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John Wall I'm Great with Gortat!!!

2/17/2018 12:53 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

John Wall's not mincing words about his relationship with his Wizards teammate, Marcin Gortat ... he straight up tells us everything's cool!

We got the injured NBA star leaving Mastro's in Bev Hills Friday night -- he's in town for All-Star Weekend festivities -- and asked if there's any ongoing beef between him and the Wizards center ... he shoots it down right away.

Here's the backstory -- Gortat tweeted about a great "team" victory after Washington won its first few games without Wall, which many considered a shot at the star. Wall responded by saying he gives Gortat "the most spoon-fed baskets ever."

The 2 reportedly had a meeting to hash out their issues last week ... and it seems like it worked.

Wall's recovering from a knee injury, and the team's hopeful he'll be back in time for a playoff push.

NBA All-Star Weekend Celeb Game Features Bieber, Foxx and Jordan

2/17/2018 7:39 AM PST

NBA All-Star Weekend did not disappoint Friday night ... a slew of players and celebs took the court.

The celeb game went down at Los Angeles Community College ... check out Nick Cannon, Justin Bieber, Quavo from Migos, Jamie Foxx, "Black Panther" star Michael B. Jordan, Sterling Brim and "Stranger Things" kid Caleb McLauhlin. Quavo scored 19 points and earned MVP honors.

You gotta love the Biebs shooting way above the head of "Black-ish" star Miles Brown.

As for the Rising Stars Team USA vs. The World ... that game was played at Staples Center and The World beat Team USA 155 to 124.

Tonight's gonna be epic, with the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, JBL 3 Point Contest, and the Verizon Slam Dunk competition. Sunday's the actual 67th NBA All-Star Game. 

Magic Johnson I have Come to Praise LaVar Ball ... Not to Bury Him

2/17/2018 6:55 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Magic Johnson is the consummate diplomat, turning LaVar Ball's threat to yank Lonzo from the Lakers into a testament on parenthood.

The beloved President of Basketball Operations for the Lakers was leaving Mastro's in Bev Hills Friday night with his wife Cookie, when our photog asked about LaVar's ultimatum -- put my 2 other sons on the team or say goodbye to Lonzo.

Magic doesn't miss a beat ... heaping praise on the elder Ball.

As for taking in a screening of "Black Panther" this weekend ... well, there's one thing more pressing.

Cardi B, Migos Swarmed by Massive Crowd .. During NBA All-Star Weekend

2/17/2018 7:06 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Cardi B, and the guys from Migos were swallowed up in a gigantic crowd waiting for them as they arrived for an event for NBA All-Star Weekend.

Cardi, her fiance Offset, Takeoff and Quavo all showed up in an SUV at Murano in WeHo. Victor Oladipo, a guard for the Indiana Pacers, was along for the ride.

Cardi made 6 figures for hosting the event, and she's expected to make a bundle more during the weekend festivities. She's also hosting at Penthouse and Ace of Diamonds.

The security is massive ... the hired muscle is especially vigilant after Cardi dissed the Crips during Super Bowl Weekend.

LaVar Ball LeBron Will Sign w/ Lakers Lonzo Will Make Him Better!

2/17/2018 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The house-cleaning in Cleveland was all for nothing -- because LeBron James is leaving the Cavs to sign with the Lakers in the off-season ... at least, that's what LaVar Ball believes. 

The Big Baller was at his pop-up shop in L.A. when we asked about the possibility of Bron coming out West to play with Lonzo when he becomes a free agent at the end of the season. 

LaVar is not only convinced it's going to happen -- he tells TMZ Sports, "Lonzo is gonna make HIM a better player!" 

He also loves the idea of having "two stars" on the same team -- and already has a nickname for the duo. 

The Lakers will reportedly take a run at LeBron in the off-season -- they have the money to sign two max-contract players -- and with LeBron having homes and businesses in L.A., there's definitely a chance it could happen. 

T.I. Lonzo Ball Ain't a Real Rapper ... No Chance I'd Collab!

2/17/2018 12:15 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Lonzo Ball is "a ballplayer," not a rapper -- so says T.I. ... who tells TMZ Sports he's got ZERO interest in hitting the studio with the rookie MC.

Don't get it twisted -- T.I. thinks it's great Lonzo dropped a track in honor of LaVar ... but the King of the South ain't convinced Ball's serious about mastering the craft. 

"He would have to establish himself and really, really put in the work as an artist, and he'd really have to dedicate himself to the arts, in order for me to take him seriously," T.I. told us at LAX.

Don't think T.I. realized 'Zo released a full 17-track mixtape, but the bottom line -- Ball's got A LOT of bars to spit to get respect in the rap game.

Offset My Chick's Not Pregnant!!!

2/16/2018 4:17 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

One of Cardi B's reps has been telling people she's 3 to 4 months pregnant, but if she is, it's news to her fiance.

We got Offset Friday afternoon heading into Peter Marco Jewelers on Rodeo Drive, and he was clear as a bell ... Cardi, he says, is not with child.

The 26-year-old Migos member already has 3 bambinos -- 2, 2 and 8 -- and he says no one's joining the brood anytime soon. 

Offset and Cardi are both in L.A. for NBA All-Star Weekend, where they're set to perform together.

