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Episodes of LBJ’s ‘The Shop’ to catch up on before the new NBA season

words by: Kai Acevedo
Nov 6, 2020

LeBron James has a knack for taking things to another level. Not long after winning his fourth NBA championship, the Los Angeles Lakers star unveiled that former President Barack Obama would be the next guest to pull up to his show The Shop. Hosted by King James and his business partner Maverick Carter, The Shop, which airs on HBO and is recorded in a barbershop setting, has continued to feature a well-curated, all-star lineup of guests since it premiered in 2018. Athletes, rappers, movie stars, executives and even politicians have come through to engage in candid and unfiltered conversations with LeBron and crew. Here’s a look at some of the most memorable visits to The Shop




Episode: 2

Also Featured: Elena Delle Donne, Ben Simmons, Mo Bamba, Victor Oladipo

While on the show, Drake addressed his beefs with Kanye West and Pusha T and also spoke on the birth of his son for the first time off wax. 



Governor Gavin Newsom

Episode: 4

Also Featured: Diana Taurasi, Diddy, Rich Paul, DeMar DeRozan, Rick Rubin, Bill Hader, Jerrod Carmichael

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the Fair Pay to Play Act – which starting in 2023, will allow college athletes in his state to earn money through endorsements and sponsorships – into law during his visit to The Shop.  



Lil Nas X

Episode: 6

Also Featured: Kevin Hart, Charlamagne tha God, Rob Gronkowski, Kevin Love 

Lil Nas X discusses coming out and dealing with homophobia growing up.  



Will Smith

Episode: 7

Also Featured: Martin Lawrence, CC Sabathia, Chance The Rapper  

Will Smith talks crossing over from rapping into acting and going broke.



Chadwick Boseman

Episode: 8

Also Featured: Trae Young, Roddy Ricch, Tiffany Haddish, Steve Stoute 

Months before his untimely passing, Chadwick Boseman appeared on an episode of The Shop and shared his memories of the late Kobe Bryant. 



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