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LeBron James Jr. INSANE NEW HIGHLIGHTS ... At 12 Years Old

1/18/2017 9:07 AM PST
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This kid is absolutely ridiculous. 

LeBron James Jr. -- 12 years old -- has a brand new highlight reel ... and we guarantee it'll make you say, "DAMN" at least 3 times. 

In the new footage, Bronny puts on a clinic -- passing, handles, defense and ridiculous step-back jumpers.

He even pulled off the water bottle challenge at the end.

Bronny's dad has already said the kid's being recruited by major colleges ... he's still got 6 years to decide!

Enjoy the clip.

[h/t Bleacher Report

Luke Walton and Lamar Odom Ready to Team Up Again ... Maybe

1/15/2017 1:35 PM PST

Luke Walton really wants the world to sweat over the possible introduction of Coach Lamar Odom to the LA Lakers ... 'cause now they're grabbing dinner together.

We got the former Lakers teammates leaving The Lobster in L.A. Saturday night, with Lamar heading out first and Luke following soon after. 

There's one obvious question on everyone's mind ... and Luke seems to drop a hint with just one gesture. Hey, he's not saying no. 

Steph Curry Pulls Trick with Globetrotters 'You Made a Dream Come True'

1/11/2017 6:15 AM PST
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Steph Curry became an honorary Globetrotter Tuesday night -- when he got together with two of the players before the Warriors game ... and finally learned to spin a basketball on his finger! 

The Globetrotters are in the Bay Area for a game on Saturday -- and met up with Steph before the Warriors took on the Heat at Oracle Arena. 

Steph admitted to the guys he couldn't do the finger trick ... so they set him up right there on the spot. 

He later told the guys, "You all made a dream come true right there!" 

Cool clip.  

Northwestern Basketball Player Coroner Says Death Was Suicide

1/10/2017 1:49 PM PST
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0110-jordan-hankins-twitterOfficials have determined the Northwestern women's basketball player who was found dead on campus this week committed suicide ... TMZ Sports has learned.

A rep for the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office tells us the evidence shows 19-year-old Jordan Hankins hanged herself in her dorm room. 

The team has cancelled their game scheduled for Wednesday. 

If you or anyone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo Gets Off Team Bus to Celebrate Game-Winner with Greek Fans!

1/5/2017 6:47 AM PST
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How cool is this? 

"Greek Freak" Giannis Antetokounmpo hit the game-winning shot against the Knicks in NYC Wednesday night ... and then GOT OFF THE TEAM BUS to celebrate with Greek fans who were chanting his name. 

Giannis was born and raised in Greece -- and played pro ball there before being drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013. His career has been on the rise ever since. 

Fast forward to last night ... there were a TON of Greek fans in the crowd, some holding Greek flags, and they all went INSANE went Giannis hit the buzzer beater that won the game in the 4th. 

After the game, he got on the team bus to leave when he noticed a group of fans holding a Greek flag and cheering for him ... so he got off the bus to sign autos and take pics. 

How do you say "awesome" in Greek? 

John Travolta 'I'M PROUD' To Inspire Swaggy P's 3-Point Dance

1/5/2017 6:30 AM PST
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John Travolta says he's PUMPED to be the inspiration for Nick Young's 3-point shot celebratory hip-thrusting dance ... telling TMZ Sports, "I love it!"

Nick's dance went viral after he hit a long-range bomb against the Grizzlies on Tuesday. The Lakers star later said God came to him in a dream the night before and told him to dance like John Travolta. 

When we told Travolta about the situation at Barney's in Bev Hills Wednesday night ... he made it clear Nick has his blessing. 

Harlem Globetrotters Challenge Splash Bros Let's See You Hit THIS Shot!

1/4/2017 10:03 AM PST

The Harlem Globetrotters are at it again ... this time nailing a death-defying shot from the stadium roof where the Golden State Warriors play ... over 100 feet in the air, no harness, no net.

Globetrotters star Buckets -- with his teammate Scooter -- climbed the the top of Oracle Arena ... walked to the ledge of the over 100 foot high roof ... and took the shot.

Boom.

