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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.  


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. 


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
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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."

Cam Newton Rocks Stupid Pharrell Hat to Lakers Game

3/11/2016 6:24 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Just when we thought it had gone away forever ... here's Cam Newton bringing back the Pharrell hat at the Lakers game Thursday night. 

Sucks to be the guy who had to sit behind him. 

BTW, Cam's hat got Kobe's attention ... Mamba gave him some love during the game. 

0311-cam-newton-kobe-getty-01And according to FOX 11 reporter Liz Habib ... when they put Newton on the big screen -- he dabbed. 


NFL's Todd Gurley Lakers or Clippers? I'm Still Deciding

3/3/2016 8:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

L.A. Rams running back Todd Gurley has a decision to make ... a decision central to living and working in the city of Los Angeles ... one that will affect everyone he meets and everything he knows.

Lakers fan or Clippers fan?

BTW -- Todd let us know he's TOTALLY down for a bribe ... and whichever franchise ponies up the best graft for the new sports superstar of L.A. has the best shot at getting his fandom.

The American way.

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. 


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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