"Like eight shots to numb it up and then they go in there and put it back -- they break it again. They break it back in place."
That's Devin Booker describing the straight-up horror show he had to go through after breaking his nose earlier this week ... and yeah, it feels like a miracle the Suns star was able play Thursday night!!
The 24-year-old broke it all down for reporters after struggling in Phoenix's loss to the Clippers in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals ... saying the procedure he went through Wednesday to fix his facial issues was GNARLY.
"It's a procedure that they usually say they put you under [anesthesia] for," said Booker, who broke the nose in 3 places after clashing heads with Patrick Beverley in Game 2 on Tuesday.
"But we had a flight out a couple hours later, so they just numbed it up -- all over the place, it felt like."
Booker called the surgery "probably the worst part" of his entire injury process ... but, shockingly, he said he felt okay about 24 hours later while playing in the game.
"The nose feels fine," Booker said. "We just lost the game."
Booker -- wearing a clear, plastic mask to protect the injury for the night -- was just 5-for-21 in the game ... and scored just 15 points in 40 minutes.
He swore, though, the mask and injury were NOT a problem ... saying it all didn't affect his play one bit.
"He got the mask; he's fine," Booker's teammate, Chris Paul, said. "We're not one of those teams looking for excuses and all that stuff. Give [the Clippers] their credit -- they played really well tonight."
"We'll get ready for Game 4."
"Duck Dynasty" star Kay Robertson needed medical attention after being attacked by her own dog ... and the pup ripped off a piece of her lip.
Miss Kay, the family matriarch, was rushed to the hospital Tuesday after being attacked at home by her dog, Bobo ... according to Phil and Jase Robertson.
Phil shared the dog attack story on their podcast, "Unashamed" ... and he says he was awoken in the middle of the night by a bleeding Kay, who had a rag over her mouth as she told him she needed to get to a hospital STAT.
Phil says the dog split Kay's top lip in two, with the gash about a quarter-inch deep. He says she was bleeding all over the place and there was a notable chunk missing.
According to the family, Miss Kay was going in for a goodnight kiss when Bobo snapped back ... Bobo was already sleeping and she woke him up, and the pooch is not getting the blame.
The fam says Kay's lip required stitches and Bobo's already apologized.
A terrifying and devastating scene unfolded in Miami early Thursday, as a 12-story oceanside condo building partially collapsed ... and a massive emergency effort is underway to find people who may have survived.
More than half of the complex unexpectedly went down in the early morning hours in South Florida in what residents describe as feeling like an earthquake.
The building reportedly has more than 100 units, and at least 70 of them are damaged or destroyed following the collapse that left a massive pile of rubble.
So far, one person has died and at least 10 have been treated for injuries, while 35 people have been pulled from the partially collapsed building and 2 more pulled from the debris.
Fifteen families have walked out of the building on their own, but sadly ... countless people are missing as the search and rescue mission continues.
Authorities are unclear what led to the collapse, but say it is perplexing because the structure is not old -- it was built in 1981 -- and there's no logical reason why it should have gone down like this.
Blink-182's Mark Hoppus has quietly been battling cancer for months, and tells us while he's got a long road ahead of him, he's grateful for the support he's received.
Hoppus says, "For the past three months I’ve been undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. I have cancer. It sucks and I’m scared, and at the same time I’m blessed with incredible doctors and family and friends to get me through this."
He adds, "I still have months of treatment ahead of me but I’m trying to remain hopeful and positive. Can’t wait to be cancer free and see you all at a concert in the hopefully near future. Love to you all."
The band's singer/bassist posted (and then quickly deleted) an Instagram photo of himself sitting in what appeared to be a doctor's office Wednesday, with a caption that read, "Hello, yes. One cancer treatment, please."
In the pic, Mark is seen sitting down in a chair, with an IV hooked up to his arm. He seems to be in relatively good spirits -- but his fans definitely weren't upon seeing this ... as it appears to be the first time anyone has gotten a whiff that he may be sick.
Of course, the outpouring of love and support has been overwhelming -- with countless messages of encouragement being sent his way ... and just as many telling him he can beat it. It's still unclear what sort of cancer he has exactly, or at what stage it was diagnosed.
