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Lonzo Ball I'm A Laker ... Officially!

6/22/2017 4:47 PM PDT
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It's official -- Lonzo Ball is an L.A. Laker!!

The ex-UCLA Big Baller was selected with the #2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft ... and now dad LaVar Ball can rest easy knowing his son will suit up for the Purple & Gold next year.

In case you've been living under a rock for the past few months, LaVar constantly guaranteed that L.A. would pick Zo ... and even told us earlier this week that it was a sure thing.

Let the games begin.

Lonzo Ball All Black Everything ... Leads NBA Draft Fashion

6/22/2017 1:51 PM PDT
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HERE WE GO!!!!

The NBA Draft is about to start (4 PM PT) and Lonzo Ball (and the rest of the draft picks) are making their last fashion statements as non-insanely rich millionaires. 

Check out all the swagged out looks ... Lonzo's going all black everything with a Big Baller Brand bow tie. You KNEW that was gonna happen!  

Everyone from Markelle Fultz to Donovan Mitchell and De'Aaron Fox are decked out and ready to hit the most interesting non-runway fashion event of the year!!

Steph Curry I'm the Champ of Beach Brews ... Who Needs a Fresh One?

6/22/2017 1:13 PM PDT

Steph Curry's dishing beers and stogies in the off-season, the same way he dished the rock in the NBA Finals ... but now it's his family scoring instead of Kevin Durant.

The Curry fam -- Steph, Ayesha, their kids, his parents and more -- are all celebrating his 2nd NBA title over in Hawaii with what looks like the most awesome beach picnic.

The Golden State Warriors superstar's drinking beers, smoking cigars and showing off his ripped bod.

Steph parties responsibly though -- plenty of SPF for everyone!

Chris Paul Befriends Little Girl with Scoliosis ... We Got the Same Doc!

6/22/2017 11:39 AM PDT
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Very cool bonding moment between NBA star Chris Paul and a little girl in NYC ... when the kid told CP3 they both go to the same back doctor!

So, why would a little kid need a world-class chiropractor? She explained to Chris that she's got scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, and it's serious enough that it requires medical treatment.

That's when the Clippers star stops dead in his tracks and shows some love to the little girl -- it's a very cool moment.

By the way CP3's chiropractor is Dennis Colonello -- who's famous for working on huge stars like Kobe, D-Wade, Danny Glover, Liam Neeson, Justin Timberlake, Bruce Willis, Matt Damon and more.

Get well soon!

Lonzo Ball Crazy Pre-Draft Dunk Sesh All Clear for Takeoff!

6/22/2017 10:39 AM PDT
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Attention, NBA GMs: Above the rim, Lonzo Ball is a BIG baller.

'Zo got waaay up for a couple off-the-backboard hammers in a video posted on draft day ... a convenient reminder that he's one of the best athletes on the board.

Ball gets a lot of hate for his herky-jerky shooting motion, but when it comes to taking flight ... well, let's just say the ZO2's might be making an appearance at the dunk contest next year. 

No doubt Lonzo (and LaVar) are hoping a certain L.A.-based team takes notice.

Ice Cube Billups Announcement Was Premature 'I Opened My Big Mouth'

6/22/2017 10:22 AM PDT
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Ice Cube is backpedaling on that whole Chauncey Billups to the Cavs thing -- saying CB is still with the BIG3 league because the NBA deal isn't officially done yet. 

"Right now he with us until I hear something different," Cube tells TMZ Sports ... "Yesterday I opened my big mouth and it wasn't done yet."

Of course, Cube is referring to Billups taking a job with the Cavs front office -- the two sides are reportedly very close to striking a deal. 

But until the pen hits the paper, Chauncey is still contracted to play/coach in Cube's BIG3 league -- leading the Killer 3's squad. 

Cube says if/when the deal goes through with the Cavs, he'll absolutely let CB out of his BIG3 contract because the league wants to serve as a pipeline to the NBA. 

Nets' Rondae Hollis-Jefferson I'll Miss Brook Lopez ... Pumped About D'Angelo

6/22/2017 9:19 AM PDT
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Some real talk from Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ... who admits he's pretty bummed out the team traded away his good friend, Brook Lopez

On the other hand, Rondae says he's pretty excited for the guys taking his place -- D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov

Rondae was at Steve Nash's charity soccer game in NYC on Wednesday (which benefits programs to help underprivileged kids) when he told us how he felt about the state of the Nets. 

Look, it sucks to lose your friends ... but Rondae knows it's all part of the business and gives us the inside scoop on what he's heard about his new teammates. 

Ice Cube Chauncey Billups Leaving BIG3 for Cavs Job ... We're Happy for Him

6/21/2017 12:36 PM PDT
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Ice Cube isn't even a tiny bit upset his BIG3 player/coach Chauncey Billups is leaving the BIG3 for a front office job with the Cleveland Cavs ... telling TMZ Sports the league is SUPPOSED to be a pipeline back to the NBA. 

