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LiAngelo & LaMelo Ball Get Offer From Globetrotters ... 'Forget Lithuania!'

12/18/2017 12:40 AM PST
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Listen up, LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball -- in case you're having any second thoughts about Lithuania ... we found a team for y'all that tours the whole damn globe!

That's right -- we got Cheese and Jet of the Harlem Globetrotters out in NYC ... and they told TMZ Sports they'd be totally down to bring in the Ball bros.

"If it doesn't work out, come to the Globetrotters! Or come here first -- forget Lithuania!" Cheese said.

Dope offer for BBB ... but also kinda funny considering their teammate, Hoops, told us big bro Lonzo ain't exactly Globetrotter material.

Master P I Was Up For NBA Coaching Job ... And I Shoulda Got It

12/18/2017 12:10 AM PST
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Master P says his dream of being an NBA coach nearly came true with the New Orleans Pelicans  ... telling TMZ Sports he was actually up for a job on the NBA team's coaching staff this year.

P sat down with us to talk about his coaching debut later this month in the Global Mixed Gender Basketball league he owns ... but also told us he almost got a shot at the big time.

"I feel like I could help the New Orleans team this year. You know I was up for that job last year as an assistant coach?!"

P didn't tell us exactly what kept him from getting the gig, but he did say it was ultimately the Pelicans loss, because he truly believes he could've made them a winner.

"I would've turned that team around." Later adding, "That should be a championship team right now."

Swae Lee I Got LaVar's Back on Lithuania ... Gotta Get That $$$

12/17/2017 12:45 AM PST
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LaVar Ball picking a Lithuanian league for LiAngelo and LaMelo had a lot of people scratching their heads ... but not Swae Lee, who says the Big Baller's makin' money moves!

"I think wherever the bag is calling, you gotta chase the bag," the Rae Sremmurd rapper told TMZ Sports outside Poppy in L.A.. "It could be Columbia, it could be Venezuela, it could be Australia -- wherever the bag is calling."

Swae ain't wrong, in theory ... but BBB claims it ain't about cash -- with Gelo and Melo reportedly pocketing no more than $500 per game. 

Bonus: Swae's in line for some serious bread himself once his solo album drops ... and says he's gonna parlay that success into a Super Bowl set with Colin Kaepernick and his boy, Ezekiel Elliott

NBA's Lorenzen Wright Ex-Wife Arrested, Charged for His Murder

12/16/2017 8:16 AM PST
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The ex-wife of slain NBA star Lorenzen Wright is locked up in Southern California ... after cops busted her in connection with his murder.

TMZ Sports got Sherra Wright's mug shot. The Riverside County Sheriff's Dept. busted her Friday evening on a fugitive warrant for murder -- which was issued in Tennessee. Memphis police have charged her with 1st degree murder and conspiracy. 

Lorenzen -- who played 14 years in the NBA -- was murdered 7 years ago. His remains were found in the woods, 10 days after he was seen leaving Sherra's Tennessee home.

The case had gone cold until recently -- police found the murder weapon in a lake, and earlier this month arrested Billy Turner and charged him with 1st degree murder.

Police aren't saying yet what the alleged connection is between Turner and Lorenzen's ex-wife ... who is sitting in jail pending extradition to Tennessee. Reports say they went to the same church.

She was also charged with criminal attempt to commit murder because police say there was a previous attempt on Lorenzen's life.

Ray Allen Accuser Drops Stalking Case

12/15/2017 11:09 AM PST
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The man who accused Ray Allen of making violent threats against him after their alleged relationship went sour is backing off -- he's dropped his case against the NBA star, TMZ Sports has learned. 

As we previously reported, Bryant Coleman got a temporary restraining order against Allen in Florida after telling the court Ray sent men after him and made violent threats over the phone. 

Coleman had previously told TMZ Sports he believed his life was in danger. 

Ray had always maintained the allegations were B.S. -- and that Coleman is the real bad guy ... who catfished him in a scheme to get private information from the NBA star. 

Now, we've obtained court documents which show Coleman has voluntarily dropped his restraining order -- though he doesn't explain why the change of heart.

Ray's attorney, David Markus, tells us, "We are pleased Coleman voluntarily dismissed the injunction and false claims he made against Ray Allen."

"Ray has never met Coleman. Ray Allen has never spoken with Coleman. Ray has never threatened him or anyone. He wants nothing to do with him and is looking forward to putting this matter behind him."

LeBron James Lonzo Dunk Prediction Comes True

12/15/2017 8:50 AM PST

LeBron James might just be Nostradamus ... because he predicted Lonzo Ball would run from the wrath of a royal thunder dunk ... and in Thursday night's game, Ball did just that.

LBJ made the prognostication while visiting kids at the Cleveland Clinic (awesome guy) earlier this week when a brave young man named Andrew asked him to dunk on Lonzo.

"He might not be in my way! Once he sees I'm about to take off, he might move out the way."

Fast forward to the 2nd quarter of the Lakers vs. Cavs game on Thursday night -- 'Bron gets a pass from J.R. Smith and barrels towards the basket ... and this happens.

