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Rob Lowe I'm Not Rob Pelinka! But If I Were ...

4/18/2017 6:26 AM PDT
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They look pretty identical, but Rob Lowe is finally setting the record straight -- telling TMZ Sports he's NOT new Lakers GM Rob Pelinka ... but he knows what he would do if he was!

The resemblance is uncanny and people in L.A. have been talking about it ever since Pelinka got the job ... so when we saw Lowe in L.A. on Monday, we asked him if they were separated at birth. 

"How do you know I'm NOT the Lakers new GM?"

But Lowe is a big sports guy -- and says he's given real thought about what he would do if he was running the Lake Show ... even knows who he would draft.

Derek Fisher Kobe Bryant Needs Two Statues One For Each Jersey Number!!

4/3/2017 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Now that Shaq has a statue in front of STAPLES Center ... it's only a matter of time before Kobe Bryant gets his. But there's one BIG question -- what number will Mamba's statue wear?!

Kobe's old teammate, Derek Fisher, has an easy solution ... DOUBLE 'EM UP! One statue for #8 and another for #24.

By the way, a similar issue has been raised when it comes to which jersey the Lakers will retire. Bryant told ESPN, "[Whichever number they choose] it'll be pretty hard for someone else to wear the other one."

True.

L.A. Lakers Family Feud 'Good Ol'-Fashioned Ass Whoopin' ... Says Jeanie Buss' Lawyer

3/28/2017 12:43 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jeanie Buss' high-powered attorney says her courtroom victory against her brothers was a "good old-fashioned ass whooping" ... and says Jeanie vows to "bring some glory back to Los Angeles."

As we previously reported, Jim and Johnny Buss tried to overthrow Jeanie and gain control of the team -- but Jeanie's legal team, headed by Adam Streisand, shut them down real quick.

When we found Streisand in Brentwood on Tuesday, he was super optimistic about the future of the Lakers ... and says the brothers now know once and for all who calls the shots in Lakers land.

D'Angelo Russell I Gotta New Boo ... And She's Hotter Than You

3/25/2017 12:05 AM PDT

D'Angelo Russell is the best young player in the NBA ... as in playa, playa, play on playa, 'cause the dude's got a brand new lady love, and she's absolutely surface-of-the-sun hot.

The Lakers star is dating 25-year-old Janay Bankston, an ex-volleyball player at Cal State Stanislaus ... did we mention she's beautiful?

You might remember DLo's former gf Nicki Withers was also a college volleyball player, so dude's definitely got a type.

As for Russell and Bankston, they were first seen together at the "War Dogs" premiere in LA back in August ... and their relationship seems to be, really, really good ... unlike that movie.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Cracked Kobe Joke at Shaq Statue Unveiling

3/24/2017 5:23 PM PDT
Breaking News

Everyone's a comedian ... even Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!

The Lakers legend was one of the speakers at Shaq's big Lakers statue unveiling at Staples Center on Friday ... and made a reference to the fact Kobe Bryant was on hand for the event! 

"Some people thought the odds of Kobe Bryant showing up today were the same as Shaq sinking a free throw."

The ceremony was great. The statue looks awesome. 

Congrats Big Fella. 

Shaq SLAM DUNK LAKERS STATUE ... Revealed!

3/22/2017 9:04 AM PDT
Breaking News

Here it is ... the long-awaited DUNKING SHAQ statue at Staples Center!!

The 9-foot tall, 1,200 POUND statue has been in the works for months ... it will officially be unveiled on Friday night! 

A bunch of Lakers greats -- including Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jerry West -- are expected to attend the event.

Shaq tweeted his gratitude to Laker ownership about the honor ... "Thank You Buss Family! #speechless"

'Star Wars' Star Daisy Ridley Floored at the Lakers Game

3/22/2017 7:27 AM PDT
Breaking News

The force was not strong with the Lakers Tuesday night ... they got straight-up murdered by the Clippers -- but it all went down in front of a ton of huge stars including 'The Force Awakens' star Daisy Ridley!

The 24-year-old British actress (who played Rey in the flick) sat right on the court -- in a celeb-packed crowd that included Michael Phelps, Gucci Mane and Meghan Trainor

By the way, Daisy's next 'Star Wars' movie -- 'The Last Jedi' -- doesn't come out until December. Try and stay calm, people. 

Ice Cube to Lakers: TANKING IS GARBAGE ... Don't Write Off D'Angelo

3/17/2017 6:14 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The Lakers are in a tailspin, they've lost 7 of their last 8 ... and if they're tanking for a draft pick, Ice Cube says that's total B.S.

