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Paul George

Forget Lebron

... I Want To Be In 'Space Jam 2'

6/1/2015 3:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Steph Curry isn't the only NBA superstar taking on LeBron this week ... 'cause Paul George tells TMZ Sports that he might wanna slide into "Space Jam 2" even though it's a role that was fit for the King.

George was out in L.A. recently when we asked about his favorite basketball movies ... and whether or not he'd ever want to step onto the silver screen.

Check out the clip -- George says the one film that might get him to flex his acting skills is "Space Jam 2" --  a flick that's been rumored to be in development for a couple of years now, with LeBron supposedly in the lead role. 

There's more movie talk -- George also tells us the one basketball movie that absolutely DOESN'T need a sequel. Sorry Whoopi Goldberg ...

Ronda Rousey

Shaq Is Right

He Could Last 45 Secs with Me

6/1/2015 6:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

She'd probably beat his ass in the end, but Ronda Rousey says she AGREES with Shaquille O'Neal -- that he could probably last 45 seconds in the Octagon before getting him to tap out. 

Shaq made the prediction on "Inside the NBA" last week -- saying, "It's not a joke! I could last 45 seconds!"

So, when we saw Ronda at LAX this weekend -- we had to ask how she felt about the situation ... and she explains why Shaq is 100% correct. 

BTW -- here's the tale of the tape: 

Shaquille O'Neal:
Height -- 7'1"
Weight -- 325 lbs

Ronda Rousey
Height -- 5'7"
Weight -- 135 lbs

Bonus -- we also asked Rousey about the guy who tested a new "bulletproof cup" that some men could be wearing in MMA in the near future. 

Here's that video, too ... 

NBA Players

We Want Our Weed!!!

It's Time For The League To Legalize

5/30/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0529-nba-marijuana-getty-0110 out of 10 active NBA players believe it's time to LEGALIZE medicinal marijuana in the NBA ... and the recent video of Kevin Durant dropping prescription pot in L.A. is only fueling the pro-weed fire. 

Here's the dilemma ... since Rx weed is already legal in several states, should the league continue to outlaw the green stuff if a player has a legitimate prescription from a doctor???

We asked 10 active NBA players (all of whom wanted to remain anonymous) ... and they all made it very clear -- it's time to legalize it!!! 

One player told us, "How can you tell a guy with a prescription not to use it?? They should be allowed to have their medicine."

Another said ... "The NBA shouldn't advertise for it, but I don't see an issue if a player uses [with a prescription]."

Overall, the players believe the league needs to change with the times -- though they agree, the NBA is more progressive than other major sports leagues like the NFL and MLB and could be a real trailblazer when it comes to pot policy. 

But don't expect things to change overnight -- we spoke with the NBA Players Association ... which told us the issue can be on the table at the next collective bargaining session in 2017.

"We represent the players' rights in their workplace. If this is an issue that membership feels strongly about, we would address it during CBA negotiations. This is a players' rights issue."  

So you're saying there's a chance ....

Jack Nicholson

Dissed By Billionaire NBA Superfan

'He's Not A Real Fan'

5/30/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Jack Nicholson is officially UNDER ATTACK by a billionaire NBA superfan ... who claims the actor has TURNED HIS BACK on the Lakers -- and he's pissed!!! 

The rich guy going after Jack is Jimmy Goldstein -- who the NBA says spends more money on tickets than any other person in the world. He's also a Lakers season ticket holder.

So, when Jimmy was leaving Mr. Chow the other day, we had to ask how he felt about Jack's decision to essentially turn his back on the Lake Show this year.  

That's when Goldstein tore the Joker a new one. 

#CelebrityFeud!!!! 

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Austin Rivers

Dad & I Will Work Together

... On Next NBA Contract

5/29/2015 1:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Austin Riversnext contract will be a tricky one ... but he will talk it over with his GM and his father ... who, of course, happen to be the same person ... Doc Rivers.

Rivers was at LAX this week, heading back to his home in Orlando ... where he said he'll take about a week off to recuperate ... before heading back into the gym.

Rivers is a free agent and because of some strange NBA rules, the Clippers can only pay him a little over $3 million next season ... but any other NBA team can offer him whatever the hell it wants.

So when it comes time to make a deal, Rivers said, "That's a decision we'll make together."

Oh ... and as for Jamie Foxx's recent impression of Doc ... Austin is like the rest of us -- he thinks it's amazing.

Allen Iverson

I'LL SOCK YOU OUT

I'm Back In Endorsement Game

5/28/2015 12:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Allen Iverson's endorsement drought is finally over -- the ex-NBA superstar just landed a brand new deal with a sock company ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Iverson was one of the most marketable guys on the planet during his heyday -- but lost a bunch of his deals during his infamous fall from grace. 

But A.I. has been on a serious rebuilding campaign recently -- appearing on morning shows and promoting a new documentary -- and now, he's got a new endorsement campaign to boot. 

The deal is with Stance -- which signed the 39-year-old to a multi-year contract to be a spokesperson alongside NBA stars Dwyane Wade, Klay Thompson, Chandler Parsons and Andre Drummond

A rep for the company tells TMZ Sports, "We're excited to welcome Allen Iverson to the Stance family, and we look forward to working closely with him."

