The search is finally over for former NBA player Eric Williams ... because his deadbeat ass was tracked down in Jersey ... and now he could be sent to jail for ducking his baby mama, TMZ Sports has learned.
We broke the story ... 41-year-old Williams -- who also appeared on "Basketball Wives" -- has been on the hook for $24k in unpaid child support to the mother of his 13-year-old son since back in November, but he blew off a court order to pay up and then went M.I.A.
Well, now ... we've learned a process server finally found the guy in the Garden State and gave him a court summons to appear before a judge in April ... OR ELSE!!!!
FYI -- the "or else" means the judge could order a warrant for his arrest if he doesn't show ... which means he could find himself behind bars.
Choose wisely ...
Kobe Won't Win Another Title
... As a Player
3/16/2014 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Samuel L. Jackson isn't the kind of guy who beats around the bush -- so when we asked if he thinks Kobe Bryant will ever win another NBA title, the guy was as brutally honest as it gets.
But don't crawl into a ball just yet Laker fans, there is a silver lining ... according to Sam, there's still a way for the Mamba to fetch another ring ... but it won't be due to his performance ON the court.
Check out the clip.
I WON'T ABANDON THE LAKERS
... Even When They Suck
3/15/2014 11:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
B-Real is no Aaron Paul -- telling TMZ Sports he REFUSES to give up on his Lakers ... even though they were the first team eliminated from playoff contention.
The Cypress Hill rapper is a huge fan of the purp and gold ... and says a true fan should stick with their team through the good times and the bad (right now, it's really bad) ... unlike Paul who gave up on the Broncos the day after the Super Bowl.
He also tells us why he thinks it's GOOD that Kobe's hangin' em up for the rest of the season.
L.A. Clippers Player:
We Got Blake Griffin's Back
If Jermaine O’Neal Tries to Get Violent Again
3/15/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The L.A. Clippers are rallying behind Blake Griffin ... with one baller telling TMZ Sports the entire team's got Blake's back if anyone tries to pull a Jermaine O'Neal and get in his face again.
In case you missed it ... O'Neal confronted Griffin in the hallway after the Clips smashed the Warriors 111-98 ... with Jermaine clearly looking for a Part 2 of the altercation they had on the court earlier that game.
We spoke with one of the Clippers who tells us, "People always hate on the best ... what do you except when you’re the best?"
"There's NO FEAR and Blake isn't worried about the haters. We have Blake’s back ... but he ain't worried."
As for the O'Neal situation -- a rep for the Clippers says the team has reported the incident to the NBA.
Kobe Changed the Game
... for Adulterers
3/13/2014 11:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The $4 MILLION apology ring Kobe Bryant gave to Vanessa screwed things up for cheaters everywhere ... so says Marlon Wayans who says Kobe set the price of forgiveness way too damn high.
Marlon dished out the knowledge after we asked if Robin Thicke's apparent flower offensive would help the singer win back his wife after she broke things off.
"Robin's trying to bring it back to simplicity," Marlon said ... "Kobe changed the game."
"How is any man that f**ks up ... and we all f**k up ... how am I gonna compete with that?!"
For the record, Kobe didn't just splurge on a ring ... he also gave Vanessa 3 MANSIONS!
... and they're still together.
Creighton Star Doug McDermott
I Love My School ...
But The Food Sucks!
3/13/2014 3:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Well, we know where Creighton University basketball stud Doug McDermott WON’T be celebrating if he wins National Player of the Year – the school cafeteria.
The 6'8" 215-pound scoring machine was out in New York yesterday and told us that CU’s culinary game could use some serious, serious improvement ... 'cause it's "terrible."
The good news for Doug -- he probably won't have to eat it too much longer since he's a surefire 1st round pick in the NBA Draft.
As for the rest of the Bluejay student body -- there's always Dominos.
Samsung Scrambles Emergency Team
After Pitchman's Cell Phone Craps Out
3/12/2014 3:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
When LeBron James tweets, Samsung listens ... especially when he's complaining about a HUGE problem with his cell phone -- since LBJ is a pitchman for the company.
The drama began earlier today when 'Bron tweeted, "My phone just erased everything it has in it and rebooted. One of the sickest feelings I've ever had in my life."
We spoke to a rep for Samsung who essentially told us the company scrambled the jets to remedy the problem that blasted to LeBron's 12 MILLION followers.
"We are following the situation," the rep tells us ... "We have a team looking into it. There should be more information soon."
