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NBA's David Lee Dirk Ain't Leaving the Mavs ... He Loves Dallas Too Much

6/24/2016 12:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Good news for Mavs fans ... David Lee tells TMZ Sports he doesn't believe Dirk Nowitzki will leave Dallas for greener pastures ... despite the fact Dirk just opted out of his contract. 

Instead of signing his option and returning to make $8.7 mil next season -- Dirk opted out and will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. There are rumors he's considering going to the Golden State Warriors

So, when we saw Dirk's Mavs teammate, David Lee, out in L.A. Friday -- we had to ask for his thoughts. 

Lee gives a pretty compelling reason for why he thinks Dirk will be back in Big D next season. 

Seems it's now up to Mark Cuban to produce the check ... stay tuned. 

Von Miller, Draymond Green Rage with Huge Stars ... At L.A. Nightclub

6/24/2016 9:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

There was A LOT of money at Playhouse nightclub in L.A. last night -- with some of the biggest stars in the NFL, NBA and music colliding to turn up on a Thursday. 

Von Miller, Ndamukong Suh and Draymond Green rolled into the club ... to party with stars like Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj

Von tried to keep a low profile -- rocking his hoodie on the way in ... but everyone else was pretty friendly ... waving at fans on the way in and out. 

How was your Thursday night? 


NBA's Thon Maker No Draft Party for Me ... I'm All Business!

6/24/2016 6:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

NBA draft pick Thon Maker didn't need a college education to make a highly intelligent move Thursday night -- blowing off all the raging celebratory parties in NYC ... to focus on business! 

Thon was taken with #10 overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks -- but after his name was called, the 19-year-old told TMZ Sports there was no way he was hitting the town ... he was hittin' the hay instead. 

"I'm going to sleep," Maker said ... "I got an early flight, I got practice tomorrow, and a press conference ... I'm going to sleep."

Pretty mature -- this guy really only 19?

Dez Bryant Look Ma, No Injury!! ... Strokes 3s In L.A. Hoops Game

6/23/2016 4:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Here's Dez Bryant doing his best Bo Jackson impression ... trying to convince the world he can dominate in 2 sports by taking on some basketball competition in a L.A. pickup game.

Dez hit up L.A. Fitness in Hollywood Thursday ... and hopped on the hoop court with a couple of his homeboys and straight GAVE WORK to the local actors (waiters) in the building.

Sources at the gym tell TMZ Sports Dez's team went on a three game run ... and the All-Pro did his part -- stroking a game-winning 3 from Steph range, which you can see at the end of the clip.

Don't panic, Cowboy fans ... we're told Dez was taking it WAY easy ... just shooting jumpers and not driving into the paint AT ALL.

He also took time to pose for pics and chat with all the fans in the gym ... AFTER he busted their asses of course.

2016 NBA Draft The 1st Round Fashion Statements ... The Good, Bad & Ugly!

6/23/2016 3:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0623_nba_drafts_suits_launch3The NBA Draft is one of the biggest fashion stages in the world -- so ya gotta go big or go home! 

A bunch of 1st rounders are already suited up and ready to make a statement -- including Marquese Chriss and Jaylen Brown ... whose custom threads were all designed by Jhoanna Alba and Jill Evans at ALBA Legacy.

Check out the pics.

NBA Draft NY Strip Club Giving Free Booty Party ... To All Draftees

6/23/2016 2:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0623-nba-draft-scores-getty-02They say rich guys get everything free ... which apparently includes dat ass ... 'cause a famous NYC strip club is giving all the guys drafted into the NBA Friday an all-expenses paid trip to bootyland.

TMZ Sports talked with Scores NY -- a world-famous strip club -- and they tell us all lapdances, food, and drinks are on them tonight for any guy whose name gets called by Adam Silver.

There is one problem ... the club is 21+ and a lot of players like Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram and Dragan Bender aren't even 20 yet.

Never fear, young pups ... Scores' honchos tell us they're bringing the club to you ... with a TURNT UP STREET PARTY outside of the club featuring dancers, food, and soft drinks for the tykes.

Welcome to the National Booty Association, guys.

Antoine Walker Rookie Spending Advice Worst Investment Is ...

6/23/2016 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ex-NBA superstar Antoine Walker famously blew through his $110 MILLION fortune -- so, with the NBA Draft going down in a few hours ... he dished some $$$ advice to the upcoming rookies. 

