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LeBron James Secret VIP Party with Drake ... & David Blaine?!

2/12/2016 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

LeBron James, Draymond Green, Kevin Hart and more hit up a secret VIP party for Drake Thursday night in Toronto ... complete with a celebrity DJ and DAVID BLAINE doing magic ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

It all went down at Frings -- owned by one of Drake's good friends -- and we're told the party was strictly invitation only. 

We're told the party was to honor Drake -- who's getting the key to the city this week ... as part of the kickoff to NBA All-Star weekend. 

We're told the coolest part of the party was that legendary street magician David Blaine was basically the entertainment ... doing insane tricks for people throughout the night. 

With all the huge NBA stars and celebs coming to town -- we're told it's supposed to get wild in Toronto this week. 

Stay tuned ... 

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John Salley Give Rodman a Chance He'd Be a Great NBA Coach!

2/10/2016 6:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Dennis Rodman has a big supporter ... John Salley -- who says he LIKES the idea of The Worm as an NBA coach and thinks Phil Jackson should give him a shot. 

Rodman threw his hat in the ring for Knicks job earlier this week after Derek Fisher got the ax -- and even called in to the "TMZ Sports" show on FS1 to make his pitch to the team

Salley says his former Detroit Pistons is a defensive genius -- and could definitely help a team ... and should be taken seriously!! 

Question is ... will Phil take the chance? 

Magic Johnson I Like Trump's Hotels ... BUT I'M STILL TEAM HILLARY

2/10/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

It takes more than 1,000 thread count sheets to sway Magic Johnson's presidential loyalty ... cause Mr. Laker says he's 100% voting for Hillary Clinton ... even as he leaves one of Donald Trump's hotels.

Magic's endorsement is a HUGE deal in the political world ... so when we got him leaving a Trump hotel in NYC we wanted to know if he was kinda thinking about making America great again. 

The answer is NO ... We didn't even get our question out before Magic assured us that he's still in Clinton's corner and there doesn't seem to be anything that can change that.

Bonus NBA talk? Magic also told us that he hopes former Knicks head coach Derek Fisher gets another job in the league, saying in his opinion D-Fish is "a good leader."

Check out the clip.

Lamar Odom Miraculous Recovery He's Back!!!

2/9/2016 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0208_LAMAR_ODOM_TMZLamar Odom is doing so well, if you didn't know he was at death's door in October, you would never know he suffered 12 strokes and was unable to walk or speak. 

As we reported, Lamar went hiking with Kim and Khloe over the weekend. The doctors never thought they would see the day. But even more surprising ... Lamar's cognitive functions have significantly returned ... he's able to process thoughts, speak them and carry on conversations.

Lamar had significant problems recognizing people -- even family members -- for several months after he was rushed to the hospital. But now his recall is back.  

We're told Lamar's not completely back. He's still "a bit slow," and has memory lapses and sometimes has problems speaking. But the issues are subtle.

As for the hike, we're told his goal is to be able to run again. He's not there, but he's determined and believes he still has a shot at playing basketball again.

We're told Lamar's trajectory is so miraculous, he has a shot at living independently in a matter of months. 

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Dennis Rodman Hey Phil Jackson Here's Why I Should Coach the Knicks!

2/8/2016 6:01 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Dennis Rodman says he's dead serious about his pursuit of the NY Knicks coaching job -- and he just called "TMZ Sports" to make his case for the job. 

You gotta watch the whole thing on the TMZ Sports TV show on FS1 (tonight at 9PM PT, 12 ET) -- Rodman makes his pitch to Phil Jackson about why he's the right man for the job.

He's a winner, he's got serious basketball game and Dennis says the players love him -- question is ... will Phil actually pull the trigger??

Crazier things have happened ... 

Matt Barnes Trolling Derek Fisher?

2/8/2016 9:52 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

020816-matt-barnes-instagramMatt Barnes posted this pic on Instagram moments after his nemesis Derek Fisher was fired by the Knicks. 

So ... this is total shade, right? 

Look, it coulda just been bad timing and Barnes just wanted to show off his swag (he is after all a very fashionable guy). 

Then again, he hates Fisher's guts and the look on his face says -- "Take that, bitch."

We're going with option #2 ... but hey, choose your own adventure.

Dennis Rodman I Wanna Coach the Knicks ... Call Me!

2/8/2016 8:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0208-dennis-rodman-TMZ-02Derek Fisher's out ... and now Dennis Rodman wants in! 

Kim Jong-un's favorite NBA Hall of Famer has officially thrown his boa into the ring to be the next head coach of the NY Knicks -- and he's even posted a message directed at Phil Jackson

"Hey @PhilJackson11 @nyknicks, I have a pretty decent resume on the court and I can coach; and I'm available. Call me. @nba."

Fisher was fired earlier Monday and Kurt Rambis was named interim head coach. 

Worm wants a shot ... think Phil will give it to him? 

