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The Game I Won't Watch The Lakers ... Unless They Sign Lamar Odom

10/20/2015 1:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Game just went full Master P ... saying he won't watch a Lakers game this year if the team doesn't immediately sign Lamar Odom ... when he's felling well enough to play.

Game was out in L.A. when we asked him if he thinks Lamar could be back on the court ... a tall order being that Odom still has a long medical road ahead of him ... including a possible kidney transplant ... just to live a normal life.

Check out the clip -- Game is adamant that  Lamar could be back but goes further and says he SHOULD be back ... telling our guy he "won't watch a game" unless the team ... including Kobe Bryant ... gives LO another shot.

Get well first, LO.

Kobe Bryant Fires Back at Master P ... High Brow Retort

10/15/2015 2:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1015-kobe-bryant-master-p-GETTY-TMZ-01Kobe Bryant isn't taking Master P's insults kindly -- claiming the rapper's decision to question his support of Lamar Odom was downright "insensitive." 

It's clear Kobe caught wind of what Master P told TMZ Sports yesterday ... that he thinks Bryant is a "phony" friend to Odom who failed to help the ex-NBA star when he needed it the most. 

Now, Kobe has issued a statement on Twitter -- and though he doesn't mention P directly, there's no doubt who the message is for. 

"When WE feel the need to question the support of others in moments as critical as a life hanging in the balance, then we must question the kind of culture we have created that has led US to such insensitive suspicion."



Master P Kobe Bryant Is a Phony You Could've Saved Lamar Odom

10/15/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Master P is coming out swingin' at Kobe Bryant -- saying Kobe's public display of emotion over Lamar Odom is an ACT ... because he had the chance to SAVE Lamar, but didn't step up when it counted.

Master P was charged up in the video -- saying he was "like a mentor" to Odom and personally knew how serious Lamar was about wanting to return to the NBA.

He says Kobe was also aware of the situation and could have used his clout with the Lakers to get Odom back on the squad, but instead did nothing. 

"If Kobe was his friend  ... Kobe, like, owns the team. He could've got the man back on the team ... that's all he wanted."

P also goes off on the NBA -- saying Odom was "blackballed" from the league over his decision to be on "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" ... because at the time, the NBA wanted nothing to do with them.

As for Khloe, P says he truly believed Odom loved her -- but made a mistake in marrying her because "he didn't realize what he was getting into." He concludes with a warning to James Harden


NBA Players Assoc. We Must Learn from Lamar ... Improve Drug Abuse Policies

10/14/2015 5:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The head of the NBA Players Association tells TMZ Sports ... "Lamar Odom's tragedy should not be replicated" ... and she's already drawing up plans to try and save players from a similar fate.  

We spoke with executive director Michele A. Roberts ... who told us the NBAPA already reached out to Odom's friends and family to see if they could help out -- from flying family members to Vegas to assistance in medical counseling. 

"Lamar was a member of our family. Anything we can do for him we will do for him."

But Roberts says the NBAPA should do MORE in the future to help NBA players who suffer from addiction.

Roberts says she's already drawn up a battle plan to make it so a player who has a problem can seek help without fear they will lose their jobs. 

"It’s all about trying to be more proactive because Lamar’s tragedy should not be replicated anymore ... we know now what can happen and we should do more to try to prevent it."

NBA's 'Booby' Gibson Barnes Was Right To Punch Fisher ... I'd Have Done The Same

10/9/2015 9:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Daniel "Booby" Gibson just became the first member of the NBA fraternity to endorse Matt Barnes alleged attack on Derek Fisher ... saying if it were him, he'd have laid the smack down too.

Gibson sat down with Charlamagne Tha God and the crew over at "The Breakfast Club," when he was asked what we would do if he thought an ex-teammate was gettin at his ex-woman.

It's an interesting question for Gibson ... he had a very high profile relationship with R&B singer Keyshia Cole ... so he might know what it's like to have the whole world eyeing your girl. 

Jalen Rose Stephen A. Smith Can't Win Against Durant ... Let It Go, Bro

10/8/2015 11:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jalen Rose thinks Stephen A. Smith made a HUGE mistake calling out Kevin Durant ... 'cause in a battle between media dude and former league MVP dude ... media dude will always lose.

Rose sat down with Charlamagne Tha God on "The Breakfast Club" when he talked about fellow ESPN staffer Stephen A. Smith essentially threatening Durant on-air after KD called him out about his reporting.

Jalen seemed to agree with everyone who found it crazy that a member of the media would wage a personal war against a superstar ... telling the gang if it were him, he would have let the whole thing go.

Too late ... 

Matt Barnes Reportedly Attacks Derek Fisher ... Are You Nailing My Ex?

10/7/2015 1:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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NBA star Matt Barnes drove 95 miles from Santa Barbara to L.A. to pick a fight with Derek Fisher this weekend ... after he learned Fish has been dating his estranged wife ... so says the NY Post. 

Barnes was reportedly in SB training with the Memphis Grizzlies when he heard the NY Knicks coach was in L.A. with his ex Gloria Govan. Barnes went nuclear -- hightailed it to L.A. and confronted Fisher in the backyard of the home.  

