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

5/23/2017 5:38 PM PDT
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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.

DeAndre Jordan Slams Door On Blake Griffin Trade Talk ... Literally

5/20/2017 12:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

If you're wondering how DeAndre Jordan feels about the Clippers trading Blake Griffin this off-season, TMZ Sports is gonna give you a pretty good indication that he's not into it.

We got DJ out in Malibu and peppered him with some questions about his off-season -- and he was game. Then we asked about his ex-teammate, Jared Dudley saying Lob City needs to move BG ...

And Jordan was NOT game.

Gotcha loud and clear, DJ. 

Justin Bieber Back On Cavs Bandwagon ... Done With Dubs?

5/19/2017 1:15 PM PDT

ALL ABOARD!! Justin Bieber's back on the Cleveland Cavs bandwagon! 

Case in point: his concert in Cape Town, South Africa a couple nights ago -- where he was rocking a pair of Cavaliers throwback shorts.

If you'll recall, the Biebs was decked out in Golden State Warriors gear back in March ... but also wore a custom LeBron James jersey at a show in Cleveland last year. You know ... the same gig where he predicted LBJ would bring home a championship.

No word on who JB’s picking to win this year ... or who he’s rooting for if and when the Cavs meet the Dubs in the Finals.

Kobe Bryant Bails H.S. Kids Out Of Final Exam 'He Made My Day!!'

5/19/2017 10:41 AM PDT
Exclusive Details

For a guy who wasn't big on passing ... Kobe Bryant delivered a HUGE assist to a high school class in Indiana by bailing them out of their final history exam!!

Here's the deal ... Ben Davis H.S. senior, William Pate, got his U.S. Govt. teacher to agree to cancel the final exam if he get could Kobe to publicly acknowledge him on Twitter. 

Sounds impossible, right? Wrong. 

Kobe saw Ben's online plea -- and Tweeted at him saying, "Hope you have an A in this class."

The teacher held up his end of the bargain and gave the entire class a "Get Out of Finals Free" pass. As you can imagine, Pate's become a local hero. 

Donald Sterling Geriatric Pimpin' In Bev Hills ... with New Chick

5/19/2017 9:22 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The market for an 83-year-old racist billionaire is BOOMIN' -- just ask Donald Sterling who hit Beverly Hills this week with a brand new lady on his arm. 

The disgraced former L.A. Clippers owner had a smile on his face and some pep in his step as he moseyed from shop to shop while holding hands with his mystery brunette. 

No word on where dandy Don's WIFE was during the outing (yes, he's still technically married). 

Donald has had no trouble finding ladies since the racist scandal back in 2014 that led to his ousting. He's been seen with hot women at all the L.A. hot spots ... except the Clippers games. 

He's not allowed there anymore. 

Byron Scott LaVar Has Huge Ego ... But Magic Can Handle Him

5/19/2017 8:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Magic Johnson will keep LaVar Ball in line while Lonzo is tearing it up in L.A. ... so says former Lakers coach Byron Scott who tells TMZ Sports Magic is too tough to fear the Balls.

It's the million dollar question right now ... is Lonzo's basketball artistry worth having to deal with LaVar every day? Scott said yes when we talked to him, and the reason he gave us was 6'9".

"If he's there at the #2 sport you gotta draft him. Earvin 'Magic' Johnson and Jeanie Buss are very strong minded people. I think they can handle Mr. Ball and his big ego."

Here's the thing, Scott ain't exactly a fan of LaVar, who he said is "sticking his foot in his mouth" when it comes to his son's playing career, but still thinks Lonzo's the best option for the Purple & Gold.

... unless the Celtics take him first.

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