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Bill Simmons Game 6 Refs Were TERRIBLE

6/17/2016 9:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

"The refs were just bad last night ... they had no idea how to control the flow of that game."

Here's Bill Simmons giving his take on Game 6 -- and calling out the refs for sucking out loud. 

We also brought up the Ayesha Curry situation. Bill might have more in common with Steph than you thought. 

Steph Curry Fined $25k for Throwing Mouthpiece ... No Suspension

6/17/2016 8:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0617-steph-curry-TMZ-01The NBA has hit Steph Curry with a $25,000 fine for throwing his mouthpiece into the stands -- hitting a fan -- during Game 6 of the NBA Finals ... but it appears he will NOT be suspended. 

The NBA's office just issued a statement saying, "Curry has been fined $25,000 for throwing his mouthpiece into the spectator stands."

"The incident, which resulted in a technical foul and subsequent ejection for Curry, occurred with 4:22 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 115-101 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 6 of The Finals on June 16 at Quicken Loans Arena."

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was also hit with a heavy fine. 

"Kerr has been fined $25,000 for public criticism of the officiating during his press conference following the same game."

Bring on Game 7 ... 

Steph Curry NBA Security 'Profiled' My Father-In-Law ... 'Threatened to Arrest'

6/17/2016 6:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0617-curry-getty-01Steph Curry and his wife, Ayesha, claim her father was "profiled" and "almost arrested" by NBA security at Game 6 in Cleveland Thursday night ... in a case of mistaken identity. 

Ayesha first went public about the situation after the game -- tweeting, "Police racial profiled my father and told him to remove credentials and tried to arrest him."

0617-sub-ayesha-curry-twitter-01Steph echoed her comments to ESPN on his way out of the stadium -- after the Warriors lost to the Cavs.

But NBA security says it can explain ... telling ESPN Ayesha's father bared a resemblance to a con artist named David Aminzadeh who had been using fake credentials to sneak into major sporting events. 

0617-ayesha-curry-sub-TWITTER-suspect-dad-01Security spoke with Ayesha's dad -- and eventually determined he was NOT Aminzadeh. 

Steph called the ordeal a "tough situation" in a "hostile environment."

ScHoolboy Q Crying Jordan's On My Album Cover

6/14/2016 3:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0614-schoolboy-q-cover-twitter-01ScHoolboy Q just revealed he's using the famous Crying Jordan shot as cover art for his upcoming album ... but he could be playing with fire.

The "Man Of The Year" rapper just dropped the art on his Twitter page -- saying the album "Blank Face LP" will come out on July 8th. 

It's a cool shot ... but there's just one small problem. 

When we reached out to MJ's rep back in February to see how the NBA legend felt about the meme -- we were told straight up:

"Everyone seems to be having fun with the meme ... We haven’t seen anyone using it to promote their commercial interests, which is something that we’re monitoring."

Well, this would probably count as commercial interests.

Of course, there's always the possibility that Q cleared it with Jordan's team. We've reached out to MJ's rep for more info. Stay tuned ... 

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Nate Robinson Seahawks Tryout Went Well ... Says Agent

6/14/2016 10:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0614_nate_robinson_seahawks_gettyEx-NBA star Nate Robinson was "impressive" in his tryout with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday ... this according to Nate's agent. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Aaron Goodwin who confirmed 32-year-old Nate worked out for the NFL team as a defensive back ... the same position he played back at the Univ. of Washington. 

"Nate's tryout with the Seahawks went well and was impressive," Goodwin says. 

The two sides have not struck any sort of a deal but we're told, "[Nate] may go back later. He's going to focus on being ready for that opportunity should it occur again or an NBA opportunity."

When asked which sport Nate would prefer if offered a shot in the NFL and NBA -- Goodwin replied, "He wants to play basketball but will play football if the opportunity presents itself."

"He's a world class athlete and just wants the opportunity to continue to play."

Draymond Green Gets 'MVP' Chant ... While Leaving Bathroom

6/14/2016 6:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

061416_draymond_green_primaryHere's Draymond Green getting showered with "MVP" chants from fans on his way out of the BATHROOM at the A's game Monday night ... while his Warriors were getting shellacked across the street.

As we previously reported, since Green was suspended and banned from attending Game 5 -- he got a suite at O.co Coliseum so he could be right next door to Oracle Arena in case Golden State won. 

Green DEFINITELY had support at O.co -- with fans chanting "Free Draymond" on his way into the pisser ... and "MVP" on his way out. 

Good thing he doesn't get stage fright ... 

