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Rick Ross Whiteside Is The Rightside ... At Least In the NBA

2/7/2015 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

020615_rick_ross_launch_v3No, this post has nothing to do with Donald Sterling ... the Whiteside we're talkin' about is a 25-year-old monster who could be the next big superstar in the NBA ... so says Rick Ross

Ross -- who has a Miami Heat logo tatted on his FACE -- tells TMZ Sports he's FIRED UP about Hassan Whiteside ... who essentially came out of nowhere to dominate for the Heat this season. 

FYI -- Whiteside recently put up 24 points and 20 rebounds in a game ... the first Heat player to pull that off since Shaq did it in 2004. 

But according to Ross, he's no Jeremy Lin ... Tha Boss is adamant Whiteside is the "real deal."

BONUS -- Remember when Ross got Patriots owner Bob Kraft to do the "money dance" at the Super Bowl after-party? Ross does ... and he's damn proud of it. Check out the clip. 

Mayweather & Pacquiao COURTSIDE STARE DOWN ... At Miami Heat Game

1/27/2015 5:14 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
012715_manny_pacquiao_launchFloyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are both at the Miami Heat game RIGHT NOW -- sitting across the court from each other. 





Dwyane Wade Quadruple Rabbi Blessing ... Before Beating Lakers

1/15/2015 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Look closely at the photo above ... one of these guys is a professional NBA player. 

The other 4 dudes are rabbis ... who have a stellar reputation for blessing athletes before big games. 

Which could be why Dwyane Wade made a kosher pit stop before the Miami Heat took on the Lakers in L.A. on Tuesday. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... the Heat used the facilities at the JEM Community Center in Beverly Hills to warm up hours before their game. And before they left, Wade met up with Rabbi Hertzel Illulian ... who offered up a "quadruple rabbi blessing" before the game.

Turns out ... the Jews came through -- with the Heat beating the Lakers 78-75. 

The win brings the rabbis to 2-0 when it comes to blessing NBA players -- after bestowing a "triple rabbi blessing" on Kevin Durant last year before he went on to beat the Clippers in the playoffs. 



Jalen Rose Rick Ross Wants Out of $100k Bet ... I'll Settle For Lobster

1/13/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Seems Rick Ross is officially off the hook in his $100k NBA bet with Jalen Rose -- with Jalen telling TMZ Sports he's willing to let the whole thing go for some delicious lobster. 

You know the bet ... Ross wanted to put up $100k that his LeBron-less Miami Heat would finish the 
season with a better record than Bron's new team, the Cleveland Cavs. 

Jalen publicly accepted the bet -- going on his Grantland podcast and saying, "You know I'm good for the money, homie."

But according to Jalen, Rick had a change of heart around Xmas time ... with Rose implying that Ross was less-than-impressed with the Heat ... even though they beat the Cavs on Xmas day. 

So what happens now? "I think he's gonna take me to get lobster tempura at Prime One Twelve," Jalen says. 

FYI -- Lobster Tempura cost around $25 (we called). 

Here's the thing ... the Cavs are 19-19. The Heat are 16-21 ... the bet could still go either way. 

We'll follow up with Ross and let you know his side.


Dwyane Wade Ferraris and Tuxedos ... At Miami Mega-Bash

11/19/2014 7:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
1119_Dwyane_Wade_fashion_show_photos_launch_2Dwyane Wade hosted a huge fashion event in Miami last night ... invited a bunch of his famous friends ... and even busted out a Ferrari ... and TMZ Sports has the pics.

It was called "A Night On the RunWade" ... to benefit his Wade's World Foundation, which provides health and educational services in poor neighborhoods.

Wade was joined by his wife Gabrielle Union and teammates Chris Bosh, Shannon Brown and Mario ChalmersPat Riley and Alonzo Mourning were also in the house.

After the show, Wade posted a note saying ... "The wife and I having fun as we walked the #RunWade. We wanna thank everyone for supporting @wadesworldfdn and what we are trying to do to help our youth."

Lebron James I'm Selling My Miami Mega Mansion!! ... For $17 Million

10/3/2014 2:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
LeBron James might be abandoning his castle by the sea once and for all ... 'cause the Cavs star is putting his Miami mega-mansion on the market for a King's ransom ... $17 million.

The 16,768 sq ft pad is just plain sick ... 6 bedrooms, an infinity pool, wine cellar and dockage space that can accommodate two 60 foot yachts.

James bought the place back in 2010 for $9 million ... so he's hoping to pocket a cool $8 million bucks from the sale -- which is really just pocket change for the guy.

Dwyane Wade DROPS NEW $20K WATCH ... It's Part Alligator!

9/17/2014 8:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Dwyane Wade's back in the watch game -- dropping a brand new $20k timepiece with Hublot ... and it's made with real alligator. 

It's called the Classic Fusion Dwyane Wade -- designed with Miami Heat colors -- and it includes 18 karat gold parts, sapphire and an alligator strap. 

The watch it Wade's second design with the company -- they released one back in 2011.

Wade isn't the first superstar to release a watch with Hublot -- Jay Z partnered up with 'em last year and released a version of his own. 

Interesting to see whose watch will sell better in the long run ...

Miami Heat Wearing Shirts Inside Out To Support Clippers

4/28/2014 4:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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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.

LeBron James If Sterling Owned My Team I Might Sit Out the Playoffs

4/26/2014 4:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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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.

Chris Bosh GIGANTIC 30TH BIRTHDAY PARTY With Tons of Little People

3/24/2014 6:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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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. 



LeBron James Samsung Scrambles Emergency Team After Pitchman's Cell Phone Craps Out

3/12/2014 3:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0312_lebron_james_samsung_gettyWhen 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."


LeBron James Is Blowin' Up My Rap Career ... Says Childhood Friend

3/9/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
0307-sian-lebron-01LeBron 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.

Dwyane Wade to Gabrielle Union: Cheaters Sometimes Do Prosper

3/6/2014 6:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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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.

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