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'Big Baller Brand' Emojis Crack App Store Top 3

10/18/2017 9:44 AM PDT
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The Big Baller Brand is conquering social media now too ... with the Ball family's new emoji line rocketing up the charts in the App Store after just 1 day on the market. 

LaVar, Lonzo and the rest of the fam dropped "Big Baller Brand Emojis" on Oct. 17 -- which feature the Balls doing everything from dancing to dunking to shoe designing ... for $1.99 a pop. 

On Wednesday, the App had already reached #2 on the Top Paid App charts ... right underneath Arimoji by Ariana Grande (#1). 

To be fair, Ariana's app features the singer playing with adorable puppies -- good luck competing with  that. 

Master P To Colin Kaepernick Screw The NFL ... Let's Start Our Own League!!!

10/18/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Master P has a message for Colin Kaepernick ... WHO NEEDS THE NFL ... telling TMZ Sports if the league won't let Kaep ball, he's down to help Colin start up his own shop, and take down the shield.

P knows about sports startups, his Global Mixed Gender Basketball league is off to an incredible start, attracting big name talent like the Gonzalez Twins, Glen "Big Baby" Davis, and Metta World Peace.

When we got him out in L.A. we had to ask P what he thought about Kaep's situation, and P had a very simple answer, if you can't join 'em, beat 'em.

"I'll help him start his own league. I think he should, I mean he's a great football player. I think the NFL should have some competition."

P's point is that the only way Colin can ensure his right to demonstrate any way he wants is to have some ownership, and that's exactly what he wants to do with his upstart league.

Someone get "He Hate Me" on the phone.

NBA's Bobby Portis Socks Bulls Teammate ... Breaks Face

10/17/2017 3:59 PM PDT
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4:18PM PT -- The Bulls released a statement addressing the incident.

"Chicago Bulls forwards Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic had a physical altercation during today's practice. As a result of the incident, Mirotic suffered a concussion and maxillary fractures. Surgery is likely required. Mirotic is out indefinitely."

Bulls forward Bobby Portis socked teammate Nikola Mirotic and broke his face and gave him a concussion at practice today.

Portis and Mirotic reportedly got into a shoving match ... that ended with Bobby cheap-shotting Nikola ... The Vertical reported.

Mirotic was taken to the hospital with multiple broken bones in his face. He was also evaluated for a concussion. The report says N.M. has since been released from the hospital.

Mirotic was expected to begin the season as the team's starting PF, ahead of Portis. 

Chicago is scheduled to open the season against the Raptors on Thursday.

Rick Pitino Sues Adidas You Embarrassed & Humiliated Me

10/17/2017 2:54 PM PDT
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Rick Pitino is suing Adidas in federal court ... claiming that his good name has been dragged through the mud as a result of the company's dirty tactics.

As we previously reported, a top Adidas exec has been charged with conspiring to funnel money to top basketball recruits ... including $100k to a UL prospect.

Pitino's attorney filed the suit in a Kentucky federal court earlier today ... asking for compensatory and punitive damages -- but also saying this is about more than money. He wants to clear his name.

"It is Coach Pitino's vehicle for proving that he had nothing to do with Adidas' outrageous, wrongful, and illegal conspiracy." 

In the suit, Pitino claims the scandal has "resulted in grave damage to Coach Pitino's public and private standing and reputation, causing him extreme embarrassment, humiliation and emotional distress."

Ex-Laker Marcelo Huertas NBA Players Are 'Babies'

10/17/2017 8:15 AM PDT
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Marcelo Huertas had a rough run with the L.A. Lakers ... and now he's clapping back at his former team and the NBA for how they coddle their superstars.

"In the NBA, players are babies ... everyone is afraid of dealing with the athletes," Huertas told Brazilian hoops blog Bala na Cesta

"That's not a thing in Europe. If you step over the line, you're punished athletically, financially, you're thrown out, suspended, whatever the hell. That doesn't exist in the NBA. I would see things and say, 'There's no way this is possible."'

Marcelo -- a Euroleague veteran -- says his 2 seasons with the Lakers were pretty tough on him emotionally ... claiming he put in a TON of hard work, even mentoring his younger point guard competition, just to ride the pine.

"Everything you can imagine, I would do it. If it had been in Europe I would've played."

FYI, Huertas averaged 15 minutes -- and 4 points a game -- in L.A. He's back playing in Spain now.

As for the Lakers ... got a feeling they'll be OK at the point.

Rick Pitino Officially Fired By Louisville

10/16/2017 12:04 PM PDT
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Rick Pitino has officially been FIRED by UL ... less than 3 weeks after he was put on unpaid administrative leave over his suspected involvement in the NCAA bribery scandal.

The University of Louisville Athletic Association today voted to fire Pitino -- a Hall of Famer who coached the school's basketball teams since 2001 -- for "just cause."

As we previously reported, UL prez Greg Postel fired off a letter to Pitino last month ... saying the school believed evidence from the FBI investigation incriminated the coach.

