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Kevin Durant

MEN'S UNDERWEAR BATTLE

... With Russell Westbrook

10/22/2014 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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There's a war brewing in the Oklahoma City Thunder locker room -- an underwear war -- because teammates Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are now officially competitors in the man-panties biz. 

Durant just inked a deal with Neff -- one of the hottest skater/surfer brands -- to launch an underwear line ... set to kick off next year in time for back to school shopping.

Neff works with HUGE celebs and athletes (Snoop Dogg and Richard Sherman, to name a few) ... but Durant's deal is different because he actually OWNS part of the new line.

In fact, we spoke with Shaun Neff, the founder of the company, who tells us, "We've met several times. He's very involved, especially in the creative process and marketing."

So, where does Westbrook fit in? RW has a line of boutique undies with Kings & Jaxs -- featuring all sorts of funky designs personally approved by Westbrook. 

Bottom line -- these guys are super competitive ... so it'll be interesting to see who emerges as the Underwear King of Oklahoma. 

Stay tuned ...  

NBA Star Russell Westbrook

I'M ENGAGED

With $700k Ring! [Update]

9/4/2014 6:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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10:06 AM PT -- IT'S A $700,000 RING!!!! 

We've learned ... it was made by Jason of Beverly Hills ... who's made engagement rings for all sorts of stars including Gabrielle Union and Evelyn Lozada.

As for Russell's ring -- we're told it's a 6-piece elongated cushion cut ring with VVS clarity ... and in total, the whole thing is worth $700k. 

We're told Russell knew exactly what he wanted when he hit up Jason's shop. It was very important to him that he got a ring with the highest quality possible.

Dude did a helluva job. update-grey-gray-barOklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook is the next NBA star in line for a wedding -- 'cause he popped the question last night ... with a massive diamond ring ... and his GF said yes!

Westbrook and longtime GF Nina Earl made the announcement on social media Wednesday night ... showing off the gargantuan rock with a caption that read, "Nothing even matters..@ninamri3_ forever my lady! LOVE YOU!!!!" 

0904-nina-mari-instagram-02Earl is a former UCLA basketball player -- and the two met during their college days ... before Westbrook signed his $80 MILLION contract extension. 

Congrats!

Serge Ibaka

'My Big Black Angel'

NBA Star Comes to Rescue After Bike Crash

2/20/2014 8:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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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."

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Kevin Durant & Friends

Call 13-Year-Old After Brain Surgery

Get Well Soon!!

2/18/2014 1:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0217_micka_tmz_wmA 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!"

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Kevin Durant

Sues Accountant

You Can't Write Off My Personal Chef!

2/18/2014 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0217_kevin_durant_tmzKevin 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

... Ever.

2/17/2014 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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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.

Gabrielle Union

I Won't Fight Dwyane Wade's Battles

(Especially the One with Kevin Durant)

10/22/2013 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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102113_gabrielle_union_launchGabrielle 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

ARRESTED

Allegedly Punched Woman In Face

10/10/2013 3:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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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.

Kevin Durant

Blowin' Smoke

9/13/2013 7:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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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.

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Kevin Durant

Gimme Good Vibrations

On TMZ Sports

8/28/2013 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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It's not every day an NBA superstar like Kevin Durant gives you advice on something he knows all about -- SPORTS!

So, watch KD and his fellow hoopsters (one real, one from a movie) drop some knowledge ... listen up, Harv!

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Tyson Chandler

Bieber Is My Homeboy

8/16/2013 7:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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081613_tyson_chandler_launch_v3Justin 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 ...

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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

0625_jay_z_kevin_durant_SplashJust 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
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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.

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