Don't get it twisted, Rondo says he's fired up about the Bulls' chances this year -- but says the guys really click when it comes to helping people.
Andy Cohen 'God Bless the NBA' For Moving All-Star Game Outta Charlotte
7/27/2016 8:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Just last week Silver explained, "We do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2."
HB2 is the controversial bill passed in North Carolina which eliminates certain legal protections for victims of LGBT discrimination.
Cohen couldn't be HAPPIER with the NBA's move to 86 Charlotte -- saying, "I love it! God bless the NBA."
He also ripped into North Carolina governor Pat McCrory -- who's been defending the bill for months.
"That f*****g governor, he needs to be voted out," Cohen tells TMZ Sports.
You gotta watch the clip -- Andy's fired up!
NBA's DeJuan Blair Cited for Battery On Woman ... At Vegas Club
7/25/2016 12:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NBA player DeJuan Blair -- who played for the Washington Wizards last season -- was cited for misdemeanor battery against a woman at a Vegas club this weekend ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Las Vegas Metro PD has confirmed ... officers were called to Drai's nightclub at The Cromwell around 1 AM Sunday morning to respond to a report of a man who allegedly got physical with a woman.
The alleged victim told police ... she was arguing with Blair over the line into the club when he picked her up and tossed her off to the side. The woman was pissed and retaliated by striking him back -- before calling for help.
Sources tell us ... when cops arrived they checked security video and decided there was enough evidence to issue a citation to Blair for misdemeanor battery. He was NOT arrested.
However, cops tell TMZ Sports Blair was also issued a "trespassing warning" from the property and told to leave immediately.
People close to Blair tell TMZ Sports he's adamant he did not throw the woman -- as one source put it, "He simply moved her out of the way when he was trying to get by her. Nothing more."
As for the woman, we're told she refused medical treatment -- but she's still pissed and is considering a lawsuit against the NBA player.
Shaq Most Dominant DJ Ever Spins 1&2's At HUGE EDM Festival
7/23/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Steve Aoki, David Guetta, Afrojack and ... Shaq?
The Diesel might just be on that list of world-famous and successful DJs ... after having rocked the crowd at one of the biggest EDM festivals in the entire world.
Shaq took the stage early Friday at Tomorrowland ... a 3-day EDM bonanza in Belgium that attracts over 180,000 crazily dressed (probably unsober) partygoers a year.
We're told Shaq's set lasted about an hour ... and while his primary wheelhouse is hip-hop ... he mainly stayed true to the EDM format most of the crowd wanted to hallucinate to.
Check out the video ... it's clear the big man was totally into it, and we already know he takes his reputation as a DJ very seriously, so it's no wonder he killed it.
Careful with all that jumping, big fella .... we doubt those knees are playoff-ready at this point.
Draymond Green Strikes Plea Deal in Bar Attack Case ... No Jail
7/22/2016 9:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Draymond Green will be off the hook in his bar fight case ... if he can keep his nose clean for a year ... because the NBA star just struck a plea deal with prosecutors.
Green was arrested for assault on July 10th after allegedly striking a college football player in the face outside of a Michigan bar. He was facing more than 90 days in jail if convicted.
If he does all of those things ... the charge will be reduced to a civil infraction ... so he won't have a misdemeanor on his record.
We spoke with Asst. City Attorney David Meyers who tells us Draymond got NO special treatment.
"The plea agreement reached with Mr. Green is in accordance with our normal plea bargain procedures and guidelines for a case with similar circumstances, evidence and witness statements. We simply treated Mr. Green no differently than any other defendant that we prosecute."
NBA How's This for a Bathroom Break? We Won't Play All-Star Game in Charlotte
7/21/2016 3:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The NBA is officially saying goodbye to North Carolina ... the 2017 All-Star Game will be moved to a state more friendly to the LGBT community.
The catalyst for the decision ... the North Carolina law that requires people to use bathrooms that correspond with their birth gender. The move to repeal the law failed.
The game -- which was originally scheduled for February 19, 2017 at Timer Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte -- will now be moved to another city ... as yet undetermined.
An NBA official says, "We do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2."
All hope isn't lost for basketball fans in Charlotte ... the NBA says they HOPE to reschedule the ASG for 2019 ... providing Charlotte lawmakers 86 the bill.
Scottie Pippen & Shaq The Beef Is Over ... NBA Legends Hug It Out in Vegas
7/21/2016 10:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Remember, the two got into it bad last year -- with Shaq essentially telling Scottie that he rode Michael Jordan's coattails during the Bulls championship run back in the '90s.
Pippen responded by insulting Shaq's shooting ability -- so Shaq called him a "bum," a woman and the "Mase" to MJ's "Puffy."
But time apparently heals all wounds ... 'cause the two ran into each other in Vegas -- and were all smiles.
