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Dennis Rodman Blake's Punch Won't Matter ... If He Helps Clips Win

1/27/2016 6:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Dennis Rodman says Blake Griffin's punch WON'T be a factor if the Clippers decides to trade him -- saying in the end, it comes down to one thing ... if can he help the team win on the court. 

Rodman was at the Staples Center for the Lakers game Tuesday night when we asked for his thoughts on the situation

"It don't matter. He makes too much money."

The Worm went on to explain himself ... saying Griffin's future depends on one thing -- can the team win without him?? 

Blake Griffin I Screwed Up ... I'm Sorry

1/26/2016 8:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0126-blake-griffin-TMZ-01Blake Griffin has broken his silence about his broken hand ... saying he regrets punching his friend in the face during a dispute in Toronto ... and apologizes for "creating a distraction."

Griffin just issued a statement about the Jan. 23rd incident -- saying, "A situation among friends escalated and I regret the way I handled myself towards someone I care about."

"I want to apologize to the Clippers organization, my teammates and the fans for creating a distraction.

"I am working with the team on a resolution and getting back in the game as soon as possible."

Griffin reportedly punched the team's equipment assistant in the face during a dispute at a restaurant. The NBA star broke his hand in the process and underwent surgery that will keep him off the court for 4 to 6 weeks

Blake Griffin Toronto PD Not Investigating Fight 'No One Filed Report'

1/26/2016 11:32 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0126-blake-tmz-01The Toronto Police tell TMZ Sports they are NOT investigating the reported Blake Griffin restaurant fight that went down during the Clippers' recent trip to Canada ... because no one has filed a report. 

We spoke with Toronto Police Service media relations officer, Caroline De Kloet, who says Blake's name is not in their system which means there's nothing actively underway. 

According to several reports, Griffin punched the team's equipment manager during an altercation at a Toronto restaurant ... and broke his own hand in the process. 

The other person involved in the fight was reportedly hospitalized for his injuries. 

But just because there's no current investigation doesn't mean Griffin is in the clear -- the Toronto PD says if someone files a report, they will open an investigation ... but until that time, there's nothing to investigate. 

DJ Khaled & Jay Z Power Summit with Huge Stars ... At Clippers Game

1/14/2016 7:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

If you wanna rub elbows with the most powerful men in hip-hop -- get yourself tickets to a Clippers game -- just like Jay Z, DJ Khaled, Future and more did Wednesday night. 

The rap superstars were all sitting courtside at the Staples Center as the smokin' hot Clippers beat up on the Miami Heat for their 10th straight win. 

0114-dj-khaled-jayz-getty-01Of course, DJ Khaled snapchatted the entire thing -- as he hobnobbed with the rich, famous and powerful ... including Pat Riley and Jimmy Goldstein. 

The key to success ... is good seats. 


Austin Rivers Clippers Are Like Kanye Hated ... But Respected

1/11/2016 5:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

This is interesting ... L.A. Clippers star Austin Rivers says if he had to compare his team to a rapper -- they'd be Kanye West because people hate 'em ... but respect 'em at the same time. 

23-year-old Rivers was leaving Hyde on Sunset when he told us ... despite the team's 9 GAME win streak, there's still no love out there for the 4th place Clips. 

"The people don't care for us too much," Rivers said ... "I don't know why, I'm new here!"

Just keep winning -- the people will come around ... right? 

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
Breaking News

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. 

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