Chris Paul & Blake Griffin
HILARIOUS ROOKIE HAZING
In Vegas Nightclub
10/20/2014 8:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Seems the L.A. Clippers are over that whole Donald Sterling thing -- because the team hit up a Vegas nightclub together Saturday night ... and even (playfully) hazed one of their rookies right on the dance floor.
It all went down at Tao in the Venetian -- where Chris Paul was the "celebrity host." But CP3 didn't come alone ... he was joined by teammates Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, J.J. Redick, Big Baby Davis and more.
There were bottles, there were hot ladies ... and there was a moment where the guys forced rookie C.J. Wilcox to get on the dance floor and turn up while the team cheered him on.
Not exactly Miami Dolphins-style hazing.
At one point, Big Baby grabbed the mic and led the crowd in a rendition of his single, "Big Baby Gon Turn It Up" ... and everyone loved it.
It's clear these guys really like each other off the court -- question is ... will their close-knit bond translate to wins ON the court? Stay tuned ...
Phoenix Suns Exec
Apologizes to Fans for Having to Watch Crappy Team
10/17/2014 6:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Here's some quality white-collar smack talk ... courtesy of the Phoenix Suns.
A Suns exec grabbed a mic and addressed the crowd during the end of the Suns game last night -- and apologized to fans for having to watch the crappy Spurs.
It was so bad, the exec -- Managing Partner Robert Sarver -- told fans to send in their tickets and he would send them a special gift.
Sarver was so pissed because 5 big Spurs players -- and the Spurs coach -- didn't make the trip to Phoenix for rest and recovery reasons and he felt San Antonio screwed his fans out of their "hard-earned money."
No Tim Duncan. No Manu Ginobili. No Kawhi Leonard. No Patty Mills. No Tiago Splitter. No Gregg Popovich.
No word on what kind of a "gift" Sarver will be sending to fans -- but the public-trolling is almost good enough.
Matt Barnes & Gloria
Will Get Back Together
... Says Gloria's Sister
10/17/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Don't put a fork in Matt Barnes and Gloria Govan's marriage just yet ... 'CAUSE IT AIN'T OVER ... so says Gloria's sister Laura Govan -- who knows what it's like to be in a relationship with an NBA star.
Laura -- who has 4 kids with NBA star Gilbert Arenas -- was out in Calabasas when our photog asked if there was chance her sister would ever reconcile with Matt now that they've separated.
Peep the video -- it's clear Laura's a "glass half full" type of gal ... and explains why there's no doubt they'll be one happy couple again in no time.
Meets Baby Daughter
Gunning for Joint Custody
10/16/2014 5:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Paul George has a new lady in his life ... his 5-month-old daughter Olivia ... who he met for the first time Thursday -- and now TMZ Sports has learned the NBA star is gunning for joint custody of the child.
As we previously reported, George swore that he would "do the right thing" if a paternity test proved he fathered a child with a woman named "Daniella" who he had a relationship with in 2013.
Now, we've learned George is convinced he IS the daddy ... and his attorney is currently in the process of hammering out a joint custody arrangement with the mom.
Paul's attorney tells TMZ Sports ... "Paul has always wanted to accept responsibility and play a role in his daughter’s life -- and wanted to make sure it was handled properly through the legal system."
We're told Paul is "very excited" about having a huge role in his daughter's life -- "He can't wait to be a dad to her."
RIPS Donald Sterling
'He Was Like A Weird Uncle'
10/16/2014 10:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Blake Griffin says he's THRILLED the Clips are finally rid of Donald Sterling -- saying the guy was "like a weird uncle" who was clearly "off his rocker."
Griffin just spilled his guts about his former boss on The Players Tribune -- saying his relationship with Sterling was bizarre from day 1 ... when the old man tried to hook him up with two women at a Malibu beach party who were likely paid escorts.
"Two blonde models showed up on either side of me. They had clearly been hired for the event. I knew this because they were wearing size XXXX-L Clippers T-shirts tied at the stomach. I looked at Sterling. He had a big dumb grin on his face. I looked at one of the girls, as if to say, “Uhhh, you don’t have to do this.” She looked back: “Uhhh, yes I do."
In the article, Griffin also talks about how he felt the first time he heard the infamous Sterling audio recording -- saying:
"It was shocking to actually hear what he said, but not really that surprising to me."
There's more about Sterling ... here are some of the highlights:
-- "The guy was off his rocker."
-- "He kind of sounds like a combination of Walter Matthau and Michael Jackson."
-- "[Steve Ballmer] is a good dude. He’s like a cool dad who gives you candy. Donald was like a weird uncle"
Griffin concluded his tell-all with this nugget:
"Someone asked me the other day if I’m mad that he made out with $2 billion for selling the team. Maybe a little bit. But in the end, I’m just happy he’s gone."
Matt Barnes' Wife
Allegedly Forged NBA Star's Signature
... For Secret $150k Loan
10/16/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Seems the "trust issues" in Matt Barnes' marriage may be coming to light ... because his estranged wife Gloria Govan has been accused of forging the NBA star's signature to take out a $150k loan ... this according to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports.
The woman behind the lawsuit is Nina Rawls -- the widow of R&B legend Lou Rawls -- who claims Gloria approached her back in March and asked to borrow $150k for a TV project produced by Gloria and Matt's production company.
