Playing the Field: Alabama wants NBA team, plus LeBron’s baby mama

Did this TV reporter (shown here with ESPN personality Michael Wilbon) have a secret love child with LeBron James?

Oh those crazy kids and their grandiose dreams.

A 15-year-old is petitioning the NBA to consider starting a pro basketball franchise in Birmingham, Alabama. He has created an official website, Twitter handle, fight song (“home team, home team, because we trying to get our own team”) and video.

No, we don’t think David Stern will take this request seriously … although you never know, he did throw Oklahoma City a bone … and yes, we did sign the petition. Our only request is that instead of Birmingham, they call themselves the Greenbow Fightin’ Gumps.

And hey, if Birmingham can dream about an NBA franchise, then so can other po-dunk towns, right? Power to the people. Here are a few suggestions (we’re breaking our selections down by ranking the cities on a scale from 1-10 – 10 being the highest):

Jackson, Miss.

Location: 7 – sets itself up for instant Heart of Dixie rivalry with New Orleans Hornets – just watch out for tornadoes.
Fan base: 3 – desperate, biggest draw right now is a roller derby league
Celebrity: 6 – Faith Hill is best-known native, so we got the National Anthem taken care of. Also, Darth Vader himself was born in northern Mississippi.

Omaha, Neb.

Location: 6 — kind of in middle of nowhere, but claims 1.2 million residents in 50-mile radius.
Fan base: 8 — annually hosts College World Series, plus US Olympic Swimming Team Trials.
Celebrity: 10 — jackpot city (Gabrielle Union, Nick Nolte, Sting, Warren Buffett)

Little Rock, Ark.

Location: 3 — close to Memphis, that’s about it
Fan base: 3 — home to University of Arkansas at Little Rock Trojans. Enough said.
Celebrity: 9 — Bill Clinton sitting courtside? Take that, Lakers fans.

LeBron’s new talent and (alleged) baby mama

LeBron James’ talents weren’t the only thing he took down South. The King has long been rumored to have a secret love child (via BlackSportsOnline) with a TV reporter/home-wrecker. Sharon Reed, a Philly native, was reportedly removed from the Cavaliers beat after her relationship with LeBron “started getting out of hand.”

For James, we’re not shocked. He’s one of the most famous, successful athletes in professional sports. Plus, he’s an ego-maniac. And for Reed, well, it seems par for the course. She has been linked romantically to several celebrities, including Donovan McNabb, Aaron McKie and Robert DeNiro.

The whole incident kind of reminds us of an “Entourage” episode. Vince hits on attractive reporter until she finally caves and does the deed — only difference is this particular reporter seems to cave quite easily and often.

But who is Sharon Reed? The next Oprah? A Cleveland magazine tries to solve that mystery. We’re still not entirely sure who Sharon Reed is, but she looks great in a bikini.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

'Barack Obama cheats on Michelle' claims Japanese politician…

A senior Japanese politician has marred Barack Obama's official visit to Tokyo with bizarre claims that the President cheats on his wife Michelle. Kazuyuki Hamada,…

International

British Royal family devastated by freak NY death…

The British royals have been left devastated by the death of Mark Shand, younger brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, after a freak fall in…

Local

Philadelphia principal has President Obama's ear

The West Philadelphia head is gathering ideas to present to the White House.

Local

Neighbors testify at Overbrook roommate slaying trial

Neighbors and roommates were called to testify Wednesday in the trial of Renaldo Robichaw, 56, charged with murder for the death of roommate Albert Smith, 48.

Television

‘Survivor: Cagayan’ recap: Episode 9

It was only an hour-long episode, but there's a lot to cover this week. The drama of Survivor strikes again as the identity of the…

Television

TV watch list, Wednesday, April 23: 'Suburgatory,' 'Modern…

'Suburgatory' The men of "Suburgatory" go camping and Tessa mentors a social outcast in a Miss Chatswin contest, which brings her, once again, into conflict…

Movies

Latin culture highlighted at Filadelphia film fest

Get ready to have a “Bad Hair” day at the upcoming Filadelphia Latin American Film Festival. We mean that in the best possible way. The…

The Word

The best lines from Oprah's ex-stepmother's Daily Mail…

Oprah’s ex-stepmother, Barbara Winfrey, is out for revenge.

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24…

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24 version

NFL

Eagles will spend Thanksgiving in Dallas, play four…

The Eagles have an impressive, challenging and exciting schedule in 2014.

NFL

NFL releases Eagles 2014 schedule

The Eagles have four primetime games, face the Cowboys on Thanksgiving and host the Seahawks in a dynamic, challenging and impressive schedule.

NHL

All signs suggest Steve Mason will start in…

Flyers head coach Craig Berube elected to put Steve Mason in net for the final minutes of Game 3.

Style

Pippa Middleton's Etsy pick: Golden Thread Jewelry

Get a look at the jewelry Pippa Middleton loves and find out how you can buy it too.

Parenting

What every parent needs to know to get…

Mom and author of "Small Talk," Tracey Blake, shares her five practical tips to help you develop your children's language skills.

Sex

Subway crush: Meet your soulmate on your commute

Read about a couple who has been 40 years after meeting on the train.

Tech

Happy birthday, Game Boy! The handheld console turns…

Nintendo's Game Boy turns 25 this week. To commemorate, we look at some of its better games, like "Tetris" and "The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening."