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LiAngelo Ball Hanging at Dad's Hoops League ... Instead of NBA Draft

6/21/2018 5:42 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

LiAngelo Ball -- who strongly believes he'll be drafted by an NBA team -- is NOT currently at an NBA Draft party. Instead, he's at a big event for his dad's new basketball league.

The former UCLA/Lithuanian league player was courtside at LaVar's JBA season opener at Citizen's Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA.

Remember, 'Gelo previously told us he was getting strong interest from NBA teams -- which may be the case -- but there's no draft fanfare like there was for Lonzo last year ... when he was selected as the second overall pic in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Speaking of Lonzo, he was also at the JBA event, along with his pregnant GF, Denise Garcia

As for LaVar ... there's plenty of support at the JBA opener from close friends and family members -- but, to be honest, the arena is pretty empty.

Obviously, this is just the beginning for LaVar -- if the games are good and the talent is real ... his amateur hoops league has a shot.

Michael Nesmith Monkees Guitarist Hospitalized ... Tour Dates Canceled

6/21/2018 3:53 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

5:45 PM PT -- A rep for The Monkees tells TMZ ... Michael did not collapse during the band's soundcheck -- he had a minor health issue before he even made it to the venue. We're told the issue's not serious, but he was advised to rest for the next week.

The rep adds, the remaining 4 dates on The Monkees Present: The Mike & Mickey Show tour have been postponed until a later date ... and Michael's in good spirits and heading back home.

Michael Nesmith, guitarist for The Monkees, fell ill while preparing to hit the stage for a concert in Pennsylvania ... TMZ has learned.

We're told 75-year-old Nesmith collapsed to the ground during the band's soundcheck Thursday afternoon at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA. Michael was not unconscious, but he was rushed to a hospital.

His rep says Michael's already been discharged, but it's unclear what the medical emergency was that prompted his hospitalization.

The Monkees -- famous for their hits, "Daydream Believer," "I'm a Believer" and "Last Train to Clarksville" -- were in the middle of a national tour, and were set to perform at 8 PM ET. The venue has announced the show's been postponed "due to illness." 

However, reps for the band tell us the rest of the tour -- 3 more dates in NY and NJ -- has been canceled.

'Revenge of the Nerds' Star Allegedly Attacked Wife Before Death

6/21/2018 3:26 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The estate of Bernie Casey -- a former NFL-star-turned actor -- is being sued by a woman claiming to be his widow, who alleges the 78-year-old violently tackled her to the ground just 1 week before his death. 

The woman behind the suit is Cheryl Castillo -- who claims she and Bernie lived together in L.A. as husband and wife ... but things went south during an altercation on Sept. 10. 

According to her lawsuit, Castillo claims she was having an argument with Casey over their cars, when he suddenly grabbed her by the arm and tackled her to the ground "as though [she] was a football player."

Before Casey starred in movies like "Revenge of the Nerds" and "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" -- he was a Pro Bowl wide receiver for the L.A. Rams back in the '60s. 

Castillo claims she suffered injuries from the alleged attack and wants Casey's estate to fork over some big money to make things right.

Casey died on Sept. 19 after suffering a stroke. Castillo believes his health conditions affected his mental ability in the last years of his life. 

Justin Bieber Yep, Ring on THAT Finger But No, I'm Not Married!

6/21/2018 2:52 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber put a ring on it -- on HIS finger, anyway ... but chill, Beliebers. He ain't married yet.

Sources close to the Biebs tell TMZ ... Justin wanted to play a prank on paps by slipping a band on his left ring finger. He figured he'd sit back and watch the internet explode -- and that's pretty much what happened. Fans who posed with him wondered if he'd gotten hitched to Hailey Baldwin

Our Bieber sources say it was all in good fun and, as of now, there are zero plans for a wedding -- Justin and Hailey are still just enjoying each other's company.

Ted Cruz Kimmel's Mouth Wrote Checks His Ass Couldn't Cash!

6/21/2018 2:27 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ted Cruz says he's still fired up about beating Jimmy Kimmel in their 1-on-1 basketball game over the weekend ... especially after all that trash Jimmy talked before, during and after the game!

"Jimmy is very good at smack talk," Cruz tells TMZ Sports ... "He did smack talk all during the game. He did smack talk the whole week before the game. But at the end of the day, you gotta go to the court and you gotta perform!"

The two had clashed Saturday at the Blobfish Basketball Classic -- which raised more than $80k for Texas Children's Hospital and Generation One, a Houston-based education nonprofit. 

"We had a lot of fun," Cruz said ... "It was not pretty, but thankfully we got the W."

So ... rematch?

YG Sued for Vegas Beating & Robbery

6/21/2018 2:22 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

YG had his goons beat up a fan, before the rapper himself snatched some jewelry off the guy ... at least that's what the fan claims in a new lawsuit.

The fan says he spotted YG last month at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and asked him for a pic. He says the rapper refused and started cursing at him -- and, as he was walking away, he claims YG told his crew to "get him."

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, the guy says the next thing he knew ... he was surrounded by YG's pals, who punched him in the face and held him down. He says he was totally out of it when YG stepped up and grabbed his gold chain and diamond-laced pendant.

He claims YG and co. immediately fled the scene. He's suing YG for assault, battery and theft ... and wants at least $250,000. He's also going after the Cosmo for inadequate security.

Jim Jones Busted for Drugs, Gun Possession ... Chased Down by Cops

6/21/2018 1:10 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jim Jones is facing a handful of charges after he and friends led Georgia cops on a chase that ended with him getting busted for possession of drugs and a handgun ... TMZ has learned.

