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Gunnar Peterson Lays Out Gym Plan for 'New Lakers'

5/29/2017 12:35 AM PDT

Get the ice ready, 'cause the Lakers' new strength and conditioning director, Gunnar Peterson, says he ain't playing around when it comes to getting the squad in championship shape. 

Peterson -- who trained the Kardashians, Magic Johnson and some of the biggest stars in the world -- tells TMZ Sports he plans on making an immediate impact with his customized gym plan. 

"The new Lakers will be very different from what people are expecting."

He also has BIG hopes for Lakers star Brandon Ingram -- saying he's followed BG's career from Duke and claims the guy is a "special athlete."

"I'm gonna make sure he upholds the standard that I know he's capable of."

No pressure! 

Pat Riley Hey, LeBron ... 9's the Magic No. for NBA Finals

5/28/2017 3:04 PM PDT

Pat Riley wishes nothing but the best for LeBron James in his 7th straight NBA Finals appearance ... but he doesn't want us to forget Magic Johnson's number.

We got Pat Saturday in Malibu, where we asked if he was wishing LeBron luck for the NBA Finals.

Even though Golden State Warriors co-owner Peter Guber doesn't want him to answer ... Pat -- who LeBron left in Miami to rejoin the Cavs -- breaks it down with half shade and half well-wishing.

He basically says he loves LeBron -- but he's not touching Magic's Finals number ... yet.

Post Malone Kobe on 'White Iverson' Remix? Uhhhh ...

5/28/2017 12:22 PM PDT

Post Malone has an idea of which NBA stars could hop on a "White Iverson" remix ... but Kobe Bryant ain't one of 'em.

We got Post Saturday night outside of Catch, and asked how hanging out with the inspiration behind his hit record went this weekend. Post says Allen Iverson's already thinking remix. 

Sounds like A.I. knows who he'd like to see rap on it ... but Post has his own thoughts -- he's thinking an NBA rapper can jump on, seeing how some of them can spit a little.

He lists off a few guys -- but the takeaway here is Post's opinion of Kobe's MC skills ... hint, it ain't good.

Sorry, Mamba.

Lamar Odom Denied at San Fernando Valley Strip Club

5/28/2017 7:33 AM PDT

Lamar Odom was removed from a strip club in the San Fernando Valley early Sunday AM, after he cut in line to enter ... this according to an eyewitness who shot the video.

Lamar and 2 women showed up at around 3:30 AM to Red Tie Gentleman's Club in Van Nuys, and the eyewitness says Lamar wasn't keen on waiting in the line ... so he and the woman side skirted the queue. The eyewitness says security corralled them and escorted them out.

Even Lamar's championship ring couldn't sway the bouncer.  We're told the trio eventually left.

Chris Paul 'Absolutely' Staying With Clippers ... Says Doc Rivers

5/27/2017 12:55 AM PDT

Doc Rivers has a message for Clipper fans freaking out about their point guard heading to San Antonio ... telling TMZ Sports if he has his way (which he does), Chris Paul ain't going ANYWHERE.

Multiple outlets have reported there's mutual interest between the Spurs and Paul, with San Antonio wanting a new point guard (sorry, Tony Parker) and CP3 wanting to play for a contender (sorry, Clippers).

So when we got Rivers out at Madeo we had to ask about Paul's future with the team, being that Doc is the Clippers prez, and the only guy who can make the trade happen.

And according to Doc ... it ain't happening ... 'cause he told our guy Paul is 'absolutely' staying with the Clippers, and he seemed pretty concrete on it.

Concrete has been known to crack though.

NBA's Enes Kanter Reportedly Wanted in Turkey ... Alleged Terrorist Ties

5/26/2017 2:29 PM PDT
Breaking News

NBA star Enes Kanter is reportedly a wanted man in Turkey -- where government officials have accused him of being a member of an anti-government "terror group."

But Kanter doesn't appear to be worried -- and is reportedly mocking his accusers. 

The Turkish media outlet Daily Sabah is reporting that an arrest warrant has been issued in Turkey for the OKC Thunder star's arrest. 

DS says officials believe Kanter is a member of an "armed terrorist organization" -- though the exact group is not mentioned by name. 

However, most people believe the issue stems from Kanter's support for an exiled Muslim leader named Fethullah Gulen -- who, like Kanter, has been very critical of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Kanter reportedly commented on the Daily Sabah's story by mocking the situation and taunting the government. Here's the tweet translated from Turkish:

"You cannot catch me. Hahaha. Don't waste your energy ... I am already going to come to [Turkey] to spit on all of your ugly, hate-filled faces."

Kanter was detained in Romania on his way back to the U.S. last week -- but eventually made it to America and now vows to become an American citizen. 

LeBron James Finally Admits He's Going Bald

5/26/2017 6:39 AM PDT
Breaking News

After years of denial, LeBron James is FINALLY coming to terms with hair loss.

LBJ was praising his idol, Michael Jordan, after passing MJ on the all-time NBA playoff scoring list on Thursday -- when he brought up the topic that his headband couldn't hide.

