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Khloe Kardashian & James Harden

Set Off HUGE Fireworks

... City Officials PISSED!

8/26/2015 7:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

update_graphic_red_bar1:00 PM PT -- We've now learned Khloe and James did NOT need a permit to set off the fireworks. They did need the Coast Guard to sign off on the safety of the display, and they got that.update_grey_gray_barKhloe Kardashian and James Harden threw their own personal 4th of July with a GIANT fireworks display that woke up thousands of residents -- and city officials are scrambling to find out HOW it got approved.

The thunderous fireworks show -- visible from multiple towns along the oceanfront -- went on for 15 minutes at the stroke of midnight. TMZ has learned the whole thing was a yacht party for Harden's 26th birthday, and it was all on the up and up. 

Law enforcement sources tell us a permit was issued to James and someone in the Kardashian family. Khloe had bragged about throwing the party for her BF, but nobody expected this kind of over-the-top display.

In fact, there's a mini-conspiracy theory brewing. We've spoken to the L.A. department that normally issues permits for fireworks in the marina ... and they did not sign off, and never would for such a display on a Tuesday night. We're told the display was far enough off shore to be outside of city jurisdiction.

We also spoke to an LA. City Councilman who is angry and trying to figure out who exactly OK'd the fireworks. One law enforcement official told us ... in 5 years he's never heard of a permit being issued for fireworks like this on a non-holiday.

It really is their world, the rest of us are just living in it.

James Harden & Nike

No Knee-Jerk Reactions

To Adidas Offer

8/4/2015 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0804_james_harden_adidas_nike_gettyNike is unsure if it's gonna just do it with James Harden -- TMZ Sports has learned the Swoosh isn't jumping to top his $200 million Adidas offer.

We spoke with some Nike honchos who told us they held a war room style gathering in the wake of Adidas trying to nab last year's MVP runner-up, and former Nike client. We're told they were unable to reach any consensus about a counter offer amount, or if they even want to make a counter.

As one source put it, "Signing James is Nike's top priority, but we do have other athletes as well that we're looking to sign."

Translation: We're not sure we want to break the bank for just one guy. Nike has one week to counter, and we're told it will use all of that time, if necessary.

Tick tock ...

Khloe Kardashian

Won't Destroy James Harden

... Says NBA Legend

7/28/2015 8:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Don't worry Rockets fans ... just because James Harden is banging a Kardashian doesn't mean he's gonna suck -- so says NBA legend Sidney Wicks

Wicks spent 10 years in the NBA and was a 4-time All Star -- and insists that what happens in the bedroom doesn't really have an impact on the court. 

"You date whoever you want as long as you're able to focus your lives and keep them separate," Wicks says. 

Wicks also says Harden doesn't seem like the kind of guy that would be distracted by all the media fanfare that comes with dating Khloe K

Plus, history shows dating a Kardashian can sometimes be GOOD for a career -- just ask Reggie Bush (Super Bowl) and Lamar Odom (NBA Champ). 

James Harden

Settles 'Kobe Owns Your Ass' Lawsuit

7/13/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0710-james-harden-getty-01update_graphic_red_bar7/16 -- Harden's lawyer, Tony Bisconti, tells TMZ Sports ... "Mr. Harden denied these false allegations and vigorously defended against this meritless lawsuit from the outset."

"As a result of Mr. Harden’s refusal to allow himself to be subjected to these baseless accusations, the plaintiff ultimately decided to drop the lawsuit, which was dismissed without the plaintiff receiving any monetary payment."

"We are pleased with the outcome and glad to have it resolved."

update_grey_gray_barRemember when James Harden was accused of punching a Lakers fan in the face who told him "Kobe owns your ass?" 

Well, seems Harden has finally thrown in the towel in that legal war ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We broke the story, Harden was sued by a guy who admitted taunting James on the way out of a nightclub back in 2013. 

The accuser says James socked him in the kisser and flipped him off ... before speeding off into the night. 