In any case, he's got a whole swath of music lovers in his corner. Get well soon.
Devin Booker is tough as hell -- not only did the guy get his nose busted open during the Suns playoff game against the Clippers on Tuesday, he got stitched up and kept playing!!
In fact, the 24-year-old played a KEY ROLE in helping the Suns win Game 2!!!
Here's the deal ... D-Book and Clippers star Patrick Beverley appeared to accidentally clash heads during a play in the 3rd quarter.
You can see in the video ... Booker suffered a nasty gash to the bridge of his nose, blood began to drip down immediately.
The Suns star was taken to the locker room where doctors stitched up the wound and Booker returned to action in the 4th quarter.
It looked painful, but Booker battled through the injury and threw a key screen on that inbound dunk to DeAndre Ayton that ultimately helped the Suns win the game.
Suns coach Monty Williams praised Booker's toughness after the game ... saying, "He was probably playing with a great deal of pain."
"I thought he broke his nose when I saw it. I was worried about the blood continuing to flow."
Booker may need to wear a protective mask in Game 3 -- and maybe even the rest of the playoffs.
But, props to Devin and the Suns -- these dudes are leading the series 2-0 and look like real contenders.
Warriors fans didn't have to wait for the new 'Space Jam' movie to see Klay Thompson return to action ... 'cause after 2 devastating injuries, the NBA superstar is back on the court!!!
Remember, 31-year-old Klay hasn't suited up for the Dubs since tearing his ACL in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals.
Right when he was getting back to 100%, Thompson then tore his Achilles while playing a pickup game in November 2020 ... which kept him from playing in the 2020-21 season.
But, Thompson had a breakthrough this week ... running up and down the court and working on his jumper at Chase Arena -- and yeah, he's THRILLED to be back at it.
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"DubNation, I still have a really long, long, LOOOONG way to go," Klay said Tuesday. "But my goodness, it felt so dang good to get up and down and see the ball go thru the net."
"Can’t wait to burn em down next year 👌🏽 💦 🔥 !! Big milestone for me this week"
This time around, his free time was spent off movie sets ... and you can tell he's been busting his ass to stay in shape.
Steph Curry's gotta be salivating at the idea of a Splash Bros. reunion ... but he'll have to hang tight -- Klay says it may be a few more months before he's fully healthy.
"Friends" star James Michael Tyler -- who famously played Gunther -- says keeping silent about his stage 4 cancer diagnosis during the reunion show was the right thing to do for the show's fans and his costars.
James explains he chose to join the HBO Max special by Zoom, instead of sitting on the couch with the rest of the cast, "because I didn't wanna bring a downer on it, you know? I didn't want to be like, 'Oh, and by the way, Gunther has cancer.'"
The beloved actor also revealed Tuesday on "Today" that his prostate cancer -- diagnosed back in September 2018 -- has, unfortunately, spread to his bones and left him paralyzed from the waist down.
James says the producers of the show have known about his diagnosis for a long time -- but it sounds like the cast didn't know during the taping, but said they know now.
When asked what he would have done differently ... James says he would have listened to his wife and gone in earlier for a medical checkup, and maybe it could have been caught sooner.
James choked back tears ... imploring viewers to get a basic exam and ask for a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test. He says when caught early, it's 99 percent treatable. He shared the same message with the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
James, of course, had a memorable run on the show -- he appeared in 150 episodes as the super sprung yet witty barista at Central Perk.
Get well soon, James. ❤️
YG's been helping bring medical and mental health services to the Black community for a year now, but he's not resting on his laurels ... he has bigger plans for TeleHealth Van.
The rapper -- along with NFL star Todd Gurley and owner Dion Rambo -- launched the virtual health consultation service in 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to provide resources to those in L.A.'s low-income communities without health insurance or the tech needed to receive proper care.
TeleHealth Van uses a fleet of 5G-enabled vans to do so, and has helped more than 5,000 families connect with healthcare professionals since May 2020 ... but YG tells us that's not enough.
He's on a mission to take the TeleHealth model to people on probation or parole, and like he's done with the healthcare system in Black communities ... bring actual change to the criminal justice system as well.
YG says the City of L.A. is on board with his plan, and he's hopeful TeleHealth Vans will be doing a lot more good for years to come.
