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Austin Rivers On LeBron's Kids: I Got Crap for Famous Dad Too ... Didn't Faze Me!

3/22/2017 10:58 AM PDT

LaVar Ball could be right in his analysis of LeBron James' kids -- 'cause Austin Rivers says he's been "getting s**t" for being Doc Rivers' son since he was 6 ... but it never fazed him.

We got Austin leaving Catch in L.A. where he APPLAUDED James for clapping back at LaVar -- who recently said Bron's kids could get crap from other kids just because he has a famous father.

LeBron told LaVar to NEVER talk about his kids ever again.

But when we asked Rivers what it was like for him growing up with an NBA star for a dad ... this was his response:

"I've been getting that since I was 6 years old just for being the son of Doc. I've been getting s**t since I was a kid ... and it's never fazed me. I'm here now and I'm only getting started."

Translation -- Rivers says the haters only motivated him to be better ... and it sounds like they still do.

He then got into a $250k Mercedes G-Wagon and drove away.



3/22/2017 9:04 AM PDT
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Here it is ... the long-awaited DUNKING SHAQ statue at Staples Center!!

The 9-foot tall, 1,200 POUND statue has been in the works for months ... it will officially be unveiled on Friday night! 

A bunch of Lakers greats -- including Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jerry West -- are expected to attend the event.

Shaq tweeted his gratitude to Laker ownership about the honor ... "Thank You Buss Family! #speechless"

Metta World Peace LeBron SHOULD Take Games Off ... Those Games Don't Matter!

3/22/2017 7:53 AM PDT

Metta World Peace has simple logic for why people need to BACK OFF big NBA stars like LeBron James for resting during regular season games ... THEY DON'T REALLY MATTER! 

"When you're trying to win a championship, you can't focus on the little games," Metta says.

"You don't win a title by winning a bunch of games. You win a title by winning in the playoffs."

As for people claiming the fans are unhappy when stars sit, Metta says they need to chill ... because if the team wins in the playoffs, the fans will be happy in the end!

Michael Jordan Offers 'Heartfelt Condolences' to Jerry Krause's Family

3/21/2017 12:35 PM PDT

0321-jordan-krause-tmz-getty-03Michael Jordan is mourning the death of his former Chicago Bulls General Manager, Jerry Krause ... offering his "heartfelt condolences" to Jerry's family and friends.

Jordan won all 6 of his NBA titles while playing under Krause -- and, while they butted heads at times, MJ is honoring his memory now.

Jordan issued a statement to TMZ Sports through his rep saying, "Jerry was a key figure in the Chicago Bulls dynasty of the 1990s and meant so much to the Bulls, the White Sox and the entire city of Chicago."

"My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, Thelma, his family and friends."

Jerry was 77.

LeBron James Gives Major Props To Amazing Viral Video Hero

3/21/2017 7:08 AM PDT
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0321-lebron-james-TMZ-01LeBron James just gave major props to a viral video HERO ... praising a man who talked two young boys out of a street fight and into a handshake.

The video starts out with a brawl between two teenagers -- but then becomes a teaching session as a man intercedes PEACEFULLY, mentors the kids, and eventually gets them to squash their beef.

It began to make the rounds Monday night, garnering over 3.5 million views, and LeBron took notice, tweeting his appreciation.

"So dope!!! #Salute the homie who stepped in and spoke real to our young generation. We all need a word or 2 to help!"

It wasn't just LeBron either. Other sports stars like NFL player Torrey Smith, and former MLB player Jerry Hairston Jr. tossed love at the video as well.

Carmelo Anthony Chillin With Sam Casssell ... L.A. Bound?

3/20/2017 1:03 PM PDT

If you like seeing Carmelo Anthony in Knicks colors, turn your head ... cause Melo was out in L.A. Sunday night chatting it up at Catch with Sam Cassell, an assistant coach for the Clippers.

The Clippers are one of Melo's most talked about potential landing spots, and rumor has it that a trade between them and the Knicks almost happened at the deadline.

Add into the equation Melo's wife, LaLa, has an exploding acting career (never hurts to be in L.A.) and the Knicks seem to be souring on Anthony in favor of Porzingis and this meeting could be HUGE.

Or, the guys just both like seafood.

Kyrie Irving Bummed Out Blue Devil 'I Wanted Duke To Go All The Way'

3/20/2017 6:59 AM PDT

Here's a treat for all you North Carolina fans ... video of a totally bummed out Kyrie Irving licking his Blue Devil wounds after his alma mater was eliminated from the tourney.

Duke went down to South Carolina Sunday night ... and when we got Irving out in L.A. he told us the loss hurt him, 'cause he thought the guys had a chance to win it all.

