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NBA's Marc Gasol I'm Cool With Conor McGregor After Swag Walk Celebration

11/17/2016 6:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Memphis Grizzlies star Marc Gasol ain't worried about retribution from Conor McGregor after busting out his swag walk after hitting the go-ahead 3 pointer Wednesday night ... telling TMZ Sports, "We're cool."

You know the "swag walk" -- arms out, swingin' like you don't care (McGregor actually bit the move from Vince McMahon). 

And when we got Gasol out at Nightingale nightclub in L.A. -- partying with teammate Mike Conley -- it was pretty clear to us he meant it as a tribute to the UFC star. 

Gasol's shot was THE key moment in the Grizzlies' victory over the Clippers. So, yeah, we get it ...

Memphis Grizzlies Ugly Suit Tribute to Craig Sager

11/11/2016 11:52 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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How do you salute Craig Sager? GET UGLY, BABY!!! 

The Memphis Grizzlies did just that -- sporting a bunch of disgustingly awesome Sager-inspired shirts Friday to pay tribute to the legendary courtside reporter ... who's in a fierce battle with cancer.

The shirts are being sold by the SagerStrong Foundation -- and part of the money raised goes to leukemia patients and their families. 

Cool to see the Grizzlies not only showing love to Sager ... but helping a good cause in the process. 

#Respect

Scottie Pippen's Wife Christian Laettner Stiffed Us Bad 'How Do You Sleep At Night?'

8/10/2016 4:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0810_scottie_Larsa-Pippen_Christian-Laettner_getty_twitter_2Scottie Pippen and his wife are FURIOUS at Christian Laettner -- claiming he still hasn't paid them back the hundreds of thousands of dollars he owes them ... and they want to collect, NOW. 

Around 2007, Pippen invested a ton of money with Laettner and his partners to buy a stake in the Memphis Grizzlies ... but when the deal fizzled, he never got his money back.

Pippen sued Laettner and his partners and was awarded a $2.5 million judgment -- but has NOT received the full amount.

Enter Larsa Pippen ... who took the beef public this week -- tweeting at Laettner, "Hey @laettnerbball are you ever gonna pay us back homie?"

"It's crazy you've been f***ing us around forever @laettnerbball. Homie how do u sleep at night."

Sources connected to the case tell us Laettner still owes at least $600,000 to the Pippens. 

Yeah, we'd be pissed too.

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NBA's Chandler Parsons Mike Conley Deserves $153 Mil Contract ... 'It's the Market'

7/18/2016 8:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Chandler Parsons is clearly happy that his Memphis Grizzlies teammate, Mike Conley, just signed the largest contract in NBA history ... but he's not that impressed. 

FYI, Conley just inked a 5-year $153 MILLION deal ... despite never making an NBA All-Star team. 

So, what does Parsons say to the people who claim Conley's being wayyy overpaid? 

"It's the market," Chandler said ... "The TV ... the money's going up. Everyone's gonna be getting that."

Note to parents -- MAKE YOUR KIDS BECOME PRO BASKETBALL PLAYERS. 

By the way, Parsons also says he won't force Conley to pay for team dinners -- insisting they'll split the bills. 

Ya know ... because Chandler just signed a 4-year deal worth $94 MILLION! 

#ItsGoodToBeRich

Zach Randolph Accuser I LIED ABOUT ATTACK Faked Injuries to 'Get His Money'

4/13/2016 5:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0413_zach-randolph_getty-2The woman who filed a police report against Zach Randolph accusing him of beating her up is now admitting she MADE UP THE WHOLE THING in a shameful attempt to shake him down for cash.

As we previously reported, a woman filed a police report with the LAPD claiming the Memphis Grizzlies star beat her up and choked her on March 23rd. Officers said they observed several visible injuries on the woman's neck and back when she filed the report on March 24th. 

But one week later, officials say the woman changed her story ... and during a police interview on March 31st, and said there WAS an argument but Randolph NEVER touched her. 

According to official documents ... cops say the woman told officers, "she was upset and decided to file a fabricated police report and 'just wanted to get his money.'"

When asked about the injuries, the woman said before she filed the initial report on 3/24 she and a friend drove around the corner from the police station and inflicted the injuries to her neck and back themselves ... and then pinned it on Randolph. 

Officials say the woman even signed a document admitting she "made up" her story.

The L.A. County District Attorney's office has tossed the case. 

