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Lil B

'I'm Extremely Worried for James Harden'

9 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

James Harden may have just made things A LOT worse for himself ... because rapper Lil B is threatening to UP THE CURSE on the NBA star in the wake of a Harden smack talk session. 

Lil B just appeared on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" and said Harden was straight up LYING when the NBA star told us he's never heard of Lil B and didn't steal his cooking dance

So, what's gonna happen to Harden now? Watch the clip and find out ... 

Check out "TMZ Hollywood Sports" weeknights on Reelz.

Michael Jordan

Ball Boy Unearths MJ's Olympic Sneaks

... Wants Big $$$

6/3/2015 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0603-jordan-shoes-getty-tmz-sports-01A former ball boy for the U.S. Olympic basketball team says he has the ACTUAL SNEAKERS Michael Jordan wore during the '84 Games ... and now, he's putting them on the auction block. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... the kid, now a full-blown man, says MJ signed the kicks and gave him the pair as a gift moments after Team USA won the gold medal. 

FYI -- the '84 team included future NBA superstars like Patrick Ewing, Chris Mullin and Sam Perkins. 

What's interesting about the shoes ... they're made by Converse, not Nike -- and the '84 Games was the last time (at least that we could find) that Jordan rocked a pair of non-swoosh kicks on the court. 

The former ball boy -- who doesn't want to reveal his name -- says he saw that Jordan's "flu game" shoes sold for $104k in 2013 ... and decided to hit up Grey Flannel Auctions to see if he could get a similar payday. 

We're told the shoes have been authenticated -- and will hit the auction block on June 5th. 

Starting bid -- $50k. 

Good luck.

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NBA's Trevor Ariza

Floss Like An Egyptian

Drops $12k On Anubis Chain

6/3/2015 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Diamond studded King Tut is out, diamond studded Anubis is wayyy in -- so says NBA star Trevor Ariza ... who just dropped $12,000 on a brand new jackal-headed gold piece ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

The Rockets star hit up Johnny's Custom Jewelry in Houston looking for something cool -- and according to the brother of the owner, Zo, asked for a piece with an ancient Egyptian theme. 

But Zo says Ariza was tired of seeing King Tut everywhere ... and wanted something a little more original. So he crafted an 18-karat design of Anubis -- a god who ushered souls into the afterlife. 

Bonus Egyptian Joke -- What's a mummy's favorite kind of music? Wrap. 

Tip your waitress. 

NBA's James Harden

I Didn't Steal from Lil B

'I Don't Know Who He Is!'

6/3/2015 6:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Houston Rockets superstar James Harden says there's no way he STOLE his famous cooking dance celebration from rapper Lil B ... 'cause he has NO IDEA who Lil B is. 

Harden was back home in L.A. Tuesday night -- hangin' at 1 OAK nightclub with fellow NBA star Ty Lawson -- when we asked him about the "Based God Curse" that seemed to lead to the Rockets demise. 

FYI -- Lil B says HE created the cooking dance and put a curse on Harden because the NBA star didn't give him proper credit. 

Check out the clip -- Harden says Lil B's way off base, claiming he couldn't have jacked the move ... from someone he's never even heard of. 

R&B Singer Monica

Drops Stacks o' Cash for

Ridiculously Ballin' Bday Party

6/3/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Monica and NBA star Shannon Brown clearly have money to burn, because they blew $70,000 on a birthday party ... for her 10-year-old son!

Lil Rocko marked a decade on Earth by celebrating at the Georgia Aquarium. The theme was Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ... a show that was off the air 9 years before he was born. 

Gotta say the party was awesome ... it looks like they're underwater, staring at the captured sharks.

There was plenty of sugar ... candy apples, cotton candy and a topsy-turvy cake.

Among the guests ...Toronto Raptors guard Lou Williams, Future's kids, and Lil Rocko's classmates. Lil's pop, rapper Rocko, was also there (and footed part of the bill).

The only thing missing was the Fresh Prince himself ... and maybe Aunt Viv (the first one, of course).

Kristaps Porzingis

Learning Latvian Is A ...

Waste Of Time!

6/3/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Wanna learn how to speak Latvian?? Well, no one else does either ... so says projected 1st round NBA Draft pick -- and proud Latvian -- Kristaps Porzingis.

The 7-footer just touched down in NYC for the upcoming draft ... and told us he's multilingual -- fluent in English, Spanish and Latvian.

So, we had to ask if he plans on sharing some Latvian with his future teammates or anyone else who might wanna learn to speak his native language. 

His response is HILARIOUS!!! 

"No one wants to learn Latvian. You can speak only Latvian in Latvia and no one wants to go to f**king Latvia!" 

Hey, there are PLENTY of people who want to go to Latvia ... where there's an actual museum dedicated to dolls. Just dolls. Lots of creepy, weird lookin' dolls.  

You know what ... maybe Kristaps is right. 

Nick Young

Married Life Is Gonna Be Boring

6/2/2015 3:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Nick Young's days of raging and having fun are over ... 'cause now that he's engaged to be married, Swaggy says he's trading in the fast life -- for bingo. 

Moments after he proposed to Iggy Azalea, Young shot a video talking about what his life is going to be like after trying the knot. 

"I've retired my jersey man, I'm done. I'm gonna go play bingo and cards ... that's my life now."

Moments later, one of Nick's friends poured out some liquor for Nick -- saying, "To my dead homie."

Soooo ... congrats!? 

#R.I.(swaggy)P.

