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Ben Simmons' Sister Calls for Bro to Destroy Lonzo Ball

5/18/2017 6:59 AM PDT
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Ben Simmons may be a quiet guy ... but his SISTER is firing shots at Lonzo and LaVar Ball

Olivia Simmons is clearly fed up with the media circus surrounding the Big Baller Brand family ... and called upon her Philadelphia 76ers star brother to personally shut them up.

"I hope my brother dunks on Lonzo Ball so hard next year that his daddy runs on the court to help him up."

Yikes.

Guess this means Ben won't be wearing the ZO2s next season?

Nick & Aaron Carter's Dad Died of Heart Attack ... Family Believes

5/17/2017 3:43 PM PDT
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Nick and Aaron Carter's father complained of chest pains and had twitching in his arm before he went to bed and never woke up ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the family tell us ... all signs point to Bob Carter suffering a heart attack when he died Tuesday night. We're told he was working a lot around the house and was out in the hot Florida sun when the chest pains started.

Our sources say the family's grateful everyone was on good terms with Bob.

As we reported ... Nick and Aaron both shared messages about their father's death on Wednesday.

Shaq to Lakers: Don't Be Afraid to Draft Lonzo ... He's Dope

5/17/2017 12:13 PM PDT
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Shaq says the Lakers shouldn't let LaVar Ball scare them off from taking Lonzo Ball with their #2 pic ... 'cause despite the media circus that follows the Big Baller, his kid's game is "fabulous."

The Big Diesel hasn't always been the biggest fan of the Ball clan -- he publicly dissed the price of Lonzo's new shoe ... saying $495 was way too much for kids to pay.

That was then ... because O'Neal had nothing but kind words to say about Zo when we got him out in NYC, telling our guy he's not sure what the Lake Show will do with the pick, but Ball isn't a bad idea.

So, LaVar ... truce?

Nick & Aaron Carter Father Dead at 65

5/17/2017 10:42 AM PDT
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11:52 AM PT -- Aaron just shared a message as well, saying, "My heart is broken, we are so hurt we lost you poppa way too soon. You were never human to me, you were always my real life super hero."

11:20 AM PT -- Nick just tweeted about his dad's death, saying, "I am heartbroken to share the news that our father, Robert, passed away last night."Nick and Aaron Carter's father has died ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected to the family tell us Bob Carter died Tuesday night in Florida. He was 65, and right now there are very few details about the cause of death. In a tweet he later deleted, Aaron said something about his father being found unconscious. 

Bob was on the family's reality show, "House of Carters" ... featuring the Backstreet Boys singer, Aaron and their 3 other siblings -- Leslie, Angel and Bobbie.

This is yet another tragedy for the Carters. You'll recall Leslie died at the age of 25 back in 2012.

#RIP

Bob Marley's Grandson Signs NFL Contract ... I'm Smokin' QBs Now!

5/16/2017 3:02 PM PDT
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Get up, stand up ... and salute Bob Marley's grandson -- who just signed a free agent contract with the Washington Redskins. 

The team announced Nico Marley -- an undrafted free agent LB out of Tulane -- has officially inked a deal with them after he impressed coaches at the team's rookie mini-camp. 

What's REALLY impressive ... Nico is pretty undersized as far as NFL linebackers go ... he's only 5'8". (For the record, Bob was only 5'7") 

Of course, this doesn't mean Nico will be with the team on opening day -- he still has to earn a roster spot ... but still, it's a great start. 

Athletes seem to run in the family ... Nico's dad, Rohan Marley, played college football for Miami back in the day (with The Rock and Ray Lewis!) before a stint in the Canadian Football League. 

Nico tweeted about the signing -- "My family and I are extremely grateful to the Washington Redskins organization ... for giving me this opportunity to prove myself in mini-camp."

"All I've ever needed was a chance to prove myself. Been hearing I'm 'too small' my whole life and that won't ever stop me."

Congrats! 

Russell Westbrook I'M A DAD ... Kid Gets Baller Name

5/16/2017 12:21 PM PDT
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Russell Westbrook had a pretty exciting Tuesday -- his wife, Nina, gave birth to their son!!! 

The NBA star also revealed his kid's name -- Noah Russell Westbrook.

Interesting choice considering Russell is technically Russell Westbrook III -- and while he chose not to make his son Russell Westbrook IV ... he went with a very similar choice.

It's Russell and Nina's first kid. They were married in 2015 after being college sweethearts at UCLA, where they both played basketball.

So... see Noah at Pauley Pavilion in 2035???

Tee Martin's 13-Year-Old Son QB Won't Commit to Lane Kiffin ... Yet

5/16/2017 11:20 AM PDT
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Tee Martin tells TMZ Sports he's "extremely proud" that his 13-year-old son already got a football scholarship offer from FAU coach Lane Kiffin ... but the QB prodigy ain't ready to commit yet. 

