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LeBron James PUBLICLY SHAMED ... Who's the Goat Now?!

12/2/2016 2:23 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1202-lebron-james-cubs0uniform-uninterruptedHere's LeBron James hilariously proving he's a man of his word ... even when he's a loser. 

Bron lost his World Series bet with Dwyane Wade (Cleveland vs. Chicago) ... and agreed to wear a Chicago Cubs jersey to pay it off.

Question ... where the hell did they find a jersey big enough to fit this guy?

Good on you, LeBron. There's always next year ... 

[h/t Uninterrupted]

Shaq Barkley & Jordan Beef? ... I AIN'T IN IT!!!

12/1/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Change Shaq's name to Bennett, cause he says he AIN'T IN IT when it comes to the beef between Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley ... telling TMZ Sports he's staying all the way out of the discourse.

Shaq would actually be a good candidate to Jimmy Carter the situation ... he's close to both men, working alongside Barkley on TNT ... and being frat brothers and friends with MJ.

But when we got him out in DC he made it clear ... he ain't the big Henry Kissinger ... saying he's totally on the sidelines when it comes to the Hall Of Fame beef.

BTW -- Check out Shaq getting out of the car ... not to spoil it for you guys ... but he's gigantic.

Isaiah Austin I've Been Cleared to Play Basketball Again ... Gunning for NBA

11/30/2016 3:13 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1130-isaiah-austin-TMZ-01Isaiah Austin -- the ex-college basketball star who was diagnosed with a rare heart condition before the 2014 Draft -- says his doctors have finally cleared him to play again ... and it sounds like he's gunning for the NBA. 

The 23-year-old was a stud at Baylor -- but his basketball career came to a screeching halt when he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome and doctors told him it was too risky to play pro ball. 

Austin was an honorary draft pick that year -- and Isaiah told TMZ Sports NBA Commish Adam Silver offered him a job with the league after he got his degree. 

But now, Austin told Cassy Athena's Thru The Lens that doctors gave him the green light 4 months ago to get back on the court ... and I.A. says he got very emotional when he got the news. 

He never straight-up says his goal is to play in the NBA ... but it seems pretty obvious he wants a shot. 

Congrats!

[h/t Bleacher Report]

Iman Shumpert I Won't Go to Trump White House ... If Cavs Win Again

11/30/2016 2:19 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1130-iman-shumpert-donald-trump-tmz-01Iman Shumpert says he would boycott Donald Trump's White House if the Cavs repeat as NBA champs and are invited back to 1600 Pennsylvania.

The Cavs star was speaking with Complex when he was asked if he would boycott Yeezys after Kanye West expressed support for the President-elect.

"I understand people’s stance on Trump. I can’t get caught up in the racial, sexist bulls**t he’s got going on. That’s his personal thing, ya dig."

He added, "I do think he’s crazy -- straight up."

Complex followed up with the White House question:

Complex: "Will you go to Trump’s White House if the Cavs win the championship again this year?

Iman: "I’m not going to the White House."

As for Iman's teammate, LeBron James -- he says he's undecided about what he would do ... saying, "We’ll have to cross that road, I guess. We’ll see. I would love to have to cross that road."

Charles Barkley Michael Jordan Beef Still Fresh 'Not Where We Used To Be'

11/29/2016 11:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Looks like the band isn't getting back together just yet ... 'cause Charles Barkley says his chilly friendship with Michael Jordan hasn't been re-warmed after all.

Barkley appeared on "The Dan Le Batard Show with Stu Gotz" on ESPN radio and spilled some Hall Of Fame tea ... saying the picture of him and Michael side hugging last month was nothing more than a photo op.

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"We just happened to be at the same place at the same time. I love him like a brother but we are not back to where we used to be."

The third man in the photo, Kenny Smith, had told TMZ Sports Barkley and Jordan did in fact bury the hatchet that day ... but clearly, it ain't that buried. 

As for the origin of the beef, Barkley says Michael got upset at criticisms CB made publicly about MJ's performance as the chairman of the Charlotte Hornets. 

Barkley says he misses his friend -- but he's a professional analyst and won't apologize for doing his job. 

Snoop Dogg Hey, 2 Chainz ... LAKERS WHOOPED DAT ASS!

11/28/2016 3:28 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Snoop Dogg was all about the victory trash talk after his Lakers beat up on 2 Chainz's ATL Hawks this weekend ... telling the rapper, "Y'all can't f*** with us!" 

The Doggfather made a video in the aftermath of the young Lakers' 109-94 win over the Hawks ... seizing the opportunity to rub it in Tity Boi's face, who had floor seats at the game.

We'd give you some of the quotes here ... but there aren't enough symbols on the keyboard for us to substitute for Snoop's trademark colorful language, so your best bet is just to enjoy the video.

Earmuffs when necessary.

[h/t The Big Lead]

Knicks to Ex Carnegie Deli Wife We Got Beef ... $97k Worth of Tix!

11/28/2016 12:57 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1128-KNICKS-CARNEGIE-GETTY-TMZ-2BA New York Knicks superfan, who's also linked to another NYC landmark, is stiffing the team on her super expensive courtside seats ... according to Madison Square Garden honchos.

MSG, which owns the Knicks, just sued Terry Klein, wife of the former co-owner of the legendary Carnegie Deli, for 10 Knicks season tickets she enjoyed using -- and allegedly reselling -- during the 2015-16 NBA season. According to the docs, obtained by TMZ Sports, Terry either used or resold more than 90 percent of the tickets she was given.

There were 44 home games (pre and regular season) ... so we're talking 440 tickets! MSG says the total cost for those primo seats is $101,225 -- but Terry had a credit from the previous season ... so, they say she owes $97,865.

