Isaiah Rider DEMANDS his props ... telling TMZ Sports he REVOLUTIONIZED dunk contests forever when he pulled off the first ever between-the-legs jam ... and now, it's impossible to win without biting his style.
The 1994 Slam Dunk champion was at the Westfield Culver City this weekend (where Kobe Bryant nearly incited a riot) ... and he wasn't bashful about laying claim to his acrobatic achievement.
"Every dunk contest they go between the legs, give it different variations -- but I originated it! The East Bay Funk Dunk ... you need to gimme my props!!”
We did some digging ... and Isaiah’s got a point -- with everyone from Paul George to Kobe Bryant using Rider's signature move to wow the judges.
Meantime, check out the footage from Isiah's '94 dunk -- even skinny Charles Barkley was impressed.
Duke Star Jabari Parker
I MIGHT LEAVE SCHOOL EARLY
... to Bake!
3/3/2014 4:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Duke basketball phenom Jabari Parker could very well be the first pick in the NBA draft ... if he doesn't become Martha Stewart first -- 'cause the guy has some serious baking skills.
Parker showed off his culinary prowess recently by rewarding the swarms of Duke fans camping out for the March 8th battle vs. UNC (Yes, March 8th, they’re crazy) with his signature “Jabari Bars.”
Check out the video… it’s a serious culinary experience, with Jabari refusing to detail his full list of ingredients, and at one point saying “If they like them, I might have to leave college to be a professional dessert maker.”
The verdict? One student said that the Jabari Bars were a “12 out of 10.”
Seems like another reason for Paula Deen to be scared of a big black guy.
LeBron's Black Mask
NOT FOR WHITE GUYS
Says NBA Star David Lee
3/3/2014 6:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
LeBron James' awesome black facemask ain't for everyone .... especially white people ... so says caucasian NBA star David Lee.
The Golden State Warriors big man was boarding the team bus outside the Trump International over the weekend when he told us he was a big fan of LeBron's look.
But Lee admitted he won't be getting a black mask of his own anytime soon ... saying, "I'm a white guy. It wouldn't look right."
Sorry David, but you're wrong -- Batman rocked the hell out of a black mask ... and he's white as hell.
PANDEMONIUM AT L.A. SHOPPING MALL
Caught On Video
3/2/2014 1:46 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
YOU GOTTA SEE THIS!!!
It was full KOBE-MANIA at an L.A. mall yesterday ... when the Black Mamba arrived to promote his new Nike Kobe 9 Elite shoe and the entire shopping center ERUPTED!!!!!!
Thousands of people packed the joint at the Westfield Culver City mall on Saturday to get a glimpse of Kobe ... and after giving him one hell of a welcoming cheer, they showered the guy in a thunderous "MVP" chant.
Even Kobe was impressed ... at one point saying, "This is a lot of love."
You gotta watch the clip ... it's pretty incredible.
Puts NBA Player On Blast
Laughs at Relationship, Says Kissing Sucked
3/2/2014 11:28 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
12:55 PM PT -- We spoke to Andre who tells us, "I found [Jennette's comments] funny. There's a lot of false info in there, but I'll be the mature person about the situation and let it die out."
Andre also posted a Vine video moments ago that seems to be a response to the story in which he says, "Sometimes you gotta live and learn by the mistakes you make. You gotta move on and keep pushing."
"iCarly" star Jennette McCurdy is kissing and telling in a big way about her short-lived "relationship" with NBA star Andre Drummond ... and according to Jennette, the kissing part SUCKED.
McCurdy appeared on Pete Holmes' podcast "You Made It Weird" and spilled her guts about her fling with 20-year-old Drummond.
Jennette didn't pull punches -- admitting she only heard about the guy after he repeatedly chose her as his "Woman Crush Wednesday" on Twitter -- and eventually agreed to talk to Drummond because he "seemed like a big deal."
Jennette says they had some early conversations that "gave [her] pause" but she decided to go out on some dates with him anyway.
McCurdy then describes their first kiss -- which went down after a laser tag date -- saying, "It just didn't go great ... no sparks. The mouths ... the shapes weren't right."
Still, they continued to hang out, McCurdy says ... and he was so into her, he bought her a necklace and got down on his knees during a dinner date and asked her to be his GF.
Even though she wasn't into it, she said yes ... only to break up with him on the phone a few days later.
You gotta listen to the whole podcast ... McCurdy seems to be laughing at Drummond the entire time -- painting him as this pathetic, immature guy who doesn't have a clue about how to court a woman.
But the relationship did start as a public event on social media ... so, fair for Jennette to go public with all the gory breakup details too?
Cuttino Mobley Sues
Drug Addict Cook SCREWED My Restaurant Biz
3/1/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Wanna take a special friend out for a nice romantic Italian dinner?
Well, ya can't take 'em to Cuttino Mobley's restaurant in L.A. 'cause the place closed down ... and now the former NBA star is suing the cooks -- claiming all they ever served up was bull crap.
The name of the place was Sirena -- which specialized in rustic Italian dishes (shoulda tried the branzino) ... and Cuttino was an investor.
But according to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports, Mobley said he was duped by two cooks (one of whom was allegedly abusing drugs at the restaurant).
In the suit, Mobley says he was promised he was investing in a friendly and affordable "open-air restaurant" ... but the cooks turned the joint into an expensive, "closed -off" place that was only accessible from an alley-way.
Long story short ... the place tanked and shut down last September -- and now Cuttino is suing the cooks to get his money back.
We reached out to the cook for comment -- no word back.
