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Donald Sterling

Meets with Steve Ballmer

Over Clippers Sale (VIDEO)

7/21/2014 4:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

072114_steve_ballmer_launchDonald Sterling is now willing to talk about selling the team over which he's waging legal war ... because he just met with Steve Ballmer to talk about the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Ballmer went to Sterling's Beverly Hills estate Monday at 3 PM, along with Shelly Sterling's lawyer, Pierce O'Donnell ... who brokered the $2 billion deal.

Sources tell TMZ Sports ... Donald has softened his position and is now considering signing off on the sale ... in no small part because his lawyers have told him he's going to lose his court case.

Our sources say Donald himself requested the meeting.

We're told Donald has not signed off yet ... but it's moving in that direction.

Kevin Durant

HITS BACK AT FASHION HATERS

... Over Green ESPY Jacket

7/17/2014 6:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

071714_kevin_durant_launch_v2 They called him the "Jolly Green Giant" ... "Gumby" ... and "Walking Pool Table Material" ... but Kevin Durant had a message for everyone who hated on his ESPY fashion last night ... and TMZ Sports has the video.

The NBA MVP had swapped out his green jacket for a more casual look when he hit up 1Oak in Hollywood after the awards show -- and told us how he felt about the hate that was directed his way on social media. 

The man makes a solid point -- but still, he did sorta look like his outfit was designed by Will Ferrell from "Elf."

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Lebron James

I CHOOSE CLEVELAND

... Return of the King

7/11/2014 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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LeBron James Returning To Cleveland CavaliersLeBron James is RETURNING TO CLEVELAND ... telling Sports Illustrated he has finally made up his mind to leave the Miami Heat. 

Bron is from Cleveland ... and still has a house in Akron. 

During his 4-year run with the Heat, LeBron won 2 NBA championships and made the NBA Finals all 4 years. 

James wrote an essay for Sports Illustrated explaining his decision ... in which he writes, "I always believed that I’d return to Cleveland and finish my career there. I just didn’t know when."

"After the season, free agency wasn’t even a thought. But I have two boys and my wife, Savannah, is pregnant with a girl. I started thinking about what it would be like to raise my family in my hometown. I looked at other teams, but I wasn’t going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland. The more time passed, the more it felt right. This is what makes me happy."

James says, "I'm not promising a championship" ... but says that's clearly his goal ... a goal that will take several years to accomplish.

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel just tweeted -- "YESSSSSSSS!! Couldn't be happier for my guy @KingJames and the @cavs #Cleveland."

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Dennis Rodman

Woman Tells Cops She Was Drugged

While Boozing with NBA Star

7/11/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Dennis Rodman
 has been named in a police report -- by a woman who claims she was drugged last week during a hotel drinking session with the ex-NBA star ... TMZ has learned.

According to the report filed with Ft. Lauderdale PD ... 22-year-old Angela Torre says she met Rodman and a friend named Charlie at the Ocean Manor Resort Hotel on July 1st.

Torre claims the three went back to a hotel room -- where she had "one drink and a shot" ... and then she blacked out. Next thing she remembers is waking up in the hospital.

Cops say they did some checking ... and confirmed the fire department DID transport Torre to the hospital that night ... after she was discovered "passed out" in the hotel restaurant.

Torre told police ... when she woke up in the hospital, she BOLTED before she was properly discharged and did not know the results of any medical tests that may have been performed. 

Sources tell us ... doctors DID NOT administer a rape kit. 

According to the police report, Torre claimed she had a bruise on her chest and a bump on her head ... but no other injuries.  

The report also says, "Torre believes she was given drugs by an unknown person without her knowledge, but does not recall."

She NEVER directly accuses Dennis of any wrongdoing -- and he is NOT listed as a suspect in the police report. 

It's worth noting ... Rodman WAS at the Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar at Ocean Manor on July 1st during the World Cup match between USA and Belgium ... and even shot a pump-up video for the U.S. team that day (see below).

Sources tell us Torre recently went back to the hospital for a blood test to see if any drugs show up in her system ... those results are still pending.

The case is currently under investigation.

We reached out to Rodman for comment ... so far no word back.

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Reggie Bush

I'm Getting Married

... Just Like LeBron

7/10/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Reggie Bush Getting MarriedReggie Bush is finally going to tie the knot ... THIS WEEKEND ... and the NFL star is getting married at the same place where LeBron James swapped "I dos" ... TMZ Sports has learned.

We know ... the Detroit Lions running back and his longtime girlfriend/baby mama Lilit Avagyan are all set to have their wedding at the Grand Del Mar in San Diego this weekend. 

