Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky the Mountain Lion's motionless body was lowered from the Pepsi Center ceiling last night before their home opener ... but the big mystery is why.
The plan called for Rocky to be lowered from the rafters with a spotlight on him ... but when his descent to the floor began -- Rocky didn't move a muscle ... and instantly collapsed when he touched the ground.
According to reports ... the guy in the suit was checked out right after and walked off the court on his own, but so far ... the team has been hush-hush on what happened.
Good news -- the team should have Rocky back for their next game.
Bad news -- the team got their asses kicked by the Blazers.
NBA Star Ty Lawson
On Dom. Violence Arrest:
'Ashley's My Baby'
8/22/2013 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Denver Nuggets superstar Ty Lawson tells TMZ ... everything is HUNKY DORY between him and his pregnant GF Ashley King ... despite the fact they were both arrested for domestic violence last weekend.
"That's my baby," Lawson told us last night on his way out of Sound nightclub in L.A.
As we previously reported, Lawson is accused of pushing King (an ex-member of the "Bad Girls Club") ... and King is accused of trying to break Lawson's phone during an explosive argument at his Denver home.
The two spent 3 days in jail ... (did we mention King is PREGNANT?) ... but have patched things up and insist they are committed to moving forward with their relationship.
Both Lawson and King are due in front of a judge on Friday to be arraigned -- and Lawson tells us he's looking forward to his day in court.
Ty Lawson & Ashley King
Arrest Was a Mistake ...
We're Working It Out
8/20/2013 5:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Denver Nuggets player Ty Lawson and his girlfriend say their domestic violence arrests this past weekend were a GIANT misunderstanding -- and they're still together.
Ty and "Bad Girls Club" star Ashley King spent 3 days in jail after being arrested Saturday morning for domestic violence, stemming from a fight at Ty's Denver home.
Now sources close to the couple tell TMZ ... they simply had a bad night and the arrest was a misunderstanding. They are back at home, still together and focused on moving forward.
Ty and Ashley are due back in court Friday for their arraignment -- when they're hoping to put the entire case behind them.
Ty Lawson's Preggo GF
He Shoved Me
8/20/2013 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Denver Nuggets star Ty Lawson allegedly shoved his pregnant girlfriend before he was arrested for domestic violence on Saturday, this according to the police report -- but the girlfriend was arrested too.
According to the report, police were called to Lawson's Denver home around 9AM Saturday morning in response to a report of a domestic argument involving Lawson and his gf Ashley Pettiford -- aka Ashley King from "Bad Girls Club" -- who is six months pregnant.
When they arrived, Pettiford was crying, and explained that she and Lawson had been arguing because she overheard him talking to another woman on his phone the night before.
She told police she tried to pack her things to leave Lawson because she'd had enough, but he stopped her and pushed her onto their bed. She says she responded by throwing his phone and breaking it. Lawson then allegedly grabbed her phone and dunked it under water.
Pettiford said she knew her baby was okay despite the incident because she felt it moving afterward, but Lawson was still placed under arrest on suspicion of domestic violence, as well as criminal mischief (for throwing Pettiford's phone) and harassment.
Pettiford was arrested for criminal mischief (for destroying Lawson's phone) and domestic violence. They have both since been released on $1,000 bond.
NBA Star Kenneth Faried
Let's Talk About My Giant ...
7/17/2013 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NBA Star Kenneth Faried
My Dong Is
7/17/2013 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
OK ... this video is INSANE -- but in a good way ... a way that's going to make you laugh, make you shake your head, laugh again ... and then wonder, "What the hell did I just watch?"
The star of the video is Denver Nuggets superstar Kenneth Faried -- who also happens to be on the cover of the ESPN body issue ... the one with all the naked athletes.
The 23-year-old was leaving Lure nightclub in Hollywood last night -- and seemed a little boozy (but in a playful way) ... when things quickly spun out of control.
First -- our guy had no idea who Kenneth was (so Kenneth messed with him and told him he's a soccer player ... pretty funny).
As Kenneth continues to mess with our guy, one of the NBA star's friends whips out the ESPN mag ... and our photog finally puts 2 and 2 together. It's hilarious.
And that's when the REAL fun begins ... with our photog asking about the naked photo shoot:
Photog: Were you nervous in the nude?
Kenneth: No! My d**k is big!!!
Kenneth then holds up the cover and starts musing on and on about his physique ... "I'm a SEXY INDIVIDUAL. Look at that s**t. You see that s**t? Look at them yams! Look at them abs!"
KF also says he's down to do Playgirl ... but there's a catch.
The best part of the encounter ... Kenneth took the responsible route home -- and got into a waiting SUV.
Love this guy.
NBA Star JaVale McGee
I've Got a RIDDLE for You!!!!
5/22/2013 9:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The only thing Denver Nuggets star JaVale McGee likes more than a goofy outfit ... IS A GREAT RIDDLE ... and last night, he challenged TMZ to a quality brainteaser right on the street!
Here's the deal ... McGee was leaving Crustacean in L.A. last night when one of our photogs hit up the 7-footer with a bunch of random, weird questions ... like, "How much would your $44 million contract weigh in gold bars?"
McGee didn't like the fact he didn't know the answer ... so he totally turned the tables -- and asked a riddle of his own!
The whole exchange is pretty funny ... our photog's a goofball, JaVale's a goofball -- turned out to be a pretty hilarious encounter.
Denver Nuggets Star
1/7/2013 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Los Angeles Lakers STINK ... THEY SUCK ... NOT GOOD ... this according to someone who would know, Denver Nuggets star Ty Lawson.
Just a few hours after Ty and the Nuggets beat up the Lake Show in L.A. last night, Lawson celebrated in Hollywood ... and talked some serious trash about the purple and gold.
"We bust they ass," Lawson said ... adding, "I told Kobe, we gonna bust they ass and they gonna deal with it ... Easy work!"
But when it came to that OTHER team from L.A., Lawson gave props where props were due -- "The Clippers are dope as hell, I ain't gonna lie."
Nuggets Tried to Put
Words in Our Mouth
5/21/2009 6:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It looks like the only person who doesn't know Vince McMahon hates the owner of the Denver Nuggets is the owner of the Denver Nuggets -- and the proof is in an unreleased press release we just got our mitts on.
Before a deal had been made regarding the stadium dispute, the unreleased draft was written by Kroenke Sports and submitted to the WWE for their approval to send out to the media. It contained the following pre-written, butt-kissing, "quote" from Vince McMahon -- a quote Vince claims he never, ever said:
"By all accounts, Mr. Kroenke is one of the most respected professional sports team owners in the world, and the professional way he and his staff good-naturedly handled this conflict gives further testament to the type of business leader he is. We look forward to Sunday's WWE event and future events at the Pepsi Center."
We all know Vince had different things to say about Kroenke.
LaLa -- Racist Mavericks Fans Attacked Me First
5/12/2009 6:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Carmelo Anthony's fiance LaLa Vazquez has released a statement claiming racial taunts and violent threats from Dallas Mavericks fans incited her at last night's NBA playoff game:
"Obviously the play-off games bring out the best and the worst in fans but what happened on Monday night with the racial slurs/threats, verbal attacks on my son and physical attacks to myself by irate fans was unacceptable. The fans were totally out of control.
What the cameras captured was me defending myself and didn't show the abuse that was taking place."
Footage shot at last night's game showed LaLa cursing and getting hostile as security tried to escort her out of the stands.
The Mavs and the Nugs are set to face off again tomorrow night.