King James has arrived in Fortnite! Fresh off teaming up with the Tune Squad, the four-time NBA Champion and League MVP brings his legacy to Fortnite’s Icon Series.
LeBron in the Item Shop
Starting July 14, Xbox players can grab the LeBron James Outfit, which blends the best of LeBron’s on-court and pre-game persona. It includes the LeBron James Outfit and the King’s Back Bling. Sunglasses optional!
Elevate your look with additional Items available in the King James Gear Bundle. It features:
The Lion Pickaxe
Quiet the competition with LeBron’s emphatic on-the-court celebration, The Silencer.
For LeBron’s Outfit, Back Bling, Pickaxe, and Glider, add an extra layer of customization using a progressive edit slider. The slider allows you to add more than 20 gold variations to your look.
Tune Squad and Taco Tuesday
Available separately, players can suit up as Tune Squad LeBron before the premiere of his all-new live action/animated movie, “Space Jam: A New Legacy.”
Wanna take a guac on LeBron’s wild side? Celebrating his love of tacos, the Tune Squad LeBron Outfit also includes the LeBron’s Taco Tuesday style variant and Pack Supreme Back Bling.
Look for all of LeBron’s Items in the shop starting Wednesday, July 14 at 8 p.m. ET.
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Fight in a cosmic war in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 7: Invasion. Alien forces have infiltrated the Island while Doctor Slone leads the IO forces against them. Jump into battle by taking up both side’s tech: abduct your foes in a flying Saucer, blast enemies with the Rail Gun, create your own Alien in the Battle Pass, and more. As the Season progresses and the war escalates, new weaponry will be deployed and the battlefield will be shaken up. The battle for the Island begins now.
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This download also gives you a path to purchase the Save the World co-op PvE campaign during Fortnite’s Early Access season.
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Fortnite developer Epic Games is teasing a big new update for Battle Royale.
Despite rumours that Fortnite update 17.20 has been delayed until July 13, Epic appears to be planning to introduce new features sooner rather than later.
A post on the official Epic Games Twitter page warns that players should be on high alert for invading alien troops.
“Heads up Saucers, this one’s a doozy!” reads an official Epic tweet. “Just intercepted an IO call that Alien ground troops have begun mobilizing west. Islanders should be on high alert.”
Interestingly, as you can see from the HYPEX tweet below, Epic has posted alternative teasers in other territories.
One of the images suggests Epic will add a brand new underground POI to the map. The underground location features a huge UFO buried under rubble.
As HYPEX points out, Epic could be planning to release a content update on July 6, to make up for the lack of a major new download. Express Online will keep this story updated with any new developments.
Elsewhere, it has been confirmed that Epic is getting ready to release a new LeBron James skin, which will be part of the Icon series.
The LeBron James skin will reportedly launch alongside a selection of new challenges, as well as a special Golden Slider.
With a new update inbound, you can see a selection of early patch notes and the main issues being investigated below.
Fortnite update 17.20 patch notes…
• The button for Arena Division/tournament details is currently unresponsive on controller.
– We’re aware the button for Arena Division/tournament details is currently unresponsive on controller. We’re working on a fix for this issue.
• ‘Hold Inventory button’ shortcut for accessing the Crafting menu is not working.
– The ‘Hold Inventory button’ shortcut for the Crafting menu simply leads to the Inventory menu instead of the Crafting menu.
• Player can encounter infinite loading screen when flying out of Island.
– We’re investigating an issue that is causing players to encounter infinite loading screen when flying out of the Island.
Save the World…
• Saurian Vigor perk stops working after respawn
– The Saurian Vigor Perk (Restores Health every 5 seconds) would stop working after a player respawned.
General Issues being investigated…
• Xbox players being exited from party when returning to Lobby.
– Xbox players may be exited from their party when returning to the Lobby. (Please note that affected players are not blocked from reuniting with the party.)
• New items automatically equipped after being picked up.
– New items being picked up will be automatically equipped under some circumstances.
• Unable to perform Last Forever Emote.
– Players may be unable to perform the Last Forever Emote after selecting it.
• Difficulty scrolling through player list in Voice Chat tab on controller.
– Players on controller may have difficulty scrolling through the player list in the Voice Chat tab if the player list is long.
• Xbox players may be unable to re-subscribe to Fortnite Crew.
– Xbox players may be unable to re-subscribe to the Fortnite Crew due to any outstanding balances on the account. The UI may catch players in a loop and will need to be resolved via Xbox’s account management website.
Battle Royale Issues being investigated…
• Epic Chests may sometimes not provide any weapons in Arena.
– We’re aware that sometimes players may search an Epic Chest in Arena and receive no weapon. We’re investigating the issue.
• Unable to fish while inside certain vehicles.
