CHICAGO (CBSMiami/AP) – The king of the court is taking his talents to the silver screen to play alongside Kevin Hart in a comedy called “Ballers.”

Miami Heat superstar and NBA MVP LeBron James confirmed reports of his film debut before Thursday’s game against Chicago Bulls.

Hart plays the brother of an NBA star who gets a chance to prove himself at a fantasy basketball camp in Miami.

James says the opportunity to work with Hart was a product of their “friendship” and “mutual respect.” He says the role is “something I could relate to, as far as fantasy basketball and guys wanting to be basketball players” who “never had really had the great opportunity to be a professional athlete.”

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