John Wall

Kicked Off Plane In Vegas

... After Altercation

5/28/2015 11:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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NBA superstar John Wall was kicked off an American Airlines flight in Las Vegas this week ... after someone in his crew allegedly threatened another passenger ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Law enforcement sources tell us ... the Washington Wizards star had boarded a flight headed to D.C. on May 26th -- but before the plane took off, his crew got into a verbal argument with someone else on the plane and a threat was allegedly made from someone in Wall's group. 

We're told someone from the flight crew called the Las Vegas Metro Police Department for help -- and cops boarded the plane to deal with the situation. 

The alleged victim told cops he did not want to press charges -- but the pilot of the plane decided he did NOT want Wall and his crew to remain on the flight ... so they were escorted off. 

We're told Wall and his party left without further incident. 

Calls to Wall's rep have not been returned. 

John had posted a photo of his crew on the way to Vegas on May 22nd ... though it's unclear if the same guys were involved in the incident on the flight home. 

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President Obama

J.R. Smith Can't Outshoot Steph Curry

5/28/2015 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0528_OBAMA_GETTYPresident Obama just took a stand on the NBA Finals ... saying there's no way J.R. Smith has a chance to outshoot Steph Curry ... despite the fact Smith has been ON FIRE in the playoffs. 

Obama went to Twitter to answer some questions ... when someone wrote: 

"Can JR Smith out shoot Steph Curry and lead the Cavs to a championship?"

Obama's response -- "jr smith having a great season but the heart of the Cavs is Lebron. And no one can outshoot Curry - maybe Korver if wide open."

So far, no response from Smith ... but we're guessing it's coming. 

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Steph Curry's Daughter

Hijacks Press Conference Again

... Sings Big Sean Song

5/28/2015 7:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Best video of the day. 

Steph Curry's adorable daughter, Riley, stole the show at the Warriors post-game press conference -- AGAIN -- and this time, she capped off her performance by singing some Big Sean into the mic. 

Watch the video ... just when you think it can't get any better, Riley kicks it up a notch. 

Remember when those reporters complained that she was detrimental to the press conference process?

Yeah, screw those people. 

Dwyane Wade

I Still Paint My Toenails

... So What!?

5/28/2015 7:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0528-dwyane-wade-instagramDwyane Wade is more polished than we thought -- and the proof is in his toes. 

Wade has been documenting his weight loss in a 30 Day Transformation challenge by posting pics on social media of his weight on the scale in his home. 

We learned 2 things: 

1) He's lost about 12 pounds ... so congrats! 
2) He still paints his toenails. 

The NBA star first started polishing his piggies back in 2008 ... simply because he thought it would look cool. 

In fact, in 2011 he talked to GQ about the first time he showed his colorful toes to his pal LeBron James

"I was on vacation in the Bahamas with LeBron and when he saw my toes he was like, 'Something is seriously wrong with you.' But eventually Bron was like, 'You know what? You're crazy, but that's just you.' When I first got into the league, I tried to fit in. Now I don't care." 

Dwyane Wade -- putting the MAN in manicure. 

E-40

If Golden State Beats Houston

... I'll Supply Victory Booze!

5/27/2015 5:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0527-e40-warriors-game-INSTAGRAM-01There could be a slurricane heading for Oakland ... 'cause rap legend E-40 says if the Golden State Warriors squad wins the NBA title, they'll get UNLIMITED booze from his winery for the rest of the year!!!

FYI -- E-40 is a major player in the booze biz ... he's the owner of the Earl Stevens Selections wine company ... and also puts out the "Slurricane" cocktail drink. 

He's also a HUGE Warriors fan ... and made the team the following offer: 

"If they win the Western Conference I will supply them with a celebration toast with Slurricane."

"If they win the NBA Finals, the whole team will get as many bottles of my Mangoscato wine from Earl Stevens Selections as they want until next season begins."

Mr. 40 adds, "I am very confident they are going to bring the title back home and do it for the YAH AREA!!!! We won’t stop 'til we get a ring!"

DeAndre Jordan

'Friends' Could Sway Me

To Stay With the Clips

5/27/2015 4:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

When it comes to his NBA future, DeAndre Jordan says "friendships" could be a  major factor -- which is why his BFF relationship with Blake Griffin is HUUUUUGE!!! 

DeAndre just got back from a guys trip to Mexico with BG -- and made it very clear that he and Blake are super tight on and off the court. 

So, with rumors swirling that DeAndre could be looking to move on from Lob City ... we asked, "Would friendship help influence a player to stay on a team?"

Check out his answer ... and try to figure out if he's referring to Blake ... or Chris Paul. 

Lil B

LEBRON GOT PROBLEMS

Cavs Haven't Ducked Curse Yet!

5/27/2015 2:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lil B is DOUBLING DOWN on his threat to curse LeBron James ... claiming the King is in "big, big trouble" for stealing B's famous dance move. 

Lil B appeared on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" today (from an undisclosed location) and told us he appreciates Iman Shumpert's olive branch ... but the Cavs aren't off the hook yet. 

As we previously reported, B's upset the team used his famous "cookin' dance" in a post-game celebration last night ... and didn't give him the proper credit. 

Now, B's got demands if the team wants to escape the curse before the NBA Finals. 

Make sure to watch "TMZ Hollywood Sports" weeknights on Reelz.

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