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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
EXCLUSIVE

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
EXCLUSIVE

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! 

Diddy's Son

Humiliated by Coach

Over Courtside All-Star Seats

6/26/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0625_diddy_josh_ben_stiller_gettyThe coach who fought Diddy this week ... brutally shamed Diddy's son by using a paparazzi pic to drive home a point -- that he thinks Justin Combs is a spoiled rich kid.

Sources connected to UCLA's football program tell TMZ Sports ... the humiliating incident went down in February. Coach Sal Alosi had several players in the the gym for a training sesh, which Justin missed because he was at the NBA All-Star game.

We're told Alosi openly mocked Justin by putting a pic of him at the game -- next to Diddy and Ben Stiller ... in all the gym monitors. We're told Alosi told players ... "While you guys are training, this guy is sitting courtside with his dad." The pic remained up for 24 hours.

As we've reported ... Diddy sources say Alosi ran a campaign of psychological warfare against Combs for the past 3 years.

Our UCLA sources say over the years, Alosi has told Justin things like -- "You're only here because of your dad," and ... "You never belonged here," and ... "You should just go work for your dad."

We reached out to Alosi, through UCLA ... so far, no response.

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NBA Draft's Stanley Johnson

My 1st Big Purchase Will Be ...

6/25/2015 4:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

House? Jewelry? Cars? Big night in Vegas??

So many options for NBA rookies when it comes to spending that first professional check -- but when we asked U of A's Stanley Johnson where his money will go ... he had a much MUCH better answer. 

Check out the clip -- it's short, it's sweet, it'll make you root for the guy even more. 

Blake Griffin

HUGE PENIS

... Says Fat Jewish

6/25/2015 3:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0625-the-fat-jewish-blake-griffin-INSTAGRAM-01Blake Griffin's penis is like a "Pringles can made of flesh" ... so says a dude who would know, The Fat Jewish ... who got up close and personal with Blake's dong during a game of mini-hoops. 

The Instagram star says the two hooked up for an intense game of 1-on-1 ... and as TFJ put it, "The next thing you know he was doing a monster jam on me and his package was literally in my face."

Mr. Jewish added, "Also, for anyone wondering, yes I could feel the outline of his d*ck, dude has a Pringles can made of flesh in his shorts."

And now you know. 

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