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Derek Fisher I'm Gonna Call Carmelo ... To Help Him Through La La Breakup

4/23/2017 12:25 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Derek Fisher says Carmelo Anthony needs to be focused on family ... not basketball ... and promises he'll reach out to his former player and help him cope with the separation from his superstar wife, La La.

Derek coached Melo on the Knicks a few years back -- and when we got him out in Calabasas with his GF, Gloria Govan, we had to ask if he'd he heard the news about Melo's marriage.

Interesting question for Fisher (Govan LITERALLY sips tea when we ask) ... but he goes full-on friend, saying Anthony should tune out everything except his family. He also promises to call Melo to offer his support.

Nothing to see here, Matt Barnes.

Rudy Giuliani Don't Judge Carmelo ... Tons of Athletes Cheat

4/18/2017 9:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Rudy Giuliani says basketball fans shouldn't turn their backs on Carmelo Anthony in the wake of adultery allegations ... because HALF of all athletes cheat. 

The ex-NYC mayor was out in L.A. when we asked how he felt about the standoff between Melo and the NY Knicks ... with Phil Jackson saying he wants Anthony off the team next year. 

"He's a Knick," Rudy told us ... "Once a Knick, always a Knick."

But when we asked how fans should feel about Melo's alleged off-the-court activity, Rudy defended him, saying, "I don't think you judge sports characters based on things like that ... otherwise you'd probably lose half of them."

Carmelo and La La Anthony Separated

4/17/2017 1:11 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Carmelo and La La Anthony are separated ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the couple tell us the actress and NBA superstar are now living separately. La La moved out of the family home last week and has her own place in NYC now.

We're told the couple's had ups and downs in the past, but the current NBA season has been extremely stressful on the marriage for several months. Carmelo's been plagued by trade talks ... with the Knicks looking to move him to another team.

Our sources say the split is still amicable. They were together just this past weekend at their 10-year-old son Kiyan's basketball game.

We're told La La and Carmelo have NO plans to uproot Kiyan from his friends and school in NY.

Problem is ... it seems likely Carmelo will have to leave town, because just last week Knicks President Phil Jackson said it was time for him to go.

Neither is talking divorce yet, just separation. The couple got married in 2010.

Carmelo Anthony Chillin With Sam Cassell ... L.A. Bound?

3/20/2017 1:03 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

If you like seeing Carmelo Anthony in Knicks colors, turn your head ... cause Melo was out in L.A. Sunday night chatting it up at Catch with Sam Cassell, an assistant coach for the Clippers.

The Clippers are one of Melo's most talked about potential landing spots, and rumor has it that a trade between them and the Knicks almost happened at the deadline.

Add into the equation Melo's wife, LaLa, has an exploding acting career (never hurts to be in L.A.) and the Knicks seem to be souring on Anthony in favor of Porzingis and this meeting could be HUGE.

Or, the guys just both like seafood.

Carmelo Anthony Guess How Much My Furry Outfit Cost? (Hint: Not Cheap)

3/15/2017 2:18 PM PDT
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You know that furry getup Carmelo Anthony rocked to the Knicks game Tuesday night? It was custom-made ... and it was expensive! 

TMZ Sports spoke with Nadeem Waheed -- owner of Daniel's Leather in New York -- who says Melo dropped $5,000 on the American sheepskin shearling with cross fox fur ... and added the $500 hat to match.

Melo's been a regular and loves the threads ... so you probably haven't seen the last of it! 

Charles Oakley Back Watching The Knicks!! ... In Cleveland

2/24/2017 7:48 AM PST

Charles Oakley might not want to return to MSG after his beef with James Dolan, but that won't keep him from watching his Knicks ... sitting courtside as New York visited the Cavs Thursday night.

Oak -- a Cleveland native -- was invited to sit next to Dan Gilbert to have an up-close look at LeBron James and the defending world champs beat up on the struggling Knicks.

Oakley was temporarily banned from the Garden after getting ejected and arrested at the February 8 Knicks game. Dolan later lifted the ban, but Oak says he's not ready to return to the arena.

The Land has continued to show support for the former NBAer ... from making t-shirts to LBJ telling reporters, "Oakley for president."

Ice Cube Kobe Would Never Get Oakley'd Staples Center Ban Is IMPOSSIBLE

2/18/2017 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Good news for Kobe ... he'll NEVER be shunned from Staples Center like Charles Oakley was from Madison Square Garden ... that's according to Ice Cube who says a Mamba ban is simply not possible.

Cube is a gigantic Lakers fan and when we got him out at LAX we asked him if Kobe could ever run afoul of the Lakers brass enough to get his Staples privileges revoked (like getting tossed out of the arena).

Short answer ... HELL NO!!

We should say ... Charles Oakley's ban from MSG has since been rescinded by Knicks owner James Dolan, but if you think it's all good between the two men, think again.

