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LeBron James

Makes It Rain for Cleveland Biz

... Even in Defeat

37 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
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1031-lebron-quicken-loan-arena-getty-01LeBron James stunk up the basketball court for his huge homecoming game -- but still pulled out a huge victory for business owners in downtown Cleveland ... TMZ Sports has learned.

We spoke with several restaurants, bars and pubs near LBJ and the Cavs' home arena -- and they tell us revenue was up a whopping 80% on average ... from the Lebron-less home opener last year.

The Cavs pulled out all the stops for the King's return -- Imagine Dragons and Kendrick performed -- and it paid off. One biz owner told us they attracted tons of people from the 'burbs who normally wouldn't be there.

In fact, we're told many fans spending money downtown didn't even go to the game ... because cash registers were ringing before, after, and DURING the Cavs' loss to the Knicks.

Win or lose ... LeBron's great for LeBottom Line.

Cleveland Cavs

Launch Internal Investigation

Why Was Gatorade Poured Into Powerade Bottle?

10/31/2014 11:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The Cleveland Cavaliers tell TMZ Sports ... they have NO IDEA why a ball boy was serving players Gatorade masked in a Powerade bottle last night -- but they're gunning to find out why.

Twitter EXPLODED last night during the Knicks-Cavaliers game when a TV camera caught a Cavs ball boy making the switch behind the Knicks bench.

Now the Cavs -- who have a sponsorship deal with Gatorade -- tell us they're investigating why their official drink was poured into a competitor's bottle.

"We are looking into why the Powerade bottles were used. We're trying to figure out what happened."

The team made sure to clarify that the incident did not occur on their bench -- however. it was a Cavs employee who made the switch.

So what the hell happened? "That's what we're trying to figure out."

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Shelly Sterling

Attends Clippers Game

... As Team's #1 Fan

10/31/2014 8:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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With her racist husband banned from the arena, Shelly Sterling hit up Staples Center in L.A. last night to watch the Clippers play ... under new management.

As we previously reported, Shelly demanded to be recognized as the team's "Owner Emeritus" and "Clippers' Number 1 Fan" when she sold the team to Steve Ballmer for $2 billion ... and it seems like Steve is a man of his word.

Shelly sat right on the court during the Clip's victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder ... and cheered on all of the people who hate her husband.

We spoke with several Staples Center employees who tell us they had no problem with Shelly being at the game -- because they feel the beef isn't really with her ... it's with Donald.

LeBron James

Huge Stars Out for Cavs Opener

... Bieber, Manziel, Strahan

10/31/2014 7:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1031_cavaliers_courtside_celebrity_photos_launchLeBron James was welcomed back to Cleveland last night by a huge band of celebs -- including Justin Bieber, Michael Strahan and even Johnny Manziel.

The Cavs lost in Bron's first game back with his hometown team -- but there was one guy in the stands who was happy about the upset ... Spike Lee ... notorious Knicks fan who traveled to Ohio to support his team.

Also in the stands ... Kendrick Lamar, David Beckham, Joe Haden and Kevin Hart.

It's almost as strong of a star-showing as the Knicks got in their home opener -- but the biggest celeb draw in the NBA is sill the Lakers ... at least for now.

Taylor Swift

BOOZIN' WITH LINGERIE MODEL

... At NY Knicks Game

10/30/2014 6:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1030_celebrity_knicks_courtside_photos_launchThe NY Knicks are the Lakers of the East Coast ... and not just because they suck -- they drew some of the biggest stars in the world to their home opener last night.

Everyone from Justin Bieber to Spike Lee to Ben Stiller was there ... but the winner of the celebrity showdown was clearly Taylor Swift -- who sat courtside with a hot lingerie model friend.

Taylor and Victoria's Secret stunner Karlie Kloss drank beers and Diet Cokes as they cheered on the Knicks ... who got crushed by the Chicago Bulls.

Of course, Taylor became the new Global Welcome Ambassador for New York after buying a $20 million apartment earlier this year ... so watching the Knicks play seems like it would be a job requirement.

No word if she stayed the whole game ... but c'mon.

Matt Barnes

Sorry Gloria ...

This Split Ain't Amicable

10/30/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The Matt Barnes and Gloria Govan break-up isn't as friendly and happy and cheery as she says it is ... this according to sources close to Matt, who tell us this thing is pretty damn far from amicable.

Our sources tell us ... Matt was the one who called things off with the "Basketball Wives" star -- and he's still upset and hurt about the things that led up to the split.

As we previously reported, Matt believed there were major "trust issues" in the relationship -- and now we know reconciliation is the last thing on his mind.

Meantime, Gloria insists the two are working things out -- and have a "dope" relationship and are working together to co-parent their twin sons.

We're told that Matt is 100% committed to the children -- he just has issues with their mother.

