NBA Superstar LeBron James Mansion Sprayed with Racial Slur?!

A racial epithet was spray-painted on the front gate of NBA star LeBron James’ home in Brentwood, Los Angeles police said Wednesday.

The vandalism was discovered about 6:45 a.m. and has since been painted over by the property manager, said LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman.

A source who was not authorized to speak publicly about the case described the slur as the “N-word.”

James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are in the Bay Area this week where they’ll play the Golden State Warriors in the first game of the NBA Finals on Thursday.

James bought the 9,440-square-foot estate in 2015. Records show it sold for about $21 million. It was built in 2011 and designed by architect Ken Ungar, The Times reported at the time of the purchase.

Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s West L.A. Division are investigating, Eisenman said.

Police said they would have to determine the motive for the vandalism before classifying it as a potential hate crime.

According to the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations’ 2015 report, the most recent statistics available, 58% of racially motivated hate crimes in the county that year targeted blacks. Vandalism accounted for 29% of all hate crime offenses in 2015, the report stated.

UPDATE: CARMELO HAS A BABY ON THE WAY WITH A STRIPPER; LALA PISSED BEYOND MEANS!

Carmelo Anthony was messing around with a woman who now claims she’s pregnant with his baby — and as you can imagine, his wife, La La, is pissed … TMZ Sports has learned.

Multiple sources tell us … the other woman often works at a gentlemen’s club in NYC, and we’re told she’s claiming to be 6 and a half months pregnant with Melo’s child.

We’re also told she has made it clear to Melo she expects him to kick in for medical expenses and other baby related costs.

Sources close to both Melo and La La are telling us the marriage has been rocky for a while — and while the pregnancy wasn’t the tipping point, it certainly didn’t help.

So far, neither side has filed divorce papers but we’re told there’s virtually zero chance of a reconciliation.

LEBRON WILL HAVE A TOUGH ROAD BACK TO THE FINALS

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With Christmas right around the corner, we’re starting to get a better idea of how things are looking across the NBA. The Cleveland Cavaliers accomplished what many thought impossible last year by overcoming a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals to conquer the Golden State Warriors and bring Cleveland its first NBA championship. Fast forward to today and both the Eastern and Western conferences are seeing a fair degree of competition at the top, make a return to the finals for LeBron James far from a sure thing.

The Cavs have been in a tailspin recently following three straight losses after what was initially a strong start to the season. Things began with a shocking loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, which was followed by a blowout to the resurgent Los Angeles Clippers and another tough loss to the Chicago Bulls. The team knows it needs to stop the bleeding as soon as possible. James went on to say that the squad needs to “get out of the honeymoon stage” and step their game up if they hope to try and retain their title as world champions.

While the stars of the Cavaliers continue to perform admirably well, the rest of the team isn’t performing consistently and the bench is looking particularly weak. It’s been noted that the Cavs are relying heavily on Channing Frye and Iman Shumpert. And while they’re perfectly fine on their good days, the two are hardly dependable enough to count on too much. The roster has four players older than 35 and if the injury bug starts to set in the Cavs are quickly going to find themselves in big trouble.

If the 2015 Finals were a showdown between an established icon of the NBA and a younger star between James and Curry, then 2016 was the retribution of the old order showing the upstarts who was boss. Now that each team has a ring, many fans are eager for the idea of another rematch to settle things once and for all. The biggest issue will be whether someone else will come along to spoil the show.

The Clippers and the way they handled Cleveland might be one of the biggest threats to a finals rematch. They’re hot on the heels of both the Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs in a neck-and-neck race for the top three spots in the West. Los Angeles are looking like they’ve finally clicked and that’s bad news for other teams in the Western Conference. At the same time, San Antonio continues to flourish under the guidance of Gregg Popovich and will surely make their own claim to conference supremacy. Meanwhile, in the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors are only half a game behind Cleveland (as of this writing) and they’ll be looking to prove that they belong in the conversation among the league’s elite teams.

We definitely have our fingers crossed for a third NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cavaliers, but the road to the championship isn’t going to be a cakewalk for either team. At least, not if the rest of the NBA has anything to say about it.

LEBRON JAMES AND THE CAVS ARE CHAMPS!

