The way Sebastian
Telfair sees it, Through the Fire, a documentary about his 2004 senior year at
Coney Island's Lincoln High, is Hoop Dreams with a happy ending. Seeing the two
protagonists in that 1994 film fizzle out before reaching the NBA "made me
want to work hard," says the Blazers guard. Fire premieres on ESPN on
Sunday at 8 p.m. Telfair is already looking forward to a sequel. "It would
be called Out of the Fire," he says. "It ends with me winning an NBA
? Paging Usher,
Nelly and Jay-Z: Michelle Williams has a proposal for you. The Destiny's Child
singer recently became a part owner of the Chicago Sky, a WNBA expansion
franchise, and she's already talking smack with the three aforementioned NBA
playaz. ( Jay-Z is a co-owner of the Nets, Usher is a part owner of the Cavs,
and Nelly has a stake in the Bobcats.) "I want to make a bet with them
about whose team does better," Williams (right) says. "Maybe I could
get some basketball advice from them while we're at it."
? Allison Baver
doesn't tune in to The Apprentice every week; "I haven't exactly had a lot
of time to watch TV lately," she says. That's because Baver, 25, spent most
of her time at the rink, training for the Olympics. Now that the Games are
over--the short- track speedskater's team finished fourth in the 3,000-meter
relay--Baver will turn her attention to impressing The Donald. She is one of 12
Olympians chosen by NBC to vie for a spot on the next season of The Apprentice.
Baver, who is pursuing an MBA online, says a boardroom gig would suit the side
of her fans seldom see. "People see me wearing sneakers and
sweatpants," she says, "but I'm a business suit kind of girl."
? Mavericks owner
Mark Cuban, who coproduced Oscar nominees Good Night, and Good Luck and Enron:
The Smartest Guys in the Room, jetted from his team's game against the Suns in
the first quarter to attend the Academy Awards on Sunday. Alas, he went 0 for
7. Well, 0 for 8, since the Mavs lost too.... The Oscar experience was a little
more rewarding for several LPGA golfers. Commissioner Carolyn Bivens took a
half-dozen players, including Cristie Kerr and Natalie Gulbis, to L.A. to hit
the after-party circuit. (The LPGA donated tickets and private lessons to the
Oscar gift bags.) Bivens and crew mingled with Paris and Nicky Hilton, Ludacris
and Jamie-Lynn Sigler. And Stephanie Louden got to chat with Carson Daly
about--what else?--golf. Daly, who went to Loyola Marymount on a golf
scholarship, says he still has a two handicap.
? The story of
Jason McElwain, the autistic high schooler who nailed six three-pointers in a
game last month (SCORECARD, March 6), has caught the attention of Hollywood.
Jason's parents say they've heard from 25 production companies, including
Disney and Warner Bros., about buying the rights to their son's story. Said
Jason, "I don't know what I'm walking into."