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Robert Horry Fight Injury Photos ... Bloody Gashes

8/19/2017 12:35 AM PDT
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TMZ Sports has obtained injury photos from the man Robert Horry tried to fight at a youth basketball game ... which shows bloody damage to the man's neck. 

We broke the story ... Horry is under investigation for allegedly attacking the opposing coach at his 10-year-old son's youth basketball tournament at L.A. Live on August 5. 

The opposing coach tells TMZ Sports -- he was a big Horry fan BEFORE the tournament. But Robert was aggressive and out-of-line from the moment he got to the courts. 

The coach -- who doesn't want to be named -- says Horry was cussing and talking trash before and during the game and initiated the violent encounter that was captured on video. 

The coach says he was"terrified" of Horry and only shoved the 46-year-old to protect himself. 

Horry tells a different story ... claiming the coach struck first. 

Cops are currently investigating the incident. 

Gary Payton Remember My Rap Career!?

8/19/2017 12:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Gary Payton -- NBA champion, 9-time all-star, future Hall of Famer ... and rap music icon?!

You better believe it!!

The Glove is still "Livin' Legal and Large" 15 years after his lyrical debut as the Too $hort of the NBA ... giving TMZ Sports a super-exclusive rendition of his 1993 hit!!

G.P. and other NBA stars like Jason Kidd, Shaq and Brian Shaw teamed up for the "B-Ball's Best Kept Secret" mixtape back in their playing days ... but it's clear Payton hasn't put his bar spittin' days behind him.

"Comin' up as a youngsta, the G had faith!!!"

Jay-Z I Support LaVar Ball 100% ... Bought 3 Pairs Of ZO2's

8/18/2017 5:37 PM PDT

Jay-Z says he is 100 percent behind LaVar Ball ... so much so that he bought 3 pairs of ZO2 shoes, and says that all of black America should support Ball too, because BBB is an African-American company.

Hov sat down with Elliot Wilson & B.Dot on the Rap Radar Podcast on Tidal, and made it clear he thinks what Ball is doing is revolutionary, and necessary for black empowerment.

"Why wouldn't I support him? He feels like he could move culture and his son has a big enough name and a big enough brand that they can do it. Nike had to start somewhere. Why do we get so upset when we, us as a culture, want to start our own sh*t? That sh*t is puzzling to me."

This is a huge moment for BBB ... Jay-Z is arguably the most influential figure in hip hop, and a co-sign this strong is surely to reshape some opinions people might have on LaVar, a dude who's made some negative press lately.

Think LaVar will take advantage of this one? The answer is HELL YEAH.

DeMarcus Cousins On Confederate Statues: 'Take All Them Motherf**kers Down'

8/18/2017 12:30 AM PDT
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DeMarcus Cousins says there's no question about it ... every single Confederate statue needs to COME DOWN ASAP.

With Confederate monuments coming down in Tampa, Baltimore and Virginia ... we asked the Pelicans star about rebel statues in New Orleans and in his home state of Alabama. 

"Take all them motherf*ckers down," Cousins said ... "Take 'em all down."

When asked how he felt about President Trump, Cousins echoed the thoughts of fellow NBA superstars LeBron and Kevin Durant ... saying he just doesn't have respect for the guy. 

Isaiah Thomas I'm Not Sitting For National Anthem

8/17/2017 6:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

NBA superstar Isaiah Thomas says he will NOT be sitting during the national anthem this upcoming season ... but tells TMZ Sports he supports his fellow athletes for doing what they feel is right.

We spoke with the Celtics point guard about players like Marshawn Lynch and Michael Bennett staying seated over the weekend ... and while I.T. says he's not gonna join the movement, he understands the bigger picture.

"Stand for what you feel is right. I'm not going to do it, but that's those players' decisions."

Thomas also talked about the recent violence in Charlottesville ... and he wants to send a simple message:

"I just wish everybody would love and not hate."

Karl-Anthony Towns Puts NBA On Notice Watch Out For My T-Wolves

8/16/2017 11:11 AM PDT
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Karl-Anthony Towns thinks his Minnesota Timberwolves are gonna "have some fun" this year at the rest of the NBA's expense, telling TMZ Sports it's time for the league to watch out for the pups in Minneapolis.

The Wolves are pretty stacked, adding Jimmy Butler to a squad that already has Andrew Wiggins and Towns, two of the best young players in the league.

When we got KAT out at Craig's in L.A. and asked him how he feels about the Wolves getting a marquee Christmas Day matchup this year, he answered with a little message to the whole league.

"We're gonna have fun this year I'll tell you that much, watch out for us."

We'd take the kid seriously if we were you NBA guys ... and being you NBA guys would be awesome.

Luke Walton Can Lonzo Be The Next Kobe? 'Anything Is Possible'

8/16/2017 7:24 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Lakers head coach Luke Walton knows ya never put a ceiling on a player -- including Lonzo Ball.

