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Meek Mill Gets Insane Ovation at 76ers Game ... Rings the Bell!

4/24/2018 5:15 PM PDT
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Meek Mill just walked on the court at the Wells Fargo Center -- wearing a Joel Embiid jersey -- and the crowd lost their minds!!!

Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin personally escorted the rapper from prison to the arena to be the guest of honor for Game 5 against the Miami Heat ... and he even got to ring the bell before tip-off.

As we expected ... Sixers fans -- including Kevin Hart by his side -- erupted in cheers for several moments for their hometown guy, who many felt was wrongly locked up for the past 5 months.

Before the game, the players took the floor to Meek's "Ima Boss" as he glad-handed fans and supporters courtside. He also got in a post-prison shower in the team locker room.

As we reported ... Meek's trip to the arena was epic -- hopping in a chopper straight out of prison to beat traffic to the game.

Meek Mill Arrives at 76ers Game ... 'I Feel Great!'

4/24/2018 4:24 PM PDT
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He made it ... Meek Mill has finally arrived at Wells Fargo Center in Philly in time for the 76ers playoff game -- but first things first, dude needs a shower. 

Meek arrived with 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin -- who flew Meek from the prison to the arena on his private helicopter.

Once he landed, Meek and his crew got in a waiting SUV and booked it for the arena.

Meek will hit the showers -- let's face it, gotta wash that prison stench off his body -- and then he'll get his hero's welcome before the 76ers take on the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the playoffs. 

"I feel great," Meek said. 

Enjoy it!

Meek Mill Boards Chopper Heading to 76ers Game!

4/24/2018 3:48 PM PDT
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Meek Mill is out of prison ... and in a helicopter heading for the Philadelphia 76ers playoff game!!!

Sources tell us the chopper belongs to 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin, Meek's close friend who promised to personally pick him up.

Meek has about an hour to get to the arena if he wants to make it for tip off ... and with this kind of air transportation, he'll probably make it!!

Jay-Z just spoke on Meek's release saying, "Today, Meek Mill, a son of Philadelphia, is a free man. He was incarcerated unjustly and caught in a probation trap for years by a broken system. Now we can celebrate his release. We thank every individual that has supported and fought alongside Meek every step of the way."

A statement from Roc Nation adds, "We are pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision to grant Meek Mill bail and allow him to return home to his loved ones."

It continues, "We are grateful for all the support that Meek has received from his fans and public advocates over the past five months and look forward to working alongside Meek to fight for criminal justice reform.”

The prison is about 12 miles from the arena -- where the 76ers will take on the Miami Heat in Game 5 of their NBA playoff series.

The 76ers are up 3 games to 1 and have a chance to close out the series tonight!!!

EPIC!!!!!!

76ers Owner Picking Meek Mill Up From Prison

4/24/2018 1:09 PM PDT
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1:58 PM PT -- Our sources tell us the plan is for Meek to attend Tuesday night's game, but the key issue is time. 

If Meek can get formally checked out of prison and then get to the arena in time for the game, which starts at 5 PM PT, he'll be there as the team's VIP guest. 

It's a 12-mile drive from the prison to the arena. 

LET'S GOOOOO!!!!!!!

Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin says he's on his way to Chester State prison to personally pick up Meek Mill when he's released ... and it's a good bet the rapper will be at the game tonight. 

Rubin and Meek have become very close -- with Rubin not only visiting him several times since Meek was incarcerated, but also bringing a bunch of high-profile and influential people to the prison ... including Robert Kraft, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Kevin Hart and more. 

Now, with Meek officially being released after 5 months ... Rubin posted, "Meek Mill is free. Just left visiting Meek with Kevin Hart and I'm on the way back to pick him up as we speak #MeekIsFree #GoSixers."

Someone just posted from Meek's Instagram account, "Go Sixers."

The 76ers play the Miami Heat at Wells Fargo Center in Philly for Game 5 of their playoff series ... and the smart money is that Meek will be the VIP guest who gets to ring the famous bell. 

Stay tuned ... 

Meek Mill Athletes React to Prison Release

4/24/2018 2:14 PM PDT
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The sports world is freaking out over Meek Mill's release from prison ... with some of the biggest athletes showing support for the rap superstar.

