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Kyrie Irving Date Night with Chantel Jeffries ... Bieber's Ex-GF

6/21/2018 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Seems Kyrie Irving and Chantel Jeffries really are a thing -- 'cause the two were spotted on a movie date together on Monday ... and we're told they looked like a couple. 

The NBA star and Justin Bieber's ex-girlfriend took in a flick at the iPic in Westwood, CA -- "Incredibles 2" -- and they held hands on the way out of the place. 

By the way, the iPic is a seriously fancy joint -- it's got a full wait staff, bar and kitchen menu and they serve you in your seat while you're watching the movie! 

The two were reportedly spotted in New York earlier this month -- but it's unclear if they were together or just hanging out. 

Jeffries -- a DJ -- has been linked to a bunch of stars, including The Weeknd and DeSean Jackson. She was also famously in the car when Bieber was arrested for his DUI back in 2014. 

Irving dated Kehlani back in the day -- but recently came out and said they're still good friends. 

Josh Hart Everybody Chill Kyle & Lonzo Are Just Fine

6/20/2018 3:59 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Anyone waiting for Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball to get into a full-blown beef is about to be disappointed ... because Lakers guard Josh Hart says everything is cool between the two guys.

Lonzo and Kuzma have been taking shots at each other on social media (and on rap songs) so much that the Lakers brass reportedly stepped in and asked them to stop.

So, we got Hart out at The Peppermint Club in L.A. (where he was partying with his teammate, Julius Randle) and asked him if it's getting outta hand ... and he broke it down for us.

Chill guys ... don't scare Kawhi away.

Marvin Bagley 'Best Player In the Draft' ... Says Dad

6/20/2018 12:20 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Marvin Bagley III should DEFINITELY be the #1 overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday ... so says his father, Marvin Bagley II

"He should [go #1]," Bagley told TMZ Sports out in NYC ... "He's the best player in the draft!"

Marvin's dad says the whole family is excited for the 19-year-old superstar -- saying they're all trying to take it one day at a time. 

We also asked if he was concerned about fake friends trying to leech off Marvin after he gets rich -- and Mr. Bagley told us there's a plan for that.

"He's just gotta keep the circle tight!" 

It's good advice -- but as we all know, easier said than done. 

Nick Young 'Legalize Cocaine!' (Update: I'm Kidding, Y'all)

6/20/2018 6:02 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Nick Young's thrilled marijuana is becoming legal across the country ... but he's already onto the next issue -- COKE!!!

"I want people to pass cocaine," the NBA star told TMZ Sports outside 1 OAK on Tuesday night ... "Everybody needs to do cocaine!"

For the record, cocaine isn't illegal everywhere -- did you know blow is sorta legal in Colombia where people can possess 1 gram or less? There's similar laws in the Czech Republic and Uruguay.

And, there's been a real argument that legalizing all drugs could actually benefit the society.  

Aside from the booger sugar convo, we also spoke with Swaggy about LeBron James, the Warriors and how he's blinging out his brand new NBA Championship ring! 

Also ... kids, don't do drugs. 

11:30 AM PT -- Swaggy P just issued a statement saying CHILLAX -- he was just kidding around. 

Ayesha Curry Houston Restaurant Attacked On Yelp ... By Rockets Fans

6/20/2018 10:39 AM PDT
Breaking News

Houston Rockets fans are still so bitter at being knocked out of the playoffs by the Warriors, they've gone to Yelp to take out their frustrations on Ayesha Curry's new Houston restaurant. 

Steph Curry's wife is opening International Smoke in Houston in July -- and a bunch of haters have already bombarded the page with anti-Warriors trash talk, as first pointed out by NBA reporter Tomer Azarly.

Some of the highlights ... 

-- "Steph is overrated. Klay sucks" 

-- "This is absolutely the worst place to go - her husband cheated his way to a championship and now she has the guts to open up a place here??"

-- "Waited 35 mins for water and it tasted like Seth curry tears ! Will never be back ! Can't support this place .. Harden MVP"

-- "Any real rockets fans will NEVER step foot into this place. Disgusting."

-- "Can't believe I logged on here and took time out of my day just to give this 1 star. Go rockets."

As you can imagine, the comments have already been flagged by Yelp -- which is now reviewing the page to take out the fake critics.

Funny as hell though. 

NBA's Larry Nance Jr. Gets Married In Yeezys ... And Lululemon Pants

6/20/2018 8:39 AM PDT
Breaking News

Talk about a low-key wedding ...

Cleveland Cavs player Larry Nance Jr. got married at an Ohio courthouse Tuesday and the dress code was as casual as it gets -- Yeezy shoes and Lululemon pants! 

There's a story here ... the 25-year-old NBA player and his fiancee, Hailey Pince, were celebrating their 4-year anniversary and decided ... why not get married?

So, they hit the courthouse and made it happen!

"No makeup, hair in a quick ugly pony, Larry in some lulu lemon pants and yeezy’s," Hailey said in an IG post. 

But this ain't about saving a buck or two ... Hailey says there's a big destination celebration coming down the pike.

"We needed to get the legal marriage done before our destination wedding and today just seemed like the best day to do it! Happy Four Years! Can't wait for our real wedding!"

Congrats! 

Charles Barkley I Love Rodman ... But, You Helped a Dictator!

6/19/2018 2:02 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Charles Barkley clearly thinks Dennis Rodman made a huge mistake getting into bed with Kim Jong-un ... calling the guy a brutal dictator -- but says he's sort of giving The Worm a pass. 

Our photog argued that Rodman deserves credit for setting up the historic meeting between the leader of North Korea and President Trump -- but Barkley shut our guy down. 

