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Matt Barnes I'm Retiring! ... 'Cool 15 Year Run'

12/11/2017 11:56 AM PST
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It's over for Matt Barnes ... the scrappy NBA star has announced he's retiring after a "cool 15 year run."

"Traveled the world met alota cool people, some will be brothers for the rest of my life," Barnes posted on social media.

Barnes was drafted by the Memphis Grizzles in the 2nd round of the 2002 NBA Draft -- and went on to play with the Clippers, Kings, Lakers, Warriors and more. 

He was a part of the Warriors team that won the championship in 2017. 

37-year-old Barnes says he'll be focusing on expanding his businesses and spending more time with his kids ... and hopes to be a billionaire by the time he's 50!

He reportedly made more than $31 mil during his career ... so, not a bad start!

Kristaps Porzingis Holds Court with Hot Blonde ... at NYC Nightclub

12/7/2017 10:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Think Kristaps Porzingis called it a night after his triumphant return at MSG on Wednesday?

Hell no ... KP put in OT at the club with a smokin' hot chick!! 

The Knicks superstar kept it flowin' at Marquee ... cuddling up with a mystery blonde outside the venue before they bounced to the after-party.

Unclear if she's Zinger's GF -- but they look pretty cute together.

Either way, Kristaps was cool enough to make time for all the fanboys flanking him on the street ... talkin' hoops and droppin' high-5s like the true King of NY (sorry, LeBron). 

Getting healthy and beating the Grizzlies was cool -- but it's clear KP's biggest W came off the court.

NBA's Lorenzen Wright Arrest Made In 2010 Murder ... Mug Shot of Alleged Killer

12/5/2017 3:06 PM PST
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A man named Billy Turner has been arrested and charged for the murder of Lorenzen Wright ... over 7 years after the NBA vet was shot and killed in a Memphis suburb ... and we have the mug shot.

The Memphis Police Department and Shelby County District Attorney's office held a press conference on Tuesday to announce that Turner, 46, had been indicted and charged with the 1st-degree murder of Wright.

Turner is currently in custody on a $1 million bond.

Lorenzen's remains were found in a wooded area on July 28, 2010 ... 10 days after the 34-year-old was last seen leaving his ex-wife's residence in Collierville, Tennessee.

The case went cold for years ... but there was a major break last month when cops discovered the gun they believed was used to kill Wright ... in a lake about 50 miles from Wright's body.

Lorenzen was a star at the University of Memphis, and played 14 seasons in the NBA -- including 5 with his hometown Memphis Grizzlies.

Jermaine Dupri LeBron's Right We Need Answers On David Fizdale Firing

11/28/2017 2:30 PM PST
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LeBron James is 100% right to call out David Fizdale getting axed by the Grizzlies -- so says Jermaine Dupri, who tells TMZ Sports someone's gotta explain the shocking decision.

FYI, LeBron went to bat for his former Heat assistant coach on Monday ... after Fizdale got the boot less than a quarter of the way into the season. 

"I need some answers. Feels like my man was a fall guy," James said. 

Dupri echoed LeBron when we got him outside Poppy in L.A.

"We need a little understanding! What's the reason?"

Most are chalking it up to a beef between Fizdale and Marc Gasol ... so you can see why it ain't sitting well with 'Bron and J.D.

Chandler Parsons Reacts to Fizdale Firing: 'It's a Cold World'

11/28/2017 10:29 AM PST
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Chandler Parsons is going to bat for David Fizdale less than 24 hours after his coach was canned by the Memphis Grizzlies ... saying it was an ice-cold move by the franchise.

"It's a cold world, man," Parsons told TMZ Sports at LAX. "Fiz is a good dude, great coach. I learned a lot from him so I got nothing but good things to say about him."

Chandler says he ain't surprised that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and other NBA superstars have called out the move ... given Fizdale's body of work.

That said, Parsons wasn't about to fuel speculation that Fiz and Marc Gasol beefing is the reason he got the ax -- "I honestly have no idea."

Hailey Baldwin Bikini Sunbathing ... With NBA Star

6/5/2017 10:22 AM PDT
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NBA star Chandler Parsons continues to surround himself with some of the hottest women in Hollywood -- this time, he was out sunbathing in L.A. with model Hailey Baldwin

The two caught some rays at the pool at the Montage in Beverly Hills -- and we're told the poolside tourists couldn't take their eyes off 'em ... probably due to the fact he's 6'10" and she looks insane in a bikini. 

So, let's get to the point -- are they banging? Our sources say no -- they're just good friends who've known each other for a while and hang out when they're in the same city. 

Too bad ... for both of 'em. 

Chandler Parsons & Bella Thorne Movie Date After Mexico Kiss

3/3/2017 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

NBA star Chandler Parsons has a big fan in Bella Thorne ... they're not only going to see movies together, they also shared a kiss in Mexico.

Thorne was in the crowd at FedExForum sporting a Parsons jersey on Tuesday when the Memphis Grizzlies played the Suns ... she also had Chandler's #25 painted on her face.

The next night, Thorne and Chandler (and another female friend) hit up the movies together to see "Get Out."

Oh, and that kissing pic -- that was taken in Mexico over All-Star Weekend. 

Sources connected to the two say they're "just friends" ... but it seems they're definitely into each other. 

Stay tuned ... 

Justin Timberlake Sinks TWO Halfcourt Shots ... At Lakers Game

1/4/2017 5:54 AM PST
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Someone get Justin Timberlake a bucket of water ... 'cause that dude was ON FIRE Tuesday night!! 

The pop star was messin' around on the court at the Lakers game (he's a part-owner of the visiting Memphis Grizzlies) ... when he decided to test his shooting skills from halfcourt. 

Not only did JT sink the first shot ... but he followed up with ANOTHER swish -- and then got back on defense after the bucket!! 

As for the game, Justin went up to his VIP box and had a dance party with his wife, Jessica Biel ... while the Lakers smashed on the Griz.  

#GoLakeShow

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

11/17/2016 6:17 AM PST
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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
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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
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Scottie 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.

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

7/18/2016 8:11 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

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
EXCLUSIVE

The 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. 

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