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LeBron & D-Wade

Teamin' Up

To Party On $29 Million Yacht

7/3/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0702-jus-j-yacht-twitter-01LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have reunited ... all aboard an insane $29 MILLION yacht in the Bahamas ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

James and his wife, Savannah -- along with Wade and Gabrielle Union -- have been staying on a yacht called the Just J's ... a top of the line ship built in 2011 ... and owned by billionaire businessman Jay Schottenstein. 

Jay is big in the Ohio community ... so is LeBron (duh) -- so we're guessing that's how they know each other. 

The boat is MASSIVE -- 150 feet long ... with 5 cabins, a sick bar, fancy dining room and a hot tub. 

Sources tell us ... the ballers have been hanging out on land too -- recently gambling at the Atlantis casino. We're told the gang ran into Mike Tyson, who was celebrating his birthday, and they partied together. 

Pretty cool, right? 

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Jahlil Okafor

You're Gonna Get Hazed, Bro

... Says 76ers Teammate

7/2/2015 8:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Hope Jahlil Okafor enjoys public humiliation ... because according to one of his new 76ers teammates, the #3 pick in the draft has some serious hazing coming his way. 

We spoke with Philadelphia's Hollis Thompson -- who tells us the team's got some fun stuff in store for the big man ... just like he had to go through when he was a rookie.

FYI -- the NBA hazing isn't too crazy ... Portland made their rookies wear pink Hello Kitty backpacks. Washington made their rooks tie the veteran's shoes. Golden State made their guys do the Gangnam Style dance. 

But Thompson says he remembers his own NBA hazing like it was yesterday -- thanks to one former teammate who made him do a ton of "dumb stuff."

Check out the clip.

Phil Jackson

Porzingis Is a Good Investment

7/2/2015 6:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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NY Knicks honcho Phil Jackson seems to be VERY AMUSED by all the criticism surrounding Kristaps Porzingis -- but says when push comes to shove, the Latvian is a good investment. 

Jackson was having dinner with coach Derek Fisher at Ago in West Hollywood last night ... when we brought up the #4 pick in the draft. 

Check out the clip ... long story short, Jackson says ... "Porzingis is some stock to invest in."

Fisher agrees -- and says he likes the guy ... and hopes he has a nice long career. 

Sidenote -- We also asked Jackson about L.A. Dodgers star Yasiel Puig and reports that his teammates don't like him.

Jackson makes it clear he's a fan of the guy -- but when we brought up criticism Puig's getting for having a temper, Phil chalked it up to his Cuban heritage ... "it's part of their thing."

James Harden

Targeted At Elite Nike Camp

... Dominates

7/1/2015 12:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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James Harden had a HUGE target on his back at an elite Nike event in L.A. this weekend -- but we're told he DESTROYED all comers ... including some of the top high school and college players in the country. 

Harden -- along with NBA superstars like Kobe Bryant, LeBron, Kevin Durant and more -- hit up the Nike Basketball Academy at a private airplane hanger in Santa Monica. 

The event was invite-only and allowed some of the best up-and-comers to test their skills against the pros. 

Sources at the event tell us ... on the last day of the camp, a bunch of the amateurs took on a team comprised of Paul George, Demarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, James Harden and others. 

But, for some reason, we're told everyone was "trying to go hard" at Harden.

The bad news for the youngsters ... we're told Harden took the kids to school -- "destroyed everyone."

We're also told Paul George looked good -- as one source put it, "He got his bounce back. It looks like he never lost a step."

All in all, we're told the kids had an incredible experience -- Kobe spoke to the camp and gave people advice, LeBron led a skills session and DeMar DeRozan helped lead a spin class. 

Not a bad way to spend a weekend ... 

NBA Prospects

Twitter Can Hurt Our Careers

'Don't Be Stupid'

7/1/2015 8:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Don't be a dumbass when it comes to posting on social media ... 'cause it could seriously hurt your career ... so say two NBA prospects who are heeding the lessons of the Larry Nance Jr. drama.

Michigan State star Denzel Valentine and Iowa State forward Georges Niang were at LAX yesterday -- when we brought up the super awkward situation with Kobe Bryant ... and the Lakers rookie who called him a "rapist" on Twitter a few years ago. 

Check out the clip ... Valentine and Niang say they understand that you can't write "stupid" stuff on social media because you never know when it could come back around to bite you in the ass. 

BTW, Valentine and Niang both met Kobe this weekend at the Nike Basketball Academy in L.A. -- and say he's a "super cool dude" and "straight to the point."

The Game

I Dropped $40,000

On Lakers Floor Seats!

6/30/2015 8:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The celebrities are finally feelin' the Lakers again -- especially The Game who tells TMZ Sports he just dropped $400,000 on courtside seats!!!!

Game was leaving Playhouse nightclub in Hollywood this week when someone asked him to sign a basketball (he's a huge hoops fan). 

But instead of inking his own name, Game signed the name of L.A.'s top draft pick -- saying, "I'm putting my money on D'Angelo Russell!"

