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Kobe Bryant Epic Bobblehead Fail Who the Hell Is That?!

3/2/2016 6:26 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0302-main-kobe-bobble-tmz-01This is the bobblehead Lakers fans got Tuesday night for Kobe Bryant bobblehead night ... problem is, THAT'S NOT KOBE BRYANT!! 

According to the box, the image is supposed to be based off the famous photo of Kobe holding up his #8 jersey the day he was announced to the team. 

But take one look at the doll ... that ain't no 18-year-old kid -- dude looks more like a 40-year-old man (still not Kobe) rockin' a thick 1980s Danny Glover "Lethal Weapon" mustache.

This could be a lot of people ... but it sure as hell ain't Mamba. 

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Nick Young Busted for Loud Music Claims Cops Mocked Lakers

3/1/2016 3:32 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Lakers star Nick Young was pulled over in Hollywood Monday night -- after cops say he was bumping his music too loud in a rental car ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

But during the stop, Young claims the cops took a cheap shot at the Lakers ... though, it's not like they lied. 

Here's what we know ... cops say Young was going down the street playing his music too loud -- and didn't have license plates on the car. 

He was pulled over by a police vehicle -- and we're told another unit that happened to be close by saw the stop and went over as backup. 

Law enforcement tells TMZ Sports Young was cited and went along his way without incident -- but Young claims the didn't leave without taking a parting shot at his team.

"After everything was over one of them (police) going to say (y'all suck) so I replied back like it ain't lookin to good for y'all neither."

Gotta admit ... funny exchange. 

NBA's Samaki Walker I Didn't Beat Up My GF ... Despite Allegations

2/29/2016 7:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0229-samaki-walker-MAIN-TMZ-SPORTS_02Former L.A. Lakers player Samaki Walker is adamant he did NOT attack his girlfriend in a motel parking lot last week ... though his accuser says Walker was violent and is lying through his teeth. 

Here's what we know ... both Walker and his accuser Unique Allen (who gave us permission to use her name) had an altercation at a motel in Encino, CA early Thursday morning. 

Allen tells TMZ Sports ... the argument (which started in their room) moved to the parking lot -- but when the two got inside Samaki's Range Rover, he struck her several times in the jaw and arm. 

Allen says Walker also choked her.  Allen sent us a photo showing what she claims is bruising on her arm. 

0229-samaki-walker-TMZ-SPORTS_02Cops were called to the scene regarding a fight between a man and a woman in an SUV -- but the two were gone by the time cops arrived.

40-year-old Walker tells us he absolutely did NOT strike Allen during the dispute -- and says she was the aggressor ... hitting him multiple times though he swears he did not strike back.

Allen has NOT filed a police report, but says she is still considering her legal options.  

As for Walker, he says he did nothing wrong -- but says he regrets not staying at the motel for police to arrive. 

Rick Fox Kobe's Finger Was NOTHING ... He's Been Through Worse

2/22/2016 4:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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There was one guy unimpressed with Kobe Bryant popping his finger back in place and playing an NBA game ... Rick Fox ... who says a dislocated finger is cake compared to Mamba's other injuries.

Fox was at LAX (guy flies more than Superman) when we asked about Bryant's latest feat of superhuman pain tolerance ... finishing a game against the Spurs after dislocating his finger.

Check out the clip -- Rick seems only mildly impressed ... and reminds the entire world that KOBE PLAYED BASKETBALL WITH A TORN ACHILLES TENDON.

Ok, Rick. You win.

Jerry West Kobe's NEVER Coming Back Guys ... EVER

2/19/2016 2:55 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Anyone hoping for a Kobe comeback after his farewell tour is over brace yourself ... 'cause current Warriors -- and former Lakers GM Jerry West says IT AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN.

Jerry was arriving into LAX when we had to ask whether he thought there was any chance Mamba could pull a Jordan ... and come back after a couple years away from the NBA.

West is a guy who'd know ... he's the dude who made the move to get Bryant in purple and gold in the first place and the two have remained close friends even after West left L.A. 

Check out the clip -- Logo throws cold water all over anyone wishing for an encore ... saying as far as he knows Bryant will NEVER play another NBA minute.

All good things end ... including the Lakers being good.

NHL Legend Luc Robitaille Shaq Deserves Statue Thank God It's Not a Free Throw Pose

1/30/2016 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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NHL God Luc Robitaille says the people designing Shaq's Staples Center statue are no dummies -- 'cause if you're gonna immortalize the Diesel ... it should be dunks and NOT free throws.

We got Luc out at LAX asked about Shaq joining Magic, Kareem, Wayne Gretzky and Oscar De La Hoya with a statue outside of Staples Center.

Luc's the perfect guy to ask ... 'CAUSE HE FREAKIN' HAS A STATUE TOO ... from his time of being Wayne's right hand man with the L.A. Kings.

Check out the clip -- Luke says it's past time that O'Neal gain entrance into club statue ... but as far as his pose Robitaille says sculptors are following the golden rule ... AVOID THE FREE THROW LINE. 

Floyd Mayweather Line Jumps Andy Garcia ... At Lakers Game

1/27/2016 8:44 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Floyd Mayweather doesn't wait in line ... not even at the Lakers game ... even if that line contains a hugely famous actor!! 