– We’re aware of an issue preventing players from using a Fishing Rod while in the passenger seat of a Motorboat or in the pick-up bed of an OG Bear truck.
• Props drive vehicles erratically.
– Driving a vehicle while Disguised as a Prop causes the vehicle to drive erratically.
• Cannot open Cosmic Chest if a player left the team.
– If a player leaves the team during a match, the team will be unable to open up a Cosmic Chest in the match.
• “Bars” showing up as 0 in the Lobby upon opening the game.
– Upon opening the game, players’ Bar total will show up as 0 in the Lobby. This issue is visual only: players still have all of their Bars.
• Cosmic Chest timers may remain on screen if a Bounty is poached.
– Players may continue to see the Cosmic Chest timer at 0:00 if they have an active Bounty that is poached by an enemy player while they are opening the chest.
• Fire temporarily disabled in Battle Lab.
– To address a stability issue, fire has been temporarily disabled in Battle Lab.
A coffee shop owner in the US has been fired from his role after leaving a derogatory comment on a post by social justice warrior LeBron James, with bosses axing him over three “inappropriate and uncalled for” words and an emoji.
Stephen Bruno Jr, who ran a branch of popular chain PJ’s in Louisiana, unwisely reacted to a status update by the Los Angeles Lakers talisman.
When James called for his vast audience to help “protect our young black women and men”, the franchisee replied by curtly telling him to eat an eggplant emoji – interpreted by most as a reference to a penis.
Kenn Barnes saw the exchange and posted a screenshot of it alongside Bruno’s Facebook biography, in which he claimed to be a “franchisee at PJ’s Coffee”.
PJ’s Coffee does not tolerate hatred or disrespect of any kind. The words used by Stephen Bruno Jr. were inappropriate and uncalled for. Our PJ’s Coffee brand and our locations take pride in supporting the diverse communities in which we serve. Stephen Bruno Jr. has been (CONT)
That led to the company removing Bruno from their ranks, adding in a statement that they had taken swift action in order to keep “supporting the diverse communities in which we serve” – even though Barnes pointed out that he did not call for any punishment.
“When I made the post, I never said ‘this is despicable, he shouldn’t say this’ or ‘he should lose his franchise’ or ‘he should be canceled’ or anything of that sort,” Barnes insisted to KHOU. “I [just] posted his words.”
Not defending his comment or saying it was acceptable but is the punishment justified? I mean they took away his career over one comment?
Reaction to the firing was divided online, with some applauding bosses and others claiming that Bruno had become the latest victim of “wokeness”.
“PJ’s need to eat a d*ck,” seethed one unimpressed reader. “Given Lebron James’ behavior lately, Bruno’s tweet was appropriate. It’s a shame you had to involve yourselves in protected free speech like this.”
If this is true it is absurd. James should call the company and ask they rethink that decision.
James removed a tweet last month after admitting it would stoke hate in the aftermath of the shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, a 16-year-old black girl who had appeared to attack two other people with a knife in Ohio.
Shortly after police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted for the murder of George Floyd, James posted a photo of officer Nicholas Reardon – the man allegedly involved in Bryant’s shooting – alongside the words “you’re next”, a hashtag of “accountability” and an hourglass emoji.
That earned him fresh criticism from the likes of former president Donald Trump and Jay Linneman, a bar owner in Ohio who responded by saying that James was not welcome at his venue.
“They just need to play the game and that’s it,” Linneman said, discussing basketball players attempting to take the moral high ground.
“Their opinion doesn’t really matter. They’re using their position to push their opinions, and that’s just not right.”
Linneman claimed that if Trump or his successor, Joe Biden, made similar demands, calls would be made for impeachment.
Basketball fans have hit out at Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James’ criticism of the NBA’s newly-introduced postseason plans after he said that the designer of the new ‘play-in’ system “should be fired”.
James’ defending NBA champion Lakers look anything but the sport’s pacesetters today after coming up short once again on Sunday, losing by 121-114 to the Toronto Raptors to cap a horrid recent run which has seen them lose six of their last seven.
And with their spot in the postseason playoffs anything but assured, James was critical in his post-game comments of the adapted playoffs format.
LeBron on the NBA Play-In Tournament: “Whatever the case may be or we end up in the Playoff whatever that things is. Whoever came up with that s**t needs to be fired. But whatever.” pic.twitter.com/lwRReGAQQ8
This season, finishing in seventh position in one of the two conferences doesn’t automatically secure passage to the postseason as the NBA have introduced a ‘play-in’ system which will see the teams who finish in seventh and eighth play one another, while the same will also be true of the teams who finish ninth and tenth.
The winner of the first game advances to the playoffs, with the loser then taking on the winner of the other game for the final postseason conference spot.
And if that sounds somewhat confusing to some fans, you can probably add James to that list too.
