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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
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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
EXCLUSIVE

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
EXCLUSIVE

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
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"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. 

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Mark Cuban

DeAndre Lied to Me

Said He Was 'On a Date'

7/10/2015 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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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. 

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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."

Mark Cuban

DeAndre Jordan Blew Me Off Yesterday

7/9/2015 6:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Mark Cuban is finally opening up about what happened between him and DeAndre Jordan last night -- claiming the NBA star didn't pick up his call ONCE ... and says he hasn't heard from him since Tuesday night. 

As you know, Jordan backed out of a verbal deal with the Mavs that would have paid him $80 million over 4 years ... after having an emergency meeting with the L.A. Clippers last night. 

Moments ago, the Mavs owner went to CyberDust and said, "There will be a time when I detail everything I know regarding the last 48 hours."

"I don't think the time is right to say anything beyond the facts that [Jordan] never responded to me at all yesterday. Not once. To this minute I have not heard anything from him since Tuesday night."

Sources connected to the situation tell TMZ Sports Cuban was BLOWING UP DeAndre's phone yesterday -- calling several times throughout the day and night. 

Cuban also talked about the Mavs other big free agent acquisition, Wes Mathews -- saying Dallas should NOT worry about Wes backing out like DeAndre. 

"I specifically told Wes that I would not hold him to his commitment if he wanted to go elsewhere."

"I can't print his exact response, but suffice to say he is excited to play for our Mavs :) Wes Matthews is exactly the type of player we want in a Mavs uniform and our fans will love him."

Blake Griffin

HUGE PENIS

... Says Fat Jewish

6/25/2015 3:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0625-the-fat-jewish-blake-griffin-INSTAGRAM-01Blake Griffin's penis is like a "Pringles can made of flesh" ... so says a dude who would know, The Fat Jewish ... who got up close and personal with Blake's dong during a game of mini-hoops. 

The Instagram star says the two hooked up for an intense game of 1-on-1 ... and as TFJ put it, "The next thing you know he was doing a monster jam on me and his package was literally in my face."

Mr. Jewish added, "Also, for anyone wondering, yes I could feel the outline of his d*ck, dude has a Pringles can made of flesh in his shorts."

And now you know. 

Doc Rivers

I'm Cool with Shelly Sterling

Despite Racist Husband

6/19/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

With racist ass Donald Sterling still banned from the NBA for life ... how did Doc Rivers feel about his wife Shelly sitting courtside at Clippers home games this year????

It's an interesting question ... considering Doc went on the radio this week and insinuated that Donald SABOTAGED the team by nixing several trades that would "make you fall off your chair."

So, when we saw Rivers out in L.A. yesterday ... we had to ask about the Shelly Sterling factor -- and he went on to explain why he's COOL with Mrs. Sterling still being the team's official "#1 fan."

Austin Rivers

Dad & I Will Work Together

... On Next NBA Contract

5/29/2015 1:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Austin Riversnext contract will be a tricky one ... but he will talk it over with his GM and his father ... who, of course, happen to be the same person ... Doc Rivers.

Rivers was at LAX this week, heading back to his home in Orlando ... where he said he'll take about a week off to recuperate ... before heading back into the gym.

Rivers is a free agent and because of some strange NBA rules, the Clippers can only pay him a little over $3 million next season ... but any other NBA team can offer him whatever the hell it wants.

So when it comes time to make a deal, Rivers said, "That's a decision we'll make together."

Oh ... and as for Jamie Foxx's recent impression of Doc ... Austin is like the rest of us -- he thinks it's amazing.

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