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Caron Butler D-Wade Considered OKC, Lakers ... Before Signing w/ Cavs

10/15/2017 12:15 AM PDT
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Dwyane Wade was REALLY close to heading west instead of reuniting with his bestie LeBron James this off-season ... so says ex-NBA star Caron Butler.

TMZ Sports spoke with Tuff Juice about his convo with Wade before he made his decision to join the Cavs ... and he says Wade was seriously considering Miami, OKC and the L.A. Lakers.

Butler breaks it down -- L.A. made sense considering Wade's movie star wife Gabrielle Union, OKC would've been a good basketball move, and Miami's his first NBA home.

Butler thinks Wade made the right move by teaming up with LBJ again ... and says he expects the Cavs to land right back in the Finals again this season.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich Disses Carmelo OKC 'Better Have 2 Basketballs'

9/26/2017 1:05 PM PDT
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich says OKC adding Carmelo Anthony ain't enough to win a title ... saying the Thunder needs to make one more acquisition to compete, another basketball.

FYI -- 'Melo shoots a lot.

We got Kasich -- a huge hoops fan -- out in NYC and asked him what he thought about the Thunder adding Anthony to a team that already has Russell Westbrook and Paul George.

Turns out he doesn't think much of it, telling our guy there's just not gonna be enough Spalding available to make everyone on that stacked team happy.

It wasn't all doom & gloom with Kasich though, the Cavs fanatic did something most Cleveland fans aren't doing right now ... said some really nice things about Kyrie Irving.

Watch, and be amazed.

Draymond to Durant: Laugh At My Penis? I'll Laugh At Your Twitter!

9/22/2017 1:59 PM PDT
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Draymond Green finally got his payback for Kevin Durant making fun of his penis pic ... saying he laughed STRAIGHT IN KD's FACE when he found out about his Twitter mishap.

Draymond broke down the glorious moment at Warriors practice Friday ... when a reporter asked him how he reacted to news of KD not-so-secretly bashing the OKC Thunder. 

"I saw him in person and I laughed in his face. I got a good laugh out of it – it’s pretty funny to me." 

Dray says it's only right ... cause when his weiner got exposed to the world last summer, Durant and all his Team USA teammates did the exact same thing.

FYI, we got Green laughing his ass off at KD's expense when he was out with DeAndre Jordan ... so at least he's keepin' it real.

Enes Kanter Blasts Back After Kevin Durant's Anti-OKC Tweets

9/19/2017 4:07 PM PDT
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Enes Kanter is standing up for the OKC Thunder after his former teammate Kevin Durant ripped the organization on Twitter ... saying K.D. is dead wrong.

As we previously reported, Durant tweeted that he hated playing in OKC because he didn't like his coach and former teammates (aside from Russell Westbrook.)

Kanter fired back with a tweet of his own ... saying "I don't care what anyone says. Oklahoma City Thunder is the best and most professional organization in the NBA and got the craziest fans."

"We win-We lose but the most important thing we stick together because we are one."

Kanter added ... "and those cats, I call them FAMILY."

Kevin Durant: Regrets Bashing OKC Coach On Twitter ... Denies Secret Account

9/19/2017 11:39 AM PDT
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Kevin Durant says it was "childish" and "idiotic" to slam his former OKC Thunder coach and teammates on Twitter this week ... but insists he was NOT trying to do it from a secret 2nd account. 

KD just addressed the situation at TechCrunch Disrupt -- where he was asked straight-up if he intended to post the anti-OKC tweets from an anonymous account so nobody would know it was him.

Durant denied the allegation ... only admitting to another Instagram account -- "but that's just for my friends and family so I wouldn't say I was using that to clap back at anybody."

KD says he enjoys engaging with basketball fans on Twitter but, "I happened to take it a little too far" when he told 1 fan that he left OKC because he "didn't like the organization or playing for Billy Donovan."

"I don't regret clapping back at anybody or talking to my fans on Twitter," Durant said at TechCrunch ... "I do regret using my former coach's name and the former organization that I played for."

"That was childish. That was idiotic. All those type of words ... I regret doing that and I apologize to him for doing that."

KD says he felt bad about it ... but will continue to use Twitter.

Draymond Green Loses It Over Kevin Durant's 2nd Twitter Account

9/19/2017 6:08 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Draymond Green's reaction when asked about Kevin Durant's alleged secret Twitter account might be the funniest thing you watch all day. 

The Golden State Warriors star was leaving Catch in West Hollywood with DeAndre Jordan when we asked about one of the biggest stories in the NBA ... KD allegedly setting up an anonymous 2nd Twitter account to deal with trolls. 

Earlier this week, KD seemingly exposed himself when trashing the OKC Thunder in a tweet that appeared to be meant for posting on his 2nd account. Instead he posted it using his official account. Oops. 

So, we had to ask the guys about it ... and the reaction is priceless. 