“Whoever came up with that sh*t needs to be fired,” James told the media of the plan.
Reason #862 why he’ll never be better than MJ: Afraid of competition
The Lakers began the defense of their crown with a respectable 21-6 record but their form has since shuddered to a halt, going 38-26 since – and are currently listed in the seventh place in the Western Conference, meaning that Monday’s game with the Denver Nuggets is about as crucial a game as they have played all year.
James, though, isn’t alone in his opposition to the new plans. Dallas Mavericks billionaire owner Mark Cuban also hit out at the ‘play-in’ format, describing it as an “enormous mistake” in April.
Regardless of what Cuban had to say, James’ stance has placed him firmly in the social media firing line once more.
“He’ll never be better than [Michael Jordan],” suggested one basketball fan. “Afraid of competition.”
Another noted that LeBron appeared to endorse play-in proposals last season, albeit under different circumstances, writing: “LeBron was praising the play-in tournament last season. He just doesn’t like it now cause his ass is involved.”
Another summed it up a bit more bluntly: “Is this all he does? Complain?”
NBA legend LeBron James has been savaged online by ex-baseball player Aubrey Huff, who suggested that the LA Lakers star “may want to move to China” after his controversial tweet about a US police shooting.
The abuse comes as part of backlash to a now-deleted tweet James sent out on Wednesday night.
“YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY,” James wrote next to an hourglass emoji, to caption a photo of Nicholas Reardon, the Columbus Police Department officer who fatally shot 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant while responding to a 911 call.
Video from Reardon’s body camera showed the black teen swinging a knife at a woman before he opened fire.
LeBron later wiped his incendiary tweet, attempting to explain himself by saying: “I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police. [And] I took the tweet down because it’s being used to create more hate
The now-retired Huff, a two-time World Series champion formerly of the San Francisco Giants, went on a rampage in scathing at Lebron through a barrage of tweets.
WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE
Hey @KingJames go fuck yourself for doxing a police officer for just doing his job. I’d bet if that was your son about to get stabbed you’d be singing a different tune you piece of shit!You’re a huge reason the @NBA is down 80% in viewership within the last year. 🖕🏼
— Aubrey Huff (@aubrey_huff) April 21, 2021
“Hey King James, go f*ck yourself for doxing a police officer for just doing his job,” started the first, which has been ‘liked’ by over 21,000 like-minded individuals.
“I’d bet if that was your son about to get stabbed you’d be singing a different tune you piece of sh*t!”
“You’re a huge reason the NBA is down 80% in viewership within the last year,” he claimed.
Attempting to draw attention to LeBron’s hypocrisy in employing a team of private security, Huff insisted that his legacy would become “irrelevant to most all Americans”.
“May want to move to China f*ck stick!,” he advised him.
Digs at LeBron’s intellect were also the order of the day, while Huff questioned Twitter’s creator why James’ name supposedly wasn’t trending but Brett Favre’s was instead, following the Derek Chauvin-related fallout.
Today is the day when @KingJames legacy will be irrelevant to most all Americans. May want to move to China fuck stick!
Luka Doncic wowed basketball fans, stars and pundits with a stunning buzzer-beater that went viral on Wednesday evening.
The Slovenian’s Dallas Mavericks team were trailing 113-111 away at the Memphis Grizzlies with just seconds to spare.
But Doncic was intent on snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, and let off a physics-defying lunging and leaning three pointer to finish the evening on 29 overall.
Doncic raised his arms and smiled at his feat, and the officials then reviewed the play and decided that overtime wasn’t necessary, as he had in fact shot from the correct distance to seal the win – and not just tie the game.
“Honestly, I don’t remember,” Doncic answered post-match, when asked if he’d even looked at the rim before making his throw.
“I was kind of falling down.”
“It’s kind of lucky, but we’ll take it.”
Basketball legend LeBron James was clearly impressed, and told Doncic “You ain’t serious, man” after a string of WOWs and laughing emojis.
WOW WOW WOW!!!!! Cmon @luka7doncic you ain’t serious man!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 15, 2021
Mavs fans dubbed Doncic a “bad man” and claimed that the game is “never over” with the number 77 on your side.
“I will take Luka over anyone in the league right now,” said another.
“Luka Doncic be hitting shots that make you wanna take your ball home and not play with him anymore,” remarked a neutral onlooker.
But there’s always one.
Elsewhere, a party pooper said: “Shot doesn’t count in my eyes. Lucky.”
Though he was then rather harshly told to suck it up and that his “existence doesn’t matter”.
Your existence doesn’t matter
— Chandler Alfred (@ChandlerAlfred1) April 15, 2021
It has been 25 years, but the beloved basketball toon film is back, with an all new energy.
Space Jam is back.
25 years later, the popular basketball film that innovatively mixed cartoon characters with real life actors, is taking on a new life with star LeBron James.
