NBA star Serge Ibaka sprung into HERO MODE last night when he saw some dude on a bike wipe out in a mall parking lot ... and according to the victim, Serge was nothing short of a "big black angel."
The guy who ate pavement is Grant -- who works in the Penn Square Mall in OKC. Grant tells TMZ Sports he was biking home when he lost control, flipped the bike and landed on his face ... chipping his tooth and opening a gash on his chin.
Grant says as soon as he went down, someone rushed over to see if he was OK ... someone who happened to be Oklahoma City Thunder big man Serge Ibaka.
Grant says he was disoriented after the crash ... but Serge helped him up, brought him inside the mall, got him water and helped clean off his wounds.
"He was so nice, really nice," Grant says ... "He really didn't need to take time to do that, but it's awesome that he did."
Kevin Durant & Friends
Call 13-Year-Old After Brain Surgery
Get Well Soon!!
2/18/2014 1:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A 13-year-old boy got one heck of a birthday surprise after emerging from brain surgery last week ... when his phone rang and 3 HUGE STARS were on the line to wish him a speedy recovery.
TMZ Sports has learned ... Kevin Durant, actor Kevin Hart and NFL star Tavon Austin called up 13-year-old Mikka on Thursday after learning about the brave boy's battle with a brain condition.
We spoke to Mikka's dad who tells us, "Before they called, his energy level was low ... but those guys really picked him up. They actually brought a smile to his face."
He adds, "Mikka didn't believe it. When Kevin Durant called I said, 'It's really K.D.'"
"All three guys told him to be strong and they wished him a happy birthday."
Tavon tells TMZ Sports ... "I was happy to call Mikka when I found out he was having major surgery. He's my family (cousins). I watched Mikka as an infant. He's a tough kid."
Mikka's dad says ... Mikka was released from a Maryland hospital on Sunday -- and says, "He can't wait to go to school and tell all of his friends!"
You Can't Write Off My Personal Chef!
2/18/2014 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kevin Durant says his personal chef is for pleasure ... not for business ... and now KD is suing his accountant claiming the guy tried to screw over the IRS by making it seem the cook was an essential part of his NBA career.
TMZ Sports has learned ... Durant is going after Joel Elliott -- claiming Elliott got him in some deep trouble with Uncle Sam over the years by trying to write off several business expenses that clearly weren't business related.
Case in point -- Durant's personal chef.
In his lawsuit, Durant says, "Fees paid to a personal chef would not be regarded by a reasonably prudent accountant as qualifying for a business expense deduction."
Durant says the personal chef deduction was just one of MANY irresponsible accounting moves by Elliott that landed KD in hot water with the IRS.
In fact, Durant says his tax returns from 2007 to 2011 are so messed up, he had to hire another firm to fix what Elliott screwed up.
KD says the whole ordeal has cost him more than $200k -- and he wants Elliott to pay.
We reached out to Elliott's lawyers -- so far, no word back.
NBA Star Serge Ibaka
I'VE NEVER SMOKED WEED
2/17/2014 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Turns out not every NBA player smokes weed ... so says Oklahoma City Thunder big man Serge Ibaka ... who tells TMZ Sports he's never lit up once.
The 6'10" shot blocker was leaving AV nightclub in Hollywood this weekend ... when we asked him if he thought the NBA would ever ease up on players using marijuana.
Serge's response: "I don't know ... I've never used it so I don't know."
Serge is like a unicorn in the NBA ... because according to multiple solid NBA sources, pot use in the league is "ubiquitous" ... even during the season.
I Won't Fight Dwyane Wade's Battles
(Especially the One with Kevin Durant)
10/22/2013 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Gabrielle Union is refusing to confirm if the beef between her BF Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant is real ... but she ain't exactly saying it's BS either.
Things have been heating up between Wade and Durant recently -- after Durant called Wade an overrated player who should no longer be on the NBA's top 10 list. He later said Wade needs to "pass the torch."
Wade responded with an Instagram post saying, "Note to self ... make [Durant] respect your place in history ... again."
Union was at LAX this weekend -- and while she tried to play down the feud as a one-time thing, it seems as if there's more to the story.
Either way, the Heat take on the Thunder on January 29 -- bring your popcorn.