Philadelphia Eagles star Jay Ajayi kicked off the celebration by tweeting "MEEK FREE!!!!! Philly Lit"

Torrey Smith praised Sixers owner Michael Rubin for his contribution and "for simply being a good friend and lending his platform to help others," and adding "Thousands of people are treated unfairly daily by the criminal justice system. I can’t wait to see @MeekMill help lead the way for others that don’t have a voice. Welcome home!"

Karl-Anthony Towns -- who showed support for the rapper with a customized jersey at the Super Bowl this year -- voiced his approval, saying "Welcome home @MeekMill"

 Ex-NFLer Freddie Mitchell added "Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last. Letttttss Goooo" ... and Super Bowl champ Jalen Mills added "MEEK MILL HOLLA AT ME BRO.... That MAN FREE"

L.A. Lakers star Kyle Kuzma had a different take, saying "It took meek mill 5 months to get out of jail but this guy from the Waffle House shooting can potentially be out by next week on BAIL. #OnlyInAmerica"

J.R. Smith is stoked for the Philly native, saying "My brudda home baby! Let’s gooooo!!!! @meekmill now let’s show em what’s good!!!"

Derek Fisher Proposes to Gloria Govan ... She Said 'Yes!'

4/24/2018 10:03 AM PDT
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11:48 AM PT -- Matt Barnes has weighed in on the engagement ... saying he's happy for EVERYONE involved!

"I have two beautiful boys from my ex we are both focussing on co-parenting & providing the best atmosphere & childhood for them," Barnes said ... "They love him, so I love it.

"Despite not seeing eye to eye initially w Derek he & I are on the same page & communicate weekly about Isaiah and Carter."

"With that being said congrats on the engagement!"

Good news for Derek Fisher ... the ex-NBA star popped the question to his girlfriend, Gloria Govan -- AND SHE SAID, "YES!"

We've learned ... 43-year-old Fisher got down on one knee during a small shindig at their Los Angeles-area home on April 7, surrounded by their kids and Gloria's nephew. 

Derek had some of Gloria's friends take her out during the day so he could decorate the house while she was gone ... candles, flower petals ... it was romantic!

And yeah ... the ring's pretty big. We got a photo and you can see the diamond is the size of her knuckle!

Derek and Gloria have been dating since 2015. Both were previously married but have since divorced their significant others. 

Of course, Gloria was married to Matt Barnes -- which caused some some legendary drama between Derek and his ex-Lakers teammate. But Barnes recently said the beef is over and the two are now cool. 

No word on when the two plan on officially tying the knot -- it's still early though. 

Congrats!!! 

DJ Khaled and Kevin Hart Go to War Over Heat vs. 76ers!!!

4/24/2018 6:24 AM PDT
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Most polite war ever!!! 

Here's DJ Khaled telling TMZ Sports why the Miami Heat will come back and beat the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA playoffs. 

And here's Kevin Hart explaining why Khaled's OUT OF HIS DAMN MIND!!!

The Heat are currently down 3-1 to the 76ers -- and Philly can close it out Tuesday night in the City of Brotherly Love. 

But Khaled -- who's a diehard Heat fan -- ain't giving up hope. In fact, he says Miami has that championship pedigree you can't ever count out. 

Enter Kevin Hart (or exit Kevin Hart) who says he's getting on a plane and heading to Philly ... and shocker, he's repping hard for his squad. 

We'll see who emerges victorious Tuesday night ... 

Mitt Romney Heckles Russell Westbrook ... at Jazz Game

4/24/2018 6:00 AM PDT
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Mitt Romney ... talking crap?!

Yep -- it all went down at the Jazz game Monday night where a man running for senator in Utah sat on the court to watch his team take on the OKC Thunder in Game 4 of their playoff series. 

When Russell Westbrook racked up his 4th foul in the first half ... Romney (wearing his own customized Jazz jersey) started talking smack ... heckling Russ from a really close distance!

Good news for Mitt ... the Jazz were able to close it out and eventually won the game 113-96 ... taking a 3-1 lead in the series.

Game 5 is Wednesday in Oklahoma City ... wonder if Mitt will fuel up the jet and keep the rivalry going?