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Houston Rockets Stars

Visit Lakers Rookie in Hospital

... After Brutal Leg Injury

10/29/2014 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Los Angeles Lakers rookie Julius Randle got some unexpected support this morning after breaking his leg in his NBA debut -- when two players from the opposing team visited him in the hospital.

Randle broke his right tibia while the Lakers were playing the Houston Rockets in L.A. on Tuesday night -- and was rushed to a hospital where he underwent surgery. 

But before he went under the knife Wednesday morning, he was visited by James Harden and Trevor Ariza ... who stopped by to check up on the 19-year-old. 

We're told Randle was touched by the visit ... and was in good spirits overall. 

Sucks that Randle is injured ... but a pretty cool gesture from some respected NBA vets. 

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Diddy's Fashion Boss

Sorry, Nets ... Knicks Own NYC

When It Comes to Style

10/29/2014 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Carmelo Anthony's Knicks are crushing their crosstown NBA rivals ... in the closet, anyway -- according to one of NYC's biggest names in fashion.

The Brooklyn Nets made the playoffs last season, while the Knicks were sitting at home -- but Sean John President Jeff Tweedy explained why 'Melo still leads his team to dominance on the NY fashion scene.

Cheer up Nets, at least you still have hip hop legend Jay Z as an owner. Oh, right.

Well ... your black unis are very slimming.

Kim and Kanye

ALL ABOUT THE LAKERS

... Even Though They Suck

10/29/2014 6:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1029_lakers_celebrity_fans_photos_launchThere's still a HUGE reason to go to Lakers games this year -- not for the team (they're not great), but for the stargazing ... and Tuesday night some of the BIGGEST showed up at Staples Center.

Kim and Kayne ... Will Ferrell ... Terrell Owens ... Gerard Butler ... Adam Levine, Jack Nicholson and many, many more were all on hand to watch the Lakers get their asses kicked by the Houston Rockets.

The question is ... if the Lakers continue to play horribly (as many experts predict they will) ... will the stars begin migrating over to the OTHER team that plays at the Staples Center -- the Clippers?

Stay tuned ...

Gloria Govan

Split from Matt Barnes Is Amicable

... 'We're Dope'

10/29/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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102814_gloria_govan_launch"Basketball Wives" star Gloria Govan says a reconciliation with L.A. Clippers star Matt Barnes is NOT out of the question ... telling TMZ Sports the split with her estranged hubby is "definitely amicable."

We broke the story ... Matt separated from Gloria earlier this summer with sources telling us "trust issues" played a part in the split So far, neither Matt nor Gloria have filed for divorce. 

Now, Gloria tells us the two are still on pretty good terms -- "we're dope" -- and says they're working together extremely well to co-parent their twin boys. 

It's an interesting turn of events ... considering Gloria is being sued for allegedly forging Matt's name on official documents to take out a secret $150k loan. 

Gloria also says she expects to get together with Matt this weekend to help the kids celebrate Halloween. 

Stay tuned ..

Doc Rivers

I Wanna Sign LeBron, D-Wade's Kids!!!

10/28/2014 8:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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L.A. Clippers President Doc Rivers knows recruiting can be tough ... which is why he's already calling DIBS on LeBron James' and Dwyane Wade's kids!!

Rivers was leaving Craig's in West Hollywood Monday night when we asked if he thinks Bron's or D-Wade's sons had a shot to make the NBA when they grow up.

FYI -- LeBron has two boys (10 and 7) who are already generating serious buzz in the basketball world ... and Dwyane's boys have been ranked as some of the top youth prospects in the country.

"I want rights to all their kids," Doc said.

Check out the clip of Wade's kid Zaire -- Doc knows what's up.

Shaquille O'Neal

'Wanna See Me Smack Kenny Smith in the Head?'

10/28/2014 5:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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102814_shaq_launch_v2We ran into Shaquille O'Neal for 84 seconds in New York City Monday ... and here's what happened: 

1) He spoke Hebrew to us
2) He insulted Batman
3) He named the BEST movie he ever appeared in (Hint: It's not "Kazaam")
4) He sneak-attacked Kenny "The Jet" Smith and slapped him in the back of the head. 

Again, just 84 seconds ... but it's hilarious. 

BTW -- Kenny has now threatened to sue Shaq for $100 million ... so, stay tuned on that one.

Shalom.

Charles Barkley

ONLY TWO MOVIES

... Made Me Cry!

10/28/2014 5:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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102714_charles_barkley_launchStrong men also cry ... just ask Charles Barkley -- who tells TMZ Sports he let the tears FLOW during two emotional movies. 

Sir Chuck was out in NYC yesterday when he explained the why two certain flicks got the waterworks going ... and one of his selections isn't exactly your traditional love story.

One more thing ... we asked the former Philadelphia 76er about the famous cheesesteak battle raging in the City of Brotherly Love ... Pat's or Geno's.

Barkley's answer -- well, it was a bit unexpected.

Check out the clip.   

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