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Ex-NFL Star Willis McGahee

HUUUGE CRUSH

... On WNBA Star

11/7/2014 9:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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110714_willis_mcgahee_launchWillis McGahee's a man who knows what he likes ... and he REALLLYY likes WNBA star Maya Moore.

The former NFL running back was hosting a charity event at Couture nightclub in Hollywood Thursday night when he told us he's got a big crush on the 25-year-old basketball phenom.

By the way, he's not the only huge sports star infatuated with Moore -- DeMarcus Cousins had a thing for her back in the day ... but Maya shot him down.

Willis hopes he stands a better chance ... even delivering a personal message for her.

Good luck.
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WNBA Star Brittney Griner

SLASHED by Knife-Wielding Man

11/4/2014 2:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1104_brittney-griner_gettyWNBA superstar Brittney Griner got knifed by a mad man in China who chased her and some of her teammates as they got onto a team bus.

According to Griner's rep, the Phoenix Mercury player suffered a cut on her elbow during the attack on Monday, but the injury wasn't bad enough for her to go to a hospital.

Griner is playing for a Chinese team during the WNBA offseason. She was leaving practice in Beijing at the time of the attack.

The rep says the man actually ran onto the bus with Griner and the other players -- cornering them for about 5 minutes ... before voluntarily leaving. Griner was wearing a thick winter coat which apparently protected her from a more serious cut.

She posted a video of police cornering the suspect after the left the bus.

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Britney Griner

Jailbird Superfan Deserves To See Lebron!!

... From Jail

10/11/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

101014_brittney_griner_launch WNBA superstar Britney Griner has a message for the Ohio man begging to be released from jail so he can watch LeBron James play next year ... dude, get a TV.

The All-Star center was at LAX when TMZ Sports asked her about Jason Goudlock, an Ohio prisoner who made headlines for asking for parole from his 20-year sentence ... so he could watch the Cavs.

Peep the clip -- anyone expecting some sympathy from the 6'8" ball swatter will be sorely  disappointed.

Tough on scorers, tough on crime.

Lisa Leslie

Short Guys Can Land Tall Girls

... Just Not Me!

8/7/2014 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

080714_lisa_leslie_launchLisa Leslie thinks there's nothing worse than being a little man, but says short guys should go after tall girls anyway ... just not her.

Leslie was doing a little food shopping Wednesday in Calabasas when our photog asked her if she had any advice for all the short guys trying to get with tall chicks.

The WNBA legend made it clear ... short dudes are not her thing, but she did give one diminutive Hollywood leading man props for pulling it off.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

GREATEST NBA PLAYER EVER

... Says Michael Cooper

2/25/2014 8:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

022514_michael_cooper_launch_v2It's not LeBron ... it's not Jordan ... not Magic, Bird or Shaq -- the greatest NBA player of all time is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... so says ex-NBA star Michael Cooper.

The Coop -- who just took the head coaching gig with the WNBA's Atlanta Dream -- was at LAX yesterday when we asked him to name the best pound-for-pound baller in the history of the league.

"I have to go with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar," Cooper said ... "He had the most unstoppable shot."

Cooper would know ... he played with Kareem for years during his stint with the Lakers.

One more thing -- Cooper also gave props to ex-teammate Magic Johnson for saving the entire WNBA.

Lakers -- they stick together.

Kenyon Martin

Rips NBA Jerseys

No Man Should Wear Sleeves!

2/17/2014 10:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Kenyon Martin doesn't just think those special sleeved NBA jerseys are ugly ... he thinks they're emasculating -- telling TMZ Sports they belong in the WNBA!

The New York Knicks star was leaving Greystone Manor this weekend ... when we asked how he felt about the sleeved unis NBA teams had to wear during the Christmas Day games.

"I think they're WNBA jerseys," Martin said.

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"I had to go with it, it's the job, you got to wear the company uniform ... so, it is what it is."

He adds, "It's all about money at the end of the day ... do I agree with it? No. Do I understand it? Yeah."

Martin also talks pets -- and why he believes it's important for a big man to have a big dog ... pretty funny stuff.

Mark Cuban

WNBA Is a GREAT Investment

... for Magic Johnson

2/10/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Magic Johnson is going to SAVE the WNBA ... or at least the L.A. Sparks ... so says Mark Cuban who tells us if there's anyone who bring the team back from financial ruin, it's their new celebrity owner.

Shocking, considering the Sparks are BROKE ASS BROKE -- they haven't made a profit in years and were expected to lose another MILLION DOLLARS this season.

But that was before Magic and his ownership group stepped in ... and now Cuban (who knows a little something about investments) says it's the perfect move.

TMZ Sports: Do you think Magic can turn the Sparks into a success?
Cuban: "Yes yes yes. I love it. It will be great. Plus with his Dodgers ownership he will have a promotional platform."

Fun Fact -- the Sparks actually led the league in attendance over the past two seasons.

Good luck, Mr. Johnson.

Magic Johnson

I'm Proud My Son's a 'Rich Kid'

He's Gonna Be a Huge TV Star

2/8/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Magic Johnson's son EJ is BLOWING UP as a reality star on "Rich Kids of Beverly Hills" ... and the NBA legend tells TMZ Sports he couldn't be PROUDER!!!

In fact, Magic says he thinks the shameless E! reality show will springboard EJ into a TV superstar -- and predicts it won't be long before the kid has his own show.

