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Kevin Durant Clippers Honchos Arrive for Meeting ... DeAndre, Ballmer & Doc

7/1/2016 4:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

070116-doc-rivers-deandre-jordan-inf-02The Clippers have landed in NY -- with DeAndre Jordan, Doc Rivers and Steve Ballmer all laser focused on signing Kevin Durant

The Clippers trio touched down in the Hamptons -- where they're reportedly set to meet with KD, who became an unrestricted free agent on Friday. 

Ballmer and Rivers managed to pry Jordan out of an essentially done deal with the Dallas Mavericks last year -- but can they work their same magic on Durant???

We'll see ... 

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O.J. Mayo Banned from NBA for 2 Years ... Violating Anti-Drug Program

7/1/2016 10:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0701_oj-mayo-gettyAnother O.J. ... from USC ... in big trouble. 

Milwaukee Bucks star O.J. Mayo has been BANNED from playing in the NBA for 2 years -- after league officials say he violated the NBA's anti-drug policy. 

Unclear what caused the violation or when it occurred. 

The league says 28-year-old Mayo "is eligible to apply for reinstatement in two years."

It's not Mayo's first problem with the league -- he was suspended for 10 games in 2011 for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. 

Rapper Bun B Kevin Durant's My Homie You NEED to Sign with Houston!!

7/1/2016 9:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Did you know ... rap legend Bun B is longtime homies with Kevin Durant???

It's true -- and now the rap legend is reaching out to the NBA superstar to convince him to sign with his beloved Houston Rockets. 

With Durant officially on the market, the Trill OG made this video pitch to KD -- explaining why Houston is the PERFECT fit for a 27-year-old multimillionaire.

Good luck ... 

Gilbert Arenas Iggy Should Blame Herself You KNEW You Couldn't Trust Nick!

7/1/2016 6:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0701-gilbert-arenas-iggy-azalea-nick-young-TMZ-01Gilbert Arenas says Iggy Azalea has no one to blame but HERSELF for the Nick Young cheating scandal -- saying she KNEW he was a dog who was going to mess around on her. 

Remember, Gilbert and Young used to be friends and NBA teammates -- but that relationship turned sour over the past couple of months.  

Now, Arenas is seemingly calling out Iggy for not kicking Young to the curb after he admitted he cheated on her the first time

"My N***a hit iggy with the #back2back cheating ... she said she was gonna cut that s*** OFF if she caught you cheating AGAIN."

"Blame yo self iggy...you knew damn well you couldnt leave yo dog at the house with no DOG FOOD."

"you didnt leave #NoPuppyChow #NoPedagree #NokibblesAndBits no nothing how was he suppose to eat?"

As for Iggy, she's clearly still pissed at Nick -- tweeting out Thursday night, "I feel like my body was just drop kicked out of a plane with no parachute."

J.R. Smith My Wife Loves My Body ... Rockin' My Tatted Tee!

6/30/2016 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

063016-jr-smith-tmz-sportsEveryone seems to love the J.R. Smith tatted tee shirts ... including his own wife -- who rocked J.R.'s body to a prestigious golf course in Ohio Thursday. 

J.R. and Jewel hit up Firestone Country Club in Akron, OH today -- each wearing J.R. Smith-inspired outfits from Fresh Brewed Tees

J.R. sported the "J.R. For President" tee -- we're guessing it was inspired by the fact President Obama told him to put a shirt on after the Cavs won the NBA Championship.

Hail to the chief ... 

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D-Wade, Lebron & CP3 Yacht Dance Party

6/30/2016 10:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul are all partying on a yacht off the coast of Spain -- and having a BLAST! 

Check out footage from the dance party the superstars posted online -- it's pretty great. 

NBA's Richard Jefferson I'm NOT Retiring 'Gonna Play a Couple More Years'

6/30/2016 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Richard Jefferson says he's definitely NOT hangin' 'em up -- telling TMZ Sports he has no plans to retire and wants to ball for "a couple more years." 

The 36-year-old Cleveland Cavs star initially announced his retirement in the locker room -- right after his squad beat the Golden State Warriors to win the NBA championship. 

But he's been walkin' that statement back ever since -- and Wednesday at The Solution (an IV hydration spa in L.A.) he told us pretty definitely "I'm not retiring."

Question is ... is he gonna stay in Cleveland? We asked. Check out what he said. 

Kyrie Irving My Yacht Party Wasn't Racist ... I Love Black Women

6/29/2016 4:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kyrie Irving says allegations that his yacht party was a "No Black Girls Allowed" event is complete BS -- calling the rumors complete "nonsense."

The Cleveland Cavs star came under fire from social media trolls who saw the footage of Kyrie on a boat with a bunch of women ... many of whom were white. 

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Now, Kyrie is firing back at the critics -- saying, "I'd never think I would have to address something as ridiculous as a yacht party, but I wasn't raised to discriminate against any race let alone any race of women, especially my own."