Rawls says she agreed -- but the loan had to be repaid in full just 2 MONTHS later. According to the suit, May came and went ... and Gloria (who stars on "Basketball Wives: LA") never ponied up the dough.
Eventually, Nina says Gloria ADMITTED that she forged Matt's signature on the loan docs in the first place. It's unclear if Matt ever knew about the loan in the first place ... but our sources tell us Barnes was completely in the dark about the alleged deal.
Now, Nina wants the full $150k back -- plus damages.
We called Matt and Gloria's reps for comment -- so far no word back.
Lakers Star Nick Young
After Rapper Disses GF Iggy Azalea
10/15/2014 6:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
L.A. Lakers star Nick Young is finally stepping in to the war between his GF Iggy Azalea and Snoop -- calling the rapper a loser who's going through a "midlife crisis."
Snoop has been tormenting Iggy for days -- first making fun of the way she looks without makeup .... then comparing her to Marlon Wayans in "White Chicks."
Iggy fired back -- tweeting at Snoop that she didn't understand why he was being so mean to her. She also posted a pic comparing him to a "drugged out" old woman."
Snoop responded to that ... with a video in which he called Iggy a b*tch and a *c**t" -- and warned her "n**ger" to keep her in check.
Finally, Young decided enough was enough -- and joined the fight on Twitter ... writing, "Ain't nobody worried about no SnoopLion .. This dude Just goin thru a midlife Crisis."
He added, "You Go get convertible yet . OG's out here losin."
Young also posted another tweet seemingly directed at Snoop -- saying, " These old heads turnin into sucka's."
We're guessing this war is far from over.
NBA Star Matt Barnes
Separated from Gloria Govan
... 'Trust Issues'
10/14/2014 7:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
L.A. Clippers star Matt Barnes has separated from his reality star wife Gloria Govan ... TMZ Sports has learned -- and sources close to the couple tell us it's all over "trust issues."
Barnes and Govan were married back in 2012 -- and have 5-year-old twin boys together.
Sources connected to the couple tell us Matt and "Basketball Wives: LA" star Gloria have been separated for about 6 weeks.
We're told they're still technically living in the same house -- but it's just temporary and it's just a matter of time before one of them moves out and they start the divorce process.
Maybe one of the biggest signs things were going south ... Matt hasn't posted a picture of Gloria on Instagram in months. And we haven't been able to find a picture of Gloria wearing her wedding ring since late-August.
Jailbird Superfan Deserves To See Lebron!!
... From Jail
10/11/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
WNBA superstar Britney Griner has a message for the Ohio man begging to be released from jail so he can watch LeBron James play next year ... dude, get a TV.
The All-Star center was at LAX when TMZ Sports asked her about Jason Goudlock, an Ohio prisoner who made headlines for asking for parole from his 20-year sentence ... so he could watch the Cavs.
Peep the clip -- anyone expecting some sympathy from the 6'8" ball swatter will be sorely disappointed.
Tough on scorers, tough on crime.
Ex-NBA Star Grant Hill
IF SHAQ CAN DO MOVIES ...
... So Can I!
10/9/2014 6:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It's like a modern day Ethel Merman and Ray Middleton ... 'cause anything Shaq can do, Grant Hill thinks he can do better -- including movies!
The former NBA star -- who now appears in an AT&T commercial -- was out at Mr. Chow Wednesday night when we asked if he would ever consider taking his talents from TV to the big screen.
"If Shaq can do it, I can do it," Hill told us.
Of course, Grant's gonna need to move quick if he wants to catch up with The Big Fella ... 'cause Shaq's appeared in 16 flicks in his movie career!!!
In fact, we already have a role in mind for Hill ... OBAMA -- check out the clip and see why Grant agrees it could be the perfect role.
NFL Star Dwight Freeney
TEAMS UP W/ KOBE
Kick-Ass Surprise for At-Risk Youth
10/8/2014 7:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
This is a VERY COOL moment caught on tape ... when NFL star Dwight Freeney meets up with Kobe Bryant -- and gives a bunch of kids in an after-school program the surprise of their lives!!!
It all went down in San Diego on October 6th -- Dwight took 10 kids from the After School All Stars program (helping at-risk youth) to watch the Lakers take on the Denver Nuggets.
But after the game, the gang went to a VIP area ... where they all got to meet The Black Mamba!!
Check out the clip -- the kids are pumped, Kobe's pumped, Dwight's pumped ... and they all took pics to memorialize the special moment.
Pretty cool, right?
Lakers Star Nick Young
ROLLIN' WITH IGGY
... After Thumb Surgery
10/7/2014 9:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Iggy Azalea was standing by her man Monday ... even when he couldn't ... escorting Lakers star Nick Young out of a medical building following surgery on his thumb.
Besides his GF, Nick's parents were also there as he was wheeled into a waiting ride in L.A. -- after undergoing surgery to repair the torn radial collateral ligament in his right thumb.
Despite the fact he'll be out for 8 weeks, we're told Young was still smiling on his way out of the surgical center ... possibly because he'll still be raking in paychecks from his new 4-year $21 million contract.
That'll make ya feel better.