Fun Fact -- The Grand Del Mar is TripAdvisor's #1 hotel in the United States. 

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LeBron got married at the exclusive upscale resort last year ... and despite the fact it was littered with A-listers, the hotel did a pretty good job of keeping things private -- which was probably a selling point for Bush.

Bush and Avagyan got engaged last year -- right around the time she gave birth to their daughter. 

Congrats!
 
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July 11th -- Reggie talked to TMZ Sports about the wedding ... telling us the ceremony is gonna cost him a FORTUNE!!!!!! 

Donald Sterling to Shelly

YOU'RE A PIG!!!

7/9/2014 4:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0709-donald-shelly-sterling-2The always charming Donald Sterling called his wife a PIG in open court moments ago ... because, well, that's the kind of guy he is. 

Shelly Sterling was stepping down from the stand ... where she testified that she still loves Donald and only called for a medical evaluation for him because she was afraid he suffered a recent stroke.

But as she got off the stand and made her way toward Donald, the curmudgeon lashed out ... saying, "Stay away from me you pig!"

The judge told Donald to calm down. 

In what seemed like a response to Shelly's testimony about Donald possibly having a stroke -- Donald also told his estranged wife, "How can you say that?!"

Donald Sterling -- he's like Casanova ... but the opposite.

NYC Strip Club to 'Melo

Free Lap Dances for Life

... If You Re-Sign w/ Knicks

7/9/2014 1:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Carmelo Anthony Re-Signs Knicks

NBA free agency just got real -- cause one of the most famous shake joints in the country is offering Carmelo Anthony FREE LAP DANCES FOR LIFE ... if he re-signs with the NY Knicks.

TMZ Sports spoke to Scores New York -- one of the top strip clubs in the world -- and they tell us that if 'Melo chooses to remain with the Knicks, they'll make it worth his while with the most sinful package of flesh pressing goodies ever. 

The Scores New York "Melo Love" package includes:

-- Free lap dances for life.
-- Judging  the “Dollars For Scholars” amateur pole dancing competition (15,000 scholarship in his name to the winner.)
-- A new drink called “The Melo Carmelo” to be served in the club forever.
-- His own personal ball girl and cheerleading squad for every Knicks game that would only cheer for Carmelo.
-- A topless charity basketball game in his honor (in which he could play) ... "where holding is not a foul."

Scores isn't the only strip club throwing some love Melo's way though, The Admiral Theater in Chicago -- another city seriously in contention for Anthony's services -- have their own ideas on how to get Melo in Bulls uniform.

The Admiral Theater's "Sign with the Bulls" offer to Carmelo includes:

-- A life sized portrait of him with various girls at his feet to be on display in the club forever.
-- A LaLa Anthony look-alike contest in the club that Melo and LaLa could judge as a couple.
-- Free driver service to and from the club forever.
-- 3 of the dancers from the club would tattoo 'Carmelo Anthony' on their bodies (they really said this). 

Of course, with reports surfacing that Anthony will announce he'll resign with New York -- the ladies at Scores better get ready to work!

Donald Sterling

I Could Get $5 Billion

... For the Clippers

7/8/2014 2:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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4:50 PM PT -- The hearing is over ... and Donald was his usual unlikable self in the court room. 

During the hearing, he trashed his wife Shelly ... saying, "It’s ludicrous to think she could run a corporation. She’s beautiful, but she can’t run anything”

He also called Shelly's lawyer a "smart ass."

Donald told the court he believes he could strike a BETTER deal  than Shelly for the Clippers -- saying he could fetch between $2.5 and $5 billion for the team. 
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Cue the band ... Donald Sterling is finally in court to "face the music" in a Los Angeles courtroom.

Sterling snuck into the courthouse -- dodging reporters and photogs outside -- and took a seat for his trial to determine who gets to sell the Clippers.

Shelly Sterling is also in court. She did not hide as she silently walked into court earlier this morning.

Donald is expected to testify today ... after skipping day one of the trial. Shelly's attorney had called Donald out and claimed he was "on the run."

Stay tuned ... 

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Attorney Bert Fields

DONALD STERLING IS ON THE RUN

7/7/2014 8:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Donald Sterling TrialDonald Sterling's trial is set to begin any minute in L.A. ... and the disgraced Clippers owner has not arrived -- and now, Shelly Sterling's lawyer says he believes Donald is "on the run."

