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J.R. Smith On LeBron's Future: 'He'll Be Wherever the F**k He Wants'

9/22/2017 9:43 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

J.R. Smith was asked about LeBron James ditching the Cavs ... and went COMPLETELY NUCLEAR -- telling the guy who brought it up to get the "f*ck outta here!"

It all went down outside Poppy in L.A. -- one of the hottest new restaurants in West Hollywood -- when a photog hit a nerve by asking if LeBron was gonna leave Cleveland (again) after this season.

Smith, one of Bron's Cavs BFFs, wasn't havin' it -- ripping the dude (not our guy) to shreds ... before blowing up over a question on The King joining the Lakers, specifically. 

Photog: "LeBron's gone man. Deal with it." 

J.R.: "LeBron's still here. He's still here."

Photog: "You think LeBron's gonna come to L.A.?

J.R.: "I think LeBron's gonna be wherever the f**k he wanna be at!"

The best part of the video is when J.R. fashion shames the photog for wearing a striped hoodie. It's legitimately funny stuff. 

Lakers' Kyle Kuzma Poppin' The Mitts ... With Celeb Boxing Trainer

9/21/2017 3:57 PM PDT

Here's Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma serving notice to the rest of the NBA not to try him ... getting a lesson in the pugilistic arts from one of the most famous boxing trainers in the country.

Kuzma -- one of the Lakers summer league standouts -- headed over to the Team Watson Boxing Club in L.A., the city's new boxing hub, where champions like Leo Santa Cruz work out.

The lesson looks pretty intense (kid's got power) ... and it's definitely legit training 'cause the guy holding the mitts is Phil Paolina, an ex-fighter whose worked with celebs like J.Lo and even Bob Dylan.

Careful Kyle, those hands are for shootin' not for fightin'.

Magic Johnson I'm Buying Lonzo & LaMelo's Shoes!!

9/15/2017 8:05 AM PDT

Magic Johnson is all about the Balls ... so much that he says he's willing to shell out nearly $1,000 for both Lonzo AND LaMelo's signature sneakers!!

The Lakers Prez was leaving Craig's in WeHo when we asked him if he was gonna cop his prized rookie's $495 ZO2s ... or his H.S. phenom baby bro's $395 Melo Ball 1s.

Magic says he's coppin' BOTH ... and doesn't care how expensive BBB sets the price tag on their shoes, as long as Zo balls out for the Purple & Gold.

Lakers' Larry Nance Engaged to College Sweetheart ... Proposes with HUGE Ring

9/13/2017 11:30 AM PDT
Breaking News

L.A. Lakers rising star Larry Nance Jr. is officially off the market ... 'cause the NBA baller just proposed to his college sweetheart with a MASSIVE diamond ring!!

The 24-year-old and his longtime girlfriend, Hailey Pince -- a fellow U. of Wyoming alum -- announced the big news on social media Tuesday by showing off the huge rock.

LNJ and the aspiring model have been dating for over 3 years ... and he explained his decision to pop the question by channeling his inner Beyonce, saying "I liked it, so I put a ring on it."

Nance can reportedly make up to $7 million over the next 3 years ... so yeah, dude can afford to splurge on his girl.

L.A. Lakers Retiring BOTH of Kobe Bryant's Numbers!

9/12/2017 11:21 AM PDT
Breaking News

Kobe Bryant will be the first Laker in team history to have TWO jersey numbers retired ... when they put #8 and #24 in the Staples Center rafters in December. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... the Lake Show will have a ceremony to retire Kobe's jersey on Dec. 18 before the Lakers play the Golden State Warriors.

The big question was which # would get the VIP treatment.

The answer? Both ... according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

Of course, Bryant dominated in both numbers ... winning 3 NBA championships in #8 (2000, 2001, 2002) and 2 in #24 (2009, 2010).

BTW, Rick Fox kinda called this ... predicting a double number retirement way back in 2015. 

Kobe Bryant Lakers Retiring Jersey In Dec. ... Before Warriors Game!

9/12/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Christmas is coming early for Kobe Bryant -- the Lakers are planning to retire his jersey before the Warriors game on Dec. 18 ... multiple sources tell TMZ Sports.  

The Lakers aren't officially acknowledging it -- but the team sent a letter to Lakers season ticket holders advising them to "hold on to your tickets for the game on Dec. 18" for a "special event."

We've made some calls and everyone's saying the same thing ... it's Kobe's big night. 

The big question ... which number will go up in Staples Center -- #8 or #24 ... or both? (Our money's on both). 

The Lakers also play the Golden State Warriors that night -- so LaVar Ball can finally watch Lonzo take on Steph Curry

Those tickets are gonna be PRICEY on StubHub. 

James Worthy: KD Take MY Spot on Showtime Lakers? That's 'Ludicrous'

9/4/2017 12:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

How does James Worthy feel about Kevin Durant saying he'd take his spot on the Showtime Lakers?

