Here's the REAL Antonio Gates dishing out some advice to the guy being hailed as the NEXT Antonio Gates ... giving Baylor hoops star Rico Gathers some advice on how to make it as a tight end in the NFL.
FYI -- the 6'8", 290-pound Gathers made headlines a few weeks ago when he declared for the NFL Draft ... despite the fact he hasn't played football since he was 13.
Fun Fact -- Gates famously didn't play a single down of college football ... but used his hoops skills to become one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history.
Gathers is hoping to follow suit ... so, when we saw Antonio out in L.A. with his wife Sasha Gates -- we had to ask if he had any wisdom to share with the young fella. Pay attention kid ...
BTW, Sasha's a pop singer -- and she ain't half bad either! Peep this.
Should Kobe Bryant turn down "Inside the NBA"? The Game thinks so ... telling TMZ Sports he wants to see Kobe on TV, but not at the same desk as Barkley and Shaq.
We broke the story ... producers at the TNT show have already reached out to Bryant to try to get him on the show. We're told Kobe is still considering his options before making a decision one way or the other.
But Game -- a HUGE Lakers fan -- says Kobe should do something he doesn't really like to do ... pass.
Derrick Rose gave his rape accuser a list of demands prior to her deposition ... including one very odd request -- used condoms from the night she was allegedly gang raped.
During preparation for a deposition in January ... Rose and his attorneys submitted a request for materials related to the case. They asked the accuser for the usual stuff -- texts, photos and emails. They also asked for "any and all condoms that you retained as evidence from after the alleged rape."