Lebron James

All Hail The Spelling King

...Sends Swag To Spelling Bee Champ

6/2/2015 12:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0602-lebron-james-getty-01Game respects game ... at least when it comes to LeBron James ... who was so impressed with the kid who won the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee -- that he just sent him a whole bunch of awesome Cavs swag ... TMZ Sports has learned.

The kid who popped up on LeBron's radar -- Gokul Venkatachalam -- is a HUGE Cavaliers fan who rocked a LeBron #23 jersey underneath his button down shirt ... while dominating the spelling bee. 

A rep for the Cavs tells us LeBron and the team were so impressed by the performance ... they hooked Gokul up with a pair of Nike Lebron XII's ... inscribed with a personal message from King James ... plus a bunch of team apparel.

We spoke to Gokul, who hasn't yet received the swag ... but says he is "pumped" that LeBron and the team recognized his accomplishment.

Pretty cool, right?

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Robert Griffin III

Taking Parenting Lead

... From Steph Curry

6/2/2015 6:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

RG3 is firmly planted in the pro-Steph Curry camp -- when it comes to kids at news conferences -- telling TMZ Sports he plans to follow suit with his own little girl ... when she's old enough. 

The Redskins QB and his wife Rebecca welcomed their 1st daughter Reese Ann earlier this month -- so, when we saw him out in D.C. this weekend we had to ask ... is Reese Ann gonna get a Riley Curry moment

0502-rg3-instagramOf course, certain media members have been bitching about Steph's decision to bring Riley to the NBA post-game pressers -- claiming she disrupts the regular process with her adorableness.  

But Griffin's all about it ... telling us he'll "for sure" bring her to the podium ... "I just don't want to bring her too early." 

By the way, RG3 was attending an event called the House Inc.’s National Capital A Cinderella Ball -- which honors children connected to the military with a disability or life-threatening illness. 

#Respect

Iggy Azalea

I'M ENGAGED

Lakers BF Proposes At BDay Party

6/1/2015 10:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Iggy Azalea is officially on her way to becoming Mrs. Swaggy P-- her NBA star boyfriend Nick Young popped the question ... and she said, "Yes!"

It all went down at Nick Young's 30th birthday party Monday night -- with the L.A. Lakers star getting down on one knee and busting out a fat 10 carat yellow diamond ring. 

The two started dating back in 2013 -- for their first date, Nick took her to a Target to go shoppping.

From there, they hit it off quickly -- with Nick once taking her home from a club and bragging, "What I'm about to do with this shouldn't be legal!"

Soooo ... congrats!!!

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Paul George

Forget Lebron

... I Want To Be In 'Space Jam 2'

6/1/2015 3:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Steph Curry isn't the only NBA superstar taking on LeBron this week ... 'cause Paul George tells TMZ Sports that he might wanna slide into "Space Jam 2" even though it's a role that was fit for the King.

George was out in L.A. recently when we asked about his favorite basketball movies ... and whether or not he'd ever want to step onto the silver screen.

Check out the clip -- George says the one film that might get him to flex his acting skills is "Space Jam 2" --  a flick that's been rumored to be in development for a couple of years now, with LeBron supposedly in the lead role. 

There's more movie talk -- George also tells us the one basketball movie that absolutely DOESN'T need a sequel. Sorry Whoopi Goldberg ...

Ronda Rousey

Shaq Is Right

He Could Last 45 Secs with Me

6/1/2015 6:16 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

She'd probably beat his ass in the end, but Ronda Rousey says she AGREES with Shaquille O'Neal -- that he could probably last 45 seconds in the Octagon before getting him to tap out. 

Shaq made the prediction on "Inside the NBA" last week -- saying, "It's not a joke! I could last 45 seconds!"

So, when we saw Ronda at LAX this weekend -- we had to ask how she felt about the situation ... and she explains why Shaq is 100% correct. 

BTW -- here's the tale of the tape: 

Shaquille O'Neal:
Height -- 7'1"
Weight -- 325 lbs

Ronda Rousey
Height -- 5'7"
Weight -- 135 lbs

Bonus -- we also asked Rousey about the guy who tested a new "bulletproof cup" that some men could be wearing in MMA in the near future. 

Here's that video, too ... 

NBA Players

We Want Our Weed!!!

It's Time For The League To Legalize

5/30/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0529-nba-marijuana-getty-0110 out of 10 active NBA players believe it's time to LEGALIZE medicinal marijuana in the NBA ... and the recent video of Kevin Durant dropping prescription pot in L.A. is only fueling the pro-weed fire. 

Here's the dilemma ... since Rx weed is already legal in several states, should the league continue to outlaw the green stuff if a player has a legitimate prescription from a doctor???

We asked 10 active NBA players (all of whom wanted to remain anonymous) ... and they all made it very clear -- it's time to legalize it!!! 

One player told us, "How can you tell a guy with a prescription not to use it?? They should be allowed to have their medicine."

Another said ... "The NBA shouldn't advertise for it, but I don't see an issue if a player uses [with a prescription]."

Overall, the players believe the league needs to change with the times -- though they agree, the NBA is more progressive than other major sports leagues like the NFL and MLB and could be a real trailblazer when it comes to pot policy. 

But don't expect things to change overnight -- we spoke with the NBA Players Association ... which told us the issue can be on the table at the next collective bargaining session in 2017.

"We represent the players' rights in their workplace. If this is an issue that membership feels strongly about, we would address it during CBA negotiations. This is a players' rights issue."  

So you're saying there's a chance ....

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