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Phil Jackson

Throws Jab at Lakers Players ...

From Knicks Glass House

11/20/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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111914_phil_jackson_launchPhil Jackson dissed the Lakers ... saying his ex-team doesn't need him to coach, they just need better players -- which is funny, considering his new team in NYC is just as crappy.

The Knicks President was grocery shopping in L.A. when our photog asked him if the Lakers could pull out of the basement if he was running the show.

Phil refused to blast the Lake Show's new coaches, but instead dropped some Zen master wisdom about coaches -- even himself -- only being as good as the talent they have on the court.

100% true for the Lakers -- and also the Knicks. Isn't that right, starting center Samuel Dalembert?

Just sayin' ... cool of Phil to answer our question about the 3-9 Lakers -- but he could just as easily have been talking about his 3-10 Knicks.

Doc Rivers

Don't Slam Kobe For Missed Shots

'Can't Make 'Em If Ya Don't Take Em'

11/13/2014 7:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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111314_doc_rivers_launchDoc Rivers says he has NO PROBLEM with Kobe Bryant breaking the record for most missed shots in NBA history ... telling TMZ Sports, "The only way you can make 'em, you gotta take 'em."

FYI -- Kobe broke the record earlier this week ... passing Celtics legend John Havlicek, who missed 13,147 shots during his career.

But the L.A. Clippers honcho says it's not necessarily a bad record to have -- in fact, Rivers says he WISHES he had a title like that under his belt.

One more thing ... we also asked Rivers about golf -- and if he thought he could beat President Obama if they ever went head-to-head. Check out his answer ... might be time to settle this on the links.

Jack Black

Lakers Stock Is Way Down

... But They're Still My Team!

11/12/2014 7:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

They might suck at the moment, but Jack Black refuses to turn his back on the L.A. Lakers. 

Black was out in L.A. last night when he was asked if he would ever consider buying a sports team -- or at least part of one ... a la Usher (Cleveland Cavs) or Justin Timberlake (Memphis Grizzlies). 

Jack, being the huge Purple and Gold fan that he is, picked the Lakers ... but noted he could "probably get it for a steal right now."

But, as Black points out ... if the Clippers sold for $2 BILLION -- how much would the Lakers sell for if the Buss family was looking to unload????

There are some experts who believe the Lake Show could be worth close to $5 BILLION!!! 

Is that still a steal??? 

Lakers Guard Wayne Ellington

Father Shot and Killed in Philly

11/11/2014 3:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1111-wayne-ellington-getty-01The Lakers are rallying around their new teammate Wayne Ellington ... after getting the news that the guard's father was murdered in Philadelphia.

Ellington's father was killed Sunday night. The Lakers say they've given Wayne an indefinite leave of absence while he copes with the tragedy. 

Ellington's 57-year-old father was shot while sitting in his car Sunday night. Police say an unknown gunman shot him in the head, and he died later at the hospital. So far they have no leads on a suspect.

This is Ellington's first year with the Lakers. He released a statement thanking the team and its fans for their support.

Snoop Dogg

Barkley Should Eat Alligator Souffle

To Celebrate Lakers 1st Win!

11/10/2014 6:52 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The Lakers GOT IT MADE ... so says Snoop Dogg, who had a strong opinion about what Charles Barkley should eat to celebrate the team's 1st win of the season -- ALLIGATOR SOUFFLE!

FYI -- last week, Barkley had said he was going to stop eating until the 0-5 Lakers finally won a game.

Well, the Lakers beat the Hornets on Sunday ... so on his way out of Supperclub in Hollywood, Snoop had a dinner recommendation for Sir Chuck.

So, what the hell is alligator souffle?

According to Urban Dictionary, it's more of a metaphor than a dish ... meaning, "A real pimp way of saying everything is lovely."

The phrase was popularized by rapper Special Ed in the 1989 track, "I Got It Made."

... and now you know.

Kobe Bryant

Will Ferrell Should Play Me

... In Movie About My Life

11/6/2014 6:36 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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110614_kobe_bryant_launchHe was Frank the Tank ... Ron Burgundy ... and Jackie Moon ... but now Will Ferrell could have his next role lined up -- Kobe Bryant.

The NBA legend hit up the Hublot shop in Beverly Hills Wednesday night to debut the new King Power Los Angeles Lakers watch ... when we asked him if he's ever thought about Hollywood making a movie based on his life.

Ya gotta watch the clip ... Kobe suggests the perfect title for his biopic ... then suggests that Will play the lead. He's even got a backup plan in case Will can't do it.

Clearly, there could be an issue with Kobe's choice -- but if Robert Downey Jr. could go black in "Tropic Thunder" ... Will could pull it off too, right?

Nick Young & Iggy

We're Talkin' Marriage

Bought a House Together

11/4/2014 9:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Seems Nick Young and Iggy Azalea are one step closer to the alter ... because they just bought a house together -- and Nick says they've started talking about marriage. 

