veteran, stabilizing voice in the locker room, and that alone makes him a favorite of Pat Riley. So maybe three or four years isn’t out of the question.

Space Jam 2? LeBron James’ company signs deal with Warner Bros.

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By all accounts (I may be waiting for Netflix on this one), LeBron James does an excellent job in Amy Schumer’s movie “Trainwreck.”

But he is just starting to dip his toes in the movie and entertainment business.

Warner Bros. announced Wednesday a formal agreement with LeBron’s SpringHill Entertainment, with the goal of making future TV, film and original digital programs.

“LeBron James has one of the most powerful, well-known brands in the world, and we are excited to be in business with him and his partner, Maverick Carter, and SpringHill Entertainment,” Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara said in a statement announcing the partnership. “The combination of LeBron’s global media presence and Warner Bros.’ unmatched production and distribution expertise is a big win for fans everywhere.”

“Connecting with my fans and telling meaningful stories have always been my passion,” James said in the same statement. “In everything I’ve done, from Nike commercials to ‘Uninterrupted’ and ‘Survivor’s Remorse,’ it’s always about connecting with people of all ages and providing unique content they can all enjoy. And I’ve always loved movies, which makes Warner Bros. the ultimate partner to help us continue to push the envelope. I can’t wait to see what we come up with.”

This is all very LeBron, the guy who hangs with Warren Buffett and wants to be a mogul. Michael Jordan, Shaq, and other NBA players have been in movies, but LeBron wants to build a movie production company.

So… Space Jam 2?

Space Jam 2 has been rumored for a while now, but LeBron has said he knows nothing about it. But you have to know they are kicking this idea around in the halls at Warner Bros.