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Rick Fox Essentially Says

Phil Jackson Tanked the Knicks

4/13/2015 9:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Here's Rick Fox ... basically saying Phil Jackson tanked the Knicks this season -- while trying to be super politically correct at the same time. 

Rick -- who we love by the way (super nice guy) -- was out in L.A. this weekend ... when we asked if the man who coached him on the Lakers intentionally shut down the Knicks to get a better draft pick. 

There was some serious tap dancing ... and he doesn't specifically say "yes" -- but he talks about how Phil "made a decision to purge the team of whatever personnel was there."

Translation -- tanked. 

Derek Fisher's Wife

He Blindsided Me with Divorce

4/3/2015 5:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0403-derek-fisher-candace-fisher-GETTY-01Derek Fisher's wife says she was completely "blindsided" when the NBA legend served her with divorce papers last month ... and was even more shocked that he moved all of his stuff out of their home in the middle of the night ... this according to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports

As we previously reported ... Derek filed divorce docs in L.A. on March 18th ... one month after they celebrated their 10th anniversary. 

Now, Candace Fisher has filed court docs of her own -- telling a shocking tale of a husband that not only surprised her by bailing on the marriage ... but freezing her out of his life almost immediately.  

According to the docs, Candace says Derek refused to answer her calls and texts for nearly two weeks ... and even blew off their kids for several days. 

Candace says she finally went to their NY apartment the week of March 30th ... only to find that all of Derek's clothing, personal items and computers had already been removed from the home.  

There's more ... Candace also says Derek now wants to keep their 8-year-old twin boys in NY to live and attend school -- despite the fact she says all of their family, friends and schoolmates are in L.A. 

Both sides are now duking it out in court ... in a divorce that seems about as nasty as it gets.   

Tom Hanks

MOVIE CO-STAR REUNION

At Crappy Knicks Game

3/4/2015 6:49 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0304_kevin_Bacon_tom_hanks_knicks_game_launchTom Hanks reunited with TWO of his former big screen co-stars Tuesday night ... Kevin Bacon and Ed Burns ... and it was the most exciting thing that's happened at a Knicks game in months. 

The actors all chilled out courtside as the last place Knicks took on the almost-last place Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. 

Of course, Hanks starred in "Saving Private Ryan" with Burns ... and shared the screen with Kevin Bacon in "Apollo 13." 

Also in attendance ... the Beastie Boys rapper Adam Horovitz (aka Ad-Rock). 

The Knicks lost (duh) 124-86 ... which begs the question -- don't these stars have anything better to do???

Bill Bradley

If The Knicks Need Someone

... I'm Available

2/12/2015 10:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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021115_bill_bradley_launch_v2Bill Bradley clearly agrees with Aaliyah about that whole "Age Ain't Nothing But A Number" thing ... 'cause at 71 he tells TMZ Sports he's willing to suit up for the struggling Knicks RIGHT NOW.

The former Knick -- and U.S. Senator -- was out in D.C when we asked him what exactly the Knicks need to get them out of the kingdom of suckdom that they have resided in all year.

"I'll go back for the average salary as a designated free throw shooter," Bradley said.

He was obviously joking around ... but he definitely turns serious when asked how many years he thinks it'll take his friend Phil Jackson to turn the team around.

And no, the answer is not "Infinity."

Taylor Swift

BOOZIN' WITH LINGERIE MODEL

... At NY Knicks Game

10/30/2014 6:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
1030_celebrity_knicks_courtside_photos_launchThe NY Knicks are the Lakers of the East Coast ... and not just because they suck -- they drew some of the biggest stars in the world to their home opener last night.

Everyone from Justin Bieber to Spike Lee to Ben Stiller was there ... but the winner of the celebrity showdown was clearly Taylor Swift -- who sat courtside with a hot lingerie model friend.

Taylor and Victoria's Secret stunner Karlie Kloss drank beers and Diet Cokes as they cheered on the Knicks ... who got crushed by the Chicago Bulls.

Of course, Taylor became the new Global Welcome Ambassador for New York after buying a $20 million apartment earlier this year ... so watching the Knicks play seems like it would be a job requirement.

No word if she stayed the whole game ... but c'mon.

Diddy's Fashion Boss

Sorry, Nets ... Knicks Own NYC

When It Comes to Style

10/29/2014 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Carmelo Anthony's Knicks are crushing their crosstown NBA rivals ... in the closet, anyway -- according to one of NYC's biggest names in fashion.

The Brooklyn Nets made the playoffs last season, while the Knicks were sitting at home -- but Sean John President Jeff Tweedy explained why 'Melo still leads his team to dominance on the NY fashion scene.

