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Carmelo Anthony Come Off Rockets' Bench? Slow That Talk Down!

8/14/2018 1:53 PM PDT
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Carmelo Anthony wants all the talk of him coming off the bench for the Houston Rockets to slooooow down ... with the NBA superstar telling TMZ Sports, "Let's just let it play out!"

FYI ... Melo is one of TWO NBA players to have never started a game on the bench in their first 1,000-plus career games -- joining Patrick Ewing.

But, some critics are predicting that streak to end now that Anthony's in his mid-30s with a lot of NBA miles on his body. Plus, there's so much talent in H-Town with guys like James Harden and Chris Paul -- so, there might not be enough basketball to go around. 

Carmelo ain't so sure about all that, though ... telling us, "I just signed, let it start first!"

There's one other thing Melo's telling us to wait and see about ... and it has to do with his relationship with Mike D'Antoni -- who famously admitted to quitting the Knicks because of Melo in 2012.

James Harden Named In Police Report After Alleged Nightclub Fight

8/13/2018 12:38 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

TMZ Sports has learned ... James Harden has been named in a police report filed by a woman who claims she was roughed up by the NBA star at a Scottsdale nightclub -- and she has video.

The woman claims she was partying at Mint nightclub on Saturday morning when she claims a member of Harden's entourage got involved in a fight -- and when James noticed she was recording, he grabbed her wrist and snatched her phone before throwing it on the roof so she couldn't sell the footage to TMZ.

She says at some point Harden noticed she was videotaping the action and demanded that she delete what was recorded. She says Harden said he knew her endgame was to sell the vid to TMZ.

The woman claims Harden threw her phone on the roof of the club, and then a member of Harden's crew came up to her and offered her $200 for the phone. She took the money, and then she says Harden came up to her and handed her another $300.

We're told security personnel eventually broke up the fight. When things settled down she climbed up on the roof and retrieved her phone, which was still recording. The woman later went to the hospital where she was treated for a wrist injury.

A rep for the Scottsdale PD tells TMZ Sports a report was taken and the investigation is ongoing. Law enforcement sources tell us Harden is named in the report but he has NOT been named a suspect at this point.

We reached out to Harden multiple times -- but no one in his camp wanted to comment.

Terrell Owens Catches Crazy 60-Yard Hail Mary ... from Ex-NFL Star

8/13/2018 12:11 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Terrell Owens made one helluva catch at Matt Barnes' charity football game on Sunday -- catching a 60-YARD HAIL MARY from another ex-NFL star ... with no time on the clock!!!

The QB was Kerry Rhodes (a safety in the NFL) who dropped back and slung a dime to Owens in the back of the endzone to tie up the game as time expired at the Athletes Vs. Cancer flag football game. 

Everyone went crazy ... except for T.O., who played it cool (he's a Hall of Famer after all). 

There's more ... one of the best highlights featured NBA star JaVale McGee -- who stretched his 7-foot physique to snag a ball above the heads of his regular-sized opponents. 

It's a pretty sick highlight. 

Tons of stars showed up to the event at Fairfax High School in L.A. -- from Snoop Dogg to Reggie Bush to Nelly, Baron Davis and Draymond Green

Funny, Draymond told us he opted not to play because he didn't want to risk injury just a few months before the NBA season begins (ditto for Nick Young) ... but it didn't stop JaVale!

Props to everyone who participated and raised money in the fight against cancer. 

Blake Griffin and GF Ripped Abs & Butt Cheeks ... Life Is Good.

8/13/2018 11:56 AM PDT
Breaking News

Holy God ... Blake Griffin and his girlfriend are sexy people. 

Here's Blake and Francesca Aiello walking on the beach in Malibu over the weekend -- showing off their insane physiques yet again. 

Apparently, there's a dog there, too ... but no one gives a damn about Fido. 

You can see in the pics, the other beachgoers were checking out the couple ... probably regretting not doing extra sets of abs at the gym before seeing this. 

Blake and Francesca (who owns Frankies Bikinis) have been dating since early June and don't seem to show any signs of slowing down any time soon. 