We spoke with Tee who says he's convinced his son, Kaden Martin, is way better than he ever was ... and that's saying a lot considering Tee led Tennessee to a BCS title in 1998.

Tee points out that he worked under Lane at USC and that's how Kaden got on LK's radar -- but he was still "shocked" when Kiffin reached out with the offer.

When asked if Kaden was ready to sign, Tee told us it's very important for Kaden to "go through the recruiting process" and look at his options after he gets to high school.

But Tee says that doesn't mean FAU is out.

FYI, Kaden is 5'11" and 175 lbs -- and Tee says, "He's way better than me at that age in ALL sports."

Bottom line -- Lane's offer may be the first ... but it probably won't be the last.

Rosario Dawson Finds Cousin Dead at 26

5/16/2017 1:00 AM PDT
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Rosario Dawson's cousin died after the actress found her unconscious last week ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us Rosario walked downstairs in her Venice home last Thursday and found 26-year-old Vaneza Ines Vasquez lying unresponsive. Paramedics rushed to the scene and transported Vaneza, but ultimately they could not resuscitate her.

We're told Vaneza -- who worked for Rosario -- had recently been suffering migraines and also had hypertension. We're told early autopsy results point to her dying from natural causes.

Toxicology results are still pending, but our sources tell us Vaneza had no history of substance abuse. 

We reached out to Rosario and the family of Vasquez who did not wish to release a statement at this time.

Dennis Rodman Disses LaVar Ball 'YOU SUCK!!!!'

5/16/2017 12:20 AM PDT
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LaVar Ball just got dunked on by Dennis Rodman ... who had a very simple, yet aggressive message for the Big Baller Brand honcho when we got him out in L.A. 

"YOU SUCK!"

Why does Ball suck? According to Dennis, it's 'cause he won't get outta the way and let his superstar son, Lonzo, just play basketball, like Rodman's done for his athletic progeny.

Of course Ball's heard this before ... some have accused LaVar of being all about himself and not about his kids, which interestingly enough seems to be the one thing the Worm doesn't agree with.

"Good man, good father, great provider, love him ... just let your kids play man."

We're sure LaVar will have nothing to say about this ... until the moment he speaks again.

Taylor Swift Finally Surfaces After Months For Mother's Day Visit

5/15/2017 2:48 PM PDT
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Taylor Swift is out of hiding, and all it took to draw her out in public was a trip to see her mom.

Taylor hopped a PJ to Nashville this weekend for Mother's Day. She arrived on Saturday, and stayed through Sunday. Looks like it was a pretty casual family weekend ... based on her wardrobe.

It's the first time we've seen T-Swift out since she performed at a Super Bowl weekend concert. It's unclear why she's been underground for 3 months.

She caught a lot of flak for her feud with Kanye & Kim last year -- and might be letting that die down. Fans hope she's just off working on a new album.

Whatever the reason ... good to see her back and smiling.

Shaq Hits Trick Shot ... Over His Own House!

5/15/2017 6:43 AM PDT
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Hope the Harlem Globetrotters are watching!!!

Shaquille O'Neal channeled his inner Steph Curry during a recent game of H.O.R.S.E. with his family -- drilling a long-distance shot from OVER HIS OWN HOUSE ... and thankfully, there's video evidence. 

O'Neal was out with 4 of his kids -- Me'arah, Mimi, Shaqir and Shareef (they're calling themselves the "true and humble family of Big Baller Brand") ... and they all can shoot!!

Especially Big Shaq ... who whiffed the first shot -- but came back strong with the second! 

Your move, LaVar Ball!!! 

Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon It's Like They Never Divorced

5/15/2017 7:22 AM PDT

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon can't quit each other ... especially not on a family holiday like Mother's Day.

Mimi and Nick hit Nobu Sunday night for dinner with their twins, Moroccan and Monroe. Makes sense the kids would be with Mariah on Sunday ... the fact Nick joined them just adds to the buzz they're getting back together.

Nick's told us it's just a family thing, but after the trip to Disneyland a few weeks ago, and a string of dinners together -- and not always with the kiddos -- it makes you wonder.

#WeBelongTogether?

Jon Voight Here's My Mother's Day Wish for Angie

5/14/2017 2:49 PM PDT

Jon Voight is patching things up with Angelina Jolie, and he took time to send her a warm Mother's Day greeting.   

We got Jon Saturday night leaving Mastro's Steakhouse, when we asked about his Mother's Day plans he basically made a video greeting card for his daughter. Makes sense ... the longstanding tension between them's been cooling.

Jon had a sushi dinner with Angelina and 4 of his grandkids last week in Bev Hills. They were seen leaving out a back door within moments of each other.   

Whatever the reason for the reunion -- Jon says he just wants to keep the love train rolling.

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