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Charles Oakley Gets Physical at MSG Hauled Out by Security, Arrested

2/8/2017 6:11 PM PST
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7:31 PM PT -- NYPD officials tell TMZ Sports Oakley was arrested on 3 counts of misdemeanor assault. He is still in police custody.


Charles Oakley got into an ugly altercation in the stands during the first quarter of Wednesday night's Knicks game, and struck 2 security staffers ... one of them in the face, apparently.

The Knicks legend was hauled out and eventually arrested by NYPD ... according to the Knicks. It's unclear what started the melee, but the team says Oak "behaved in a highly inappropriate and completely abusive manner." 

In video, he clearly gives one guy 2 HARD shots to the chest, and seems to slap another in the face. 

Cops say Oakley's still in custody, but they don't have charges yet.

LeBron James Would Get Rocked On 'The Challenge' ... Says Johnny Bananas

2/7/2017 4:30 PM PST

Who's got the balls to talk trash to LeBron James???? (besides Charles Barkley) ... how about the GREATEST competitor in the history of "The Challenge!!!"

TMZ Sports spoke with 'Challenge' legend Johnny Bananas ... who's DOMINATED on the MTV show for years ... and he strongly believes LeBron wouldn't stand a chance in his world.

FYI, "The Challenge" is a bunch of hot dudes and chicks who party their faces off and sometimes bang each other at night ... and then go to war in grueling physical competitions during the day. New season premieres tonight. 

It's crazy ... these people are legit athletes. 

So, we asked Johnny how a world-class physical specimen like LeBron would hold up.  He ain't too confident in the King. 

Charles Barkley $100k Blackjack Session ... What Vegas Debt??

2/7/2017 12:20 AM PST


Charles Barkley is proving to LeBron James he's got NO money problems in Vegas anymore -- ballin' out with more than $100k in chips at a blackjack table in Vegas this weekend ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Barkley was in a high stakes room at Mandalay Bay with a giant stack in front of him. A casino employee tells us the "chocolate" chips are $5k (near drink) and the yellow $1k.

It appears he has roughly $129,000 in chips ... not bad.


We're told Barkley was playing $30,000 hands -- but it's unclear if he left up or down.

It's interesting timing considering just last week LeBron called out Barkley for having "unpaid debts in Vegas" stemming from his legendary gambling habit.

Barkley responded in a radio interview ... saying, "I did pay my debt."

Bottom line -- Sir Chuck has a ton of money ... and still loves to push his luck.

Dennis Rodman Pleads Guilty In Wrong Way Freeway Crash

2/6/2017 2:56 PM PST

0206-dennis-rodman-TMZ-01Dennis Rodman just pled guilty to multiple criminal charges in his wrong way freeway incident -- and dodged a BULLET ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

As we previously reported, the ex-NBA star was charged with hit and run stemming from a July 20th incident in which he allegedly drove the WRONG WAY on an Orange County, CA freeway -- causing a car driving the other direction to swerve and crash into the center divider. 

Rodman was facing 2 years behind bars -- but we learned he struck a plea deal with prosecutors in which he pled guilty to 3 lesser charges and got 3 years probation in exchange. 

We're told Rodman pled guilty to driving the wrong way on a freeway, providing false info to a cop and driving without a valid license.  

Besides the 3 years probation, Rodman was also given 30 hours community service and must pay for the property damage.

Rodman had been spotted at a karaoke bar earlier in the evening and was pictured with keys in his hand. 

Rodman's attorney, Paul S. Meyer, tells us, "We appreciate the careful review of the District Attorney to make the right call in settlement."

Meyer also said the freeway driving error was due to "poor sign placement."

J.R. Smith Finally Holds Miracle Preemie 'One of The Greatest Days'

2/6/2017 9:29 AM PST
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J.R. Smith's miracle continues ... the NBA star finally got to hold his preemie daughter (born after only 21 weeks) ... and says it's one of the greatest days of his life. 

As we previously reported, Smith's wife gave birth to baby Dakota in early January almost 5 months before her due date. Dakota only weighed 1 pound at birth. 

Now, more than a month later ... Dakota is still fighting and doctors determined she's strong enough to allow her parents to hold her in the NICU. 

Smith posted a photo of their first "skin to skin" session. Smith wrote, "Today is one of the greatest days of my life. Today I get to hold my youngest for the first time! GOD is GREAT! #DakotaStrong."

J.R.'s entire family has been by Dakota's side at the hospital -- even reading to her as she continues to battle.  


Glen Davis Hardcore Training In L.A. ... For NBA Return

2/5/2017 12:35 AM PST

Beware, NBA forwards ... you might have a 6'9", 300 lb problem ... 'cause TMZ Sports has video of Glen "Big Baby" Davis putting in some serious work in hopes of making an NBA comeback.

Davis hasn't been in the league since the 2014-15 season ... but he wants back in -- and we've got footage of the guy busting his ass at the Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, CA.

We're told Davis has been training at the S.A. 5-6 days a week -- working with a full team of specialists focusing on strength and endurance. He's also got a nutritionist and a "mindset development guru."

Davis is only 31 years old and says he's 100% confident he can still compete at a world-class level.

