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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." 

Nick Young & Iggy Relationship On the Rocks ... Nick Trying to Save It

3/30/2016 9:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

033016-nick-young-iggy-azalea-tmz-02Nick Young is fiercely trying to save his relationship with Iggy Azalea ... with multiple sources telling us it's hanging by a thread. 

We're told by people very close to the couple that both Iggy and Nick are pissed about the D'Angelo Russell video ... in which Nick apparently admits to cheating on Iggy over the summer.  

Our sources say the engagement is in jeopardy -- and Nick and Iggy are "not on good terms."

Sources close to Nick tell us he's crushed -- telling people he's madly in love with Iggy and is focusing on trying to repair their relationship. 

As for the video ... multiple sources tell us it was shot MONTHS ago. 

We're told everyone involved believes the video was obtained and leaked by a 3rd party -- not Russell.

That being said, we're told the tension between D.R. and Young is thick -- but a Lakers honcho is planning to sit them down to hash this thing out man to man as soon as possible. 

The Lakers want them to bury the hatchet so they can move forward. 

And then there's this ... we're told Nick has already contacted his lawyers to weigh his legal options -- but it's unclear if he's planning to go after D'Angelo or whoever posted the video. 

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Gilbert Arenas' Ex D'Angelo Russell Is Screwed ... 'Broke the Bro Code'

3/30/2016 7:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Former "Basketball Wives" star Laura Govan knows how NBA locker rooms work -- she was with Gilbert Arenas for years -- and tells TMZ Sports D'Angelo Russell may NEVER be able to recover from the Nick Young video scandal. 

"There's a lot of shade in the NBA," Govan says, "These n**gas are f*cked up. I know first hand."

Check out the clip ... Govan says there's a STRONG bond between teammates at the NBA level, and if you violate that trust, "it's hard to recover from that."

Sidenote -- Govan says she's back on speaking terms with Arenas ... which is HUUUGE considering they've been at WAR with each other ever since they broke up last year. 

So, congrats!?

L.A. Lakers/Clippers Game Terrorist Threat at Game 'You Are All Going to F***** Die Tonight'

3/25/2016 3:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

032516-gameshot-staples-getty-04Someone called the cops exactly one minute before tip off at a Lakers/Clippers game to inform them terrorists were in the crowd with bombs and guns and their mission was to kill in the name of Jihad. 

TMZ has obtained an LAPD search warrant chronicling a chilling phone call received by an LAPD officer at 7:29 PM on January 29, 2016.  According to the warrant, a "robotic voice" stated the following: "Several people in the crowd seated strategically have explosives strapped to their chest and explosives in their shoes."

The voice went on to say, "Some of them are also strapped with Glock 18, have guns and will shoot any patron that may come in their path. We are doing this for Allah and for Jihad. We are going to slaughter the patrons of tonight's Lakers/Clippers game and there is no one that can stop us."

The caller wasn't done ... "We have people hostage in some of the bathrooms already and we shot one in the knee cap. You are all going to f***** die tonight, you filthy Americans."

According to the warrant, the police believe the call came from a Skype line and the culprit used a robotic voice to mask his/her identity.

The cops got a search warrant to force Skype to hand over the account information connected to the number.

LAPD tells us they are still investigating and have no suspects.

Kobe Bryant 2ND BOBBLEHEAD FAIL ... Is That Will Smith?!!?

3/23/2016 8:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0323-kobe-bryant-bobblehead-TWITTER-01Now this is a story all about how ... the new Kobe Bryant bobblehead looks more like Will Smith than Mamba!! 

For the 2nd time this season, the Lakers have swung and missed on Kobe bobblehead night at the Staples Center.  

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Remember, earlier this month they released the 1st bobblehead in a 3 piece set -- and it looked more like Danny Glover from "Lethal Weapon."

Yo homes, smell ya later. 

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Iggy Azalea Nick Young Accuser Is a Liar

3/23/2016 7:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

We asked Iggy Azalea if the woman behind the sexual harassment allegations against her fiance Nick Young is fabricating her story. 

Iggy's answer -- yes. 

For the record, the Lakers said in a statement Tuesday they "believe" Nick -- who is clearly disputing Alexis Jones ... the woman who says Young and Jordan Clarkson sexually harassed her and her mother on Sunday. 

Iggy made it clear she's supporting Nick -- but also cracked a joke about the situation. Check out the clip. 

L.A. Lakers 'We Believe Nick & Jordan' In Alleged Sexual Harassment Incident

3/22/2016 3:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

032216-jordan-clarkson-nick-young-gettyThe Lakers say they believe their players in an alleged sexual harassment incident -- this after Nick Young accused the woman of making the whole thing up. 

The woman at the center of the controversy is Alexis Jones -- a women's rights activist who claimed Nick Young and Jordan Clarkson pulled up next to her in a Jeep on Sunday and yelled and made vulgar gestures toward her and her mom. She posted pics from the incident on social media. 

Young fired back essentially saying Jones is lying -- "If you want some attention take a pic of me and say anything next to it and post ... The world we live in."

Now, Lakers spokesman John Black says the team has investigated -- and "support Nick and Jordan and believe what they told us about the incidents and their actions."

Black says the team has spoken to Jones as well -- and "based on these conversations, our conclusion is that there are different interpretations of what happened."

"We support Nick and Jordan and believe what they told us about the incidents and their actions. We also are supportive of Alexis and her feelings about what happened, about women’s rights, and of the fine work Alexis is doing with her organization."

"I had several conversations with Alexis and her publicist, and tried to arrange a meeting between her, Nick and Jordan. Unfortunately, Alexis’s schedule didn’t allow for this to happen yesterday."

"We will also continue to stay in touch with her about the possibility of addressing our team about the important issues with which she’s involved."

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