In fact, Pippen posted the pic with a caption that PRAISED O'Neal -- calling him "one of the greatest, most dominant big men of all-time."
Delonte West ATTEMPTING NBA COMEBACK ... Says Mom
7/21/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Delonte West is actively working on an NBA comeback -- so says his mother, who tells TMZ Sports her son is getting his life back together after a string of troubling setbacks.
The NBA community became concerned for West after pictures surfaced showing the 32-year-old looking disheveled in Texas ... and apparently begging for change in Maryland.
Delphina Addison says her son has had some mental health issues recently -- but he's back on his medication and in a good place.
"He is working toward coming back to the NBA. He has been working out and that’s where he's at as of now."
As for the photos of West apparently panhandling, Addison says the pics didn't tell the whole story.
"People did see him holding a sign but what they don’t know was there was a homeless guy standing out across from my place and Delonte saw him and wanted to help him out."
"Delonte is not homeless. He's living with his wife and kids," Addison told us.
As we previously reported, West spent time in a medical facility earlier this year ... but feels like he's made significant improvements and is now mentally prepared to get back to work.
"Delonte told me, 'Mom, if it took some things that I had to do to show me some wisdom, I thank God for that.'"
"He is a heck of a player ... and he said, 'It's showtime!' He's ready to come back."
NBA's Chandler Parsons Talkin' Timberlake Here's What It's Like to Work for JT
7/20/2016 4:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ever wonder what it's like to have Justin Timberlake as a boss?
Here's NBA star Chandler Parsons to tell you all about it -- since he now plays for the Memphis Grizzlies ... the team partially owned by the pop legend.
FYI, JT helped recruit Chandler to the squad ... and apparently it worked -- with Parsons signing a $94 MILLION contract earlier this month (check out the sick Rolls Royce at the end of the clip).
One more thing ... Parsons also gives serious love to his former owner Mark Cuban -- praising the guy as a great owner who will "always be my boy."
But seriously, check out the car ... it's good to be rich.
NBA's Jeremy Lin French Braids? ... Yep.
7/20/2016 10:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Another hair transformation for Jeremy Lin ... this time, he's taking his cue from The Game -- and rockin' french braids!
Lin just debuted his new look -- right before he was officially introduced as one of the new members of the Brooklyn Nets.
It's not the first time Lin's mixed up the hair look -- he's rocked the mohawk, the man bun and the Miley Cyrus.
Kevin Durant & Draymond Green Stone Cold Stunnin' At Team USA Dinner
7/18/2016 12:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Of course, the guys also happen to be on Team USA together -- along with DeAndre Jordan, DeMarcus Cousins, DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry -- and 'Melo organized a dinner for the team.
The squad was all in Vegas gearing up for Monday's first official practice (the team's home base is Sin City) -- but got together at the Wynn Sunday night for a fancy welcome dinner hosted by Carmelo and his friends at Haute Time.
We're told hotel owner Steve Wynn couldn't make it -- but sent one of his favorite magicians to entertain the guys. You can see in the pics they all seem to be havin' a good time.
By the way, big smiles on Draymond Green's face the entire evening -- seems he ain't too worried about that whole assault case in Michigan.
NBA's Byron Scott I Can't Afford My Ex-Wife's Lifestyle ... I'm Unemployed!!
7/17/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ex-Lakers coach Byron Scott says he can't keep paying for his ex-wife's baller lifestyle, 'cause he hasn't found a new job yet.
As we previously reported, Scott signed a $17 MILLION contract with the Lakers right after he filed for divorce in 2014. He'd been married to his high school sweetheart, Anita, for 29 years.
Since he was making around $300k per month at the time, the judge ordered him to pay $26k per month in spousal support.
But in new court docs obtained by TMZ Sports, Byron claims his financial situation has changed drastically ... 'cause he got fired in April and isn't pulling those huge NBA checks anymore.
Byron says his only form of income these days is a $50k-per-month deferred compensation check from the Cavs ... and half of that already goes straight to Anita.
On top of that, Byron says he probably won't find a new job 'til next year .... 'cause every team has filled their coaching spots and "there will not be a need for an analyst or commentator" at this point in the season.
Byron is asking the judge to cut off all spousal support payments ... at least for now. The case is due back in court later this month.
Ron Artest's Son Posterized in Drew League Game
7/16/2016 12:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Metta World Peace's son is a rising star in the high school basketball world -- but he got brought right back down to earth during a Drew League game ... and it was all caught on video.
16-year-old Ron Artest III took the court with some legit ballers in the prestigious L.A. league last week -- and got a real-life experience about what it's like to get dunked on ... hard.
The guy with the ball is Sek Henry -- who started 99 games during his 4 years at Nebraska before playing pro ball overseas. Point is, dude can play.
Artest went up for the block ... it didn't go well.
Don't worry, Ron, it even happens to the greats sometimes ... just ask your dad.