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Byron Scott I Don't Wanna Be Friends w/ D'Angelo Russell ... 'It Is What It Is'

9/30/2016 6:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The rift between D'Angelo Russell and his former Lakers coach Byron Scott is irreparable -- so says Scott who tells TMZ Sports he doesn't want a relationship with the NBA star moving forward. 

Russell has been taking thinly veiled shots at Scott recently -- essentially blaming him for his lackluster rookie season.  

"Everything I went through was new, and there was no guidance from the people that were supposed to give me the guidance," Russell told the L.A. Times

So, when we saw Scott out in L.A. Thursday night, we asked how he felt about the youngster -- and he basically told us he doesn't care ... and isn't looking to be friends with the 20-year-old.  

We also asked Scott if he was interested in getting back into coaching in the near future -- his response, "No time soon."

Derrick Rose Judge Shoots Down Pseudonym Appeal 'This Is Not a State Secrets Case'

9/29/2016 12:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0923-derrick-rose-gettyThe judge in the Derrick Rose rape case reaffirmed his decision and will NOT allow the accuser to use a pseudonym during the trial ... saying, "This is not a state secrets case." 

As we previously reported, the accuser had asked the judge to reconsider after he previously ruled that she must use her real name. But in a hearing Thursday afternoon, the judge shot her down.

"This is not a state secrets case," Judge Michael Fitzgerald said ... adding that the media could easily find out her real name. 

The judge also admonished the accuser for fighting to protect her identity when her name is already known to many people and can be easily discovered by the media. 

The trial is set to begin on October 4th. 

LeBron James I Respect Kaepernick, But I'm Standing for the Anthem

9/26/2016 11:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

LeBron James says he will NOT follow Colin Kaepernick's lead when it comes to the National Anthem ... and vows to STAND when "The Star-Spangled Banner" is played during the NBA season. 

James was speaking with reporters at Cavs Media Day in Independence, OH when he explained his position. 

"Me, standing for the national anthem is something I will do," James said ... "That's who I am. That's what I believe in."

"But that doesn't mean I don't respect and don't agree with what Colin Kaepernick is doing."

There's more ... check out the clip. 

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Derrick Rose 'Not Worried' About Rape Case 'I Ain't Done Anything Wrong'

9/26/2016 9:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Derrick Rose is adamant he's NOT a rapist -- claiming, "I ain't do anything wrong" ... and says the upcoming trial will not be a distraction from his first NBA season with the Knicks. 

Rose faced reporters at Knicks Media Day in NYC moments ago where he was asked straight-up if he's worried about his upcoming rape trial. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Rose and his friends are accused of gang raping a woman in her L.A. home back in 2013. The case is headed for trial later this year. 

When asked how he's handling everything, Rose said ... "I’ve been handling it pretty good, I think. I really haven’t been thinking about it. I’m thinking about the team more than anything."

Rose was also asked about the LAPD investigation into the alleged incident -- to which he replied:

"I haven’t talked to anyone and this is my first time hearing about it. But once again, I’m not worried about it. I feel like I ain’t do anything wrong." 

He concluded -- "I can’t think about a case that I feel like I’m innocent in, where I feel like I ain’t do anything wrong. Like I said. And I can’t let that distract me with the year I have ahead of me."

Michael Jordan Praised By Oprah 'I Love Him, He's Great'

9/26/2016 7:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Not that Michael Jordan needs any more praise ... but here's some celebrity love -- courtesy of Oprah Winfrey.  

Oprah was out in D.C. ... and now that we know she's a huge sports fan, we asked O if she thought MJ was truly the greatest of all-time. 

Winfrey makes it clear she's got nothing for love for the NBA legend ... and explains why. 

Paul Pierce Here's the Truth ... I Got 1 Season Left

9/26/2016 6:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

NBA legend Paul Pierce says he's ready to hang 'em up ... after ONE MORE run at an NBA title. 

The Truth just released a video statement on The Players' Tribune -- and says he's realized that it's time to move on from the game of basketball ... "It's my final season." 

Pierce says he's at peace with the decision -- and says he believes the Clippers are legitimate title contenders. 

He also admits, "It's a young man's game" ... but says he thinks he has one more opportunity "with a great team."

Pierce was drafted by the Celtics with the 10th pick in the 1998 Draft -- and led the team to an NBA title in 2008. 

#Legend 

Terrell Suggs I'm 'The King' Of The Gridiron... Custom LeBron Cleats!!

9/25/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0923-terrel-suggs-shoes-tmz-sports-wm-02Watch the throne, Kanye ... there's a new name in football cleats ... and he goes by King James.

Two weeks after 'Ye debuted the first ever Yeezy Boost football cleats with NFL stars like Von Miller and DeAndre Hopkins, Baltimore Ravens stud Terrell Suggs is bringing LeBron James' signature shoes to the gridiron.