Scottie Pippen, Larsa & Kourtney K Pippen Ain't Easy ... Unless You Got a $30k Watch

2/16/2018 4:34 PM PST
Exclusive Details

Scottie Pippen ain't playin' in the All-Star Game this weekend, but he already scored ... a freakin' awesome $30,000 luxury Swiss watch -- at a celeb packed party last night.

Haute Living and Larsa Pippen threw Scottie a party at Bungalow 1 at Chateau Marmont in L.A. to celebrate his Hall of Fame career.

Scottie -- along with guests like Kourtney KardashianLudacrisOmarion and L.A. Reid -- ate (steak and salmon) and drank super expensive Louis XIII cognac.

Best part of the night (at least for Pip) ... when HL presented him with a Roger Dubuis Titanium Excalibur 45 timepiece -- a watch they tell us goes for $30k.

Now Scottie's got a watch to go with those 6 rings.

Lonzo Ball: I'm Cool with Isaiah Thomas ... No Hostility

2/16/2018 2:39 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Lonzo Ball tells TMZ Sports there's no animosity whatsoever with new Lakers teammate Isaiah Thomas -- despite the fact they might be competing for the same job.

Lonzo -- who was at a Big Baller Brand pop-up shop in L.A. -- is sidelined right now with a sprained MCL and Thomas is playing the point guard spot while he's out.

Thomas' agent has made it clear Isaiah is demanding a starting role -- meaning he won't surrender the job to Lonzo without a fight.

Could make for an awkward relationship ... but Lonzo says the two are "cool" and he's excited to play with the guy.

NBA's Timofey Mozgov Blows $1,300 On Gucci Fanny Pack

2/16/2018 10:19 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

You know you've got WAY too much money when you drop $1,290 on a Gucci fanny pack -- just like Brooklyn Nets center Timofey Mozgov!!

Remember, the L.A. Lakers signed Mozgov to a $64 MILLION contract back in 2016 -- so, why the hell not blow some of that cash on a ridiculous, unnecessary fashion ... right, Timofey? 

We spotted the 7-footer rockin' The Rock's favorite '90s accessory at LAX on Thursday ... and later found out Gucci's flippin' 'em for almost $1.3k on their website!!

As you can see, it's technically sized to be a "belt bag" -- but not for a behemoth like Tim.

Still ... wonder what he keeps in there? 

FYI, that's a thousand-dollar Philipp Plein backpack he's got on, too. 

Tim also used to play for the Cleveland Cavs ... so we got his take on LeBron's new-look squad before he bounced (probably to Rodeo Drive).  

 

Nipsey Hussle Bros Down w/ James Harden ... You're an L.A. Legend!

2/16/2018 8:25 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

You can tell James Harden was genuinely touched when Nipsey Hussle called him out in the middle of an L.A. street last night ... and bragged about his success right to our cameras. 

Hussle is an L.A. native -- loves the city -- and couldn't be more proud that Harden grew up here too. 

In fact, Hussle called out one of the schools Harden attended growing up -- Audubon Middle School -- which is located in the Crenshaw District, near several businesses Hussle owns. 

"The n**ga that broke the NBA records for the highest motherf**king contract ever went to Audubon," Hussle says proudly!

Hussle is referring to the $228 million deal Harden signed in 2017, the highest ever at the time. 

The video is just cool to watch ... 

LaVar Ball I'm Not Afraid of Lakers ... Or Magic Johnson

2/16/2018 6:17 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

LaVar Ball is back in the U.S. -- and he's digging in his heels on his threats to the Lakers ... sign my other sons or I'm taking Lonzo Ball somewhere else. 

"Man, who don't want they sons to play all on the same team?" Ball told us in front of his reality TV show crew at LAX ... "Name one father who don't want they sons to play on the same team?"

We asked if Lonzo would REALLY leave if LaVar doesn't get his way -- he looked at the camera and said, "I'll let y'all figure that out."

When it came to Magic Johnson, LaVar tried to deflect -- but ultimately told us he's not afraid of the Lakers' President of Basketball Operations. 

The comments come in the wake of reports Magic was upset with LaVar over Ball's criticism of Lakers' head coach Luke Walton

In the end, Ball says he still believes Lonzo will be the NBA's Rookie of the Year and even gave us a mid-season grade for his son. 

Shocker -- it's an "A."

NBA's Festus Ezeli Stoked About 'Black Panther' Will Show the Real Africa

2/15/2018 4:25 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Nigerian NBA player Festus Ezeli says it's about damn time the REAL Africa was depicted on a movie screen, and tells TMZ Sports he's excited that Marvel's "Black Panther" will do just that.

We got Festus at LAX and asked him just how jammed up he was about a superhero movie set completely on his home continent, and that's when he told us how important the film is to him.

"It's great to have a movie that depicts the REAL Africa."

Ezeli goes on to tell us he's sick of the perception that Africa is a poor, backwards continent, and he thinks BP, and it's portrayal of the resource-rich, fictional nation of Wakanda, can change that perception.

"Africa is a very rich continent, and people don't know that. I think it's great we having a movie like that coming out."

WAKANDA FOREVER! (Go see it, and you'll understand).

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