To be fair to Lonzo -- lets be real, he made a smart decision.

Chauncey Billups Screw Stats ... LeBron Will Never Pass Jordan

12/14/2017 4:24 PM PST
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LeBron James' stats might end up beatin' Michael Jordan's ... but when it comes to the GOAT debate, Chauncey Billups says it ain't even close.

"I think Jordan’s the best, hands down," Billups told TMZ Sports out on Rodeo Drive. "There's nothing that LeBron can do -- and I’m a HUGE LeBron James fan."

FYI, Scottie Pippen reignited the Jordan vs. LeBron debate on Thursday ... when he said King James was "probably ahead" of Jordan on the stat sheet.

Chauncey says that's all good and well ... but when you're talking about who's the best player, numbers can only take LBJ so far.

LeBron James Hospitalized Kid's Wish: 'Can You Dunk on Lonzo For Me?'

12/14/2017 11:59 AM PST
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"Can you dunk on Lonzo for me?"

That's the cutest and savagest Christmas wish we've ever heard ... courtesy of a brave kid that LeBron James visited at the Cleveland Clinic on Wednesday.

When Santa Bron stopped in to see Andrew, a young Cavs fan, and show him some love ... the kid only had one request -- that King James DUNK ALL OVER Lonzo Ball when the Lakers play Cleveland tonight.

LeBron loved it ... and told Andrew he'd be happy to oblige -- unless Zo's too scared to meet him at the rim!

Kenny Smith To Charles Barkley: You're Wrong About LaVar

12/14/2017 6:46 AM PST
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Could LaVar Ball tear apart the family on "Inside the NBA"??

Probably not ... but Kenny Smith says his co-star, Charles Barkley, was WRONG when he blasted LaVar as a bad father who's exploiting his kids. 

TMZ Sports spoke with "The Jet" (on his way onto a jet at LAX) ... and he told us why the Big Baller's move to ship his boys to Lithuania could actually be SMART.

Kenny's not the only ex-NBA star to back Ball -- Metta World Peace says LaVar is giving LiAngelo and LaMelo a significant edge over other talented American basketball players.

Odell Beckham Jr. Gives Walking Boot the Boot ... For Knicks Game

12/13/2017 8:49 AM PST

It's a beautiful sight for N.Y. Giants fans ... Odell Beckham Jr. makin' his way around the Big Apple without his walking boot!!

TMZ Sports spotted the NFL superstar heading into MSG for the Knicks vs. Lakers game Tuesday ... and although his boot was super swagged out, it's a great sign for his health to see him without it.

OBJ went down with a season-ending ankle injury in October ... but watching him sit courtside with Magic Johnson to cheer on the Knickerbockers sans boot should give fans hope.

Get well soon, OBJ!

Holly Robinson Peete No Moore Means Dignity's Restored Thanks, Charles Barkley!!!

12/13/2017 7:23 AM PST
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Holly Robinson Peete declared a win for decency after accused pedophile Roy Moore was defeated in Alabama's special election -- and she's giving an NBA great an assist for the victory.

We got Holly at LAX Tuesday night and asked her about Democrat Doug Jones pulling off the stunning win and, for her, America was the real winner Tuesday night. 

Holly gave a special shout-out to Charles Barkley, who campaigned for Jones. She also told us why Moore was strolling down loser's lane long before the allegations he had encounters with teens when he was in his 30s.

Bella Hadid Busting Out ... at Lakers-Knicks

12/13/2017 7:21 AM PST
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There were TONS of huge stars at the Knicks vs. Lakers game at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday ... but, for some reason, everyone seemed to have their eyes on Bella Hadid

So, we present two photo galleries ... 

The Celebs (LaVar Ball, LiAngelo Ball, Odell Beckham, Spike Lee, Magic Johnson and more) -- and if you're not into that, we've also got 20 pics of Bella sitting courtside. 

Think of it as a sports-themed "Choose Your Own Adventure."

Don't worry ... no one's judging you.

Charles Barkley Praises Alabama for Roy Moore Defeat We're Not Just Rednecks!

12/13/2017 6:05 AM PST
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Charles Barkley is now a prime political commentator on CNN -- and after the election Tuesday night, he WENT OFF about how Alabama isn't just "rednecks" and "ignorant people."

Sir Chuck -- who's from Alabama (he played college ball at Auburn) -- had been campaigning hard for Doug Jones ... and after he took down Roy Moore last night, Barkley didn't hold back.

"You know, we've been stuck in a time warp for a long time," Charles said ... "This is just a great night for Alabama and for Doug Jones."

"Roy Moore was an embarrassment. Hey listen, if any other man had 8 women accusing him of sexual harassment ... talking about how he really enjoyed slavery ... he thinks people who are homosexuals should go to jail, they wouldn't have even been in this election."

Barkley says he's extremely proud of Alabama ... adding, "We got some amazing people here."

"Yeah, got some rednecks and a bunch of ignorant people ... but we got some amazing people here and they rose up today."

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