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NBA Star Myles Turner Getting Jacked ... To Stop LeBron??

6/18/2018 1:52 PM PDT
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Here's what it looks like when you've had enough of losing to LeBron James.

Indiana Pacers star Myles Turner -- just weeks after losing another playoff series to LBJ and the Cavs -- decided to go from skinny fat to shredded ... and we gotta say, the results so far are impressive.

The almost 7-footer's been hitting the weights the last five weeks ... but he's also been moving his big-ass frame around in boxing sparring sessions.

FYI ... prior to Turner beefing up this summer -- he weighed in at 255 pounds. LeBron -- the guy who's killed Turner and the Pacers' playoff dreams the past two years -- clocked in at 250 ... at three inches shorter!

Of course ... LeBron might be outta the East next year and away from the Pacers' playoff path ... but, just in case -- happy bulking season!

Trae Young Allen Iverson Reached Out ... to Give Me NBA Advice

6/18/2018 11:52 AM PDT
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Trae Young is on his way to the NBA Draft ... but before he got on the plane, he talked to TMZ Sports about everything from fashion to advice he's received from some of his NBA idols. 

One guy who's reached out is Allen Iverson, Young says ... "I'm a fan of his!"  

Young is projected to be a Top 10 pick -- but says don't sleep on the rest of the draft class ... "It's overlooked for sure. Some really good people."

The former Oklahoma star was also stoked to show off his new kicks -- OFF-WHITE Low 3.0s ... designed by fashion legend Virgil Abloh. The shoes cost around $600 a pair. 

Young says he's been out in L.A. training -- but didn't work out for the Lakers while in town. So, pretty safe bet he won't end up in the Purple & Gold. 

They've got the 25th pick anyway ... so there's no chance Young will be around that late. 

Good luck!

Doug Christie I'd Never Return to N. Korea Unless ...

6/18/2018 6:17 AM PDT
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Doug Christie -- one of the players on Dennis Rodman's '14 basketball trip to North Korea -- says there's NO WAY he'd return ... unless LeBron James was involved. 

Christie -- along with Kenny Anderson, Vin Baker and other ex-NBA stars -- famously traveled to Pyongyang to play an exhibition game for Kim Jong-un. They called it "basketball diplomacy."

But, Christie tells us the trip wasn't exactly peaches and cream -- saying, "I kissed the ground when I got back."

Doug tells TMZ Sports he does believe the trip helped lay the groundwork for Donald Trump to meet with Kim Jong-un, which he believes is a positive thing ... and he's praising Rodman for his role. 

"I love Dennis. He's a good dude. He has a really good heart."

Charles Barkley Gives Worst Possible Right Answer ... On 'Family Feud'

6/18/2018 6:43 AM PDT
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If your fly was open at church, what would you use to cover it up?! 

Guarantee your answer is BETTER than the one Charles Barkley gave on "Celebrity Family Feud"!

Chuck -- along with his cohosts from "Inside the NBA" -- took on a team from Major League Baseball and things came to a head when Charles was on the hot seat. 

When Barkley blurted out his guess, EVERYONE gasped and Ernie Johnson even switched teams to get away from Chuck. 

And then, the most insane thing happened ... CHUCK'S ANSWER SHOWED UP ON THE BOARD!!!

Everyone on both teams -- Shaq, Kenny "The Jet" Smith, Kristen Ledlow, Johnny Damon and more -- couldn't believe it. 

Don't worry, Steve Harvey made sure to roast the hell out of Barkley anyway. And we're guessing the flock will keep an extra eye out for Charles next time he rolls into church. 

Magic Johnson Taking Another $3 Million Yacht Vacation ... Says Cookie

6/18/2018 12:40 AM PDT
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It's that time of year again .... where Magic Johnson and Sam Jackson make you wish you'd have worked on your jump shot more, or spent more time with those weird kids in drama class.

The $3 million dollar Italy vacation is back.

We ran into Cookie Johnson -- Magic's wife -- in Beverly Hills and asked her if the family had summer vacation plans ... "I think we're gonna head to Europe for a little bit."

She ain't talking about no timeshare ... she's talking about a jaunt up the Amalfi Coast that's become a yearly ritual for the Johnson & Jackson families ... all aboard a $700k-a-week superyacht.

When we say superyacht, we mean it too -- this thing has a movie theater, gym, dining room, hot tub, helicopter pad, and an elevator!!!!

Hope you enjoy your summer trip to Disneyland, normies!!

Kristaps Porzingis Yacht Party with Hot Blonde in Bikini ... Perfect ACL Rehab Plan?

6/17/2018 9:01 AM PDT

Rest easy Knicks fans ... Kristaps Porzingis' torn ACL is healing just fine, thanks to some expert medical attention from a smoke show blonde in a lab coat -- and by lab coat, we mean bikini.

The NBA star is yacht partying this weekend with a mystery chick off the coast of Ibiza. Porzingy's ACL injury could reportedly keep him off the court for the first 2 months of next season -- but maybe these pics are a sign he could be back sooner.

After all, Dr. Two Piece is giving him the thumbs up. How bad could it be? Not to mention, he's even feeling good enough for a leap into the ocean!

For reals though ... KP has been rehabbing his knee in Spain with Real Madrid's actual medical staff.

Interesting timing for his yacht party. There's buzz about a possible trade of Porzingis to the Spurs for Kawhi Leonard -- which means Greg Popovich is gonna LOVE these pics. 

Matt Barnes Rips Tristan Thompson ... You're FAKE Tough!

6/17/2018 12:25 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Matt Barnes says the REAL reason people in the NBA don't like Tristan Thompson is because he's a fake-ass tough guy who's all talk ... no action. 

