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Lil Durk

Ballin' at Rucker

Don't Let the Skinny Jeans Fool Ya ...

5/18/2015 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rapper Lil Durk didn't let his wardrobe stop him from flexin' his hoop skills at the legendary Rucker Park in NYC this week ... ballin' in skinny jeans ... and TMZ Sports has the footage. 

Durk had been running around NYC promoting his new album when he decided to chill out for a few minutes -- and basketball was the perfect way to unwind.

So, he squared off with his manager for a little 1-on-1 ... and we're told he impressed some of the locals. For the record, Durk has previously claimed he's the best hooper in the rap game

By the way, this wasn't a one time deal at Rucker -- we're told Durk is planning to enter a team into one of the leagues this summer. 

Good luck. 

Ex-NFL Lineman

E.J. Johnson's an Inspiration

5/18/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0515-chad-hardwick-ej-johnson-GETTY-TWITTER-01Magic Johnson's son is getting serious praise from a former NFL lineman ... who says E.J.'s dramatic 100+ pound weight loss is an "inspiration" for people looking to turn their lives around. 

We spoke with former Pro Bowl center Nick Hardwick ... who dropped 85 pounds in 4 months after he retired in 2014 ... and he says he knows exactly what E.J. had to go through. 

"It's hard work," Hardwick says ... "For E.J. to drop more than 100 pounds is significant. He is an inspiration for folks who want to get smaller and healthier and live longer."


Hardwick says he hopes the two could even team up to educate other people about how to shed the weight ... and more importantly, how to keep it off and stay healthy in the long run. 

"Just like E.J., I'm excited about my new lifestyle and want other people to be just excited ... I would love to get something going with him, together we can help save lives."

Lakers' Jordan Clarkson

PDA with Chanel Iman

... Victoria's Secret Model

5/17/2015 11:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0517-jordan-clarkson-chanel-iman-TMZSPORTS-02Might be a hot new couple in Hollywood ... 'cause last night Lakers stud Jordan Clarkson hit the clubs with Victoria's Secret model Chanel Iman -- and TMZ Sports has a shot of the two of them holding hands on the way out!

The 22-year-old NBA rising star was leaving DBA nightclub holding hands with the supermodel ... who has been featured in everything from Sports Illustrated to Vogue.

No word on how serious they are ... or if they're even an official couple ... but our sources who were there say last night, it sure seemed like there was some chemistry between the two.

BTW, this wouldn't be Chanel's first celebrity relationship -- she was engaged to rapper ASAP Rocky ... but they broke things off back in 2014.


Ice Cube

Disses Clippers ...

Lakers Still Rule L.A.

5/17/2015 9:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

He's straight outta Compton but Ice Cube is only supporting ONE team from his hometown ... the Lakers -- and taking a shot at the Clippers in the process.

Despite the fact the Clippers are about to play in a Game 7 ... and the Lakers are sitting at home ... Cube told TMZ Sports "There's only one team in L.A."

Then, for good measure, Ice throws even more shade at Lob City ... making fun of the team name.

Gotta respect the loyalty -- Cube is no bandwagoner. 

Gilbert Arenas

Dissin' Javaris Crittenton

... He No Longer Exists

5/16/2015 11:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Javaris Crittenton is dead to Gilbert Arenas

Agent Zero was out in L.A. last night ... when we asked if he would ever consider visiting his x-NBA teammate in prison, where he'll be spend the next 23 years for killing a woman in 2011.

FYI -- the two made headlines together back in 2009 ... when they pulled guns on each other in the Washington Wizards locker room.

But Arenas tells TMZ Sports he's erased Javaris from his memory -- saying there's no chance he'll visit the guy because ... "Why would I need to be reminded of prison for? I've seen 'Locked Up,' it's not a nice place."

We also asked Arenas about his fireworks arrest in 2013 -- and if he still plans to light up the sky on July 4th, 2015 ... despite the fact he's on probation.

Check out his answer ... clearly, Arenas doesn't care that he's still on probation and skating on thin ice.

NBA's Thabo Sefolosha

Too Injured to Attend Playoff Games

... 'It's Killing Him'

5/16/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0515-MAIN-Thabo-Sefolosha-cast-INSTAGRAM-01ATL Hawks forward Thabo Sefalosha hasn't been able to attend a SINGLE playoff game due to the injuries he suffered during an altercation with the NYPD and he's "devastated" ... sources tell TMZ Sports

As we previously reported, Sefalosha claims he broke his right fibula and sustained ligament damage as cops tried to take him into custody following a stabbing outside of a nightclub last month. 

Thabo underwent surgery ... and sources tell us he's basically been relegated to his home to rest and recover ever since .... while his teammates have been tearing it up in the NBA playoffs. 

"It's killing him that he's not in the playoffs," one source close to Thabo tells us ... "He'd much rather be competing with his team."

Meantime, Sefalosha is still facing criminal charges from the night of the arrest -- obstruction of a police officer and disorderly conduct -- though we're told he's still fighting the case ... and expects to be vindicated

We also spoke with Thabo's lawyer who tells us he cannot comment on the criminal case but says, "They could really use Thabo in the series."

Memphis Grizzlies

Honoring B.B. King

Before HUGE Playoff Game

5/15/2015 3:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0515-bb-king-memphis-grizzlies-GETTY-01B.B. King might be gone, but the Memphis Grizzlies are making sure he's not forgotten ... taking time out to remember the music titan before tonight's HUGE playoff game ... TMZ Sports has learned.

We spoke to the Grizzlies reps who tell us ... before the team takes on Golden State in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals tonight ... they'll honor the hometown hero who passed Thursday at age 89.

