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Charles Oakley Carmelo + Lakers = Bad Fit Wouldn't Make Playoffs

5/22/2017 3:25 PM PDT

Charles Oakley says Carmelo Anthony should stay far away from the Lakers when he looks for a new NBA home ... telling TMZ Sports, the future ex-Knick needs to play for a contender.

There have been rumors that L.A. could be a destination for the All-Star ... who has final say in where he plays 'cause of a no-trade clause in his contract.

Oak was leaving Catch in L.A. when we brought up the possibility of Melo joining the Lake Show ... and if that'd be a good fit for Anthony and the organization.

Hell no, Oak says ... 'cause Carmelo needs to play for a title contender, and L.A. just ain't got the pieces ... even with Melo on the squad.

We also got Oakley's opinion on Lonzo and LaVar Ball ... and, unlike previous ballers like Dennis Rodman, C.O. is fully supportive of the Ball fam.

Luke Walton LaVar Ball Doesn't Scare Me My Dad's A Character Too!

5/22/2017 7:03 AM PDT

Lakers coach Luke Walton ain't scared of LaVar Ball ... telling TMZ Sports the big personality on Lonzo's dad isn't an issue 'cause Walton's already dealt with a celebrity papa ... his own dad, Bill.

We got Luke at the Tour de Pier charity event in Manhattan Beach and talked to him about the most discussed family in basketball (maybe ever) ... and whether anything LaVar does turns Luke off as a coach.

The Big Baller had a hell of a week last week, getting into a televised sparring session with a TV host, and making remarks about Kyrie Irving's upbringing that some thought crossed a major line.

None of it seems to bother Walton ... he GUSHED about Lonzo when we brought him up, saying whatever team gets him is going to get better, and reminding us his own dad was a "big personality."

That #2 pick is starting to look like a sure thing.

Kobe Bryant Bails H.S. Kids Out Of Final Exam 'He Made My Day!!'

5/19/2017 10:41 AM PDT
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For a guy who wasn't big on passing ... Kobe Bryant delivered a HUGE assist to a high school class in Indiana by bailing them out of their final history exam!!

Here's the deal ... Ben Davis H.S. senior, William Pate, got his U.S. Govt. teacher to agree to cancel the final exam if he get could Kobe to publicly acknowledge him on Twitter. 

Sounds impossible, right? Wrong. 

Kobe saw Ben's online plea -- and Tweeted at him saying, "Hope you have an A in this class."

The teacher held up his end of the bargain and gave the entire class a "Get Out of Finals Free" pass. As you can imagine, Pate's become a local hero. 

Byron Scott LaVar Has Huge Ego ... But Magic Can Handle Him

5/19/2017 8:00 AM PDT

Magic Johnson will keep LaVar Ball in line while Lonzo is tearing it up in L.A. ... so says former Lakers coach Byron Scott who tells TMZ Sports Magic is too tough to fear the Balls.

It's the million dollar question right now ... is Lonzo's basketball artistry worth having to deal with LaVar every day? Scott said yes when we talked to him, and the reason he gave us was 6'9".

"If he's there at the #2 sport you gotta draft him. Earvin 'Magic' Johnson and Jeanie Buss are very strong minded people. I think they can handle Mr. Ball and his big ego."

Here's the thing, Scott ain't exactly a fan of LaVar, who he said is "sticking his foot in his mouth" when it comes to his son's playing career, but still thinks Lonzo's the best option for the Purple & Gold.

... unless the Celtics take him first.

Shaq to Lakers: Don't Be Afraid to Draft Lonzo ... He's Dope

5/17/2017 12:13 PM PDT

Shaq says the Lakers shouldn't let LaVar Ball scare them off from taking Lonzo Ball with their #2 pic ... 'cause despite the media circus that follows the Big Baller, his kid's game is "fabulous."

The Big Diesel hasn't always been the biggest fan of the Ball clan -- he publicly dissed the price of Lonzo's new shoe ... saying $495 was way too much for kids to pay.

That was then ... because O'Neal had nothing but kind words to say about Zo when we got him out in NYC, telling our guy he's not sure what the Lake Show will do with the pick, but Ball isn't a bad idea.

So, LaVar ... truce?

Lakers' Magic Johnson 'Excited' About #2 NBA Draft Pick ... Won't Commit to Lonzo

5/17/2017 6:07 AM PDT

Magic Johnson tells TMZ Sports he's "very happy" with the L.A. Lakers locking up the #2 pick in the NBA Draft at Tuesday night's draft lottery ... but he's making it clear Lonzo Ball is NOT a lock.

Magic was leaving the New York Hilton Midtown hotel right after the ping pong balls bounced his way -- and asked if he was eyeing anyone in particular with the #2 pick.