Walker lays it out ... from the very FIRST thing the rookies should do with their money -- to warning the players to beware of the costly "fetish" that cost him MILLIONS!  

Walker's been pretty open about his financial situation -- and has said he's embraced the role of "cautionary tale" to help future NBA stars. 

Busta Rhymes PUMPED ABOUT DERRICK ROSE (Not Pumped About Porzingis)

6/23/2016 9:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Here's the summary of this video -- Busta Rhymes LOVES Derrick Rose. He LOVES Carmelo Anthony

Porzingis?? Not so much. 

Busta is a huuuuge NY Knicks fan -- and says the combination of D-Rose and 'Melo is a major step in the right direction for his beloved squad. 

But when we brought the other star on the team -- Kristaps Porzingis -- Mr. Rhymes didn't seem too enthused about the Latvian sensation. 

"Carmelo and Derrick Rose ... and I'll vouch for that. I ain't vouching for nothing else."

Check out the clip -- Busta isn't ready to predict a championship yet ... but he loves where the team is headed. 

NBA Finals Fight Victim 'Fighting for His Life' ... Pushed By 'Rival Fan'

6/23/2016 8:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0623-salvatore-bimbo-ronnie-GO_FUND_ME-01The 21-year-old fan who was pushed off an upper level deck at Oracle Arena during Game 7 of the NBA Finals is in intensive care and fighting for his life ... this according to his father. 

The victim is Salvator Bimbo -- a Golden State Warriors fan who traveled from L.A. to see the game with his brother. 

Bimbo's father says a fight broke out at the game and a rival fan grabbed Salvator by the legs and pushed him over a railing

"My son’s cheekbone is smashed, his nose, his upper-eye, his head, his brain,” Salvator's father told

"He’s leaking from his ears blood. Not very good. He’s a beautiful young man. Did not deserve this.”

Salvator's family started a GoFundMe page to help with medical costs. They're also begging anyone with information about the suspects to come forward.

So far, no arrests have been made. 

Carmelo Anthony Is Durant Next to NYC?

6/23/2016 6:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

We saw Carmelo Anthony and his wife, La La, out in NYC Wednesday night -- so, we had to ask about Derrick Rose ... and the rumors that Kevin Durant will be the next big star to sign with the Knicks. 

Check out the clip ... the Durant question makes 'Melo smile.

So, does he know something we don't? 

NBA's Wilson Chandler Advice for NBA Rookies 'Be Like Kawhi Leonard!'

6/22/2016 3:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

About to be an overnight MILLIONAIRE? Great. Pay attention. 

Don't be a dumbass and blow your fortune like Antoine Walker ... be smart like Kawhi Leonard ... so says NBA veteran Wilson Chandler

WC was a 1st round pick in 2007 and knows exactly what it's like to be a young guy with crazy disposable income.

So, we asked him to give a message for the hoop stars in Thursday's NBA Draft -- and dude dropped some valuable knowledge.

As for Antoine Walker -- he's not embarrassed about blowing $110 MILLION ... but he doesn't want anyone else making the same mistake. 

LeBron James I'm the Bleepin' Champ!!

6/22/2016 2:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

LeBron James went full Richard Pryor during his speech at the Cavaliers championship parade ... shocking fans and giving TV censors heart attacks.

We can't recall the King ever dropping even a single 4-letter word on camera, but this time on the mic he let loose -- working the stage like a stand-up comedian -- even though kids, including his own, were watching.

Check out the highlights. It's LBJ's championship and he'll cuss if he wants to!

Dwyane Wade Naked Photo Shoot Was Weird ... Here's Why

6/22/2016 10:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Here's Dwyane Wade talking about the one BIG hang-up he had when it came to stripping down naked for ESPN ... and it ain't something you'd expect from the guy. 

D-Wade was at LAX when we brought up the spread from ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue  ... a spread his famous wife, Gabrielle Union, LOOOVEEED!!! 

Check out his face when we read some of her tweets ... including the one where she wrote, "Why dontcha circle back to the house ... meet ya in 10."

Wade blushes ... it's adorable. 

BONUS -- We also asked about the chances he teams up with LeBron sometime again in his NBA career. Check out his answer ...  

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