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Shelly Sterling

Donald's Still a Huge Clippers Fan

... We Want Rings!!!

11/20/2014 6:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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112014_sterlings_launch_v2The players hate his guts. The coaches hate his guts. The fans hate his guts ... but Donald Sterling is still a HUUUGE Clippers fan -- so says his wife Shelly.

Shelly and Donald had dinner TOGETHER last night at The Palm in Beverly Hills ... and on the way out, Shelly was in an extremely bubbly mood!!

That's when she told us Donald's still rooting the team that turned against him for being a tremendous racist. The team that's tried everything in its power to erase him from its memory.

Oh, and check out her answer when we ask if she's worried about the Lakers.

Alfred E. Neuman would be proud.

Dave Chappelle

Donald Sterling Got Screwed

Shouldn't Have Lost the Clippers

11/18/2014 7:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Dave Chappelle is DEFENDING Donald Sterling ... claiming the disgraced former L.A. Clippers owner got screwed when his team was ripped away from him.

Chappelle opened up about the topic in an interview with GQ ... saying, "Ultimately, I don’t think he should have lost his team."

"I don’t like the idea that someone could record a secret conversation and that a person could lose their assets from that, even though I think what he said was awful."

Of course, Sterling was banned from the NBA for life -- and Commissioner Adam Silver said he did everything in his power to force a sale of the team in the wake of Sterling's racist comments.

Sterling fought the sale ... but eventually, a judge allowed Donald's wife Shelly to unload the team to Steve Ballmer for $2 BILLION.

Chappelle's opinion lines up with Bill Maher -- who also defended Sterling's right to free speech back in May ... and took serious heat over it.

The big question ... why would someone as influential as Chappelle wait so long to go public with such a strong point of view? Kinda too little, too late.

Tune in next summer when he chimes in on Ray Rice.

Steve Ballmer

Praised By Shelly Sterling

... Right In Front Of Donald

11/14/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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111314_donald_sterling_launch Well ... this is awkward.

Shelly Sterling just praised the new owner of the L.A. Clippers ... while standing right next to the disgraced old one -- and TMZ Sports has the footage.

It all went down in Beverly Hills ... where Shelly and Donald Sterling were hanging out together ... despite the fact they ripped each other apart in court earlier this year.

Oh, and remember when Donald claimed Shelly basically stole the team from him?? Yeah.

Anyway, she didn't let the presence of her racist old husband keep her from giving props to Steve Ballmer -- who she says is doing a great job running her old team.

This is a weird marriage.

Blake Griffin

Speaks On Alleged Pimp Slap

'Sorry for the Distraction'

11/13/2014 12:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Blake Griffin is finally talking about the pimp slap he allegedly delivered at a Vegas nightclub -- saying he's very confident he will be exonerated.

The L.A. Clippers star spoke with reporters before practice Thursday -- saying, "I'm really not allowed to speak on [the case] ... but I'm very confident in the situation, so once I can [speak on it], I will."

When asked if facing a misdemeanor battery charge is "scary" -- Griffin replied, "I definitely wouldn't say scary. I feel more badly just for the fact that it's a distraction. I really don't know how big of a distraction it really is, but it is. So that's what I feel mostly bad about."

Chris Paul -- who was also at the club the night of the incident -- wouldn't open up about the case, but says the team has Blake's back ... "He's a teammate, he's a brother and we're always going to be there for him."

Doc Rivers

Don't Slam Kobe For Missed Shots

'Can't Make 'Em If Ya Don't Take Em'

11/13/2014 7:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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111314_doc_rivers_launchDoc Rivers says he has NO PROBLEM with Kobe Bryant breaking the record for most missed shots in NBA history ... telling TMZ Sports, "The only way you can make 'em, you gotta take 'em."

FYI -- Kobe broke the record earlier this week ... passing Celtics legend John Havlicek, who missed 13,147 shots during his career.

But the L.A. Clippers honcho says it's not necessarily a bad record to have -- in fact, Rivers says he WISHES he had a title like that under his belt.

One more thing ... we also asked Rivers about golf -- and if he thought he could beat President Obama if they ever went head-to-head. Check out his answer ... might be time to settle this on the links.

Blake Griffin

Surveillance Footage Shows Confrontation

... But No Slap

11/13/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Investigators in the Blake Griffin pimp slap case have obtained nightclub security footage which shows a confrontation between the NBA star and his accuser ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Law enforcement sources tell us ... the footage from Tao nightclub in Vegas shows Blake and his accuser Daniel Schuman in a heated situation -- but we're told the alleged slap was not captured by the security cameras. 

We broke the story ... Griffin has been charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly going all Zsa Zsa Gabor on Schuman on October 19th.  

In the moments following the incident, Schuman gave a report to Tao security saying Blake got physical with him because he thought Daniel was sneaking a cell phone pic. 

Blake's teammate DeAndre Jordan -- who was with Blake and several other Clippers at the club -- told us he NEVER saw Blake strike anyone that night (video below). 

As for Blake, he has yet to comment on the situation. 

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Blake Griffin

Clippers Star Charged

In Vegas Bitch Slapping

11/12/2014 3:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1112_blake_griffin_tmzBlake Griffin has been charged with a crime for allegedly slapping the crap out of a man inside a Las Vegas nightclub ...TMZ Sports has learned.

