There's a new basketball team doing business in Harlem ... a couple of former New York Knicks -- who just officially OPENED their first pizza joint together ... TMZ Sports has learned.
John Starks and Anthony Mason finally cut the ribbon on the first NYC location of Custom Fuel Pizza -- a chain that started in D.C.
The duo is pumped about being investors in the franchise (they previously told us they want to challenge Peyton Manning for the pizza title) ... and last night at the grand opening party, John and Anthony gushed about how they plan to change the pizza game forever.
Allen Iverson's Wife
WE BURIED THE HATCHET
... for the Sake of the Kids
3/5/2014 8:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Allen Iverson and his wife have finally made peace -- after years of being at war -- and Tawanna tells TMZ Sports .... she's thrilled the two are finally on the same page so they can co-parent their 5 kids.
Allen and Tawanna have had a very turbulent relationship over the years -- with Tawanna filing for divorce in 2011 ... followed by a very nasty custody battle, allegations of alcohol abuse and claims Allen was trying to screw her out of money.
So, it was a shock when Allen THANKED Tawanna during the Philadelphia 76ers jersey retirement ceremony Saturday night -- giving her props for "helping me grow as a man and taking care of me throughout my career and always being by my side and loving me."
Iverson added, "She'll always be my favorite person in the world."
So, what changed in the past few months??
Tawanna tells us ... the two finally came together and had a long talk about their relationship and their duties as parents.
"We've known each other since we were 16 years old ... and we have 5 kids together. So, we have to do what's best for our kids."
It's unclear if the two will officially get "back together" ... but for now, they're on pretty good terms ... and that's a HUGE deal, considering it was just last year, Tawanna blasted A.I. in court for not living up to his end of the custody arrangement.
"We'll always have a connection with each other," Tawanna says ... noting that she and A.I. are in a "happy" place.
Brooklyn Nets Player
MOCKED BY LAKERS STAR
... And It's Hilarious!
3/5/2014 7:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
THIS. IS. FUNNY!!!!
'Memba when Nets player Andray Blatche was shuttin' down that big-assed woman in Bev Hills last week?? Well, Lakers star Nick Young sure does ... and last night, he REENACTED the whole scene.
Young was out in front of the Roosevelt Hotel when he brought up the TMZ Sports video featuring a drunken Blatche trying to duck a thirsty jock-chaser like his life depended on it.
So, in an obvious tribute to his former Washington Wizards teammate ... Young and a friend acted out the moment right in the street -- it's pretty damn hilarious.
Ya gotta watch the clip.
Metta World Peace
I GOT A NEW TEAM
A Bunch of Tiny White Guys!
3/5/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Metta World Peace isn't letting unemployment stop him from dominating the basketball courts ... of West Los Angeles.
Just days after Metta was released by the Knicks, Peace surfaced at Equinox Gym in L.A. on March 1st -- hooping with some not-quite-pro level competition.
Check out the video ... you can see Metta's teammates aren't exactly throwing the rock his way -- and we're told it's because his shot was straight up broke that day. Hey, it happens.
But there's this -- everyone we spoke to said Metta couldn't have been nicer -- and took time to shake hands and talk with people afterward.
In the end, Metta's team lost ... so, it wasn't much of a change from his time with the Knicks.
Star Athlete Getting Trademark
And It Ain't Kobe
3/4/2014 4:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
There's a major sports star who's trying to get the rights to call himself the "Black Mamba" -- only it's not Kobe Bryant, it's Floyd Mayweather's uncle ... who's been using the nickname for decades.
TMZ Sports has learned ... Roger Mayweather -- a former boxing champ turned trainer -- filed a trademark application with the U.S.P.T.O. hoping to win the rights to the mark, "Roger 'Black Mamba' Mayweather."
FYI -- Roger says he gave himself the nickname years ago after watching a nature show about reptiles.
According to official documents, Roger is in the final stages of locking down the trademark ... which he intends to use to brand his boxing empire (personal training, coaching, etc).
But get this ... when researching the trademark claims on "Black Mamba," we couldn't find any evidence showing Kobe has ever tried to trademark the name for himself.
We did find applications for condom brands, carbonated drinks, male enhancement products, spinal implants, cigars and more ... but nothing from Bryant.
Calls to Kobe's rep were not returned.
NBA STAR Andre Drummond
I DIDN'T LEAK RACY iCARLY PICS!
3/4/2014 10:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"iCarly" star Jennette McCurdy says she knows EXACTLY who leaked her racy selfies to the internet ... but the #1 suspect, NBA star Andre Drummond, tells TMZ Sports he's NOT the culprit.
The photos surfaced on several websites Monday ... and people immediately suspected the guy behind the leak was Drummond, since McCurdy humiliated him on a podcast over the weekend by spilling intimate details of their failed 1-week dating fling.
Moments ago, McCurdy even tweeted about the leak ... saying, "To anyone disappointed: I sent those pics to 1 person. You can connect the dots. Shocked someone would stoop so low. I just speak w/ candor."
We reached out to Drummond, who could not have been more adamant he's not to blame -- saying, "I did NOT leak any photos of JM."
The Detroit Pistons star -- who grabbed an incredible 26 rebounds last night -- adds, "I want nothing to do with her or the situation. I'm just worried about ball."
Raymond Felton Divorce
HE CHEATED ON ME
... NBA Star's Wife Alleges
3/4/2014 8:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
New York Knicks player Raymond Felton committed ADULTERY during his marriage ... so says his estranged wife in divorce docs obtained by TMZ Sports.
Ariane Raymondo Felton -- the same woman who ratted Raymond out to the cops about his illegal firearm -- filed docs last month in a New York court seeking to end their 18-month marriage.
But in the docs, Ariane penciled in that she's divorcing Felton because of "adultery."
Ariane doesn't go into detail about the adultery allegations ... but in the docs, she does request the judge throw out their pre-nup. It seems she wants the prenup tossed out on the count of the alleged cheating, but she doesn't explain why.
Ariane is seeking "maintenance" -- which is essentially alimony. She also wants Raymond to finish paying for the last two years of her law school education at Fordham University.
Khloe and Lamar
Together Again ...
As Crime Victims
3/4/2014 3:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom are united again ... as victims of a quarter-of-a-million dollar jewelry heist.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... someone pilfered watches and gold chains inside the former couple's Tarzana home ... which has sat empty for more than a month.
Cops tell us they think it's an inside job because there are no signs of forced entry.
As you know ... Khloe filed for divorce and has moved on. The house was sold to "Big Bang Theory" star Kaley Cuoco.
The jewelry theft was discovered Monday night ... when Khloe and Kris were there cleaning out the house for the new owner.
As for who did it ... cops are investigating. The house has undergone work over the last month so detectives are focusing on some of the tradesmen.
I Invented the Through-the-Legs Dunk
And I Want My Props!
3/4/2014 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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?