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Nick Young I'm Changing Metta's Name Again ... And Mine Too

9/25/2015 8:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Nick Young's excited about the Lakers bringing Metta World Peace out of retirement -- he just has a funny way of showing it ... which probably has a lot to do with the fact he got a little turnt Thursday night.

Nick was outside The Nice Guy in West Hollywood when we asked about his new teammate, and newsflash ... he's declaring yet another name change for Metta.

We're pretty sure Metta will NOT be down with his suggestion. Swaggy P also said something about switching up his own nickname -- but that could've been the drinks talking.

Definitely a fun night for Nick ... aka ole whatshisname.

Bonus: Nick's werewolf theory regarding that fight he and his pals had at a Dave & Buster's.

L.A. Lakers Planning to Honor Terror Train Heroes!

8/24/2015 10:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0824-anthony-sadler-lakers-GETTY-01He's already been honored in France, but now one of the American heroes who thwarted a gunman on a Paris-bound train will be celebrated by his favorite NBA team ... the L.A. Lakers!!!  

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Anthony Sadler was wearing a Lake Show t-shirt when he and his 2 friends Spencer Stone and Alek Skarlatos jumped into action and saved countless lives this weekend. 

0822-sadler-skarlatos-norman-getty-4Sadler's mother has said he's a huge Lakers fan and his favorite player is Kobe Bryant

Now, we've learned ... the Lakers have definitely taken notice and a rep for the team tells us plans are already in the works to honor Sadler -- along with Stone and Skarlatos. 

The guys have already received France's highest award -- the Legion of Honor -- and that's cool and all ... but props from the Lakers?? Doesn't get better than that ... 

update_graphic_red_bar10:59 AM PT -- Seems soccer superstar Thomas Muller has also taken notice of the fact Alek Skarlatos was wearing his Bayern Munich jersey during the incident ... and couldn't be more proud! 

Muller posted a note on Twitter saying, "Those are heros. And one of them wears my trikot. Great guys."



Iggy Azalea Clowns Nick Young ... Your Lakers Have NO GAME

8/19/2015 3:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0819-iggy-azalea-nick-young-INSTAGRAM-01Iggy Azalea is talking so much smack about Nick Young and his teammates ... you'd think she and Swaggy had been married for 30 years already.

Iggy and Nick were on vacay in her native Australia, and BSO picked up a solo media stop she made down under ... while Nick was in the gym. When the interviewers asked if it was that important for Nick to practice ... the shade started flying.

Problem for Nick and the Lakers is, in this case, she ain't really lying. Still, Iggy got a sweet-ass engagement ring out of the deal -- so, she might wanna ease up off a brotha.

Just sayin'.


NBA's Jared Dudley Flip Flops On Kobe ... Put Him On Team USA

8/18/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Washington Wizard Jared Dudley just pulled a 180 on Kobe Bryant -- calling him a LOCK for Team USA ... even though he recently said free agent superstars were avoiding Kobe like the plague.

Dudley was leaving Greystone in WeHo when we asked if the Mamba should rep USA in the Olympics next year ... with younger players like Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kenneth Faried. Some critics feel Kobe's getting a little long in the tooth. 

Check out the clip, 'cause Jared sounds like the head cheerleader for Kobe -- which is interesting since just 3 months ago he said Kobe's ball-hogging and attitude was killing the Lakers' attempts to recruit new blood. Now he's calling him a "legend."

Hmmm ... maybe someone's looking to score an invite to Kobe's 37th birthday next week.

Nick Young Gets Out-Freaked By Iggy Azalea

8/14/2015 6:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Nick Young gave his Lakers teammates a huge gift when he attempted to out lip-synch his fiancee, Iggy Azalea ... and lost ... in humiliating fashion.

Nick and Iggy went head-to-head on last night's episode of "Lip Sync Battle" on Spike -- and turns out Nick wasn't so Swaggy after all.

Azalea whipped out her "Freak Me" by Silk -- complete with pelvic thrusts on the stage. Nick tried to go sweet with Maroon 5's "Sugar" ... but came up short.  

The real winner here wasn't Iggy though -- it's the Lakers who just got handed a season's worth of images to post in Nick's locker.


Roy Hibbert Ben Savage Is My Spirit Animal

8/12/2015 10:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Roy Hibbert sees himself as more of an adolescent white kid struggling to make sense of high school ... than a 7'2" NBA shot blocking machine. 

TMZ Sports uncovered this secret about the brand new Lakers big man when we saw him out in Bev. Hills on Wednesday night, and asked about celebrity aliases.  

We all know most celebs use fake names when they check into a hotel, and Roy's gonna need a new one -- since he blew his own cover with our photog. 

Roy also gives us a Kobe Bryant update, as in ... what happened after that super awkward news conference where he was asked if the Mamba called when he joined the team.

Sounds like it's all good in Laker land.

Metta World Peace Kobe Won't Call Roy Hibbert ... Until He Proves Himself

7/28/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kobe Bryant is NOT the Lakers welcoming committee -- and won't call new teammates like Roy Hibbert and Lou Williams until they EARN a phone call ... so says Metta World Peace

Metta knows what he's talking about -- he played with Kobe for years ... and says it's not Kobe's responsibility to call the new guys and make them feel welcome. It's on them to prove they belong. 

