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Chris Paul Schmoozin' with Huge Stars ... Before Clips Game

11/3/2015 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1103-floyd-mayweather-clippers-getty-01When you play pro ball in L.A., schmoozin' with the celebrities is part of the job ... just ask Chris Paul who chummed it up with Floyd Mayweather and Kevin Hart before Monday's game. 

Both Floyd and Kev had courtside seats to watch the Clippers take on the Phoenix Suns -- and each star got a personal visit from CP3 before tip off ... pretty cool, right? 

1103-kevin-hart-clippers-getty-01BTW, Kev took his son to the game ... and judging by the look on his face as the Clips pulled away ... dude had a good time. 


Jamie Foxx Nails Perfect LeBron Impression ... For NBA Owner

10/30/2015 12:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Everyone wants to be LeBron James -- including Kings owner Vivek Ranadive -- so, he got Jamie Foxx to teach him how ... and the video is HILARIOUS!!

The two hooked up during the Clippers vs. Kings game earlier this week ... when Foxx busted out a PERFECT IMPRESSION ... complete with the King James facial expressions. 

He even nailed the look LeBron gives when he backpedals after a bad play.

Give that man ANOTHER Oscar. 

DeAndre Jordan Blasted with Water Cannon ... With Billy Crystal?!

9/25/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Here's video that should make Mark Cuban happy -- DeAndre Jordan getting shot with a water cannon ... right in front of Billy Crystal

Turns out, DJ -- along with Chris Paul and Billy (a huge Clips fan) -- were out in San Pedro, CA to shoot a commercial for the upcoming NBA season ... and it all went down on a boat. 

Sources tell us the spot is supposed to show how the Clippers believe they'll "weather the storm" of the off-season (including the DeAndre contract mess) ... and dominate during the '15-'16 run. 

At one point, you can hear Crystal say, "Hey DJ, is the whole season gonna be this rough?"

We'll see ... 


Doc Rivers Mark Cuban Had a Crappy Summer

9/23/2015 6:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Doc Rivers says he had a MUCH better summer than Mark Cuban ... and we're guessing it all has to do with DeAndre Jordan

We spotted Rivers out in L.A. Tuesday night... just hours after Cuban went on "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" and sorta took a shot at the Clippers honcho for the way he got DJ to back out of his handshake deal with the Mavs and resign with the Clips. 

"I respect the fact that when his professional life was about to dissipate and disappear and go up in flames, they did what they had to do and they got DJ back," Cuban said on the show.

At the very least, it seems Cuban and Rivers aren't exactly on the best terms ... more reason to be excited for the Clippers vs. Mavs match up in October. 

L.A. Clippers Fined $250k By NBA For DeAndre Jordan Hijinks

8/25/2015 11:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0825-deandre-jordan-sued-clippers-NBA-GETTY-01vThe NBA has slapped the L.A. Clippers with a $250,000 fine for underhandedly trying to recruit DeAndre Jordan back to the team ... but the league claims the shady activity went down BEFORE the famous house lockdown. 

According to the NBA, the Clippers violated league rules during a presentation to Jordan on July 2nd -- in which the team tried to entice DJ into resigning by dangling a potential 3rd party endorsement guarantee in addition to his NBA contract. 

It's unclear exactly which company the endorsement would have been with -- but the fact it was included in the presentation at all is a big no-no under league rules. 

In the end, the NBA ruled that the move had NO BEARING on Jordan's ultimate decision to resign with the Clips ... which probably had more to do with Blake Griffin, Doc Rivers and others racing to his Houston home, locking the doors, and giving him the hard sell

Still, this has to make Mark Cuban a little happy.

Donald Sterling Sues V. Stiviano & TMZ Over Audio

8/10/2015 12:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0810-donald-sterling-v-stiviano-TMZ-01Former Clippers owner Donald Sterling is suing V. Stiviano and TMZ over the recording and publishing of a conversation he had with Stiviano.

Sterling filed the lawsuit Friday in L.A. ... claiming Stiviano "surreptitiously" recorded their convo sometime between September 2013 and April 2014 -- and then either she, or her agents, provided that recording to TMZ.

TMZ posted the recording on April 25, 2014

In the docs, Sterling accuses TMZ of publishing the tape in violation of his privacy rights -- and says, as a result, he's been damaged "on a scale of unparalleled and unprecedented magnitude." He also says Stiviano and/or TMZ doctored the contents of the recording.

The NBA banned Sterling for life on April 29, 2014. Donald and his wife Shelly eventually sold the team to Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. 

Blake Griffin I Still Roll with Meek Mill!! ... I Think

8/5/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Blake Griffin just might be the last superstar standing in Meek Mill's corner -- that's how it sounded when we got this video of Blake ... at least when the convo started. 

