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NBA Star Joe Johnson

I Can't Go to Court ...

The Nets Need Me to Win!!!

4/20/2013 7:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0420-joe-johnson-gettyBrooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson made it clear to a judge in Georgia -- postpone his baby mama trial until AFTER the NBA playoffs ... or risk angering the entire team's passionate fan base.

As TMZ first reported, Joe filed a suit against baby mama Shannon Beckton to be legally recognized as the father of their kid and share custody. The case was set to be heard between April 15 and May 5.

Like teammate Kris Humphries, that trial window was a BIG problem for Joe ... since the Nets made the playoffs and it could easily conflict with court times. To get the date moved, Joe explained to the judge he's a key member of the Nets and "a vital part of that team's success."

Joe also argued that his absence violate his contract (worth $126 million) and could seriously "harm" the Nets' championship dreams -- which would mean less cash for him and less cash for his kid.

The judge agreed and postponed the trial.

Joe can put his money where his mouth is in the first Nets playoff game ... tonight.

Kris Humphries

Chose NBA Playoffs

Over Battle with Kim

4/19/2013 12:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Kris Humphries
-- who was once obsessed with proving to the world that Kim Kardashian was a love fraud -- now says he gave up his battle because of his love of BBall.

A rep for Kris tells TMZ, "Kris and his family are excited to move forward and are grateful for all the support they have received in this process."

The rep then sets the priorities straight:  "His commitment to the Brooklyn Nets and the team's incredible fans is his number one priority and he is excited to head into the playoffs tomorrow with this situation behind him."

TMZ broke the story ... Kris settled his divorce beef with Kim and walked away with nothing -- he didn't get the annulment he sought and didn't get a penny.

Kim K/Kris H

OFFICIALLY DIVORCED

4/19/2013 9:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Kim Kardashian
is officially a single woman ... because the judge dissolved her marriage to Kris Humphries in today's court hearing ... and we've learned Kris walked away with NOTHING.

Here's what sources connected with the case tell TMZ:

-- Kris gets NO money from Kim.  As we've reported ... he had previously demanded $7 mil.

-- Kris dropped his demand for an annulment based on fraud.

-- Each party will pay their own attorney's fees.

This is not just a settlement. It's a WIN for Kim and her lawyer, disso-queen Laura Wasser.

The judge sent 2 different messages -- on the one hand saying the status of the marriage was dissolved, but then said it's over when they sign the official papers.  But it seems like she's officially divorced, especially since the judge said to Kim, "Congratulations on your dissolution."

One final thing.  The judge was about to slap Kris with a financial penalty for being a no-show at last week's hearing, but Kim asked the court to drop it, and Kris skated.

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Kim K & Kris H

DIVORCE CASE SETTLED!

4/19/2013 7:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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-- The judge just announced in court what we told you earlier today. The divorce case is settled. The terms have not been disclosed, but the big news for Humphries ... he won't have to pay any penalties for blowing off last week's settlement conference.

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TMZ has learned Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian have settled their year-and-a-half long divorce battle, and it looks like it will be announced in court today ... this according to sources directly connected with Kris.

TMZ broke the story Thursday ... Kris had softened his position about demanding an annulment because his case had gone South -- in other words, there was no proof Kim committed fraud when she married him.

Our sources say Kris will not show up in court today.  Sources connected with the bballer tell us ... he's with his team today, gearing up for the NBA playoffs.  This is significant, because Kris was ordered to court -- a judge wants him there when he gets hit with fines for not showing up last week.

We're told Kim will show up.

As for the settlement, it's confidential so far, but you can bet this was a divorce and NOT an annulment.

To put this in perspective, the divorce battle raged on for 536 days.  They were married for 72 days.

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Kim Kardashian

'Excited' To See

Kris Humphries

4/19/2013 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Kris Humphries
has made Kim Kardashian's life miserable for the last year-and-a-half -- but Kim is actually excited to see him in court today ... and even says she still loves him.

Kim and Kris will face off in court for the first time since their split on Halloween weekend, 2011.  They're in court for a settlement conference ... and as we reported it's possible they could strike an agreement before leaving the building.