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NBA's Kermit Washington League's Not As Violent Now ... There's More to Lose

2/2/2016 1:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The NBA is a much more peaceful place now than it was back in the '70s ... so says a guy who would know, Kermit Washington

Besides having a 15 year run in the league -- Kermit infamously threw the punch that ended Rudy Tomjanovich's career back in 1977 ... one of the most brutal moments in the history of the NBA. 

So, when we saw Kermit in L.A. Tuesday-- we had to ask how he felt about the recent wave of NBA violence ... including Blake Griffin, Matt Barnes and even the Kobe vs. Samaki Walker fight. 

You gotta hear what Kermit says -- he actually gives props to today's players ... and says there's a good reason why they're on their best behavior -- $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. 

Check out the clip. 

Doc Rivers Blake's a Good Guy Something Positive Will Come from This

2/1/2016 7:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Blake Griffin is no villain -- he's a "good guy" -- so says Clippers head coach Doc Rivers who tells TMZ Sports he's confident something positive will come from the whole Toronto fight saga. 

Rivers was leaving Mr Chow this weekend -- when we asked if his opinion on the fight changed now that we know Blake had been drinking in the hours before he attacked Matias Testi last month. 

Rivers shook his head 'no' -- and then went to bat for the NBA star ... saying, "He's a grown man ... and he's a good guy."

It's another big endorsement for Griffin -- who appeared to have the support of NBA commish Adam Silver last week ... who also defended BG as a "good guy."

Earlier in the week, Rivers called for people to forgive Griffin by comparing him to a former U.S. president ... saying, "You have to forgive people at some point. I believe that. We built Richard Nixon a library.”

Mark Cuban Gunning to Start 'League of Legends' Team

1/31/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0129-mark-cuban-league-of-legends-TMZ-01Mark Cuban is setting his sights on "League of Legends" domination -- telling TMZ Sports he's interested in starting his own team to compete against the best in the video game world.

FYI, "League of Legends" is a HUGE business -- with 36 MILLION people who watched the 2015 'LoL' World Championship ... and clearly, Cuban has taken notice.

We spoke with Cuban who tells us he's kicking around the idea of "starting [a team] as the backer and operator" ... which means he would fund the team and be in charge of personnel ... kind of like what he does with the Dallas Mavericks.  

"I've played and know a fair amount, but I'm in no rush," Cuban says. 

He wouldn't be the first NBA personality to helm a 'LoL' team -- Rick Fox bought one back in December, reportedly spending $1 million on his squad ... and renamed it "Echo Fox."

There's millions of dollars in prize money to be won in global competitions -- and it seems to be getting bigger every single day.

Game on. 

L.A. Clippers Teammates Upset at Blake 'Letting the Team Down'

1/30/2016 12:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0129-blake-griffin-tmz-01Blake Griffin isn't just in the doghouse with Clippers management -- but multiple teammates are also upset with the NBA star ... with one player telling TMZ Sports, "He let the team down."

We've spoken with several people in the Clippers organization -- including players -- who tell us people are sour on Blake because he acted "selfishly" when he punched the team's equipment manager. 

Our sources tell us ... Blake and Matias Testi had been arguing pretty intensely at Sotto Sotto in Toronto -- but it escalated when Testi called Blake a "bitch" ... and Blake felt disrespected. 

The players we spoke with say they feel bad for both Blake and Testi -- both are well liked in the organization -- but they're more upset with Blake because his stupid mistake really hurts the team. 

Is the situation fixable? From what we're told, yes ... but it's on Blake to win back the team -- and the owner -- who had issued a statement essentially saying Griffin was a disgrace to the team. 

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NHL Legend Luc Robitaille Shaq Deserves Statue Thank God It's Not a Free Throw Pose

1/30/2016 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

NHL God Luc Robitaille says the people designing Shaq's Staples Center statue are no dummies -- 'cause if you're gonna immortalize the Diesel ... it should be dunks and NOT free throws.

We got Luc out at LAX asked about Shaq joining Magic, Kareem, Wayne Gretzky and Oscar De La Hoya with a statue outside of Staples Center.

Luc's the perfect guy to ask ... 'CAUSE HE FREAKIN' HAS A STATUE TOO ... from his time of being Wayne's right hand man with the L.A. Kings.

Check out the clip -- Luke says it's past time that O'Neal gain entrance into club statue ... but as far as his pose Robitaille says sculptors are following the golden rule ... AVOID THE FREE THROW LINE. 

Blake Griffin Kia Mum On Future with NBA Star

1/29/2016 12:26 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0129-blake-griffin-tmz-01Kia isn't exactly rushing to the defense of their superstar pitchman Blake Griffin -- with the car company refusing to say if they'll stand by the NBA star in the wake of his fistfight in Toronto. 

We reached out to Kia to ask if Blake's job is safe ... this is all we got back: 

"Kia is not offering comment on this matter."

Not exactly a rousing show of support for a guy who's had a working relationship with Kia since 2011. 

We're guessing Kia's just waiting to see how the NBA investigation shakes out before committing to any course of action ... can't really blame 'em. 

As for Blake, he's already had the most powerful man in the NBA go to bat for him -- so, he's probably not too worried. 

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