Kenny Smith Shaq's Not a Great Fighter ... 'But I Don't Wanna Fight Him'

2/3/2017 11:57 AM PST

Maybe Charles Barkley is right ... 'cause Kenny Smith ALSO says Shaq's not a great fighter -- but he doesn't wanna test him. 

We got the "Inside the NBA" star at LAX and asked him about the intense moment on the set between Shaq and Barkley last night ... that LOOKED LIKE things were about to get real. 

The good news ... seems Shaq and Chuck have moved on -- no real anger. 

The bad news ... more people questioning Shaq's fighting ability ain't gonna make him happy. 

Charles Barkley Calls Out 'Haters' 'F**k Y'all!'

2/2/2017 12:45 AM PST

Charles Barkley is firing back at all the people 'hating' on him -- with a big ol' "F**K YOU!" 

Sir Chuck took over the DJ booth at the Koo Koo Room in Atlanta on Tuesday -- right in the thick of his verbal war with LeBron James -- and sent a message that seemed to be directed at the NBA star. 

"This is for all you f**king haters out there," Barkley said while cueing up a song ... "For all you f**king haters, F**K Y'ALL!"

Barkley then pressed play on the Nas classic, "Hate Me Now" ... telling the crowd," I listen to this song every day I wake up."

Matt Barnes Surrenders to Cops In NY Club Brawl Case

2/1/2017 10:09 AM PST
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Matt Barnes turned himself in to police Wednesday to face an assault charge stemming from a NYC nightclub brawl back in December ... law enforcement confirms. 

Barnes was cited for misdemeanor assault for allegedly getting violent with a woman at Avenue nightclub in the early hours of Dec. 5th. The NY Post first reported Barnes' surrender. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Barnes claimed he was merely defending himself when all hell broke loose inside. The alleged victim claims Barnes choked her. 

Barnes was at the club with his Sacramento Kings teammate, DeMarcus Cousins, that night. He was not charged with a crime. 

Lakers to Derek Fisher We'll Help You Replace Stolen Rings

1/31/2017 5:01 PM PST

0131-derek-fisher-tmz-01Some good news for Derek Fisher ... he doesn't have to be ringless for long. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Fisher's L.A. home was burglarized on Monday and the ex-NBA star claimed $300k in jewelry was stolen including his 5 NBA Championship rings he won with the Lakers. 

We spoke with a Lakers rep who tells us it IS possible for Fisher to get replacement rings and the team would be happy to work with the companies that made the bling to get new ones for Derek. 

It doesn't mean the Lakers would pay for the new jewelry ... but they would essentially authorize the companies to manufacture brand new keepsakes for Fish. 

Hopefully he's got good homeowners insurance. 


Derek Fisher Home Burglarized 5 NBA Rings Allegedly Stolen

1/31/2017 7:44 AM PST

0131-derek-fisher-tmzDerek Fisher told police someone broke into his L.A. home and stole more than $300,000 worth of valuable jewelry ... including his 5 NBA Championship rings ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Law enforcement sources tell us the NBA legend reported a burglary at his home Monday morning -- telling police he left the home at 7:30 AM and when he returned 3 hours later, it was clear someone had been inside. 

We're told officials believe the perp got into the house through a side door -- and went for his jewelry. Among the stolen goods was Fisher's 5 NBA rings he won during his run with the Lakers. They're each worth a ton of cash.

Our sources say other jewelry was taken as well.

The LAPD is currently investigating. So far, no arrests have been made. 

Multiple attempts to reach Fisher for comment were unsuccessful. 

LeBron James Blasts Charles Barkley ... You're a Violent, Angry, Loser

1/31/2017 6:01 AM PST
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0131-james-barkley-tmz-02LeBron James WENT OFF on Charles Barkley last night ... blasting the NBA legend as a "hater" with a violent, sketchy and downright shameful past.

James was speaking with ESPN after the Cavs lost to the Mavs on Monday and was asked about Barkley's recent criticism of his leadership.

"He's a hater," LeBron said ... "What makes what he says credible? Because he's on TV?"

Then he REALLY went in.

"I'm not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that," James said.

"I'm not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said, 'I'm not a role model.' I never showed up to All-Star Weekend on Sunday because I was in Vegas all weekend partying."

"All I've done for my entire career is represent the NBA the right way. Fourteen years, never got in trouble. Respected the game. Print that."

"I'm tired of biting my tongue," James said. "There's a new sheriff in town."

Kenny Smith Kills Smush Parker's Dream Kobe's Not Joining Your Team Bro

1/30/2017 12:45 AM PST

Kobe Bryant will NEVER join Lamar Odom and Smush Parker in Ice Cube's 3-on-3 league ... that's according to Kenny Smith who says if Kobe still wanted to hoop, he'd do it in the NBA.

We got Kenny out at LAX and asked him what the chances were that Kobe would take his old teammate Smush up on his offer, and recreate the triangle with Lamar Odom this summer.

That's when Smith kept it 1000% ... saying there's a difference between the three men, and that's that Smush and LO's NBA days are extinct ... and Bryant could still get league buckets if he wanted to.

He's probably right ... but we're still hoping he's wrong.

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