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Gilbert Arenas

My Fiancee's $1 Mil Ring ...

WAS FAKE!!!

3/31/2015 6:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ex-NBA star Gilbert Arenas is firing back at his estranged fiancee Laura Govan -- claiming her $1 MILLION engagement ring was A TOTAL KNOCKOFF! 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Laura is suing Arenas -- claiming he kicked her out of their L.A. mansion and then "forcefully took" her $1 million diamond ring, which she claims he sold. 

But now, Arenas is finally breaking his silence ... calling B.S. on Govan ... and saying there's no way he would've "forcefully" taken her bling because she was rocking a FAKE. 

"When u have a million dollar ring made you also have a fake one made JUST in case sh*t doesn't workout," Arenas posted on Instagram.

"Lets say sh*t didn't workout and she has the fake one...no need to forcefully take a ring back if its been sitting in a safe this whole time smdh."

"Why sell it when i can pass it down too my kids..PEOPLE my d*ck aint that big for everyone to be hanging on it lmaooo."

Arenas also says he's no deadbeat dad and didn't leave Govan and their four kids out in the cold -- saying HE'S the one who moved out of their Calabasas mansion. 

These two are are clearly at war -- and unlike the diamond, this seems about as real as it gets. 

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Amber Rose & James Harden

Entering The Friend Zone

... Let's Not Get Serious

3/30/2015 5:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0330-amber-rose-james-harden-tmz-01Amber Rose and James Harden have decided to put their bangship on hold ... mutually deciding to enter the desolate and barren void known as the FRIEND ZONE ... TMZ Sports has learned.

James and Amber had been rumored to be seeing each other ... with Amber attending a Rockets game in Houston and reportedly gushing to friends about how sweet Harden was. 

Rose even publicly proclaimed on "The Breakfast Club" that she might let the NBA's leading scorer sink a bucket on Valentine's day, if he "acted right."

But we've learned the two are officially DUNZO romantically ... and that it was the the distance between them that turned their Sonny & Cher into a Murtaugh and Riggs.

Bottom line -- start lining up fellas ... seems like this is back on the market. 

Michael Jordan's Ex-Teammate

I WAS BETTER THAN JORDAN

... In Ping Pong & Pool

3/30/2015 11:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Michael Jordan's greatness apparently doesn't extend to frat-house pastimes ... cause his ex-teammate Ron Harper tells TMZ Sports he DOMINATED his airness ... at ping pong & pool.

Harper was MJ's teammate on the Bulls from '95 to '98 when Jordan was an absolute basketball GOD ...  and really could do nothing wrong on the court.

So when we got Harper leaving 1Oak in L.A. recently we had to ask the five-time NBA champ ... have you ever beaten Jordan in anything?

Check out the clip -- Harper answers our question with an emphatic HELL YEAH, then goes on to tell us how he took his fair share of pong and billiard contests off Jordan.

FYI -- We've seen Jordan's beer pong skills ... Ron may have a point.

NBA's Iman Shumpert

Erotic Lap Dance at Concert

... From Hot GF

3/27/2015 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Cleveland Cavs star Iman Shumpert experienced the perks of having a hot R&B star girlfriend ... when she brought him onstage for an erotic lap dance during a NYC concert ... and we've got the video.  

Shumpert was hanging out on the stage at SOB's Thursday night ... while Teyana Taylor rocked out in an extremely revealing outfit. 

As the beat started to slow down, things started to heat up ... with Teyana climbing on top of her man and riding him like a 6'5" rodeo horse. 

Yee haw. 

NBA's Larry Johnson

1st Baby Mama Stands Down

He Doesn't Owe Me Squat

3/27/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Larry Johnson's first baby mama is coming to the ex-NBA star's defense -- telling TMZ Sports he's NOT a deadbeat dad ... claiming he doesn't owe her a dime.

We broke the story ... Johnson -- who made more than $80 million in his NBA career -- filed for bankruptcy and in official docs he listed 4 of his baby mamas as creditors, stemming from back child support payments. 