Kevin Durant Oklahoma Doesn't Hate You!! ... Says Senator

8/5/2017 12:35 AM PDT
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Dear Kevin Durant

Not everyone in Oklahoma hates your guts. In fact, one of the most powerful people in the state is welcoming you back with open arms ... Senator Jim Inhofe

"Kevin Durant would be welcome back in Oklahoma any time he's willing to come and I want to be the first one he calls," Sen. Inhofe tells TMZ Sports

"He took care of the victims of our tornadoes. He took care of families. Took care of little kids. So, he has a heart and he's not a bad ballplayer."

KD wasn't exactly the most well-liked guy in OKC after ditching the Thunder for the Golden State Warriors. Plus, his feud with Russell Westbrook didn't help either. 

Sen. Inhofe's super nice ... but make sure you watch the end of the clip for some friendly Durant SHAAAAADE. 

Thunder's Steven Adams Melo to OKC Would Be 'Awesome,' But ...

7/28/2017 9:57 AM PDT
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OKC center Steven Adams says he's ALL ABOUT playing with Carmelo Anthony -- but warns that talk of Melo being signed by the Thunder is still just a fantasy. 

The 7-footer was flying out of LAX when we asked about the possible move. 

"That's just like saying if Michael Jordan could play for us. That would be awesome too."

He added that the rumblings don't really matter right now -- "It's all just like fantasizing." 

Speaking of which, Adams says he's a hardcore video gamer -- particularly when it comes to "Dota 2."

And, with so many athletes investing in eSports, we had to ask if he'd ever try to go pro in the digital world.

OKC Thunder Tip Shame Andre Roberson ... After L.A. Team Dinner

7/27/2017 11:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Here's proof your friends don't ever let you live anything down ... the OKC Thunder taking shots at Andre Roberson and his (non?) tipping habits after a dinner out in L.A.

Remember, Roberson found himself in a public tipping scandal a couple weeks back, when a server claims the $30 million man bricked his gratuity ... leaving a $14 tip on a nearly $500 check.

The guys were out at Catch last night, and by the guys we mean the WHOLE DAMN SQUAD basically, including Russell Westbrook, Steven Adams, Enes Kanter, and Kyle Singler.

Of course we had to ask who paid, which the bros wouldn't tell us, but Kanter did take the time to (jokingly) call out Dre, for his end of the night courtesy.

Boys will be boys, but we're guessing the server walked away with a fat stack in this case.

Kristin Chenoweth Enes Kanter Should Be U.S. Citizen

6/9/2017 3:25 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Enes Kanter has a big celebrity supporter -- Kristin Chenoweth -- who says the U.S. government should step in and help the NBA star become an American citizen ASAP. 

Enes is in the middle of an international controversy -- a warrant has been issued for his arrest in his native Turkey where he's spoken out against the government. His father was recently arrested

Enes is currently in the U.S. and says he's trying to get American citizenship. He says he's currently "countryless."

Kristin is a huge OKC Thunder fan and has been following the saga -- and explained to TMZ Sports why it's important for Enes to get U.S. citizenship.  She's also praying for Kanter's father.

And on a lighter note, she refuses to root for Kevin Durant Friday night ... because well, you know. 

Russell Westbrook Reaches Fashion Limit NO ON MALE ROMPERS!

5/26/2017 6:05 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

NBA superstar and fashion icon Russell Westbrook says there's one fashion risk he REFUSES to take -- the male romper.

The OKC Thunder star is known for pushing the envelope when it comes to style -- he's rocked everything from overalls to heavy metal chic ... even did an Urkel theme. 

But when we saw Brodie leaving Il Pastaio in Bev Hills on Thursday, Russ made it clear you'll NEVER see him rockin' the rompHim ... the new fashion craze UFC champ Stipe Miocic can't stop talking about

In other news, Westbrook is pumped about being a new dad -- and can't wait for his first Father's Day!

Russell Westbrook No Worries After Playoff Exit Vibin' Onstage With Lil Wayne

4/28/2017 8:53 AM PDT
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Great news for Russell Westbrook ... he finally found a superstar willing to help him out ... Lil Wayne, who brought Brodie up onstage to turn up in Oklahoma city Thursday night.

The Thunder were smacked from the playoffs by the Rockets earlier this week, but you'd never be able to tell by the way Westbrook was cheesin' onstage while Tunechi performed his hit, "No Worries."

BTW, Thunder player Victor Oladipo was also onstage turning up, and looked like he was trying his best, but still didn't give Russell much help in the partying department.

Remind you of anything?

Russell Westbrook Fined $15k For Dropping F-Bomb In Postgame Interview

4/21/2017 9:10 AM PDT
Breaking News

Russell Westbrook's potty mouth just cost him $15,000 ... 'cause the Thunder superstar just got slapped with a fine for his "I don't give a f*** about the (stat) line" comment. 

You've seen the clip ... Brodie was asked about his 51-point triple-double performance in Wednesday's loss to the Rockets and snapped back with the viral quote.

It's not the first time Russ has been fined for cussing ... and probably won't be the last. But the dude can afford it ... he's in the middle of an $85 million contract.

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