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NBA's Zach LaVine INSANE 360 DUNK ... From Free Throw Line!!!

11/23/2016 12:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Just give him the Slam Dunk trophy now.

Here's Minnesota Timberwolves star Zach LaVine hitting a 360 dunk from the free throw line ... just because he felt like it.

His teammate, Andrew Wiggins, captured the whole thing on his Snapchat ... and yeah, it's nuts. 

LaVine has already won 2 NBA Slam Dunk contests before ... might wanna clear off some more space on the mantle.

Steve Francis Finally Released from Jail Ordered to Put Breathalyzer In Car

11/23/2016 10:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1121-steve-francis-mug-shot-TMZ-SPORTS-01Ex-NBA star Steve Francis has been released from jail after his Saturday drunk driving arrest -- but was ordered by the judge to install a breathalyzer system into his car. 

As we previously reported, cops say Francis reeked of booze and vowed revenge on officers during his arrest ... in which a bunch of weed was also allegedly found in the car. 

After he bonded out Wednesday morning, he returned to court -- where the judge told him he's not allowed to drink or take drugs unless prescribed by a doctor.

He will also undergo random drug and alcohol testing.

The judge also said he can't leave the state of Texas without permission -- unless he's going to Florida to turn himself in on an unrelated burglary charge (he has 30 days to do that).

Francis is due back in court in Texas in January. As he left court today, he gave reporters the silent treatment.

Vin Scully The Meat In a Jordan, Kareem Sandwich

11/22/2016 11:26 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1122-michael-jordan-vin-scully-kareem-twitterHere's a photo of Bruce Springsteen ... finally knowing what it's like to be the odd man out. 

A bunch of super famous people gathered at the White House Tuesday to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama ... including Vin Scully, Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Cool photo, right? 

NBA's Julius Randle Here's Why Lakers Are Winning ... LUKE WALTON

11/22/2016 10:01 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Byron Scott gon' cry in the car ... 'cause Julius Randle is giving 100% credit to new coach Luke Walton for the team's surprising start ... saying the young coach is pressing all the right buttons.

The Lakers are 7-7 this year -- not exactly World beaters -- but when you consider they only won 21 games ALL OF LAST SEASON ... the start is pretty impressive.

So when we got Randle out in L.A. and asked him what was making the Lake show great again ... he gave props to the new sheriff in town.

Somewhere Kobe is breathing a sigh of relief his name wasn't brought into this.

Dennis Rodman Charged with Hit-and-Run In Wrong Way Freeway Crash

11/21/2016 2:31 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1121_dennis_rodman_tmz-2Dennis Rodman has just been charged with 4 misdemeanor criminal charges -- including hit-and-run -- stemming from a late-night wrong way freeway crash in July ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

The Orange County District Attorney has charged Rodman with ... hit-and-run with property damage, driving a car across the divider, giving false info to a cop and driving a car without a valid license. 

If convicted on all counts, Rodman faces up to 2 years in county jail. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Rodman was driving an SUV on the 5 Freeway around 12:30 AM on July 20th ... after partying at a karaoke bar.

We're told Rodman was driving northbound in the southbound carpool lane.

A car driving the RIGHT way was forced to swerve to avoid a head-on collision and crashed into the center divider. That person called 911.  

Dennis allegedly fled the scene before cops arrived and never exchanged info with the other driver. 

Cops investigated the incident -- and officials say Rodman lied to investigators. 

A rep for Rodman said, "We agree that if anything, this is a misdemeanor traffic matter, and certainly not a felony. We appreciate the district attorney evaluation and know that it should resolve successfully when all facts are considered."

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Metta World Peace Woman Admits Throwing Brick Through NBA Star's Window

11/21/2016 11:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1121-metta-world-peace-TMZ-02It's not just NBA stars who can brick a shot ... because a woman just admitted to firing one through a window at Metta World Peace's home!!

The Lakers star appeared in an L.A. courtroom on Monday to get a permanent restraining order against Miesha Shakes -- who Metta claims has been harassing him and his family since 2015. 

In a heated courtroom exchange, Miesha admitted to throwing the brick though Metta's window and bothering his family ... and claims it's all over a dispute with her baby daddy. We'll explain ...

Miesha says she has a kid with Metta's nephew -- and Metta sometimes watches the kid. Miesha's upset with her baby daddy so she decided to take out her anger on Metta.

The judge, as you can imagine, was not happy with Miesha's explanation -- and hit her with a restraining order to stay 100 yards from Metta and his family for the next 3 years. 

No emailing, texts or phone calls either (and also no brick throwing).

Doc Rivers Cheer Up, Greg Oden You Ain't the Biggest NBA Bust!

11/21/2016 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Clippers Coach Doc Rivers has some soothing words for Greg Oden ... telling TMZ Sports he doesn't think Oden is the biggest bust in the history of the league ... even though Oden said he was.

We got Doc out at Catch (doesn't anyone eat anywhere else?) and asked him about Oden's heart-wrenching admission that he considers himself the biggest bust in the history of the league.

Sad to say but Oden's got a good case for it ... he was drafted #1 overall back in 2007 and went on to average just eight points in an injury-plagued NBA career.

Doc still doesn't think that's enough to get Oden the crown ... and said as much when we asked him about it.

