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Kobe's Teammate 'He Got As Many Shots As He Wanted' ... He Deserved It

4/14/2016 6:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

How did Kobe's teammates feel about dishing Mamba the ball 50 TIMES Wednesday night??

They were happy to oblige ... so says Lakers center Roy Hibbert

"We knew that it was his time and we let him get as many shots as he wanted," Hibbert told TMZ Sports after a celebratory dinner at Mastro's Steakhouse in Beverly Hills.

"He deserved it." 

Kobe Bryant Celebs Rally for Mamba's Last Run

4/14/2016 6:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0414-kobe-gallery-launch-02Kobe Bryant got a send-off worthy of a great Hollywood finale -- with Staples Center packed full of celebrities ... the usual suspects and many more.

Jack Nicholson, Leo DiCaprio, Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg were on hand -- but so were Jay Z, Lamar Odom and Kanye West.

Click through the gallery to see all of Kobe's famous fans who witnessed the storybook finish.  

Flea on National Anthem Screw the Haters 'I Rocked That S**t'

4/14/2016 6:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Flea has a message for all the people who ripped his version of the National Anthem at the Lakers game Wednesday night -- YOU'RE WRONG!!

The haters came out in force after the Red Hot Chili Peppers star broke out his bass and jammed out an instrumental version of the song before Kobe Bryant's insane 60-point performance. 

The NY Daily News said he may have to go "hide under a bridge."

But what did Flea think of his version??? We asked him later that night on the way into a charity event ... and it's clear ... he's damn proud. 

Kobe Finale Massive Post-Game Party Planned ... Will Kobe Show?

4/13/2016 4:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0413-kobe-hyde-tmz-getty-02After the tears come the turn up ... 'cause directly following Kobe's last shot, we're told there are plans for a sick post-game party inside Staples Center -- but there's serious doubt if Kobe will actually show up. 

It's going down at Hyde lounge right near the private suites inside the arena -- and multiple sources connected to the party tell us the guest list is strictly A-list.

We're told the list contains names like Shaq, Snoop, Lamar Odom, Anthony Anderson, Zendaya, Derek Fisher (hide your girlfriends, fellas) and more. 

Word is Snoop may even DJ the party. 

The only huge A-List celebrity on the fence is Kobe himself ... who we're told might not stay long -- or attend at all -- potentially opting for a swift exit back home after the game.

C'mon Kobe ... take one last shot in Staples, or two, or three, or four, or five.

Kobe Bryant What Happens to the Kobe-Copter?

4/13/2016 8:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

041316-kobe-helicopter-instagramNow that his NBA career is over -- we were wondering ... what's gonna happen to Kobe Bryant's helicopter? 

We did some digging -- here's what we found. 

First off, Kobe doesn't own the chopper he's been using to get from his home in Orange County to Staples Center -- he rents it ... and has been for years. 

But he's got a great relationship with the company that owns it -- and they've always dropped everything for Mamba when he's needed a lift. 

In fact, he used it in 2010 to get to the Lakers championship parade -- and in 2012, he fired up the aircraft to help teammate Steve Blake get to a doctor's appointment on time. 

Earlier this year, he used the helicopter as transportation for a romantic Valentine's Day afternoon with Vanessa. 

Point is ... the end of Kobe's career doesn't mean the end of heli-travel -- it just means he'll be renting it out a lot less. 

Lakers' Jesse Buss I'd NEVER Buy $38k Kobe Hat (Even Though I'm Loaded)

4/7/2016 4:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

There's one person we know who won't be buying the ridiculous $38k Kobe Bryant hat the Lakers are selling ... and it's one guy who could actually afford it ... Lakers co-owner Jesse Buss.

We got Buss out at LAX and asked him about the limited edition hat -- a $38k snakeskin joint with solid gold lettering --  the Lakers are selling to commemorate the Mamba hanging it up.

Question is ... who's gonna buy this thing?

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Check out the clip ... Jesse -- who we're guessing could get a hook up -- says it's not gonna be him 'cause as he puts it, "My hats cost $20."

Oh BTW ... if the $38k hat is too rich for your blood don't worry .... there's a $24k one up for sale too.

#FrugalLiving.