According to the report, neither man suffered any major injuries. Cops were reportedly called to the scene but no one was arrested. 

As for Fisher, he filed for divorce from his wife Candace back in March in one of the nastiest breakups in recent memory

Story developing ... 

Ohio Gov. John Kasich The Cavs Should Sign Allen Iverson!

10/6/2015 12:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The rumors have been swirling for months -- but now Ohio Gov. John Kasich tells TMZ Sports he hopes the Cleveland Cavaliers make it a reality ... and SIGN ALLEN IVERSON!!!! 

Iverson is 40 years old ... and hasn't been in the NBA since 2010 ... but for some reason, the A.I. to CLE rumors have found a life on Twitter, despite the fact they're completely unfounded. 

Still, Kasich says he's all for it -- "I'd love to have Iverson back in Cleveland ...  wow A.I.!!!"

Iverson retired in 2013 and his jersey was retired in Philadelphia last year -- but, Jordan came back once, right??


Glen 'Big Baby' Davis Doc Rivers Could Beat Up Mark Cuban

10/6/2015 10:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

If the biggest feud in the NBA ever comes to blows ... Doc Rivers would DESTROY Mark Cuban in a boxing match ... so says Glen "Big Baby" Davis

It's an interesting comment from Davis ... considering he's a free agent -- and the Clippers and the Mavericks both reportedly had interest in signing him over the summer.  

Check out the clip -- looks like Davis may be showing his cards about where he wants to land this season ... or he just really believes Doc is the superior fighter!

NBA Commish Adam Silver Breaks Out The Big Guns ... Hires 4-Star U.S. General

10/2/2015 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1002-dempsey-silver-getty-01The NBA just added some serious firepower to the front office -- hiring the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to be Adam Silver's new special adviser. 

The league just announced Ret. General Martin E. Dempsey -- the highest ranking U.S. military official for the past 4 years -- will step into his new role effective January 1st. 

So, what's he gonna do exactly? 

The NBA says Dempsey will "provide the NBA with counsel on leadership and service, while continuing to support the league's military and youth basketball initiatives." 

In a statement, Gen. Dempsey added ... "After 4 decades of service in the United States Armed Forces, I look forward to working with the league to help improve communities and positively impact the children of civilian and military families."

As for Silver -- the NBA commish says he's "honored" to have Gen. Dempsey on board. 



DeAndre Jordan Blasted with Water Cannon ... With Billy Crystal?!

9/25/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Here's video that should make Mark Cuban happy -- DeAndre Jordan getting shot with a water cannon ... right in front of Billy Crystal

Turns out, DJ -- along with Chris Paul and Billy (a huge Clips fan) -- were out in San Pedro, CA to shoot a commercial for the upcoming NBA season ... and it all went down on a boat. 

Sources tell us the spot is supposed to show how the Clippers believe they'll "weather the storm" of the off-season (including the DeAndre contract mess) ... and dominate during the '15-'16 run. 

At one point, you can hear Crystal say, "Hey DJ, is the whole season gonna be this rough?"

We'll see ... 


Kyrie Irving I Knocked Up Texas Beauty Queen!!!

9/23/2015 1:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0923-kyrie-irving-getty-instagramKyrie Irving is convinced he's gonna be a dad -- and the baby mama is a SMOKIN' HOT former Texas beauty queen ... this according to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers star filed court docs in Texas saying he impregnated 2010 Miss Texas United States Andrea Wilson ... and he's asking for a paternity test to make it official.

FYI -- Wilson has been documenting her pregnancy on Instagram ... and it looks like she's due in December. 

Sources connected to the two tell us they've been close since 2013 -- but in the court docs, Irving says they are now separated. 

0923_andrea_wilson_photos_launch3As for child support ... Irving says he wants to step up and cover everything the child needs -- including medical care. But there's one catch, he wants Wilson to raise the child in Texas ... where Wilson and her extended family reside. 

Kyrie's attorney, Jim Mueller, issued a statement to TMZ Sports saying, "In filing this petition, Kyrie is doing the right thing, taking responsibility and actively seeking to establish his rights so that he can be involved the day he becomes a father from the outset."

Mark Wahlberg In Talks With NBA Star ... About Hoops Biopic

9/23/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0922-caron-butler-mark-wahlberg-TMZ-01Mark Wahlberg might be adding another athlete to his entourage ... 'cause TMZ Sports has learned that the A-lister is in talks with NBA star Caron Butler about bringing his life story to the big screen.

Butler has a brand new book out called "Tuff Juice" -- in which the Sacramento Kings forward details how he overcame a hard life as a drug dealing youth to make it to the NBA.

Wahlberg has been all over "Tuff Juice" ... writing testimonials and tweeting his support for the book since its release. Caron tells us it hasn't stopped there ... and that the two men have talked about a feature film adaptation.

"It's a possibility ... I've spent some time with Mark Wahlberg. He loved my story."

Mark would be the guy ...  with sports themed projects like "The Fighter" and his HBO show "Ballers" already proving to be huge hits.

Caron says while he's not getting too ahead of himself about the possibility of a big screen makeover ... he does know which A-lister he'd like to play him.

"Michael B. Jordan. I loved what he did in "Fruitvale Station." I think he would do a great job at sharing my story."


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