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Mark Wahlberg

Recruiting Kevin Durant

... Come to the Celtics!!

11/6/2014 10:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

110614_mark_wahlberg_launchKevin Durant will be a free agent in 2016 ... and Mark Wahlberg is already lobbying to get him into a Celtics jersey.

We were talkin' to Mark about his custom Celtics basketball court at his new L.A. mansion and asked if any Celtics players had actually played there.

Wahlberg revealed that K.D. shot some hoops on the court recently -- and then made his pitch for the MVP to come to Beantown when his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder is after next season.

It's probably an uphill battle for Celtic Nation ... Durant is reportedly leaning toward re-signing with OKC or heading to Washington D.C. ... where he grew up.

Still, good luck.

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Paul Pierce

My Career Ain't Over

I'm Playing Another TEN YEARS!

7/10/2013 5:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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NBA superstar Paul Pierce tells TMZ ... just because he left Boston doesn't mean his career's over -- he wants to play another TEN YEARS in the league!!

35-year-old Pierce was leaving a grocery store in L.A. with a bunch of water (it's important to hydrate) when we asked how he felt about being traded from the Celtics to the Brooklyn Nets this late in his prolific career.

Paul's reaction was CLASSIC -- "Who says it's the end of my career? I plan on playing ten more years dude."

We're not saying it's an impossible goal ... but it's gonna be pretty tough -- considering no one in the modern NBA era has played until the age of 45 (Dikembe Mutombo and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played until they were 42 and Kevin Willis was 44).

Think he's got a chance?

NBA Draft Standouts

Who'd You Rather?

6/28/2013 10:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0628_nba_drafts_rather_launch_v2Last night a handful of NBA hopefuls -- armed with nothing more than their best fitting suits and a smile --  hit the stage as their dreams came true.

Nerlens Noel tucked his Kid 'n Play fade under a New Orleans Pelican hat (far left) -- while perched upon Lucas Nogueira's afro was a Boston Celtics cap (center left). Cody Zeller kept it white-guy-chic by making no effort to stylize his Charlotte Bobcats hat (center right) -- and lastly Shabazz Muhammad could barely contain himself with his new Utah Jazz Hat (right).

So we gotta ask ...

Marlon Wayans

KG Would WHOOP

Carmelo's Ass!!!

1/10/2013 5:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Kevin Garnett
would've laid the smack down on Carmelo Anthony if things came to blows during their post-game standoff this week ... all because of KG's cartoonishly long arms ... so says Marlon Wayans.

Marlon was out in NYC yesterday when we asked about the Melo vs. KG beef -- and his answer ... is ... hilarious.

The highlights -- KG's got arms like Dhalsim from "Street Fighter" ... and on a completely unrelated note, the world is run by vagina. Must watch.

Carmelo Anthony

SUSPENDED

for Post-Game Clash w/ KG

1/9/2013 3:43 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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Knicks
star Carmelo Anthony has just been suspended for one game -- WITHOUT PAY -- for confronting Celtics player Kevin Garnett Monday night ... in an epic expletive-filled standoff.

TMZ posted the video ... showing 'Melo waiting for KG in the arena tunnel at Madison Square Garden ... after the two had been going at each other during the game.

'Melo had said KG insulted him on the court and said things that "crossed the line." There are reports that KG said Anthony's wife "tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios" ... but neither player has confirmed exactly what words were exchanged.

According to the NBA, Carmelo will serve his suspension on January 10th when the Knicks face the Pacers.

A rep for the league released a statement, saying, "There are no circumstances in which it is acceptable to confront an opponent after a game."

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KG vs. 'Melo

Postgame Clash

THE VIDEO

1/9/2013 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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TMZ has obtained exclusive VIDEO of the postgame screaming match between Kevin Garnett and Carmelo Anthony following Monday night's Celtics vs. Knicks game ... and it's clear both guys were ready to fight.

The incident went down in front of the Celtics team bus inside Madison Square Garden -- just a short time after things got physical between the two NBA superstars on the court.

In the video, both men can be seen yelling and approaching each other aggressively as security scrambles to keep them apart.