So far, no word from Westbrook ... but ya gotta think he'll have something to say eventually.

Chris Paul 14 Bathroom Mansion For Sale ... Asking $7 Mil

4/23/2018 2:12 PM PDT
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Lookin' for a big ass house with 14 bathrooms? Hit up Chris Paul's realtor ... 'cause the Rockets star just put his Houston mansion up for sale ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Paul bought the ridiculously huge 18,717 square ft. place last October ... a few months after he was traded from the Clippers to the Rockets.

It's unclear why he's selling so quickly ... though the drive from the property to the Toyota Center -- where Houston plays -- is about an hour.

CP3's asking price ... $6,975,000.

In addition to the 14 porcelain thrones ... the mansion also has 9 bedrooms, a 6-car garage and is built on a prestigious Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course.

Joel Embiid Surprise Church Appearance ... In 76ers Warm-Ups

4/23/2018 11:10 AM PDT
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With the 76ers up 3 games to 1 ... Joel Embiid is calling in the big guns for help -- making a surprise appearance at a Philly-area church Sunday night in his team warm-up pants. 

We spoke with officials from St. Kevin Parish in Springfield, Pennsylvania who tell us Embiid arrived around 5:30 PM for the evening mass and stayed about an hour after the service for some personal prayer time. 

But the churchgoers were STOKED to see their hero in the building and several people went up to Joel and asked if it would be cool to take some pics. 

We're told Embiid was VERY cool about it -- chatting up and posing for everyone who came up to him.

One church rep tells us, "He was super nice."

Embiid and the 76ers get back on the court to face the Miami Heat on Tuesday. We'll see if Joel's prayers get answered. 

#TrustJCsProcess

Max Holloway & Rip Hamilton Rocked By Military Attack Dogs!

4/23/2018 9:13 AM PDT
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UFC badass Max Holloway doesn't get taken to the ground very often ... but he got BLOWN UP by a military attack dog in South Korea -- and the whole thing was caught on video. 

Max -- along with stars like Paige VanZant, Jon Stewart and Rip Hamilton -- are out in Asia visiting U.S. military personnel as part of a USO tour.

One of the activities ... testing your mettle against the dogs (just like Mark Ingram did earlier this month). 

Things didn't bode well for Max ... but ex-NBA star Rip hung in there surprisingly well!

Props to the entire group for sacrificing their bodies for the entertainment of our troops!

Ice up!

Chandler Parsons My Playboy Days Are Over, Ladies 'But I Had a Hell of a Run'

4/22/2018 12:35 AM PDT
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Bad news, groupies -- Chandler Parsons says he's officially "a one-woman man" ... ending a truly epic run for the NBA's #1 stud.

But Chandler ain't gonna deny he was killin' the game earlier in his career, telling TMZ Sports, "I had a hell of a run."

We got Parsons up in the Bev Hills ... and asked him what it felt like to be the league's hottest bro -- having shacked up with celebs like Bella Thorne, Arianny Celeste, Toni Garrn and (maybe) Hailey Baldwin.

You could tell Chandler was down with it, but the Grizzlies star was quick to tell us he's only got love for smokin' hot model GF, Cassie Amato, these days.

Yeah, we know it's easy for any hooper to end up like Tristan Thompson ... but these pics make us wanna believe.

Stay strong, Chan-Dog.

Smush Parker Hey, Lamar Odom ... Let's Ball Out In Europe Together!!

4/22/2018 12:15 AM PDT
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Lamar Odom isn't gonna have to make his hoops comeback alone ... 'cause his old teammate Smush Parker wants to reunite and dominate together -- in EUROPE!!

TMZ Sports spoke with Smush about Lamar wanting to play pro ball overseas ... and since Parker has 10 years of experience playing international ball, he says he'd love to work with L.O. to show what it takes.

FYI -- Smush told us last year he wanted to team up with Kobe Bryant and L.O. in Ice Cube's BIG3 league ... but since that ship has now sailed, it's clear he's still holding out hope of ballin' with Lamar once again.

We also spoke with the Queens baller about his new "Smush Parker Elite" training program ... and he explains how Lamar could benefit from using it.

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