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LeBron James Y'all Yeti For My Voice Overs?!

3/22/2018 10:22 AM PDT
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LeBron James switched gears from Basketball God to animated movie star in just a matter of hours Thursday morning ... showing off a voice over session for an upcoming flick!!

James -- fresh off an insane 35 points, 17 assists, and 7 rebounds in a win against the Raptors Wednesday night -- took his talents to the studio to put in work for his role as Gwangi in "Smallfoot" early Thursday.

The movie is about a yeti who finds out humans exist (think Big Foot, but the other way around) ... and features other huge stars like Channing Tatum, Zendaya and Common.

So, LeBron can do his Hollywood thing AND play in Cleveland ...

Just sayin'.

Kevin Hart I Tried To Recruit LeBron To Philly He Told Me To Kiss His Ass

3/22/2018 7:43 AM PDT

Kevin Hart is about to break the hearts of a lot of fans in Philly ... because according to the pint-sized funnyman, LeBron James has no plans to come to the cheesesteak land, and Kevin knows, cause Kevin tried.

We got Hart leaving UCLA and asked if he's tried to recruit his buddy, James, to bolt Cleveland and join the young core of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid in the city of brotherly love.

Kevin says he definitely put on for his hometown, trying to get LeBron to make a move ... but that LeBron's response was not very promising.

"He said kiss his ass."

Hart said he only sweetened the deal with $40 bucks (c'mon Kev), but when we asked seriously he says no city has a real shot at LeBron, because Hart believes he'll stay put.

"I don't see him leaving, other people think he will ... I don't see him going nowhere." 

Ben Simmons Cozyin' Up With Tinashe ... After Sixers Win

3/22/2018 6:37 AM PDT
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Give Ben Simmons the Rookie of the Year award RIGHT NOW ... 'cause the NBA star has finally gone Instagram official with smokin' hot pop singer Tinashe!!

As we previously reported, the "No Drama" singer told us earlier this month that Simmons was her "little boo thang." Things appear to have heated up since then ... with the couple posting identical pics on IG. 

Simmons -- who's averaging damn near a triple-double this season -- captioned his romantic pic with the clever line "This is a dime I can’t pass."

But the winning didn't stop for the 21-year-old phenom ... Philly ended up beating up on the Grizzlies, too, and his Sixers are now tied for the 4th spot in the East!!

Don't turn it over, Ben. 

Baron Davis Discrimination Don't Exist in BBall Look at Nancy Lieberman!!

3/21/2018 2:34 PM PDT

Former NBA star Baron Davis is pumped Nancy Lieberman got tapped to head coach a BIG3 team ... and says her hiring proves their sport is inclusive of all people.

"That's my girl. Well deserved," Baron -- a recent BIG3 signee -- told TMZ Sports.

"The thing about basketball is there ain't no discrimination. If you got game, if you know the game, we gonna accept you."

He ain't wrong -- Nancy (Kings) and Becky Hammon (Spurs) got gigs as NBA assistants in recent years ... and Adam Silver's league has also seen more minority coaches come through the ranks than other major pro sports leagues.

Now, the BIG3 and its new commish, Clyde Drexler, are continuing the trend with Lieberman ... and Baron says it's gonna go down as a watershed moment for women in sports! 

BIG3's Clyde Drexler Hires First Female Head Coach In Men's Pro Basketball

3/21/2018 7:30 AM PDT

Clyde Drexler ain't been on the job for a week as BIG3 commish -- and he's already makin' history -- hiring the 1st ever female as head coach of a men's pro basketball team ... TMZ Sports has learned.

"The Glide" tapped Nancy Lieberman -- a member of the Naismith and Women's Basketball Hall of Fame -- to coach Power, the squad he previously coached before leaving to run the league.

Lieberman -- a legend for her hoopin' on the court -- isn't a novice to coaching either. She was an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings ... and was the head coach of a WNBA team from '98 to '00.

N.L. isn't goin' to be coaching bums ... she's got former NBA stars Corey Maggette and Cuttino Mobley in her starting lineup.

Ice Cube -- the leagues co-founder is behind the move -- saying, "She was a helluva player and she's a helluva coach. Nancy's a winner and I expect her to win in this league."

Joe Thomas LeBron Brought Tears to My Eyes After Cavs Game Honor

3/20/2018 2:47 PM PDT

LeBron James brought tears to a 6-foot-6, 315 lb. man's eyes Monday night ... 'cause ex-Browns superstar Joe Thomas says LBJ's retirement tribute before the Cavs game hit him right in the feels!!

TMZ Sports spoke with the future Hall of Famer about the King showing love with a HUGE hug on the court before the game against the Bucks ... and J.T. says he got so emotional, he had to sneak out of eyesight to gather his emotions!!

"It was a really special moment to get love and respect from an icon like LeBron James, somebody that I've been a fan of since I was 12 years old ... it was really special." Thomas says.

J.T. also points out it was a great way to cap off his career ... 'cause he was was first introduced to Cleveland fans as a rookie when the Cavs were in the Finals in 2007.

There's more ... the 10-time Pro Bowler officially retired last week ... and Thomas says he's gonna explore all options before choosing his next move ... and doesn't count out a future in television!!

Draymond Green Karma Like A Swift Kick In The ...

3/20/2018 7:17 AM PDT
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Karma is a bitch -- just ask Draymond Green, who got hit with a groin shot 2 years in the making last night!!

You remember the play ... in Game 3 of 2016's Western Conference Finals, Draymond's leg punted OKC Thunder big Steven Adams square in the nuts.

Dray's always maintained it was accidental ... but it looked pretty bad.