Just last week, Mayor Eric Garcetti honored the TeleHealth team at his home with an Official Congratulatory Award from the city for its contributions over the past 12 months.
As we've told you ... YG's also been finding other ways to help people get back on their feet during tough times, literally.
You can see his full interview on Tuesday's "TMZ Live" (check local listings).
A man working at CBS' famous TV and film studio was injured when part of a 600-lb. wall collapsed on him ... TMZ has learned.
Our sources say the workplace accident went down June 7 at the CBS Radford lot in Studio City around 8 in the morning. The L.A. Fire Department and paramedics were called to the scene.
We're told the emergency staff treated a man who was injured when a portion of the enormous wall on a sound stage fell on him.
According to Cal/OSHA ... the worker, listed as an employee of CBS Studio Center, was hospitalized for a dislocated shoulder, and an investigation into what happened is underway.
It's unclear if he was working on a specific production at the time of the accident. A CBS source says it was not one of their own shows. The location is known as the home to several popular shows -- for instance, "Big Brother" and "The Conners" -- but not all of them air on CBS.
As you may recall ... a 'Conners' crew member died at the site earlier this year after suffering a medical emergency.
Kelsey Salmon is fending off a different kind of attack -- chihuahua lovers are accusing her of dragging the breed through the mud over her eyelid-biting incident.
Kelsey tells TMZ ... she's been flooded with tons of social media hate from the chihuahua community ... claiming she conjured up this whole episode just so people would turn on the tiny breed.
The victim shaming is pretty obvious just from looking at Kelsey, and her reattached eyelid, for Pete's sake!!! Yet, she still wants to make it clear, she's in no way saying all chihuahuas are violent.
Remember, Kelsey told us she loves dogs -- owns pooches of her own -- and she didn't even say the eyelid tech's dog that chomped on her should be put down.
Still, she says the messages have been vicious. One person wrote, "You only saying Chihuahua instead of Chihuahua Mix [because] a lot of hate going towards the bred, which already gets hate because of bad owners. Maybe instead of hating the dog, you should hate its owner for raising it like that."
Kelsey says it's all ratcheting up her anxiety ... even as she's in danger of losing the reattached eyelid. She described what doctors will do if that happens, and it ain't pretty.
BTW, Kelsey tells us she still hasn't heard from the lash tech. As for a lawsuit ... the family's contacted their lawyer but still, no decision has been made whether to move forward.
So far, her medical bills total at least $5k -- she's set up a GoFundMe to help cover costs for now -- and that's expected to rise, based on additional therapy and appointments on the horizon.
9:52 AM PT -- 6/18 -- Awesome news -- Christian Eriksen has officially been discharged from the hospital ... less than 1 week after his terrifying collapse.
The Danish Football Association released a statement Friday ... saying, "Christian Eriksen has been through a successful operation and was today discharged from Rigshospitalet."
"Today he also visited the national team in Helsingor -- and from there he will go home and spend time with his family."
Eriksen also released a statement ... adding, "Thank you for the massive number of greetings -- it has been incredible to see and feel. The operation went well, and I am doing well under the circumstances."
"It was really great to see the guys again after the fantastic game they played last night."
"No need to say that I will be cheering on them on Monday against Russia."
Danish soccer star Christian Eriksen is getting a "heart starter" implanted to his chest soon ... a big step toward ensuring he never suffers another terrifying cardiac episode again.
Denmark national team doctor Morten Boesen made the announcement Thursday ... saying after multiple exams on the athlete, specialists have determined the 29-year-old needs an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator.
"This device is necessary after a cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances," Boesen said.
"Christian has accepted the solution and the plan has moreover been confirmed by specialists nationally and internationally who all recommend the same treatment."
As we previously reported, Eriksen went into cardiac arrest during last Saturday's Denmark vs. Finland game in Copenhagen ... and the scene was horrifying.
Eriksen collapsed on the pitch and needed a defibrillator to be revived ... and he's been in the hospital ever since.
Eriksen, though, has been in good spirits while recovering -- the soccer player posted an update from his hospital bed earlier this week saying, "I'm fine -- under the circumstances."
It's unclear if Eriksen will be able to play soccer again ... but he did make it clear he'll certainly be cheering on the Denmark team as it takes on Belgium on Thursday.