PGA Golfer Steve Elkington
For Homophobic Michael Sam Joke
2/25/2014 9:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
PGA golfer Steve Elkington is getting hammered on Twitter right now ... after making a joke about Michael Sam throwing a purse at the NFL combine.
The 51-year-old Australian -- who won the PGA championship in '95 -- wrote, "ESPN reporting Michael Sam is leading the handbag throw at NFL combine ... No one else expected to throw today."
Moments after the tweet, the backlash began ... with Steve's followers going off on the golfer. Here's a sample:
-- "You are TRYING TO MAKE SURE YOUR PUBLICIST keeps his job aren't you?? Good luck motherf*ker. See your apology at 11 on ESPN."
-- "BREAKING: Irrelevant golfer makes awful joke"
-- "Homophobia is hilarious (to a sh*tty old white dude)."
-- "let me get this straight - a golfer is making jokes about a football player's manliness?"
There's more ... but you get the point.
GREATEST NBA PLAYER EVER
... Says Michael Cooper
2/25/2014 8:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
It's not LeBron ... it's not Jordan ... not Magic, Bird or Shaq -- the greatest NBA player of all time is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... so says ex-NBA star Michael Cooper.
The Coop -- who just took the head coaching gig with the WNBA's Atlanta Dream -- was at LAX yesterday when we asked him to name the best pound-for-pound baller in the history of the league.
"I have to go with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar," Cooper said ... "He had the most unstoppable shot."
Cooper would know ... he played with Kareem for years during his stint with the Lakers.
One more thing -- Cooper also gave props to ex-teammate Magic Johnson for saving the entire WNBA.
Lakers -- they stick together.
Brooklyn Nets Player
Never Trust a Big Butt and a Smile!
... When You're Boozin!
2/25/2014 6:52 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
This video is HILARIOUS -- a pretty hammered Brooklyn Nets player getting smothered by a hot chick with a big ass in the middle of the day -- and he wants NONE OF IT!!!!!
The NBA player is Andray Blatche -- who hit up Crustacean in Beverly Hills with a girl named Sandrina Smith ... and it's clear, they had been indulging in a few cocktails. Ok, a LOT of cocktails.
But the best part of the clip ... when Sandrina grabbed him around the waist and tried to get him to admit they have some sort of relationship -- Blatche bobs and weaves like a young Cassius Clay!!
You just gotta watch the video -- if they are together, he might be sleepin' on the couch tonight!
Busted on Gun Charges
After Wife Turns in Pistol
2/25/2014 5:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton was arrested on gun charges Tuesday ... after his estranged wife ordered her attorney to bring the player's gun to an NYPD precinct.
According to NYPD, Ariane Raymondo-Felton's attorney handed over the semi-automatic Belgian-made pistol late Monday night.
The following morning, Ray turned himself in to police for questioning.
It's unclear at this point why Felton's wife of just 19 months brought the gun to cops. She filed for divorce last week.
The NBA player was eventually booked for two felonies -- 2nd and 3rd degree possession of a firearm -- as well as 4th degree possession ... a misdemeanor.
Felton went to the Manhattan precinct to deal with the gun trouble ... right after the Knicks lost another heart breaker to the Dallas Mavericks.
Miami Heat Player Sued
You LIED About My Barber Skills!
2/24/2014 5:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Miami Heat sharpshooter Roger Mason is a terrible judge of haircuts ... this according to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports.
The man going after Mason is Brandon Daire -- the brother of Roger's baby mama ... and it's clear, they don't like each other.
According to Daire ... back in 2013, Mason asked court officials to keep Brandon away from his kid due to a pattern of bizarre behavior ... including an incident in which Brandon allegedly gave the kid really bad haircut.
Mason told the court ... the kid's hair was "sloppily shaved in some areas and un-shaved in other areas."
Mason claimed the two got into a nasty verbal argument about the 'do ... and Brandon cussed him out in front of the kid.
But now, Brandon is firing back ... saying Roger LIED about the incident and it damaged his reputation, both professionally and personally. Apparently, he stands by his barber skills.
Now, Brandon is demanding at least $10 million from Mason to make things right.
We've reached out to Roger for comment -- so far, no word back.
I've Never Seen Anyone Run Like Him
Says Olympic Sprinter
2/24/2014 8:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jadeveon Clowney's INCREDIBLE 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine didn't just impress the football community -- it blew away an Olympic sprinting legend who tells TMZ Sports he's never seen anything like it.
In case you haven't heard, Clowney -- who weighs 266 pounds -- ran a blazing fast 4.47 ... faster than almost ALL of the running backs at the combine.
We spoke to Maurice Green -- the former 100 meter dash record holder -- who tells us plain and simple -- "Jadeveon is a freak athlete."
Green -- who trains a bunch of NFL stars including Richard Sherman and Reggie Bush -- says, "You don't get too many guys with his size and speed. Guys like Jadeveon don't come around that often. If I was a QB in the NFL I'd be worried."
Still, Green says he'd destroy Clowney in a footrace -- "My best 40 time was 3.8."
I'M NOT DIVORCED YET
I Still Hope Khloe Takes Me Back
2/24/2014 7:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Odom says there's still hope for his marriage to Khloe Kardashian ... claiming he's not convinced she'll see the divorce through, 2 months after she filed divorce docs.
Odom was doing an interview in Spain -- where he's now playing pro basketball -- and said "only time will tell" if Khloe will finish the job ... though he says he hopes she reconsiders.
We broke the story ... Khloe filed for divorce in December, seeking to end their 4-year marriage after Odom's drug problem spiraled out of control.
"I love my wife. She'll always be my wife, no matter what," Odom says ... "Even if we were divorced, she'd always be my wife."