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Kobe Bryant Announces Retirement I'm Ready to Let Go

11/29/2015 4:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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This will be Kobe Bryant's final season in the NBA ... he just made it official by penning a love letter to basketball.

Kobe says the 2015-16 season will be his last in the Lakers purple and gold -- and any other uniform. In the letter, posted on The Players' Tribune, Kobe writes ... "Dear Basketball, From the moment I started rolling my dad's tube sock and shooting imaginary game-winning shots ... I fell in love with you."

He also said, "This season is all I have left to give. My heart can take the pounding, my mind can handle the grind, but my body knows it's time to say goodbye. And that's OK. I'm ready to let you go."

The letter's pretty extraordinary, and kind of emotional.

37-year-old Kobe closed with -- "I'll always be that kid with the rolled up socks. Garbage can in the corner, :05 on the clock, ball in my hands. 5 ... 4 ... 3 ... 2 ... 1. Love you always, Kobe."


Master P I CAN BEAT KOBE ... In 1-On-1

11/25/2015 11:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Master P's throwing more shade at Kobe Bryant -- telling TMZ Sports he's old, he should retire ... and he's pretty confident he'd SMASH the Lakers superstar in a game of 1-on-1. 

P was handing out turkeys to families in need in Watts when we asked how he felt about Kobe ... who's been struggling mightily this season.  

"I think that father time caught up with him," P said ... while telling us the Mamba should hang up the sneaks for good. 

And then there's this ... P -- who had 2 preseason stints with NBA teams back in the day -- told us he thinks he could ball Kobe up in a 1-on-1 game ... and he wasn't joking. 

Tensions have been high with these two this year -- especially after P publicly blamed Kobe for not helping Lamar Odom get a new contract with the Lakers ... criticism that Kobe didn't take kindly to. 

So, when's the game? Maybe April ... Lakers probably won't have anything going on around then. 

Gilbert Arenas' Dad My Son Is The Next LeBron ... Of The Movie Biz

11/23/2015 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Gilbert Arenas' father thinks his son can be every bit the star LeBron James is ... just not on the basketball court ... saying that Agent Zero might be following the King's lead as the next big thing in the movies.

We got Gilbert Sr. out attending a basketball game at Grant High (Jr.'s alma mater) when the subject turned to what Gil is gonna do now that it seems his basketball career is over for good.

It's an interesting question ... the younger Arenas made over $140 MILLION during his NBA career and is only 33 years old ... so it might be good to find another passion.

Check out the clip -- Gilbert Sr. says his boy has another passion and it's the same one he had ... the movies ... saying he totally sees Gilbert jumping into the movie game just like LeBron.

J.R. Smith Allegedly Choked Heckler ... Over Knicks Insult

11/20/2015 12:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1120-jr-smith-GETTY-01A 19-year-old man says he was CHOKED by Cleveland Cavs star J.R. Smith ... and claims it was all because he made fun of Smith for getting traded out of New York. 

The man behind the allegation is Justin Brown -- who claims he and some friends encountered Smith at a NY pizza joint around 4 AM on Nov. 13th. 

In a complaint filed with the NYPD, Brown claims Smith refused to take a picture with his group and an altercation ensued. 

As Smith walked away, Brown shouted to the NBA star -- "That's why New York kicked you out, yo!"

Brown claims Smith then slammed him against a wall and choked him with his hands. 

Brown filed the report 3 days after the incident. 

We spoke with cops who say Brown had no visible injuries at the time he filed the report. 

As for Smith -- his lawyer issued a statement claiming the allegations are "completely false." 

Derek Jeter Hangs with Jay Z ... See, I'm Urban!

11/20/2015 6:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1120_jay_z_derek_jeter_clippers_game_launchDerek Jeter proved he IS down with hip-hop Thursday night ... shaking hands and hanging out with the most powerful man in rap ... Jay Z ...  as the two kicked it courtside at the Clippers game.

Both Jeter and Jay got their hands on the hottest tickets in town -- and had great seats to watch the Clippers implode to the best team in basketball ... despite a 10 point lead in the 4th quarter.


