Trae Young with the assist!!!
The Atlanta Hawks superstar did a VERY cool thing on Friday -- splurging for lunch for the people counting ballots at State Farm Arena ... and they couldn't be happier about it!
The 22-year-old NBA sensation's rep hit up Jason's Deli in midtown Atlanta -- and told the crew Young wanted to do something nice for everyone helping out with the election process.
Young ended up buying 50 boardroom box lunches -- complete with sandwiches, chips, a pickle and a cookie. He also sprung for extra fruit side items for all. Way to keep it healthy!
Total cost -- $670 plus a nice 20% tip.
Obviously, Young can afford it -- he's super-rich, but this is more about the gesture than the price.
The Fulton County election workers were stoked when the food arrived with a note from Young that read, "Thanks for all you do!"
Fulton County thanked Young and the ATL Hawks -- noting the NBA team has "supported us throughout this election process."
There's a ton of pressure on the election workers in ATL right now -- as the votes in that area are playing a pivotal role in the presidential election.
Props to Trae -- and obviously shout out to all the patriots helping to count the ballots during this crazy time!
Delonte West's still got it!!!
The ex-NBA star has taken his recovery to the hardwood ... hitting the basketball court to brush up on his skills this week -- and the dude looks GREAT!!!
West was even spotted polishing his handles and jumper during a workout in Florida on Nov. 2 ... and we're told he was in great spirits!!!
Instagram user og__chris19 tells TMZ Sports ... Delonte was talking about how he was happy to be back on the court, focused on recovery and getting better.
Get this -- we're told West even said he wanted to get into coaching in the future.
Keep it up, Delonte!!
Lamar Odom's fiancee says she's called off their engagement -- and is raising new concerns that he's backsliding in life.
"Y'all know I'm honest and transparent so I have to be the first to let you guys know that I am no longer engaged to Lamar," Sabrina Parr posted Wednesday night on IG.
"This has been a difficult decision for me to make but it is the best for myself and my children."
Here's the troubling part ...
"Lamar has some things that he alone needs to work through," Parr said.
"I love him dearly but I am no longer able to be by his side while he seeks the help he so desperately needs."
Parr did not specify what she's concerned about -- but Odom's issues are no secret. He's struggled with substance abuse over the years and nearly died from an overdose during a 2015 incident at a Nevada brothel.
"I wish him all the best and I am asking that you pray for everyone involved," Parr added.
They had only been dating for 3 months at the time but felt there was a connection.
NBA forward Alize Johnson's mom says she was at a loss for words when she was gifted with a new house ... telling TMZ Sports she was BLOWN AWAY by her son's huge gesture.
As we previously reported, the 24-year-old Indiana Pacers player surprised his whole family with a new home in Williamsport, PA ... as a "thank you" for helping him reach his dreams as a professional NBA player.
We spoke with Johnson's mom, Chanelle, about the incredible moment ... and she broke down exactly what it was like to be surprised with the new digs!!
"I'm very proud, very proud and just speechless," Chanelle told us. "Speechless for the things that he's done and just his heart and his humility through the whole process."
"But, he's always been a humble kid but just to see him take care of us before his self is just -- it's mind-blowing."
As for who gets to decorate the new crib, the hooper says he only has a few requests.
"I told them, 'When we move in, listen. I don't care about anything but just let me deck the basement out and the outside pool and stuff like that,'" Johnson tells us.
"That's the only thing I was concerned about but beautiful house, beautiful neighborhood and we're gonna have some good memories there and I'm looking forward to my siblings getting in there and having it to remember growing up."
Note to Alize's fam -- dude better be getting a good present this holiday season!!
4:01 PM PT -- The Cavs have released a statement on the tragedy ... saying the team will do what it can to help bring justice.
"The entire Cavaliers organization was terribly saddened to learn about the recent tragic death of Brandon Weems’ sister Ericka," GM Koby Altman said Wednesday.
"Our hearts are heavy and filled with pain over this senseless act. We express our deepest condolences to Brandon, the entire Weems family, their loved ones, and the Akron community."
"We will be with Brandon throughout this extremely difficult time and will offer our assistance and resources to help find justice for Ericka.
LeBron James is pleading with citizens of Akron, Ohio to help police in a murder case involving his good friend's sister ... saying Wednesday, "My city I need y’all to go to work."
Bron's lifelong pal, Brandon Weems -- who's the Cleveland Cavaliers' director of scouting -- lost his sister earlier this week in what officials have ruled a homicide.
According to News 5 in Cleveland, 37-year-old Ericka Weems was found by family members in Akron on Monday with a gunshot wound to her head.
Cops say they've launched an investigation ... but so far, they've made no arrests and say they've yet to identify any suspects.