Magic really couldn't be a more supportive parent -- especially after the way he had EJ's back when his son revealed he's gay.

There's more .. Magic also talks about recently buying the L.A. Sparks and also takes another shot at the Lakers. Check out the clip.

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Chamique Holdsclaw

GUILTY

In Crazy Gun Attack on Ex-GF

6/14/2013 5:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0614-Chamique-Holdsclaw-gettyWNBA legend Chamique Holdsclaw just pled GUILTY in that crazy attack on her ex-GF -- where she FIRED A GUN inside the woman's car -- but she won't spend a single day behind bars.

TMZ broke the story ... Holdsclaw -- one of the WNBA's all-time greats -- was arrested in Atlanta last year. Cops say the 35-year-old trailed Jennifer Lacy's car in November, then attacked it with a baseball bat and fired a gun into the backseat while Lacy was inside the vehicle.

Earlier today, Holdsclaw pled guilty to 2 counts of aggravated assault, 4 counts of criminal damage, and 1 count of illegal firearm possession.

But despite the fact she FIRED A GUN ... Holdsclaw wasn't sentenced to any jail time ... instead, she got 3 years’ probation, a $3, 000 fine ... and is not allowed to possess a gun for the next 3 years.

She's also been ordered to stay away from Lacy and complete anger management ... along with 120 hours of community service.

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Jason Collins' Ex

I'm Freezing My Eggs

He Took 8 Years From Me!

5/3/2013 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Ex-WNBA star Carolyn Moos says her ex-fiance Jason Collins burned 8 fertile years off her womb's life -- and now she's planning to freeze her eggs before her biological clock stops ticking.

Moos previously said she had a life plan to have kids with Collins during their time together -- and after she learned he was gay, she felt the NBA player shattered her dreams.

34-year-old Moos says she still wants to have children -- but she's concerned she might not meet Mr. Right until she's too old to conceive ... so she's taken steps to have her eggs frozen later this month in case she wants to undergo in vitro fertilization sometime down the line.

"So many women think about this as a plan or option ... but few have had 8 years taken away from them like I did."

Moos says the procedure will cost around $10,000 -- but she's hoping to get some financial backing from any production company looking to capture the journey for a documentary.

So far, it's unclear if she's had any offers.

Brittney Griner

Skateboard Clause In WNBA Contract

'I Know What's At Stake'

5/3/2013 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Before Brittney Griner signed her fat new contract as the #1 overall pick in the 2013 WNBA draft ... she had to make a promise to her team -- I'LL TONE DOWN MY SKATEBOARDING HABIT.

"I agreed with the Mercury that I would only ride in a controlled environment," Griner tells TMZ ... "No tricks or hill bombing."

Besides being the most dominant female basketball player to come out of college in years, Griner is an avid skater ... who's been riding since she was a little kid. 

"I know what is at stake, so I'll just be cruising. I'll get my adrenaline rush on the court."

Griner -- who's 6'8" and DUNKS -- caused a major uproar during her college career at Baylor when she broke her wrist while riding in a parking structure.

"Before that, I had never been injured," Griner said ... explaining, "[I was] going too fast."

"Once my basketball career is over though, I will be building a skate ramp in my yard, that's for sure."

 

Jason Collins' Ex-Fiancee

I Had NO IDEA He Was Gay

4/30/2013 11:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0428_jason_collins_carolyn_moosThe woman who was once engaged to NBA star Jason Collins tells TMZ, she had NO CLUE he was gay at the time of their relationship ... in fact, she only found out last weekend ... and she was floored.

Carolyn Moos (who played a few seasons in the WNBA) dated Collins for seven years and was engaged to him until they broke up in 2009 ... after Collins pulled the plug on their wedding.

Carolyn tells TMZ, she never once suspected he was gay, so the news is shocking. She says Collins eventually revealed everything last weekend -- just days before his big announcement -- and said that his homosexuality was the real reason he ended things with her.

At the time of their breakup, Carolyn says Jason gave a bunch of BS reasons for calling it quits ... and she could never understand what went wrong, until now.

Carolyn -- who's back on the hunt for Mr. Right -- tells us, "It's very emotional for me as a woman to have invested 8 years in my dream to have a husband, soul mate, and best friend in him. So this is all hard to understand."

She adds, "I care about [Jason] tremendously and only want the best for him. I want Jason to be happy for a lifetime and stay true to who he really is, inside and out."

Chamique Holdsclaw

Pleads Not Guilty --

I'm Not a Crazed Ex-GF!

3/14/2013 8:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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legend Chamique Holdsclaw insists she's no violent gun-slinging psychotic ex-girlfriend ... pleading not guilty to aggravated assault after allegedly firing a gun inside her ex-GF's car.

Holdsclaw entered the plea in Atlanta this morning -- also pleading not guilty to criminal damage in the first degree, criminal damage in the second degree, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Holdsclaw -- who's currently free on bond -- was charged with the laundry list of crimes last month.

We broke the story ... Holdsclaw -- considered one of the greatest players in WNBA history -- was arrested in Atlanta last year for a violent encounter with ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lacy.

According to the police report, 35-year-old Holdsclaw attacked Lacy's car with a baseball bat and then fired a gun into the vehicle's backseat while Lacy sat in the driver's seat.

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