For his part, Pitino and his lawyers have vehemently denied any wrongdoing ... and vowed "a bare-knuckle fight" ... if they were to fire him.

Well, that's exactly what the university just did ... so, prepare for a legal war.

Tristan Thompson Trolled By J.R. Smith: Buyin' Fur Coats For Your Baby??

10/16/2017 10:54 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tristan Thompson got totally roasted by his teammates during a fan event Sunday night ... when he was asked if he's already gone fur coat shopping for his baby with Khloe Kardashian.

TMZ broke the story ... the Cavs star and Khloe -- his girlfriend of 1 year -- are expecting their first child together.

So when T.T. was asked about having "his and her" fur coats with Khloe at the Cavs' annual "Wine & Gold United" event on Sunday, J.R. Smith decided to tease Thompson about his new addition.

"You gettin' infant fur, too??" 

You gotta see Tristan's reaction ... and his teammates absolutely lose it.

Blake Griffin to Kendall Jenner: Of Course You Can Hang with the Guys!

10/13/2017 12:50 AM PDT
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Seems Kendall Jenner is already close enough with Blake Griffin to join in on steak night with his boys. 

The L.A. Clippers star and 3 of his guy friends hit up the Ocean Prime steak and seafood house in Bev Hills on Wednesday night ... with Kendall rounding out the group. 

Blake and Kendall have been hanging out for a couple of months now ... so no reason not to invite her along, right? 

So, when does Blake get his invite to girl's night? 

LaMelo Ball Sick Windmill Jam ... Disses Old High School

10/12/2017 7:41 AM PDT
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Looks like LaVar's homeschooling is already paying off -- 'cause LaMelo Ball is suddenly crammin' home windmill dunks!!

And throwin' shade at his former high school -- saying they're gonna suck now that he's gone.

In the video, young Melo grabs the rock off a bounce and throws it down ... before turning up with his boys at a pickup basketball sesh.

The youngest Ball bro hasn't been filmed getting up like this before, so you can see why they're all so pumped.

But arguably the best part of the vid comes at the end ... when LB slams Chino Hills, saying -- "Mark my words: Without Melo, they losing."

Guess LaVar's not the only one excited with the move.

Epic Dunk Fail Car 1, Dunker 0

10/11/2017 12:16 PM PDT

All you kids with dreams of impressing millions of YouTube followers with your sensational above the rim antics ... PLEASE WATCH THIS, and realize sometimes gravity wins.

Russian super dunker Illia Kroshka took a major L when he tried to dunk over a car during a recent contest, not quite clearing said car and TOTALLY EATING IT.

To his credit, Krosh posted the footage on social media for everyone to see ... so at least he's proving there's no shame in his dunk game.

BTW -- the dude is pretty sick. If you don't believe it, watch below.

Byron Scott: I Pray They Catch the Crooks ... Who Robbed My House

10/9/2017 9:52 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ex-Lakers coach Byron Scott says the scumbags who raided his L.A. home did their homework -- and mapped out his daily routine so they could burglarize the place when no one was home. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... thieves broke into his Hermosa Beach pad more than a week ago and made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars in belongings ... including jewelry, guns and cash. 

"I pray to God they catch em," Scott told us at LAX. 

Scott says he's grateful no one was hurt -- and says at the end of the day, it's all replaceable ... "It's just stuff."

He also has some advice for other celebs on how to protect themselves from burglars. 

UCLA Legend Tracy Murray LaMelo Don't Need High School ... to Ball Out at UCLA

10/7/2017 12:25 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

High school or no high school, LaMelo Ball is gonna kill it for UCLA -- so says Bruin legend Tracy Murray ... who tells TMZ Sports it's still all about Ball in Westwood.

We talked to Murray, a 2-time All-Pac-10 player for UCLA and current announcer for the team -- and he told us LaVar's decision to take LaMelo out of HS won't change a damn thing when it comes to college.

"He's already committed to UCLA. With that already happening why play HS basketball when you already know where you're going?"

Some people have expressed concern that LaMelo might miss critical development as a player if he missed the last 2 years of school, but Murray says there's something else that's more important.

"The only thing that really matters at this point is that he's taking college prep courses that prepare him for UCLA."

As for LaVar -- he's convinced 'Melo's school won't be an issue ... but then again, he thinks he can beat Michael Jordan.

CBB Star Grayson Allen Dunks All Over Duke Teammate El Capitán Is Back, Baby!!

10/4/2017 7:56 AM PDT
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College basketball superstar Grayson Allen just got his captain's chair back from Duke ... and celebrated by droppin' a 1-handed HAMMER on a teammate in practice.

May have been a little too much sauce from Grayson ... who got all up in Jack White's grill for the posterization. His other teammates seemed to dig it, though.

Hard to blame Allen for being a little extra springy ... he finally regained his team captain title after being in Coach K's doghouse all junior year, and is primed to have a HUGE senior season.

Still ... might wanna save that action for UNC.

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