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Karl-Anthony Towns Puts NBA On Notice Watch Out For My T-Wolves

8/16/2017 11:11 AM PDT
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Karl-Anthony Towns thinks his Minnesota Timberwolves are gonna "have some fun" this year at the rest of the NBA's expense, telling TMZ Sports it's time for the league to watch out for the pups in Minneapolis.

The Wolves are pretty stacked, adding Jimmy Butler to a squad that already has Andrew Wiggins and Towns, two of the best young players in the league.

When we got KAT out at Craig's in L.A. and asked him how he feels about the Wolves getting a marquee Christmas Day matchup this year, he answered with a little message to the whole league.

"We're gonna have fun this year I'll tell you that much, watch out for us."

We'd take the kid seriously if we were you NBA guys ... and being you NBA guys would be awesome.

Luke Walton Can Lonzo Be The Next Kobe? 'Anything Is Possible'

8/16/2017 7:24 AM PDT
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Lakers head coach Luke Walton knows ya never put a ceiling on a player -- including Lonzo Ball.

So, when he was asked if Lonzo could be the next Kobe Bryant ... he didn't exactly rule it out.

Walton's clearly excited about his team -- telling us good things about the Lakers on his way out of Catch in L.A.

But does Walton REALLY think LaVar's kid can rack up stats like the 5-time NBA champ, 2-time NBA Finals MVP, 18-time All-Star, 2-time NBA scoring champ, 2008 NBA MVP, 11-time 1st Team All-NBA & Slam Dunk Contest champ?

Nah ... he was just being nice.

Tina Knowles Beyonce Would Be the Perfect Rockets Owner!

8/16/2017 6:31 AM PDT
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Beyonce's mom tells TMZ Sports it would be "really great" if her daughter became the next owner of the Houston Rockets -- saying she's got the Houston connection that fans would love! 

After current Rockets owner Leslie Alexander announced he was selling the team last month, Beyonce's name showed up in reports as a very interested buyer. 

So, when we saw Tina Knowles leaving Mastro's Steakhouse in Bev Hills on Tuesday, we had to ask ... what's up?!

Tina wasn't spilling the tea on B's business plans -- but did explain why she thinks the Rockets would be the perfect fit for her daughter. 

But if it happens, will mom attend every game? Don't plan on it ... 

Rasheed Wallace Zach Randolph Doesn't Sell Dope!!

8/16/2017 12:45 AM PDT
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Rasheed Wallace says he knows "for a fact" Zach Randolph is no drug dealer -- despite getting busted with more than 2 pounds of weed ... telling TMZ Sports Z-Bo just knows how to throw a party.

We spoke with Sheed about the NBA star's recent L.A. arrest for possession of marijuana with intent to sell ... and Wallace laughed off any notion that Randolph was trying to slang.

"It seems to be -- no matter who you are -- the bigger the paycheck, the bigger the party," Sheed says.

"I know for a fact he ain't no dope dealer."

Wallace adds a personal message for Z-Bo ... telling him to keep his head up and ball out this season.

Allen Iverson Coaching Kobe In BIG3 Would Be Love!

8/15/2017 6:07 AM PDT
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Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant on the same team??? A.I. says that would be dope as hell. 

With BIG3 honcho Ice Cube saying he's gunning for Kobe to join his basketball league next season, we asked Iverson how he felt about possibly coaching the Black Mamba on his 3's Company team.

"That would be love," Iverson said ... "love, baby."

Kobe hasn't weighed in on Cube's offer yet -- but there are other big names in the mix for Season 2, including Lamar Odom and Gilbert Arenas

Kendall Jenner & Blake Griffin Hard to Hide We're Hanging Out

8/14/2017 7:08 AM PDT

OK, something's up between Kendall Jenner and Blake Griffin because they're hanging out for the second time in less than a week.

Kendall and Blake grabbed dinner at Craig's Sunday night in WeHo. It appears they jumped in separate whips but were seen together inside the joint. Just last week, they left Avenue Nightclub in Hollywood and jumped in the same limo.

No word on whether Kendall kicked A$AP Rocky to the curb and rebounded with the NBA superstar. Same goes for Blake ... who last September welcomed his second child with Brynn Cameron.

Where there's smoke ... 

Gilbert Arenas I Might Join BIG3 League 'Hopefully Next Year'

8/14/2017 12:45 AM PDT
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Ice Cube is one step closer to adding "Agent 0" to his BIG3 league -- with Gilbert Arenas telling TMZ Sports he's seriously considering joining up.

35-year-old Arenas was promoting his Life Water company at 7/11 in L.A. this week when he told us he's been in talks with Cube's 3-on-3 league about signing on for next season. 

In fact, Arenas says he's hoping the two sides can work out a sponsorship deal where his beverage company can be the official drink of the league. 

But even if that doesn't work out, Arenas says he'd still consider lacing up -- most likely because he has friends like Kenyon Martin who are having a blast getting back on the court. 

