The entire Miami Heat basketball team is warming up with their shirts inside out ... to show their support for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Everyone from Chris Bosh to Dwyane Wade and even LeBron James took part in the display of solidarity that took place in Charlotte before they took on the Bobcats.
Of course, the Clippers turned their shirts inside out before they took on Golden State on Sunday ... showing their disdain for the racist comments made by team owner Donald Sterling.
If Sterling Owned My Team
I Might Sit Out the Playoffs
4/26/2014 4:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
LeBron James would actually consider giving up his shot at an NBA Championship ... if Donald Sterling owned the Miami Heat -- that's how ANGRY he is about Sterling's racist comments.
LeBron says, "I would really have to sit down with my teammates, talk to my family because at the end of the day, our family, and our teammates are way more important than that."
He added, "I hate the fact that something like this has to come out when the playoffs have been unbelievable ... but there is no room for Donald Sterling in our league.”
LBJ said he really feels for his good friend, and Clippers star, Chris Paul -- telling reporters in the Heat locker room ... "I can only imagine what’s going through his head.”
He also called for NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to act swiftly and "make a stand" because Sterling's comments are unacceptable.
The pressure is on Silver ... who's holding a news conference at 5:30 PM PT to address the Sterling story.
GIGANTIC 30TH BIRTHDAY PARTY
With Tons of Little People
3/24/2014 6:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miami Heat star Chris Bosh celebrated his 30th birthday in Florida yesterday ... and the party was INSANE ... taking over an entire BASEBALL STADIUM for a massive carnival, complete with little people, dunk tanks and BONE THUGS!
It all went down at Marlins Park in Miami ... where several of Bosh's teammates showed up -- including LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
But the best moment -- when Bone Thugs 'N Harmony took the stage and busted out "Crossroads" live on stage.
Samsung Scrambles Emergency Team
After Pitchman's Cell Phone Craps Out
3/12/2014 3:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
When LeBron James tweets, Samsung listens ... especially when he's complaining about a HUGE problem with his cell phone -- since LBJ is a pitchman for the company.
The drama began earlier today when 'Bron tweeted, "My phone just erased everything it has in it and rebooted. One of the sickest feelings I've ever had in my life."
We spoke to a rep for Samsung who essentially told us the company scrambled the jets to remedy the problem that blasted to LeBron's 12 MILLION followers.
"We are following the situation," the rep tells us ... "We have a team looking into it. There should be more information soon."
LeBron, probably realizing he made a pretty huge boo boo, deleted the tweet ... and replaced it a short time later with some new info: "Close call. Wheew! Got all my info back. Gamer! Lol."
Is Blowin' Up My Rap Career
... Says Childhood Friend
3/9/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
LeBron James just hooked his childhood friend up in a HUGE way ... pulling some strings to help get one of his boys' rap songs on the new NBA 2K14 soundtrack ... TMZ Sports has learned.
We spoke to Sian Cotton -- who's been close with 'Bron since they were kids. In fact, Sian says they've been having rap sessions together since they were 9.
Sian says LeBron hasn't just been supportive of his aspiring rap career -- but when LBJ learned he'd be on the cover of 2K14, he did everything he could to help get Sian's track "Almost Home" on the game.
"I'd been submitting my stuff to 2K, and then I found out LeBron was gonna be on the cover," Sian said.
Sian says he was gonna hit up James to help him out -- but when he grabbed his phone he already had a text from the Heat star that said, "'I wanna get you on the game."
"He thought of me before I could say anything."
Eventually, LeBron called him back with the good news -- "He said 'the people from '14 have been calling you. They picked your song!"
Now, Sian says he's gearing up for the release of his new album. No word if there will be a guest verse from #6.
to Gabrielle Union:
Cheaters Sometimes Do Prosper
3/6/2014 6:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Adultery isn't always a bad thing ... at least that's what Dwyane Wade seems to be saying in a new Instagram post in which it he apparently admits to cheating both with and on Gabrielle Union.
Wade posted a photo of Gabby on "Woman Crush Wednesday" along with the caption: "My #WCW my #beautifulblackqueen... My Life mistakes gave me you and my life mistakes almost made me lose you but your love has conquered all and I hope to spend the rest of my life with you."
Of course, the big mystery -- what are the "life mistakes" Wade is referring to.
The life mistakes "that almost made me lose you" are likely when he knocked up another woman last year. Dwyane has already acknowledged he's the dad but insisted he and Gabby were on a break at the time.
As for the life mistakes that "gave me you" ... Wade's first wife, Siovaughn Wade, has publicly suggested Dwyane cheated on her with Union back when they were still married.
Wade's post would suggest that he's confirming her suspicions.
LeBron's Black Mask
NOT FOR WHITE GUYS
Says NBA Star David Lee
3/3/2014 6:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
LeBron James' awesome black facemask ain't for everyone .... especially white people ... so says caucasian NBA star David Lee.
The Golden State Warriors big man was boarding the team bus outside the Trump International over the weekend when he told us he was a big fan of LeBron's look.
But Lee admitted he won't be getting a black mask of his own anytime soon ... saying, "I'm a white guy. It wouldn't look right."
Sorry David, but you're wrong -- Batman rocked the hell out of a black mask ... and he's white as hell.
Miami Heat Player Sued
You LIED About My Barber Skills!
2/24/2014 5:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Miami Heat sharpshooter Roger Mason is a terrible judge of haircuts ... this according to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports.