Fast forward to Warriors vs. Spurs Monday night -- when Draymond met Danny Green at the rim and took a knee right around the ball bag!

He immediately keeled over and went to the locker room ... and was later diagnosed with a pelvic contusion  -- a fancy way of saying a deep, painful bruise.

Green now joins Steph, KD and Klay on the injured list ... and ya gotta think Adams (and all of OKC) is smiling right now.

We ain't so cold. Get better, Dray (and mini-Dray)!

Joey Fatone 'NSYNC Would Kill Backstreet Boys ... In Basketball

3/20/2018 6:42 AM PDT

The boy band era is over, but the smack talk remains -- because Joey Fatone is telling the world if his crew ever had to face the Backstreet Boys in hoops, they'd make them go "Bye Bye Bye."

We got Fatone out in Beverly Hills and showed him footage of his ex-bandmate Justin Timberlake  draining half-court shots, and asked him if JT really has the goods on the court.

Fatone said yes, but things got really spicy when we asked whether or not the rest of 'NSYNC could ball. More specifically, if they could take out the Backstreet Boys in hoop-life warfare.

"There's no think so. You tell that to Nick Carter."

Challenge issued.

BTW, we found some footage of the two crews playing back in the day. It ain't exactly Lakers versus Celtics ...

Iggy Azalea Do I Regret Burning All of Nick Young's Clothes? 'Hell the F**k No!'

3/19/2018 3:32 PM PDT

Hope Nick Young's not expecting to get reimbursed for his designer clothes ... 'cause Iggy Azalea says she doesn't even feel a little bad about torching her ex-fiance's wardrobe!!

We got Iggy at LAX after her fiery interview with Andy Cohen ... and while it was clear she didn't wanna go into any more detail on the matter, she did offer us a few words on whether or not she regretted turning all of Swaggy P's clothes into ash.

Hard to blame Iggy after Nick's infidelity was aired out in front of the whole world ... but damn, sounds like she's still ready to go pyro on the man.

Kevin Hart Mostly Fails at Trampoline Dunks

3/19/2018 10:48 AM PDT
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Here's the latest edition of "Kevin Hart vs. Height" ... where the actor/comedian tries to slam dunk using a trampoline as his launchpad -- and it's a struggle. 

Kevin's attempted dunk sesh went down at one of the Sky Zones around L.A. over the weekend ... where it looks like the Hart fam was out celebrating the 13th birthday of his daughter, Heaven.

The NBA super-fan didn't want the kiddos to have all the fun, so Hart stepped up to the glow-in-the-dark Sky Slam ... and repeatedly got knocked on his ass while his wife, Eniko, yucked it up.

But, Kev didn't let the verticality shaming get him down ... and eventually got up for a 2-handed jam!!

Hart of a champion. 

Justin Timberlake Crashes Wizards' Gym ... Makes It Rain from Halfcourt!!!

3/19/2018 7:39 AM PDT
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Here's Justin Timberlake reminding us of his superior genes, yet again -- poppin' by an NBA court and swishin' deep balls without breaking a sweat. 

This time, JT hit up the hardwood where the Washington Wizards practice in D.C. ... and proceeded to sink 3 straight bombs -- two from the beyond the arc, and one from HALF-COURT.

If this seems familiar, it's probably 'cause we spotted Justin at Staples Center about a year ago -- getting wet like Kobe in his prime. 

Eat your heart out, Biebs

Iggy Azalea I Torched All of Nick Young's Clothes

3/19/2018 6:59 AM PDT
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Hell hath no fury like Iggy Azalea scorned -- just ask Nick Young, who had all his designer clothes LIT ON FIRE by his ex-fiancee ... after he got caught with his pants down.

"I burnt it all ... and I threw stuff in the pool, too," Iggy said, smiling. 

Remember -- the rap star and NBA baller had a pretty messy breakup back in the day. We already knew Iggy dumped a bunch of Nick's crap on her driveway and personally got his car towed.

And now, we got the play-by-play of Iggy going full pyromaniac on Swaggy P's entire closet! 

"I texted him a video and I’m like, 'Hey, I’m burning your s**t ... I don’t know where you’re at, probably with some girl, so I hope you get home quickly because I’m moving on,'" Azalea told Andy Cohen on 'Watch What Happens Live.'

To be fair, she also warned him -- "We're progressing on the spectrum from cheap to expensive."

RIP Swaggy's swag.

Shareef O'Neal I'm Cool with The NBA Age Limit ... But Hey, Some Kids Need Money!

3/18/2018 12:55 AM PDT

Here's high school basketball phenom Shareef O'Neal going deep on one of the hottest topics in basketball -- the NBA age limit (19) ... which screws some players and helps others. 

'Reef gets that not everyone grew up with Shaq money and some players need to get those life-changing checks ASAP, instead of spending a year playing for free. 

"They might just do that to feed their families," Shareef told TMZ Sports. "I think that's why a lot of kids go 1-and-done."

But he also thinks NCAA basketball is the best way to prepare players for the pros -- and he points to the current NBA rookie class ... guys like Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum -- who are holding their own with the best in the world. 

Recently, there's been a lot of talk about finding alternatives to the NCAA -- even LaVar Ball's trying to get in on the action -- but 'Reef argues that 1 year of college education is better than none.

"I think they should just leave it how it is ... college gets kids ready for the NBA," O'Neal said.

FYI, Shareef previously told us he would be 1-and-done too despite being comfortable financially ... but now, it seems like he ain't so sure.

No doubt UCLA's pumped either way -- after losing BOTH Ball bros.

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