Stay in school, kids ... because if you do well, Carmelo Anthony will give you free Knicks tickets!!! At least that's what he did in Baltimore this week.
Melo and teammate Iman Shumpert dropped by the Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center in MD to spend some time with the kids in the program, and Melo rewarded the 15 Students of the Month with free Knicks tickets to Thursday's game in Baltimore (against the Wizards).
Anthony gave each student 2 tickets ... handing out 30 total ... but he didn't forget about the non-Students of the Month. We're told he handed out t-shirts to everyone. And they all had a blast.
Talk about a real winner -- and not just because the Knicks trounced the Wizards 98-89.
Ex-NY Knicks Star
Dead at 65
8/24/2013 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dean "The Dream" Meminger -- who helped the NY Knicks clinch the 1973 NBA title -- was found dead in his hotel room Friday ... wearing his championship ring.
Meminger was found unconscious inside his NYC hotel room by staff members after failing to check out. He was pronounced dead on the scene. There were no signs of trauma. A witness reportedly saw "white stuff" oozing out of his nose.
Meminger had long suffered from drug addiction, including cocaine, even in his pro-basketball days. He almost died in a rooming house fire where he was allegedly smoking crack back in 2009.
The 65-year-old was a first round draft pick back in 1971.
His family released a statement following the news, "We want to thank everyone for their prayers and condolences during this difficult time for our family."
Bieber Is My Homeboy
8/16/2013 7:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber has some big friends ... we're talkin' 7-footers ... and they've got JB's back no matter what, so says NBA superstar (and full on Belieber) Tyson Chandler.
Earlier this week, Bieber tweeted a photo of himself (sans shirt, of course) hanging out with Chandler and Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant.
Everyone sorta wondered how they all know each other ... and what they were all doing at Bieber's mansion.
Well, last night, we found 7'1" Chandler leaving a party in Beverly Hills and he told us everything ... except why Bieber has so much trouble keeping his shirt on.
The mystery continues ...
Don't Count On Me
Joining the Lakers
7/24/2013 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dear Los Angeles Lakers fans,
We're sorry to inform you ... it doesn't seem very likely Carmelo Anthony will be dishing to Kobe Bryant any time soon, despite reports to the contrary.
Anthony was leaving Cecconi's in West Hollywood this week when we asked straight up if he could see himself in purple and gold after his contract with the Knicks runs out.
CA's response? "Ummmmm, I doubt it."
Carmelo teased us a little bit ... saying he owns purple and gold shoes -- but made it pretty clear he has no plans to wear them on the hardwood.
Anthony also told TMZ ... he's NOT secretly plotting with LeBron James to join the same NBA squad ... though he admits, they're pretty damn good when they play together.
Still, don't count out the Lakers entirely ... 'cause when the time comes, you can bet L.A. will bust out the checkbook -- and nothing changes a mind like a couple of zeros.
Stay tuned ...
Metta World Peace
I ALMOST Retired
'Cause I Loooooove Mudslides
7/18/2013 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Metta World Peace says he seriously considered retiring from the NBA when he was dropped from the Lakers ... because he REEALLLY wanted to drink mudslides on a beach in Florida.
Mudslides are, in fact, delicious.
"I was thinking about just going down to like Destin, Florida ... 'which is one of the best beaches in America that's not too expensive to travel to," Metta says.
"So I was thinking about going to Destin, Florida or maybe going to Sarasota and just enjoying the beach. Sitting back ... mudslides. I loooove some mudslides."
So, why didn't he hang 'em up? 33-year-old Metta says he still has 3-5 good years left in the league ... and he's really excited to play with the New York Knicks.
Still, Metta says he enjoyed playing in L.A. -- and LOVED his teammates -- and expects the Lakers to play in the finals next year ... against the Knicks, of course.
TRIED TO TAKE MY VIRGINITY
Says Ex-MTV Star Kennedy
7/2/2013 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NBA legend Michael Jordan tried to win entrance into Kennedy's vagina during a steamy dice game back in 1995 ... so says the former MTV star, who claims she was a virgin at the time.
Kennedy -- who was a huge MTV VJ back in the '90s -- details the encounter in her new book "The Kennedy Chronicles" ... explaining how she was having dinner with MJ and Russell Simmons at the Bowery Bar in NYC, when Michael broke out some dice.
Before long, Kennedy says, Jordan decided it was "time to play for something" ... and said, "If I win, you come back to my hotel room with me tonight."
Kennedy says she freaked out because she was a virgin --and imagined MJ's giant penis would "eviscerate me from the inside out" ... so she asked if they could play for Knicks tickets instead.
And that's when Jordan allegedly reminded Kennedy he had a wife -- and offered her Nets tickets as a consolation.
"Sure, he'll filet my vag like a sea bass if he won at dice on a men's room floor," Kennedy writes ... "but as soon as I want basketball tickets he's a Promise Keeper? Whatevs."
Kennedy says she won the dice game anyway -- so her vag was never in any real danger.