Warner Bros. released a trailer for the film “Space Jam: A New Legacy” Saturday, and it definitely takes some of the classic imagery concepts, and gives them a 2021 “toon up.”
The film opens on James’ character, trying to encourage his seemingly reluctant son to want to play the game. The audience is then transported into a futuristic digital toon world.
Welcome to the Space Jam, see the full trailer here:
As The Verge reported, as we watch how the film has been able to technologically evolve in the last 25 years, you can actually still see the original Space Jam website from 1996, as it still lives on the internet at spacejam.com/1996.
“Space Jam: A New Legacy” will arrive in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously on July 16.
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LeBron James had an adorable workout session in the gym with his daughter, Zhuri, as the Los Angeles Lakers star continues to heal from a high ankle sprain.
LeBron James‘ “workout partner” may not be old enough to spot him, but she sure is adorable! The 36-years-old Los Angeles Lakers star hit the gym with his six-year-old daughter, Zhuri, where they snapped a precious photo together. While posing in front of the gym’s mirror, both father and daughter flexed their arms and showed off their muscles for the camera.
Zhuri rocked a purple tie-dye tank top and leggings set that matched the lavender yoga ball she posed on, while her dad showed off his six-pack in red and grey gym shorts. King James was also sporting a leg cast, after suffering a high ankle sprain during the second quarter of the Lakers’ game against the Atlanka Hawks inside the Staples Center on March 20, per CBS Sports.
LeBron could now miss up to “several weeks” of play time, according to CBS Sports, which cited The Athletic. Unfortunately, LeBron’s injury happened just two days into the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament (AKA, March Madness).
LeBron voiced his frustration on Twitter right after the injury happened, writing, “Nothing angers and saddens me more than not being available to and for my teammates! I’m hurt inside and out right now...The road back from recovery begins now. Back soon like I never left.#ThekidfromAKRON.”
Nothing angers and saddens me more than not being available to and for my teammates! I’m hurt inside and out right now. 🤦🏾♂️. The road back from recovery begins now. Back soon like I never left. #ThekidfromAKRON🤴🏾
At least LeBron has his daughter, Zhuri, by his side as he heals! Zhuri is always putting a smile on LeBron’s face, like the time she did a freestyle dance with her dance instructor to Cardi B‘s hit song “Up.” LeBron was amused by his mini-me’s moves which he posted to Instagram on March 14; he wrote, “Yeah it’s officially over for me guys!! I feel bad for whomever my Baby Z decides to bring home first!”
LeBron and Zhuri also enjoyed “coloring time” together while sitting outside their LA mansion and listening to music in the beginning of March. Whether they are at the gym or doing arts and craft, LeBron is always having a good time with Zhuri, who is the youngest of his three children whom he shares with wife Savannah Brinson. The couple also shares two sons: Bryce, 13, and Bronny, 16.
Two of the biggest stars in sports are changing the representation in one of the most exclusive clubs in the world.
Professional sports ownership has historically been mostly men who came up as a businessman first and then bought a sports franchise. They have not typically been former athletes, and they have not typically been BIPOC men or women. LeBron James isn’t the first, but he’s the latest athlete to buck that trend.
James is now part of the ownership group for the Boston Red Sox. While it’s a team that he hasn’t supported from a fan standpoint, he does have a relationship with the Fenway Group that owns the team because he also owns a piece of the Liverpool Football Club, a Premiere League football team, with the same ownership group.
He isn’t the first pro athlete from another sport to own a piece of an MLB team. Last year, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes joined the ownership group of the Kansas City Royals. Two of the biggest stars in sports now own pieces of Major League Baseball teams. Two of the biggest stars now change the representation in one of the most exclusive clubs in the world. Not only can they help run their teams from a players’ perspective, but they represent the BIPOC community in which many, if not most, of their players are part of. Something that is rare in owners’ boxes across the sports world.
“The ability of just having somebody in the room that allows a group to make a better decision than the one they would make on their own,” Ross Jackson, Host of Locked On NFL and Locked On Saints explained on the latest episode of Locked On Today. He discussed why representation in the owner’s box is so important.
Boston has had a bad reputation when it comes to racial injustice and specifically with sports. Torii Hunter put a no-trade to Boston clause in every one of his contracts while he was playing and said “I’ve been called the N-word in Boston 100 times.”
“It’s not just about spray painting ‘End Racism’ in the back of the end zone. It’s about taking steps towards challenging racism within your own culture,” Jackson added, while expanding on why having LeBron James in the room can turn the Red Sox into an example for other professional teams in taking real actionable steps.
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Companies and ownership groups across the country should take note of this, take a second to look around their room and make sure that multiple races and genders are represented. That is how you make the least number of offenses, and that is how you reach the most people.