Lebron James' cuticles are going to look FABULOUS when he squares off against the Clippers tonight ... 'cause TMZ Sports has learned, LBJ and teammates dropped $500 at a Beverly Hills nail salon yesterday.
LeBron -- along with at least 3 other teammates including Ray Allen, Roger Mason Jr. and Udonis Haslem -- hit up Bella Nails and treated themselves to manis, pedis, and massages.
King James proudly posted the photo evidence online right after the outing ... with the explanatory caption "Have to take care of your dogs Men! It's part of our life blood!"
Pampering -- it's not just for chicks anymore.
My New MLS Team ...
Will Be the Miami Heat of Soccer!
2/5/2014 8:57 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
David Beckham says he's stealing a play from the Miami Heat when it comes to building his new MLS franchise -- because he wants to BUY UP all the best players in the league.
Becks just announced his plans to buy a brand new Major League Soccer franchise based out of Miami -- and also said he might get his friend LeBron James to invest in the team.
And at the news conference in Miami on Wednesday, Beckham made it clear he wants to find a Wade, Bosh, James combo in the soccer world and bring all of their talents to South Beach ... no matter the cost.
"I've seen what happens to teams when you bring great players in, "Beckham said ... "I'm talking about the Heat."
"We will wanna bring some of the best players in football, in soccer, to Miami to play on this team."
Beckham says he doesn't even need a strong sales pitch -- 'cause Miami sells itself.
"Players are already interested in coming to Miami. Who wouldn't wanna live in Miami and play in Miami?"
My Knicks Would 'Probably' Beat LeBron's Heat
2/3/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
LeBron James would be in for a rude awakening if his Miami Heat ever found a 'suped up time travelin' DeLorean ... 'cause Charles Oakley says his Knicks squad would've probably put a hurtin' on LBJ's team.
Of course, Oakley was likely referring to his '92-'93 Knicks squad ... which was packed with superstars like Patrick Ewing, John Starks and Anthony Mason.
The Knicks went 60-22 that year but lost in the Eastern Conference Finals to Michael Jordan and the Bulls.
Fun Fact -- the coach of the Knicks was Pat Riley ... who's now the President of the Heat.
Wonder who he'd side with ...
SENSUAL BUMP N' GRIND
To Montell Jordan Classic
1/28/2014 6:18 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
LeBron James got in touch with his sensitive, emotional, crotch-thrusting side at a charity event in Miami this week ... breakin' it down to a Montell Jordan R&B classic ... and it was all on video.
James was part of a performance at Battioke -- an annual charity event thrown by his Miami Heat teammate Shane Battier.
King James -- along with Toney Douglas and James Jones -- got down to the 1998 jam "Let's Ride" ... with all three NBA stars showing off their best '90s Boys-II-Men-style dance moves.
Check out the clip -- it'll take you back to the days M.J. busted out those classic lyrics, "Now baby what's more than incredible, she did her thing ... 5'5" 146, swinging nothing but a g-string."
Super Bowl Champ Jarvis Green
Targeted By Scam Artist
... FBI Investigating
1/28/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ex-NFL stud Jarvis Green -- a 2x Super Bowl champ -- narrowly escaped being scammed into buying bogus shares of an NBA franchise ... and now the FBI is on the hunt for the con man behind the alleged scheme, TMZ Sports has learned.
The former New England Patriots defensive end -- who spent 8 seasons in the league -- tells us ... he was contacted by a person who claimed to affiliated with the Miami Heat and was offering to sell equity in the team so Green would be a partial owner.
Green said the guy sounded legit at first ... explaining, "He was telling me about LeBron James, courtside seats ... can you imagine high-fiving LeBron?"
The guy wanted more than $250k from Green -- but when the ex-NFL star started considering the offer, he became suspicious.
"It sounded amazing, but I kept thinking, 'Why Jarvis Green? Why not Tom Brady?' Something was off ... but I was excited."
Green says ... when the con man started pushing for bank account information, he contacted the Miami Heat to investigate. The Heat quickly called BS on the scheme and contacted the FBI.
We're told the feds got in touch with Green -- and opened up an investigation.
Sources familiar with the investigation tell us ... they believe the suspect could be the same person who allegedly scammed Warren Moon out of $200k in a similar scheme.
When contacted for comment, a rep for the FBI would only confirm there is an active investigation -- but would not comment on any specifics.
"People like that shouldn't be breathing," Green says .. "They're parasites."
Handy With a Machine Gun
1/6/2014 11:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
LeBron James is a helluva shot off the court ... so say the folks at a Miami gun range, where LBJ went all Rambo with a machine gun last week, TMZ Sports has learned.
We know ... James and his wife Savannah went for a little his & hers target practice at Lock & Load Miami on New Year's Eve, where they sprayed bullets from multiple guns, including an MP5 (that's the one featured in the video).
We're told both LeBron and Savannah were "very good shots" ... but LeBron had a slightly better aim.
Gun range staff tells TMZ ... LeBron was assigned a specialist to help him on the range -- and the guy is a legit badass ... an ex-police officer who's currently a military reservist.
Mr. and Mrs. James spent roughly two hours firing weapons ... and we're told they were very cool to fans, signing autographs and taking pictures.
