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Fat Joe to Knicks: Fire Jeff Hornacek, Too!!

6/28/2017 3:05 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Fat Joe is calling for MORE Knicks heads to roll ... saying Jimmy Dolan needs to put head coach Jeff Hornacek in the crosshairs after pulling the trigger on Phil Jackson.

"[Hornacek's] gotta go. Phil's gotta go ... they gotta get rid of everybody down with that regime," Joe tells TMZ Sports.

FYI, Fat Joe is diehard Knicks superfan -- LOVES 'EM -- and says he truly believes the man who can save his squad is ex-Golden State Warriors coach (and Knicks player) Mark Jackson.

"I'd hire Mark Jackson as coach," Joe says ... "That's the first move. And then it's a whole revamping situation."

Joe also has plans for Carmelo Anthony -- and it doesn't involve Melo sticking around. 

Donald Trump Presses Cavs Owner On LeBron James ... At White House

6/28/2017 12:19 PM PDT
Breaking News

Even President Donald Trump wants to know what's going on with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers ... so, he went right to the owner and asked him. 

Dan Gilbert happened to be at the White House Wednesday -- along with the Chicago Cubs (who are in town to play the Nationals) and Trump brought them all together for a high level introduction.

While introducing Gilbert to guys like Joe Maddon, Kris Bryant, Jon Lester and others ... he turned to Gilbert and asked how he's doing with LeBron James

It appeared Gilbert responded, "Good, yeah."

Interesting situation for two reasons -- First, Bron isn't a Trump fan. Second, there's talk LeBron could leave Cleveland after next season.

Gilbert didn't drop any bombshells ... it was just interesting watching him handle that situation.

Still, Trump enjoyed himself -- and then went on to talk about health care.

NY Knicks Fire Phil Jackson ... Insist It Was 'Mutual'

6/28/2017 5:56 AM PDT
Breaking News

6:41 AM PT -- It's official ... but Knicks owner Jimmy Dolan isn't calling it a "firing" -- he's saying both sides have "mutually agreed to part company."

Yeah, right.

"After careful thought and consideration, we mutually agreed that the Knicks will be going in a different direction," Dolan said in a statement.

"Phil Jackson is one of the most celebrated and successful individuals in the history of the NBA. His legacy in the game of basketball is unmatched. We wish him the best and thank him for his service to the Knicks as both a player and an executive."

Dolan says he will not be personally involved in the search for Phil's replacement. 

Phil also put out a statement saying, "The New York Knicks will always hold a special place in my heart."

"I had hoped, of course, to bring another NBA championship to the Garden. As someone who treasures winning, I am deeply disappointed that we weren’t able to do that. New York fans deserve nothing less. I wish them and the Knicks organization all the best -- today and always."The NY Knicks are done with Phil Jackson -- the team is expected to announce he's leaving the organization as early as Wednesday morning.

71-year-old Jackson is the President of Basketball Operations for the Knicks -- and people HATE him right now ... after another terrible season and personality clashes with Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis

Multiple stars have called for the Knicks to fire his ass -- including Kenyon Martin and Fat Joe

Now, it seems the Knicks are taking their advice ... with ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reporting he'll be out before the day's over. 

The Zen. 

Spike Lee has already weighed in ... he's happy. 

LaVar Ball Praised By Lakers' Owner ... Loved WWE Cameo

6/28/2017 6:13 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

LaVar Ball is already making the right impression on his son's new boss -- with Jeanie Buss telling TMZ Sports the Big Baller did a "terrific job" on WWE's 'Monday Night Raw.'

The Lakers owner was leaving Craig's in West Hollywood when she dished out praise for Lonzo Ball and his dad ... and credited Magic Johnson for bringing the family on board.

"I have complete confidence that Magic Johnson has put together the pieces that we need."

She added, "Him and Rob Pelinka, our general manager, have really REALLY re-energized the roster."

The praise continued ... "Our coach, Luke Walton, is a coach that understands the modern NBA and I'm just looking forward to summer league which starts next Monday in Las Vegas!"

We also asked about her ex-boyfriend, Phil Jackson, and his situation in NY -- but Jeanie wasn't havin' it.

Clippers' Jerry West Signing CP3 & Blake ... 'Not My Responsibility'

6/28/2017 12:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Jerry West says his new role with the L.A. Clippers DOES NOT require him to get involved in the efforts to resign Blake Griffin and Chris Paul ... telling TMZ Sports, "It's not my responsibility."

West was playing coy when we saw him leaving Caffe Roma in Bev Hills on Tuesday -- saying it's up to other key members of the organization to bring in the players ... "I'm just an adviser."

He added, "Hopefully, everyone will make the right decision."

Meanwhile, we also spotted Clippers' assistant coach Mike Woodson out -- he was WAY stronger on the issue ... telling us locking up the two free agents is definitely a priority. 

Stay tuned ... 

Matt Barnes Pleads Guilty In Club Fight Case ... Punished

6/27/2017 7:54 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Matt Barnes ain't going to jail for his role in a Dec. nightclub brawl in NYC -- but he will spend some time helping out the community per a plea deal in the case ... TMZ Sports has learned.

The Golden State Warriors star appeared in court Tuesday morning where he formally pled guilty to disorderly conduct and in exchange he was sentenced to 10 days of community service.

We broke the story ... Barnes and DeMarcus Cousins were in the middle of a violent altercation inside Avenue nightclub on Dec. 5 after he allegedly "butt bumped" a woman near his VIP booth. 

The woman claimed Barnes choked her. Barnes claimed he was merely defending himself

The NBA star was eventually arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault -- but he cut a deal with prosecutors to get a lighter sentence.