Shelly's attorney Bert Fields just arrived to L.A. County Superior Court and after trashing Donald's "sham" motion to move the case to federal court ... said he believes Sterling is in hiding. 

"I even understand he left town," Fields said ... "That's the kind of guy he is. He's willing to do anything rather than face the music."

Fields added, "But he's ultimately gonna have to face it ... as Joe Louis once said, 'He can run but he can't hide.'"

Stay tuned ...

Kevin Garnett

WAR IN MALIBU!

Neighbor Alleges Illegal Activity

7/7/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0703_kevin_garnett_GettyKevin Garnett being sued for allegedly lying, deceiving and screwing over his neighbor? ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!! 

TMZ Sports has learned the NBA superstar has been hit with a lawsuit by the guy who lives in the $3.5 million mansion next door in Malibu ... accusing Garnett of an illegal renovation that's killed his insane ocean view.  

According to the suit, obtained by TMZ Sports, Garnett started the construction project on his $9.5 million mega-mansion back in 2013 ... but never got the correct permits. 

In fact, the neighbor says KG lied to the City of Malibu by saying the whole thing was just a simple interior remodeling job -- when he was really adding-on to the home -- in an effort to cut through the red tape that comes with trying to get permits for expansion work. 

0703_kevin_garnett_house_google_mapsThere's more ... the neighbor also says Garnett has REFUSED to "trim, prune and lace trees and foliage" that also block his view of the Pacific.

The neighbor says he tried to complain to KG -- but both Kevin and his wife "scoffed" and "stonewalled" them as if they couldn't be bothered. 

Now, the neighbor is suing for damages ... PLUS he wants the judge to FORCE the Garnett's to remove everything that's blocking his view, stat!!! (It is summer after all). 

We reached out to KG --  so far, no word back.

NBA Draft Pick Joel Embiid

I Don't Celebrate the 4th

... I'm Not American!

7/4/2014 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Doesn't matter that he'll be working here for the next couple of years ... and making MILLIONS ... NBA draft pick Joel Embiid says he won't be celebrating the 4th today because he's not American.

Embiid -- who hails from Cameroon -- was limping out of dinner at Boa Steakhouse in Hollywood last night when we asked him about his plans for the holiday ... and the guy gave us a very honest answer.

The good news for 76ers fans -- Embiid was moving around pretty good on his right foot ... despite the fact it's still in a cast.

For the record, we get Embiid's position on the 4th ... but c'mon man -- FIRE UP THE GRILL AND COOK UP SOME BURGERS!!! When in Rome ...

Donald Sterling

I'VE GOT MY OWN DOC

... He Thinks My Brain Works Fine

6/23/2014 12:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Donald Sterling HealthDonald Sterling says he's tracked down a doctor who thinks his mind is in perfect working order -- and he wants the doc to testify during the trial ... or else he'll suffer "grave" injury.

Sterling just filed new court docs in his legal war with his estranged wife Shelly -- begging the judge to postpone the start of the Clippers trial so he can bring in a neurologist who will tell the judge Donald is NOT mentally incapacitated.

In the docs, obtained by TMZ Sports, Donald says Dr. Jeffrey Cummings -- Director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health -- will vouch for him ... but will be out of town and unable to testify in court until after July 20th.

Sterling says Shelly's assertion that the Clippers deal must close by July 15th (the end of Steve Ballmer's escape clause) ... is complete B.S.

Sterling says the only deadline that should matter to the court is September 15th -- the day the NBA says it will seize the team and sell it in a public auction if a deal isn't closed.

Donald claims if he is not allowed to use Dr. Cummings to prove his mental competency ... he will risk "grave and irreparable injury insofar as his defense will be impaired and his assets will be subject to distribution without his consent."

A judge has yet to rule.

Keyshia Cole

Ready to Divorce NBA Hubby

Through with 'Boobie' ... But Maybe Not Boobies

6/20/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Keyshia Cole Divorce

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is officially pulling the plug on her marriage to ex-NBA player Daniel "Boobie" Gibson -- 3 months after revealing they had split.

Sources close to the singer tell TMZ she's already drawn up divorce papers and we're told she plans to file them any day now. The couple has a 4-year-old son.

Keyshia and Boobie had 2 wedding ceremonies ... the first in May 2011, and then a bigger -- aka expensive -- one four months later in Hawaii. One divorce will get the job done though.

Interestingly, Cole just released a new single called "She" which seems to allude to a female lover: "Down to try something different/Lips and legs/Soft skin so feminine/Curves like me/Covered in my cherry scent."

Maybe unrelated. Possibly just art. Definitely hot.

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