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LEBRON'S NEW HBO SERIES, SET IN A BARBERSHOP, FEATURES STRAIGHT TALK FROM SPORTS FIGURES
August 27, 2018

WATCH: THE SHOP

Before LeBron James makes his home debut for the Lakers at Staples Center, he'll star in a different venue: the barbershop. Uninterrupted, the digital media company started by James and Maverick Carter, teamed up with HBO Sports to produce The Shop, an unscripted talk show featuring LeBron in conversation—about sports, politics, pop culture, family—with other athletes and celebrities at barbershops around the country. Think Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, only with fewer automobiles and more clippers. "Anyone who has been in a real barbershop knows why this show can be so incredible," James told HBO. In the first episode Jon Stewart asks James about his kids playing basketball. "How do you give them a peace of mind that they don't have to be you?" James responds, "I still regret giving my 14-year-old my name because of that." The show premieres Aug. 28 on HBO.

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THE MAN I NEVER MET

by Adam Schefter, out Sept. 4

In his poignant new memoir, co-written with SI senior writer Michael Rosenberg, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter describes building a family with a 9/11 widow and her son in the aftermath of tragedy: "This story is about September 12—and every day after."

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JOHN MCENROE: IN THE REALM OF PERFECTION

In theaters Aug. 22

You cannot be serious! An entire movie about John McEnroe's 1984 French Open? Thankfully, we are. Julien Faraut's documentary, which debuted at February's Berlin Film Festival, intersperses gorgeous 16-mm-shot archival footage of McEnroe's '84 run at Roland Garros with old French tennis instructional films. It's an unconventional portrait of an outsized personality.

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SI GAMBLING

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A year ago bookmakers gave the Eagles 40-to-1 odds to win the Super Bowl. You know what happened after that. What NFL team is this year's sneaky gambling pick? The Saints at 16-to-1, according to SI's gambling experts, who point out that New Orleans's defense improved drastically last season and believe the unit will be even better this season. With the start of the season around the corner, time is running out to lock in that and other picks. SI's new gambling vertical will covers odds, analytics, trends and more, the perfect companion for football weekends this fall. Check it out. You can thank us later.