LeBron is pleading for help to change that ... begging people of his hometown of Akron to come forward if they have any knowledge of the case.
"AKRON OHIO!!" LeBron wrote Wednesday on Twitter. "My brother’s sister was murdered this past weekend in her home! My brother family need answers to why and by whom."
"My city I need y’all to go to work and find out who did this awful, shameful, disgusting thing to such a caring, loving angel! #Justice4EricaWeems."
LeBron and Brandon's friendship goes back decades ... with MLive reporting the two met at Pee Wee football when they were little kids.
The two went on to become teammates on their St. Vincent-St. Mary H.S. basketball team ... and Bron grew so close to Brandon, he's called him his "brother" repeatedly in interviews over the years.
Akron detectives are urging people to call 330-375-2490 or 330-375-2TIP if they have any information regarding the case.
A reward of up to $5,000, meanwhile, has been offered for information by Summit County Crimestoppers as well.
Originally published -- 1:50 PM PT
The NBA is one vote away from starting the upcoming season on Dec. 22 ... with owners and players reportedly set to approve the proposed 72-game plan on Thursday.
The decision to start the season before Christmas Day will save the league between $500 million and $1 BILLION, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
The NBPA will meet to officially agree on the quick turnaround -- remember, the Los Angeles Lakers just won the 2020 championship on Oct. 12 after the league initially delayed the season due to COVID-19. back in March.
As of right now, the 2020 NBA Draft is set to go down Nov. 18 ... with training camps opening up Dec. 1.
There are still decisions to be made on financial losses for player salaries ... but long story short, the league is expecting tip-off to happen next month.
Indiana Pacers forward Alize Johnson just surprised his family with the ultimate gift by hooking them up with a new home.... and his mother's reaction is PRICELESS!!!
The 24-year-old hooper shared the kind gesture on IG Monday ... saying, "today I surprised them with a New House I always dreamed about living in myself, but I’m taking care of them first because without them, there’s no Alize."
In the clip, Johnson's family walks up to the new crib in their hometown of Williamsport, PA ... and his mother immediately breaking down when she realizes what's going on.
She falls to her knees, "Are you kidding me?!?" -- and Johnson has to literally carry her to the new home.
Johnson explained his decision for the incredible gesture ... saying, "My family is the reason I go so hard. "The reason I sacrifice everyday and continue to put in work. I just want to see a smile on their faces."
This house is beautiful and the perfect size for his large family -- after all, Johnson is the oldest son of 7 SIBLINGS (4 sisters, 3 brothers).
Pacers star Victor Oladipo praised his teammate for the gesture, "Proud of you slim!! You know what time it is!!! Congrats to the Johnson Family!"
Johnson -- who will become a restricted free agent this off-season -- signed a 2-year contract worth $2.2 million with the Pacers in 2018.
Congrats on the new digs, fam!! Now, when is the house-warming party?!?!
This is GREAT to see -- Delonte West looking happy and physically active at his rehab center!!
Mark Cuban shared some pics of the ex-NBA star as he continues his treatment ... which now includes frisbee golf and kayaking!
Cuban, who was the driving force behind getting 37-year-old West into treatment, commented ... "Because we all want something to feel great about today, here is your Delonte West update."
He added, "It's still an uphill battle, but he is climbing."
As we previously reported, Cuban personally picked up West at a Dallas gas station last month and vowed to help out in any way he could after seeing pics of Delonte in late-September in bad shape, begging for money on the streets.
With the blessing of West's family, Cuban helped get Delonte -- a 2004 1st round NBA Draft pick -- into a treatment program ... and things have been going well ever since.
West started with a detox program -- and our sources told us he was "roughing it out" while getting all traces of drugs and alcohol out of his system.
Since then, he looks to be in a much better place -- he's been horseback riding and staying active ... taking it one day at a time!
Go Delonte, Go!!!
"We have to close the game on Tuesday!!!"
Rivers -- who was only hired in Philly last month after years in L.A. -- was a featured speaker at Biden's drive-in rally at FDR Park in South Philadelphia.
And, when Doc stepped up to the mic, he didn't hold back!
"We have so much at stake, everybody. We have so much to do still," Doc explained.
"I'm coming up to you as your coach today -- how about that? So, I want you to understand this. We're in the 3rd quarter. The 4th quarter is on Tuesday. We have to close the game on Tuesday."
Rivers -- who used to be friends with Donald Trump back in the day -- claimed POTUS is bad for the country and explained he believes electing Biden/Harris is the best way to repair America.
"This is a country that needs to come together. We have to come together if we want to be great. And the only way we're going to come together is by Joe Biden being our president and Kamala Harris being our Vice President."
Rivers encouraged everyone to vote -- and help others vote!