He even added the number "5" -- and said that's what D.R.'s  jersey should be. 

As for the seats, Game says he believes in the team so strongly, he bought 4 courtside season tickets -- which sell for $2,500 a pop.

No pressure, D'Angelo. 

Blake Griffin

Space Jams in Venice Beach

... With Jon Favreau

6/30/2015 4:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Blake Griffin could be the next Michael Jordan -- 'cause the guy was throwin' down in Venice Beach with Marvin the Martian on what appeared to be a "Space Jam" themed commercial shoot. 

Word on the street ... seriously, the people on the street were telling us ... Blake was on-set with director Jon Favreau to film a new sneaker ad for his new Jordan shoes.  

He dunked, he shot around, he signed autographs for kids.  

Question is ... with rumors of a second "Space Jam" movie in the works, is this a clue that Griffin is the 'Air' apparent? 

Jahlil Okafor

Viral Sex Story Is B.S.

'Considering Legal Action'

6/29/2015 11:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0629-jahlil-okafor-GETTY-01NBA rookie Jahlil Okafor claims he's been targeted by an Internet "troll" -- who is spreading disgusting lies about a sexual encounter that NEVER happened ... and now he's taking action to shut her down. 

Social media exploded over the past 24 hours after someone claiming to be a woman named "Chanel" went to Twitter and posted a story about hooking up with Okafor ... complete with embarrassing details involving his junk and bedroom performance. 

But Okafor's camp tells TMZ Sports ... the story is "absolutely false" ... adding, Jahlil has never met the person and has no idea who she is. 

We're told Team Okafor has already contacted Twitter to get "Chanel" to take down the tweets. Okafor's team was told the tweets fall under Twitter's abuse policy ... especially posts where she threatens to leak nude pics ... and if she doesn't delete them, her account will be suspended. 

Okafor's camp says they have already kicked the matter over to their legal counsel and are considering their legal options moving forward. 

Kourtney Kardashian

Sorry Scottie Pippen ...

I Don't Wanna Party with You

6/29/2015 8:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Poor Scottie Pippen ... all he wanted to do was hit the clubs with his friend Kourtney Kardashian this weekend -- instead, she shot him down. 

Kourtney and Scottie were each having dinner with friends at Craig's in West Hollywood (Scottie was with Ron Harper) ... but on the way out, Pippen decided he wanted to crash the party scene. 

So, he goes to Kourtney's SUV -- convinces her to roll down the window and asks KK if she wanted to hit up 1 OAK on the Sunset Strip ... after all, Kourtney is friends with Scottie's wife, Larsa! 

But alas, Pippen got rejected ... because Kourtney ... well, she had other plans. Super boring other plans.

#KhloeWouldaGone. 

Carmelo Anthony

'I Really Love' Porzingis

... Meeting with Him Today

6/29/2015 6:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Don't give up on Knicks draft pick Kristaps Porzingis just yet ... Carmelo Anthony isn't -- telling TMZ Sports, "I really love him."

Melo was leaving Madeo in L.A. on a double date with his wife La La AnthonySeattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and his GF Ciara ... when we asked about C.A.'s newest teammate from Latvia. 

"I really love him. I feel him. I'm gonna get with him tomorrow," Melo says ... adding that he's planning to squeeze in a workout with Porzingis. 

It's big news considering there were reports that Anthony was pissed at the Knicks for using the 4th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft on Kristaps -- a player some experts see as a "project" who could take several years to develop. 

For now, seems Anthony's a fan ... at least, that's what he wants us to think. 

NBA Rookies

Hit Pre-Draft Party With

FREE DENTAL WORK!?

6/26/2015 10:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0625_sports_dentist_launchGift bags full of swag are nice, but NBA draftees Cameron Payne and Satnam Singh Bhamara hit up a party this week that actually gave out something useful ... free dental work!

Payne (who was 14th pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder) and Bhamara (who made history by being the first Indian born player to be drafted into the league) hit up an art show in Manhattan on Wednesday night where all the proceeds went to provide dental care for those in need.

It was your typical art show -- about 150 guests, invite only, Moet champagne passed around -- except for the dental chair set up by Dr. Lee Gause -- the dentist who hooks up Floyd Mayweather with his insane mouthpieces -- to provide guests with free cleanings for the guests. 

The ballers -- including new Portland Trailblazer Mason Plumlee -- got an added bonus ... a complimentary, customized mouth piece, which usually runs around $300. 

FYI -- the art show was a hit, raising about $30,000.

NBA's Delon Wright

EPIC DRAFT VIDEO

Emotional Reaction During Announcement

6/26/2015 7:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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This is one of the coolest videos we've ever seen ... Delon Wright overcome with emotion the second he was selected during the NBA Draft last night ... while his family goes wild!!!! 

Wright -- along with his close friends, parents and brother (fellow NBA star) Dorell Wright -- took over Hyde on the Sunset Strip to watch the Draft together. 

The moment commissioner Adam Silver announces Delon's name as the 20th overall pick to the Toronto Raptors ... well, it's just awesome. 

Congrats! 

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