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Kobe Bryant

Vanessa Miscarried During Rape Case

... I Blame Myself

3/2/2015 9:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

030215_kobe_bryant_launchKobe Bryant says his wife Vanessa Bryant miscarried in 2004 ... right in the thick of his rape case in Colorado ... and says he blames no one but himself. 

Bryant opened up about the situation in his Showtime documentary "Muse" -- and while he never specifically mentions the case, it's crystal clear what he's talking about. 

During the segment titled "2004" ... the year of the hearing (which was eventually dismissed when the accuser refused to testify) ... Kobe says:

"We were expecting ... and um ... expecting our second child during that time ... and there was just so much stress, she actually, she actually miscarried."

"It's something ... I have a real hard time dealing with that 'cause I felt like it was just my fault."

Kobe added, "The reality is it happened because of me ... that's something I have to deal with. Something I gotta carry forever."

Kobe also praises Vanessa ... saying she could have left him and taken half of his money ... but didn't. 

Iggy Azalea

Nick Young's a Sleep Farter

2/25/2015 11:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Talk about committing a foul ... Iggy Azalea says her boyfriend Nick Young is a straight-up "sleep farter" ... and he's damn proud of it. 

Iggy was hangin' with "#TheCruzShow" on Power 106 when her Los Angeles Lakers boyfriend called in ... and the conversation turned to night flatulence. 

Don't worry, Nick defended his woman ... saying she's too much of a lady to sleep-fart. 

And just in case, Iggy says she tapes her b-hole when she goes to bed. 

#GoodLookinOut

There's more ... Iggy also talks about that sick '62 Impala she got Nick for Xmas -- and says there's a major Hollywood connection to the car. 

Harrison Ford

Screw the Oscars

I'd Rather Watch Crappy Lakers

2/23/2015 6:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0223-harrison-ford-calista-celtics-gettyTo quote the Grail Knight at the end of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" ... Harrison Ford chose wisely. 

Instead of suffering through the nearly 4 hours of whatever that was on TV last night, Harrison grabbed his wife Calista Flockhart and hit up the Staples Center to watch the crappy Lakers. 

But unlike the Academy Awards, Harrison Ford got a surprise ending ... the last place Lake Show actually pulled out a victory over the almost equally bad Boston Celtics. 

Still better than a running briefcase gag. 

L.A. Clippers Player

Courting Jack Nicholson

'Come to Our Side!'

2/23/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Could Jack Nicholson quit on the Lakers completely ... and become a Clippers fan?!

That's what Clippers prodigy Austin Rivers is hoping for ... especially with Jack telling TMZ Sports this week that he's not as obsessed with the Lake Show as he used to be.

Rivers -- the son of Clippers president/coach Doc Rivers -- was out in L.A. and told us, "I'm trying to get him over on our side man!"

Here's the thing ... we already know Jack has pro-Clippers tendencies ... he went to a Clippers playoff game last season. And they definitely have a brighter future than the Lakers.

Plus, Jack already knows his way around the stadium ... since the Clips and the Lakers both play in the Staples Center.

Jeanie Buss ... it might be time to panic.

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Jack Nicholson

I'll Sell You My Lakers Tix

... I'm Sorta Over It

2/22/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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022115_jack_nicholson_launch_v2Lookin' for some insane courtside seats to the Lakers game?

Jack Nicholson tells TMZ Sports he's willing to sell you his for face value ... since he's not as motivated to go the Staples Center as he used to be.

It's actually pretty sad ... Nicholson -- who's been a staple at the Lakers games for decades -- was leaving Madeo in Beverly Hills when he told us he's just not as into the Lake Show as he used to be.

We're guessing the team's abysmal record has a lot to do with it.

The good news? You could sit right next to stars like Leo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg ... that is, if they even feel like showing up these days.

Kobe Bryant

If My Ego's Too Big

Screw You!

2/17/2015 7:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Kobe Bryant says ... he knows there are NBA stars who refused to play for the Lakers because they couldn't handle Mamba's ego ... but Kobe says the team didn't need those players anyway.  