The NYC rapper was a backseat passenger in a car cops pulled over Thursday night in Cowetta County. According to the Sheriff's Dept., instead of stopping, the car accelerated and cops gave chase. During the chase, the car struck a deputy's vehicle ... and finally stopped.

We're told Jones and three others were in the car. After a search, deputies found marijuana, oxycodone, Percocet, vape cartridges, THC oil, 2 loaded pistols and cash ... which Jones called "just petty cash." 

One of the pistols was stolen, according to cops. Neither Jones nor his friends admitted possession of any of the items ... but Jones said he had a prescription for the Oxy and Percocet pills. Jones also told cops he told the driver to pull over, but she was acting "incoherent."

Since no one claimed the paraphernalia ... everyone was busted. Jones was charged for possession of the stolen gun, possession of a firearm during commission of a crime and possession of narcotics ... all felonies. He also got a misdemeanor for the prescription pills not being in their original container.

Jones was released on $7,000 bail.

'Kill the Kardashians' Shirt Guy I'm a Hater ... That Family Flaunts Fur

6/21/2018 1:04 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The buff hottie Kendall Jenner encountered at the grocery store -- wearing a shirt suggesting her family should be killed -- has been ID'd ... and his contempt for the Kardashians is real.

TMZ has learned the guy with the jacked arms is Jason Christopher, and he tells us he had the shirt custom made a few years ago ... because he's not down with the Kardashian crew's affinity for wearing fur.

Jason says he's a vegan and an animal lover, and his shirt is simply a way to protest the family's values.

As we reported ... Kendall was out to grab some milk at the market Wednesday when she saw Jason and his "Kill the Kardashians" shirt and shared a video of him on her IG, which quickly went viral.

Interesting note -- this isn't the first time he's made headlines. In January 2016, he was reunited with his stolen dog, Bronson, a Chihuahua who was famous for appearing in a 2014 Scrubbing Bubbles commercial.

Ex-'Real Housewives of OC' Star Alexis Bellino's Husband Files for Divorce

6/21/2018 12:47 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Alexis Bellino is on her way to becoming single, though she didn't have a choice ... 'cause her husband filed for divorce.

According to docs, obtained by TMZ ... the former 'Real Housewives of OC' star's husband, Jim, filed legal docs on Thursday to end the marriage. He cites irreconcilable differences. They got married on April 16, 2005 and list "TBD" on their date of separation.

Jim asks for joint legal and physical custody of their 3 kids, but he wants her to pay spousal support. This will be her second divorce. Alexis -- who joined 'Real Housewives' in season 5, but left the show in 2013 -- married her college sweetheart in 2002, but divorced in 2004.

Steve Nash It's Not Dwight Howard's Fault ... It's The NBA

6/21/2018 11:46 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Dwight Howard being traded around the NBA isn't because he's a crappy teammate ... so says ex-teammate Steve Nash, who tells TMZ Sports Howard's city jumping is just the way the league is now.

Dwight is on his way to Brooklyn (who reportedly will buy out his contract, so we don't know where he's going), his fourth team in four years -- a lot of stops for a future Hall of Famer.

There are some rumors that Howard might have worn out his welcome with teammates in Charlotte, something that's been said in some of his past stops as well.

Nash says that's not it at all ... telling our guy players moving around is just the way the association is now.

"That's the modern NBA. Guys change teams all the time, it's not uncommon."

True ... but still, four teams in four years and not knowing where he's headed now? Howard might want to get some Edible Arrangements for his new squad.

Willie McGinest Chill, Falcons T.O. Training Julio Is A Good Thing

6/21/2018 11:26 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Willie McGinest has some advice for the Atlanta Falcons brass ... RELAX ... saying anyone in ATL's front office who's miffed Julio Jones is training with T.O. is wrong -- because it's actually a good idea.

Jones and Owens have been working out together this offseason, and there are reports that some of the higher-ups in Atlanta are concerned Terrell might rub off on Julio a little bit.

Willie says that would actually be a GOOD thing ... telling our guy at LAX, Owens has a lot of positive things to offer a stud receiver like Jones.

"Training with Terrell Owens I don't think is a bad thing. T.O. was one of the hardest working guys in the NFL and never had a problem with his work ethic or being in shape."

Get your popcorn ready, Falcons ... oh, BTW ... PAY JULIO JONES.

Kate Spade Anxiety Meds, No Illegal Drugs Found At Death Scene

6/21/2018 8:19 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cops investigating Kate Spade's suicide found a variety of anxiety meds at her death scene, but no illegal drugs ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us NYPD officers combing through Kate's Park Avenue home came across the anxiety meds, which were prescribed to the designer. We don't know yet if Kate had taken any of the medications before she took her life.

Our sources say detectives did not come across any illegal narcotics in the home.

TMZ broke the story ... Spade had fallen into a state of depression in the months leading up to her death after her husband, Andy Spade, had asked for a divorce. The couple was living separately but, according to Andy, still had dinners and took vacations together with their 13-year-old daughter. 

Kate's funeral is being held Thursday in Kansas City, Missouri ... where she was born and raised. 

XXXTentacion Cops Have Arrest Warrants for 3 Suspects

6/21/2018 7:26 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cops believe 3 people were involved in the murder of XXXTentacion ... because TMZ has learned there are THREE arrest warrants issued in the case.

As we reported, Dedrick D. Williams was arrested Wednesday night in South Florida for first-degree murder of the 20-year-old rapper.

A court clerk tells TMZ, there are 2 other arrest warrants that have been signed by a judge. As far as we know, the 2 suspects have not been taken into custody ... yet.

TMZ broke the story ... XXX was gunned down in his car outside a motorcycle shop in Pompano Beach. We don't know if the killers had any connection to XXX or if it was a robbery. There are indications that it was the latter, because one of the killers stole XXX's Louis Vuitton bag.

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