MSG points out Terry and her husband, Fred Klein, have been loyal Knicks fans "for decades" ... so it's "reluctantly" filing the lawsuit. MSG says it's only suing because Terry has agreed she owes the dough, but continually refuses to pay.

No doubt, Terry deserves something for remaining a Knicks fan -- it's been 43 years since their last championship -- but $97k seems steep.

We reached out to the Kleins ... so far no word back.

Dwight Howard Heckler Called His Mom a 'Whore' ... Days Before Outburst

11/28/2016 9:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Dwight Howard might have been at the end of his rope when a Lakers fan called him a "bitch" Sunday night -- because just last week, another heckler told him his mother is a "whore."

It all went down on Nov. 23rd after Dwight's ATL Hawks beat the Pacers in Indiana -- when a fan leaned over the tunnel to the locker room and said, "Good game, Dwight. Have a nice evening. Your mother's a whore!"

Dwight clearly heard it -- but turned and walked away.

But fast forward to Sunday night at Staples ... when ANOTHER heckler leaned over to Howard and said, "Kobe all day! Kobe! Kobe! Kobe! Kobe!"

Howard -- who was signing autographs for fans -- handled that heckling situation with a smile and a wave. 

Of course, the straw that broke the camel's back went down a few hours later, after the game, when Howard went off on a fan who called him a "bitch."

Hey, a guy can only take so much ... 

Dwight Howard CHALLENGES LAKERS FAN TO FIGHT ... Call Me a Bitch to My Face

11/28/2016 6:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Dwight Howard doesn't like being called a bitch -- and was physically restrained when he got into it with a Lakers fan after the game Sunday night.

TMZ Sports has footage in which you can hear a man shouting obscenities at Howard after the Lakers beat the Hawks 109-94 at Staples Center. 

At one point the man -- who we're told appeared to be in his 20s -- says, "You're a bitch!" 

Dwight -- who was on the way to the locker room -- stopped in his tracks and jawed back at the heckler, "Come back here and say it."

A team official grabs Howard and starts physically pushing the 6'11" superstar back toward the tunnel ... as he continues to challenge the fan.

It's not the first time Howard's been heckled at Staples -- the former Laker was taunted last year with a "Kobe" chant during a playoff game against the Clippers. He wasn't happy then either. 

RG3's Girlfriend Stadium Valet Stole Our Money ... During Browns Game

11/28/2016 6:24 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1128-rg3-girlfriend-car-wallets-stolen-TMZ-INSTAGRAM-01As if the Cleveland Browns season couldn't get any worse ...

Robert Griffin III's girlfriend claims a valet at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland ransacked the wallets they left in their car during Sunday's game ... and stole all of their cash. 

Grete Sadeiko -- who has been publicly dating RG3 since the summer -- said she left her car with a valet in the "players and family garage" to watch the Browns take on the Giants ... and when she returned, the money had been taken out of their wallets.

Grete posted about the alleged incident on Twitter -- and when people began to question why she left their wallets in the car in the first place, she roared back. 

"Ain't about why we left wallets in the car we parked in PLAYERS AND FAMILY PARKING GARAGE! I should be able to leave anything I want there."

We've reached out to Cleveland police -- who say they have no record of a report being filed about the incident. 

We've also reached out to RG3 and Grete -- so far, no word back. 

Snoop Dogg Master P As NBA Coach? Fo' Shizzle!!!

11/26/2016 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Master P has his first celebrity supporter in his bid to be an NBA coach ... his old pal Snoop Dogg ... who says P would be an absolutely awesome sideline boss if the league ever gave him the chance.

P revealed his desire to coach an NBA squad during a recent interview on TMZ's "Raq Rants" ... saying he's put so many guys into the league through his youth team ... he thinks it's a logical next step.

We got Snoop out in L.A. and asked him about P's hoop dreams ... and Snoop -- who was an artist on P's No Limit Records -- says coaching is actually P's DUTY ... 'cause he has knowledge to give the youth.

You hear that, Romeo? Don't put your basketball down just yet.

Darius Miles Signed LeBron Jersey Targeted ... In Bankruptcy Auction

11/25/2016 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1123-darius-miles-getty-01Sad news for ex-NBA star Darius Miles ... who's in danger of losing a bunch of his prized possessions in his bankruptcy case -- including his signed LeBron James jersey. 

TMZ Sports has obtained court docs filed in Illinois where 35-year-old Miles -- who made more than $60 MILLION in the NBA -- filed for Chapter 7.

In the docs, the trustee overseeing Miles' case says he intends to auction off a bunch of Darius' valuables to pay back his debts -- valuables that include the following:

-- Autographed LeBron James jersey

-- Autographed Mark McGwire bat 

-- PlayStation and Xbox consoles 

-- Large screen TVs 

-- Firearms

-- approximately 1,000 CDs and DVDs

The auction is set to go down on Dec. 14th in Illinois. Miles can object to the auction -- but he needs to move quickly. 

It's not the first time a famous sports debtor has been forced to auction off his stuff -- Warren Sapp had to sell off his massive Nike collection back in 2013. 213 pairs got him $6,390. 

As for Miles, his Bron jersey should fetch about $2,000 (or more) depending on the quality of the jersey. 

Derek Fisher Don't Call It a Comeback ... My Playing Days Are Over

11/23/2016 3:56 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

R.I.P. to any chance of seeing Derek Fisher suit up for an NBA team again ... 'cause the 5-time champ says his playing days are OVER -- despite rumors of a comeback. 

There were reports the 42-year-old was making a serious push to get back in the league back in the summer. Fish also posted impressive basketball training videos with the hashtag "Imnotdoneyet."

So, when we saw Derek and his family serving up food to the needy at the L.A. Mission Wednesday, we asked him to give the truth on the situation ... and it sounds like he's really done for good.

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