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Jessie J's condition with Ménière’s disease has been compounded exponentially ... now she's also suffering from major acid reflux that's causing nodules in her throat.
The singer revealed the new medical drama while explaining why she posted video of herself quietly singing her new single, "I Want Love." Jessie, who choked back tears during the video, said her speech therapist asked her to record herself singing quietly so they could hear her voice and mark any progress.
Problem is ... Jessie said back in February she started feeling a constant burn in her throat. She said she ignored it and presumed it was fatigue from the studio -- but a doctor eventually told her she has major acid reflux and nodules in her throat.
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She said the acid reflux was presumably caused, at least partially, by steroids she had taken to treat her Ménière’s disease, but the root cause is still not clear.
Jessie immediately went on anti-acids and a 2-week run of no talking -- but she says it didn't stop the nodules from forming. It's been an incredible ordeal ... she says 6 different doctors have had 8 cameras down her nose, had to adjust her diet to eat the same 6 foods for 3 months, plus blood work, acupuncture and massages.
All of that seemed to work because the nodules went away ... but she says doctors have told her if she continues singing, they'll come right back.
Jessie's trying to fight through it, though, saying, “I am doing all I can to mend whatever it is that is broken to be able to sing these songs live. I will not mime. I refuse."
As we reported ... the "Bang Bang" singer spent Christmas hospitalized unable to talk and walk because of a disease that has no cure. Meniere's disease is an inner-ear condition that causes extreme ringing in the ear, hearing loss and vertigo.
Tampa Bay Rays prospect Tyler Zombro is clearly lucky to be alive today ... the pitcher revealed he needed brain surgery after being drilled in the head by a line drive this month -- and the scar he showed off Thursday is gnarly.
Zombro -- who was struck by a comebacker in a minor league game on June 3 -- posted pics from his recovery on his Twitter page ... and it's truly miraculous he appears to be okay following the scary scene.
Tyler Zombro recibió una línea en la cabeza en el juego de anoche que obligó a suspender el partido contra los Norfolk Tides, es un relevista de 26 años que aún no ha debutado en las Grandes Ligas. Fue llevado a un hospital cercano. Aún no se conocen detalles de su condición.🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/2dnVjH1NFI— PalillitoArnold33 (@PalillitoA33) June 4, 2021 @PalillitoA33
Zombro showed the entire right side of his head was opened up by docs after he was hit by the baseball ... and then later closed up with a grip of staples.
"Unbelievably grateful to be in the situation I’m currently in with the incredible help from @DukeHospital & staff," Zombro said.
"To all of you that have showered my family and I with positive thoughts, I have no doubt that all of the prayer support kept God with me throughout that night, as I’m in a very fortunate position all things considered."
The initial injury was one of the scariest incidents anybody's EVER seen on a baseball diamond ... Zombro let a fastball go and it was smacked right back at him.
The 26-year-old could be seen convulsing on the mound and was immediately rushed to the hospital.
In fact, things looked so dire, Zombro's minor league team, the Durham Bulls, postponed their game the following day in wake of the injury.
But, Zombro said Thursday he's doing much better ... even cracking a joke about his sprint speed!
To @raysbaseball and @durhambulls I cannot thank you guys enough for treating me the way you have, as this is what makes our organization so special. In optimistic news: I’ve never been the fastest on the field so I may have gotten a boost after this surgery. pic.twitter.com/h9YXbzTvSn— Tyler Zombro (@T_Zombro24) June 17, 2021 @T_Zombro24
"In optimistic news: I’ve never been the fastest on the field so I may have gotten a boost after this surgery," Zombro said.
Zombro added he intends to get back on the diamond eventually ... though there's no timetable for a return at this point.
"Thank you again to the entire baseball community for the support," Zombro said. "I’m one lucky guy and can’t wait to get back out there (whenever that is)! God Bless you all!"
4:36 PM PT -- The NBA is firing back at its most popular player -- with the league actually fact-checking LeBron's criticism Wednesday afternoon.
"Injury rates were virtually the same this season as they were during 2019-20 while starter-level and All-Star players missed games due to injury at similar rates as the last three seasons," the Association said, according to Marc Stein.