LeBron, probably realizing he made a pretty huge boo boo, deleted the tweet ... and replaced it a short time later with some new info: "Close call. Wheew! Got all my info back. Gamer! Lol."
21st Birthday Shocker
Huge Party, No Booze
3/12/2014 10:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Anthony Davis did the unthinkable for his 21st birthday ... he woke up WITHOUT a hangover -- TMZ Sports has learned the NBA superstar didn't take a single sip of alcohol at his b-day party.
Davis celebrated the big 2-1 on Tuesday ... and to celebrate, his friends and teammates threw him a party at Desi Vega's Steakhouse in New Orleans on Monday night ... before hitting a local sports bar called Walk-Ons.
We're told 95% of Anthony's New Orleans Pelicans teammates attended -- along with his friend (and fellow Red Bull endorser) Lolo Jones.
But when the clock struck midnight, and Davis was legally allowed to booze ... we're told Anthony stuck with iced tea and sodas -- and told employees he was serious about sobriety because he wanted to be fresh for practice in the morning.
Pretty mature for a 21-year-old.
Fun Fact -- We're told New Orleans rap legend 5th Ward Weebie also came out to Walk-Ons and performed at Anthony's party ... and even led the crowd in a rendition of "Happy Birthday."
Could Still 'Embarrass' NBA Players
... Says Al Jefferson
3/12/2014 7:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
51-year-old Michael Jordan could still DESTROY some NBA players ... despite the fact he hasn't played in the league in more than a decade ... so says Charlotte Bobcats big man Al Jefferson.
Now that Al plays for MJ's team ... we had to ask if he's ever challenged his boss to a little 1-on-1 when no one was looking.
"Nah, he might beat me ... embarrass me man ... hurt my confidence!"
Al could have a point -- after all, MJ was seen DUNKING at a shoot-around session a couple of months ago.
'Basketball Wives' Star
Pregnant Women Should KILL Temperamental Cats
3/12/2014 6:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Basketball Wives" star Jackie Christie thinks pregnant women with ornery cats should kill the kitties by hanging, choking or other means if necessary.
It's pretty shocking ... our photog asked Jackie (in the dark blouse) and her friend, Sundy Carter (who appeared in "Bringing Down the House" and "Soul Plane") about what a pregnant woman should do with a temperamental cat.
Both women have no mercy for fearless felines. In fact, Jackie actually thinks cats can suck the soul out of babies and even kill them.
You gotta see this.
Glen 'Big Baby' Davis
Swarmed By Babes, Takes a Few Home
3/11/2014 6:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Glen "Big Baby" Davis is adjusting pretty well to life in L.A. ... crushing it on the court -- and also at the nightclubs ... and TMZ Sports has the video proof.
We spotted Davis leaving DBA nightclub last night ... with (at least) THREE hot chicks in tow.
After they got in his waiting SUV, a bunch of other chicks flocked to Glen's ride ... like skeezer moths to a rich and famous flame.
Aside from chick wranglin', Davis also talked basketball -- telling us his L.A. Clipppers are gonna win the NBA championship.
My GF Is a Frickin' Baller!
(And She's Super Hot)
3/10/2014 10:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Matthew Stafford's girlfriend is a MONSTER on the basketball court ... sinking 3-pointers like the female Reggie Miller (only she's way hotter than Reggie) ... and she's got the video to prove it.
The Detroit Lions QB hit the gym with Kelly Hall recently ... and fed her the rock over and over as she hit 4 threes in a row from various spots on the court
Aaaaand ... when she was done heating up the hardwood, Kelly put on her yellow bikini and hit up Mexico with the girlfriend of NFL draft prospect Blake Bortles (in the purple bottoms).
Maybe Brent Musburger was right ... it's good to be the quarterback.
Sacramento Kings Rookie
I've Got a Hello Kitty Backpack
And I Make It Look Good!!
3/10/2014 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sacramento Kings rookie Ray McCallum Jr. says he hasn't just come to terms with the bright pink "Hello Kitty" backpack he's gotta carry around ... HE'S PROUD OF IT!
RMJ was heading toward the team bus in NYC over the weekend when our photog was blinded by the pinkness -- and Ray explained why he and fellow rookie Ben McLemore are obligated to rock the look.
That's when Ray started braggin' about his backpack -- and said his bag was BETTER than Ben's.
Ben strolled by with his bag a few minutes earlier ... but didn't wanna talk about it.
Seems like someone's got a case of bag envy.