Check out this footage from Staples Center Tuesday night ... when Floyd and his massive entourage arrived to the arena and beelined it to the front of the VIP area ... jumping ahead of a bunch of people waiting to get in, including Andy Garcia

Don't worry ... Andy was cool about the whole thing. 

As for the game, Lakers lost ... duh. 

Kobe Bryant PUNCHED ME OVER $100 IN 2002 ... Ex-Teammate Says

1/26/2016 7:01 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Kobe Bryant sucker punched a former teammate in the face -- over $100 -- back in 2002 ... and it almost caused a nuclear war between the players ... this according to the punchee, Samaki Walker

Walker -- who played on the Lakers from 2001 to 2003 -- appeared on Brown and Scoop on CBS Radio's Play.It  and detailed the entire incident ... saying Bryant struck him on the team bus in an effort to collect a gambling debt. 

Walker says Kobe had won a half-court shot game the team often played -- where everyone throws a $100 in the pot -- and the person who hits the shot collects.  

Walker told Brandon "Scoop B" Robinson and Jake Brown that Kobe confronted him on the team bus and hit him up for the cash ... and when Walker told him he'd pay him later, Kobe unleashed the fist. 

“It was a sucker punch. Right to the face," Walker said ... "Out of nowhere. I’m sitting down on the bus and I said this man is crazy."

Eventually, Walker says Shaq's bodyguard, Jerome, got Kobe to apologize ... but it's clear, he's still pissed about it. 

We reached out to Kobe's rep and the Lakers for comment -- so far, no word back. But we'll update as soon as we hear. 

[H/T Brown and Scoop

L.A. Lakers Honoring Kobe's 81 Point Anniversary ... At Tonight's Game

1/22/2016 10:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0122-kobe-bryant-GETTY-01It's been 10 years to the day since Kobe Bryant dropped 81 points on the Toronto Raptors -- and the Lakers say they will honor the historic moment at Friday night's Lakers game. 

A rep for the team tells TMZ Sports ... there will be video tributes on the big screens to the Mamba before and during the game honoring that crazy night on January 22, 2006 ... back when KB was just 27 years old. 

#GloryDays

Team USA Soccer Lakers Shootaround ... With Kobe's Daughters

1/18/2016 8:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0118-subasset-group-crystal-hope-carli-meghan-instagramThey hooked up Kobe back in May ... and Sunday night, Kobe returned the favor -- inviting the US Women's soccer team as his VIP guests to the Lakers game ... and they even got to shoot around on the court with Kobe's daughters. 

Everyone from Alex Morgan and Hope Solo to Carli Lloyd and Sydney Leroux hit up Staples Center to watch the Lakers take on the Rockets ... as Kobe and Vanessa Bryant's special guests. 

0118-vanessa-hope-instagramAs you may know ... Kobe and his family are HUGE soccer fans -- and got a cool meet and greet with the team before the World Cup back in May. We're told he's wanted to do something cool for them ever since. 

Unfortunately for Kobe, the Lakers lost and he only scored 5 points -- but he invited the women to hoop around on the court before the game ... and it appeared everyone had a blast. 

After the game, the USWNT tweeted -- "#USWNT meets 5x @NBA champ @kobebryant. Thanks for having us, @Lakers. Stellar organization, we had a great time."

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Floyd Mayweather & DJ Khaled Only One Can Be the Real Champ ... At Lakers Game

1/6/2016 6:44 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Floyd Mayweather has the belt, but DJ Khaled's got Snapchat on lock -- question is ... which one's a bigger a draw at Staples Center? We got the answer Tuesday night.

We got Floyd and Khaled as they walked into the Lakers-Warriors game, and the video's interesting. Of course, Mayweather's the champ ... tons of fans worldwide, but fact is social media trumps all.

It started with our video outside, and continued inside, where Khaled was king all night with fans swarming him everywhere. Let's face it -- everyone wants to get the key!

0106-dj-khaled-getty-01It's cool though -- Khaled and Floyd eventually kicked it, and yes ... Khaled did give him a key.   

Winners @floydmayweather #djkhaled #wethebest

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Rick Fox To Kobe Come Play For Me On My Video Game Team

1/3/2016 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Kobe Bryant has a squad to play for when his Lakers days are officially done .... 'cause Rick Fox just invited the Mamba to join Echo Fox ... his League of Legends team.

If you don't know what League of Legends is you probably have a girlfriend ... we kid ... it's the biggest competitive video gaming sensation in the world ... with competitions paying  millions to winners.

Rick Fox is a brand new team owner in the North America League of Legends Championship series, and when we got him at LAX he extended a personal invitation to Kobe to join up.

Hey, beats sitting on the couch all day ... actually it is sitting on the couch all day.

Sylvester Stallone Taken to Selfie School ... By Knockout Daughters

12/18/2015 9:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1218-main-stallone-getty-01Sylvester Stallone is learning a valuable lesson about showbiz -- courtesy of his 3 daughters -- which is ... you gotta know how to shoot a selfie, dad! 

69-year-old Sly took Sistine Rose, Sophia Rose and Scarlet Rose to Staples Center Thursday night for a Lakers game. Instead of watching the game, Rocky used his famous mitts to snap a few shots with the girls -- and then they took their own.

They weren't missing anything on the court -- Lakers lost by 20.   

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