NBC to Develop Basketball-Themed Drama From LeBron James and Elizabeth Banks

This is the second hoops-themed series the network has bought from the Lakers star this week

NBC is doubling down its LeBron James-produced TV shows, handing out its second script-plus-penalty-commitment this week to the Los Angeles Lakers star.

This one is a one-hour drama titled “Hoops,” which James is producing alongside Elizabeth Banks’ Brownstone Productions. The project is penned by Jennifer Cecil, with James, Banks, Maverick Carter and Max Handelman as executive producers. “Hoops” is from SpringHill Entertainment and Brownstone Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

The logline for “Hoops” is as follows: After years on the road as both a star player and coach in the WNBA, Stevie Decker jumps at the chance to return to her alma mater to become the first female head coach of a men’s college basketball team. But coming home isn’t easy as her career took a toll on her family and the school she loves is embroiled in a sex scandal involving her mentor, a legendary former coach.

On Monday, NBC handed out a script commitment plus penalty to “Brotherly Love,” a single-camera comedy inspired by Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons, from James and former “Fresh Off the Boat” co-executive producer Kourtney Kang.

Here’s the official logline for that project: Inspired by the life of NBA Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons, “Brotherly Love” centers on a unique sibling relationship within a multi-ethnic family. Together, they pursue their dreams while navigating life in the spotlight in Philadelphia, a passionate city where sports is in your blood, and your blood is always boiling.

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