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Metta World Peace I'm Not Retiring Yet Wanna Come Back to Lakers

5/6/2016 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

He's 36 years old ... but Metta World Peace says he ain't ready to ride off into the sunset just yet -- telling TMZ Sports he hopes to return to the Lakers for his 17th season! 

Metta was out at a charity event at Bootsy Bellows nightclub -- when we asked if we should look for him back in purple and gold next season. 

"We'll see ... hopefully," Metta told us. 

He also dropped this Metta-ism ...

"Golden State, they're the best team ever ... but the Lakers are the best team in the world."

Makes sense. 

Magic Johnson Lakers Should Go After LeBron

5/2/2016 7:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0502-magic-johnson-lebron-james-TMZ-01Can you picture LeBron James in L.A.? 

Magic Johnson says he can ... and has now called for the Lakers to start pursuing LeBron in case he decides to bolt from Cleveland. 

Johnson went to Twitter and said, "The Lakers should call LeBron James agent. We know he's going stay in CLE but they should go after him just in case he leaves."

There's been all sorts of speculation about Bron's future -- especially after he unfollowed the Cavs on Twitter earlier in the season. Johnson sees it as a major opportunity. 

But James isn't the only huge star MJ wants to recruit -- "The first free agent the Lakers should go after is Kevin Durant."

"I would love to see Kevin Durant in the Purple & Gold!"

Adam Sandler & David Spade Roast D'Angelo Russell ... With Hilarious Spoof

4/28/2016 4:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

**WARNING -- EXPLICIT LANGUAGE** 

This is hysterical ...

Adam Sandler and David Spade just totally nailed the whole D'Angelo Russell/Nick Young video situation ... in a hilarious send-up spoof video.

The clip has Adam playing the part of poor D'Angelo with Spade as the unsuspecting Nick Young getting all his personal business pried out of him.

The title of the video -- "BroCode?"

Check out the clip ... except you D'Angelo -- you stay away from all electronic devices.

Nick Young Sued He Stiffed Me for $700 Large!

4/27/2016 5:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0427_nick-young-tmzNick Young forgot all about his former high school basketball coach when he made it big in the NBA ... at least that's what the guy's saying in a new lawsuit.

Andre Chevalier filed a $700,000 breach of contract suit against the Lakers star. Chevalier says he signed on to be Nick's business manager and consultant as he was entering the NBA draft in 2007.

Chevalier says his compensation would be 2% of Nick's endorsement dough and his NBA salary. He wasn't totally getting stiffed ... he admits he's been getting a cut of the money Nick pays his agent -- but says in 2015, he realized the 2% from Nick was missing.

Unclear why it took him 8 years to realize that, but now he's suing to get his due. We've reached out to Nick but no word back. 

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Kobe Bryant Hardwood From Final Game ... Hits Auction Block

4/27/2016 12:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

42716-kobe-8-gettyWanna own a piece of the actual Staples Center hardwood from Kobe Bryant's legendary final game? Well, now you can ... if you've got A TON of cash to spend. 

The Lakers have announced ... the 3 panels that made up the custom #8 that was on the court when Kobe dropped 60 are going up for auction as a single item -- starting bid is $10,000.

And check this out ... proceeds from the sale will benefit the Lakers Youth Foundation -- which helps underprivileged kids. 

As for the #24 that was also on the court that day -- the Lakers say that will be displayed as artwork in the new Lakers practice facility. 

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Kobe's Teammate REJECTED At Hollywood Club ... ON MAMBA NIGHT

4/14/2016 10:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Not every ex-Laker had a glorious Wednesday night ... 'cause Kobe's former teammate D.J. Mbenga was straight DENIED from a Hollywood nightclub ... moments after watching the Mamba's last strike.

It went down at Warwick where D.J. -- who was on court to hug Kobe after the finale -- wanted to get a little turnt up after a perfect night in Laker land.

That turn up never happened ... D.J. and his crew were left standing outside the party although he was still in good enough spirits to talk to our photog ... and flash his NBA championship ring.

BTW ... we asked the bouncer why he Mutombo'd Mbenga ... he told our guy "D.J. showed up with 5 dudes AND because I'm a Warriors fan! I'm celebrating 73 wins over here tonight!"

Cold, cold world.

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Marlon Wayans Jazz Didn't Fold For Kobe ... They Just Suck

4/14/2016 9:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Some people think the Utah Jazz laid down and LET Kobe Bryant drop 60 on 'em Wednesday night a la the Washington Generals ... but Marlon Wayans says BS -- they're just that bad. 

In fact, Marlon told us ... the Jazz team name would be more accurate if they dropped the J. 

#Azz #Accurate 

Jeanie Buss Phil Jackson's NOT Coming to Lakers ... 'Just Rumors'

4/14/2016 9:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Sorry, Lakers ... the Zen Master is NOT returning to L.A. -- this according to Phil Jackson's fiancee Jeanie Buss

The rumors have been swirling for months ... with several NBA insiders hinting that Jackson may have a secret exit strategy in place to leave his gig as president of the Knicks and return to Laker Land. 

But Jeanie (co-owner and president of the Lakers) says it's 100% BS -- telling TMZ Sports, "Don't listen to that ... Phil is in New York. He signed a 5 year deal."

As for rumors that Kobe Bryant may join the Lakers front office -- Jeanie says, "Kobe can do whatever he wants."

So, offer on the table then???

Kobe Bryant Champagne to the Face ... After Insane 60-Point Game

4/14/2016 6:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0414-kobe-instagram-001How does Mamba celebrate an insane 60-point farewell game??? POPPIN' DOM IN THE LOCKER ROOM!!! 

Despite the fact he looked drained at the end of that legendary performance, the 37-year-old retiree somehow mustered up the energy to celebrate with champagne in the locker room. 

#MambaOut

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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.

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