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Lil B

Threatens to Curse LeBron

You Stole My Dance Too!!! (Update)

5/27/2015 10:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0527-lil-b-lebron-james-GETTY-01update_graphic_red_bar11:36 AM PT -- Iman Shumpert may have just BLOCKED the cursed!!!!

After seeing B's threat, Shumpert tweeted at the rapper in an attempt to smooth things over .. writing, "@LILBTHEBASEDGOD Preciate the swag killa. I cooks I chef. all love."

Lil B saw the tweet and wrote back ... "@I_Am_Iman appreciate it brother I got you enough said GO CAVS - Lil B"

Solid move. update_grey_gray_barLEBRON JAMES HAS JUST BEEN THREATENED WITH THE BASED GOD CURSE!!!!!!

This is a huge deal ... with rapper Lil B sending James an official "warning" -- after Bron and the rest of the Cleveland Cavs did B's cooking dance last night without giving him proper credit. 

You know the curse by now -- it's already taken down NBA stars from Kevin Durant to James Harden

Now, after Lil B got word of the Cavs' hot tub victory celebration -- which included the cooking dance -- Lil B sent the following message:

"Sending a warning to lebron James Kyrie jr smith and iman shumpert yall stealing swag Lil B cooking dance what yall doing #warned - Lil B"

How happy is Golden State right now? 

LeBron James

Shirtless Hot Tub Celebration

... With Cavs Squad!

5/27/2015 6:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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How did LeBron James and the rest of his Cleveland Cavs squad celebrate after winning the Eastern Conference Championship Tuesday night?! 

TURN UP IN THE HOT TUB! 

James, along with J.R. Smith, Kyrie Irving, Iman Shumpert and Kendrick Perkins grabbed some bubbly and their championship hats and sang along to Chedda Da Connect's "Flicka Da Wrist."

But the most impressive part of the entire victory turn up ... how the hell did so many giant men wedge themselves into a such a tiny little tub??!

Who cares ... TURN UP! 

 

Chris Webber

I'M DEAD WEIGHT

... For Shaquille O'Neal

5/26/2015 11:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

More proof Shaq is really REALLY strong ... he just did a full set of seated rows at the gym using all of the weight on the machine .... PLUS AN ENTIRE CHRIS WEBBER

The two former NBA stars and current TNT employees hit the gym together in Cleveland ... where Shaq decided to show off a little bit. 

Check out the clip ... Shaq says he's going to lift C-Webb "instead of take shots" -- which could be a reference to the drama involving Webber and his old Fab Five teammates.  

FYI -- Webber has been going back and forth with Jalen Rose stemming from a rift over a documentary about their legendary college hoops days at Michigan. Maybe Shaq was suggesting they worked it out already. 

And if not ... it's still a pretty incredible feat of strength -- Chris reportedly weighs about 245 pounds. 

Carlos Boozer

Batman Can't Touch ...

My $250k Blackmobile

5/25/2015 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0522_boozers_benz_launchFor Carlos Boozer black is the new black -- the Lakers forward just dropped $50k to cover his Mercedes Benz in darkness, and TMZ Sports has pics of the finished product.

Boozer just copped a brand new 2015 Mercedes Benz G63 for $200k, but before cracking the door ... he shipped the whip down to the Auto Firm in Miami to get it blacker than Snooki after a 3 day weekend on the Jersey shore.

Alex Vega, who runs the joint tells us Boozer had them paint the whole thing "satin black" ... and then jacked it up to add Avorza 22-inch wheels and a brand new body kit.

The only non-black items added to Boozer's ride -- some sweet LED lamps embeded in the front bumper.  

Don't be afraid of the dark. 

Too Short

I Wanted the Clippers to Win ...

So I Could Watch 'Em Lose!

5/24/2015 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Revenge is a dish best served by Steph Curry, at least according to rapper Too Short ... who is bummed the L.A. Clippers got bounced from the playoffs before his Golden State Warriors could get a shot at them.

Too Short is happy his beloved Dubs are getting it done, but outside Warwick in Hollywood ... he told us he's kinda pissed their playing in Houston right now, instead of Staples Center.

Short is definitely holding a grudge about something -- check it out. 

And uhhh ... better luck next year?

Atlanta Hawks Organist

I Got Hired Off Craigslist ...

Now I'm Cool With 2 Chainz

5/23/2015 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0521_sir_foster_instagramThe Atlanta Hawks' best defense against LeBron James during home games might be their badass organist who keeps the fans turnt up, and has 2 Chainz and Ludacris hanging on every note. 

Sir Foster's become a breakout star during the Hawks' playoff run by busting out renditions of songs by Chris Brown, Outkast, Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi ... pretty much every genre of popular music. He tells TMZ Sports it's all thanks to Craigslist.

Foster says he landed his dream job when "the team put out a Craigslist ad for an organist. I had zero experience playing sporting events, but I figured, 'I have nothing to do today,' so I went."

He nailed that audition 6 years ago -- and now that the Hawks are dominating deep into the playoffs, he's getting national recognition, and local celebs dig him too. "I've gotten a lot of support from artists like Ludacris, 2 Chainz, Pastor Troy and The Dream."

Foster says the key to his success is staying away from traditional (aka boring) stadium music -- "I play the songs people in Atlanta like to listen to." 

He's smart too ... during last night's game, Foster busted out Lil B's "Wonton Soup." Always good to give props to The Based God.

Golden State Warriors

Please, Lil B ...

Don't Curse Us!

5/22/2015 3:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Common sense would tell you a rapper doesn't have the power to "curse" NBA players, but just in case ... the Golden State Warriors aren't taking any chances.

