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NBA's Dr. J The WORST Hair In the NBA Is ...

4/8/2016 9:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Julius Erving's fro is widely regarded as one of the greatest hairdos of all time ... so when we got him out at LAX Thursday, we had to ask who's on the OTHER side of the hair spectrum in the NBA. 

The doctor definitely named names -- calling out one of the Houston Rockets

040816-patrick-beverley-gettyBut there's more ... we also asked who would win if Villanova played the 76ers in a battle of Philly hoops teams -- and Erving brought up some personal history to give us the answer. 

Check out the clip ... 

NBA's Chris Copeland Sues NYC Club Over Stabbing

4/7/2016 2:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0407-chris-copeland-TMZ-01NBA player Chris Copeland's got beef with 1 OAK Nightclub in NYC for allowing one of its customers to stab him and his GF ... so he's going after them in court. 

According to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ Sports, Copeland and his girlfriend got into an argument with two other people leaving the club a year ago. He says the altercation escalated quickly, and one of the strangers stabbed him and Katrina Saltara, his girlfriend. He says they suffered serious injuries. 

Copeland says 1 OAK negligently allowed the stabber into the club with a "spring-operated switchblade knife" and did nothing to prevent the stabbing. 

You'll recall, Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic were arrested for blocking cops from clearing the area around the stabbing. They were eventually cleared criminally, but they've now filed lawsuits against NYPD and the city.

Vanessa Bryant Kobe Gave Me His Championship Rings ... All 5!!!

4/7/2016 6:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0407-vanessa-bryant-instagram-02Vanessa Bryant says Kobe gave her all 5 of his NBA Championship rings ... increasing her collection of insanely expensive Kobe Bryant gift rings to 6. 

Vanessa went to Instagram to pose with the 5 Lakers championship rings ... and then announced her claim to them saying, "Only 5 more games left!!! Had to post the 5 Championship rings my boo-boo gave me. So awesome to have been a part of his journey."

So, technically ... Vanessa Bryant has more rings than LeBron. 

Terry Crews Yeah, Shaq Dunked On Me AND I WAS HONORED

4/6/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

One man's poster is another man's cherished memory ... 'cause Terry Crews says not only was he not embarrassed he got dunked on by Shaq ... he was actually HONORED.

Terry was out at LAX when we asked him about the video that's gone viral ... Shaq punishing Crews with a one-handed tomahawk blast in a celebrity game last Sunday.

One might think TC -- a former NFL player -- might be a little miffed he got yammed on in front of the whole world ... but he tells our guy, "If you get posterized by Shaq it's all good."

Must be ... Patrick Ewing used to get paid for it.

Check out the poster moment below.

Klay Thompson's Dad Scottie Pippen Is WRONG Warriors Would Beat '96 Bulls

4/4/2016 7:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Klay Thompson's dad Mychal Thompson is calling out Scottie Pippen ... saying his son's team would definitely beat the '96 Bulls in a never-gonna-happen fantasy basketball series.

Thompson -- a former NBA #1 overall pick -- was out in L.A. when we asked him about Pip saying his record setting Bulls team would SWEEP the Warriors if the two were able to magically meet up.

The comments caught fire on social media with some accusing Pippen of old man "get off my yard" nostalgic bravado ... and some saying he was dead on.

Count Mychal among that first group ... 'cause he says Steph and the gang would take out MJ and Pippen's crew in a sizzling seven game series.

Check out the clip -- and let the barber shop arguments begin.

Amar'e Stoudemire I'm The NBA's Best Dressed ... 'There's No Comparison'

4/4/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Russell Westbrook ain't gonna like this ... Amar'e Stoudemire is throwing the gauntlet down ... the fashion ... saying it's him and only him who reigns as the most fashionable guy in the NBA.

Stat was leaving the Beverly Wilshire hotel -- looking spiffy as always -- when we wanted to know once and for all who the best dressed baller in the entire league was.

There's a lot of competition ... Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, and the aforementioned Russell Westbrook make every press conference a runway ... displaying wild styles to the masses.

Check out the clip -- Stoudemire ... the OG of the fancy thread game ... says there's "no comparison" between him and the rest of the league ... staking his claim to the NBA best dressed championship.

We'd weigh in ... but we're wearing sweatpants right now.