Bryant just opened up to GQ ... saying, "Does my nature make me less enjoyable to play with? Of course."

When specifically asked if his ego has deterred top talent from joining the Lake Show -- he replied, "Of course it does. Is it possible that some top players in the league are intimidated by that? Yes. But do I want to play with those players? Does the Laker organization want those specific players? No."

He adds, "Magic. Jordan. Bird. We all would have been phenomenal teammates. This organization wants players who will carry this franchise to another five or six championships. The player who does that has to be cut from the same cloth. And if they’re not cut from that cloth, they don’t belong here."

In the issue, Bryant was also brutally honest about his relationship with former coach Phil Jackson -- saying, "He understood the dynamic he had to deal with between me and Shaq. So he would take shots at me in the press, and I understood he was doing that in order to ingratiate himself to Shaq." 

"And since I knew what he was doing, I felt like that was an insult to my intelligence. I was like, ‘F**k him. I’m out here busting my ass. I’m killing myself.’ And it became insulting."

"Yet at the same time, it drove me at a maniacal pace. Because either consciously or unconsciously, he put a tremendous amount of pressure on me to be efficient, and to be great, and to be great now."

Kobe Bryant

Breaks Out the Chopper

... For Valentine's Day

2/16/2015 7:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0216-kobe-bryant-helicopter-instagramHis rotator is still jacked up, but his rotors are doing just fine -- which is why Kobe Bryant broke out the helicopter for a special Valentine's Day date with his wife Vanessa

The two took to the skies for a little romantic V-Day getaway over the weekend ... and made sure to take a few mid-flight selfies along the way.  

Sidenote -- Vanessa's earrings ... damn. 

Legend has it, Kobe has been using the 'copter for years to go from his home in Orange County to the Staples Center in L.A. so he can beat freeway traffic.  

But with his season over, it's good to see Kobe's still finding use for his favorite method of travel. 

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Cameron Diaz & Benji

Kiss Cam Makeout Session ...

At Lakers Game

1/28/2015 6:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
012815_camron_diaz_kiss_cam_launchFinally, a highlight at the Lakers game. 

For some reason, Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden decided to hit up Staples Center in L.A. Tuesday night to watch the Kobe-less Lakers go down in flames to the Washington Wizards. 

But during a break in the action, the newlyweds (married just 3 weeks ago) were put on the "Kiss Cam" ... and they came through strong with some PDA as several fans clapped and cheered. 

Might as well ... nothing else to applaud for that night.

Kobe Bryant

Hits Up Paintball Park

After Shoulder Injury

1/25/2015 8:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
0125-anderson-silva-soldiers-INSTAGRAM-01Just days after being diagnosed with a season-ending rotator cuff injury, Kobe Bryant his up a popular paintball park in L.A. this weekend ... to kick it with Anderson Silva.

Kobe and the UFC legend were hanging at the Hollywood Sports park in Bellflower, CA on Saturday -- where Silva and his kids go paint splatterin' every other weekend.

Seems unlikely Kobe got in on the action -- since everyone else in the pic is dressed for combat and Kobe's not ... and also, he's still nursing that injury.

At the very least, it's good to see he's not moping around the house.

Kobe Bryant

Injury Hurts Local Restaurants

Expecting Fans to Bail

1/24/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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It's not just the Lakers who will take a hit with Kobe Bryant out the rest of the season -- local L.A. restaurants are also concerned ... telling TMZ Sports business is significantly slower when the Mamba isn't on the court. 

FYI -- Staples Center is located right next to L.A. Live ... a major entertainment center packed with restaurants often trafficked by people before and after events at the arena. 

But with Kobe going down with a torn rotator cuff, several restaurant staffers tell us everyone is going to suffer. 

We spoke with Mike Zislis -- owner of Rock ‘N Fish at L.A. Live -- who tells us, "We feel like we’re gonna lose at least 10 percent of our sales per home game."

