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Donald Trump Presses Cavs Owner On LeBron James ... At White House

6/28/2017 12:19 PM PDT
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Even President Donald Trump wants to know what's going on with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers ... so, he went right to the owner and asked him. 

Dan Gilbert happened to be at the White House Wednesday -- along with the Chicago Cubs (who are in town to play the Nationals) and Trump brought them all together for a high level introduction.

While introducing Gilbert to guys like Joe Maddon, Kris Bryant, Jon Lester and others ... he turned to Gilbert and asked how he's doing with LeBron James

It appeared Gilbert responded, "Good, yeah."

Interesting situation for two reasons -- First, Bron isn't a Trump fan. Second, there's talk LeBron could leave Cleveland after next season.

Gilbert didn't drop any bombshells ... it was just interesting watching him handle that situation.

Still, Trump enjoyed himself -- and then went on to talk about health care.

Kourtney Kardashian, Mason Disick Still Rooting For Aunt Khloe's BF

6/21/2017 6:57 AM PDT

Mason Disick is no fair-weather fan because he's still wearing Tristan Thompson's No. 13 jersey.

Kourtney Kardashian and her 8-year-old tag teamed it Tuesday in Calabasas both looking sporty.

We're guessing Mason's jersey was a gift from Aunt Khloe, who's been dating Thompson since last Summer. His aunt's bf pick clearly came with perks, including seats to Finals games.

Could be worse ... like still rooting for the Lakers during last year's 26-56 season.

NBA Covers Up Flubbed Finals Merch … Warriors in 6?

6/14/2017 9:13 AM PDT
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Moments after the Warriors beat the Cavs, the official NBA Store was selling a 2017 Finals pin commemorating how Golden State took the series 4 games to 2. 

Problem ... considering that's not how it went down. 

At first, we thought the 4-2 was a reference to the #42 the team rocked on their jerseys this season in memory of Warriors legend Nate Thurmond who passed away last year. 

But today, we noticed the 4-2 pin had been changed -- and now sports a 1-4, a clear reference to the number of games each team won in the Finals. 

The whole thing begs the question ... WAS THE NBA IN ON A CONSPIRACY TO EXTEND THE SERIES TO 6 GAMES FOR RATINGS?!?!?!

Probably not ... but the pin -- and the refs -- didn't do the league any favors. 

We reached out to the NBA for comment -- no word back. 

Jim Brown Praises LeBron James 'Nothing But Admiration for Him'

6/12/2017 8:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jim Brown is a huge fan of LeBron James -- saying he's not only a "great champion" ... but a hero off the court. 

We saw the Cleveland Browns legend at LAX Monday and asked for his thoughts on LeBron's home getting vandalized with racist graffiti. Brown boiled it down to a matter of right and wrong. 

Then Brown showered the Cavs star with praise -- and shot down any comparison to himself of Muhammad Ali ... saying quite simply, "He's the LeBron [of his time]."

Cleveland Police Dept. Throws Shade at Golden State

6/7/2017 3:30 PM PDT
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Cleveland PD doesn't care their beloved Cavs are down 0-2 ... they're still talkin' smack.

Here's what the CPD just tweeted out to fans going to Game 3 tonight in The Land. 

"No backpacks permitted in Q Arena or at FanFest for tonight's @cavs vs. what's their face's game."

Shaaaaaaaaade. 

Game 3 starts in a few hours. 

NBA's Ty Lawson Warriors Won't Sweep Cleveland

6/7/2017 7:47 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Don't get the brooms outta the closet just yet! At least one NBA star thinks the Cavs can win a game against the dominating Warriors in the NBA Finals.

Ty Lawson was out in Hollywood Tuesday night when we asked about LeBron James being down 0-2 to Steph Curry and Kevin Durant ... and although the Kings PG predicts GSW will take home the title, he says it won't be a cakewalk.

It's been a tough start for the Cavs so far -- losing Game 1 and 2 by a total of 41 points -- but at least there's hope.

Kinda.

LeBron James Defended By Emmett Till's Family ... Name Drop Was OK By Us

6/7/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

LeBron James wasn't wrong in invoking Emmett Till's name when discussing racist vandalism at his home, so says Till's cousin who told TMZ Sports she doesn't get the criticism of the King.

James used Till's name during a news conference where he addressed the incident, comparing his public discussion of the crime to Till's mother using an open casket to show the world her son's battered body.