It's unclear exactly what the guys were saying to each other -- but we definitely heard someone use the n-word a couple of times.

Eventually, security was able to separate the big men ... and KG boarded the team bus.

After the game, Anthony told reporters it all started when Garnett spewed some trash talk during the game that "crossed a line."

"There’s certain things that you just don’t say to men, another man,” Anthony said.

He later explained, "We both have an understanding right now ... that situation was handled.”

For the record, Carmelo is 6'8", 230 lbs ... and KG is 6'11", 250 lbs. So, we gotta ask ...

NBA Star

Gift-filled Holiday Party

in Boston Projects

12/21/2012 1:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Boston Celtics
star Leandro Barbosa doesn't need a red suit and a beard to play Santa -- in fact, the guard handed out piles of gifts to underprivileged children in Boston yesterday ... wearing nothing but normal street clothes.

A rep for Barbosa tells TMZ, he threw a giant holiday party at the Lenox Housing Development for roughly 80 children -- between the ages of 6 and 16 -- just because he felt like giving back to the community.

Along with a huge array of gifts -- one for each kid -- Barbosa brought 30 delicious PIZZAS.

Mmmmm pizza.

Rajon Rondo

Schools High School Kids

... in Math

11/6/2012 2:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Boston Celtics superstar Rajon Rondo crashed the boards at a Boston high school today ... guest teaching a freshman algebra class ... on his day off.

Rondo -- rolled into Ms. Oshodi's class at Burke high school this morning -- where he taught the kids how to solve for X (it's 14 ... we think).

Rajon didn't stop there ... the 26-year-old -- who attended the University of Kentucky -- also visited nearby Harbor Middle School to preach the value of a quality education.

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And get this -- we're told Rondo planned the visits by himself ... without the help of any public relations personnel ... just because he wanted to.

Rajon will be back on the court tomorrow to face off with the Washington Wizards -- a team that's currently 0-2 ... and with the power of math, we are able to determine they're horrible.

Thanks math!

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Lil Wayne

Buses to Miami

for Heat Opener

11/1/2012 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Lil Wayne surfaced in his court side seats for the Miami Heat season opener -- despite his recent health crisis -- but as TMZ reported ... he had to trade in his private jet for a luxury bus to make the return trip.

Weezy was in his usual primo seats to see the NBA champs defeat the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.

Sources close to Wayne tell us he rode a private luxury tour bus from his mother's home in Louisiana back to Miami ... sometime on Monday.

As we told you ... Wayne is under strict orders from his doctors to stay off airplanes in the wake of two mid-air medical emergencies last week -- in which he suffered 2 seizure-like episodes.

We doubt the NBA action was doctor prescribed -- but sitting court side to see LeBron and D-Wade in action can't hurt.

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Ray Allen's Mom

I Still LOVE the Celtics ...

After My Son Dumped 'Em

10/30/2012 4:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The Boston Celtics hate her son's guts ... but Ray Allen's mom tells TMZ, she still loves her boy's old teammates like they were her own children -- even though Ray ditched 'em to join the Miami Heat.

It's no secret -- Ray's old teammates Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are extremely bitter Ray jumped ship to the Heat following last season ... after the Heat whooped the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.

During a news conference last month, Garnett said he had cut Allen out of his life -- "I don't have Ray's number anymore. I'm not trying to communicate." Pierce said, "I was very surprised by Ray's decision. I thought we would finish our careers together."

For his part, Allen has said he hasn't spoken to any of his old teammates since they split.

But now that both teams are set to face off tonight in Miami, Allen's mom Flo Allen-Hopson tells TMZ, she isn't holding the same grudge, claiming, "I love the guys. They’ve been in our home. They’ve been in Ray's home.  If they came to my home tomorrow, if they wanted me to cook for them, I would because they are all our sons."

Flo -- who says she's rooting for the Heat now for obvious reasons -- tells us, she plans to hug Garnett and Pierce tonight when she attends the game.

Flo also says she's not convinced the feud will last, adding, "I know the man I raised. Ray went to battle with those guys and they truly love each other ... When it's all said and done and over they’ll still be friends."

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