Draymond Green Backtracks On 'Slave Master' Dig 'Can't Say Dolan's Racist'

2/17/2017 7:21 AM PST

Draymond Green says he never meant to imply Knicks owner James Dolan was a racist with his "slave master mentality" comments ... saying he describing the mindset, and not the man.

Green caused a racial firestorm earlier this week when he used the term "slave master mentality" to describe Dolan's attitude and treatment of Knicks great Charles Oakley.

The backlash from the comments was severe ... with people saying Draymond had no right to inject race into what seemed to be a case of just two guys not liking each other.

Now, Green is backing way off his comments ... addressing the controversy on an ESPN radio show and saying his comments weren't taken in the right way.

"I never said James Dolan has a slave master mentality. I said when you look at something and someone is doing something for someone and all of a sudden they can't anymore, that falls under the slave mentality."

Green went on to add he never said Dolan wasn't a racist, and doesn't know if Dolan is a racist, because he doesn't know Dolan.

"I can't say James Dolan is a racist. I don't know James Dolan. Honestly, if he walked past me right now, I wouldn't know who he is."

Charles Oakley: I Don't Know If Dolan Is Racist ... But I've Heard Things

2/16/2017 11:11 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Charles Oakley says he will NOT definitively label James Dolan as a racist because he's never personally seen him do racist things ... but says he's heard rumblings "over and over."

Oakley says he's "heard stuff" about Dolan over the years -- but when TMZ Sports asked him bluntly if he thinks Dolan is a racist Oakley said, "I don't know because I don't know him. I never met him like that."

"You hear all that stuff but I don't know. I can't say yet ... If it is, it'll come out. But right now, we're still waiting to see."

Oakley also says he's NOT accepting Dolan's proposed truce saying he's still injured -- physically and emotionally -- after the big incident at Madison Square Garden. 

Bottom line -- this ain't ending any time soon.

Charles Oakley: James Dolan Is the New Donald Sterling

2/16/2017 9:52 AM PST
Breaking News

Charles Oakley just compared Knicks owner James Dolan to disgraced ex-Clippers owner Donald Sterling -- but stopped short of calling him a full-blown racist. 

Oakley was asked about Draymond Green's claim that Dolan has a "slave master mentality" -- and while Charles wouldn't definitely agree with the term ... he didn't say Green was wrong either. 

Oakley sounded off on "SI Now" and said he predicts the Knicks "will end up the same way as the Clippers" -- clearly insinuating that Dolan will be run out of town a la Sterling. 

When pressed if he thought Dolan was a racist, Oakley said, "He's on the level."

Of course, TMZ Sports broke the infamous audio of Sterling telling V. Stiviano not to bring black people to Clippers games ... even Magic Johnson

He was subsequently banned from the NBA for life. 

Kenny Smith Adam Silver's the Real Hero ... In Oakley, Knicks Truce

2/14/2017 11:48 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Stop giving the credit to Michael Jordan -- the real hero in the Charles Oakley, Knicks truce is NBA Commish Adam Silver ... so says Kenny Smith

In fact, Smith says Silver was nothing short of spectacular in his handling of NBA messes since the first day he took the job ... just look at Donald Sterling

He makes a solid point -- but does the truce happen without MJ? 

Charles Oakley UNBANNED By Knicks ... Welcome Back to MSG

2/14/2017 9:09 AM PST
Breaking News

THE BAN IS OVER!! 

Charles Oakley is NO LONGER persona non grata at Madison Square Garden following a peace summit with Knicks owner, James Dolan, on Monday. 

Oakley was blacklisted from the arena after he was arrested last Wednesday for getting physical with security. 

A PR war ensued and things seemed to be spiraling out of control until Oakley agreed to meet with Dolan in a session moderated by Michael Jordan

Things seemed to go well because Oakley is welcome back. We're guessing the two sides aren't exactly planning on getting a beer together any time soon, but it's a start. 

Charles Oakley Michael Jordan Plays Peacemaker In Meeting With Knicks Owner

2/13/2017 4:34 PM PST
Breaking News

Charles Oakley's beef with the Knicks looks like it might be squashed ... thanks to Michael Jordan ... who was part of a meeting between Oak, James Dolan and the NBA commish.

Oakley, J.D. and the NBA honcho met face-to-face today in NYC ... while Jordan called into the sit-down.

Adam Silver addressed the high-level meeting in a statement ... saying, "In an effort to find a path forward, New York Knicks owner Jim Dolan, Charles Oakley, and I met today at the league office, along with Michael Jordan, who participated by phone."

“Both Mr. Oakley and Mr. Dolan were apologetic about the incident and subsequent comments, their negative impact on the Knicks organization and the NBA. Mr. Dolan expressed his hope that Mr. Oakley would return to MSG as his guest in the near future."

Last week, Dolan announced Oakley was banned from MSG ... though it looks like the ban might already be lifted.

Oak still faces assault charges resulting from the incident.

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