The comparison immediately drew the ire of those who said LeBron had no right likening his situation to one of the most horrific incidences of racial violence ever. 

We spoke to Deborah Watts, Till's cousin and co-founder of the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation, and she told us she has no issue with LeBron's choice of words.

"I don't understand the criticism. What he did in using his platform was very, very powerful, and I really appreciate his courage."

Watts went on to clarify very strongly that while LeBron's incident was nowhere near the level of Till's, it warranted a strong public response ... especially now. 

"Is it lynching the way Emmett was murdered and killed? No. Was it a part of an environment that created an opportune time for people to feel like they could do it? Yes."

LeBron James Snatches Kobe's Sole ... for Cavs Practice

6/6/2017 11:54 AM PDT
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LeBron James is turning to Kobe Bryant for a little help in the NBA Finals -- rockin' the Mamba's signature Nike shoes in preparation for Game 3. 

King James showed up to Cavs practice at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland wearing the Barcelona Kobe 11s instead of his own signature Nikes.

No word on why Bron picked the sneakers -- maybe hoping Kobe's playoff swag rubs off on him. 

Hey, at this point ... try anything, right?! 

Kevin Hart I'm Friends with Bron & Durant But I'm Rooting For ...

6/5/2017 11:33 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kevin Hart's in a tough position -- he's friends with LeBron James AND Kevin Durant. But he knows when it comes to the NBA Finals, he can only really root for one of 'em.

Don't worry, Kev -- who was in NYC promoting his new book -- actually picks a side in the big Cleveland Cavs vs. Golden State Warriors matchup ... though he does it in such a smooth, politically correct way, he won't lose a friend over it. 

Or will he?

Neymar Bros Out with KD, Draymond ... After NBA Finals

6/5/2017 6:29 AM PDT
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Here's some GREAT footage of soccer superstar Neymar in a V.I.P. meeting with Kevin Durant and Draymond Green after the Warriors beat down the Cavs on Sunday. 

The Brazilian soccer superstar -- considered one of top players in the world -- touched down in L.A. last week and has been hanging with Odell Beckham Jr. all weekend. 

They decided to take in some hoops ... and, of course, sat right on the floor. 

We're guessing Neymar wanted to meet LeBron James, too ... but he probably wasn't in a great mood. 

Gilbert Arenas NBA Finals Advice Bet On LeBron!!

6/1/2017 2:21 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Listen up, sports bettors ... Ex-NBA star Gilbert Arenas is about to make you a lot of money!! ... Maybe.

The man who claims to have put HALF A MILLION DOLLARS on the Cleveland Cavs to win the NBA Finals last year is doubling down on LeBron James and Co. ... telling TMZ Sports, "you can't bet against the King."

Agent 0's clearly not worried about Golden State adding Kevin Durant this past offseason ... and even drops a fun fact about ring chasing free agents switching teams and their luck in the playoffs.

Cleveland Cavs Steak Night Turn Up ... Before NBA Finals

6/1/2017 11:38 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

LeBron James and the Cavs went big the night before Game 1 of the NBA Finals -- teaming up for a big dinner at a famous S.F. steakhouse ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

The team hit up EPIC Steak -- the same place SF Giants star Hunter Pence had his crazy "Game of Thrones" themed wedding last year. 

James and the rest of the team ate like kings -- feasting on steak, shrimp, meatballs, filet mignon and wild striped bass. 

We're told some of the players had wine to compliment the meal -- but don't freak out, no one got even remotely close to being lit. They left around 11:30. 

After dinner, the guys were in a great mood -- dancing and singing as a team -- before getting back on the team bus.

No word on what the Warriors had for dinner ... 

LeBron James L.A. Home Vandalized With N-Word Graffiti ... Hate Crime

5/31/2017 8:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

An L.A. home owned by LeBron James was the target of a hate crime -- someone spray painted the n-word on the front gate and detectives are now investigating, cops tell TMZ Sports.

Here's what we know ... multiple LAPD units and a neighborhood patrol vehicle responded to the home early Wednesday morning. We're told the word was scrawled on the outer gate.

We're told investigators are looking for security footage from neighbors which may show the perpetrator.

Records show LeBron bought the house back in 2015 but it does not appear he lives there on any regular basis.

The graffiti has since been covered up.

We're told LeBron was not at the home at the time of the incident -- he's presumably in the Bay Area gearing up for Game 1 of the NBA Finals, which starts Thursday.

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