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Austin Rivers I'd Bust My Dad's Ass In 1-On-1 ... Even In His NBA Prime

3/26/2017 12:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Austin Rivers is engaging in some serious generational smack talk with his dad, Doc ... saying he'd beat the hell out of his pops in a 1-on-1 game ... even when Doc was at the top of his game.

Austin currently plays for his dad on the Clippers, but before that Doc was an All-Star player in NBA. So when we got Austin out at Catch, we had to ask who'd win an all Rivers battle if both guys were young.

"I'm whooping that ass every time."

We got Doc a little later and asked the same question -- he said Austin would win because he's "old" now ... which tells us he fully didn't get the scenario and thinks a young him would bust his kid's ass.

Ron Harper Derrick Rose Will NEVER Get a Ring

3/24/2017 9:34 AM PDT
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Doesn't matter where Derrick Rose ends up in free agency ... he'll NEVER win a championship -- so says Ron Harper

Earlier this week, Rose says finding a winning team is more important than a big contract when he searches for a new team this summer. 

"Not even thinking money," Rose said ... "I'm not going to negotiate with people where money is the number one thing I'm asking for. I want to win."

So, we went to Harper -- a 5-time NBA champ -- and asked which team could be the right fit. 

Harper says it won't matter -- he ain't gonna win. 

Charles Oakley Pissed at Patrick Ewing You Shoulda Called After MSG Fight!

3/24/2017 7:14 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Charles Oakley says he's "hurting" that ex-teammate Patrick Ewing didn't call him after he was forcefully removed from Madison Square Garden last month ... saying, "You should have been the first!"

"I'm hurting because he didn't call in and show love because I had his back for 10 years," Oakley told TMZ Sports.

Oakley points out that his longtime friend, Michael Jordan, got involved and helped out -- and since NYC is Patrick's city, he REALLY felt Ewing should've done SOMETHING.

"You should have been the first one who said something about what happened in The Garden. Should have been the FIRST ONE."

By the way, Oakley was out at HeadQuarters Gentlemen's Club in NYC Thursday night -- where their strippers brought out a cardboard cutout of James Dolan and actually showed him some love!

J.R. Smith's Baby The Miracle Continues Breathing Tube Removed!

3/24/2017 12:30 AM PDT

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Big news for J.R. Smith and his family ... their micro-preemie baby Dakota is thiiiis close to crossing the 3-pound mark and her breathing tube is out! 

As we previously reported, Smith's wife, Jewel, gave birth to "Kota Bear" in early January almost 5 months before her due date. Dakota only weighed 1 pound at birth.

But on the 78th day of Kota's NICU stay, Jewel says the nurse gave her the good news -- "She's not intubated anymore."

Jewel says she finally got to hold Kota without the nurses having to carefully secure the breathing tubes -- a sometimes lengthy and restrictive process.

"I was beyond excited to hold our 2 lb 13 oz miracle in the palm of my hands for the very first time." 

She added, "What some mothers get to experience within the first 2 minutes of giving birth I had to wait 78 days but, what I will say is it was worth the wait because those very feelings, emotions and joy that took over my body trumps it all."

"I kissed her little cheeks, smelled her neck, gazed into her eyes and just smiled at life...this life...her life that has now become our life! To God Be The Glory...I thank you."

Keep fighting! 

Charles Barkley Michael Jordan's Golf Bets Are INSANE!

3/23/2017 3:42 PM PDT
Breaking News

Michael Jordan bets HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS PER HOLE when he golfs ... so says Charles Barkley.

Sir Chuck appeared on the 'Dan Patrick Show' and said he once saw MJ bet $300,000 on a put -- and that wasn't even out of the ordinary. 

Charles says MJ has so much money, those kind of bets are chump change to him.

Must be nice ...

LeBron James Serenades Kyrie Irving ... With Happy BDay Song

3/23/2017 1:24 PM PDT

Here's LeBron James putting his royal pipes to good use ... singing happy birthday to his All-Star point guard, Kyrie Irving, and the video is downright adorable.

Irving turned 25 today, and LeBron decided to mark the occasion with a few notes belted out on the team plane ... which he documented on social media for the world to see.

Listen to his tunes ... judge for yourself, and always remember, Kyrie Irving thinks the Earth is flat.

Austin Rivers On LeBron's Kids: I Got Crap for Famous Dad Too ... Didn't Faze Me!

3/22/2017 10:58 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

LaVar Ball could be right in his analysis of LeBron James' kids -- 'cause Austin Rivers says he's been "getting s**t" for being Doc Rivers' son since he was 6 ... but it never fazed him.