In a word: "LUDICROUS."

We got Big Game James at LAX ... and asked him what he thought of KD's recent comments on "The Bill Simmons Podcast" -- where Durant said he'd take Worthy's starting spot next to Magic Johnson and co. if he could play for any historical team.

"I think that’s ludicrous," the Hall of Famer told TMZ Sports. "I don’t know how he came to that conclusion, but I disagree."

Worthy says he doesn't get why KD would single him out ... but we're guessing their beef from earlier this year's got something to do with it. 

FYI, Durant ultimately decided he'd keep Worthy and bench Kurt Rambis for his Showtime dream team. 

Wise move, Kev.

Jordan Clarkson & Andre Roberson Volleyball With Thong Bikini Chicks ... 'Nuff Said

8/21/2017 4:25 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jordan Clarkson is having a hell of an off-season -- as demonstrated in this video of the L.A. Lakers player in a heated game of beach volleyball ... with a bunch of hot chicks in thong bikinis.

Clarkson and his Oklahoma City Thunder pal, Andre Roberson, hit up the nets at Hermosa Beach, CA this past weekend -- went shirts off -- and got into a bit of a 2-on-3 situation in the sand.

The chicks sucked at volleyball ... but who cares?!

Clarkson has a knack for attracting beautiful ladies ... he's recently been connected to Kendall Jenner.

Luke Walton Can Lonzo Be The Next Kobe? 'Anything Is Possible'

8/16/2017 7:24 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Lakers head coach Luke Walton knows ya never put a ceiling on a player -- including Lonzo Ball.

So, when he was asked if Lonzo could be the next Kobe Bryant ... he didn't exactly rule it out.

Walton's clearly excited about his team -- telling us good things about the Lakers on his way out of Catch in L.A.

But does Walton REALLY think LaVar's kid can rack up stats like the 5-time NBA champ, 2-time NBA Finals MVP, 18-time All-Star, 2-time NBA scoring champ, 2008 NBA MVP, 11-time 1st Team All-NBA & Slam Dunk Contest champ?

Nah ... he was just being nice.

James Worthy Compares Lonzo to Magic

8/13/2017 12:25 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

James Worthy on Lonzo Ball -- "He enhances everybody on the court. We haven't had someone with that type of talent really since Magic."

"Big Game James" just dished out some serious praise to Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball -- telling TMZ Sports he's REALLY excited about the kid ... and gave him one of the best compliments ever. 

Of course, Worthy was Magic Johnson's running mate back on the Showtime Lakers in the '80s -- and has been heavily involved with the Lakers organization ever since. 

So, for James to heap that kind of praise on Lonzo is a pretty big deal. 

We know what you're thinking -- is James dissing Kobe?

We don't think so -- seems more like a pure point guard comparison to us. 

One thing's for sure ... LaVar Ball is gonna LOOOOVE this clip. 

Lonzo Ball Rocks BBB Shoes to NBA Rookie Shoot

8/11/2017 8:14 AM PDT

His jersey's got the Swoosh ... but Lonzo Ball says he's still a BBB guy at heart -- and the proof is on his feet. 

The L.A. Lakers rookie was at an NBA rookie photo shoot with teammate, Kyle Kuzma, when they started showing off their new Lakers uniforms, made by Nike. 

That's when Lonzo told the camera, "I know you see the Nike jersey on ... it's still Triple B's though!" 

He then pointed down to his $495 Big Baller Brand shoes. 

Daddy likey. 

Larry Nance Jr. Excited For Lonzo Lobs 'He Makes Everyone Better'

8/7/2017 6:24 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

L.A. Lakers star Larry Nance Jr. says he's totally pumped to take flight with new teammate Lonzo Ball ... telling TMZ Sports Zo's skills are gonna make the whole team better!!

We spoke with Nance at LAX about the #2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft ... and it's clear he's ready to be on the receiving end of some big-time alley-oops from Zo.

Lonzo has impressed in workouts and was named the Summer League MVP, so we asked if this would be a new version of the Showtime Lakers ... and L.A. fans will wanna hear Nance's answer.

Nick Young Narrates Julius Randle's Wedding ... 'He Gone!'

8/4/2017 10:41 AM PDT

Nick Young is the Al Michaels of the wedding industry ... 'cause Swaggy P gave out an amazing play-by-play of Julius Randle's marriage ceremony Thursday ... and it's hilarious!!

The Lakers star tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend, Kendra Shaw, in front of his old Kentucky and L.A. teammates (including Jordan Clarkson) ... and Young provided some top-notch commentary to his recording of the ceremony.

Young really gets into it, saying it's a "proud unk" moment as he watches his ex-teammate exchange vows ... and emotionally whispers "he 'bout to cry!"

No word on if the water works came out ... but the party afterwards looked like a great time.

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