TMZ Sports caught up with BG in Brentwood, and we had to bring up the Drake-Meek beef since Blake and MM have some history. Meek name-dropped Blake in his 2012 hit "Burn" ... and shortly after that Blake called the Philly spitter one of his favorite rappers.

So, now that all the cool kids (Kanye West, Odell Beckham Jr., Kevin Durant, Will Smith, etc, etc ...) are backing Drake -- where's Blake's loyalty? 

Watch the clip. Blake's still all about Meek, we think. Maybe he's just being less vocal about it.

Then again ... Drake does throw some killer parties at his crib.

Doc Rivers Disgusted With Paul Pierce's 1st Pitch

7/30/2015 8:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

He hasn't played 1 minute for the Clippers yet ... but Paul Pierce has already found a way to DISAPPOINT his new coach -- when he CHOKED on the mound at the Dodgers game. 

FYI -- Pierce had the honor of throwing out the 1st pitch at Dodgers Stadium earlier this week ... but failed ... and got showered with boos from the crowd. 

So, when we saw Doc Rivers in L.A. yesterday, we showed him the footage for the first time to get his candid reaction -- and it was hilarious. 

"On no. That is awful."

Check out the clip ... Rivers does offer a pretty good excuse for Pierce ... and then reveals an embarrassing baseball secret about himself. 

DeAndre Jordan I've Got the Cure ... For Bitter Mavericks Fans

7/22/2015 7:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

DeAndre Jordan knows it's coming, knows he's gonna catch it -- the absolute WRATH of Dallas Mavericks fans, but last night he could NOT care less ... for one awesome reason.

DJ celebrated his 27th birthday with a bunch of NBA pals at Mastro's Steakhouse in Bev Hills, and on his way out addressed the inevitable -- the Clippers' first game in Dallas and how the fans will treat him.

Watch the video ... 'cause DeAndre's response makes it clear he's soooo FULL of something, and that's dessert.

Seriously. Try the butter cake.

Blake Griffin Mark Cuban Won't Hate DeAndre Forever

7/14/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Time heals all wounds" ... even in the NBA ... so says Blake Griffin who tells TMZ Sports he's confident Mark Cuban and DeAndre Jordan will find a way to squash their beef. 

Of course, Blake's a HUGE part of the Cuban vs. DeAndre rift -- having jetted from his Hawaiian vacation to Jordan's home to convince D.J. to back out of his deal with the Mavs and resign with the Clippers.

So, now ... with Jordan in Cuban's dog house ... we had to ask if there's any hope of repairing their relationship. 

Either way, one thing's for sure -- Blake says he's thrilled to have his friend back.

DeAndre Jordan Epically Trolled By Dallas News

7/10/2015 4:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0710-deandre-jordan-tmz-01Dallas Morning News ... wins. 


Mark Cuban DeAndre Lied to Me Said He Was 'On a Date'

7/10/2015 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0710_mark_cuban_DeAndre-Jordan_TMZMark Cuban says he got straight lied to by DeAndre Jordan -- claiming the NBA star insisted he was "on a date" Wednesday night ... when he was really in a secret meeting with the Clippers. 

Cuban just went to CyberDust -- and admitted he did swing by Jordan's Houston house when he started to become suspicious that DeAndre was having second thoughts about joining the Mavs.

"There was no one home. So I texted him saying that I was there. I know something is up. Let's talk. He texted me that he was on a date."

"I told him to have fun. I wasn't in a rush, that I was happy to come by there and say hi or if he wanted to make the date fun, take them to Dallas for a night out."

"He didn't respond."

Of course, there was no date -- only Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and others ... who convinced Jordan to blow off his verbal deal with the Mavs and resign with the Clippers. 

Cuban was clearly frustrated -- but says he's moving on. 


Mark Cuban I'm Over DeAndre But His Name Makes Me Cringe

7/9/2015 4:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mark Cuban says he's MOVING ON from the DeAndre Jordan drama ... saying he wants to focus on the future ... but he still doesn't wanna have to hear his name in public. 

The Dallas Mavericks owner was speaking at the Presidential Leadership Scholars 2015 Graduation at S.M.U. ... when the M.C. brought up the Jordan scandal. 

"Aw, you had to say his name," Cuban joked ... before explaining that he considers the matter over.

When asked to reflect on the drama, Cuban said ... "There's nothing you can do about it. You think for a second, 'Is there anything I can change?'"

"You think for another second, 'What have I learned so I can do it differently next time?' And then you move forward and say, What are our options?'"

Cuban said he's not worried about the Mavs -- "We have this big tall German who's pretty good and he's still around."

"I think we've got great leadership, a great team and we're gonna keep on moving forward."

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