TMZ Sports spoke with Marcus Rivero, owner of Soles By Sir, who converted a pair of Nike LeBron Soldier IX basketball shoes into football cleats.

The process? It was basically taking the sole of a pair of cleats, and fusing it with the sole of the 'Bron shoe. 

Rivero says the final product -- painted with purple and gold Ravens colors -- costs about $1,000 to complete.

We're told Terrell plans to wear the cleats on Sunday against the Jaguars. 

Note to LeBron ... get on this ASAP. There's money to be made!!

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Gilbert Arenas Judge Orders Baby Mama To Pay Up ... For STD Comments

9/25/2016 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0923_gilbert_arenas_laura-govan_tmzGilbert Arenas has won a battle against Laura Govan, but he hasn't won the war -- a judge just ordered her to pay him A LOT of money in one of their lawsuits against each other. 

As we previously reported, Arenas sued his baby mama for libel after she allegedly wrote a nasty email about how he gave her STDs ... and then leaked it to various media outlets.

The ex-NBA star claimed the email humiliated him and affected his ability to work on his app without distraction. 

Arenas just got a default judgment in the case, in which the judge ordered Govan to pay $110,110 for his emotional distress. 

Arenas was looking for seven figures, but the judge said there was not enough evidence to award that amount -- and also took into account that Govan said she "has very limited financial means at this time." 

Dwyane Wade Ex-Teammate Gifts Dope Custom Art As Miami Parting Gift

9/24/2016 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Dwyane Wade ain't leaving Miami empty-handed ... 'cause his former teammate, Dorell Wright, just hooked him up with an awesome custom art piece to bid him farewell.

Wright -- who played with Wade for 6 years on the Heat -- hit up Michael Farhat of ART Mobb ... and commissioned him to make a one-of-a-kind art piece for his "big brother," D. Wade.

The vision? Farhat told us it's "Wade reflecting on the success and hard work he put in Miami and using that as motivation for Chicago."

The project -- which took 7 hours to complete -- was spray painted on a piece of plexiglass using handmade stencils ... and it's dope.

Farhat documented the process on video ... check it out!

Tommy Lasorda Check Out My Birthday Suit ... Dodger Jersey-Lined Blazer

9/24/2016 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0923-tommy-lasorda-custom-blazer-01Tommy Lasorda turned 89 years old this week, but his love for the L.A. Dodgers is as strong as ever ... 'cause the legendary HOFer just got a custom Dodger jersey-themed blazer for his birthday.

The custom blazer was designed and handmade by David Heil, CEO of David August clothing. It took over 40 HOURS to complete ... and is made of the finest material (super 170's wool/silk and navy twill).

Heil added the numbers 27 (for Lasorda's birth year, 1927) and 67 to represent the total years he's spent with the Dodgers organization.

FYI -- David August makes custom clothes for stars like Conor McGregorMichael Strahan, and Kobe Bryant. The company wouldn't say how much Lasorda's blazer cost ... but McGregor's suits run up to $10k.

Lookin' good, Tommy!

Kevin Garnett I'm Retiring... Farewell

9/23/2016 2:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Kevin Garnett has decided to call it quits after 21 seasons in the NBA.

K.G. hit up Instagram ... and posted an emotional video saying "farewell" to his fans.

The 5th overall pick of the 1995 Draft, Garnett spent most of his career with the Wolves, and was the league MVP in 2004. He won an NBA title as a member of the Boston Celtics in 2008.

The Big Ticket was a 15 time All-Star ... and is a shoo-in for the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame.

Hardware aside, K.G. will go down as one of the best trash-talkers of all time ... after famous on-court (and off-court) feuds with Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony.

Here's to retirement!

Derrick Rose Put a Muzzle On My Accuser

9/23/2016 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0923-derrick-rose-getty-02Derrick Rose's rape accuser won't be holding any more news conferences if he gets his way ... he's asking a judge to shut her up.

Rose just filed a motion requesting the anonymous accuser be prohibited from speaking about the case with anyone in the media until the end of the trial. He's pissed about what he calls her "nationwide media blitz," and feels it's hurting his ability to get a fair trial.

As we reported ... the accuser and her lawyer held a teleconference with reporters last week, during which they called Rose a "sexual deviant." 

The judge has yet to rule on the gag order.

Blake Griffin It's A Girl!! Welcomes Baby #2 With Longtime GF

9/22/2016 1:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0922-blake-griffin-brynn-cameron-TMZ-GETTY-01Blake Griffin is a dad again -- his GF, Brynn Cameron, recently gave birth to their 2nd child. 

A source close to the couple confirms Brynn gave birth to a baby girl in an L.A. hospital several days ago.

Blake and Brynn already have one kid together -- a son named Ford, who was born in August 2013. 

The longtime couple was spotted on vacation together in Hawaii in August -- and Brynn looked like she was about to pop at any minute.

Brynn -- who played basketball at USC -- also has another child with Matt Leinart.

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