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Russell Westbrook Reaches Fashion Limit NO ON MALE ROMPERS!

5/26/2017 6:05 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

NBA superstar and fashion icon Russell Westbrook says there's one fashion risk he REFUSES to take -- the male romper.

The OKC Thunder star is known for pushing the envelope when it comes to style -- he's rocked everything from overalls to heavy metal chic ... even did an Urkel theme. 

But when we saw Brodie leaving Il Pastaio in Bev Hills on Thursday, Russ made it clear you'll NEVER see him rockin' the rompHim ... the new fashion craze UFC champ Stipe Miocic can't stop talking about

In other news, Westbrook is pumped about being a new dad -- and can't wait for his first Father's Day!

Magic Johnson Lavar Ball Is Like Kris Jenner ... Here's How

5/25/2017 8:54 AM PDT

Magic Johnson says LaVar Ball reminds him of Kris Jenner ... and that ain't a bad thing.

Johnson was asked about LaVar Ball when he joined 'Afternoons with Marcellus and Kelvin' on ESPN radio ... and not only did he compare L.B. to Kim Kardashian's mama, Magic said he's got no problem with Papa Ball.

"The Kardashians, we didn't say the mom was bad. She made them a lot of money, right? She bragged on her daughters. And I think it's the same here. He's saying, 'hey, my son is great.'"

"There's nothing bad with that. We're not looking at LaVar being a problem if we're blessed to have an opportunity to draft Lonzo."

And Magic isn't the only Lakers decision maker to endorse LaVar. Lake Show head coach, Luke Walton, told TMZ Sports earlier this week LaVar's big personality doesn't scare him ... 'cause his own dad was a character.

Lonzo to the Lakers is lookin' more and more like a sure thing.

Charles Oakley LeBron Doesn't Care About M.J. He's Focused On Titles

5/25/2017 6:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

LeBron James has one thing on his mind right now, and it sure as hell ain't Michael Jordan ... so says M.J.'s former teammate, Charles Oakley, who tells TMZ Sports the King only cares about beating the Warriors.

Oak -- who's good friends with LBJ -- gave us a bit of insight on what's going through LBJ's head during the playoffs, and the fellow Cleveland native says James only cares about getting that 4th ring.

As for LeBron's chances against the Warriors -- who have yet to lose a game in the playoffs -- Oak's confident the Cavs are gonna come out on top.

J.R. Smith 1st Pic At Home With Preemie Baby

5/24/2017 9:17 AM PDT

J.R. Smith had a helluva day Tuesday ... taking his baby, Dakota, home and winning a playoff game ... and now we have the first photo of daddy and daughter at home.

As we previously reported, Smith and his wife, Shirley, took Kota home yesterday after a miracle 4 month stay in the hospital.

Kota was born in January at only 21 gestational weeks ... and many "experts" thought survival was virtually impossible.

They were wrong.

Kota's home, and J.R.'s 1 win away from the NBA Finals. It's good to be J.R. Smith.

NBA All-Star Game Back To Charlotte After Bathroom Bill Axed

5/24/2017 8:30 AM PDT
Breaking News

The NBA pulled the '17 All-Star Game from Charlotte 'cause of a controversial state law, but Wednesday said the '19 ASG is headed back to the city after the bill was repealed.

Here's the situation ... in July 2016, the league moved the game from Charlotte to New Orleans after HB2 -- a bill that forced people to use the bathroom that corresponded to their birth gender, and was widely seen as a discriminatory -- was not repealed.

At the time, Adam Silver said, "we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2."

The caveat ... if the bill was repealed, the NBA would consider re-awarding Charlotte with the game.

Losing the game was a big deal. The state lost a lot of revenue from fans that would've flocked to N.C. to watch the league's best players ball.

In March, North Carolina state politicians voted to repeal HB2 ... opening the door for the game to go down in Charlotte.

Today, that's exactly what the commish did ... saying "while we understand the concerns of those who say the repeal of HB2 did not go far enough, we believe the recent legislation eliminates the most egregious aspects of the prior law."

J.R. Smith Preemie Baby Comes Home ... Medical Miracle

5/23/2017 5:38 PM PDT
Breaking News

Huge day for J.R. Smith -- and it has nothing to do with the NBA Playoffs -- his preemie daughter has finally been discharged from the hospital after a miraculous 4 month battle.

As we previously reported, J.R.'s wife Shirley gave birth to their daughter Dakota (aka Kota) back in January -- nearly 5 months before her due date.

Shirley says the baby was born at just 21 gestational weeks -- and many medical experts believed she barely had a chance at survival.

But Kota defied the odds and with the incredible treatment she received at Cleveland Children's Hospital, she finally got her eviction from the NICU on Tuesday.

J.R. and Shirley are clearly over the moon. Props to the doctors, nurses, staff and everyone involved!

Welcome home, Kota!

Cavs vs. Celtics Security Increased After Manchester Attack

5/23/2017 2:40 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cleveland police are boosting security for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals as a result of the terror attack at Manchester Arena, TMZ Sports has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us there will be more uniformed and undercover officers than usual at Tuesday's game against the Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena.

On top of that, we're told there will be more undercover security outside the venue as well.