The man going after Mason is Brandon Daire -- the brother of Roger's baby mama ... and it's clear, they don't like each other.
According to Daire ... back in 2013, Mason asked court officials to keep Brandon away from his kid due to a pattern of bizarre behavior ... including an incident in which Brandon allegedly gave the kid really bad haircut.
Mason told the court ... the kid's hair was "sloppily shaved in some areas and un-shaved in other areas."
Mason claimed the two got into a nasty verbal argument about the 'do ... and Brandon cussed him out in front of the kid.
But now, Brandon is firing back ... saying Roger LIED about the incident and it damaged his reputation, both professionally and personally. Apparently, he stands by his barber skills.
Now, Brandon is demanding at least $10 million from Mason to make things right.
We've reached out to Roger for comment -- so far, no word back.
Happy Birthday Mom
HERE'S A PORSCHE!!
2/20/2014 3:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
LeBron James channeled Oprah Winfrey for his mom's birthday gift ... 'cause SHE GOT A BRAND NEW CAR!!!!!!!
LeBron just surprised his mom with a white Porsche Panamera ... which can run up to $200k.
And if that wasn't enough, the NBA superstar included the following heart-felt message:
"Enjoy and love you momma! Trying to figure out how to give u the world but in the mean time enjoy your new toy! #ProudSon #SheGoneStuntOnMeNow #StriveForGreatness"
As for LeBron's dad -- well, he got something else this week ... a public "thank you" note from 'Bron for not being in his life.
"I have no idea who you are, but because of you is part of the reason who I am today."
Yeah, mom's gift was better.
$10k Blackjack Is 'NOT SMART'
But Ray Allen Can Afford It
2/18/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ray Allen is worth between $200 and $300 MILLION DOLLARS ... and even though it's "not smart" for the guy to play high-stakes blackjack, Ray can afford it ... so says Kenny "The Jet" Smith.
The "NBA on TNT" analyst was leaving LAX yesterday when we asked him about Allen's $10k-per-hand blackjack run in Vegas over the weekend ... a run that didn't turn out well for Ray.
"It's not smart, but it's like $100 to him," Kenny said ... "He's got enough money to probably fund the hotel."
Then, after estimating Ray's ENORMOUS net worth, Kenny dropped some serious wisdom:
"A guy who can play $10k-a-hand in blackjack, I'm not worried about him ... it's the guy who's got ten dollars and loses ... that's the guy I'm worried about."
DROPS $10K PER HAND
In High Stakes Vegas Blackjack
2/17/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ray Allen was LIGHTING UP a blackjack table in Vegas over the weekend ... dropping $10k per hand at the Bellagio ... and TMZ Sports has the pics.
The Miami Heat superstar decided to try his luck with the cards on Saturday night ... and posted up at a $1,000 minimum table in the exclusive Club Prive high-rollers lounge.
You can check out his stack (don't worry, it's OK to look) ... it appears Ray was gambling with somewhere between 30 and 40 yellow chips ($1,000-a-pop).
Our casino sources who were there during the gambling run tell us Ray -- who once signed an $80 MILLION contract -- didn't have a great showing at the table ... and walked away empty handed.
Hopefully, he stayed long enough to get his free drink.
We reached out to Ray's camp for comment -- so far, no word back ... but you know somewhere, Charles Barkley is smilin'.
Chris 'Birdman' Andersen
Flying the Coop
Unloads Home from Child Porn Raid
2/14/2014 5:17 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Miami Heat center Chris "Birdman" Andersen is cutting ties with his Colorado nest -- the same house the FBI raided in a crazy kiddie porn investigation two years ago, TMZ Sports has learned.
The 7-footer bought the 5,691 sq ft crib in Larkspur, CO back in '09 for $500K -- but back in 2012, feds raided the place in an investigation allegedly involving an underage girl.
But the whole thing was BS and Anderson was cleared of any wrongdoing.
Birdman put the place on the market last year -- asking $925K -- but he ended up settling for $750k back in November ... chalking up a cool $250k profit.
As for the kiddie porn thing ... officials believed Chris was actually the victim of a crazy catfishing scheme -- and the alleged perpetrator was arrested.
Dwyane Wade Marriage
Gabby Demands Prenup
'I Gotta Protect My Stuff'
2/11/2014 7:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Gabrielle Union is lying through her big, beautiful teeth ... at least when it comes to her pre-nup -- because she says she's demanding one with Dwyane Wade ... and it makes NO sense.
Union went on "Arsenio Hall" last night and said she's demanding a prenuptial agreement before they tie the knot "at my insistence."
She explained, "I gotta protect my stuff" ... adding, "When you have your own stuff you don't need to worry about anyone else's stuff."
Only problem is ... it's not HER stuff that needs protecting, since Dwyane has gotta be worth at least 10 TIMES what she's worth. In fact, he's currently toward the end of a 6-year, $107 million contract with the Miami Heat.
AND he's expected to sign ANOTHER HUGE CONTRACT sometime in the next year ... some say it could be worth as much as $100 mil.
Let's do some simple math. Even if she's worth $20 mil ... he could be somewhere in the $200 MILLION range.
So, if they continue that financial pattern and he makes 10-times what she makes ... she's saying she would rather walk away with a tenth of what she COULD get.
It doesn't make her an anti-gold-digger ... it makes her stupid.