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Rap Legend J. Prince Dwight Howard Needed 'Heart Transplant ... To Succeed In Houston

7/5/2016 4:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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One of the most powerful men in music claims Dwight Howard's failure in Houston was cardiovascular ... saying D12 would've needed a "heart transplant" to win a ring in H-Town.

TMZ Sports got James Prince -- you might remember him as the Houston rap god who got Steve Francis' chain back when it was jacked at a Sauce Twinz show last year.

We wanted to know from Mr. Prince what every Rockets fan wants to know regarding Dwight Howard's time in Houston ... what went wrong?

Check out the clip -- Prince -- never one to mince words (ask Diddy) -- keeps it pretty real about his feelings on Howard bolting for ATL ... basically calling Dwight's heart into question.

If you're expecting a response from Howard ... don't.

Rapper Bun B Kevin Durant's My Homie You NEED to Sign with Houston!!

7/1/2016 9:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Did you know ... rap legend Bun B is longtime homies with Kevin Durant???

It's true -- and now the rap legend is reaching out to the NBA superstar to convince him to sign with his beloved Houston Rockets. 

With Durant officially on the market, the Trill OG made this video pitch to KD -- explaining why Houston is the PERFECT fit for a 27-year-old multimillionaire.

Good luck ... 

James Harden Destroys Kid At Basketball ... With Awesome Houdini Move

6/27/2016 9:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Beware, children of Earth ... if you dare to get on a basketball court with James Harden you might go viral ... 'cause the Rockets star just totally put a kid in the popcorn machine and it's all on video.

It all went down at Harden's basketball camp where he went 1-on-1 with a kid and probably made the tyke's whole summer.

Check out the clip ... Harden gives him a little shake, a little bake, and a BIG fake ... then finishes the whole thing with a dunk.

Not quite Kevin Durant-level child dominance ... but still ... freakin' awesome.

Khloe Kardashian Don't Blame My Vagina ... For Houston Rockets Slump

12/17/2015 10:47 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Khloe Kardashian says her genitals did NOT curse the Houston Rockets -- insisting her lady junk is powerful, but it definitely can't sink an entire NBA team. 

Khloe was doing a live video chat and taking questions from fans when someone asked if it's fair to blame her relationship with James Harden for the Rockets' crappy 12-14 record. 

"Someone's trying to give me too much power," Khloe said ... "but my p**sy is f**king powerful bro, let me tell you that."

She went on ... "First, don’t give me that much power AND [James is] the f**king sh*t ... so suck my d**k and my balls."

And there you have it. 

Rap Legend Bun B Lil B's Harden Curse Is Bogus ... 'Cooking Dance' Started In Texas

11/19/2015 11:58 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1118-bunb-harden-lilb-getty-tmzThis is gonna get interesting ...

Texas Rap legend Bun B is turning the tables on Lil B ... saying his "Based God Curse" can't hurt the Houston Rockets ... cause LB is as guilty of dance jacking as James Harden.

Lil B recently took credit for Houston coach Kevin McHale losing his job ... saying as long as the franchise enables James Harden to steal his "Cooking Dance" ... they'll remain cursed.

TMZ Sports spoke with Bun B ... and he tells us the Rockets are immune to the so-called curse cause Lil B TOTALLY JACKED the dance from another rap god, Pimp C.

"I've known Lil B since he was in the Pack. I support him musically. But we don't buy into that because we know that Pimp C created [the cooking dance] not Lil B. We don't stand for that."

That wasn't the only curse Bun B was willing to tackle ... he also dispelled any notion that there was a Kardashian curse plaguing the Rockets ... because Harden is dating Khloe.

"That's preposterous. When people are so in love with a team and passionate about it, they need to make an excuse to feel better."

Khloe Kardashian & James Harden Set Off HUGE Fireworks ... City Officials PISSED!

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

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
EXCLUSIVE

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
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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. 

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Dr. Drew Dwight Howard's Baby Mama Has a Point

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

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
EXCLUSIVE

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
EXCLUSIVE

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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. 

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