Orlando Magic Volunteering at Blood Center ... To Help Shooting Victims

6/13/2016 4:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The Orlando Magic jumped into action to help out the victims in the nightclub shooting -- volunteering at a blood center and dispatching the team spiritual leader to help grieving families. 

TMZ Sports spoke with a rep for the NBA team who told us several members of the organization helped out at the OneBlood Center on Sunday. 

In addition, the team is "providing blood drive locations to our employees so they can participate during work hours."

"In addition, our Magic spiritual leader went to  the Family Assistance Center to help serve as a grief counselor."

The team says, "We are continuing to assess needs and will be ready to work with our fellow teams in the Orlando sports community to help our community heal, while remembering the victims and their families and friends." 

Roy Jones Jr. Draymond Would Beat Up LeBron ... 'He's More of a Fighter'

6/13/2016 2:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Roy Jones Jr. isn't just a great boxer -- but he's also a pretty knowledgeable fight analyst ... so, we had to ask ... who would win in a Draymond Green vs. LeBron James throwdown??

You gotta watch the clip ... Jones essentially says that while LeBron is clearly the superior athlete, Green's got way more heart.

"He's got more fight in him."

Jones also says it's LeBron's own damn fault he got hit in the nuts for dangling his berries so close to a guy who has a reputation for being a ball socker. 

Watch the clip ... it's pretty funny. 

Mark Cuban I'm With LeBron ... Totally Rooting For The Cavs

6/11/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Mark Cuban might've just gotten his northern California privileges revoked for good ... 'cause the Mavs boss just publicly proclaimed he's throwing his support behind the Cavs in the NBA finals.

We got Cuban out in NYC and asked the NBA expert -- should be an expert, he owns a team -- who he was rooting for in the NBA finals.

If you're expecting a PC "I just want to see good games" answer, you obviously don't know Cuban ... he kept it all the way real ... saying he has more friendships on the Cavs then he does on Golden State.

FYI -- LeBron is a free agent this summer ... we see what you're doing Mark.

Steph Curry 'Warriors Girl' Scores Better Seat Than Ayesha!!

6/10/2016 6:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0610_ayesha_roni_clevland_golden_state-game-2That smoke show of a Warriors fan who gave Steph Curry the sex face during game 2 of the NBA Finals is back -- and she's sitting IN FRONT of Steph's wife.

Yes, Instagram model Roni Rose has found herself courtside in Cleveland for game 4, while Ayesha Curry is almost directly behind her ... 2 rows back.

This creates an issue for Steph: How the hell can he look up at Ayesha AND keep Rose out of his line of sight at the same damn time??

More problematic for the NBA MVP -- Rose is sitting right behind the Warriors bench.

Focus, Curry. Focus.

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Dirk Nowitzki Ridin' Lazy River ... In a Baseball Stadium!

6/9/2016 1:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0609_dirk-nowitzki_lazy-river_Frisco-Rough-Riders_MAINDirk Nowitzki is an aquatic pioneer -- 'cause the NBA star just became the FIRST person to float in a lazy river INSIDE A BASEBALL STADIUM!!

The Frisco RoughRiders minor league baseball team invited Dirk to break in their brand new $1.5 MILLION river -- located in the outfield of Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, TX. 

The river officially opens Friday. 

#DontPeeInThePool

NBA's Sean Rooks 'Died of Heart Disease' ... Coroner Says

6/8/2016 8:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0608-sean-rooks-GETTY-01Ex-NBA player and 76ers assistant coach Sean Rooks died of heart disease... this according to the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office. 

Sources told TMZ Sports ... the 46-year-old suffered a heart attack during dinner on Tuesday night

Now, a rep for the M.E.'s office says the coroner has examined Rooks' body and "believes Rooks died of heart disease."

We're told additional testing will take place to confirm that finding. 

Heart disease makes it difficult for blood to flow through the heart -- and can often lead to a heart attack. 

Ex-NBA Player Sean Rooks Dead At 46

6/7/2016 5:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0607_sean-rooks_gettyEx-NBA player and current Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Sean Rooks has died ... the team announced in a statement. 

The 46-year-old -- who starred at the University of Arizona -- played 12 seasons in the NBA ... including stints with the Lakers, Mavericks and Timberwolves.

Our sources tell us ... it appears Rooks may have had a heart attack during dinner.  

Rooks' mother issued a statement saying, "It is with deep sadness and overwhelming grief that we mourn the sudden loss of my son, Sean."

"Our family asks that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this incredibly difficult time."

R.I.P.

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