As for the star-studded crowd, it had the feeling of a Lakers game ... with Holly Holm, Jamie Foxx, Floyd Mayweather, Anthony Anderson and more.  

Ty Lawson Pleads Guilty In Denver Drunk Driving Case

11/19/2015 2:18 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Ty Lawson may not have a long season ... he just pled guilty to charges stemming from his January drunk driving arrest.

The Rockets point guard was arrested in January after he was pulled over by police in Denver. The cops smelled alcohol and said he had slurred speech ... Ty ultimately failed his field sobriety test.

Ty pled guilty to driving while ability impaired, as well as failure to drive in a single lane. He faces up to 180 days in jail. 

The Denver incident is not his only arrest this year. He was pulled over and arrested this summer in LA and went to rehab afterwards. He's due in court next week for that charge.

Sentencing for the Denver charges is set for January ... right about mid-season.

Metta World Peace Obama Ain't Ready For NBA Ownership ... Gotta Pay His Dues First

11/18/2015 7:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

If President Obama wants to be an NBA owner, he better GRAB A CLIPBOARD -- 'cause Metta World Peace says Barry needs to pay his dues and "work his way up!!!"  

First, you gotta see Metta's reaction when we told him about Obama's comments to GQ -- that he's always fantasized about owning an NBA team one day.  

Metta thinks it's a GREAT idea ... as long as the most POWERFUL MAN IN THE KNOWN UNIVERSE is willing to be a video boy ... then an assistant coach ... then a general manager.

"You can't just be an owner ... Obama or no Obama," Metta said at the screening of his new documentary, "When the Bell Rings" (Metta's an executive producer!). 

FYI -- We also asked which team he thinks Obama could own ... Kevin Durant, pay attention.

Ex-NBAer Jay Williams I Can Explain Bball Defeat ... What Had Happend Was

11/7/2015 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

You knew it was coming ... Ex-NBA player Jay Williams says he has a perfectly good explanation for why he lost his 1-on-1 game with MTV star Andrew Schulz ... and he's spilling his guts to us.

Jay was out in NYC when he wanted to talk to us about the shot heard 'round the Twitter ... Schulz's desperation last ditch heave that has put Williams on a crow based diet for the foreseeable future.

Check out the clip -- Williams gives every.single.possible excuse in the world before giving props to Andrew ... and then saying that's he's got an even bigger challenge waiting for Schulz next.

We heard the challenge ... our advice is quit while you're ahead Andrew.

Derrick Rose Launches 'Shark Tank' Star ... Yeah, I'll Rock Your Shirt

11/6/2015 8:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1106-main-derrick-rose-kaeya-instagram-01A former "Shark Tank" contestant closed a BRAND NEW DEAL -- but it wasn't with Mark or Lori or Mr. Wonderful -- she made it happen with NBA superstar Derrick Rose.

The entrepreneur is Kaeya Majmundar -- who appeared on the show last year with a collapsible "BZbox" and scored herself a deal with Lori Greiner.  

But that was then ... now she's onto designing shirts -- and recently approached Derrick Rose about a design that featured his son's face right on the front. 


"I graduated from college 3 months ago. So I moved from Atlanta, back to Chicago. I knew there were well-known people who lived in my residence building, so I started hanging out in the lobby from like 1 to 3 everyday. I met Derrick, and we became friends."

Kaeya says she noticed that Rose's son P.J. made a face during a post-game press conference that became a viral Internet meme ... so, she put it on a shirt and asked Rose and P.J.'s mom Mieka Reese if she could sell it. 

Turns out, he was all about it ... and even rocked the shirt Thursday night after the Bulls defeated the Thunder. Kaeya says business immediately exploded. 

"We got a 300 percent spike immediately. I got a crazy amount of orders ... This is bigger than the 'Shark Tank' effect. We told Derrick and he was very happy."

BTW, Kaeya says her bigger plan is to expand another line of shirts she invented that can be used as carrying bags ... 'cause you know how entrepreneurs be.  