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Jim Calhoun Best NCAA Team vs Worst NBA Team? It'd Be A Massacre

4/2/2016 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Good news for the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers ... legendary UConn coach Jim Calhoun thinks there are teams you can actually DOMINATE ... college teams.

We got Calhoun out in NYC and we had to ask the 3-time National Champion if he thought any of the best teams in the Final Four would have a shot against the NBA's worst.

Bottom line ... Calhoun says don't let the madness of March fool you ... reminding us all that it'd be men against boys and the college kids would "lose by 30."

Just one question remains for Calhoun ... HAVE YOU SEEN THE LAKERS?

Nick Young 2016 Sucks .... Here's Why.

3/31/2016 12:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0331-nick-young-TMZ-01It's been a rough year for Nick Young ... and not just because of the whole D'Angelo Russell, Iggy Azalea stuff. 

The Lakers star just tweeted (and deleted) his gripes with '16 ... calling out fast food places, the Kyrie Irving, Kehlani drama ... and taking a parting shot at his teammate. 

And to think, it's only March ... 

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Kobe Bryant Sleeve Sniffer 'It Smells Like Greatness ... And Sweat'

3/31/2016 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The guy who caught -- and then sniffed -- Kobe Bryant's shooting sleeve after the Lakers vs. Jazz game this week says he's sorry he embarrassed Laker Nation and wants to "clear his name."

This is actually pretty hilarious ... 

We got an email from Dorjbat Dorjmenchim with the subject line: "Guy who smelled Kobe's Sleeve" ... so naturally, we had to read it. 

0331-kobe-sleeve-tmz-01Inside was a letter explaining and sort of apologizing for ripping the sleeve away from another fan and inhaling the hell out of the scene live on television.

For the record, we asked Dorjbat what the sleeve smelled like -- "greatness and a little bit of sweat."

Here's the letter ...

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Lakers' Jordan Clarkson D'Angelo's My Brother But I'm Not Saying I Trust Him

3/31/2016 5:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

"It's a tough time right now in Lakerland," so says Lakers prodigy Jordan Clarkson who called D'Angelo Russell his "brother" -- but stopped short of saying he would ever trust the guy again. 

Clarkson -- who scored 26 points in the Lakers OT win over the Heat -- was leaving The Nice Guy in West Hollywood when we asked about the drama between Russell and Nick Young.

"Both of them dudes my brothers," Clarkson said. 

But watch what happens when we ask him about D'Angelo and trust -- the silence speaks volumes. 

Lamar Odom Accepts Kobe's Invite ... Attends Lakers Game

3/31/2016 6:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0331-lamar-odom-getty-01Lamar Odom took up Kobe Bryant on his offer Wednesday night and was his special V.I.P. guest at the Lakers game -- his first time back at Staples Center since his overdose back in October.

Odom received a standing ovation from the crowd -- as he sat in the 2 courtside tickets #24 left for him.

Bryant called the whole thing a "miracle" -- and said he talked to his old teammate before and after the game.

Dwyane Wade also spent some time with L.O. -- and tweeted, "Made losing this game not matter 'as much' after getting a chance to spend time with my guy LO. #GodisGood."

As for Odom, he said being back at Staples was "awesome" -- and admitted, "I got goosebumps."

Kobe Bryant Bobblehead 3rd Time's The Fail

3/30/2016 5:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0330_kobe_bryant_bobblehead_lakersNope. 

For the 3rd straight time, the Lakers are giving away a Kobe Bryant bobblehead that looks absolutely nothing like the Mamba. 

The previous two bobbleheads looked more like Danny Glover and Will Smith than Kobe ... but this last one is so off, we can't even come up with lookalike. 

Thoughts?

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Lakers Head Coach 'Disappointed Video Got Out' ... Tried to Keep It In-House

3/30/2016 12:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Lakers head coach Byron Scott says he's disappointed D'Angelo Russell's secret video of Nick Young went public ... telling the media he was hoping to keep the matter in-house. 

Scott spoke with reporters at a Lakers shootaround moments ago -- Russell was there, Young was not. 

Scott was short in his comment about the situation -- but called the matter an "internal issue" ... adding, "We'll deal with it."

Metta World Peace also spoke to the media ... saying the Lakers "love each other" and are "in good spirits." 

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