So, when he was asked if Lonzo could be the next Kobe Bryant ... he didn't exactly rule it out.

Walton's clearly excited about his team -- telling us good things about the Lakers on his way out of Catch in L.A.

But does Walton REALLY think LaVar's kid can rack up stats like the 5-time NBA champ, 2-time NBA Finals MVP, 18-time All-Star, 2-time NBA scoring champ, 2008 NBA MVP, 11-time 1st Team All-NBA & Slam Dunk Contest champ?

Nah ... he was just being nice.

Tina Knowles Beyonce Would Be the Perfect Rockets Owner!

8/16/2017 6:31 AM PDT
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Beyonce's mom tells TMZ Sports it would be "really great" if her daughter became the next owner of the Houston Rockets -- saying she's got the Houston connection that fans would love! 

After current Rockets owner Leslie Alexander announced he was selling the team last month, Beyonce's name showed up in reports as a very interested buyer. 

So, when we saw Tina Knowles leaving Mastro's Steakhouse in Bev Hills on Tuesday, we had to ask ... what's up?!

Tina wasn't spilling the tea on B's business plans -- but did explain why she thinks the Rockets would be the perfect fit for her daughter. 

But if it happens, will mom attend every game? Don't plan on it ... 

Rasheed Wallace Zach Randolph Doesn't Sell Dope!!

8/16/2017 12:45 AM PDT
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Rasheed Wallace says he knows "for a fact" Zach Randolph is no drug dealer -- despite getting busted with more than 2 pounds of weed ... telling TMZ Sports Z-Bo just knows how to throw a party.

We spoke with Sheed about the NBA star's recent L.A. arrest for possession of marijuana with intent to sell ... and Wallace laughed off any notion that Randolph was trying to slang.

"It seems to be -- no matter who you are -- the bigger the paycheck, the bigger the party," Sheed says.

"I know for a fact he ain't no dope dealer."

Wallace adds a personal message for Z-Bo ... telling him to keep his head up and ball out this season.

Allen Iverson Coaching Kobe In BIG3 Would Be Love!

8/15/2017 6:07 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Allen Iverson and Kobe Bryant on the same team??? A.I. says that would be dope as hell. 

With BIG3 honcho Ice Cube saying he's gunning for Kobe to join his basketball league next season, we asked Iverson how he felt about possibly coaching the Black Mamba on his 3's Company team.

"That would be love," Iverson said ... "love, baby."

Kobe hasn't weighed in on Cube's offer yet -- but there are other big names in the mix for Season 2, including Lamar Odom and Gilbert Arenas

Kendall Jenner & Blake Griffin Hard to Hide We're Hanging Out

8/14/2017 7:08 AM PDT

OK, something's up between Kendall Jenner and Blake Griffin because they're hanging out for the second time in less than a week.

Kendall and Blake grabbed dinner at Craig's Sunday night in WeHo. It appears they jumped in separate whips but were seen together inside the joint. Just last week, they left Avenue Nightclub in Hollywood and jumped in the same limo.

No word on whether Kendall kicked A$AP Rocky to the curb and rebounded with the NBA superstar. Same goes for Blake ... who last September welcomed his second child with Brynn Cameron.

Where there's smoke ... 

Gilbert Arenas I Might Join BIG3 League 'Hopefully Next Year'

8/14/2017 12:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Ice Cube is one step closer to adding "Agent 0" to his BIG3 league -- with Gilbert Arenas telling TMZ Sports he's seriously considering joining up.

35-year-old Arenas was promoting his Life Water company at 7/11 in L.A. this week when he told us he's been in talks with Cube's 3-on-3 league about signing on for next season. 

In fact, Arenas says he's hoping the two sides can work out a sponsorship deal where his beverage company can be the official drink of the league. 

But even if that doesn't work out, Arenas says he'd still consider lacing up -- most likely because he has friends like Kenyon Martin who are having a blast getting back on the court. 

As for Gilbert, he's been staying in basketball shape -- constantly posting workout videos from the gym ... and it's impressive stuff.

LeBron James Turns the Tables on Trump ... With 'MAGA'-Like Hat

8/13/2017 12:46 PM PDT
Exclusive Details

LeBron James found a way to troll President Trump with his own catchphrase by rocking a hat with a similar sentiment ... and he did it while DJing live at a club.

LeBron grabbed dinner Saturday night with his wife, Savannah, at Komodo in Miami., after which he joined the restaurant's owner, David Grutman and Kim K pal Jonathan Cheban, for some partying in their upstairs lounge.

We're told LeBron was put at the helm of the turntables and DJ'd for 2 hours straight -- all while sporting a red hat that said ... "Strive for Greatness" ... which looks an awful lot like Trump's "MAGA" hat.

Bron didn't address Trump during his DJ set, but the timing seems like anything but a coincidence considering the violent protests in Charlottesville the same day ...and his longtime stance as an anti-Trump guy. Plus ... there's this: 

LeBron ... making not-so-subtle shots great again. 

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