For his part, Harden never copped to the punch but said if -- and only IF -- he did it, the guy had it coming because he posed a threat to James and his friends. 

They were poised for a legal showdown -- but now, we've learned Harden struck a settlement with the accuser ... essentially ending the case for good. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Moral of the story ... don't talk smack to James Harden, he just might punch you in the face.

Khloe K & James Harden

The Couple That Spins Together ...

7/9/2015 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0709-khloe-kardashian-instagramWhen a couple WORKS OUT together -- you know it's serious.

Which is why it was interesting that NBA star James Harden took Khloe Kardashian to a spin class in Hollywood last night ... proving their weekend in Vegas was no fling. 

The two hit up Cycle House -- where Harden has hit the bike in the past ... and also happens to be a place featured on an E! reality show called, "Hollywood Cycle."

And with "Keeping up with the Kardashians" also on E! -- seems like the perfect date night, combined with the perfect amount of promotion ... just how the Kardashians like it. 


Dr. Drew

Dwight Howard's Baby Mama Has a Point

6/15/2015 4:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Dwight Howard's baby mama wasn't talking out of her ass with that whole "celeb kids have psychological baggage" argument ... this according to an expert in the field, Dr. Drew

We broke the story ... a woman named Tiffany is demanding more child support from the NBA star -- and part of her argument is that her child will likely need expensive therapy sessions later on to "deal with the unique issues involved in being the child of a celebrity."

So, we asked Dr. Drew if there was any weight to her argument ... and he explained why it's "not totally unreasonable."

Drew acknowledged there is some added stress that goes along with being the child of a famous person ... but says it's not really a problem that money can cure. 

Drew does have some advice for the NBA star ... and this time, it's free of charge. 

Dwight Howard

Baby Mama Sues

You Screwed Me Out of a Fortune!!

6/10/2015 11:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0610-dwight-howard-TMZ-01$10,000 per month is WAYYY TOO LOW for child support when it comes to Dwight Howard ... this according to one of his baby mamas who says Dwight has been screwing her out of serious dough and now she wants to collect.  

The Houston Rockets star is being sued in Florida ... by a woman who claims she and Dwight struck a private deal back in 2013 that required him to fork over $10k per month in child support.  

But according to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ Sports, the woman (Tiffany) says Howard hasn't lived up to his end of the bargain ... and since January, has only paid her HALF of what he owes.  

Tiffany says the financial slight has forced her to reconsider their arrangement ... and since he makes more than $27 MILLION per year in salary and endorsements, she wants a bigger slice of the pie.  

The kid is currently 4 years old ... and Tiffany says she needs the cash to put the child in expensive private schools, pay for extracurricular activities and fund social activities like birthday parties and sleepovers that will help the kid make friends.  

Tiffany also says ... since the child has a famous father, she'll need extra cash for therapy to "deal with the unique issues involved in being the child of a celebrity." 

We reached out to Dwight's camp for comment -- so far, no word back.  

Dwight Howard

I'm No Longer Superman

... Call Me 'The Flash!'

6/7/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Dwight Howard is putting his Superman alter ego on ice for a while and re-emerging as ANOTHER comic book bad ass, THE FLASH ... and he's starting the re-branding process with a new car. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... the Houston Rockets star has commissioned some heavy duty Flash-themed work on his 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat with the guys at 713 Motoring in Houston. 

We spoke with the owner, Ash, who tells us D12 has always been known to "superhero" his cars and usually went with a Superman theme.

"But when he came to the Rockets, he wanted a change ... he said he no longer wanted to be called Superman, he is now Flash out here in Houston."

Ash says the project will run around $65k -- and included everything from a custom paint job ... to a pimped out steering wheel ... and custom Flash logos on the wheels, hood, seats and gas cap. 

But the highlight ... Ash installed a custom lighting system which shines a Flash logo on the ground when Dwight opens a door. Pretty cool stuff. 