"And it doesn’t matter how long you have to wait in line — don’t leave that line Tuesday! If you’re there for 1 hour or 2 hours or 3 .… don’t leave that line! You stay the course!"
Rivers also suggested the Trump campaign is using "scare tactics" to prevent Biden supporters from voting.
"You know what bullies do? They start using scare tactics when they have nothing to run on. When they have nothing to say, they try to scare you. Be strong and be mighty and vote."
Less than 24 hours until election day ...
Shawn Kemp admits he smoked marijuana during his days as an NBA superstar ... and flat out says he has zero regrets, 'cause weed is way SAFER than pain pills.
TMZ Sports talked to the 50-year-old former hooper -- a 6x All-Star who played in the league from 1989 to 2003 -- about weed in the NBA ... and the "Reign Man" was honest when we asked if he blazed as a player.
"When I played, absolutely we smoked pot back in the day when we played. We was responsible with it but we definitely smoked," Kemp says.
Shawn tells us pro athletes put a ton of wear and tear on their body, and need pain relief ... and Kemp says pot is a much safer alternative than addictive and dangerous pain killers.
"For me, with arthritis and different pains in your body, [marijuana] is the perfect solution," SK says.
"Sometimes guys don't like to pop the pills, some guys, they don't wanna take those chances, so this is another way of taking care of yourself professionally, with doing it the right way."
BTW, Shawn knows what he's talking about when it comes to smoking.
The ex-SuperSonics star just opened a dispensary -- Kemp's Cannabis -- in Seattle ... and says he plans to open 3 more shops.
Barack Obama was on fire this weekend stumping for his former VP in Michigan -- and that's no coincidence seeing how he was in the GROOVE after sinking a trey beforehand.
Prior to Joe Biden's Detroit rally, Barack was putting up shots in the Northwestern High School gym -- and right before showtime ... he threw up a beauty from the far right corner, and watched it fall cleanly. Quite the impressive feat, and BO was clearly feeling himself.
The crowd cheers and someone in the distance says "Walk off!" As Barack casually saunters away, he looks back and says, "That's what I do!" Just to make sure everyone heard him, he removed his mask and said it again loud and clear. Yes, 44 owns the 3 -- take notice, y'all.
Barack must've been on one after his stirring speech earlier in the day at a previous rally in Flint -- where he blasted President Trump and his recent comments (not to mention behavior) regarding COVID. Namely, Barack couldn't believe Trump said doctors were juking up the stats in hospitals so they could get paid out for patients deemed to have died from the virus.
That actually marked the first time Barack shared the stage with Joe at an in-person rally -- before that, Barack was already on the campaign trail on his behalf, but Joe hadn't appeared alongside him until this weekend. No better time to join forces ... Election Day's Tuesday.
To celebrate the occasion, Barack and Joe shared an almost-elbow bump -- both jokingly trying not to touch to be distance-safe. It was a little awkward, but charming nonetheless.
Viral campaign moments ... that's what these two do!
This is awesome, and it can be yours ... as long as you've got about a quarter milli in the bank.
The 2005-2006 Upper Deck "Exquisite Collection" Logoman card is on the block at Goldin Auctions ... and features the signatures of the Chi-town legends in blue ink.
The back of the card contains a message from Upper Deck's CEO, and reads ... "You have received a Dual game-Used NBA Logo Patch card personally autographed by Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen from the Upper Deck Company."
"On the front of this card are authentic NBA Logo patches from jerseys worn by Michael Jordan in an NBA game and Scottie Pippen as a member of the Portland Trailblazers in an NBA game."
So yeah, pretty special.
The auction -- which closes Saturday night -- already has 8 bids and sits at $200,000.
If basketball cards aren't your thing (and you happen to be ridiculously wealthy), GA also has a 1909-1911 T206 Honus Wagner card -- the Holy Grail of baseball cards -- with a bid of $960K!!
Bottom line, the card collecting market is EXPLODING. It might be time to go through those cards in the basement.
11:11 AM PT -- 10/30 -- The alleged victim's attorney, Taylor Rayfield, said in a scathing statement Friday the woman did NOT know Puig before the alleged encounter.
"The defendant is a professional athlete who used his celebrity status to intimidate and sexually assault a stranger," Rayfield said. "His brazen attack has caused emotional and psychological injuries to our client which have severely impacted her life."
The woman, still using the alias Jane Roe to protect her identity, added, "I was in complete shock because it all happened so fast."
"It was terrifying and humiliating and I don’t want anyone else to have to suffer the same kind of trauma that I'm experiencing."
5:13 PM PT -- We talked to Yasiel Puig's attorney who tells us the MLB star categorically denies the accusations in the lawsuit.
MLB superstar Yasiel Puig is being sued by a woman accusing him of sexual battery at an NBA game back in 2018, according to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports.