"I don't know who we're gonna take right now," Magic said ... "We're excited though. You know we're excited."

The Boston Celtics got the #1 overall pick. Philly got #3 -- and now the guessing will begin on how the top 3 prospects will fall -- Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and Josh Jackson

Should be fun.

Paul George I'm Gonna Train with Kobe 'Pick His Brain'

5/16/2017 6:14 AM PDT
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Kobe Bryant is about to have a new apprentice ... Paul George

The Indiana Pacers star appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and said he's gearing up to train with Kobe during the off-season -- "I plan on working out with him and pick his brain a little bit."

Kobe's sessions are legendary -- George says he's already training just so he can survive Mamba's workout.

George doesn't become a free agent until after next season -- but Kimmel put the court press on him to join the Lakers ... even busting out a Magic Johnson clip to help sway the guy.

He'd look good in Purple and Gold. Just sayin' ...

Kendall & A$AP Rocky Hit Same Party as Her Ex ... Jordan Clarkson Claims Victory

5/14/2017 8:31 AM PDT

Kendall Jenner nearly had a seriously awkward moment when she and A$AP Rocky ended up at the same party as her ex, Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson -- except Jordan had the smoothest reaction.

The trio were all at the Peppermint Club in WeHo Saturday night. Remember, Jordan and Kendall were a thing just last fall ... so you could understand him not being too thrilled to see her with her new guy.

But score one for Jordan ... we got him as his car was pulled around, and asked about bumping into Kendall. His reply was basically, "I'm a playa!"  And then he piled into his ride with 3 hot chicks!

Meanwhile ... Kendall and A$AP did the sneak out separately thing trying to avoid cameras. Fail.

"Lakers win! Lakers win!!"

Magic Johnson's Son Talks Kobe, Lonzo Ball and Lakers

5/3/2017 3:47 PM PDT

Is Magic Johnson making a play for Lonzo Ball? Will Kobe Bryant ever join the Lakers front office? When will the Lake Show actually win a championship again?

All questions we posed for a guy who knows all about this kind of stuff ... Magic Johnson's son, Andre

AJ was out at Porta Via restaurant in Beverly Hills when asked about the state of his father's basketball team.

The good news ... he's optimistic! The bad news ... it might take a while. 

John Salley Carmelo's Next Relationship ... Should Be With Lakers

4/20/2017 9:43 AM PDT

John Salley knows exactly what Carmelo Anthony should do amidst all his basketball and woman drama -- head west and play for the Lakers!!

The 4-time NBA champ says Melo's not the type to seek advice about his split with La La, but he's optimistic things will get better for the superstar on and off the court ... and thinks L.A. is the place to start fresh.

Salley's relationship advice didn't stop there -- he also weighs in on Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian ... and the dude's a fan.

Rob Lowe I'm Not Rob Pelinka! But If I Were ...

4/18/2017 6:26 AM PDT

They look pretty identical, but Rob Lowe is finally setting the record straight -- telling TMZ Sports he's NOT new Lakers GM Rob Pelinka ... but he knows what he would do if he was!

The resemblance is uncanny and people in L.A. have been talking about it ever since Pelinka got the job ... so when we saw Lowe in L.A. on Monday, we asked him if they were separated at birth. 

"How do you know I'm NOT the Lakers new GM?"

But Lowe is a big sports guy -- and says he's given real thought about what he would do if he was running the Lake Show ... even knows who he would draft.

Derek Fisher Kobe Bryant Needs Two Statues One For Each Jersey Number!!

4/3/2017 12:35 AM PDT

Now that Shaq has a statue in front of STAPLES Center ... it's only a matter of time before Kobe Bryant gets his. But there's one BIG question -- what number will Mamba's statue wear?!

Kobe's old teammate, Derek Fisher, has an easy solution ... DOUBLE 'EM UP! One statue for #8 and another for #24.

By the way, a similar issue has been raised when it comes to which jersey the Lakers will retire. Bryant told ESPN, "[Whichever number they choose] it'll be pretty hard for someone else to wear the other one."


L.A. Lakers Family Feud 'Good Ol'-Fashioned Ass Whoopin' ... Says Jeanie Buss' Lawyer

3/28/2017 12:43 PM PDT

Jeanie Buss' high-powered attorney says her courtroom victory against her brothers was a "good old-fashioned ass whooping" ... and says Jeanie vows to "bring some glory back to Los Angeles."

As we previously reported, Jim and Johnny Buss tried to overthrow Jeanie and gain control of the team -- but Jeanie's legal team, headed by Adam Streisand, shut them down real quick.

When we found Streisand in Brentwood on Tuesday, he was super optimistic about the future of the Lakers ... and says the brothers now know once and for all who calls the shots in Lakers land.

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