The team didn't wanna give away too many specifics about how they're planning to honor King -- but are hoping fans of both basketball and music enjoy the huge surprise they have in store. 

R.I.P. B.B.


Allen Iverson

The Clippers Didn't Choke

... They Just Lost

5/15/2015 11:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It's being hailed as one of the biggest implosions in the history of the NBA playoffs ... but Allen Iverson says the Clippers did NOT choke Thursday night ... they just lost. 

The Clips were up 19 points on the Houston Rockets in Game 6 ... only to blow the lead and lose the game by 12 ... a 31 point swing. It was bad. 

But when we saw A.I. in NYC a few minutes ago and asked if he's ever seen a worse choke job, he told us the Clips don't need the Heimlich ... 'cause it wasn't a choke job. Sometimes you just lose. 

We also joked with A.I. about his legendary "practice" rant ... he laughed. It's funny. 

Talkin' 'bout practice. 

Allen Iverson

Tom Brokaw Was Key

... In My NBA Career

5/15/2015 8:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Without Tom Brokaw, Allen Iverson would NOT have become the NBA superstar he turned out to be ... and A.I. knows it.  

Iverson appeared on "CBS This Morning" and gave credit to the legendary newsman for helping him out ... when he was facing 15 years in prison for allegedly hitting a white woman at a bowling alley during a brawl. 

It all went down in 1993 when Iverson was 18-years-old ... he was actually convicted and served 4 months in prison. 

Brokaw featured Iverson's story on the news and pointed out the injustice ... that a teen with no prior criminal record had been hit with SUCH a harsh punishment. 

Eventually, due in part to the exposure from Brokaw's piece, Iverson was pardoned and released from custody ... and went on to become an NBA superstar.   

Kenny Smith

Larry Bird Talked So Much Crap

... Greatest of All Time!

5/15/2015 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Larry Bird wasn't just talented when it came to talking crap ... HE'S THE BEST EVER ... so claims Kenny "The Jet" Smith ... who says Bird's trash talk game was even better than Michael Jordan's. 

Bird's verbal skills on the court are legendary -- 'cause he wouldn't just insult you, he'd get inside your head and DESTROY YOU. 

Smith says the best part was that Bird ALWAYS backed up his smack talk.  

But Smith's best single crap talk story doesn't involve Bird ... it came from a fan ... and Thursday in L.A. he recounted the whole thing -- and it's hilarious!!! 

LeBron James

Team Jet Turn Up

... After KO'ing Chicago

5/15/2015 6:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

**Gentlemen, this is your captain speaking ... we've now reached 10,000 feet ... you're now free to PARTY YOUR FACES OFF!!!!**

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers wasted no time throwing a dance party on the team's private jet Thursday night ... celebrating their blowout win over the Bulls and moving on to the Eastern Conference Finals. 

J.R. Smith shot footage of Bron gettin' down to The Dream's "That's My S**t" ... while teammates slugged beers and basked in the win.  

This coulda been you Clippers ... 

Shaq's Son Shareef

He'll Be Just As Good As Dad

... Says AAU Coach

5/14/2015 3:51 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0514-shaq-shareef-oneal-INSTAGRAM-TMZ-01Guess the apple doesn't fall far from the (gigantic) tree ... cause Shaquille O'Neal's 15-year-old son, Shareef, is going to be the family's next HUGE NBA star ... so says his AAU coach.

TMZ Sports spoke with Mike Law, who coached Shareef on the California Supreme AAU squad, and he tells us he expects the little O'Neal to be every bit as good as his legendary father.

"One day people will be talking about Shareef the same way they talk about his dad ... he's that gifted."

Shareef has been getting MAJOR buzz since a new mixtape of the 6'8" phenom dominating some Cali competition was released earlier this week ... getting 2 million YouTube views in just three days.

In fact ... Shareef has already garnered some interest from major colleges like USC, which offered him a scholarship earlier today. Law says it's the work ethic and guidance he got from his famous dad that puts him over the top.

"Most kids of superstars just think it's handed to them, but Shareef worked to get better. Shaq doesn't want us to show him any favoritism ... even though he's good enough to play up a level."

4 NBA Championships, 3 Finals MVP's and 15 All-Star games is a lot to live up to ... but if he can just stay on his feet, he's beating his old man right now.

Floyd Mayweather

Entourage Member In Altercation with Woman

5/14/2015 11:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0514-floyd-mayweather-warriors-game-USA-TODAY-SPORTS-02A male member of Floyd Mayweather's entourage was involved in an altercation with a woman at the Golden State Warriors playoff game last night ... after the woman allegedly struck him with a "Thunder Stick" ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Sources connected to the Golden State Warriors confirm there was a "mini-altercation" that took place between the two involving one of those inflatable noisemakers that fans bang together during a game. 

Before the incident, Mayweather had been booed loudly at the stadium when they showed him on the jumbotron ... and we're told at least one person continued to jeer even after Floyd was off the screen. 

Multiple witnesses who were at the Oracle Arena tell us the woman was heckling Floyd and his crew -- but things escalated when she used one of her "Thunder Sticks" on a member of The Money Team.

People in Floyd's camp insist the entourage member did NOT react physically to the incident ... and never hit the woman -- but he was VERY upset. 

We spoke with a rep for the Oakland Police Department who tells us, "We do have record of an incident that occurred at about 9:45 PM at the Oracle Arena regarding a mutual combat battery which occurred between a man and a woman."

"Neither party wished to press charges against the other, nobody was arrested and no injuries were sustained."


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