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A NEW FILM IMAGINES AN NBA LOCKOUT AND AN AUDACIOUS PLAN TO UPEND THE LEAGUE'S HIERARCHY

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HIGH FLYING BIRD

Available Feb. 8 on Netflix

Star players have more power than ever in the NBA. So in that sense, High Flying Bird, a new film from director Steven Soderbergh, feels pertinent. In the movie, a shrewd agent, played by André Holland (Moonlight, 42), helps a rookie client navigate an NBA lockout. But he's also scheming for players to seize power.

High Flying Bird doesn't feature much actual basketball, but the struggle between owners and labor makes for compelling drama. Holland, the executive producer, is careful to say the film isn't attacking the NBA—if anything, its revolutionary outlook reflects the growing clout of stars like LeBron James. "I think this movie is the beginning," Holland says. "The very beginning of a much larger conversation."

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THE MANY LIVES OF NICK BUONICONTI

Feb. 12, 10 p.m. ET on HBO

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GOOD TO GO

By Christie Aschwanden, out Feb. 5

Do sports drinks work? How about Tom Brady's recovery pajamas? The author, a writer for FiveThirtyEight, separates myth and reality in this book examining the science of recovery.

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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR VS. BORUSSIA DORTMUND

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