Lil B

'I'm Extremely Worried for James Harden'

6/3/2015 3:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

James Harden may have just made things A LOT worse for himself ... because rapper Lil B is threatening to UP THE CURSE on the NBA star in the wake of a Harden smack talk session. 

Lil B just appeared on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" and said Harden was straight up LYING when the NBA star told us he's never heard of Lil B and didn't steal his cooking dance

So, what's gonna happen to Harden now? Watch the clip and find out ... 

Check out "TMZ Hollywood Sports" weeknights on Reelz.

NBA's Trevor Ariza

Floss Like An Egyptian

Drops $12k On Anubis Chain

6/3/2015 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Diamond studded King Tut is out, diamond studded Anubis is wayyy in -- so says NBA star Trevor Ariza ... who just dropped $12,000 on a brand new jackal-headed gold piece ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

The Rockets star hit up Johnny's Custom Jewelry in Houston looking for something cool -- and according to the brother of the owner, Zo, asked for a piece with an ancient Egyptian theme. 

But Zo says Ariza was tired of seeing King Tut everywhere ... and wanted something a little more original. So he crafted an 18-karat design of Anubis -- a god who ushered souls into the afterlife. 

Bonus Egyptian Joke -- What's a mummy's favorite kind of music? Wrap. 

Tip your waitress. 

NBA's James Harden

I Didn't Steal from Lil B

'I Don't Know Who He Is!'

6/3/2015 6:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Houston Rockets superstar James Harden says there's no way he STOLE his famous cooking dance celebration from rapper Lil B ... 'cause he has NO IDEA who Lil B is. 

Harden was back home in L.A. Tuesday night -- hangin' at 1 OAK nightclub with fellow NBA star Ty Lawson -- when we asked him about the "Based God Curse" that seemed to lead to the Rockets demise. 

FYI -- Lil B says HE created the cooking dance and put a curse on Harden because the NBA star didn't give him proper credit. 

Check out the clip -- Harden says Lil B's way off base, claiming he couldn't have jacked the move ... from someone he's never even heard of. 


If Golden State Beats Houston

... I'll Supply Victory Booze!

5/27/2015 5:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0527-e40-warriors-game-INSTAGRAM-01There could be a slurricane heading for Oakland ... 'cause rap legend E-40 says if the Golden State Warriors squad wins the NBA title, they'll get UNLIMITED booze from his winery for the rest of the year!!!

FYI -- E-40 is a major player in the booze biz ... he's the owner of the Earl Stevens Selections wine company ... and also puts out the "Slurricane" cocktail drink. 

He's also a HUGE Warriors fan ... and made the team the following offer: 

"If they win the Western Conference I will supply them with a celebration toast with Slurricane."

"If they win the NBA Finals, the whole team will get as many bottles of my Mangoscato wine from Earl Stevens Selections as they want until next season begins."

Mr. 40 adds, "I am very confident they are going to bring the title back home and do it for the YAH AREA!!!! We won’t stop 'til we get a ring!"

Rapper Lil B

James Harden Needs to Stop Doing My Dance

... OR ELSE!!!

5/21/2015 2:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0521-lil-b-james-harden-tmz-01The biggest obstacle standing between James Harden and an NBA championship is not Steph Curry ... it's Lil B, who is threatening to put a curse on The Beard ... unless he cops to his demands.

Lil B is pissed because he thinks Harden keeps jacking his "cooking dance" when he celebrates draining a big shot. Harden has been doing it all season, but Lil B says he's watching the Western Conference Finals -- and if Harden does it again ... it's gonna be curses.  

Lil B tells TMZ Sports, "If Harden doesn't tell what he is doing, which is the Lil B cooking dance, he will be cursed. He needs to stop stealing Lil B swag without showing love."

Lil B is a reasonable man -- he's giving Harden until Game 3 to give him credit, but after that he says the curse goes into effect.

Not a believer? Remember, Lil B cursed Kevin Durant earlier this year, and uhh ...he's somewhere chillin' on a couch right now.

Stir at your own risk, Harden.

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