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Dwight Howard

Brings Loaded Gun to Airport

... Doesn't Get Arrested

9/2/2015 12:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0902-dwight-howard-TMZ-01Everyone knows you NEVER BRING A LOADED GUN TO AN AIRPORT ... everyone, except Dwight Howard apparently.  

TMZ Sports has learned the NBA superstar was stopped at George Bush Airport in Houston on August 28th ... when Dwight put his carry-on bag through the scanner, and a TSA agent noticed a LOADED GLOCK inside!!! 

Law enforcement sources tell us ... a further inspection revealed the gun -- a Glock 26 9mm -- was LOADED with one round in the chamber. 

We're told Dwight said he simply forgot the gun was in the bag. 

But multiple law enforcement sources tell us ... because it's Texas -- and they have looser gun laws than states like California -- Dwight was NOT ARRESTED. 

Cops were called to the scene, but we're told he was allowed to give the weapon to an associate who took the gun out of the airport.  

As for Dwight, once he was disarmed -- he was allowed to get back in the security line ... and boarded his plane as if nothing ever happened!   

The Houston Police Department tells us ... the District Attorney was aware of the case, but ultimately decided NOT to prosecute Howard. 



Possibly Breaks

NBA Trade News ... Maybe

9/1/2015 12:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0901-common-basketball-nba-instagram-4_commentNBA star Markieff Morris could be on his way to the Houston Rockets … if Common’s Instagram is to be believed … and if the photo he posted is actually of Markieff and not his twin brother Marcus.

Common worked out in Los Angeles Tuesday with a few members of the Rockets … and one of the Morris twins. The problem is … we can’t tell which one (they are twins, after all).

What makes this photo (possibly) a big deal ... Markieff has requested to be traded from the Phoenix Suns (because they traded his brother to Detroit) and the Rockets are seemingly a preferred landing spot.

So, if this photo really is Markieff -- it would appear to be pretty strong evidence he got his wish and will join the Rockets next season.

But if that Morris is Marcus -- we don't really know what to make of it ... other than the fact he got to work out with Common ... which is still not a bad way to spend your morning. 

NBA's Nick Young

Launches 'Official Inquiry'

To Join Australian Olympic Team

8/31/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0828_nick_young_australia_olympics-tmzNick Young wasn't joking around about wanting to compete for Australia's Olympic basketball team -- 'cause the NBA star's camp has formally contacted Aussie officials to get the ball rolling ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Young -- who's famously engaged to Australian superstar Iggy Azalea -- has recently been floating out the idea to compete with Australia, but everyone thought he was just goofing around. 

But we spoke with a top official for Basketball Australia who tells us, "Nick's representatives have been in contact with an 'official inquiry.'" 

The official told us Nick would have to become an Australian citizen to be eligible for the team -- and the process was thoroughly explained to Young's camp.  

For the record, it's not an easy process -- according to the official, Young would have to start by living in Australia for "an extended period of time." 

And after that, Basketball Australia tells us there's no guarantee Young will make the squad -- "He would be considered for selection on MERIT like everybody else."

Young is already drumming up support from famous Australian hoops stars including Golden State Warriors player Andrew Bogut -- who suggested Iggy could also rap the National Anthem.

And get this -- Young says he already has the perfect nickname ... Swaggy Dundee.  

NBA's Russell Westbrook--

Mega Bev Hills Wedding...

With Kardashian Party Pal

8/30/2015 10:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0830-russell-westbrook-wedding-TMZ-01NBA superstar Russell Westbrook had a baller wedding in Beverly Hills last night complete with a performance from a bona fide superstar...and Khloe Kardashian in the crowd...and that's only the beginning.

Westbrook tied the knot to his longtime girlfriend Nina Earl close to UCLA where he played his college ball.

We're told the wedding was beautiful, super high budget and included a performance from Miguel.

The legion of A-list guests included past and present teammates including Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, James Harden...whose plus one was Khloe K.

And to make sure the night ended on an even higher note, Westbrook provided a gourmet doughnut truck--Fry Girl--which turned out custom treats for anyone with a sweet tooth.

As for the bride...she rocked two dresses to the by Vera Wang and the other by Monique compliment her $700K engagement ring.



Russell Westbrook

I'm Getting Hitched!

Doing it Chill in Bev Hills

8/27/2015 3:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0827-russell-westbrook-tmz-instagramOklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook is getting a ring even before the NBA season begins -- he's marrying his longtime GF this weekend in a pretty baller setting. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... Russell and Nina Earl will walk down the aisle in Beverly Hills on Saturday -- just about a year after they started planning. As we reported, they announced their engagement last September ... when Nina posted a pic of her $700k ring!

We're told the couple is having a low-key ceremony, and wants to keep the exact location under wraps, but trust us ... the wedding pics will be spectacular.

Mazel tov!


L.A. Clippers

Fined $250k By NBA

For DeAndre Jordan Hijinks

8/25/2015 11:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0825-deandre-jordan-sued-clippers-NBA-GETTY-01vThe NBA has slapped the L.A. Clippers with a $250,000 fine for underhandedly trying to recruit DeAndre Jordan back to the team ... but the league claims the shady activity went down BEFORE the famous house lockdown. 

According to the NBA, the Clippers violated league rules during a presentation to Jordan on July 2nd -- in which the team tried to entice DJ into resigning by dangling a potential 3rd party endorsement guarantee in addition to his NBA contract. 

It's unclear exactly which company the endorsement would have been with -- but the fact it was included in the presentation at all is a big no-no under league rules. 