Sources very close to Kim tell TMZ ... Kim is actually looking forward to seeing him.  She's saying she does indeed still love him as a person, acknowledging, "We just didn't work as a couple."

We're told Kim has actually reached out to Kris numerous times, but he never responded.

Kim is saying they have "unfinished business" and need to talk things out so they can truly move on.

Who knows if it's possible?  What we do know is that Kris has softened his position on demanding an annulment ... largely because he sees the handwriting on the wall -- that he's going to lose at trial.  If he does, he'll almost certainly get socked with Kim's attorney's fees.   The bill on both sides will approach $1 mil if they can't settle.

We'll be in court, so stay tuned.

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Kim K/Kris Humphries Divorce

POSSIBLE SETTLEMENT!!!

4/18/2013 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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4/19/2013  9:16 AM PT -- And now it's official ... Kim and Kris are officially divorced.

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Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries could settle their never-ending divorce case as early as tomorrow ... TMZ has learned.

The fleeting lovebirds are both ordered to appear in court tomorrow for a settlement conference.  The big hang-up is that Kris has been fighting for an annulment based on alleged fraud, and Kim has steadfastly refused to go down that road.  She wants a clean, simple divorce.

Sources close to Kris say there are various factors that are softening his position, including:

-- There's an ironclad prenup, if the case goes to trial Kris will get NO money from Kim (although as we previously reported Kris has demanded $7 mil from her -- good luck with that).

-- After all the depositions and legal docs flying back and forth, no evidence has surfaced showing Kim defrauded Kris -- and that goes to the heart of his claim.

-- Kris is about to get nailed with monetary sanctions for being a no-show at the last hearing and, in the process, he's pissed off the judge who would be presiding over the divorce trial.

-- If the case goes to trial and Kris loses, he could be in the hole for as much as a million bucks in attorney's fees.  Sources tell us each side has already racked up $300k in lawyer's fees, and they'll spend another $200k if the case goes to trial.  We broke the story, if the case goes to trial and Kim wins, she'll ask the judge to make Kris pay HER lawyer's fees.

Our sources say it's by no means a done deal that the case is going to settle tomorrow, but as one source put it, "Kris is opening his eyes a little bit, and what he sees doesn't look good."

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Kim Kardashian

Wins Big Legal Victory

Against Kris Humphries

4/15/2013 10:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Kim Kardashian
has undeniably had problems with males, but not mails ... because she just blocked Kris Humphries from getting his hands on her personal writings.

Kim's lawyer, disso-queen Laura Wasser, was in court this AM ... objecting to Kris' demand to see various emails Kim sent on some closed accounts.  The hearing was supposed to go down May 2, but Kris' lawyer asked the judge today to hear it today ... the judge said no.

Here's Kris' problem ... The trial is supposed to start on May 6.  Even if the judge orders her to turn over the emails when Kris' motion is heard on May 2 ... she'd have 10 days to deliver the goods.  By then the divorce case will be over.  Translation -- even if Kris wins, he loses.

And that's all she wrote.

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Kris Humphries

Judge Rips Kim's Hubby

New A-Hole For Being No-Show

4/12/2013 12:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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If Kris Humphries were listening closely from New York, he could have heard a California judge screaming at his lawyer in court -- because Kris blew off a mandatory court appearance -- and it's worse than we first thought.

As we reported ... the settlement conference was scheduled for 8:30 AM today, but sources connected with Kris told TMZ ... he was stuck in New York.  We're told in court today ... Judge Goldberg went nuclear, saying Kris could have caught a flight and that he mocked and disrespected the court.

Judge Goldberg was so pissed ... he set a sanction hearing -- meaning Kris may be hit with fines for being a no-show.

There was obviously no settlement reached today ... We're told both Kim and Kris must appear on the 19th for a pre-trial readiness/settlement conference.  Kris better show.

Kim, on the other hand, was in court ... she answered all the judge's questions.  Score one for Kardashian.

And if that wasn't enough ... she looked like a (pregnant) rock star when she left the building.