Bron had been trying to cover up the receding hairline for years -- and everyone from Kenny Smith to the programmers at NBA 2K14 called him out for it. Glad he's finally facing the cold, bald truth.

By the way, the best part of this video -- Tristan Thompson's reaction.

Russell Westbrook Reaches Fashion Limit NO ON MALE ROMPERS!

5/26/2017 6:05 AM PDT

NBA superstar and fashion icon Russell Westbrook says there's one fashion risk he REFUSES to take -- the male romper.

The OKC Thunder star is known for pushing the envelope when it comes to style -- he's rocked everything from overalls to heavy metal chic ... even did an Urkel theme. 

But when we saw Brodie leaving Il Pastaio in Bev Hills on Thursday, Russ made it clear you'll NEVER see him rockin' the rompHim ... the new fashion craze UFC champ Stipe Miocic can't stop talking about

In other news, Westbrook is pumped about being a new dad -- and can't wait for his first Father's Day!

Magic Johnson Lavar Ball Is Like Kris Jenner ... Here's How

5/25/2017 8:54 AM PDT

Magic Johnson says LaVar Ball reminds him of Kris Jenner ... and that ain't a bad thing.

Johnson was asked about LaVar Ball when he joined 'Afternoons with Marcellus and Kelvin' on ESPN radio ... and not only did he compare L.B. to Kim Kardashian's mama, Magic said he's got no problem with Papa Ball.

"The Kardashians, we didn't say the mom was bad. She made them a lot of money, right? She bragged on her daughters. And I think it's the same here. He's saying, 'hey, my son is great.'"

"There's nothing bad with that. We're not looking at LaVar being a problem if we're blessed to have an opportunity to draft Lonzo."

And Magic isn't the only Lakers decision maker to endorse LaVar. Lake Show head coach, Luke Walton, told TMZ Sports earlier this week LaVar's big personality doesn't scare him ... 'cause his own dad was a character.

Lonzo to the Lakers is lookin' more and more like a sure thing.

Charles Oakley LeBron Doesn't Care About M.J. He's Focused On Titles

5/25/2017 6:35 AM PDT

LeBron James has one thing on his mind right now, and it sure as hell ain't Michael Jordan ... so says M.J.'s former teammate, Charles Oakley, who tells TMZ Sports the King only cares about beating the Warriors.

Oak -- who's good friends with LBJ -- gave us a bit of insight on what's going through LBJ's head during the playoffs, and the fellow Cleveland native says James only cares about getting that 4th ring.

As for LeBron's chances against the Warriors -- who have yet to lose a game in the playoffs -- Oak's confident the Cavs are gonna come out on top.

J.R. Smith 1st Pic At Home With Preemie Baby

5/24/2017 9:17 AM PDT

J.R. Smith had a helluva day Tuesday ... taking his baby, Dakota, home and winning a playoff game ... and now we have the first photo of daddy and daughter at home.

As we previously reported, Smith and his wife, Shirley, took Kota home yesterday after a miracle 4 month stay in the hospital.

Kota was born in January at only 21 gestational weeks ... and many "experts" thought survival was virtually impossible.

They were wrong.

Kota's home, and J.R.'s 1 win away from the NBA Finals. It's good to be J.R. Smith.

NBA All-Star Game Back To Charlotte After Bathroom Bill Axed

5/24/2017 8:30 AM PDT
Breaking News

The NBA pulled the '17 All-Star Game from Charlotte 'cause of a controversial state law, but Wednesday said the '19 ASG is headed back to the city after the bill was repealed.

Here's the situation ... in July 2016, the league moved the game from Charlotte to New Orleans after HB2 -- a bill that forced people to use the bathroom that corresponded to their birth gender, and was widely seen as a discriminatory -- was not repealed.

At the time, Adam Silver said, "we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2."

The caveat ... if the bill was repealed, the NBA would consider re-awarding Charlotte with the game.

Losing the game was a big deal. The state lost a lot of revenue from fans that would've flocked to N.C. to watch the league's best players ball.

In March, North Carolina state politicians voted to repeal HB2 ... opening the door for the game to go down in Charlotte.

Today, that's exactly what the commish did ... saying "while we understand the concerns of those who say the repeal of HB2 did not go far enough, we believe the recent legislation eliminates the most egregious aspects of the prior law."

J.R. Smith Preemie Baby Comes Home ... Medical Miracle

5/23/2017 5:38 PM PDT
Breaking News

Huge day for J.R. Smith -- and it has nothing to do with the NBA Playoffs -- his preemie daughter has finally been discharged from the hospital after a miraculous 4 month battle.

As we previously reported, J.R.'s wife Shirley gave birth to their daughter Dakota (aka Kota) back in January -- nearly 5 months before her due date.

Shirley says the baby was born at just 21 gestational weeks -- and many medical experts believed she barely had a chance at survival.

But Kota defied the odds and with the incredible treatment she received at Cleveland Children's Hospital, she finally got her eviction from the NICU on Tuesday.

J.R. and Shirley are clearly over the moon. Props to the doctors, nurses, staff and everyone involved!

Welcome home, Kota!

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