The incident went down last month when Blake was at Tao Nightclub. According to the alleged victim -- Daniel Schuman -- the Clippers superstar was upset by camera flashes in his face ... so he grabbed Daniel's phone and neck. Daniel says Blake squeezed his neck, and demanded he give up his phone.

According to docs -- obtained by TMZ Sports ... the Clark County D.A. has now charged Griffin with one count of misdemeanor battery. He faces 6 months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine -- though a jail sentence is highly unlikely since Blake has no prior convictions for violent crimes.

Blake was with DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul that night. None of the other players were involved in the alleged incident. 

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NBA Player Reggie Bullock

Mom Gets V.I.P. Treatment

... In Awesome Video

11/12/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

111114_reggie_bullock_launch **Warning -- this video is going to make you smile**

He was a 1st round pick in the NBA draft last year, but Reggie Bullock isn't too big to PERSONALLY roll out the red carpet for his mom when she comes out to L.A. this week ... and TMZ Sports has the footage to prove it!

Not only did the 23-year-old millionaire go right to the arrivals gate at LAX to greet his mother after her flight in from North Carolina ...  but he crammed his entire 6'7" frame into the backseat of the waiting 2-door car to make sure she sat comfortably in the front seat.

After they got home, the L.A. Clippers player posted a pic of the two of them to Instagram with the caption ... "With my #1 #mommasBOY."

C'mon ... that's sweet.

Matt Barnes

Rebounding Is Better

... 2 Chicks At a Time

11/3/2014 6:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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He's single (kinda) ... and now it's clear Matt Barnes is lookin' to mingle -- because the NBA star was chattin' it up with TWO ladies outside Greystone this weekend.

As we previously reported, the L.A. Clippers star recently separated from his wife Gloria Govan -- and though the "Basketball Wives: LA" star claims there's a shot at reconciliation, we're hearing it just ain't so.

Fast forward to Sunday night/Monday morning ... and it's pretty clear Barnes is looking to move on.

Unless Matt was just looking to make some new platonic friends at 3 A.M.

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Shelly Sterling

Attends Clippers Game

... As Team's #1 Fan

10/31/2014 8:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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With her racist husband banned from the arena, Shelly Sterling hit up Staples Center in L.A. last night to watch the Clippers play ... under new management.

As we previously reported, Shelly demanded to be recognized as the team's "Owner Emeritus" and "Clippers' Number 1 Fan" when she sold the team to Steve Ballmer for $2 billion ... and it seems like Steve is a man of his word.

Shelly sat right on the court during the Clip's victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder ... and cheered on all of the people who hate her husband.

We spoke with several Staples Center employees who tell us they had no problem with Shelly being at the game -- because they feel the beef isn't really with her ... it's with Donald.

Matt Barnes

Sorry Gloria ...

This Split Ain't Amicable

10/30/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The Matt Barnes and Gloria Govan break-up isn't as friendly and happy and cheery as she says it is ... this according to sources close to Matt, who tell us this thing is pretty damn far from amicable.

Our sources tell us ... Matt was the one who called things off with the "Basketball Wives" star -- and he's still upset and hurt about the things that led up to the split.

As we previously reported, Matt believed there were major "trust issues" in the relationship -- and now we know reconciliation is the last thing on his mind.

Meantime, Gloria insists the two are working things out -- and have a "dope" relationship and are working together to co-parent their twin sons.

We're told that Matt is 100% committed to the children -- he just has issues with their mother.

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Gloria Govan

Split from Matt Barnes Is Amicable

... 'We're Dope'

10/29/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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102814_gloria_govan_launch"Basketball Wives" star Gloria Govan says a reconciliation with L.A. Clippers star Matt Barnes is NOT out of the question ... telling TMZ Sports the split with her estranged hubby is "definitely amicable."

We broke the story ... Matt separated from Gloria earlier this summer with sources telling us "trust issues" played a part in the split So far, neither Matt nor Gloria have filed for divorce. 

Now, Gloria tells us the two are still on pretty good terms -- "we're dope" -- and says they're working together extremely well to co-parent their twin boys. 

It's an interesting turn of events ... considering Gloria is being sued for allegedly forging Matt's name on official documents to take out a secret $150k loan. 

Gloria also says she expects to get together with Matt this weekend to help the kids celebrate Halloween. 

Stay tuned ..

Doc Rivers

I Wanna Sign LeBron, D-Wade's Kids!!!

10/28/2014 8:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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L.A. Clippers President Doc Rivers knows recruiting can be tough ... which is why he's already calling DIBS on LeBron James' and Dwyane Wade's kids!!

Rivers was leaving Craig's in West Hollywood Monday night when we asked if he thinks Bron's or D-Wade's sons had a shot to make the NBA when they grow up.

FYI -- LeBron has two boys (10 and 7) who are already generating serious buzz in the basketball world ... and Dwyane's boys have been ranked as some of the top youth prospects in the country.

"I want rights to all their kids," Doc said.

Check out the clip of Wade's kid Zaire -- Doc knows what's up.

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