But Dronda Gillam -- who has a 22-year-old son with L.J. -- says there must've been a mistake ... because she NEVER went after Larry for child support ... ever. 

"We have a great relationship. I've never had a problem with him over money," Gillam says. 

"He’s always been supportive. We never had anything set up through the court system because we didn't need that."

She adds, "He's a really great guy. He just fell on tough times."

We reached out to Johnson and his people for comment -- so far, no word back.

Ex-Lakers Teammate

CALLS BS ON WILT

No Way He Boned 20,000 Chicks!

3/26/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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One of Wilt Chamberlain's former teammates is calling out the NBA legend -- telling TMZ Sports there's NO WAY he took down 20,000 women ... because he was too busy taking down McDonalds. 

We spoke with Tom Hawkins -- who played 2 seasons with Wilt on the Lakers back in the '60s -- and he's adamant that Wilt "The Stilt" must have inflated his numbers in his tell-all book. 

"I played with him for 2 years ... I doubt his numbers are correct."

And why is Tommy (who played 10 solid years in the NBA) so steadfast in his belief? 

"Because too many nights I saw him going back to the hotel with nothing but a bag of McDonalds."

There's more ... a lot more ... just watch the clip.

NBA's Richard Jefferson

Buys Hat Off Dude's Head

... For $700!

3/25/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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You ever see a fashion item that you just NEEDED TO HAVE???

NBA star Richard Jefferson did -- a Vans cheetah-print snapback baseball hat ... and he paid $700 to buy it off some random dude's head!!!

RJ was at Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails in Scottsdale, AZ Saturday night -- when a dude named Andrew walked in with the cheetah cap. 

Andrew tells TMZ Sports ... the Dallas Mavs star beelined it over his way with cash in hand ... and started making offers for the dome piece. Andrew declined at first ... but ultimately gave in for a handful of $100 bills -- 7 in total. 

So, why was Jefferson so obsessed with the hat? Andrew says RJ actually purchased the lid for teammate Chandler Parsons ... who was also eyeing the cap that night. 

The best part of the story -- Andrew says he originally bought the hat for $25. 

Not a bad return on investment. 

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Blake Griffin

Off the Hook

In Vegas Pimp Slap Case

3/24/2015 8:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The pimp hand of justice just ruled in Blake Griffin's favor -- because officials have decided to DROP the battery case against the NBA star after they couldn't prove he actually slapped a guy in a Vegas nightclub. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Griffin was charged with battery stemming from an incident at Tao nightclub on October 19th ... when he allegedly put the 5 fingers to some dude's face for snapping a pic without Blake's permission. The man also claimed Blake grabbed his neck and squeezed.  

Blake denied the allegations --  and now we're told the charge has been formally dropped after Griffin's attorney Richard Schonfeld provided prosecutors with multiple witness statements contradicting the accuser's story.  

It's a big deal for Griffin ... who faced up to 6 months in jail if convicted. 

Gilbert Arenas

NASTY BREAKUP w/ LAURA GOVAN

Allegedly Sells Her $1 Million Ring

3/23/2015 4:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0323_Laura-Govan_gilbert_arenas_TMZGilbert Arenas is being sued by his longtime girlfriend Laura Govan -- the mother of his 4 kids -- who claims Gilbert kicked her out of their L.A. mansion and then sold off her $1 million engagement ring. 

TMZ Sports has obtained court docs filed by Govan ... in which she claims her and Gilbert are in the middle of a NASTY split. 

In the docs, the "Basketball Wives LA" star claims she started dating Gilbert in 2002 ... before he made nearly $200 million in NBA contract money.  

The two never had a formal wedding, but Laura claims they "lived together as husband and wife" and Gilbert promised that she would "share equally" in all of his earnings from 2003 on ... as if they were legally married. 

Govan says the relationship fell apart around the end of 2014 ... when Gilbert "notified [Laura] to vacate the premises" of their home. 

To make matters worse, Laura says Gilbert then "forcefully took" the $1 million engagement ring he gave to her in 2008 and sold it without her permission. 