"While injuries are an unfortunate reality of our game, we recognize the enormous sacrifices NBA players and teams have made to play through this pandemic."
It's uncommon for the league to hit back at one of its biggest stars like this ... but clearly, they weren't here for the narrative.
LeBron James says the rash of injuries in this year's playoffs are all the NBA's fault ... claiming the bumps, bruises, tears and sprains are entirely due to the league's early start date.
Bron went off on the league in an epic Twitter rant Wednesday ... claiming he saw this coming from a million miles away once the NBA decided to start its 2021 season in December despite finishing the 2020 season in October.
"They all didn’t wanna listen to me about the start of the season," said LeBron, who did insist back before the season began that a December date was way too early to come back.
"I knew exactly what would happen. I only wanted to protect the well being of the players which ultimately is the PRODUCT & BENEFIT of OUR GAME!"
And, on Wednesday, it was announced Clippers star Kawhi Leonard could be done for the playoffs with a knee injury as well.
All of it has Bron fuming ... claiming it could have all been easily prevented.
"This is the best time of the year for our league and fans but missing a ton of our fav players. It’s insane," LeBron said.
"If there’s one person that know about the body and how it works all year round it’s ME! I speak for the health of all our players and I hate to see this many injuries this time of the year. Sorry fans wish you guys were seeing all your fav guys right now."
LeBron added, "And I know all about the business side too/factors so don’t even try me! I get it."
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Awesome update from ex-NFL star Greg Olsen -- his son, TJ, just "rang the bell" to symbolize the end of treatment after receiving a heart transplant!!!
Olsen shared footage of the special moment at the hospital in Charlotte on Wednesday, saying, "Today we 'rang the bell,' and for the first time our family whole again."
"To everyone who prayed for our little buddy and sent us words of encouragement and support ... All we can say is THANK YOU and WE 💚 YOU ALL"
As we previously reported, TJ was born with a congenital heart disease that required 3 open-heart surgeries before his 3rd birthday.
Olsen revealed late last month TJ's heart was failing ... and doctors said he would need a transplant immediately.
TJ was quickly able to find a match and underwent surgery earlier this month ... and despite all the struggles, Greg says his son remained optimistic throughout the journey.
"TJ’s positive attitude and selflessness throughout has been an inspiration to us all," he added. "Never did he feel sorry for him self or play the victim. All he did was talk about what the future held and the things he looked forward to doing."
Olsen says TJ was adamant he was going to ring that bell ... and it's truly incredible to see him do it!!!
"It's not as bad as it looked."
That's UFC fighter Jamahal Hill telling TMZ Sports the nasty injury he suffered during UFC 263 on Saturday is gonna be FINE ... and he's already thinking about his next fight!!!
YO, THAT'S CRAZY CONSIDERING IT LOOKED LIKE HILL'S ARM WAS SNAPPED IN TWO!!
The backstory ... Hill was fighting Paul Craig when the 30-year-old got caught in an armbar and Paul pulled Jamahal's left arm in a way it's not supposed to bend!
The good news ... Hill confirms the arm was NOT broken -- "just dislocated pretty badly."
"They were able to pop it back in and the doctor said it’s rock solid. It’s doing all the movement that it needs to, it’s just going to be sore for a while."
So, what's next?
"I’ll follow up with my doctor when I land back at home and we’re going to go from there. Hopefully I can be back in real soon."
As for the pain, Hill says there was a "little discomfort" -- but that's it!
He was more upset about getting caught in the armbar in the first place and losing the fight.
But, Hill's a tough guy and vows to return to the Octagon ASAP -- and he even wants to run it back with Craig!!
"I gotta handle whatever I gotta handle through the loss or whatever, that I just went through. But, definitely I hope he keeps winning, so that way next time we meet is for some serious marbles. But yeah, that’s definitely one I want to run back."
There's more ... Hill also talks about his future and addresses the criticism of the referee who was working the fight.
But, Hill also delivered this message to his fans ...
"I just want everybody know I’m good, I’m alright. I’ll be back."
"You know, it’s the hurt business. Sometimes you gotta deal with some pain, and you have to deal with it, man. You could take loss as a man, learn from it, grow from it, and you know, the next version of me that you’re about see, that person is undefeated still."