In the end, the NBA ruled that the move had NO BEARING on Jordan's ultimate decision to resign with the Clips ... which probably had more to do with Blake Griffin, Doc Rivers and others racing to his Houston home, locking the doors, and giving him the hard sell

Still, this has to make Mark Cuban a little happy.

L.A. Lakers

Planning to Honor Terror Train Heroes!

8/24/2015 10:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0824-anthony-sadler-lakers-GETTY-01He's already been honored in France, but now one of the American heroes who thwarted a gunman on a Paris-bound train will be celebrated by his favorite NBA team ... the L.A. Lakers!!!  

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Anthony Sadler was wearing a Lake Show t-shirt when he and his 2 friends Spencer Stone and Alek Skarlatos jumped into action and saved countless lives this weekend. 

0822-sadler-skarlatos-norman-getty-4Sadler's mother has said he's a huge Lakers fan and his favorite player is Kobe Bryant

Now, we've learned ... the Lakers have definitely taken notice and a rep for the team tells us plans are already in the works to honor Sadler -- along with Stone and Skarlatos. 

The guys have already received France's highest award -- the Legion of Honor -- and that's cool and all ... but props from the Lakers?? Doesn't get better than that ... 

update_graphic_red_bar10:59 AM PT -- Seems soccer superstar Thomas Muller has also taken notice of the fact Alek Skarlatos was wearing his Bayern Munich jersey during the incident ... and couldn't be more proud! 

Muller posted a note on Twitter saying, "Those are heros. And one of them wears my trikot. Great guys."



Kobe vs. Michael

Going Head-to-Head Again

... On Some Dude's Calves

8/20/2015 1:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0819_kobe_jordan_tattoo_twitterMichael Jordan or Kobe Bryant -- the epic GOAT debate can finally be settled thanks to some guy who LOVES basketball ... but makes poor decisions when it comes to tattoos.

Gotta love our friends over at BSO for pointing out this artwork -- a random hoops fan must have wanted to commemorate the 1991 NBA Finals ... so he tatted Kobe on one calf and MJ on the other.

Props to the artist, because the likeness is spot on. The ink also includes, "I love this game."

We're thinking the owner needs to love himself a little more. Those things are NOT gonna age well, bruh.

Iggy Azalea

Clowns Nick Young ...

Your Lakers Have NO GAME

8/19/2015 3:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0819-iggy-azalea-nick-young-INSTAGRAM-01Iggy Azalea is talking so much smack about Nick Young and his teammates ... you'd think she and Swaggy had been married for 30 years already.

Iggy and Nick were on vacay in her native Australia, and BSO picked up a solo media stop she made down under ... while Nick was in the gym. When the interviewers asked if it was that important for Nick to practice ... the shade started flying.

Problem for Nick and the Lakers is, in this case, she ain't really lying. Still, Iggy got a sweet-ass engagement ring out of the deal -- so, she might wanna ease up off a brotha.

Just sayin'.


Steph Curry

Fan Goes Too Far For An Autograph

Now My Family Is Freaked

8/19/2015 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0819-steph-curry-ayesha-curry-stalking-family-INSTAGRAM-01Steph Curry is one of the true nice guys in the NBA ... but warning to any fans who get too close for comfort -- he has no problem putting you on blast.

BSO called out a tweet from the league MVP ... who got pissed when someone hounded him on a freeway.

Curry has been on cloud nine for months -- winning the NBA Championship, the MVP award, and the birth of a baby girl -- but this little run-in quickly brought him back down to reality.

Unclear if he contacted police over this incident, but it sounds like he's ready to do so, if necessary. 


Chris Paul

Trash Talking Tiger Woods

... On Golf Shots!

8/19/2015 1:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0819_cp3_tigerwoods_twitterThis is how bad Tiger Woods' golf game has gotten -- even NBA stars are trashing him ... playfully, we think.

Chris Paul was partnered with Woods during the Wyndham Pro-Am in North Carolina on Wednesday -- and as Chris lined up a putt, he asked Tiger for advice.

Woods admitted ... if this were a real PGA tourney he would take a safe, less spectacular shot -- and that confession did NOT sit well with CP3. You gotta hear how he ripped into Tiger.

Kinda hysterical, and very true.

NBA's Jared Dudley

Flip Flops On Kobe

... Put Him On Team USA

8/18/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Washington Wizard Jared Dudley just pulled a 180 on Kobe Bryant -- calling him a LOCK for Team USA ... even though he recently said free agent superstars were avoiding Kobe like the plague.

Dudley was leaving Greystone in WeHo when we asked if the Mamba should rep USA in the Olympics next year ... with younger players like Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kenneth Faried. Some critics feel Kobe's getting a little long in the tooth. 

Check out the clip, 'cause Jared sounds like the head cheerleader for Kobe -- which is interesting since just 3 months ago he said Kobe's ball-hogging and attitude was killing the Lakers' attempts to recruit new blood. Now he's calling him a "legend."

Hmmm ... maybe someone's looking to score an invite to Kobe's 37th birthday next week.

Kenneth Faried

Hammons Just the Start ...

NBA Will Have a Female Head Coach

8/17/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A woman hoisting the NBA Championship trophy is not a movie plot -- Kenneth Faried believes it can happen ... and soon, because there will be a female head coach.

The Denver Nuggets superstar was at JaVale McGee's Celebrity Softball game at UCLA this weekend ... where he openly said our photog was "crazy" for suggesting some NBA players might not be down with having a female head coach.

Check it out ... KF was more passionate than any other player we've gotten talking about Becky Hammons' success as an assistant coach with the Spurs -- and explains why he strongly believes she can be much more.

As Kenneth puts it, "Why not?"

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