BTW -- this all stems from the Lakers introductory news conference when Roy, Lou and Brandon Bass were asked if Kobe had reached out ... and the response was awkward silence. 

So ... no. 

But it's not just Kobe who busts out the cold shoulder for newbies -- Metta says notorious nice guy Tim Duncan gave a 19-year-old Tony Parker the silent treatment for AN ENTIRE YEAR until the pup earned his stripes.

We checked ... it's true. Damn, Timmy so cold.

New Lakers Kobe Who??

7/22/2015 1:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Three new Lakers were silenced by Kobe Bryant ... or at least a question about Kobe -- and the video is super awkward.

The Lakers held a news conference to introduce Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams, and Brandon Bass to the media -- and, naturally, one of the first questions was Mamba-related: "Any of you guys heard from Kobe, and if so, what did he say?"

Y'know when they say silence is deafening? This clip is full-on Helen Keller.

Apparently, these guys have learned the first rule of the Kobe Club.

6'9" Mitch Kupchak Lakers G.M. Flies Southwest ... At Least I'm In 'Group A'

7/13/2015 8:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

He's worth MILLIONS, but Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak saved a couple of bucks this weekend by stuffing himself into a coach seat on Southwest airlines ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Kupchak -- along with other members of the Lakers staff -- flew from LAX to Vegas ... where the team played against the Minnesota Timberwolves in an NBA summer league game. 

By the way, Kupchak is 6'9" tall -- so it's a tight squeeze, even for a 45 minute flight!!!

The good news -- Mitch was the second guy on the plane so he was able to lock down the emergency exit row ... scoring himself a few extra inches.   

But here's where things get interesting ... Lakers part-owner Jim Buss was also at LAX that day to fly to Vegas -- but did NOT get on the same Southwest flight. 

Private jet, perhaps?? 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Car Crash at UCLA ... Wearing Lakers Jersey

7/7/2015 7:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0707-kareem-abdul-jabar-accident-tmzKareem Abdul-Jabbar is having a rough year ... the NBA legend got into a car wreck at UCLA yesterday ... and TMZ Sports has the pics. 

Kareem was arriving to UCLA Medical Center, where he underwent quadruple bypass surgery earlier this year, when he got into a collision with another vehicle. 

Sources connected to the Hall of Famer tell us he's doing OK -- no major injuries -- and it appeared the other person in the wreck was also fine. 

People recognized Kareem at the scene ... not just because he's huge, but also because he was wearing his old Lakers jersey at the time of the crash. 

Cops showed up ... but we're told there were no major issues, just your usual fender bender. 

update_graphic_red_bar10:04 AM PT -- Kareem's rep tells us, "Kareem is fine and was not injured, but his car was severely damaged. The accident was caused by the other person -- not Kareem."

Phil Jackson Porzingis Is a Good Investment

7/2/2015 6:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

NY Knicks honcho Phil Jackson seems to be VERY AMUSED by all the criticism surrounding Kristaps Porzingis -- but says when push comes to shove, the Latvian is a good investment. 

Jackson was having dinner with coach Derek Fisher at Ago in West Hollywood last night ... when we brought up the #4 pick in the draft. 

Check out the clip ... long story short, Jackson says ... "Porzingis is some stock to invest in."

Fisher agrees -- and says he likes the guy ... and hopes he has a nice long career. 

Sidenote -- We also asked Jackson about L.A. Dodgers star Yasiel Puig and reports that his teammates don't like him.

Jackson makes it clear he's a fan of the guy -- but when we brought up criticism Puig's getting for having a temper, Phil chalked it up to his Cuban heritage ... "it's part of their thing."

The Game I Dropped $40,000 On Lakers Floor Seats!

6/30/2015 8:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The celebrities are finally feelin' the Lakers again -- especially The Game who tells TMZ Sports he just dropped $400,000 on courtside seats!!!!

Game was leaving Playhouse nightclub in Hollywood this week when someone asked him to sign a basketball (he's a huge hoops fan). 

But instead of inking his own name, Game signed the name of L.A.'s top draft pick -- saying, "I'm putting my money on D'Angelo Russell!"

He even added the number "5" -- and said that's what D.R.'s  jersey should be. 

As for the seats, Game says he believes in the team so strongly, he bought 4 courtside season tickets -- which sell for $2,500 a pop.

No pressure, D'Angelo. 

Brian Shaw to Lakers Rookie: Might Need to 'Bow Down' to Kobe ... Over 'Rapist' Tweet

6/26/2015 2:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

How should newly drafted Lakers rookie Larry Nance Jr. deal with the fact he called Kobe Bryant a "rapist" on Twitter back in 2012?? 

He might need to "bow down" and beg for his forgiveness ... so says Bryant's former teammate Brian Shaw

Shaw -- who played for the Lakers from '99 to '03 -- acknowledged things are gonna be awkward between the two players when we saw him at LAX on Friday ... but he says the real lesson is simple:

"You just gotta be careful what you put out there ... 'cause it always comes back."

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