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Metta World Peace

Don't Give Up On Kobe ...

He'll Get Ring Next Season!

3/6/2015 10:28 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Kobe Bryant has ONE more championship run left in him ... and will probably get his SIXTH ring next season ... so says Mamba's former teammate Metta World Peace

But before we get to that ... you gotta watch this clip of Metta buyin' a rose from the rose lady out in Hollywood last night. 

Who's he buying it for? Metta says he wants to surprise someone ... wait'll you see who it is.

As for Kobe, Metta's clearly convinced he can still be dominant ... are you? 

ESPN's Robert Flores

Nick Young Won't Hit Me

... Cause He Can't Hit Anything Lately

3/3/2015 7:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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ESPN anchor Robert Flores is DOUBLING DOWN in his beef with Nick Young -- firing even more shots at the Lakers star ... after Young threatened him on Twitter yesterday.

You know the backstory ... Flores trashed Nick's GF Iggy Azalea on the air by saying she's trying to "kill hip hop" -- so Nick blasted the guy on Twitter and said they'd "run into each other soon."

Well, Flores didn't seem scared when he went on the "Sedano and Stink" radio show last night -- and responded to Swaggy's cyber-tough talk. 

"If you look at his numbers, there is a 70% chance that -- if he takes a shot at me -- he's going to miss. I'm just looking at the numbers ... so I'm good."

Nick is shooting 36% from the field this year ... math jokes.

There's more ... Flores was asked how he'd react if Young went after his wife, to which he responded:

"Well, I don't think Swaggy wants to be making fun of my wife. She will put the paws on him. She's from down South ... and those Southern gals are not to be messed with. Take it from me."

Translation -- Flores ain't backin' down. 

Nick Young

Threatens ESPN Reporter

... Over Iggy Diss

3/2/2015 12:01 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0302_nick_young_iggy_robert_florez_tmz_instagramNick Young might not be making "SportsCenter's" top plays anytime soon ... 'cause the Lakers star just threatened an ESPN anchor after the guy dissed his GF Iggy Azalea on the air. 

For some reason, ESPN anchor Robert Flores fired a shot at Iggy during a segment called, "What Did We Learn?" ... saying: 

"We learned that according to the Lakers' Nick Young a dolphin recently tried to kill him. So Nick while dolphins are trying to kill you, your girlfriend is trying to kill hip hop ... let's call it even, ok?"

Needless to say, Swaggy P was PISSED and tweeted to Flores to let him know he's got a problem: 

"@RoFloESPN I'm pretty sure we going to run into each other soon."

Sounds like a threat. But Nick didn't stop there ...

"You job is to talk about sports not what me and my chick got going on," Young wrote ... adding, "so we got a problem."

ESPN and Flores have yet to comment about the situation. 

This isn't the first time Nick has sprung to Iggy's defense on social media ... he publicly took Snoop Dogg to task for dissing Iggy last year, and things were tense until Iggy's boss T.I. stepped in and squashed that beef.

Robert, if you know any huge rappers that owe you a favor ... now might be the time.

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Jack Nicholson

I Haven't Totally Given Up On Lakers

... Yet

3/2/2015 10:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0302-jack-nicholson-getty-01It seems Jack Nicholson CAN handle the truth of the Lakers sucky season ... showing up to the game Sunday after hinting to TMZ Sports that he might be putting his fandom on hold for a while.

We ran into Jack last week in L.A. and we asked the screen icon if his nearly 30 year love affair with the Purple and Gold is in jeopardy due to the fact that the team stinks to high heaven.

At the time, Nicholson seemed to indicate that he might be willing to sell his tickets, thus giving up his #1 fan status forever.

But when the Lake Show took on (and lost to) the OKC Thunder on Sunday at Staples, Jack was back where he used to always be ... courtside.

Thank you Laker Girls.

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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.

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