FYI -- if the shot wasn't impressive enough ... the hoop was positioned over 100 feet away from the base of the arena. 100 feet up, 100 feet out.

Your move, Steph & Klay.

Justin Timberlake Sinks TWO Halfcourt Shots ... At Lakers Game

1/4/2017 5:54 AM PST
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Someone get Justin Timberlake a bucket of water ... 'cause that dude was ON FIRE Tuesday night!! 

The pop star was messin' around on the court at the Lakers game (he's a part-owner of the visiting Memphis Grizzlies) ... when he decided to test his shooting skills from halfcourt. 

Not only did JT sink the first shot ... but he followed up with ANOTHER swish -- and then got back on defense after the bucket!! 

As for the game, Justin went up to his VIP box and had a dance party with his wife, Jessica Biel ... while the Lakers smashed on the Griz.  

#GoLakeShow

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Michael Jordan's Daughter Sorry, LeBron ... You Won't Top MJ

12/28/2016 8:35 AM PST
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1228-michael-jordan-jasmine-jordan-lebron-james-tmz-instagramSkip Bayless posed the question ... will LeBron James ever top Michael Jordan

MJ's daughter, Jasmine, weighed in ... bluntly. 

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Al Jefferson NBA Ref Hotline Is Pointless 'Just A Bunch Of Complaining'

12/28/2016 7:32 AM PST
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Any NBA player sneaking away to call the league's new hotline for bad officiating is WASTING HIS DAMN TIME ... that's according to NBA veteran Al Jefferson who calls the hotline "pointless."

The hotline was set up as part of the new CBA between the league and the players ... allowing a salty hooper to call up and single out specific refs on bad calls they made in previous games.

We got Jefferson -- a former All-NBA player -- in D.C. and asked him if he thinks the hotline will make one damn bit of difference in the way the games are called ... and guess what, he doesn't.

So put the phone down, DeMarcus Cousins.

Shareef O'Neal 'I Can Be Better Than My Father'

12/26/2016 12:50 AM PST
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Shaquille O'Neal's son says he's confident he can be a better player than his legendary father ... telling TMZ Sports he's got all the tools to be the GREATEST hoopster in his athletically gifted family. 

We spoke with Shareef O'Neal -- who's already become one of the top high school prospects in the country -- and he didn't hesitate when we asked if he could have more NBA success than his dad. 

Obviously, Shaq has gone down as one of the most dominant players in the history of the NBA -- so, if Shareef is right ... he's got one helluva future ahead of him. 

Kid has confidence.

Rick Fox I Won't Train Kobe's Kids In Hoops ... Here's Why

12/26/2016 12:35 AM PST
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Bad news for Kobe Bryant ... his old pal, Rick Fox, says he probably won't have anything to do with nurturing Mamba's kids to hoops greatness ... but he has a perfectly good reason why.

We got Fox out at LAX and asked if he'd met Kobe's new daughterBianka Bella (he hasn't yet) -- but more importantly we wanted to know if Fox would be down to help train Kobe's girls in hoops.

Word is that Kobe's youngest, Gianna, is already flashing signs of the Mamba talent gene on the court ... but she'll still need some expert tutelage if she's gonna make it big, right?

Well, Fox says that most likely won't be coming from him ... and when he explains why, he makes a damn good (self-deprecating) point.

John Calipari 'One & Done' Haters Are Hypocrites ... Here's Why.

12/25/2016 12:45 AM PST
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John Calipari says people hating on players leaving college after one year wouldn't be hating if it were THEIR KID ... saying sometimes a short college stay is best for the the athlete.

Calipari is the head man in Kentucky -- a college bball powerhouse that routinely recruits the best players in the nation ... players who routinely leave after one season.

NBA stars like Anthony Davis, John Wall, Karl Anthony-Towns, and DeMarcus Cousins were one & dones for Coach Cal ... but when we got him out in NYC he says that's okay with him. 

"If it's your son, you want him out in a year to go to the NBA. If it's someone else's son, you want him in for 4 years."

So, how does J.C. feel about the issues?

"Look, I'm for the kids. Whatever's best for them, I'm all in." 

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