As for Gilbert, he's been staying in basketball shape -- constantly posting workout videos from the gym ... and it's impressive stuff.

LeBron James Turns the Tables on Trump ... With 'MAGA'-Like Hat

8/13/2017 12:46 PM PDT
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LeBron James found a way to troll President Trump with his own catchphrase by rocking a hat with a similar sentiment ... and he did it while DJing live at a club.

LeBron grabbed dinner Saturday night with his wife, Savannah, at Komodo in Miami., after which he joined the restaurant's owner, David Grutman and Kim K pal Jonathan Cheban, for some partying in their upstairs lounge.

We're told LeBron was put at the helm of the turntables and DJ'd for 2 hours straight -- all while sporting a red hat that said ... "Strive for Greatness" ... which looks an awful lot like Trump's "MAGA" hat.

Bron didn't address Trump during his DJ set, but the timing seems like anything but a coincidence considering the violent protests in Charlottesville the same day ...and his longtime stance as an anti-Trump guy. Plus ... there's this: 

LeBron ... making not-so-subtle shots great again. 

James Worthy Compares Lonzo to Magic

8/13/2017 12:25 AM PDT
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James Worthy on Lonzo Ball -- "He enhances everybody on the court. We haven't had someone with that type of talent really since Magic."

"Big Game James" just dished out some serious praise to Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball -- telling TMZ Sports he's REALLY excited about the kid ... and gave him one of the best compliments ever. 

Of course, Worthy was Magic Johnson's running mate back on the Showtime Lakers in the '80s -- and has been heavily involved with the Lakers organization ever since. 

So, for James to heap that kind of praise on Lonzo is a pretty big deal. 

We know what you're thinking -- is James dissing Kobe?

We don't think so -- seems more like a pure point guard comparison to us. 

One thing's for sure ... LaVar Ball is gonna LOOOOVE this clip. 

Kenny Smith Beyonce Owning Rockets Would Change Sports

8/13/2017 12:10 AM PDT
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Houston Rockets legend Kenny Smith believes the chances of Beyonce becoming a part owner of the team are "very good" -- and would immediately "change the whole dynamic of sports."

The singer is reportedly interested in buying a stake of the NBA team -- with current owner Les Alexander recently announcing he's looking to sell.

Smith -- who won 2 NBA Championships with the Rockets -- is still close with the team and even had a "date" with management last year about possibly being the head coach. 

So, we hit up Smith for the 411 -- and it's obvious, he's all about getting Beyonce into that owners' box. 

"I would love to see that," Kenny tells TMZ Sports ... "That would be something I look at my daughters and say, 'Look, see you don't have to be a part of the team. Own the team!" 

Kyrie Irving Honors 'Mentor' Kobe ... With Sick Bruce Lee Kicks

8/11/2017 12:09 PM PDT

LeBron might be in his doghouse, but Kyrie Irving has nothing but love for Kobe Bryant -- who he considers a "mentor" -- and just honored the guy with some dope Bruce Lee shoes. 

The Cleveland Cavs (for now) star says the 2009 Nike Kobe 11 "Bruce Lee" sneakers are his favorite shoes of all time -- and now that he's become tight with the Mamba, why not honor him with a new version of the shoe?!

Enter the NEW Bruce Lee Kyrie 3s ... which incorporates Kobe's signature Mamba logo as well as Lee's famous claw marks from "Enter the Dragon."

Kyrie says he wanted to commemorate the "relationship and mentorship that I've been able to develop with an incredible person."

Dope. 

Lonzo Ball Rocks BBB Shoes to NBA Rookie Shoot

8/11/2017 8:14 AM PDT

His jersey's got the Swoosh ... but Lonzo Ball says he's still a BBB guy at heart -- and the proof is on his feet. 

The L.A. Lakers rookie was at an NBA rookie photo shoot with teammate, Kyle Kuzma, when they started showing off their new Lakers uniforms, made by Nike. 

That's when Lonzo told the camera, "I know you see the Nike jersey on ... it's still Triple B's though!" 

He then pointed down to his $495 Big Baller Brand shoes. 

Daddy likey. 

Lamar Odom Eyeing BIG3 Comeback ... Says College Coach

8/10/2017 12:30 AM PDT
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Lamar Odom's seriously considering a basketball comeback ... and his sights are set on Ice Cube's BIG3 league -- so says a man who's been tight with L.O. since college.

TMZ Sports spoke with Lamar's Rhode Island coach, Jim Harrick -- who says he just talked to Odom the other day -- and says the basketball star is pumped about the idea of joining Cube's 3-on-3 league. 

It's actually a change of heart for Odom -- who previously told Harrick he wanted to hang up his sneakers for good ... "but this 3-on-3 has got him excited!"

Coach says Odom still has a ways to go health-wise ... but "if he can get in shape, he can play with anybody." 

Odom says he's sober now -- and vows to stay clean for his family. 

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