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L.A. Lakers Player

Drops $200k on Aston Martin

... Merry Xmas to Me!

12/25/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Swaggy P ain't the only Lakers player rollin' around on some fresh new wheels ... TMZ Sports has learned teammate Wesley Johnson just dropped $205k on a pimped out Aston Martin!!

We're told ... the 4th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft recently hit up Roadstarr Motorsports in L.A. looking to get a Christmas gift for himself. 

He picked out a 2014 Aston Martin Rapide -- 0 to 60 in 4.7 seconds -- and customized it with a pearl white paint job that featured a matte black center.  

The interior ... burgundy Italian leather with white stitching -- plus 10-inch monitors on the back of the front seats.

Plus ... 20-inch rims (we're told Wesley was adamant about dubs.)

Who needs Santa when you've made $13 million playing basketball???

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Nick Young

Iggy Won Xmas This Year

'I Can't Top Her Gift'

12/23/2014 6:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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If Christmas is a battlefield ... Nick Young is France -- 'cause he just surrendered in the war for the best Xmas gift after his GF Iggy Azalea hooked him up with a sick classic car.  

The Lakers star was rollin' around L.A. in his brand new '62 Chevy Impala -- which Iggy delivered to him outside the Lakers facility Monday -- when we asked if it was even possible to top Iggy's gift.

The short answer ... no ... and Nick knows it -- admitting that she "won" the holiday gift exchange this year.  

Swaggy also had some things to say about Kobe Bryant. Check out the clip ...

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Jerry Buss

I'M HIS SECRET LOVECHILD

... Woman Claims

12/22/2014 5:31 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The war over Jerry Buss' fortune just took a shocking turn -- with a mysterious woman claiming she's the secret daughter of the late Lakers owner ... but Jerry's family is calling B.S. 

According to heavily redacted legal docs filed in L.A. County Superior Court, the woman describes herself as an "omitted child" ... who is entitled to just as much of Jerry's estate as his other 6 children. 

It appears from the docs that the woman claims she's the oldest of Jerry's children ... but all of the details about why she's convinced she's the fruit of his loins is redacted in the legal papers. 

However, the woman has met staunch resistance from Jerry's most famous daughter, Jeanie Buss -- who filed legal docs of her own calling the woman a liar who deserves JACK SQUAT. 

Of course, Jerry was reportedly worth in excess of $600 million -- so there's a lot of money on the line. 

A hearing on the matter is set for Tuesday morning -- and a judge could decide if the mystery woman has a leg to stand on. Stay tuned ...

Iggy Azelea

Nick Young's Xmas Gift ...

A BRAND NEW CAR!

12/22/2014 3:27 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Santa Claus ain't got nothin' on Iggy Azalea ... who just hooked up Nick Young with one helluva Christmas present -- a 1962 Chevy Impala ... complete with a red bow. 

Iggy personally delivered the ride to Swaggy P outside the Lakers practice facility -- where Nick got the chance to show off his new whip in front of all his boys. 

No word on how much Iggy paid for the ride ... but some '62 Impalas have been appraised around $100k. 

Question is ... how's Nick gonna compete with that? 

Vanessa Bryant

Taps 'Project Runway' Designer

... For Xmas Card Dress

12/22/2014 9:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

1222-bryant-family-instagram-01Vanessa Bryant takes her Christmas card photo VERY SERIOUSLY -- so seriously in fact that Mrs. Mamba tapped one of the top designers from "Project Runway" to make her dress. 

Kobe Bryant's wife called upon MTCostello -- who has designed clothes for huge stars like Beyonce and Ariana Grande

They got together and picked out MTCostello's signature "Black Widow" gown -- which comes with a $6,500 price tag!!

Vanessa had flirted with a bronze version of the dress during an earlier fitting ... but ultimately, decided to go with black. 

Sources close to the situation tell us ... Vanessa has always been passionate about Xmas cards. As one person put it, "She takes great pride and puts great thought into celebrating because she's very religious."

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Master P

Kobe, Hit Me Up!

I Can Save Your Season

12/20/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Master P has a sure fire plan to turnaround this painful Lakers season -- just give him a little run, and he'll do what Kobe Bryant hasn't been able to do ... not yet, anyway.

Mr. "Make Em' Say Uhh" told us he can provide something for the Lake show no one else can. Master P even called out the Mamba, saying ... "I played against Kobe. He knows what's up!"

It's true ... P did play in a couple of NBA preseasons with the Hornets and Raptors in the late '90s. We're guessing Kobe doesn't remember much about their match ups.

Still ... the Lakers season couldn't get worse, right? Check out P's plan -- and also his take on athletes repping the "I Can't Breathe" t-shirts. Solid perspective.

Charmin Toilet Paper

THANKING KOBE

For T.P. Rant At Lakers Practice

12/12/2014 6:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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The people at Charmin toilet paper are SOAKING UP all the publicity from the Kobe Bryant meltdown yesterday --THANKING the Lakers star for saying the Lakers are "as soft as Charmin." 

As we previously reported, Bryant blasted his teammates during practice Thursday -- calling them out for sucking it up this season ... saying, "Now I see why we've lost so many games. We're soft like Charmin!" 