Memphis Grizzlies Honoring B.B. King Before HUGE Playoff Game

5/15/2015 3:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0515-bb-king-memphis-grizzlies-GETTY-01B.B. King might be gone, but the Memphis Grizzlies are making sure he's not forgotten ... taking time out to remember the music titan before tonight's HUGE playoff game ... TMZ Sports has learned.

We spoke to the Grizzlies reps who tell us ... before the team takes on Golden State in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals tonight ... they'll honor the hometown hero who passed Thursday at age 89.

The team didn't wanna give away too many specifics about how they're planning to honor King -- but are hoping fans of both basketball and music enjoy the huge surprise they have in store. 

R.I.P. B.B.

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ESPN Announcer Did He Drop an F-Bomb During NBA Broadcast?

3/8/2014 11:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

During last night's game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Chicago Bulls, ESPN's Jon Barry either dropped a very causal F-bomb or ... well, we really don't have another option.

As Grizzlies center Marc Gasol drained a midrange jumper, Barry remarked, "four f**king jumpers he's knocked down."

It's possible Barry said something else (one site postulated he was trying to say "flat-footed" jumpers), but it's clear he got a little tongue-tied.

[h/t the ironically named Fire Jon Barry]

Grizzlies Star Zach Randolph Screw Memphis I'm Reppin THE BULLS

11/19/2013 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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has some serious 'splainin' to do ... 'cause the Memphis Grizzlies star hit up the L.A. club scene this weekend wearing a CHICAGO BULLS HAT ... and TMZ Sports has the footage.

Randolph and his crew rolled into Greystone Manor in Hollywood on Sunday night ... and even though he didn't feel like talking, he definitely made a huge statement with his choice of headgear.

Of course, San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick took a TON of heat for a similar situation earlier this year ... when he was seen out with a Miami Dolphins hat on.

Some of his teammates -- and other players in the league -- went after Colin, saying he made a huge mistake by wearing another team's logo. Many players and fans believe it sends the wrong message about the player's loyalty.

So, the question is ...

NBA Star Zach Randolph 'Damn Right' I'd Want Lamar Odom On My Team

8/28/2013 9:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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He's out with the Clippers, but Lamar Odom could have a new home in Memphis ... if Grizzlies superstar Zach Randolph has anything to say about it.

Randolph -- a former Clipper himself -- was outside The Emerson Theatre in L.A. last night when we asked if he'd welcome Lamar to his team, if L.O. can get his life back in order.

"Damn right," Randolph said ... "He's a good dude."

Randolph knows a thing or two about second chances -- he's had multiple run-ins with the law over the years and was once suspended for punching a teammate in the face ... yet overcame his troubles to emerge as a bona fide superstar.

... a superstar who knows what it's like to get SWATTED hard by L.O. (check out the video below).

Lamar Odom The NBA Drug Trail

8/27/2013 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0825-lamar-tmz-odomLamar Odom was deep into drugs while he was playing for the Dallas Mavericks and there is evidence he was doing the exact same thing while playing for the Lakers ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected to a Westin hotel in Memphis tell TMZ ... in March of 2012, shortly before Lamar was cut from the Mavs, he stayed in one of the guest rooms while his team was in town playing the Grizzlies. 

Our sources say when Lamar left, hotel employees found major carpet damage ... including quarter-sized burn marks. The damage was so bad, the hotel had to replace the carpeting in the room.

Our sources say hotel employees also found white powder on the desk blotter and the room reeked of noxious smoke.  Our sources say it was obvious there was serious drug use going on in the hotel room. 

The Westin is one of numerous hotels where NBA players stay when they're on the road. TMZ has contacted a number of these hotels in various cities. We've learned from several hotel employees ... they had complained about the state of the rooms when Lamar left -- similar to what happened in Memphis -- and this was while he was playing for the Lakers. 

Our sources say no one on the Mavs knew Lamar was a substance abuser while he was on the team, but everyone knew something was seriously wrong with him.

We're told that during at least part of the time he was playing for the Mavs, Lamar was smoking Oxycontin and cocaine.

Odom's problems were so severe, he was cut from the Mavs mid-season and paid in full just so he would go away.

TMZ broke the story ... the drug use escalated to crack -- and we're told Lamar's level of crack use is now alarming and life-threatening.

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NBA Player Austin Daye Check Out This Butt ...

7/11/2013 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Here's a video of some chick with a GREAT ASS ... hangin' out with Memphis Grizzlies player Austin Daye in L.A. last week.

In less exciting news, it appears Daye got a parking ticket that day ... so that sucks ... but who cares -- LOOK AT THAT BUTT!

Nice work, Daye.

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