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Kris Humphries

I'd Miss NBA Playoffs ...

To Screw Kim in Court

2/17/2013 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Kris Humphries
is so hell-bent on humiliating Kim Kardashian ... he's willing to screw over his team and risk the NBA championship ... just to face off with her in court.

A judge has set a May 6th trial date for K & K's long-awaited showdown. Kim has wanted a simple divorce for nearly a year-and-a-half, but Kris wants an annulment on grounds she allegedly defrauded him ... he also wants to prove her reality show is fake. 

Problem is  ... Kris' team, the Brooklyn Nets, are on track to score a spot in the 2013 Playoffs -- which run from April 20th to June 20th.

Since the trial could last 2-3 days ... Kris has several options:

1. Settle the case BEFORE it goes to trial so he can play in the playoffs.
2. Play in Playoff games but miss the trial. It can go on without him, though it puts him at a handicap.
3. Go to the trial and let his team down

Sources close to Kris tell TMZ ... the NBA'er has already made up his mind -- if the Nets make the playoffs, and the trial falls on game days ... he'll ditch the games.

Now the really stupid part.  There's no way Kris is going to win this trial.  The judge will grant the divorce and Kris will get no money, because of the prenup (and the fact the marriage lasted 72 days).   As for what Kris will risk ... his 2-year, $24 million contract.

What's that saying? Bros before ... ?

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Kris Humphries

The Getting Over Kim Tour

Keeps on Rolling

2/2/2013 11:28 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0202-tmz-kris-humphriesKris Humphries only had one point during last night's Brooklyn Nets game, but saved his real scoring for afterward ... where he landed a hot chick at a NYC nightclub.

Humphries was spotted leaving a club called Finale at around 3:00 AM ... arm-in-arm with a new squeeze. We're told Kris came to the club with a group of friends, but was only talking to this girl all night.

Our spies inside the club say Kris and the girl were very affectionate and dancing together the entire time and Kris went out of his way to avoid pics while inside. After the pics were taken, we're told the pair got into a cab and drove off.

Sources close to Kris tell TMZ they don't know who the girl is, but said she is definitely "not his girlfriend."

Careful Kris, remember your last not-a-girlfriend?

Phil Jackson Engagement

Technical Foul

for 'Sexist' Headline?

1/5/2013 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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One second we're all toasting Phil Jackson and Jeanie Buss' engagement -- the next someone's blowing the whistle on a possibly, maybe tiny bit sexist headline. Hmm ... wonder who wrote that?

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Phil Jackson to GF

Will You Be My Asst Coach

... For Life?

1/3/2013 5:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Former LA Lakers coach Phil Jackson has finally popped the question to his longtime girlfriend Jeanie Buss -- after 12 years of dating -- but the real question ... could this affect the Zen Master's possible coaching gig with the Brooklyn Nets?

Our Lakers source tells us the engagement went down on Christmas day, but Jeanie -- daughter of Lakers owner Jerry Buss -- didn't reveal the ring until moments ago.

She posted a pic of the huge rock on Twitter with the caption ...  "Phil finally gave me that ring I wanted!"

Jeanie Buss Engagement Ring

Jeanie obviously has massive Lakers connections -- however Phil's currently being courted to take over as head coach of the Nets ... which might be a conflict of interest.

So we gotta ask ...

Nets Star Joe Johnson

Dumping ATL Mansion

After Trade to Brooklyn

10/13/2012 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Former Atlanta Hawks star Joe Johnson wasn't too attached to his GINORMOUS Georgia mansion -- TMZ has learned he listed the place for $4.7 mil after he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets.

Johnson purchased the massive 13,822 square-foot-pad back in 2005 for $3.8 mil -- the same year he signed with the Hawks. Fast forward to 2012 ... Johnson is traded to Brooklyn under a $119-million contract and it's sayonara GA.

The 7-bedroom, 9-bath crib is pretty AMAZING too ... 10-foot-high ceilings ...sleek modern decor ... movie theater ... massive game room ... infinity edge pool and spa. Plus, it sits on almost 2 acres of land.

Not gonna find that in Park Slope.

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