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NBA's Udonis Haslem

Buys Miami Pad

For Woman Who Raised Him

7/21/2015 11:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0721-udonis-hasiem-getty-01Three time NBA champion Udonis Haslem just did something pretty awesome ... he bought a pretty sick 6 bedroom home for the woman who raised him ... just to say "thank you."

FYI -- the Miami Heat player's biological mother Debra battled drug addiction when Udonis was a child ... so he was raised by his stepmother ... Barbara Wooten. 

Now, we've learned Haslem has hooked up Barbara with a brand new $326k pad in Miami Gardens -- it's 6 bedrooms, 4 baths, 3,640 square feet ... and  Haslem foot the bill. 

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We reached out to Udonis for comment -- who told us, "I am blessed that God has provided me the opportunity and ability to provide for my family."

He added, "I wouldn't be here without her. She raised me since age 3. I can never repay her and all I can do is show my gratitude."

Pretty great, right? 

NBA's Joel Embiid

Do I Look Broken to You??!?

7/21/2015 6:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

With reports that he REBROKE a bone in his right foot, Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid WALKED AROUND in Bev Hills last night ... to show he's still healthy enough for expensive Chinese food. 

Embiid hit up Mr. Chow with Washington Wizards star John Wall -- and walked out of the joint without a limp in his step or ANY kind of a brace on his right foot. 

Embiid -- the #3 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft -- reportedly rebroke the navicular bone in his right foot and will miss the entire '15-'16 season ... after already missing '14-'15 with the same injury. 

BTW, we also asked Embiid about Ty Lawson -- Joel says he's confident he'll "get his stuff together" after his 2nd DUI this year. 

"He's a grown man. He'll be good."

Ty Lawson

Arrested for DUI

7/14/2015 6:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Denver Nuggets star Ty Lawson got busted for DUI in Los Angeles last night -- his second DUI arrest this year.

TMZ Sports has learned Lawson was pulled over by CHP for speeding on the 101 Freeway early this morning ... and officers determined he showed signs of intoxication ... so they gave him a field sobriety test.

Didn't go so good for Lawson. He was arrested around 2:30 AM.

Cops say during the arrest, Lawson identified himself as an NBA player -- and was carrying $6,000 IN CASH on his person. 

We actually spoke to Lawson as he and his GF Ashley King (former "Bad Girls Club" star) were leaving Le Jardin nightclub in Hollywood -- moments before they jumped on the freeway. Interesting ... we talked marijuana with him.

He's still in jail right now. His bail's been set at $5,000.

Lawson was also charged with a DUI in Denver, back in January.

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Blake Griffin

Mark Cuban Won't Hate DeAndre Forever

7/14/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

"Time heals all wounds" ... even in the NBA ... so says Blake Griffin who tells TMZ Sports he's confident Mark Cuban and DeAndre Jordan will find a way to squash their beef. 

Of course, Blake's a HUGE part of the Cuban vs. DeAndre rift -- having jetted from his Hawaiian vacation to Jordan's home to convince D.J. to back out of his deal with the Mavs and resign with the Clippers.

So, now ... with Jordan in Cuban's dog house ... we had to ask if there's any hope of repairing their relationship. 

Either way, one thing's for sure -- Blake says he's thrilled to have his friend back.

NBA's Damian Lillard

I'm Dropping A Rap Album!!

7/13/2015 5:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0713-damian-lillard-GETTY-01He just dropped a new song, but NBA superstar Damian Lillard says there's a lot more to come -- 'cause he's planning on dropping his very own ALBUM in the very near future ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

The Portland Trailblazers guard is widely considered the best rapper in the league -- and famously created "#4BarFriday" -- which became a freestyle hip-hop phenomenon on social media. 

In fact, he put out a song called "Soldier in the Game" on Monday -- and we're told it's just a taste of what he's got cooking in the studio. 

Dame tells us he's been working on a solo project -- and is hoping to release it very soon.

"It's definitely in the works. Rap is another passion of mine."

Don't worry Portland -- Dame says his primary focus is still BASKETBALL ... and his rap career doesn't get in the way of his training.

"I spend 80% of time thinking about and working on basketball things. A percentage of what’s left goes into me expressing my story through music."

James Harden

Settles 'Kobe Owns Your Ass' Lawsuit

7/13/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0710-james-harden-getty-01update_graphic_red_bar7/16 -- Harden's lawyer, Tony Bisconti, tells TMZ Sports ... "Mr. Harden denied these false allegations and vigorously defended against this meritless lawsuit from the outset."

"As a result of Mr. Harden’s refusal to allow himself to be subjected to these baseless accusations, the plaintiff ultimately decided to drop the lawsuit, which was dismissed without the plaintiff receiving any monetary payment."

"We are pleased with the outcome and glad to have it resolved."

update_grey_gray_barRemember when James Harden was accused of punching a Lakers fan in the face who told him "Kobe owns your ass?" 

Well, seems Harden has finally thrown in the towel in that legal war ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We broke the story, Harden was sued by a guy who admitted taunting James on the way out of a nightclub back in 2013. 

The accuser says James socked him in the kisser and flipped him off ... before speeding off into the night. 

For his part, Harden never copped to the punch but said if -- and only IF -- he did it, the guy had it coming because he posed a threat to James and his friends. 

They were poised for a legal showdown -- but now, we've learned Harden struck a settlement with the accuser ... essentially ending the case for good. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Moral of the story ... don't talk smack to James Harden, he just might punch you in the face.