Well, Charmin heard the comments loud and clear -- and responded on Twitter ... saying, "You know, in terms of toilet paper, saying you're as soft as Charmin is a good thing. In basketball? Not so much."

The T.P. titans went on to thank Kobe for the publicity and explained why yesterday was a great day for the brand. 

Charmin -- they're on a roll.

Lakers Player

WE'RE NOT MAD AT KOBE

'He's Just Trying to Motivate Us'

12/11/2014 3:21 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1211-kobe-bryant-getty-01There will be no Kobe Bryant mutiny on the L.A. Lakers -- so says a Lakers player who tells TMZ Sports the squad is NOT MAD at The Mamba for tearing 'em a new butthole at practice today. 

In case you haven't heard, Bryant went NUCLEAR -- cussing out several players and even talking trash to G.M. Mitch Kupchak

At one point, Bryant said, "Now I see why we've lost so many games. We're soft like Charmin!"

But one of the players on the team -- who spoke with us on the condition of anonymity -- said, "It's all in love. Kobe is trying to motivate us to become more hungry."

The player adds, "We are all good ... just gotta get better."

As for Kobe and Nick Young, who went at it on the court today as well, we're told ... "Swaggy and Kobe are good. Just two competitors competing. They always talk mess ... it's a part of the game."  

Jeremy Lin

I Ease The Pain Of Losing

... With a McFlurry

11/26/2014 1:38 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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112614_jeremy_lin_launchJeremy Lin thinks the cure to frustration is 930 calories of frozen confectionery goodness ...  telling TMZ Sports he turns to a McDonald's McFlurry to deal with the pain of a crushing Lakers loss.

Lin was at the annual Lakers Thanksgiving celebration this week to hand out turkeys to the less fortunate when we asked him if he had any guilty food pleasures ... given he's a world class athlete.

The Lakers star admitted that he recently indulged after a particularly tough loss ... and it seems the McFlurry did the trick. 

Ba da ba ba ba.

L.A. Lakers

Huge Celeb Fan Losing Interest

'I'm Going Less and Less'

11/24/2014 7:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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112414_lou_adler_launchBad news for the Lakers ... one of the team's BIGGEST celebrity fans is getting real bored with the Purple and Gold -- telling TMZ Sports he's going to games "less and less" these days.

We spoke to music legend Lou Adler -- who's been a staple at Lakers games over the past decades sitting courtside next to his good friend Jack Nicholson.

But when we asked if he was still supporting the squad even though it's been rough this season ... Adler seemed less than jazzed about the Lake Show.

In fact, Adler seemed so down on the team he told us he's not even sure a winning record could get him back -- telling us it's not about IF the team wins or loses ... it's HOW the team wins or loses.

One more thing ... we asked Lou to name the biggest celebrity Lakers fan -- and it WASN'T Mr. Nicholson. Check out the clip.

Aries Spears

I Hate Kobe Bryant

... He's No Michael Jordan

11/20/2014 8:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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112014_aries_spears_launchSo, probably safe to assume Aries Spears won't be getting a Christmas card from Kobe Bryant this year ... because the former "MadTV" star says he HATES the Mamba (and all things Lakers) with a passion.

"I'm the biggest Laker hater in the world," Spears told us at LAX yesterday. "I don't like Kobe."

There's more ... Spears says Bryant doesn't have a shot to win another championship during his career ... which is why Michael Jordan will always be considered the greatest of all time.

"As long as Michael Jordan is breathing, he's got that spot locked ... SIX, BABY!"

BTW, this isn't the first time Spears has taken a shot at Kobe -- check out what he did on "MadTV" back in the day ...

Phil Jackson

Throws Jab at Lakers Players ...

From Knicks Glass House

11/20/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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111914_phil_jackson_launchPhil Jackson dissed the Lakers ... saying his ex-team doesn't need him to coach, they just need better players -- which is funny, considering his new team in NYC is just as crappy.

The Knicks President was grocery shopping in L.A. when our photog asked him if the Lakers could pull out of the basement if he was running the show.

Phil refused to blast the Lake Show's new coaches, but instead dropped some Zen master wisdom about coaches -- even himself -- only being as good as the talent they have on the court.

100% true for the Lakers -- and also the Knicks. Isn't that right, starting center Samuel Dalembert?

Just sayin' ... cool of Phil to answer our question about the 3-9 Lakers -- but he could just as easily have been talking about his 3-10 Knicks.

Doc Rivers

Don't Slam Kobe For Missed Shots

'Can't Make 'Em If Ya Don't Take Em'

11/13/2014 7:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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111314_doc_rivers_launchDoc Rivers says he has NO PROBLEM with Kobe Bryant breaking the record for most missed shots in NBA history ... telling TMZ Sports, "The only way you can make 'em, you gotta take 'em."

FYI -- Kobe broke the record earlier this week ... passing Celtics legend John Havlicek, who missed 13,147 shots during his career.

But the L.A. Clippers honcho says it's not necessarily a bad record to have -- in fact, Rivers says he WISHES he had a title like that under his belt.

One more thing ... we also asked Rivers about golf -- and if he thought he could beat President Obama if they ever went head-to-head. Check out his answer ... might be time to settle this on the links.

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