The woman behind the lawsuit is using the pseudonym Jane Roe to protect her identity -- but claims Puig assaulted her at Staples Center on Oct 31, 2018.
In the docs, the woman alleged, "she was forced into a bathroom and Yasiel Puig grabbed at her trying to take her clothes off, touched her sexual organs during this struggle, and eventually pinned her with 1 arm and used his other to stroke his own penis, exposing himself, and eventually ejaculating."
The woman says in her lawsuit, she was "simply heading to use the bathroom" -- and did not go to the restroom with the intention of having a sexual encounter with Puig.
In her lawsuit, the woman does not say whether she went to law enforcement after the alleged incident -- we're digging to find out.
The date of the alleged assault correlates with a Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks game at Staples Center -- and there are pics of Puig sitting courtside at that game.
The woman is suing for sexual battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence and false imprisonment.
The woman does not specify an exact amount she's asking for -- but notes it's more than $50,000.
The accuser's attorney has confirmed with TMZ Sports that the Yasiel Puig mentioned in her lawsuit is in fact the MLB star.
We're reaching out to Puig for comment -- but so far, no word back.
Originally Published -- 10/29 12:06 PM PT
"In Miami this weekend, I dropped by The Shop to talk with [LeBron] and [Maverick Carter] about the NBA bubble, the racial justice movement, and what's at stake over these next seven days," Obama said.
Bron and Obama are famously good friends who have been tight for years.
In Miami this weekend, I dropped by The Shop to talk with @KingJames and @MavCarter about the NBA bubble, the racial justice movement, and what's at stake over these next seven days.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 27, 2020 @BarackObama
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In fact, Obama reportedly counseled LeBron on how to make statements about social justice and police brutality while inside the NBA Bubble.
LeBron also tweeted about the show -- saying, "It was such an honor. My President giving us the perspective and motivation we need right now. GO VOTE!!!"
The Obama episode is set to drop on Friday, Oct. 30 on HBO and HBO Max.
The network is also touting that the special was produced under COVID-19 guidelines.
Producers are keeping a tight lid on the content so far -- but HBO's exec Vice President Nina Rosenstein gave this teaser -- "Their conversation with President Obama is candid, compelling and urgently relevant."
Think Trump will watch?
The NBA legends sat down with "Shark Tank" star Daymond John for Black Entrepreneurs Day -- to talk to young people about the importance of financial intelligence.
And man, if these stories don't get the point across ...
Shaq says he was so uneducated about finances when he signed his first endorsement deal after turning pro, he blew $1 MILLION in an HOUR -- splurging on expensive cars, jewelry and a trip to Vegas.
In fact, he went through so much cash, his bank manager pulled him aside and warned him that he was gonna go broke if he continued to spend like a maniac ... because he wasn't accounting for things like income tax, etc.
Dwyane Wade tells a very similar story -- saying he got tangled up in some bad investments because he had no idea what he was doing.
"I blew through a lot of money," Wade said ... "I got into bad relationships with people from ... ventures outside of basketball, restaurant ventures, etc."
Wade says he simply wasn't educated when it came to finances -- and had to learn the hard way after being taken advantage of.
But now, both superstars are hoping their loss can be your gain -- stressing the importance of financial intelligence so young people spend their money wisely and make it last a very long time.
We totally get the point -- and they're both right (obviously) ... but that 60 minute million dollar spending spree sounds awesome!!
Normally, not that big of a deal for 2 teammates to dine with their agent -- but it seems like they're making a statement in the wake of some criticism about their professional relationship.
Earlier Thursday, an anonymous NBA agent went after LeBron and Rich Paul to The Athletic -- essentially saying that Paul is just a puppet for LeBron.
The agent essentially claims LeBron is running the show at the Klutch Sports Group and Paul is just doing his bidding -- which, if true, would be illegal in California since a player is not also allowed to represent talent.
Here's a quote from the article ...
"The worst thing that LeBron is doing is forcing this power with Rich Paul and what that is, in terms of, he’s a player, but he has prowess in the media space. His company Spring Hill, that’s awesome. Doing the movies and all of the projects. That’s so commendable. I love that. But now that they’ve jumped into the agent game, which the reality is, it’s illegal for a player, particularly if you’re in the state of California, to be licensed to represent talent."
The agent suggests several young players have been "seduced" by LeBron to sign with Klutch because they idolized him growing up ... only to end up signing bad deals.
But, neither Bron nor Anthony Davis or Paul seemed to be bothered by the criticism Thursday night -- rolling up to Nobu in fancy cars and enjoying a night at one of the hottest restaurants in town.
Nobu has been the go-to spot for the Lakers since they've been out of the bubble -- the team had a victory dinner there together last week to celebrate their championship.