Cheer up Nets, at least you still have hip hop legend Jay Z as an owner. Oh, right.

Well ... your black unis are very slimming.

Michael Rapaport

Squashes Beef with Spike Lee

But Fires One Last Shot!

10/21/2014 6:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The war may be over -- but NY Knicks superfan Michael Rapaport couldn't help but take one last shot at Spike Lee ... and it was pretty hilarious.

Lee and Rapaport had been feuding for months over how to fix the problems in New York City -- Rapaport called Lee a "s**t stain" and Lee said Michael was "stupid."

But Michael recently told HuffPost Live they spoke on the phone and squashed the beef for good.

In fact, when we saw Michael out in NYC Monday ... he was PRAISING Spike as the biggest Knicks fan in the world -- even bigger than he is -- but dropped one last zinger at the famous director.

All in good fun though ... right?

NBA Star Amar'e Stoudemire

I'M FASTING FOR YOM KIPPUR

Even Though It's Training Camp

10/3/2014 8:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jewish NY Knicks star Amar'e Stoudemire says he'll be fasting for Yom Kippur when the sun goes down tonight ... and won't eat all day tomorrow ... despite the fact he's in the middle of NBA training camp. 

Stoudemire just went to Instagram and posted ... "Day of Atonement !! Sundown tonight - Sundown tomorrow."

He added, "This is going to be the hardest one yet. No eating or drinking during camp."

It's kind of a big deal, considering the Knicks have been busting their asses during the training sessions ... and Stoudemire has vowed to refrain from nourishing himself after the brutal workouts. 

FYI -- Amar'e's decision comes almost 49 years ... to the day ... from when Sandy Koufax famously decided to NOT pitch in a World Series game to observe the Jewish Holiday.

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NBA Star Iman Shumpert

And Teyana Taylor:

YEP, WE'RE BANGIN'

9/23/2014 5:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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It's official ... NY Knicks star Iman Shumpert's in a full-on RELATIONSHIP with singer Teyana Taylor -- and TMZ Sports has the video proof. 

There had been rumors the two were hookin' up, but this week the two set the record straight -- hitting up "The Equalizer" premiere together in NYC ... with all sorts of PDA. 

Check out the clip -- Iman bristles at the notion that their relationship was fake and solidifies the union by dropping the all important "bae" when referring to Taylor.

BONUS --  they even had their very first couple's activity ... teaming up to interview "Power" star Naturi Naughton right on the street. 

Congrats!

Nick Cannon

BOOED AT KNICKS GAME

... No Mercy at the Garden

4/4/2014 11:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Nick Cannon got treated like an ENEMY at a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden this week ... when the crowd turned and hammered him with BOOS ... and TMZ Sports has the footage. 

Cannon was shooting a segment for "America's Got Talent" on April 2nd -- during halftime of the Knicks vs. Nets game. 

We're told producers came out first and asked the crowd to cheer ... but when Nick took the floor, the crowd showered him with hate. 

At one point, Nick told the crowd, "Go ahead. Boo louder. Get it outta your system!" But the reverse psychology didn't work.

Eventually, Nick tried to pull off a trick shot (with the help of producers) ... but that didn't work either and the booing continued until the crowd got tired. 

Hey, keep your head up Nick ... New Yorkers even booed Tim Tebow during a Yankees game back in 2012.

Who boos Tim Tebow?!

Emmy Rossum

Real Knicks Fans ...

DON'T ROOT FOR THE NETS!

3/17/2014 8:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Emmy Rossum is a die hard Knicks fan ... DIE HARD ... and she doesn't take kindly to people who jumped ship to root for the Nets because Jay Z told them to. 

Rossum was at LAX this weekend -- proudly rockin' her Knicks hat -- when she admitted it's been hard being a NYK fan over the years, but says ... "I love my team so I don't give up on them."

Then she fired the shot -- "I didn't just hop to the Nets 'cause they were cool ... like other people."

Boom.

Glen 'Big Baby' Davis

CHICK MAGNET

Swarmed By Babes, Takes a Few Home

3/11/2014 6:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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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.

YEAH GLEN!!!

John Starks & Anthony Mason

Our Pizza Joint Is

OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

3/5/2014 11:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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There's a new basketball team doing business in Harlem ... a couple of former New York Knicks -- who just officially OPENED their first pizza joint together ... TMZ Sports has learned.

John Starks and Anthony Mason finally cut the ribbon on the first NYC location of Custom Fuel Pizza -- a chain that started in D.C.

The duo is pumped about being investors in the franchise (they previously told us they want to challenge Peyton Manning for the pizza title) ... and last night at the grand opening party, John and Anthony gushed about how they plan to change the pizza game forever.

Good luck.

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