Don't let the success of the Clippers fool you ... Andrew Bynum knows Los Angeles is still a Lakers town ... that's why he wants to play for them next season.
Bynum -- who is currently a free agent after a disastrous season in Cleveland and Indiana -- was at LAX on Tuesday when our photog broached the idea of returning to Los Angeles.
You might think Bynum would want to take what's left of his talents to Lob City ... but he says he'd prefer to wear purple and gold.
Bynum's best seasons were in Los Angeles ... in fact, he's barely played in the two seasons since he was traded for Dwight Howard.
Hey, the Lake Show needs all the help they can get.
If I Steal a Franchise
IT WON'T BE THE CLIPPERS!
5/13/2014 10:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Magic just called into "TMZ Live" -- and shot down Donald Sterling's allegations that Magic concocted a diabolical scheme to take over the L.A. Clippers after the racist audio surfaced.
"If I'm gonna set somebody up," Magic said ... "It won't be to buy the Clippers, that's for sure. It'll be to buy the Lakers!"
Of course, Magic says he's not a crook or a thief and would NEVER do anything underhanded like steal a team ... but IF he did, he'd aim WAY higher than the Red and Blue.
"I love Doc Rivers, Chris Paul and Blake ... but if I'm gonna try to steal a franchise, it ain't gonna be the Clippers."
I Was Sterling's Sugar Baby for 4 Years
4/28/2014 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
So much for V. Stiviano's claims she was NEVER Donald Sterling's girlfriend ... her own court documents say she was a prop to show off the Clippers owner's "sexual prowess."
TMZ broke the story, Stiviano has been denying she was ever Sterling's girlfriend -- telling people she was simply his "archivist" for years and things never progressed beyond work-related interactions.
But Stiviano says the opposite in new court docs -- claiming she's been Sterling's sexy sidepiece for 4 years, much to the mortification of Sterling's wife Shelly.
The documents -- filed this month in connection with Shelly's lawsuit against V. claiming she duped Donald into showering her with more than $2 mil in gifts -- say the relationship between V. and Donald was "neither [a] hidden, closeted, nor a clandestine 'affair' at any time," adding it was "open notorious, obvious and long standing."
The documents never use the term "girlfriend" or "boyfriend" to characterize the relationship and it doesn't say they had sex. But it sure is coy.
Arrested for DUI With Famous Black Passenger
4/28/2014 12:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The woman scolded by Donald Sterling for publicly associating with African Americans was arrested for DUI ... with a black celeb in the passenger seat ... TMZ Sports has learned.
V. Stiviano was arrested in 2012 for drunk driving in Los Angeles. Her passenger was Brandon Mychal Smith ... who starred in Disney's "Sonny with a Chance."
Stiviano was driving the red Ferrari that Sterling gave her and which is now the subject of a lawsuit where Shelly Sterling claims V. deceived the old man into giving her more than $2 mil in gifts.
Coincidentally ... today is the day she has to prove to a court she did her community service.
Stiviano pled no contest to reckless driving and was put on 3 years probation ... which means she's still on the hook.
Lakers Star Nick Young
... During Lakers Game
3/24/2014 8:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
1:56 PM PT -- Nick says the crooks took roughly $100k worth of stuff from the home ... and at Lakers practice today he told the media, "They got me, man. They stoles my Yeezys, too."
Burglars struck the L.A. home of Lakers star Nick Young last night ... WHILE THE LAKERS WERE PLAYING ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Law enforcement confirms ... cops are investigating at the home Nick is renting in L.A.
Sources tell us ... Nick came home after defeating the Orlando Magic at Staples Center around 11pm and noticed an upstairs window was broken.
We're told the scumbag (or scumbags) ransacked the master bedroom -- taking several expensive items ... including Louboutin shoes, jewelry, clothes, Louis Vuitton luggage and more.
Our sources say they believe the crooks were so bold, they walked right out the front door ... which was unlocked when Nick got to his home.
So far, cops say no arrests have been made and no suspects have been identified.
Drops $4.8 Million
On Retirement Home
3/23/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Forget Shady Pines, when Steve Nash retires ... he'll be in the lap of luxury -- 'cause the L.A. Lakers star just dropped $4.8 million on a Manhattan Beach pad ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Our real estate sources tell us ... Nash had been on the hunt for a permanent home on the West Coast -- somewhere he could settle down after his NBA career. Then he found a 4,175 square foot gem just 2 blocks from the sand.
Problem is ... it's super ugly and outdated.
Solution is ... we're told Nash is gonna knock the whole thing down and build his dream house.