Lakers' Lou Williams Cuffed In Vegas 'I Did Nothing Wrong'

11/6/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ Sports has obtained footage of Lakers guard Lou Williams handcuffed by police and slammed up against a cop car in front of a casino in Vegas ... but the NBA player insists he did NOTHING wrong. 

We've learned ... Williams was detained in front of The Cromwell hotel and casino on the Vegas strip in the early hours of September 13th ... after the Mayweather vs. Berto fight. 

Witnesses at the scene tell us, Williams was involved in an altercation with "a large man" -- and cops rushed in to break it up. We're told Williams adamantly denies being involved in a fight. 

Williams was handcuffed and slammed up against a police car -- but the Las Vegas Metro Police Department tell us they have NO RECORD showing Williams was formally arrested that night. 

We spoke with Lou's agent Wallace Prather III who tells us, "Apparently there was an issue that [Lou] wasn't involved in, which is why they didn't arrest him."

"If Lou was fighting in public in Las Vegas they would have arrested his ass ... he wasn't fighting anyone."

Eventually, cops released the cuffs and Williams was sent on his way. 

We reached out to the LVMPD for an explanation -- but we haven't gotten one yet. 

Kobe Bryant Turns Down NBA Military Socks ... Here's Why

11/5/2015 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1105-kobe-socks-veteran-white-USA-TODAY-SPORTS-Twitter-01Kobe Bryant is getting flak from some NBA fans who noticed he was the only Lakers player on the court Tuesday who WASN'T wearing special socks to honor U.S. troops ... and now, we know why. 

The NBA is allowing players to wear special designed red, white and blue socks as part of Hoops for Troops week ... which runs from Nov. 3rd to the 11th. 

The socks are optional for players ... but it seems only two players in the Lakers vs. Nuggets game opted out ... Kobe and Jameer Nelson

But our NBA sources tell us ... Kobe wasn't trying to make a political statement -- he simply prefers to wear quarter-length socks and the Hoops for Troops socks were only available in crew length. 

So, don't worry ... Kobe doesn't hate America -- he just likes to be comfortable. 


Gerald Green 911 'He's Unconscious & Bleeding'

11/5/2015 8:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Miami Heat guard Gerald Green was unconscious and bleeding when someone at his condo complex called 911 ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We obtained the call ... made Wednesday morning ... in which the caller tells 911, "I have a resident that just passed out. He’s bleeding. He just passed out right now."

The operator informs the caller that help is on the way -- and gives instructions on how to treat Green until emergency personnel arrives. 

The nature of Green's illness is still unclear -- but as we previously reported, multiple people at the complex tell us they saw him acting strange in the lobby and screaming from the top of his lungs. 

Once Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue arrived to the scene, they requested assistance because of a “combative patient” ... so says the Miami Herald

Eventually, Green was put in an ambulance and taken to a nearby hospital. No word on his current condition. 

Metta World Peace Kobe and I Tried to Save Lamar

11/4/2015 3:41 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Metta World Peace says he and Kobe Bryant both tried to save Lamar Odom from going down a dark path ... and were FURIOUS when they learned he overdosed in a Nevada brothel. 

It was an incredibly candid moment from Metta ... who told VladTV he and Kobe love Odom like a brother. 

"Kobe FaceTimes Lamar," Metta says ... "Kobe tried to reach out to Lamar plenty of times before this incident happened. I was reaching out to Lamar."

Which is why Metta says he and Kobe were both shocked and heartbroken when they found out about the incident in Nevada, right before the Lakers were set to play a preseason game.

"When Kobe found out Lamar was in the hospital, he was furious ... I was in tears."

Metta says his tears later turned to anger -- and he hated every single one of Lamar's L.A. friends, including the Kardashian family ... though he admits, his feelings may have been misguided.  

"I was a little bit bitter towards the Kardashians without even knowing the situation."

Metta says he's been texting Lamar -- and though he hasn't heard back, he wants Odom to know he supports him no matter what ... and always will. 

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