By the way, the Detroit Pistons don't start playing preseason games until October 3 -- let's hope everyday's a beach day until then ... 

Khloe & Tristan Besame Mucho ... Kendall & Ben Can Watch!!

8/13/2018 6:51 AM PDT

Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson still haven't come up for air ... 'cause they're still sucking face in Mexico with Kendall Jenner and Ben Simmons in tow.

Khloe, Tristan, Kendall, Ben and a bunch of friends hit up the popular resort town of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where we're certain there's TONS of action ... based on the pics -- a little swimming in the pool, a dip in the ocean, some jet skiing and PDA-packed sessions.

The NBA stars weren't completely tied down ... they bro'd out too. But it's clear Tristan's trying to rack up brownie points. Can't blame him.

LaVar Ball Duh, Everyone Knows Trump's a Racist

8/11/2018 7:08 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

LaVar Ball says it's hardly worth discussing whether Donald Trump is a racist ... it's soooo obvious.

We got the Ball patriarch Friday night in L.A. at the Junior Basketball Ass'n tourney, and asked about Trump going after LeBron James, calling him dumb. It's interesting ... Ball says people don't care about LeBron's political stance ... they care about him winning for the Lakers. Weird comment, since LeBron is one of the strongest, most compelling voices in America for civil rights.

Beyond that, it's Ball's feeling the love for everyone ... except, of course, Donald Trump. 

LeBron James 'Shut Up and Dribble' Fashion War Brewing

8/11/2018 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Shut Up and Dribble" could turn into "Shut Up and Pay Me" for LeBron James.

Despite the fact he's launching a new Showtime series using the 'S.U.A.D.' title, we've learned someone else has already moved on locking down the trademark to use the phrase on clothing. 

Of course, LeBron LOVES to turn his projects and catchphrases into fashion items -- we've seen him do it with "Strive For Greatness" gear and just the other day he rocked a shirt that said "I Promise," the name of his new school in Ohio. 

So, it seems obvious he would try to get the rights to "Shut Up and Dribble" too. 

The problem ... a guy in Jersey named William DelGrande applied for the trademark back in February ... just a few days after FOX News' Laura Ingraham used the phrase to scold LeBron for getting involved in politics. 

DelGrande doesn't own the trademark outright -- at least, not yet -- but he's got a big head start on LeBron ... which gives him an advantage if James makes a claim. 

The good news ... DelGrande says he's willing to drop his claim -- for the right price. 

Don't get it twisted, DelGrande isn't looking for a 7-figure deal -- telling TMZ Sports he'd wave the white flag for a "reasonable price."

Your move, LeBron ... 

Kylie Jenner My Insane 21st Birthday!!! The Gang's All Here

8/10/2018 6:23 AM PDT

Kylie Jenner can legally drink -- and she's a billionaire -- which are 2 good reasons why there were 2 insane parties Thursday night that not only brought out the Kardashian brood in full force, but reunited Scott with Kourtney and Caitlyn with Kris ... at least for one night.

You gotta see the video. Hoards of photogs pounced on Craig's in WeHo Thursday night, as Kris, Kim, Kanye, Kendall, Kourtney, Scott and Khloe made their way in.

Caitlyn, who has been estranged from most of her former fam, made a rare appearance ... partly because she still has a relationship with Kylie.

It was more than a family birthday celebration ... Dave Chappelle, Chandler Parsons, Kevin Durant, Paloma Ford, Meek Mill, Chris Brown and French Montana were on hand for the bash. Bella Hadid and The Weeknd were also there together.

It didn't end at Craig's. The party moved to Delilah, where everyone cut loose. Chappelle grabbed a mic and sang, "Killing Me Softly."  

BTW ... Tristan Thompson was nowhere in sight. He was in Toronto at an epilepsy fundraiser to support research. 

Tekashi69 1-On-1 With Victor Oladipo ... In Hoops Sesh

8/9/2018 3:25 PM PDT
Breaking News

At least Tekashi69 had one court victory on Thursday ... 'cause the rapper faced off with Victor Oladipo's violent dunk in a basketball session ... and technically, he kinda won.