Grant Hill

Sorry Shaq

Your Shoe Was The Ugliest EVER

7/12/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Shaquille O'Neal is about to learn how Grant Hill's opinion tastes ... 'cause the ex-NBA star and new part owner of the Hawks just called out Shaq's signature bball shoe ... as the ugliest of all time.

Grant was out at LAX looking sharp when our camera guy asked him which shoe was the most dreadfully ugly pair of stompers ever to grace an NBA court.

Check out the clip -- Hill bypasses all the usual suspects (we're looking at you Kobe II's) and hits The Diesel right where it hurts, saying his kicks take the cake when it comes to fugly footwear.

Ugly? Maybe. Size 22? Definitely. Tread lightly Grant.

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DeAndre Jordan

Epically Trolled By Dallas News

7/10/2015 4:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0710-deandre-jordan-tmz-01Dallas Morning News ... wins. 

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Mark Cuban

DeAndre Lied to Me

Said He Was 'On a Date'

7/10/2015 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0710_mark_cuban_DeAndre-Jordan_TMZMark Cuban says he got straight lied to by DeAndre Jordan -- claiming the NBA star insisted he was "on a date" Wednesday night ... when he was really in a secret meeting with the Clippers. 

Cuban just went to CyberDust -- and admitted he did swing by Jordan's Houston house when he started to become suspicious that DeAndre was having second thoughts about joining the Mavs.

"There was no one home. So I texted him saying that I was there. I know something is up. Let's talk. He texted me that he was on a date."

"I told him to have fun. I wasn't in a rush, that I was happy to come by there and say hi or if he wanted to make the date fun, take them to Dallas for a night out."

"He didn't respond."

Of course, there was no date -- only Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and others ... who convinced Jordan to blow off his verbal deal with the Mavs and resign with the Clippers. 

Cuban was clearly frustrated -- but says he's moving on. 

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Mark Cuban

I'm Over DeAndre

But His Name Makes Me Cringe

7/9/2015 4:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mark Cuban says he's MOVING ON from the DeAndre Jordan drama ... saying he wants to focus on the future ... but he still doesn't wanna have to hear his name in public. 

The Dallas Mavericks owner was speaking at the Presidential Leadership Scholars 2015 Graduation at S.M.U. ... when the M.C. brought up the Jordan scandal. 

"Aw, you had to say his name," Cuban joked ... before explaining that he considers the matter over.

When asked to reflect on the drama, Cuban said ... "There's nothing you can do about it. You think for a second, 'Is there anything I can change?'"

"You think for another second, 'What have I learned so I can do it differently next time?' And then you move forward and say, What are our options?'"

Cuban said he's not worried about the Mavs -- "We have this big tall German who's pretty good and he's still around."

"I think we've got great leadership, a great team and we're gonna keep on moving forward."

Mark Curry

MOCKS MARK CUBAN

I'm Glad You Got Burned!!

7/9/2015 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

As if the past 24 hours haven't been bad enough for Mark Cuban -- now he's getting mocked by former sitcom star Mark Curry, who says he LOVES that Cuban got burned in the DeAndre deal. 

"TOO BAD MARK CUBAN," Curry told us ... saying a handshake deal isn't worth squat and that DeAndre had every right to bail on the Mavs because nothing was ever signed in ink. 

FYI -- Curry is a huge Golden State Warriors fan ... and during the clip, rips both the Clippers and the Mavs ... calling 'em both LOSERS. 

It's kinda funny. 

Plus, Mark also goes off on Jason Pierre-Paul ... saying the NFL is "out of control" after 2 players blew up their hands in 4th of July fireworks accidents. Check out the clip. 

Mark Cuban

DeAndre Jordan Blew Me Off Yesterday

7/9/2015 6:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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Mark Cuban is finally opening up about what happened between him and DeAndre Jordan last night -- claiming the NBA star didn't pick up his call ONCE ... and says he hasn't heard from him since Tuesday night. 

As you know, Jordan backed out of a verbal deal with the Mavs that would have paid him $80 million over 4 years ... after having an emergency meeting with the L.A. Clippers last night. 

Moments ago, the Mavs owner went to CyberDust and said, "There will be a time when I detail everything I know regarding the last 48 hours."

"I don't think the time is right to say anything beyond the facts that [Jordan] never responded to me at all yesterday. Not once. To this minute I have not heard anything from him since Tuesday night."

Sources connected to the situation tell TMZ Sports Cuban was BLOWING UP DeAndre's phone yesterday -- calling several times throughout the day and night. 

Cuban also talked about the Mavs other big free agent acquisition, Wes Mathews -- saying Dallas should NOT worry about Wes backing out like DeAndre. 

"I specifically told Wes that I would not hold him to his commitment if he wanted to go elsewhere."

"I can't print his exact response, but suffice to say he is excited to play for our Mavs :) Wes Matthews is exactly the type of player we want in a Mavs uniform and our fans will love him."

Khloe K & James Harden

The Couple That Spins Together ...

7/9/2015 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0709-khloe-kardashian-instagramWhen a couple WORKS OUT together -- you know it's serious.

Which is why it was interesting that NBA star James Harden took Khloe Kardashian to a spin class in Hollywood last night ... proving their weekend in Vegas was no fling. 

The two hit up Cycle House -- where Harden has hit the bike in the past ... and also happens to be a place featured on an E! reality show called, "Hollywood Cycle."

And with "Keeping up with the Kardashians" also on E! -- seems like the perfect date night, combined with the perfect amount of promotion ... just how the Kardashians like it. 

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