"Last year when Kobe was out we calculated we lost $250k in revenue," Zislis says, noting that Kobe only played in 2 home games during the '13-'14 season. 

"Lakers fans generally spend more than Kings or Clippers fans so when they suck and Kobe isn’t there to draw fans, it hurts."

We also spoke with staffers at Katsuya at L.A. Live who echoed Mike's statements. One staffer told us, "When Kobe is out, the restaurant is empty and business is slow. It sucks for the staff because less people equals less tips."

Of course, there's one simple solution to the problem -- the Lakers could go on a winning streak and bring the fans back to the arena. 

No pressure Swaggy P.

Byron Scott Divorce

Wife Demands Baller Lifestyle

I Can't Live Without My Gucci!

1/15/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0113_BYRON_SCOTT_AND_WIFE_gettyShe lived the Gucci lifestyle before the divorce ... and now Byron Scott's wife is demanding the Gucci lifestyle AFTER the split too -- telling a judge the Lakers coach needs to pay up so she can continue to live like a BOSS!

We broke the story ... Byron filed for divorce from his college sweetheart Anita Scott last year after 29 years of marriage -- right before he signed a $17 million contract with the Lakers.

But Anita says they were living large way before the Lakers gig -- and in new court docs obtained by TMZ Sports, she spells out why Scott needs to open up his checkbook.

Here's a sample of the life Anita says she was accustomed to during her marriage to Byron: 

BALLER MANSIONS 
-- Anita says the couple lived in several insane cribs over the years (8 bedroom pad in NJ, 7 bedroom house in New Orleans, swanky 4 bedroom penthouse in Cleveland). 

BALLER SHOPPING SPREES 
-- Anita says she "regularly" bought clothes from Chanel, Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton ... with no specific dollar limit. 

BALLER HAIR 
-- Anita says she dropped at least $600 every six weeks for hair upkeep ... and $500-per-month on manis, pedis and massages. Plus another $400-per-month on facials and "other personal maintenance."

BALLER VACATIONS
-- The Bahamas. Once a year. First class airfare. Suites at top-rated resorts. Oh, and they'd often pay for additional family members to join along. 

Anita says she needs spousal support asap, since she doesn't have a job and is living in a cramped 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom condo in Culver City which is "not comparable to the lavish and spacious homes we purchased during the marriage." 

#RichPeopleProblems

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Dwyane Wade

Quadruple Rabbi Blessing

... Before Beating Lakers

1/15/2015 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Look closely at the photo above ... one of these guys is a professional NBA player. 

The other 4 dudes are rabbis ... who have a stellar reputation for blessing athletes before big games. 

Which could be why Dwyane Wade made a kosher pit stop before the Miami Heat took on the Lakers in L.A. on Tuesday. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... the Heat used the facilities at the JEM Community Center in Beverly Hills to warm up hours before their game. And before they left, Wade met up with Rabbi Hertzel Illulian ... who offered up a "quadruple rabbi blessing" before the game.

Turns out ... the Jews came through -- with the Heat beating the Lakers 78-75. 

The win brings the rabbis to 2-0 when it comes to blessing NBA players -- after bestowing a "triple rabbi blessing" on Kevin Durant last year before he went on to beat the Clippers in the playoffs. 

Mazel. 

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Ex-Laker Kareem Rush

Sings 'Stay With Me'

... From His Kitchen

1/14/2015 5:14 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Coming to you from his kitchen ... in a tank top ... former L.A. Lakers baller Kareem Rush singing Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" -- and dude can definitely hit the high note!

As we previously reported, Rush is laser focused on growing his music career -- something he's been passionate about for years. In fact, Rush dropped a single back in 2010. 

Now, with a new album on the way ... Rush put his pipes on display on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" -- busting out a ridiculously tough song with no warm-up, no backing track and only basement level acoustics.

Check out "TMZ Hollywood Sports" on Reelz -- weekdays 6PM ET, 3PM PT.

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