No one was harmed in the making of this post.
Dwyane & Gabrielle --
Evidence They Were NOT on Break
When Baby Was Conceived
12/31/2013 12:04 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exactly 9 months before Dwyane Wade's son was born (by a woman who's NOT his fiancee) ... Wade and Gabrielle Union were still acting like they were very much a couple ... and TMZ has the proof.
We broke the story ... Wade's baby mama Aja Metoyer gave birth to Dwyane's son Xavier on Nov. 10. Wade claims the two were on a "break" at the time.
But on February 5th (9 months before the birth), Gabrielle was Instagramming about Wade ... posting a photo of the NBA star cuddled up with her dog Sasha along with caption, "Sasha don't play when it comes to her man... 'Down to ride 'til the very end, it's me and my boyfriend.'"
A couple of days before that (on Feb. 1), Gabrielle posted a romantic photo of the couple together from a photo shoot for a "Flashback Friday."
Doesn't seem like a couple on a break ...
There's more ... on February 19th, Gabby posted another pic of Dwyane holding one of her scripts ... with the caption, "It takes a village to help an actress learn her lines... @dwyanewade takin a break from his Gatorade commercial to give me a line reading. Thanks coach :)"
The patter continues until April ... when Gabby stopped posting pics of Dwyane and started posting a bunch of sad cryptic quotes. One reads, "We cannot start over, but we can begin now, and make a new ending."
Another says, "Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you have ever been, to stand up taller than you ever were."
But on May 16, Wade returns to the picture ... with Union posting a photo of the couple, along with the caption, "I like this dude."
One would assume it was right around this time that Union decided to take him back.
Takes MASSIVE Ring to Lakers Game
... With Bodyguards
12/26/2013 6:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Gabrielle Union -- the future Mrs. Dwyane Wade -- took her brand new million dollar 8.5 carat diamond ring out in public yesterday ... but not without some serious hired muscle to keep it safe.
Gabby and Ring arrived to the Staples Center in L.A. ... flanked by private security ... to watch their man dominate the Kobe Bryant-less Lakers.
Funny, Kobe knows a little something about expensive jewelry ... in fact, he may have bought the most expensive ring out of ALL the NBA players ($4 million) .. except his wasn't a "Will You Marry Me" diamond -- it was a "FORGIVE ME!" diamond.
Hey, it worked.
MY KIDS CAN DUNK HARD
Just Like Blake Griffin!!!
12/25/2013 8:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Apparently, MONSTER DUNK SKILLS run in the family ... 'cause LeBron James' kids just went HAM on their Nerf hoop ... and the rim-crushing highlight was all captured on video.
LeBron's sons -- 6-year-old Bryce and 9-year-old Bronny -- teamed for a crazy alley-oop style slam on Christmas morning ... and LeBron was so proud, he posted the footage online.
James even Instagram'd a message to L.A. Clippers stars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul ... saying, "Bronny and Bryce gone hold down Lob City until y'all get back. Cool? It's like the both of y'all but we gone keep it in our room. Haha."
Fun Fact -- If 28-year-old LeBron can stay healthy enough to play in the league for 10 more years, he's got a shot at playing ALONGSIDE his son.
No pressure though, kid.
My Fat, New Engagement Ring is Worth ...
12/22/2013 7:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Every kiss begins with ... an engagement ring that costs MORE THAN MOST PEOPLE MAKE THEIR WHOLE FRICKIN' LIVES -- if you're Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade, that is.
Dwyane popped the question Saturday night with an 8.5 carat cushion cut diamond ring (pictured below) made by go-to celeb jeweler Jason of Beverly Hills ... and TMZ has learned it goes for nearly 1 million bucks.
We're told Dwyane had been on the hunt for months for the stone of her dreams ... and his jeweler made 3 trips to Miami looking for the perfect jewel ... and third time was a charm.
New Shoe Available with
10/30/2013 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
I Won't Fight Dwyane Wade's Battles
(Especially the One with Kevin Durant)
10/22/2013 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Gabrielle Union is refusing to confirm if the beef between her BF Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant is real ... but she ain't exactly saying it's BS either.
Things have been heating up between Wade and Durant recently -- after Durant called Wade an overrated player who should no longer be on the NBA's top 10 list. He later said Wade needs to "pass the torch."
Wade responded with an Instagram post saying, "Note to self ... make [Durant] respect your place in history ... again."
Union was at LAX this weekend -- and while she tried to play down the feud as a one-time thing, it seems as if there's more to the story.
Either way, the Heat take on the Thunder on January 29 -- bring your popcorn.
SCREAMING FIRE WORKOUT
With Monster Truck Tires and Gold Chains
10/8/2013 1:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Here is a video of LeBron James flipping a monster truck tire, in an abandoned warehouse, while surrounded by flames and wearing giant gold chains ... and why, you ask? 'CAUSE IT'S BAD ASS.
Also, he was taping a scene for the new Miami Heat intro video (you know, the clip they play in the stadium during player intros).
Sure, LBJ was hamming it up for the cameras during the shoot, but the guy is an absolute beast.
As for D-Wade and Chris Bosh ... they shot intro scenes too. No fire, or tires, or gold chains ... just some smoke and dry ice.
Pays to be the king.