We reached out to MJ for comment -- so far, no word back.
My NBA Draft Was Best Ever
With One Exception ...
6/25/2013 6:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Carmelo Anthony knows ... the 2003 NBA draft was LEGENDARY -- with 4 of the top 5 picks putting together Hall of Fame careers. There's just one exception ...
Anthony was arriving at LAX yesterday when we talked about his incredible draft class -- which includes NBA superstars LeBron James (#1 overall), Carmelo (#3), Chris Bosh (#4) and Dwyane Wade (#5).
So what happened to the #2 guy taken in the 2003 draft? Let's just say no one's clearing out space for a Darko Milicic plaque in Springfield, Mass.
Superfan Turns Traitor
Parties with Miami Heat
6/24/2013 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miami Heat parties are so ballin'... even their most hated enemies will bow down for a chance to hang with the champs -- just ask #1 Knicks fan Spike Lee!
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh hosted a sick bash at Club Bamboo on South Beach Friday night -- with a ton of celeb guests.
Drake and Timbaland were there -- as well as actual Heat fan Flo Rida.
Spike famously sits courtside, covered in team gear, for almost every NY Knicks home game at Madison Square Garden -- especially when they're playing rivals like the Heat.
But we think Spike deserves a pass on this one though. His precious Knicks haven't won the title since Spike was 16 (in '73).
Plus, ya see that freakin' cake?
Ordered to Pay $48,000
You STOLE Black Jesus
4/11/2013 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Don't mess with Black Jesus ... or YOU WILL PAY ... just ask Knicks stud J.R. Smith, whose ass just lost a $48,000 lawsuit involving a diamond necklace that features an Afro-American rendition of the Messiah.
A jewelry company called Lemmerman's sued Smith, claiming he ordered a bunch of bling back in 2010 -- including a diamond chain, two Black Jesus pendants and some earrings -- totaling $25,500 ... but never paid.
We're told one Jesus pendant and chain cost roughly $15,000 alone.
Lemmerman's sued for $48,101 -- which includes the jewelry bill plus interest and attorney's fees -- but Smith never responded to the suit ... so a judge ruled in Lemmerman's favor.
Smith has now been ordered to pay the $48,000 asap ... or else. Calls to Smith's people weren't returned.
KG Would WHOOP
1/10/2013 5:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kevin Garnett would've laid the smack down on Carmelo Anthony if things came to blows during their post-game standoff this week ... all because of KG's cartoonishly long arms ... so says Marlon Wayans.
Marlon was out in NYC yesterday when we asked about the Melo vs. KG beef -- and his answer ... is ... hilarious.
The highlights -- KG's got arms like Dhalsim from "Street Fighter" ... and on a completely unrelated note, the world is run by vagina. Must watch.
for Post-Game Clash w/ KG
1/9/2013 3:43 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has just been suspended for one game -- WITHOUT PAY -- for confronting Celtics player Kevin Garnett Monday night ... in an epic expletive-filled standoff.
TMZ posted the video ... showing 'Melo waiting for KG in the arena tunnel at Madison Square Garden ... after the two had been going at each other during the game.
'Melo had said KG insulted him on the court and said things that "crossed the line." There are reports that KG said Anthony's wife "tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios" ... but neither player has confirmed exactly what words were exchanged.
According to the NBA, Carmelo will serve his suspension on January 10th when the Knicks face the Pacers.
A rep for the league released a statement, saying, "There are no circumstances in which it is acceptable to confront an opponent after a game."
KG vs. 'Melo
1/9/2013 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ has obtained exclusive VIDEO of the postgame screaming match between Kevin Garnett and Carmelo Anthony following Monday night's Celtics vs. Knicks game ... and it's clear both guys were ready to fight.
The incident went down in front of the Celtics team bus inside Madison Square Garden -- just a short time after things got physical between the two NBA superstars on the court.
In the video, both men can be seen yelling and approaching each other aggressively as security scrambles to keep them apart.
It's unclear exactly what the guys were saying to each other -- but we definitely heard someone use the n-word a couple of times.
Eventually, security was able to separate the big men ... and KG boarded the team bus.
After the game, Anthony told reporters it all started when Garnett spewed some trash talk during the game that "crossed a line."
"There’s certain things that you just don’t say to men, another man,” Anthony said.
For the record, Carmelo is 6'8", 230 lbs ... and KG is 6'11", 250 lbs. So, we gotta ask ...
NBA Star J.R. Smith
Arrested in South Beach
5/25/2012 8:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
New York Knicks star J.R. Smith was arrested in South Beach last night ... after cops discovered the 26-year-old was a wanted man.
According to reports, Smith was pulled over on a routine traffic stop ... when the officers noticed an active warrant out for Smith's arrest stemming from his failure to address a ticket for driving without a valid license.
Smith was booked into Miami-Dade County jail shortly before midnight. He was released a short time later on bond.
Calls to J.R.'s agent have not been returned.