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Magic Johnson My Son Is JACKED

4/3/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

040116-magic-andre-johnson-ffnWe now know who got all of Magic Johnson's natural athletic talent ... his son's pecs ... 'cause TMZ Sports has pics of MJ's kid on the beach with him ... and his physique is Hall of Fame.

Magic Johnson and the whole fam bam were on vacay down in Hawaii earlier this week when his 35-year-old son, Andre, decided to steal the show ... by showing off.

Check out the pic ... Magic is looking good for 56 ... and Andre is looking good for a nickel corner in the NFL.

Andre normally keeps a low profile but after these beach pics, we're guessing all of social media will be on bae watch.

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Stephen Jackson If I Ever See Rihanna ... It's On

4/3/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Drake, Chris Brown, and Travis Scott make room ... former NBA player Stephen Jackson's got a hankering for some Rihanna ... promising to get "real aggressive" if he ever runs into the pop star.

Jackson was at LAX when we asked him if he ever got starstruck while playing in front of some of the huge stars that come to watch NBA basketball games.

SJ says it's not really his personality to be star struck ... but that there is one huge star who he'd love to meet and put in some work, work, work, work, work with.

Get in line, bro.

Josh Duhamel If I Could Go Back In Time ... I'd Save Pistol Pete Maravich's Life

4/1/2016 1:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Josh Duhamel says he knows exactly what celebrity he'd save if he magically had the power to jump back in time ... former LSU and NBA star Pistol Pete Maravich.

Josh is currently staring in the Hulu show "11.22.63" about a man going back in time to stop the assassination of JFK. So when we got him at LAX we had to ask ...

Which dead celebrity would he save?

Check out the clip -- MLK? Nope. RFK? Nope. Lincoln, Gandhi, John Lennon? None of the above. Josh says he wants to save the guy he calls "maybe the best basketball player behind Steph Curry."

Question now is ... who's gonna save Josh from Michael Jordan when he hears that?

Jimmer Fredette I Might Go Play In Europe Next Year

3/31/2016 3:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

He's killing it in the D-League ... but Jimmer Fredette might not stick around to see if the NBA calls him up again ... telling TMZ Sports he's considering taking his talents overseas. 

27-year-old Fredette -- the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft -- didn't blossom into a superstar right away ... and was sent down to the D-League to polish his skills.  

Jimmer is flourishing with the NY Knicks D-League squad -- he was the MVP of the 2016 D-League All Star game. 

So, when we saw him out in NYC Thursday we had to ask ... how much longer do you stick around waiting for the NBA? The answer ... might not be that long. 

Check out the clip. 

Lakers' Jordan Clarkson D'Angelo's My Brother But I'm Not Saying I Trust Him

3/31/2016 5:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

"It's a tough time right now in Lakerland," so says Lakers prodigy Jordan Clarkson who called D'Angelo Russell his "brother" -- but stopped short of saying he would ever trust the guy again. 

Clarkson -- who scored 26 points in the Lakers OT win over the Heat -- was leaving The Nice Guy in West Hollywood when we asked about the drama between Russell and Nick Young.

"Both of them dudes my brothers," Clarkson said. 

But watch what happens when we ask him about D'Angelo and trust -- the silence speaks volumes. 

Lamar Odom Accepts Kobe's Invite ... Attends Lakers Game

3/31/2016 6:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0331-lamar-odom-getty-01Lamar Odom took up Kobe Bryant on his offer Wednesday night and was his special V.I.P. guest at the Lakers game -- his first time back at Staples Center since his overdose back in October.

Odom received a standing ovation from the crowd -- as he sat in the 2 courtside tickets #24 left for him.

Bryant called the whole thing a "miracle" -- and said he talked to his old teammate before and after the game.

Dwyane Wade also spent some time with L.O. -- and tweeted, "Made losing this game not matter 'as much' after getting a chance to spend time with my guy LO. #GodisGood."

As for Odom, he said being back at Staples was "awesome" -- and admitted, "I got goosebumps."

Miami Heat's Joe Johnson Lakers Drama Would Never Happen With Us

3/30/2016 2:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Miami Heat star Joe Johnson says he WON'T be distracted by the Lakers off-the-court drama when they face off at Staples Center Wednesday night ... but lets us know it would NEVER happen with the Heat. 

The 7-time All Star was walking in Bev Hills before tonight's game when we asked him for his take on the D'Angelo Russell, Nick Young situation.

Make sure to watch until the end of the clip ... that's when Johnson makes it clear there's no bro code violators on his squad. 

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