Cube is a big Lake Show fan -- so we asked about a possible silver lining to another terrible season ... a shot at Lonzo Ball in the upcoming NBA Draft.

But Ice ain't havin' it ... saying he's still holding out hope D'Angelo Russell can turn a corner and become the star he was supposed to be.

NBA's Nick Young Burglarized AGAIN Entire SAFE Stolen

3/9/2017 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The celebrity burglary thiefstravaganza continues ... this time, crooks struck the L.A. home of Lakers star Nick Young (again!) and made off with $500k in cash and jewelry after taking his entire safe!!! 

Law enforcement sources confirm ...  Young's Valley residence was hit in February when the bad guys entered through an unlocked door and pilfered the NBA star's valuables. 

We're told crooks took roughly $30k in cash plus 3 gold chains, a custom ring and a locked safe containing other valuables. 

Cops are on the hunt for the bad guys. 

It's not the first time Young has been targeted -- thieves raided another home Nick was living in at the time back in 2014 and made off with $100k in stuff ... including Nick's beloved Yeezys. 

So many stars have been burglarized in L.A. this year -- including Yasiel Puig, Alanis Morrissette, Derek Fisher and Cesar Millan -- they could start their own support group already. 

The only problem with that ... who would keep an eye on their houses?

Lakers' Jesse Buss On Sibling Drama: 'We're Still Family'

3/6/2017 4:32 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

It's the question everyone wants to know -- with the nasty family power struggle going on with the Lakers ... what's Thanksgiving gonna be like at the Buss house????

That's exactly what we asked the youngest member of the Buss siblings, Jesse Buss -- who co-owns the team along with his 5 older siblings. 

The good news ... despite Jim and Johnny going after Jeanie in court, Jesse says there's still love -- "We're still family at the end of the day."

As for Jeanie's decision to bring Magic Johnson on board, Jesse -- who's also the Lakers’ Asst. General Manager & Director of Scouting -- says he's  pumped. 

"I'm super excited to get to work with a legend like him."

Jeanie Buss Blasts Bro Jim Sucked as Lakers Exec

3/6/2017 10:00 AM PST
Breaking News

Lakers honcho Jeanie Buss came out swinging against her brothers in new court docs -- claiming Jim Buss was a failure in his role with the team and Magic Johnson must undo the "damage" he caused.

Jeanie is clearly furious with her brothers, Jim and Johnny, for trying to oust her as controlling owner of the Lakers -- a role she claims her father, Dr. Jerry Buss, intended her to have for the rest of her life. 

The docs spell out a legal argument for why her brothers have no case to block her from continuing her job -- but then she takes the gloves off when talking about Jim, who she recently 86'd from his job as Lakers Exec. V.P. of Basketball Operations.

"It must be pointed out that Jim has already proven to be completely unfit even in an executive vice president role," Jeanie says. 

She goes on to say if Jim and Johnny are left in charge, they might fire Magic Johnson -- "who has been hired to turn around the damage done by Jim Buss."

Jeanie says she gave Jim "ample time" to prove himself as EVP but he blew it, and now she thinks he's trying to oust her as retaliation for his reassignment to a lesser role with the team. 

Jeanie also says she is dedicated to fixing the Lakers -- which she describes as "the most storied basketball franchise in history."

Magic Johnson's Wife Stoked Over New L.A. Lakers Gig 'He Can Turn It Around!'

2/21/2017 4:47 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Cookie Johnson says her husband's new job with the Lakers is a "natural fit" -- saying Magic Johnson's always bled Purple & Gold ... and she's confident he can bring the team back to greatness! 

"He's a Laker through and through," Cookie told us on the way out of Barneys in Beverly Hills ... "I love it."

We also asked the big question on everyone''s mind -- should Magic bring Kobe Bryant back into the fold?

"If it's a good fit, I think so ... if it's a good fit."

So, you're saying there's a chance!!! 

Byron Scott Lakers Can Be NBA Champs In 5 Years ... With Magic's Help

2/21/2017 3:25 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Byron Scott is expecting BIG things from the Lakers now that his friend, Magic Johnson, is running things -- telling TMZ Sports the Lake Show will be right back on top of the league in less than 5 years.

Scott not only coached the Lakers from 2014 to 2016 ... but he also won multiple championships with Magic during his first 10 years playing for the Lakers.

Byron and Magic are still close -- in fact, Magic wrote the foreword for his new book, 'Slam-Dunk Success.'

Which is why we also asked if Magic offered him a job with the organization -- would he take it?

Check out his answer -- and watch for a special cameo from ESPN's Rachel Nichols who issues a full-on threat to Magic if he tries to poach Scott from "The Jump."

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