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Gary Payton Backs Durant I Wouldn't Go to Trump's White House Either

8/21/2017 1:21 PM PDT
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Kevin Durant's getting Hall of Fame support on his decision to turn down an invitation to Trump's White House -- with NBA legend, Gary Payton, telling TMZ Sports he wouldn't go either. 

Just last week, Durant said he wouldn't go to 1600 Penn. with his Golden State Warriors teammates if Trump extended the invite ... telling us he doesn't "f*ck with" POTUS. 

So, when we saw "The Glove" leaving Craig's in West Hollywood -- we asked what he would do in the same situation. Trump ain't gonna like his answer. 

LeBron James NY Over L.A.? I Have No Idea What Blake Griffin's Talking About

8/21/2017 7:04 AM PDT
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Blake Griffin thinks LeBron James could end up in NYC -- but that's news to LeBron James. 

Bron was leaving Coral Tree Cafe in Brentwood on Sunday when we asked about the prediction Griffin made on the "View From the Cheap Seats" podcast ... that LeBron will leave Cleveland for the Knicks.

"Honestly, I don’t see him coming to L.A. period," Griffin said ... "I could see him going to New York before L.A."

So, how did Bron feel about that?

"I don't even know what you're talking about, shawty," LeBron told our female photog ... right before hopping into his clean white Porsche. 

We asked some follow-up questions -- LeBron was super nice to our photog. But ultimately, we got more information about his rap music preferences than his basketball plans. 

Lonzo Ball Thank You, Jay-Z! ... Your ZO2s Are Coming!

8/21/2017 6:21 AM PDT
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Lonzo Ball says he's incredibly thankful to Jay-Z for ordering 3 pairs of his ZO2 kicks -- but reminds the mogul the shoes ain't coming for another 3 months!

We got Lonzo out in Bev Hills over the weekend -- after dropping some cash at Louis Vuitton -- and asked about Jay publicly and privately throwing his support behind the Big Baller Brand.

"I'm just thankful man," the Lakers rookie said ... "Appreciate it."

Lonzo says he hasn't met with Jay and doesn't know too much about the business side of the shoe line -- "I just play basketball man. I don't handle that."

As for Jay's one complaint ... that he hasn't received any of the shoes yet -- Lonzo reminded Hov that they aren't scheduled to ship until November. 

As we previously reported, Jay appeared on "Rap Radar" podcast on Tidal last week and told Elliott Wilson and B.Dot that he's backing the BBB brand because it's important for him to help black owned businesses. 

Robert Horry Fight Injury Photos ... Bloody Gashes

8/19/2017 12:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

TMZ Sports has obtained injury photos from the man Robert Horry tried to fight at a youth basketball game ... which shows bloody damage to the man's neck. 

We broke the story ... Horry is under investigation for allegedly attacking the opposing coach at his 10-year-old son's youth basketball tournament at L.A. Live on August 5. 

The opposing coach tells TMZ Sports -- he was a big Horry fan BEFORE the tournament. But Robert was aggressive and out-of-line from the moment he got to the courts. 

The coach -- who doesn't want to be named -- says Horry was cussing and talking trash before and during the game and initiated the violent encounter that was captured on video. 

The coach says he was"terrified" of Horry and only shoved the 46-year-old to protect himself. 

Horry tells a different story ... claiming the coach struck first. 

Cops are currently investigating the incident. 

Gary Payton Remember My Rap Career!?

8/19/2017 12:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Gary Payton -- NBA champion, 9-time all-star, Hall of Famer ... and rap music icon?!

You better believe it!!

The Glove is still "Livin' Legal and Large" 15 years after his lyrical debut as the Too $hort of the NBA ... giving TMZ Sports a super-exclusive rendition of his 1993 hit!!

G.P. and other NBA stars like Jason Kidd, Shaq and Brian Shaw teamed up for the "B-Ball's Best Kept Secret" mixtape back in their playing days ... but it's clear Payton hasn't put his bar spittin' days behind him.

"Comin' up as a youngsta, the G had faith!!!"

Jay-Z I Support LaVar Ball 100% ... Bought 3 Pairs Of ZO2's

8/18/2017 5:37 PM PDT

Jay-Z says he is 100 percent behind LaVar Ball ... so much so that he bought 3 pairs of ZO2 shoes, and says that all of black America should support Ball too, because BBB is an African-American company.

Hov sat down with Elliot Wilson & B.Dot on the Rap Radar Podcast on Tidal, and made it clear he thinks what Ball is doing is revolutionary, and necessary for black empowerment.

"Why wouldn't I support him? He feels like he could move culture and his son has a big enough name and a big enough brand that they can do it. Nike had to start somewhere. Why do we get so upset when we, us as a culture, want to start our own sh*t? That sh*t is puzzling to me."

This is a huge moment for BBB ... Jay-Z is arguably the most influential figure in hip hop, and a co-sign this strong is surely to reshape some opinions people might have on LaVar, a dude who's made some negative press lately.