Fresh off a court appearance for his child sex case -- in which prosecutors recommended 1 to 3 years behind bars -- the "FEFE" spitter went right back to talking trash on social media ... with the NBA star being his newest target.

"Victor Oladipo is trash. I’m defensive player of the year," Tekashi said.

Of course, Oladipo is the opposite of trash. Dude won Most Improved Player in the NBA this season.

Just add it to Tekashi's (very short) sports highlight reel.

NBA's Nik Stauskas Passes The Rock ... Will You Marry Me?!

8/9/2018 1:35 PM PDT
Breaking News

NBA guard Nik Stauskas just took the biggest shot of his life ... and SCORED -- 'cause his smokin' hot girlfriend said yes to marriage!!

The new Trail Blazers stud just met Alexandra Brynn last August ... but things heated up quickly -- with Nik popping the question Wednesday in front of EVERYONE at Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square.

And, yeah ... the ring is definitely NBA sized.

"Words can’t even describe the feeling I had waking up this morning knowing I’d be waking up next to you every day for the rest of my life," Nik said on his IG page.

"I always knew when I got down on one knee you would say yes, but to actually have it happen last night was a dream come true!"

Congrats!!

LeBron James I Promise You, I've Been Working Out ... Because I'm Huge

8/9/2018 10:22 AM PDT
Breaking News

If anyone thought LeBron James was going on the California Diet to get all skinny now that he's a Laker, YOU'RE WRONG, 'cause here's a pic that proves his muscles are still of the Ohio corn-fed variety.

Here's LeBron shooting around with his teammates in purple & gold practice gear, and the dude looks MASSIVE.

Along with Bron, Brandon Ingram and some team trainers were also in the building watching King James work. It's the first time we've seen Bron in his Lakers practice gear since he signed his contract. 

With all the big Hollywood deals he's been making lately -- along with launching a school in Ohio -- it's good to see him making time for some hoop. 

Everyone knows LeBron's a workout warrior, and with the way people have been coming at him lately, it might be a good idea to break out the guns and show he's ummm ... different.

If you wonder how he does it ... check out the INSANE video below.

LeBron James Fashion Clapback After 'I Promise' School Criticism

8/9/2018 6:58 AM PDT
Breaking News

LeBron James is clearly unmoved by the criticism of his new I Promise school in Ohio -- at least judging by his shirt. 

After Bron announced the opening of the district school in Akron, reports came out showing James is not covering the full operating costs of the school ... only around 25%. The rest is covered by taxpayers. 

Don't get it twisted, Bron's coming out of pocket roughly $2 MILLION per year (amazing), but the school will reportedly cost around $8 mil per year to run. 

Some critics went in on LeBron for putting such a heavy burden on the school district -- others praised LeBron for his generosity and commitment to education. 

Despite the drama, LeBron went out in Hollywood Wednesday night wearing an "I Promise" shirt -- showing his full support for his passion project. 

And, if you're still not moved by LeBron's actions (looking at you, Trump) ... the NBA star has also pledged to pay tuition for graduating students to attend The University of Akron. 

Lakers' Rajon Rondo No Beef With Lonzo ... I'll Help Him Grow!

8/7/2018 2:32 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

LaVar Ball is going to love this ...

There will be no Lakers beef between Rajon Rondo and Lonzo Ball this season -- at least when it comes to minutes -- 'cause Rajon tells TMZ Sports he'll do whatever it takes to help Zo grow!!

Of course, Rondo and Lonzo play the same position -- point guard -- and there's been some concern the two could clash in a battle for playing time. 

But, 32-year-old Rajon says he just wants to be the best teammate he can be -- and if that means sitting behind 20-year-old Lonzo, so be it. 

"I'm ready to help develop Lonzo as much as possible," Rajon says.

"If I'm not starting and he's starting, he's going to be ready to go and ready for anybody that comes his way. And we'll be ready to roll."

"My main objective is to win."

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