Irving played for Coach K back in 2010 (for all of 12 games) but even though he's killing it in the NBA right now it's clear from the clip he still bleeds blue.

Don't worry Kyrie, there's always next year ... for a whole new team 'cause all these guys are going to the NBA.

Khloe Kardashian Eye on the Ball Ring on the Finger

3/19/2017 7:35 AM PDT

0319-khloe-kardashian-tristan-thompson-ring-cavs-game-AKMGSI-01Khloe Kardashian watched attentively Saturday night as BF Tristan Thompson tried in vain to beat the L.A. Clippers ... and she did nothing to stop the rumor she's engaged.

Khloe was wearing a massive ring as she sat with pal Malika Haqq. She's worn the ring over the last few days, but mum's been the word.

Khloe officially got divorced from Lamar Odom in December.


LaVar Ball Markelle Fultz Sucks As A #1 Pick ... My Son Is Better

3/18/2017 12:45 AM PDT

LaVar Ball is now taking aim at the OTHER big college hoops star projected to go #1 in the NBA Draft ... saying Markelle Fultz ain't worthy of the top spot -- because he's not a winner.

Draft experts have been debating whether it'll be LaVar's kid Lonzo Ball or University of Washington star Markelle Fultz who'll get the top honor at the NBA Draft in June. 

But LaVar tells TMZ Sports it's a no-brainer -- Lonzo wins. Markelle doesn't.

LaVar's point ... Lonzo was a key reason UCLA chalked up a 29-4 record this year.  Markelle led Washington to a 9-22 season. 

"If you got a kid that makes everybody better, you mean to tell me you wouldn't take him over a guy that's averaging 40 points but the team's losing?? If you wanna winner, you pick my boy."

"Look what he did to UCLA. They 15-17 last year. You bring one dude and change the culture that's what you want, it's not Lonzo's passing and shooting that's his great gift, it's the winning."

Look at the bright side Markelle ... by being called out by LaVar you just joined a list that includes Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley.

Dennis Rodman Hey Trump ... Let's Talk North Korea

3/17/2017 4:48 PM PDT

With President Trump going after North Korea, there's one man who says he can HELP the situation ... Dennis Rodman

Of course, The Worm has not only met with Kim Jong-un ... but he worked for Trump on 'Celebrity Apprentice.'

He's got his hand in music now too, Rodman's featured on Mansionz new single -- which hit the top of Spotify -- called "Dennis Rodman" ... of course.

He's the perfect middleman, right? 

Rodman says he hasn't spoken with Trump about his experience in Pyongyang ... but would love to brief POTUS if he can find the time. 

Couldn't hurt, could it? 

Ice Cube to Lakers: TANKING IS GARBAGE ... Don't Write Off D'Angelo

3/17/2017 6:14 AM PDT

The Lakers are in a tailspin, they've lost 7 of their last 8 ... and if they're tanking for a draft pick, Ice Cube says that's total B.S.

Cube is a big Lake Show fan -- so we asked about a possible silver lining to another terrible season ... a shot at Lonzo Ball in the upcoming NBA Draft.

But Ice ain't havin' it ... saying he's still holding out hope D'Angelo Russell can turn a corner and become the star he was supposed to be.

Ryan Hollins N-Word Has No Place In NBA ... Iguodala Deserved Fine

3/15/2017 3:48 PM PDT

The NBA got it right slapping Andre Iguodala with a $10k fine for racial remarks ... so says ex-NBA player Ryan Hollins, who tells TMZ Sports that type of talk has no place in the league.

Those remarks included Iggy referring to his coach, Steve Kerr, as "Massa" and another incident where he actually tweeted the n-word after a loss.

We got Ryan out at LAX and asked him about Andre's punishment, and he totally agreed with the league's decision ... specifically about the n-word, which Hollins says role models shouldn't use.

What's interesting is that Ryan says he has no problem with the "Massa" insult, which he says Andre could've been just joking around about, but the NBA seemed to really take issue with that.

Carmelo Anthony Guess How Much My Furry Outfit Cost? (Hint: Not Cheap)

3/15/2017 2:18 PM PDT
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You know that furry getup Carmelo Anthony rocked to the Knicks game Tuesday night? It was custom-made ... and it was expensive! 

TMZ Sports spoke with Nadeem Waheed -- owner of Daniel's Leather in New York -- who says Melo dropped $5,000 on the American sheepskin shearling with cross fox fur ... and added the $500 hat to match.

Melo's been a regular and loves the threads ... so you probably haven't seen the last of it! 

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