Nick just spilled his guts about his relationship with the rapper to DuJour Magazine ... saying, "Me and Iggy just bought a house. We’ve been getting really close lately. I’ve never been with somebody like this."

The couple has only been dating for about a year ... but when Nick was asked if the two have talked about getting married, he replied, "It’s come up a couple times."

Nick wouldn't say if they have a time-table on tying the knot -- but ya don't just buy a house with someone you don't plan on being with for a while. 

Other highlights from the interview: 

-- They bicker (like every couple) ... "We fight over the TV remote because she watches TLC and the Weather Channel all night. We argue all the time, but we get it worked out. We understand each other."

-- Iggy wants Nick to dress better ... "I like shopping a lot, but Iggy’s been on my back saying I should get a stylist." He adds, "She picked out my outfit for the ESPY [Awards] and everybody loved it, so now she thinks she’s my stylist."

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Dyan Cannon

Steve Nash Is Done

No Chance He Returns to Lakers

11/3/2014 6:41 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE
110314_dyan_cannon_launchDyan Cannon is the ultimate Lakers insider -- she even bakes brownies for the players before every game -- and she's adamant Steve Nash will never wear Purple & Gold again.

The Oscar-nominated actress was leaving Craig's in L.A. this weekend -- when we asked if there was a shot the 40-year-old baller would return to the squad after suffering ANOTHER major injury.

There's talk the Lakers could still try to trade Nash to another squad -- but as far as returning to the Lake Show is concerned, Cannon doesn't think there's a snowball's chance in hell.

Lil Romeo

I CAN SAVE THE LAKERS

... With Help from Chris Brown

11/1/2014 8:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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After an 0-3 start, the L.A. Lakers are in trouble ... but Lil Romeo says he's got the solution -- SIGN HIM.

Here's the thing -- we don't think he's joking ... since Romeo played college ball at USC with his good friend and NBA star Demar DeRozan ... and he's earned a reputation for being one of the best celeb ballers in Hollywood.

"Me and Chris Brown -- the two best celebrity hoopers ... I bet if we were on the Lakers they'd be championship contenders," Romeo told us.

Check out the highlghts ... if the Lakers keep slidin' Romeo ... ya might wanna keep your phone on.

Houston Rockets Stars

Visit Lakers Rookie in Hospital

... After Brutal Leg Injury

10/29/2014 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Los Angeles Lakers rookie Julius Randle got some unexpected support this morning after breaking his leg in his NBA debut -- when two players from the opposing team visited him in the hospital.

Randle broke his right tibia while the Lakers were playing the Houston Rockets in L.A. on Tuesday night -- and was rushed to a hospital where he underwent surgery. 

But before he went under the knife Wednesday morning, he was visited by James Harden and Trevor Ariza ... who stopped by to check up on the 19-year-old. 

We're told Randle was touched by the visit ... and was in good spirits overall. 

Sucks that Randle is injured ... but a pretty cool gesture from some respected NBA vets. 

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Kim and Kanye

ALL ABOUT THE LAKERS

... Even Though They Suck

10/29/2014 6:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
1029_lakers_celebrity_fans_photos_launchThere's still a HUGE reason to go to Lakers games this year -- not for the team (they're not great), but for the stargazing ... and Tuesday night some of the BIGGEST showed up at Staples Center.

Kim and Kayne ... Will Ferrell ... Terrell Owens ... Gerard Butler ... Adam Levine, Jack Nicholson and many, many more were all on hand to watch the Lakers get their asses kicked by the Houston Rockets.

The question is ... if the Lakers continue to play horribly (as many experts predict they will) ... will the stars begin migrating over to the OTHER team that plays at the Staples Center -- the Clippers?

Stay tuned ...

Ex-NBA Star Sidney Wicks

Sorry Laker Fans ...

It's Over For Steve Nash

10/25/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE
102414_sydney_wicks_launchSteve Nash's latest injury setback might be the death knell of his NBA career, so says former roundball stud Sidney Wicks, who tells TMZ Sports it's OVER for the Lakers point guard.

Wicks was at LAX when our camera guy asked him what every purple and gold fanatic wants to know ... will the 40-year-old Nash ever lace 'em again after suffering yet another injury to his ailing back?

This vid might be tough to watch if you love you some Nasty Nash -- Sidney who played with the Blazers, Celtics, and Clippers thinks Nash's next team might be the one Sidney is currently on, the old guys squad.

FYI ... Nash is due to receive over $9 million this year, so even if he can't ball at a high level he's still BALLIN' at a high level.

Pat Riley

ESPN Will Regret Dissing Kobe

10/23/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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ESPN done messed up by dissing Kobe Bryant ... and they're gonna regret it ... so says Pat Riley

TMZ Sports spoke with the NBA legend out in Malibu this week -- and Riley made it clear, the Mamba will have his revenge on the network for ranking him #40 on the list of the best players in the league. 

Of course, Kobe took issue with the ranking himself -- calling ESPN a "bunch of idiots."

BONUS -- We also asked Riley about the key to maintaining his legendary hair ... and dude dished out some tips.  

You're welcome.

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