We're told the place was originally listed for $5 million ... but Nash was able to get the price down to $4.8 mil with an all-cash offer. Strong.
Sources tell us Nash already has a builder in mind and wants to get to work ASAP.
As for the "Shady Pines" reference in the first line -- yeah, we like the "Golden Girls." Back off.
Kobe Won't Win Another Title
... As a Player
3/16/2014 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Samuel L. Jackson isn't the kind of guy who beats around the bush -- so when we asked if he thinks Kobe Bryant will ever win another NBA title, the guy was as brutally honest as it gets.
But don't crawl into a ball just yet Laker fans, there is a silver lining ... according to Sam, there's still a way for the Mamba to fetch another ring ... but it won't be due to his performance ON the court.
Check out the clip.
I WON'T ABANDON THE LAKERS
... Even When They Suck
3/15/2014 11:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
B-Real is no Aaron Paul -- telling TMZ Sports he REFUSES to give up on his Lakers ... even though they were the first team eliminated from playoff contention.
The Cypress Hill rapper is a huge fan of the purp and gold ... and says a true fan should stick with their team through the good times and the bad (right now, it's really bad) ... unlike Paul who gave up on the Broncos the day after the Super Bowl.
He also tells us why he thinks it's GOOD that Kobe's hangin' em up for the rest of the season.
Kobe Changed the Game
... for Adulterers
3/13/2014 11:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The $4 MILLION apology ring Kobe Bryant gave to Vanessa screwed things up for cheaters everywhere ... so says Marlon Wayans who says Kobe set the price of forgiveness way too damn high.
Marlon dished out the knowledge after we asked if Robin Thicke's apparent flower offensive would help the singer win back his wife after she broke things off.
"Robin's trying to bring it back to simplicity," Marlon said ... "Kobe changed the game."
"How is any man that f**ks up ... and we all f**k up ... how am I gonna compete with that?!"
For the record, Kobe didn't just splurge on a ring ... he also gave Vanessa 3 MANSIONS!
... and they're still together.
Glen 'Big Baby' Davis
Swarmed By Babes, Takes a Few Home
3/11/2014 6:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Glen "Big Baby" Davis is adjusting pretty well to life in L.A. ... crushing it on the court -- and also at the nightclubs ... and TMZ Sports has the video proof.
We spotted Davis leaving DBA nightclub last night ... with (at least) THREE hot chicks in tow.
After they got in his waiting SUV, a bunch of other chicks flocked to Glen's ride ... like skeezer moths to a rich and famous flame.
Aside from chick wranglin', Davis also talked basketball -- telling us his L.A. Clipppers are gonna win the NBA championship.
With Sick Crossover
3/8/2014 6:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dear Ty Lawson,
We get it. The Lakers are terrible. First, they lost to the Clippers on Thursday by a whopping 48. Then last night in Denver, you made Lakers guard Jodie Meeks FALL DOWN ON HIS ASS with an ill crossover dribble.
The video above (which was posted by the NBA's official account) shows the move from every angle imaginable.
This isn't the first time you clowned the boys in purple in gold. Last year you talked serious trash to our cameras after beating the Lakers in Los Angeles.
Please, the citizens of Los Angeles beg of you ... take it easy on our boys next time.
Buy My L.A. Beach Pad
Plenty of Room to Flop
3/6/2014 3:39 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
For Sale: Vlade Divac's beach house in L.A's Pacific Palisades. The retired NBA star is asking $3.25 million for the home.
Here are some of the highlights.
-- 5 bedrooms ... to flop in.
-- a wine cellar ... to flop in.
-- yoga room ... to flop in.
-- walk-in closets ... to flop in.
-- outdoor dining area with ocean view ... to flop on.
-- 4.5 bathrooms ... to poop in.
Divac -- who reportedly made more than $93 million during his career -- bought the place back in 2003, but according to Realtor.com, he had offered it as a rental for $13k-per-month.
The home is expected to draw as many offers as Vlade did fouls. #flopjokes.
Brooklyn Nets Player
MOCKED BY LAKERS STAR
... And It's Hilarious!
3/5/2014 7:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
THIS. IS. FUNNY!!!!
'Memba when Nets player Andray Blatche was shuttin' down that big-assed woman in Bev Hills last week?? Well, Lakers star Nick Young sure does ... and last night, he REENACTED the whole scene.
Young was out in front of the Roosevelt Hotel when he brought up the TMZ Sports video featuring a drunken Blatche trying to duck a thirsty jock-chaser like his life depended on it.
So, in an obvious tribute to his former Washington Wizards teammate ... Young and a friend acted out the moment right in the street -- it's pretty damn hilarious.
Ya gotta watch the clip.