0323_laura_govan_ring_gettyNow, Laura says she wants her cut of the Arenas fortune -- which she says includes profits from a number of marijuana clinics which she says Gilbert owns. 

Attempts to reach Gilbert for comment were unsuccessful. 

Rapper Lil B

I Won't Lift Kevin Durant's Curse

Until He Plays Me In Basketball

3/20/2015 12:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0320-kevin-durant-lil-b-TMZ-GETTY-01Kevin Durant actually has bigger problems than being out indefinitely from the NBA ... 'cause rapper Lil B says it's his "BasedGod" curse that's dogging Durant ... and it won't be lifted until Kevin sees him on the court.

The beef between the two started back in 2011 when Lil B says Durant took an unprovoked shot at his rapping skills in a tweet.

Lil B then fired back with a tweet of his own ... hitting Durant with the dreaded "BasedGod" curse and proclaimed that Kevin would never win a title until it was lifted.

So when the news dropped that Durant's foot injury -- which has hampered him all year -- was going to keep him off the court indefinitely, social media began buzzing ... was it the curse?

TMZ Sports spoke to Lil B and he told us Durant's BasedGod curse remains, and it's the reason for all of KD's current career struggles.

"He's still under it. Everyone who disses Lil B pays for it." 

According to Lil B -- who dropped a hilarious song called "F*ck Kevin Durant" last year -- there's only one way to break the curse ... Kevin has to play him in basketball.

"All he has to do is meet on the basketball court for a friendly game of 21. I'm passionate about my game, my defense, if he doesn't beat me 21-0 he should be embarrassed."

"He knows the curse is affecting him. Everyone knows. He needs to see me on the court."

Charles Barkley

Obama Bracket Haters ...

You're Just Racist!

3/20/2015 11:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Charlie Sheen -- and anyone else who's mad at President Obama for filling out an NCAA tournament bracket -- is really just an old fashioned racist ... so says Charles Barkley.

Sr. Chuck and his "Inside the NBA" co-star Kenny Smith were leaving the London Hotel in NYC when the two went off on Obama's bracket critics. 

"What, is he not supposed to think about anything else?" Smith said. 

Barkley was more direct -- "Listen, you people in America who are upset that President Obama did a bracket ... why don't ya'll just go say you don't like him because he's black." 

He continued, "Cut through all the BS ... don't say he take too many vacations ... just say, 'We don't like him because he's black.'"

As we previously reported, Sheen ripped into Obama yesterday ... saying POTUS is wasting his precious time on basketball when he should be focused on more important issues. 

Derek Fisher

Files for Divorce

3/19/2015 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0318-dereck-candace-getty-tmz-01NY Knicks coach Derek Fisher has filed for divorce from his wife Candace ... just one month after they celebrated their 10 year anniversary. 

Fisher filed the divorce docs in Los Angeles -- citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. 

The couple have two children together, twins ... including a daughter who suffered from a rare form of eye cancer. Fisher was famously let out of his contract with the Utah Jazz back in 2007 so he could spend more time with her and help her with treatment. 

The divorce seems to be as amicable as these things get -- with Fisher asking for joint legal and physical custody of the children. 

He also wants to split the legal costs.  

Fisher issued a statement saying, "This is a difficult time for me personally. For the sake of our children, I ask that everyone respects our privacy during this process."

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Dwyane Wade

Insane Prom Surprise

Free Suits, Watches for Foster Kids

3/16/2015 5:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Dwyane Wade just hooked up 15 kids with a pretty awesome prom surprise -- free custom tailored suits and Hublot watches ... and they're about to get the goods at halftime of tonight's Miami Heat game.

Wade, along with Hublot, hooked up with the local Guardian ad Litem program -- and last week met with 15 kids from different parts of Florida who are all crushing it in the classroom.  

To reward their success in school, Wade and Hublot hooked 'em up with D-Wade's personal stylist -- and a custom tailor -- so they could "suit up" in custom threads for their high school proms. 

And get this ... Hublot also hooked the kids up with a free watch to boot ... and those things ain't cheap!!!

As for prom dates? Some things ya gotta do on your own.  

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