NBA Star Kendrick Perkins
Allegedly Punched Woman In Face
10/10/2013 3:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Oklahoma City Thunder big man Kendrick Perkins was arrested today after allegedly punching a woman in the face outside of a nightclub in July.
Officials say 28-year-old Perkins and his brother-in-law Quincy Alpough were outside Nox nightclub in Harris County, Texas when they got into an altercation with a woman named Mikeeta Cotton.
Cotton claims she was driving her car in front of the club and got into a fender bender with Alpough's female cousin.
Cotton says the woman attacked her ... and Alpough quickly joined in, pushing her and yelling.
Cotton claims Perkins -- who's 6'10" also entered the fracas and punched her brother in the head ... and then smacked her in the face with a closed fist.
A third person says Alpough elbowed her in the throat -- knocking her unconscious.
Cops investigated the situation and decided there was enough evidence to charge Perkins with misdemeanor assault. He was released on $1,000 bond.
9/13/2013 7:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
With 46 days 'til the NBA's opening day, Kevin Durant is in hardcore relax-mode -- with hookah pipes and Segway scooters.
The 24-year-old Oklahoma City Thunder superstar was rollin' around Barcelona yesterday on the two-wheeled machine (sportin' a helmet for safety) ... before chillin' out at a smoke shop.
Durant seems to be a big fan of hookah shops -- he's been spotted puffin' away all over the world in places like Chicago, Minnesota and even Hong Kong.
Kevin's penchant for puffin' might also explain why he was chillin' with Justin Bieber recently -- those guys might have more in common than we thought.
Gimme Good Vibrations
On TMZ Sports
8/28/2013 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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 ...
Jay-Z to Kevin Durant:
Where Ya Wanna Celebrate?
(Just Kidding, Get Your Ass to My Nightclub)
6/25/2013 7:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Just hours after inking a deal with Roc Nation Sports, NBA superstar Kevin Durant celebrated at the most obvious place ever ... Jay-Z's 40/40 club in NYC.
And the winner is Hov.
Kevin Durant to Jay-Z
You're My New Agent
Now Go Make Me Millions
6/24/2013 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jay-Z is putting Jerry McGuire to shame -- because his budding sports agency just signed three-time NBA all-star Kevin Durant.
The OKC Thunder superstar just posted an Instagram of he and Jay signing docs that make him Roc Nation Sport's newest client.
Durant is the latest in a growing list of HUGE athletes jumping ship to Jay's new venture ... like NY Yankee Robinson Cano, NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr., and NY Jet Geno Smith
Durant is Jigga's first NBA star.
FYI -- Durant is currently in the middle of a massive 5-year, $89 million contract with the Thunder. His move to Roc Nation has more to do with landing big money deals off the court.
He Didn't Watch Game 7!
6/22/2013 4:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NBA stars have much better things to do with their time than watch the NBA Finals ... so says OKC Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook -- the second NBA'er to admit missing what the rest of America watched.
Russell (who missed most of the playoffs after tearing his right meniscus) was out in L.A. Friday when our photog asked the All-Star (who was walking without crutches!) what he thought of the Miami Heat's epic win in Game 7 of a nail-biting series.
But Russell -- just like fellow b-baller Dwight Howard -- says he didn't bother to watch the game!
Bitter, party of one ... your table is ready!
'Durantula' War Is Over
Fangs for Your Cooperation
5/12/2013 7:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Oklahoma City Thunder all-star Kevin Durant has overcome his fear of spider-ly lawsuits ... TMZ has learned his legal war over the nickname "Durantula" has finally come to an end.
TMZ broke the story ... Durant was sued by former Public Enemy guitarist Mark Durante, who claimed he had trademarked the name and used it to sell merchandise long before KD came along. Durante wanted a judge to stop KD from using it.
KD responded, arguing that he didn't give himself the moniker and never used it to make money. Durant also said no one would ever confuse him with Durante anyway ... probably a safe bet.
But now it's all water under the bridge ... TMZ has learned that Durant and Durante have reached a private settlement and the lawsuit has been dismissed with prejudice ... meaning Durante can never file it again.
Both sides even agreed to pay their own attorneys' fees.
And now, a song.