Think LaVar will take advantage of this one? The answer is HELL YEAH.

DeMarcus Cousins On Confederate Statues: 'Take All Them Motherf**kers Down'

8/18/2017 12:30 AM PDT
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DeMarcus Cousins says there's no question about it ... every single Confederate statue needs to COME DOWN ASAP.

With Confederate monuments coming down in Tampa, Baltimore and Virginia ... we asked the Pelicans star about rebel statues in New Orleans and in his home state of Alabama. 

"Take all them motherf*ckers down," Cousins said ... "Take 'em all down."

When asked how he felt about President Trump, Cousins echoed the thoughts of fellow NBA superstars LeBron and Kevin Durant ... saying he just doesn't have respect for the guy. 

Isaiah Thomas I'm Not Sitting For National Anthem

8/17/2017 6:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

NBA superstar Isaiah Thomas says he will NOT be sitting during the national anthem this upcoming season ... but tells TMZ Sports he supports his fellow athletes for doing what they feel is right.

We spoke with the Celtics point guard about players like Marshawn Lynch and Michael Bennett staying seated over the weekend ... and while I.T. says he's not gonna join the movement, he understands the bigger picture.

"Stand for what you feel is right. I'm not going to do it, but that's those players' decisions."

Thomas also talked about the recent violence in Charlottesville ... and he wants to send a simple message:

"I just wish everybody would love and not hate."

Karl-Anthony Towns Puts NBA On Notice Watch Out For My T-Wolves

8/16/2017 11:11 AM PDT
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Karl-Anthony Towns thinks his Minnesota Timberwolves are gonna "have some fun" this year at the rest of the NBA's expense, telling TMZ Sports it's time for the league to watch out for the pups in Minneapolis.

The Wolves are pretty stacked, adding Jimmy Butler to a squad that already has Andrew Wiggins and Towns, two of the best young players in the league.

When we got KAT out at Craig's in L.A. and asked him how he feels about the Wolves getting a marquee Christmas Day matchup this year, he answered with a little message to the whole league.

"We're gonna have fun this year I'll tell you that much, watch out for us."

We'd take the kid seriously if we were you NBA guys ... and being you NBA guys would be awesome.

Luke Walton Can Lonzo Be The Next Kobe? 'Anything Is Possible'

8/16/2017 7:24 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Lakers head coach Luke Walton knows ya never put a ceiling on a player -- including Lonzo Ball.

So, when he was asked if Lonzo could be the next Kobe Bryant ... he didn't exactly rule it out.

Walton's clearly excited about his team -- telling us good things about the Lakers on his way out of Catch in L.A.

But does Walton REALLY think LaVar's kid can rack up stats like the 5-time NBA champ, 2-time NBA Finals MVP, 18-time All-Star, 2-time NBA scoring champ, 2008 NBA MVP, 11-time 1st Team All-NBA & Slam Dunk Contest champ?

Nah ... he was just being nice.

Tina Knowles Beyonce Would Be the Perfect Rockets Owner!

8/16/2017 6:31 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Beyonce's mom tells TMZ Sports it would be "really great" if her daughter became the next owner of the Houston Rockets -- saying she's got the Houston connection that fans would love! 

After current Rockets owner Leslie Alexander announced he was selling the team last month, Beyonce's name showed up in reports as a very interested buyer. 

So, when we saw Tina Knowles leaving Mastro's Steakhouse in Bev Hills on Tuesday, we had to ask ... what's up?!

Tina wasn't spilling the tea on B's business plans -- but did explain why she thinks the Rockets would be the perfect fit for her daughter. 

But if it happens, will mom attend every game? Don't plan on it ... 

Rasheed Wallace Zach Randolph Doesn't Sell Dope!!

8/16/2017 12:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Rasheed Wallace says he knows "for a fact" Zach Randolph is no drug dealer -- despite getting busted with more than 2 pounds of weed ... telling TMZ Sports Z-Bo just knows how to throw a party.

We spoke with Sheed about the NBA star's recent L.A. arrest for possession of marijuana with intent to sell ... and Wallace laughed off any notion that Randolph was trying to slang.

"It seems to be -- no matter who you are -- the bigger the paycheck, the bigger the party," Sheed says.

"I know for a fact he ain't no dope dealer."

Wallace adds a personal message for Z-Bo ... telling him to keep his head up and ball out this season.

Allen Iverson Coaching Kobe In BIG3 Would Be Love!

8/15/2017 6:07 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant on the same team??? A.I. says that would be dope as hell. 

With BIG3 honcho Ice Cube saying he's gunning for Kobe to join his basketball league next season, we asked Iverson how he felt about possibly coaching the Black Mamba on his 3's Company team.

"That would be love," Iverson said ... "love, baby."

Kobe hasn't weighed in on Cube's offer yet -- but there are other big names in the mix for Season 2, including Lamar Odom and Gilbert Arenas

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