"Dude, he's a dictator. He treats people like crap. Stop it," Barkley argued. 

But, when it came to judging Rodman's role in the summit, Barkley would only says he loves the guy and wouldn't give him credit.

By the way, with the NBA Draft coming up on Thursday -- we asked Chuck if he thought LiAngelo Ball had a shot at getting his name called ... and he didn't say no!

Good luck! 

Matt Barnes Warns Tekashi69 You're Going to Get Killed

6/19/2018 11:33 AM PDT
Breaking News

Matt Barnes says the death of rapper XXXTentacion should serve as a warning to Tekashi69 ... that he could be next unless he stops getting mixed up with real-life gang members. 

The ex-NBA star comes from a tough background and knows how bad things can get when you push a real-life gangbanger too far.

Barnes insinuates that XXX got in too deep with real killers and learned the hard way what happens when you mess with the wrong people.

Then comes the warning to Tekashi -- who Barnes says is "running in every hood, talking sh*t to everybody."

"Bro must have a death wish, man, cause these motherf**kers are not playing. They eat for a living. They eat motherf**kers like this for a living."

The main message from Barnes ... the young rappers need to learn that gangs and gun violence only leads to one ending -- death. 

"You gonna end up running into somebody REAL that's gonna turn your lights out man. All for what? All for popularity or for some likes?"

LiAngelo Ball Mocks China Theft Incident ... In Foot Locker Ad

6/19/2018 10:13 AM PDT
Breaking News

LiAngelo Ball is finally ready to laugh at that whole international crime incident in China ... and he's doing it all for a new Foot Locker commercial. 

Remember, it was just 7 months ago ... Gelo -- along with 2 teammates from UCLA -- were detained in China after stealing several pairs of designer sunglasses and other accessories from multiple stores in Hangzhou. 

UCLA -- along with Chinese billionaire Jack Ma -- worked with Chinese officials to bring the players back home. LiAngelo left UCLA a short time later and moved to Lithuania to play pro ball overseas

Now, Ball is joking about the whole situation for Foot Locker's new "One and Done" campaign ... in which the host brags that the new apparel is an "absolute steal," while cutting to Gelo. 

The host jokingly realizes his mistake and says he meant to say, "The price is so good it must be criminal."

Get it?! Good times ... 

Wonder if UCLA and Jack Ma are laughing?

Kobe Bryant BEHOLD DADZILLA Still Swole With Daughter In Paris

6/19/2018 7:11 AM PDT
Breaking News

Forget what you thought you knew about Kobe Bryant ... there is no Kobe, or Mamba ... because KB gave us a glimpse of who he has become ...

AND, HIS NAME IS DADZILLA!!

Kobe was seen out in France carrying his littlest daughter, Bianka Bella ... and the pythons jumping out of his torso made it clear that the age of DADZILLA is upon us.

BTW -- we didn't jump to this declaration easily ... this is the second time we've seen DADZILLA. The first time being a trip to Disneyland where the former mortal man looked more jacked than normal.

Now, we know it wasn't a one-off ... but the dawn of a new era.

Hide the weights and the protein powder.

NBA Star Myles Turner Getting Jacked ... To Stop LeBron??

6/18/2018 1:52 PM PDT
Breaking News

Here's what it looks like when you've had enough of losing to LeBron James.

Indiana Pacers star Myles Turner -- just weeks after losing another playoff series to LBJ and the Cavs -- decided to go from skinny fat to shredded ... and we gotta say, the results so far are impressive.

The almost 7-footer's been hitting the weights the last five weeks ... but he's also been moving his big-ass frame around in boxing sparring sessions.

FYI ... prior to Turner beefing up this summer -- he weighed in at 255 pounds. LeBron -- the guy who's killed Turner and the Pacers' playoff dreams the past two years -- clocked in at 250 ... at three inches shorter!

Of course ... LeBron might be outta the East next year and away from the Pacers' playoff path ... but, just in case -- happy bulking season!

Trae Young Allen Iverson Reached Out ... to Give Me NBA Advice

6/18/2018 11:52 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Trae Young is on his way to the NBA Draft ... but before he got on the plane, he talked to TMZ Sports about everything from fashion to advice he's received from some of his NBA idols. 

One guy who's reached out is Allen Iverson, Young says ... "I'm a fan of his!"  

Young is projected to be a Top 10 pick -- but says don't sleep on the rest of the draft class ... "It's overlooked for sure. Some really good people."

The former Oklahoma star was also stoked to show off his new kicks -- OFF-WHITE Low 3.0s ... designed by fashion legend Virgil Abloh. The shoes cost around $600 a pair. 

Young says he's been out in L.A. training -- but didn't work out for the Lakers while in town. So, pretty safe bet he won't end up in the Purple & Gold. 

They've got the 25th pick anyway ... so there's no chance Young will be around that late. 

Good luck!

Doug Christie I'd Never Return to N. Korea Unless ...

6/18/2018 6:17 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Doug Christie -- one of the players on Dennis Rodman's '14 basketball trip to North Korea -- says there's NO WAY he'd return ... unless LeBron James was involved. 

Christie -- along with Kenny Anderson, Vin Baker and other ex-NBA stars -- famously traveled to Pyongyang to play an exhibition game for Kim Jong-un. They called it "basketball diplomacy."

But, Christie tells us the trip wasn't exactly peaches and cream -- saying, "I kissed the ground when I got back."

Doug tells TMZ Sports he does believe the trip helped lay the groundwork for Donald Trump to meet with Kim Jong-un, which he believes is a positive thing ... and he's praising Rodman for his role. 

"I love Dennis. He's a good dude. He has a really good heart."

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