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Common Damian Lillard's Got Legit Rap Skills ... 'I'd Work With Him'

5/24/2016 10:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Damian Lillard's exploding rap career just got its first legendary co-sign ... from Common ... who says Dame's skills on the mic are so FIRE ... he'd be down to work with him.

Common was leaving Equinox when we asked him about Lillard's rhyming ... wanting to know if the NBA star actually has the goods when it comes to hip-hop.

A bunch of labels think so ... we already told you Dame's being courted by HUGE record companies ... and he's currently mulling his options.

Common -- himself one of the biggest names in rap -- tells us he's heard Dame spit and and thinks he's absolutely ILL ... so ill he'd be down to personally work with him ... if he ever got the call.

Make the call Dame ... dude's got an Oscar.

Rick Fox Draymond's Kick Wasn't Intentional ... You Never Punt A Man's Junk

5/23/2016 1:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Rick Fox doesn't think Draymond Green meant to go all Bruce Lee on Steven Adams' testicles ... saying ball kicking is one of the unwritten rules of the NBA you just don't break. 

Fox was at LAX when we asked him about the kick ... which might end up costing Dray a game in the playoffs if the NBA thinks he did it on purpose ... so the question is ... did he?

Check out the clip -- Fox says it didn't look intentional to him ... adding he doubts Dray meant to do it because there's a strict no groin kick code in the NBA.

Intentional or not ... you still need ice for that.

Bo Kimble To Chris Bosh Time To Retire NBA Ain't Worth Dying For

5/22/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ex-NBA player Bo Kimble is pleading with Chris Bosh ... RETIRE IMMEDIATELY ... saying he doesn't want to see Bosh die on the court like his friend and college teammate Hank Gathers.

The Heat shut Bosh down on February 9th when the clotting issues that ended his '14-'15 season returned ... this time showing up in his calf.

Bosh is reportedly unhappy with the decision ... and feels he's healthy enough to resume his playing career.  

Kimble -- who was present when Hank Gathers died during a college game in 1990 -- thinks returning to the league is a bad idea for Bosh. 

"There are so many other things he could do with his life. Hank Gathers had the same thing, Hank could have been a comedian, and actor or did speaking engagements. It’s not worth the risk. I would just say absolutely not, don’t do it."

Gathers was aware of his heart ailment and decided to keep playing anyway ... and Bo says Chris has the chance to make a decision Gathers couldn't.

"If Hank had the ability to do it again he wouldn't have paid the ultimate price ... I am sure [Bosh] has children and they are going to need their father around as much as possible."

We also spoke to Hank's brother Derrick who echoed Kimble's sentiments.

"To this day I am just getting over the loss of my brother ... just fall back and retire."

FYI, We reached out to Dr. Oz to explain Bosh's condition and why it's so serious -- check out the video. 

Austin Rivers Pumped About 'Ninja Turtles' Cameo ... Gunning For 'Space Jam 2'

5/21/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

When in L.A. ... you get in the movies -- just like Clippers star Austin Rivers, who locked up a pretty sweet cameo in the new 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' movie! 

We spoke with Austin -- who's still recovering from that gnarly eye injury he suffered earlier in the NBA playoff -- and he told us he was super stoked to get a role in a scene shot at Madison Square Garden.

So, what's next ... "SPACE JAM 2" -- that is, if producers hit him up for a role. 

C'mon LeBron, you can pull some strings, right? 

Brandon Jennings Talks NBA Fashion ... In $300 Sandals

5/21/2016 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

NBA star Brandon Jennings has opinions about the league's new policy allowing corporate logos on team jerseys ... and he was more than happy to talk to TMZ Sports about them.

That's all well and good ... but we were way more impressed with what Brandon was wearing as he did the talking ... a $300 PAIR OF GUCCI SANDALS.

He pointed them out and we looked 'em up ... they're called "GG Caleidos" and they retail for around $280. He's basically wearing your PlayStation 4 on his feet. 

Check out the clip -- Brandon was leaving Crustacean in Beverly Hills when we had the convo ... and he was eloquent ... but damn, bro ... $300 dollars??!!!

Points for rocking the flip flops ... but EXTRA POINTS for rocking them with socks ... SWAG.

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Charles Oakley Fat Joe 'Disrespected' Anthony Mason

5/20/2016 12:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Charles Oakley says he still has Anthony Mason's back -- and he's going in on Fat Joe for "disrespecting" the NY Knicks legend by naming him as the mystery victim in a Biggie Smalls track.

"You don't talk about a guy after he's deceased," Oakley said ... "definitely disrespectful."

The song in question is Biggie's "I Got a Story to Tell" -- in which the rapper details a night where he was sleeping with the GF of a Knicks player ... and when the player came home, Biggie posed as a burglar and pulled out a gun to rob him to cover up the affair. 

Biggie never named the Knicks player in the song -- and it remained a mystery until this week, when Fat Joe went on ESPN and identified the victim as Anthony Mason, who died last year. 

For the record, Oakley says he was very tight with Mason -- and AM never brought up the alleged incident once. It's clear, Charles isn't convinced Fat Joe and Diddy are telling the truth. 