Now all we need to do is get an NFL coach to get JaMarcus Russell off the hook ... wish us luck.

Ex-Chicago Bull Arrested for Domestic Violence

11/17/2016 11:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Former Chicago Bulls player Corey Benjamin -- a 1st round pick in the '98 NBA Draft -- was arrested Tuesday after an altercation with his girlfriend allegedly turned physical.  

Benjamin -- who was famously balled up by a retired Michael Jordan at a Bulls workout in 1999 -- has been accused of battery and cell phone smashing ... stemming from a February incident in California. 

CB's longtime girlfriend told police they were arguing when Corey grabbed her phone and smashed it -- and then physically blocked her from using the house phone to call 911. 

She claims she ran out of the house and drove to a nearby police station and got help. An arrest warrant was issued for Benjamin back in May -- but now, we've learned he was taken into custody this week. 

He faces 3 charges -- 1 felony and 2 misdemeanors. He's due back in court later Thursday to be arraigned. 

Drake Sorry, Folks ... Doris Burke Shirt Strictly OVO

11/17/2016 9:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1117-drake-gettyDrake's HUGELY popular Doris Burke shirt he wore courtside won't be seen on anyone else's chest -- cuz he's not selling.

The rapper blew the lid off social media Wednesday during the Raptors/Warriors game with his "Woman Crush Everyday" shirt with the NBA sideline reporter's mug. Even though it was a huge hit, sources close to Drake tell us there's no plan to mass produce for the public.

We're told Drake's team got a ton of requests to get in on the Burke gear, but he's not budging yet. He might wanna get in the game -- knockoffs are already flooding the Internet. 

If you missed it -- Drake was interviewed mid-game expressing his love for the veteran reporter, even inviting her to dinner. Doris replied, "dinner is on <3."

Stings doesn't it, RiRi?


NBA's Marc Gasol I'm Cool With Conor McGregor After Swag Walk Celebration

11/17/2016 6:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Memphis Grizzlies star Marc Gasol ain't worried about retribution from Conor McGregor after busting out his swag walk after hitting the go-ahead 3 pointer Wednesday night ... telling TMZ Sports, "We're cool."

You know the "swag walk" -- arms out, swingin' like you don't care (McGregor actually bit the move from Vince McMahon). 

And when we got Gasol out at Nightingale nightclub in L.A. -- partying with teammate Mike Conley -- it was pretty clear to us he meant it as a tribute to the UFC star. 

Gasol's shot was THE key moment in the Grizzlies' victory over the Clippers. So, yeah, we get it ...

Philadelphia 76ers Hilariously Butcher 'Rocky' Quotes ... 'Yooo Adrian!!!

11/16/2016 11:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Mick ... and Adrian ... and Paulie ... and Apollo might ALL be rolling in their graves after this -- 'cause here are a bunch of the Philadelphia 76ers doing "Rocky" quotes -- and it's so bad, it's good. 

Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid, Nik Stauskas and more all take a swing and delivering some of the most famous quotes from the franchise ... despite the fact they have terrible Philly accents. 

Our favorite part ... Dario Saric singing "Eye of the Tiger."

The team is honoring the 40th anniversary of the original "Rocky" -- and will include the theme at Wednesday's game against the Wizards. 

#RIPDuke #RIPButkus #RIPPauliesRobot

Ron Harper 'Phil Jackson Is No Racist' 'This Story Is Dumb & Stupid'

11/16/2016 10:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1116-lebron-ron-phil-tmzRon Harper is coming out strong in defense of his ex-Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson -- saying straight-up, "He's no racist" ... despite comments made by LeBron James

Phil's been under fire this week -- ever since LeBron slammed Jackson for describing his close business associates as a "posse."

LeBron says he was offended by the term -- claiming it was used in a derogatory manner toward a group of African-Americans.

We reached out to Harper -- who played under Jackson with the Bulls and Lakers from 1994 to 2001 -- and he sent us a statement on the situation. Here it is in its entirety: 

"Don't want no part of this story it's dumb and stupid. Phil is no racist and back when Phil coached, we all call them the p word."

"I respect LBJ and that's how he feel I'm sorry pj is great. The world needs to stop taking words out of context. Everything about life is not a white and black thing. We're one race and that's a human race and if we let dumb people's put us into a box and then no one would survive."

"This is not an excuse for what Phil said or down playing the story but to me it's a no story."

He continued, "LBJ, we'll respect you and the things you do on the court and no one can take those away from you and all the great work off the court in Ohio and with your foundation. The people's life that you've change the kids you touch helping your friends and family reach new heights in life. Just keep It positive and never let the world see you frown. The work you do is awesome....  respect :fist: & honor."

Cedric the Entertainer LeBron's Right ... Phil's 'Posse' Comment Was Wack!

11/16/2016 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Cedric the Entertainer is Team LeBron in the NBA star's beef with Phil Jackson -- telling TMZ Sports LeBron is right ... the word "posse" is "wack."

Phil's been under fire this week -- ever since LeBron slammed Jackson for describing his close business associates as a "posse." 

LeBron says he was offended by the term -- claiming it was used in a derogatory manner toward a group of African-Americans. 

Some people have said LeBron is overreacting -- Cedric is not one of those people. 

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