Barnes is due back in court in August for an update on the community service.

Of course, Barnes is also being sued by the victims in civil court -- they want Barnes and DeMarcus to pay up big-time for injuries they claim the players caused.

Zach Randolph Let's Build a Super Team In Memphis!

6/27/2017 7:05 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Zach Randolph doesn't want to leave Memphis for a super team ... he wants to bring the super team to Memphis!! 

Z-Bo is entering free agency after 8 seasons with the Grizzlies and everyone wants to know what his next move is gonna be.

With "super teams" being the hot topic, we asked Randolph if he would consider pulling a Durant and joining a loaded squad like Golden State or Cleveland. 

"Memphis," Randolph replied ... "We're gonna build a super team there!" 

With Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and Gordon Hayward available, it's not completely out of the question ... though even Zach seems to acknowledge it's unlikely they'll end up in the BBQ capital of the world. 

We also talked about his teammate, Vince Carter, who's 40 years old -- and Randolph told us he thinks Vinsanity can ball in the NBA for at least another 4 years!!!

Zach says they don't call him "Half man, half amazing" for nothing. 

Taylor Swift Bizarre Congrats to Russell Westbrook ... Who She's Never Met

6/27/2017 6:30 AM PDT
Breaking News

This is weird and fun ...

Taylor Swift just made a congratulations video for newly crowned NBA MVP Russell Westbrook joking with the guy like they've been buddies for years -- even though they've never met.

The Oklahoma City Thunder star got the award Monday night -- and hours later, Taylor released the video saying, "Russell, it’s Taylor. Remember? I was the one who taught you how to play basketball?"

She jokes that she taught him everything he knows about basketball ... he gave her the idea for "Shake It Off" ... and that they go back 20 years.

She then admits they've actually never hung out together once. 

Kinda funny. Kinda weird. Kinda sweet.

What's interesting ... Taylor really hasn't done any public interviews or appearances since February -- so this is sorta like her reintroduction to the spotlight. Who'da thunk she woulda used the NBA as a way in?

Who cares ... welcome back!

Kenyon Martin Phil Jackson's Old Ass Gotta Go ... He's Killing The Knicks

6/26/2017 3:45 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Phil Jackson's too damn old to lead an NBA franchise and it's high time the Knicks kicked his geriatric ass to the curb ... so says ex-NBA baller Kenyon Martin, who just LIT UP the Zen master.

We caught up with K-Mart hangin' with BIG3 teammate Al Harrington in NYC ... and when we asked the former Knick what he thought about the state of the current team ... he went nuclear.

The takeaway?

Phil needs have his 70-something-year-old-ass reading AARP and fly fishing rather than running an NBA team.

Hey, KM's not the only famous guy blaming Phil. Right, Fat Joe?

Ice Cube's Big3 League First Games Brought Big Celebs

6/26/2017 12:32 PM PDT

Ice Cube's BIG3 league kicked off this weekend with its first games ... and with them came a gaggle of big-time A-listers to watch.

Cube held his first games Sunday in front of 15k fans at the Barclays Center in NYC, and besides the stars on the court, there were a ton of others in the stands. They included Whoopi Goldberg, LL Cool J, James Harden, Jalen Rose, Lou Williams, Paul Pierce, D'Angelo Russell, Naturi NaughtonFabolous, Michael Rapaport and others -- most of whom got some shots in with Cube ... photos, that is. 

The BIG3 league rolls on through the summer, and is scheduled to conclude with a championship game at the T-Mobile Arena in Vegas. Unless Floyd and Conor have something to say about it.

The games air tonight on FS1.

Big Baby Davis Clippers Are Done ... Blake Should Join Westbrook

6/26/2017 9:49 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Glen "Big Baby" Davis says your Blake Griffin jersey is about to become a collector's item ... telling TMZ Sports the Lob City era is OVER ... and he knows exactly where Blake should go next.

We got the former Clipper (and Hollywood turn-up king) leaving Nightingale Plaza in L.A. and picked his brain about the future of his former squad.

If you hadn't heard, both Chris Paul and BG opted out of their contracts -- strong signs each man is looking outside of L.A. for the next gig.

Any Clippers fan looking for good news from Baby look away ... 'cause when our guy pressed him on the state of the team he had to concede he thinks it's all over.

Dwyane Wade Is That a Doggie Man Purse?! (Spoiler: Yes)

6/26/2017 8:31 AM PDT
Breaking News

Here's Dwyane Wade taking a very expensive doggie for a walk ... a canine-shaped designer man bag and it costs a FORTUNE!!

Yes, this is fashion now ... and the designer is Thom Browne (who also makes man bags in the shape of penguins, turtles, whales, fish and boats). 

Price tag on Wade's pooch -- $2,600.

Wade is wearing the bag out in Paris -- where he's been on a fashion-driven trip with his wife, Gabrielle Union.

She also has a Browne bag. Her purse runs about $4,500.

It's good to be rich. Woof.

NBA Commish Adam Silver Turns Up On Gay Pride Parade Float

6/26/2017 7:02 AM PDT
Breaking News

NBA commissioner Adam Silver didn't just attend NYC's gay pride parade this weekend -- he was waivin' the rainbow flag and dancing his face off ... and it was AWESOME!!

Silver -- one of the most powerful figures in all of sports -- rode on the NBA float alongside the league's first openly gay player, Jason Collins

Golden State Warriors president Rick Welts -- who is openly gay -- also rode on the float with his partner, Todd Gage.

It's the second time the NBA has entered a float into the event. Last year, Silver started off walking beside the float until Collins convinced him to get on. Silver said he had so much fun last year, he couldn't wait to do it again! 

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