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So LeBron James, Snoop Dogg and Jon Stewart walk into a barber shop ...No, that's not the start of anoriginal joke. It's the idea behind which premiered Tuesday night on HBO. Executive produced by James and his longtime friend and busine s manager Maverick Carter, "The Shop" brings the most prominent figures in sports and entertainment together to discu s a range of topics. It may sound simple, but the debut episode proves star athleteslike James, Odell Beckham Jr., DraymondGreen and Candace Parker have much more to say than the typical postgame platitudes.Over the course of 25 minutes, the group covers topics with serious weight, such asdealing with racism in America andbalancing being a profe sional athlete and a parent. But, as is the case with any barber shop, there are still plenty of jokes flying around. (Stand-up comedian and actor Jerrod Carmichael described the hit musical "Hamilton" as"the best community center performance that I've ever seen," drawing a huge laugh from James.)MORE: "The Shop," filmed at West Hollywood's Barber Surgeons Guild, allows a talented collection of characters to share an honest, thoughtful dialogue in a comfortable environment. From a production standpoint, the show makes great use of close-ups and reaction shots to make viewers feel as though they are sitting down in the chair next to Stewart and Parker. "The Shop" would likely remain compelling if the run time extended to an hour because you're almost part of the conversation.If James and Carter can follow this template, Bo Jackson Jersey
"The Shop" should continue to offer thought-provoking television and an inside lookat the thought proce ses ofhighly succe sful people. Here are just afew of the subject covered in the first episode. (You can .)LeBronJames on interacting with White AmericaJames: "I went to an all-white Catholic high school. So when I first went to the ninth grade, into high school, I was on some like, 'I'm not fing with white people.' I was so institutionalized growing up in the hood, it's like, they don't f with us. They don't want us to succeed. ... It's me and my boys. We going to high school together, and we here to hoop. So that wasmy initial thoughts and my initial shock to White America, when I was 14 years old, for the first time in my life."Carter: "Sport and basketball, it's the most unifying thing. By the end of the year, all of us were best friends. Our black friends in the hood was coming, his white friends. And we were just all having a fing great time."LeBron talks about the transition from his neighborhood to his catholic high school, being around all white people for the first time and finding out what a pantry is Rob Lopez (@r0bato) Candace Parker on being a parentParker: "My image of my mom she was there every day. She dropped me off. She cooked Kolton Miller Jersey
dinner. She did all these things. My image of what a mother was supposed to be and how to act was a lot different than what I'm able to give my daughter. I'm not able to be there every second and fix every meal and help her with every homework a signment . And for me, it was hard for me, because I struggled to balance being the working mom. Because you have these expectations that you're supposed to be at home for your kid and take care of her and drop her off. But then I'm trying to work and make a better life for her as well. You talk about sacrifices when I got pregnant with my daughter, people shouldn't be looking at me crazy. I gave a year up of my career."LeBronJames regrets giving his son his nameJames: "I still regret giving my 14-year-old my name because I don't want them to have to be me . When I was younger, didn't have a dad. My whole thing, I was like, 'Whenever I have a kid, not only is he gonna be a junior, I'm gonna do everything that this man didn't do.' I don't even know what the situation that was going on with him, but I knew I would be there for my son. ... And now I sit back and I'm like, 'f. I've actually kind of set him up. Peyton Barber Jersey
' And I should've known just him being around the game, he was gonna want to play the game."DraymondGreen on LeBronJames finding himselfCarter: "Can LeBronever come out and say, 'I'm the best basketball player playing?'"Green: "I think you should say that. I think you should believe that. And you should definitely let the world know that. I think Bron over the last four NFL Las Vegas Raiders Jersey
years became LeBronJames. And it wasn't nothing to do with winning. Itwasn't nothing to do with stats. He found himself. People didn't start to view him as they view him now, until he became that force, that man to say, 'I'm here.' I feel like, for years, he shied away from saying, 'I'm here.' And when he started to say, 'F y'all, I'm here,' that's when he became who he is. And no one would have ever said that until he did it himself."Draymond Green says LeBron James should believe he is the best basketball player Rob Lopez (@r0bato) LeBronJames, Odell Beckham Jr. on double standardsJames: "For us as African-Americans because I believe if the greatest quarterback in the world, he's a white quarterback, if it's Tom Brady, if it's Aaron Rodgers, if it's Peyton Manning. And if we're doing the same s, the same exact s, I'm talking about aphone is on. We're like, 'yo, get that fingphone out of my face. I'm with my family.' If we're out with our family, and we say that s, and somebody posts it, and if Aaron Rodgers or one of those guys says that s, and they post it, somebody's going to be like, 'Hey, you guys should respect Aaron Rodgers.' They're going to say to us, 'Oh, you guys are fingdheads.'"Beckham Jr.: "I tell people this all the time, I really feel like a zoo animal. Like, that's where life's gone for me. You know, you used to take your kids to the zoo and we used to be like, you know, 'I want to see the lions' or 'Let's go see the lions.' And you go out there, and the lions are laid out. You know what I mean? And it's like, 'Why aren't they doing lion stuff?' You know what I mean? Like, I've got people who call out, 'Odell! Dance!' Like, I'm a show punk a show monkey or something. Like I'm a puppet.You know what I mean? And it's like, to me, that doesn't feel good, but it's like, damn, that's what life became. But, can you ever really detach from that?"Bron makes a good point about the double standard Jasmine (@JasmineLWatkins Theo Riddick Jersey
) LeBronJames on feeling empowered to use his voiceJames: "Having my own kids, and then seeing the Trayvon Martin thing. Ithit home. And I don't even know if I didn't have any kids at the time, who knows if I would've even been able to speak up on it because it probably wouldn't have hit home for me. It wouldn't have made me feel the same way. ... I was like, OK, if I can get 25,000 people to show up to a basketball game, I can reach so many more platforms when I talk."