NBA spokesman Mike Bass tells us in light of the recent attack, the league is "in communication with the appropriate authorities and taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our fans, teams and staff.”

Our sources say increasing security during the playoffs is common, but after Monday's event in Manchester, "there will be heightened awareness within the law enforcement community."

Brian Scalabrine Celtics Only Chance To Beat Cavs? Zombie Apocalypse!!

5/23/2017 6:25 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Brian Scalabrine says there's absolutely NO WAY in hell the Celtics can beat the Cavs and advance to the NBA Finals ... that is, unless there's a zombie apocalypse!!

The NBA champ and current Cs analyst says even though Boston took Game 3 on the road, and only trails the series 2-1, they got no shot at dethroning King James and Co. with Isaiah Thomas sidelined with an injury.

"There's not one sliver of hope that they can actually pull this series off," ... UNLESS "we have a zombie apocalypse and LeBron gets bitten in the neck."

The White Mamba has spoken.

Charles Oakley Carmelo + Lakers = Bad Fit Wouldn't Make Playoffs

5/22/2017 3:25 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Charles Oakley says Carmelo Anthony should stay far away from the Lakers when he looks for a new NBA home ... telling TMZ Sports, the future ex-Knick needs to play for a contender.

There have been rumors that L.A. could be a destination for the All-Star ... who has final say in where he plays 'cause of a no-trade clause in his contract.

Oak was leaving Catch in L.A. when we brought up the possibility of Melo joining the Lake Show ... and if that'd be a good fit for Anthony and the organization.

Hell no, Oak says ... 'cause Carmelo needs to play for a title contender, and L.A. just ain't got the pieces ... even with Melo on the squad.

We also got Oakley's opinion on Lonzo and LaVar Ball ... and, unlike previous ballers like Dennis Rodman, C.O. is fully supportive of the Ball fam.

Shaq Shoots His Shot With Ellen Barkin ... I Love You, Marry Me!

5/22/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Shaq shot over 19,000 shots during his NBA career, but none so smooth as this ... 'cause the big fella just totally got his Steph Curry on with "Animal Kingdom" star Ellen Barkin, and it's pretty awesome.

O'Neal was out in NYC when he began to gush and swoon over Barkin to our camera guy -- completely unprompted we might add -- while talking about how much he loves her show, "Animal Kingdom."

We actually tried to get Shaq back on track and ask him TV questions, but the dude was too lovestruck to talk about anything but the 63-year-old Barkin.

Here's the thing ... Shaq seems serious, and actually said he's ready to marry Ellen (okay, so that's a joke) and has loved her since he first saw her in "Ocean's Eleven."

Bad form, Shaq ... she was actually in "Ocean's Thirteen" (not even married yet and you're already forgetting your anniversary). 

Joel Embiid Makes Plea For Role On Fave Tv Show ... Only One Problem

5/22/2017 12:25 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

NBA star and all-around awesome guy Joel Embiid has a dream ... a dream to star in his favorite television show, but we at TMZ Sports have found one reason that might not happen ... EVER.

We got Joel in NYC, and asked the pop culture addict what his favorite TV shows are right now ... and that's when the 7'0" monster told us he's hooked on "The Vampire Diaries" on The CW.

He even told us that it's his dream, seriously, to make an appearance on the show -- and hollered at Nina Dobrev to help make it happen! 

One issue with your cameo big fella -- 'TVD' got cancelled after 8 seasons last summer and the last episode aired in March ... so yeah, that's not gonna happen.

Cheer up, Joel ... you still got a shot with Rihanna, maybe.

Trevor Ariza Burglars Hit Rockets Star ... $50k of Jewelry

5/20/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Houston Rockets star Trevor Ariza is the latest victim in the L.A. celebrity burglary crime wave -- this time, crooks jacked the NBA star for at least $50k in jewelry, law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports

Here's what we know ... Ariza contacted police on Wednesday after noticing signs of forced entry at his San Fernando Valley home. No one was home at the time of the break-in. 

We're told Ariza believes the bad guys took several expensive items including jewelry -- the losses are estimated to be north of $50k. 

Ariza is the 3RD current or former Laker to be hit by burglars in 2017. Nick Young and Derek Fisher were also jacked.

Yasiel Puig -- who lives in the area -- was hit back in March.

We're told law enforcement has created task forces to find the burglars -- and have put undercover officers in the area in the hopes of catching these guys in the act. 

Michael Jordan '84 Olympic Jersey Hits Auction Block

5/20/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Michael Jordan's Team USA jersey is goin' up for auction ... and could end up being one of the most expensive pieces of M.J. memorabilia ever!

His Airness rocked the #9 jersey when Team USA dominated the 1984 Summer Olympics and is part of Grey Flannel Auctions' summer catalog ... and we're told it's the only known jersey of its kind.

Of course, '84 was the last time an amateur-led team won the gold medal for the Red, White and Blue ... before switching to pro ballers with the "Dream Team" in 1992.

M.J. memorabilia tends to rake in HUGE bucks -- Jordan's "flu game" shoes sold for $104K in 2013 -- and our friends at Grey Flannel are estimating a big haul with the jersey.

Bidding starts at $10,000 on June 2nd.

Good luck.

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