The Dubs tweeted rapper Lil B Friday afternoon in an effort to get on his good side, and to thank him for allegedly waging voodoo against Houston Rockets guard James Harden. They wrote, "#THANKYOUBASEDGOD @LILBTHEBASEDGOD."

B hasn't officially cursed Harden yet -- that will come before Game 3 if The Beard doesn't apologize for stealing his "cooking dance." 

Even the Atlanta Hawks are afraid of the man who calls himself "The Based God," tweeting, "Dear @LILBTHEBASEDGOD: We're not like the others. Please show mercy and spare us #THEBASEDGODSCURSE. Sincerely, The Hawks."

Man, sports teams are CRAZY superstitious.

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Kobe Bryant

One More Ride ...

Done with Lakers After Next Season

5/22/2015 11:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kobe Bryant's on his last leg -- the upcoming season will be his last in the purple and gold ... according to Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak.

Kupchak was on SiriusXM NBA radio when he dropped the mild bombshell -- saying that Kobe "has indicated to me that this is it" ... referring to the 2015-16 NBA season. Everyone knew this was the last year of Kobe's Lakers contract, but some fans held out hope he could keep it going for another season.

But Kupchak said, "There have been no discussions about anything going forward. I don't think there will be. He hasn't indicated that he wants to continue to play."

It's unclear if he meant retiring from the Lakers -- or from the NBA altogether -- but the GM isn't guaranteeing Kobe will hang 'em up just yet. Kupchak admitted that in a year this could all change.

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Atlanta Mayor

LeBron Who?

Hawks Still Gonna Take It!

5/22/2015 8:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Give Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed some credit -- even in the face of a dominant LeBron James ... he's picking his beloved Hawks to take out the Cavaliers.

Reed was out in L.A. on Thursday night when he made his prediction -- we're not shocked he's riding with the Hawks ... but the odds are stacked against them. DeMarre Carroll is nursing a bad knee, their best defender is out with a broken leg, and they've lost home court advantage.

Oh yeah, and LeBron.

So, the shocking part is the number of games he thinks the birds will need to come out on top. He's pretty much saying tonight is a must-win.

No pressure, Hawks.

Rapper Lil B

James Harden Needs to Stop Doing My Dance

... OR ELSE!!!

5/21/2015 2:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0521-lil-b-james-harden-tmz-01The biggest obstacle standing between James Harden and an NBA championship is not Steph Curry ... it's Lil B, who is threatening to put a curse on The Beard ... unless he cops to his demands.

Lil B is pissed because he thinks Harden keeps jacking his "cooking dance" when he celebrates draining a big shot. Harden has been doing it all season, but Lil B says he's watching the Western Conference Finals -- and if Harden does it again ... it's gonna be curses.  

Lil B tells TMZ Sports, "If Harden doesn't tell what he is doing, which is the Lil B cooking dance, he will be cursed. He needs to stop stealing Lil B swag without showing love."

Lil B is a reasonable man -- he's giving Harden until Game 3 to give him credit, but after that he says the curse goes into effect.

Not a believer? Remember, Lil B cursed Kevin Durant earlier this year, and uhh ...he's somewhere chillin' on a couch right now.

Stir at your own risk, Harden.

Mark Cuban

Tiger Killed Me Slowly, But Surely

At Poker Tables

5/20/2015 3:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Mark Cuban suffered a slow, painful poker death at the hands of Tiger Woods, but wants to make it clear ... he's still got a few pennies left to invest on "Shark Tank." 

Cubes tells TMZ Sports, Tiger did hit him hard during the charity poker tournament in Vegas last weekend, and says Tiger's secret weapon was being a "very patient" player. Odd, since Woods is known to be anything but than when he's stinking up a golf course.

And the Mavericks owner says, despite the hysterical video he posted of Tiger's poker face right after their game -- he didn't lose everything. He says, "We didn’t have any big bets like people made it seem."

In other words, Cuban was just billionaire broke -- as in, still filthy rich to the rest of us -- and only until he walked 20 feet to the nearest ATM.

Who are we kidding? Someone delivers his cash to him. 

Steph Curry's Daughter

NBA Not Banning Kids

After 2-Year-old Hijacks Presser

5/20/2015 2:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The NBA is NOT giving in to the reporters griping about Steph Curry's adorable daughter -- telling TMZ Sports there are NO immediate plans to ban kids from postgame pressers.   

2-year-old Riley Curry stole the show Tuesday night when Steph brought her to the podium following Golden State's Game 1 victory over the Houston Rockets ... and she hammed it up like a champ!  

Several members of the media bitched that Riley's antics made it difficult for reporters to do their jobs ... including two big shots from ESPN -- Brian Windhorst and Skip Bayless.  

But we spoke with NBA Sr. VP of Communications Tim Frank who tells us there is no current policy against players bringing their kids to the podium ... and there are no plans to change it, despite the criticism. 

By the way, we also reached out to multiple children's talent agencies who tell us they LOVED Riley -- and think she displayed real "star quality" last night. 

Just sayin' ... 

Gary Payton

I Don't Like Basketball Anymore

5/20/2015 10:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

He's in the Basketball Hall of Fame ... but Gary Payton tells TMZ Sports he doesn't like the sport anymore -- essentially saying he's completely burned out when it comes to hoops.  

The Glove was leaving Mastro's Steakhouse in Bev Hills when we asked who he's got in the NBA playoffs. 

But his answer was interesting -- Payton basically says he's not really following the league because he's more interested in OTHER sports ... namely football and baseball.  

So why the distaste for basketball?  

"It's hard for somebody to like something when you played it so long."  

Don't worry, Payton has found other hobbies ... dominoes and shooting pool ... and of course, when he plays there's A LOT of trash talk. 

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