Since Barnes is tight with Draymond Green -- who also hates Tristan -- we asked him where the animosity comes from ... and Barnes didn't mince words. 

"A lot of people are tough on the court and then when you seem them off the court, they're not as tough as they want to be," Barnes told us.

Then, he added this shot ... "People know [Tristan's] not built like that. It's known, period."

As for Draymond ... he refused to shake Thompson's hand in Cleveland after the four-game sweep, and then said at the championship parade Tuesday, "Tristan, we ain't cut the same."

Barnes says the beef has nothing to do with the Khloe Kardashian drama ... it's solely about Tristan talkin' tough, but not backing it up.

BONUS: We also asked Barnes where he thinks LeBron will end up ... and Matt's money is on one of his former teams. 

Joel Embiid Message to Ladies: Taste the Process!

6/16/2018 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Is Rihanna missing out by not dating Joel Embiid? He seems to think so. 

The following is a direct quote: 

"I don't want to talk about Rihanna but, you know, I feel like every girl in the world should, you know, taste the process and see what the process is like."

Gotta love a man with confidence. 

Remember, Embiid tried to shoot his shot at Rihanna back in the day, but it didn't quite work out for the young NBA star. 

So, when we saw him out in Bev Hills the other day, we asked him about it -- and he made it clear he's moving on ... to EVERY OTHER WOMAN ON EARTH!

"Every girl in the world is missing out. You know you got to taste the process, you gotta see what the process is like."

Who's hungry?

Jaylen Brown Vows Revenge On Amir Johnson ... For Popcorn Assault

6/16/2018 12:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Celtics star Jaylen Brown is officially the John Wick of the NBA ... because's he's vowing REVENGE on a fellow association player over a heinous popcorning incident from his rookie year.

We got Brown out in NYC and asked him a very simple question ... what's the best locker room prank he's seen in his young NBA career?

That's when JB revealed he's a victim ... telling us his car was filled up with popcorn his rookie year by veteran Amir Johnson, and then promising to deliver some get back for the transgression.

"Amir Johnson, I'm coming for you."

Sleep with one eye open, Amir.

Paul George Chad Ochocinco Ain't The FIFA King ... 'He Can't Beat Me!'

6/16/2018 12:05 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chad Ochocinco is more FIFA Prince than FIFA King ... 'cause Paul George OWNS the ex-NFL superstar in the video game -- so says the Thunder stud himself.

Chad -- who's dubbed himself the "FIFA King" many times over the years -- has been obsessed with the soccer game ... and is a legend in the gaming community for showing up to random people's houses to pick up the sticks.

But PG-13 says the ex-NFL star is all talk ... and he NEVER wins when the two play.

"There's one person that can't beat me ... Ochocinco," Paul told TMZ Sports at the Fortnite Pro-Am on Wednesday.

It's huge if true ... 'cause just the other day Chad said he was in the FIFA lab for EIGHT STRAIGHT HOURS.

So ... forget the Fortnite tourneys -- let's see THIS matchup ASAP!!

Mark Jackson Trade Lonzo For Kawhi? ... HELL YEAH!!!

6/15/2018 4:58 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mark Jackson says if the Lakers can get Kawhi Leonard ANYONE has to be on the trading block ... and that means any of their young stars ... including Lonzo Ball.

Talk in NBA circles is that Leonard wants OUT of San Antonio ... and IN to the Purple and Gold. But for that to happen, the Lakers would have to trade someone of value.

We got Mark out in Calabasas ... and he said it doesn't matter who that someone of value is, because Kawhi is too much of a beast to pass up on.

"I'm getting a top five player in the world so I definitely would be very aggressive in trying to get a home run hitter in my lineup."

Translating ex-NBA coach speak ... EVERYONE MUST GO!!!

FYI -- We also asked MJ if he thought LeBron and Kawhi would be enough to topple the Warriors ... and he's saying there's a CHANCE.

LeBron James Gets Own Weed Strain ... Courtesy Of The Game

6/15/2018 7:28 AM PDT
Breaking News

The Game has created a brand new strain of marijuana -- obviously named after LeBron James -- and he's hoping it helps convince the NBA superstar to sign with the Lakers. 

It's called "'LA' Bron James -- and created by Game's marijuana company, "Trees By Game" -- and the rapper says there's a very specific reason why he developed this strain. 

"[It's] a strain inspired by my city & them trying to bring King James to the LAKESHOW."

FYI, Game is from Los Angeles -- and he's a die-hard fan of the Purple & Gold (and green too).

For the record, Game -- just like the Warriors -- has already smoked James. He liked it. 

LeBron will obviously see a TON of recruiting pitches over the next few months -- this might be the most creative! 

Cardi B Shaq's Jacked Up Toes Got Glitter!!! I Like Them Like That

6/15/2018 6:40 AM PDT

Shaquille O'Neal's flossy toes are now Cardi B approved ... but they're still soooo messed up.

The NBA Hall of Famer's legendarily bad feet got some MUCH needed TLC Wednesday at a mani-pedi spa -- and, while the nail techs went to work, Cardi's music was blaring in the background.

Warning: shield children's eyes from this video unless you WANT them to have nightmares.

I SAID I LIKE THEM LIKE THAT !!!!

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Shaq opted for some gold glitter nail polish, which is definitely an improvement over what he's usually rocking -- but, honestly, there's not enough lipstick in the world for these piggies.

Still, Cardi said ... "I like them like that" ... but we're guessing what she really approves of is her music playing in the background.

She definitely can't love those feet.

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