"I was raised by the black women in my family and for me to be connected to some nonsense like a 'No black girls allowed' party is embarrassing and an inaccurate portrayal of who and what I represent as man."

Irving apologized to the people who were offended without knowing the facts -- but says, "that story has no truth to it and I wanted to clear the air on all of this B.S."

"But now, I would like to continue celebrating this championship. Thank you."

NBA Rookie Demetrius Jackson Orders Custom Suit ... With My Face On It!!!

6/29/2016 4:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0629_Demetrius-Jackson_jacket_getty_ESQ-ClothingNBA rookie Demetrius Jackson has gone next level with his wardrobe personalization -- ordering up a sick custom jacket ... WITH HIS OWN FACE INSIDE IT!! 

The Boston Celtics rook -- 45th pick in the draft -- hit up Ge Wang at ESQ Clothing and asked for 3 unique jackets. Wang delivered ... with custom lining made specifically for Jackson.

The first jacket featured DJ in his Notre Dame jersey. The second was a tribute to his dog, Obi. The third was ND's famous Golden Dome building. 

0629_Demetrius-Jackson_jacket_getty_ESQ-Clothing_SUBWe spoke with Wang ... who told us, "Demetrius didn't specifically say what to put on them. We tried to surprise him a bit. He's very passionate about his upbringing and his puppy, so we went that route.”

Wang wouldn't say how much DJ paid for his handmade threads -- but said his stuff usually runs about $2k per suit plus another $500 for custom lining. 

Good thing DJ's rich. 

Michael Jordan I Jet Ski, Bro ... But Get Me a Helmet!!!

6/29/2016 2:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0629_michael_jordan_jet_ski_italy_launchWho jet skis with a helmet? Michael Jordan ... that's who. 

The NBA legend jumped on a watercraft off the coast of Italy and shredded the waves around some cool cliffs and caverns ... but he made sure to protect his billion dollar brain. 

#SafetyFirst

Thon Maker's H.S. Coach Passport PROVES He's Really 19 ... See For Yourself!

6/29/2016 12:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0629_ThonMaker-Expired-Passport_twitterThon Maker's former high school coach believes the NBA rookie's PASSPORT will help end the debate over Thon's real age ... so he posted it on social media. 

In the days and weeks before he was drafted 10th overall, skeptics claimed the Sudan-born superstar is YEARS older than he claims to be ... and has been lying about his age to get a competitive advantage. 

But Sky Smith -- one of Thon's coaches at the Athlete Institute prep school in Ontario, Canada -- believes Thon's expired passport (issued in 2009) will prove he's really 19 years old. 

Check it out for yourself ... Smith says the passport was issued by the Australian government in 2009 -- when Thon was 12 years old. It says his date of birth is Feb. 25 1997. 

Of course, the conspiracy theorists will continue to theorize ... but this seems to be more solid than a probably photoshopped high school yearbook photo. 

Shareef O'Neal Colleges Love Me Check Out the Recruiting Letters!

6/29/2016 9:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0629-shareef-o-neal-snap-01Shaquille O'Neal's son is in high demand -- the 16-year-old high school hoops star just got a brand new wave of letters from colleges hoping to land the 6'9" phenom. 

Everyone knows ... Shareef O'Neal has become one of the most high profile prep basketball players in the country -- with big college programs like LSU, Arizona and Cal reportedly offering him a ride already.

Now, a bunch of other schools have joined the race -- Shareef posted a pic of brand new recruiting letters from Colorado, Saint Mary's, Gonzaga and Memphis. 

Shareef says he hasn't made up his mind yet -- but it seems USC and UCLA are in the lead ... because his mom wants him to stay local. 

Stay tuned ... 

J.R. Smith Selling My Body Tatted Tees Making Huge $$

6/28/2016 9:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0628-jr-smith-tattoos-shirt-front-GETTY-FRESH_BREWED_TEES-01Tons of people want a body like J.R. Smith -- and now they can have it ... 'cause the NBA star is selling t-shirts of his tatted physique ... and making a TON of cash in the process. 

Smith's inked up physique dominated the Internet when he refused to put a shirt on following the NBA Finals -- and a Cleveland-based clothing company saw a huge chance to cash in on the topless attention.

We spoke with Tony Madalone of Fresh Brewed Tees who immediately commissioned replicas of Smith's upper body for shirts ... and he says they've already sold 1,000 units ($35 a pop) in less than 24 hours. 

What's interesting ... the company realized some of J.R.'s tats could be problematic because they're based off trademarked images ... such as Michael Jordan's "Jumpman" logo. 

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So, in an effort to skirt the issue ... FBT altered some of the tats. Some of the changes -- they removed the name "Jordan" from a #23 jersey and modified the "Jumpman" logo. 

By the way, Obama famously told Smith to put a shirt on after the victory ... wonder if this counts? 

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