Cube is in NYC where he's gearing up for opening day -- THIS WEEKEND -- and we asked which BIG3 team is the favorite to win it all. 

That's when Cube brought up Chauncey ... and maybe broke some news?!

"It was the Killer 3's (led by Chauncey and Stephen Jackson) for a minute but since Chauncey took that job, it might change."

It's been reported that Chauncey's in talks with the Cavs -- but nothing has been confirmed publicly ... at least not yet. 

Cube also talked Allen Iverson -- telling TMZ Sports the NBA legend has been working out like crazy and he's "ready to go."

#CantWait

Shaq To Knicks: Keep Porzingis 'Trade Everybody Else'

6/21/2017 5:59 AM PDT
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If you're a NY Knick who's NOT from Latvia, pack your bags ... 'cause Shaq thinks it's time for you to go. 

The NBA legend was at an American Express Teamed Up event in NYC on Tuesday when we asked about reports that Phil Jackson is taking calls about possibly dealing away Kristaps Porzingis

"Keep Porzingis and trade everybody else around him," Shaq said. 

"Try to build around him. This kid's got a great future."

We also asked Shaq how he felt about the Lakers most likely taking Lonzo Ball with the #2 pick in Thursday's NBA Draft (despite some back and forth trash talk with his dad, LaVar). 

Shaq's all for it ... "He's a great player. He makes his teammates better."

Stay tuned ...

Human Rights Org Wants Rodman Removed from HOF ... Over N. Korea Ties

6/21/2017 12:40 AM PDT
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A major human rights org is calling for the Basketball Hall of Fame to BOOT Dennis Rodman over his relationship with Kim Jong-un -- saying it's not right to publicly support a "murderer." 

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation -- a non-profit org established by Congress in '94 -- is furious with The Worm over his recent visit to N. Korea and his ongoing relationship with the country's leader. 

VOC says KJU has "blood on his hands" for the "murder" of American citizen, Otto Warmbier, and they're demanding Rodman either condemn Jong-un ... or else. 

"Dennis Rodman’s complacency and coddling of Kim Jong-un romanticizes and makes light of how dangerous North Korea is to it's own people and Americans who travel there. Removing Rodman from the Hall of Fame will send a message that all Americans are united against this regime."

The VOC has started a petition on Change.org to get Dennis out of the HOF -- and exec. director Marion Smith is putting pressure on the NBA to essentially excommunicate him from the pro basketball community. 

We've reached out to Rodman's camp for comment -- so far, no word back. 

Metta World Peace Prodigy Was Family 'We Did Shows Together'

6/20/2017 2:58 PM PDT
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Metta World Peace is devastated over the death of his good friend, Prodigy -- telling TMZ Sports the two were like family and would often perform at rap shows together. 

Metta and Prodigy are both from Queens -- and hit it off right from the start. But they didn't just rap together, they were close personal friends. Metta would sometimes visit Prodigy in the hospital. 

"Prodigy was definitely family," Metta says ... "It definitely sucks not to have him here."

Metta says the best thing people can do to honor the Mobb Deep rapper is "keep his name alive ... because it's very necessary."

"We gonna miss him."

Prodigy -- real name Albert Johnson -- passed away Tuesday morning in Las Vegas. He was 42. 

NBA's Larry Johnson Hey, Knicks ... DON'T TRADE PORZINGIS!

6/20/2017 12:19 PM PDT
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Grandmama has spoken ... with Larry Johnson telling TMZ Sports he REALLY hopes his NY Knicks don't trade away Kristaps Porzingis

The rumors are spreading like wildfire ... that Phil Jackson is taking calls from other NBA teams looking to make a deal for the Latvian wonderkid before the NBA Draft. 

So, when we saw the ex-Knicks star in NYC on Tuesday, we asked him to weigh in ... and it's clear he's against moving KP. 

The Knicks and KP don't seem to be on the best of terms right now ... but LJ seems to think the team is better with him than without him. 

LaVar Ball Lonzo Will Be a Laker ... Everyone Knows It

6/20/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

LaVar Ball isn't letting the headlines get to him -- telling TMZ Sports he's still 100% convinced the Lakers will call Lonzo Ball's name with the #2 pick in the draft. 

The entire Ball clan -- LaVar, LaMeloLiAngelo and Lonzo -- are in NYC for the 2017 NBA Draft ... and of course, LaVar is as confident as ever. 

"Everybody knows [Lonzo] going to be a Laker," he declared ... even after reports surfaced the Lakers weren't sold after his first private workout with the team. 

We also asked about the BBB sneakers -- LaVar said we can expect a second model "soon."

No word on the price ... but save up.  

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