We got Austin leaving Catch in L.A. where he APPLAUDED James for clapping back at LaVar -- who recently said Bron's kids could get crap from other kids just because he has a famous father.

LeBron told LaVar to NEVER talk about his kids ever again.

But when we asked Rivers what it was like for him growing up with an NBA star for a dad ... this was his response:

"I've been getting that since I was 6 years old just for being the son of Doc. I've been getting s**t since I was a kid ... and it's never fazed me. I'm here now and I'm only getting started."

Translation -- Rivers says the haters only motivated him to be better ... and it sounds like they still do.

He then got into a $250k Mercedes G-Wagon and drove away.

#Winning

Shaq SLAM DUNK LAKERS STATUE ... Revealed!

3/22/2017 9:04 AM PDT
Breaking News

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Here it is ... the long-awaited DUNKING SHAQ statue at Staples Center!!

The 9-foot tall, 1,200 POUND statue has been in the works for months ... it will officially be unveiled on Friday night! 

A bunch of Lakers greats -- including Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jerry West -- are expected to attend the event.

Shaq tweeted his gratitude to Laker ownership about the honor ... "Thank You Buss Family! #speechless"

Metta World Peace LeBron SHOULD Take Games Off ... Those Games Don't Matter!

3/22/2017 7:53 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Metta World Peace has simple logic for why people need to BACK OFF big NBA stars like LeBron James for resting during regular season games ... THEY DON'T REALLY MATTER! 

"When you're trying to win a championship, you can't focus on the little games," Metta says.

"You don't win a title by winning a bunch of games. You win a title by winning in the playoffs."

As for people claiming the fans are unhappy when stars sit, Metta says they need to chill ... because if the team wins in the playoffs, the fans will be happy in the end!

Michael Jordan Offers 'Heartfelt Condolences' to Jerry Krause's Family

3/21/2017 12:35 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0321-jordan-krause-tmz-getty-03Michael Jordan is mourning the death of his former Chicago Bulls General Manager, Jerry Krause ... offering his "heartfelt condolences" to Jerry's family and friends.

Jordan won all 6 of his NBA titles while playing under Krause -- and, while they butted heads at times, MJ is honoring his memory now.

Jordan issued a statement to TMZ Sports through his rep saying, "Jerry was a key figure in the Chicago Bulls dynasty of the 1990s and meant so much to the Bulls, the White Sox and the entire city of Chicago."

"My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, Thelma, his family and friends."

Jerry was 77.

LeBron James Gives Major Props To Amazing Viral Video Hero

3/21/2017 7:08 AM PDT
Breaking News

0321-lebron-james-TMZ-01LeBron James just gave major props to a viral video HERO ... praising a man who talked two young boys out of a street fight and into a handshake.

The video starts out with a brawl between two teenagers -- but then becomes a teaching session as a man intercedes PEACEFULLY, mentors the kids, and eventually gets them to squash their beef.

It began to make the rounds Monday night, garnering over 3.5 million views, and LeBron took notice, tweeting his appreciation.

"So dope!!! #Salute the homie who stepped in and spoke real to our young generation. We all need a word or 2 to help!"

It wasn't just LeBron either. Other sports stars like NFL player Torrey Smith, and former MLB player Jerry Hairston Jr. tossed love at the video as well.

Carmelo Anthony Chillin With Sam Casssell ... L.A. Bound?

3/20/2017 1:03 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

If you like seeing Carmelo Anthony in Knicks colors, turn your head ... cause Melo was out in L.A. Sunday night chatting it up at Catch with Sam Cassell, an assistant coach for the Clippers.

The Clippers are one of Melo's most talked about potential landing spots, and rumor has it that a trade between them and the Knicks almost happened at the deadline.

Add into the equation Melo's wife, LaLa, has an exploding acting career (never hurts to be in L.A.) and the Knicks seem to be souring on Anthony in favor of Porzingis and this meeting could be HUGE.

Or, the guys just both like seafood.

Kyrie Irving Bummed Out Blue Devil 'I Wanted Duke To Go All The Way'

3/20/2017 6:59 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Here's a treat for all you North Carolina fans ... video of a totally bummed out Kyrie Irving licking his Blue Devil wounds after his alma mater was eliminated from the tourney.

Duke went down to South Carolina Sunday night ... and when we got Irving out in L.A. he told us the loss hurt him, 'cause he thought the guys had a chance to win it all.

Irving played for Coach K back in 2010 (for all of 12 games) but even though he's killing it in the NBA right now it's clear from the clip he still bleeds blue.

Don't worry Kyrie, there's always next year ... for a whole new team 'cause all these guys are going to the NBA.

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