There's more ... Oakley also makes his NBA prediction -- explaining why LeBron and the Cavs are about to CRUSH the Golden State Warriors' championship dreams. 

He also talks about his cooking plans with Oakley In the Kitchen (that's right, dude can cook!) 

Glen 'Big Baby' Davis I'm 30 Pounds from NBA Comeback!

5/20/2016 8:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

"300" ain't just a movie to Glen "Big Baby" Davis ... it's his goal body weight to make it back to the NBA. 

The ex-Celtics, Magic and Clippers player missed the 2015 season due to injury -- and put on a few LBs as a result. 

But now, the 30-year-old NBA champ (2008) says he's training like a maniac and focused on shedding 30 pounds to get back to playing weight. 

In fact, Big Baby even showed off a few of his yoga moves right on the street -- dude's more limber than he looks! 

Kenny Smith's Wife Hey Rockets ... HIRE MY HUSBAND!!!

5/20/2016 7:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Kenny Smith's wife says she knows the perfect candidate for the Houston Rockets head coaching job -- KENNY SMITH!!!! 

Smith had a "date" with the team earlier this month to discuss the job -- but according to multiple reports, he's already out of the running. 

So, when we saw Kenny and his wife Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith leaving Mastro's Thursday night, we had to ask who he thinks is the right candidate. 

That's when Gwendolyn spoke up -- "IT'S HIM! WHAT ARE YOU ALL DOING?!"

She's not the only one who feels that way ... 

As for Kenny, he didn't give a specific name -- but you gotta watch the clip, it's pretty clear he agrees with his wife. 

LeBron James Kareem'd After Playoff Victory

5/20/2016 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

This is a cool shot ...

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar personally greeting LeBron James as he jogged through the tunnel after Thursday night's playoff blowout ... and LeBron was all smiles. 

KAJ was on hand at Quicken Loans Arena as the Cavs stomped all over the Raptors to take Game 2 over the Eastern Conference Finals. He's clearly a fan of the team. 

It's even more interesting considering the Cavs have won 10 straight playoff games -- 1 game shy of passing Kareem's '88-'89 Lakers, which won 11.  

The record is 12 straight playoff wins -- set by the '98-'99 Spurs.  

Bottom line -- ya gotta watch this clip, it's a pretty special moment between two NBA legends. 

James Harden Accused of Photog Attack ... Cops Investigating

5/19/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0518-james-harden-tmzThe LAPD is looking into allegations that James Harden roughed up a photog in L.A. on Tuesday night -- allegedly breaking the guy's finger in the process ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... the accuser told police he spotted Harden in front of a lounge in Hollywood and tried to ask him for his opinion on Donald Trump

The photog -- not a TMZ guy -- claims Harden became aggressive and pushed the camera. The photog claims his finger was caught in the cam ... and was broken in the skirmish. 

The photog filed a police report ... and cops are now investigating to see if there's evidence to back up his claims -- including medical records and possible video. 

Important to note Harden has NOT been charged with a crime.

We reached out to Harden's camp -- so far no word back. 

Isaiah Thomas Floyd Mayweather In The NBA? 'I Wouldn't Put It Past Him'

5/18/2016 3:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Okay so, stay with us here ...

NBA player Isaiah Thomas thinks it's within the realm of possibility Floyd Mayweather's next opponent will be ... Steph Curry ... saying he "wouldn't put it past" Mayweather to pop up in pro basketball.

We got the Celtics star out in NYC and asked him about his buddy Floyd -- they hoop together -- and how his game stacks up to NBA caliber competition.

Thomas says, "He thinks he can play in the NBA ... I wouldn't put it past him."

Just a friend being overly nice? Probably. But remember, Isaiah said it ... not us.

Check out the clip. Judge for yourself.

New UFC Champ Stipe Miocic VIP Invite from Cavs ... After Post-Fight Shout-Out

5/17/2016 9:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0517-stipe-miocic-cavaliers-twitter-02The Cleveland Cavs just extended a VIP invitation to the new UFC heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic -- an Ohio native who shouted out the NBA team after winning the belt at UFC 198 this past weekend. 

TMZ Sports spoke with the Cavs who told us ... they saw the video of Stipe encouraging the Cavs to follow his lead and win the championship -- and they LOVED IT! 

In fact, we're told the team reached out and invited him as their guest for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals Tuesday night at the Quicken Loans Arena. 

Miocic accepted -- obviously -- and we're told the team plans to honor him tonight for making Cleveland proud.

Congrats, champ!  

NBA's Gary Payton Seattle Deserves NBA Team ... I Wanna Be an Owner!

5/17/2016 6:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Gary Payton wants to bring the NBA back to Seattle -- and he's willing to put his money where his mouth is ... telling TMZ Sports he absolutely wants to be an owner of an expansion team in the Emerald City. 

The Hall of Famer was leaving Mastro's Steakhouse in Bev Hills when he told us Seattle "deserves" the NBA -- and put it on NBA commish Adam Silver to make it happen. 

As for why GP's so passionate about Seattle -- "That's where I started my career, that's where I became a Hall of Famer."

We also asked Gary how he felt about his son, Gary Payton II, entering the NBA Draft -- and if he expects his kid to share the wealth when he starts making NBA dollars.

Check out the clip.  

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