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It was all there in that moment, as the tears flowed and the most interesting and nuanced person in sports fell to the floor and let it sink in: The Cleveland Cavaliers were champions.
And he, LeBron James, a kid from Akron who took a trying childhood and all the promise his basketball gifts imbued in him and then left, had come back home and raised the place he loved above all others.
He was crying on the floor. Hands over his face. His teammates hugged him on all sides, and their love and outstretched arms might as well been hundreds of thousands of arms reaching to the sky in Ohio, reaching for other Ohioans, taking in 2,465 miles away from Oracle Arena the Cavs’ stunning 93-89 NBA Finals Game 7 win.
Their voices, their joy, their celebration a result of LeBron James, who — after the hate and doubt and divorce — had returned to his sports-cursed home and done this for them.
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LeBron wiped his eyes. All this was crashing down as Doris Burke, for ESPN, came closer for the postgame interview.
“I’m sorry, Doris,” Kyrie Irving said, breaking off after his own remarkable Finals — the 26 points he scored Sunday night, particularly a 3-point shot with 53 seconds that changed everything — and own part of this incredible moment. For the NBA. For all of us gawking at its astounding nature of it. For Ohio. For that star, still crying, still letting it all wash over him, as he was asked how he felt.
How can a man like LeBron possibly explain that feeling?
Think of all the things wrapped up in that moment: The childhood promise before any of us knew his name. The words “Chosen One” that as just a teenager marked his potential and any failures that would follow. The eager and early start in a league he would dominate. The close calls and brewing bitterness in Cleveland before the much-maligned exit for South Beach. The criticism and praise and mistakes, the misunderstandings, the divide that formed over the very mention of his name. The return because of a real love for a real place that goes mostly disrespected.
All that it means to be LeBron James unraveling after a lifetime aimed at this one thing: Lifting up the people — his friends, yes, but the strangers, too — who were there with him and part of him before he ever became a household name.
“I gave everything that I had,” he said, and everything was perhaps the greatest individual performance in NBA Finals history. “I brought my heart, my blood, my sweat, my tears to this game. And … against all odds — against all odds — I don’t [know] why we want to take the hardest road. I don’t [know] why the man above gives me the hardest road. But it’s nothing the man above don’t put you in situations you can’t handle. And I just kept that same positive attitude, like, instead of saying, ‘Why me,’ I was saying, ‘This is what He wanted me to do.’ And …”
This was quintessential LeBron James. Honest, raw, candid, all of it pouring out — only this time after the greatest basketball moment of a life defined by the sport. He already was the unanimous Finals MVP at this point, collecting 27 points, 11 rebounds, 11 dimes, two steals and three blocks in Game 7.
And what, in this moment, did LeBron James steer toward? What was the most important thing, the emotional thing to come pouring out in his proudest moment?
“CLEVELAND!” he screamed. “This is for you!”
There would be more words later, more celebrations, more explanations of how he led the only successful comeback from a 3-1 deficit in NBA Finals history, how he dismantled the Warriors’ claim to greatest NBA team of all time, how he answered his clear annoyance with Steph Curry’s unanimous MVP and ascending place in the game with this: 29.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 8.9 assists, 2.6 steals and 2.3 blocks per game.
There is time later for more to ponder: How LeBron, after this, could be back on track to chase down Michael Jordan as the greatest player of all time. How the Warriors’ implosion cost them a similarly important if different share of history. How, love or hate the man, what he did is worthy of not just praise and respect but all-time status at a level still to be determined.
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And he told us how and why he and Cavaliers team just mounted this stunning comeback against the most worthy of adversaries: It was the hard road, it was the struggles, that got him here. His mistakes, and ours about him. His struggles, and those we foisted on him — because it’s both. His childhood, surely, and an adulthood under the lights that prepared him to take on the a 73-win Warriors team, down 3-1 and ruled out by almost all of us, and turned the impossible into Ohio’s greatest sports moment.
We have hated LeBron James. We have loved him. We’ve called him petulant, we’ve called him brave, we’ve lifted him to heights reserved for only our most iconic athletes, and we’ve torn him back down. We’ve blamed him for what he deserved and for what he didn’t.
Put all that aside, if you can. Because what he did in the NBA Finals — and the emotion it unleashed in him — was about more than LeBron James. It was about the state of the league at its best, about human drama on the kind of scale that while rare makes sports a portal to something more meaningful, and it was about a kid few believed in doing the unthinkable for a place similarly discounted by too many of us.
Is LeBron James the best player of all time? Probably not. Maybe. Time will tell.
But he may be the most important person to stay true to Ohio, ever. And that, as we saw as he fell to the floor in joy, is its own kind of rare, lasting greatness.

BOXING LEGEND MUHAMMAD ALI DEAD AT 74

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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has died.

The 74-year-old passed away in hospital on Friday night (03Jun16).

He was admitted to the medical center in Arizona earlier this week (beg30May16) battling a respiratory problem and reports suggest he spent his final hours on life support.

Muhammad Ali wasborn Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. in Louisville, Kentucky in 1942. He began training to fight at the age of 12 after a thief stole his bicycle and he won six Kentucky Golden Gloves titles and two national Golden Gloves titles among a haul of early accolades. He picked up gold at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. Clay’s amateur record was 100 wins with five losses. He first became the world heavyweight champion in 1964, after he beat Sonny Liston in one of the greatest upsets in the sport. He changed his name to Muhammad Ali after joining the Nation of Islam months later.

He made the headlines for all the wrong reasons in 1967, when he refused to be conscripted into the U.S. military, citing his religious beliefs and opposition to America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. He was arrested and found guilty of draft evasion and stripped of his boxing title. He did not fight again for almost four years, until his conviction was overturned in 1971.

Nicknamed The Greatest, he became the most famous sportsman of his generation and the finest fighter to ever step into a boxing ring. His greatest fights as champion included clashes with Joe Frazier and George Foreman.
He briefly quit the sport in 1976 to focus on his faith, having converted to Sunni Islam, and upon his return his doctor, Ferdie Pacheco, advised him to quit due to internal injuries from boxing. Ali refused and his longtime medic retired.
He lost his title in 1978 to Leon Spinks in Las Vegas in part because he wasn’t physically prepared for the fight, looking seriously out of shape. Spinks was declared the winner by split decision. Ali was better prepared for the rematch in New Orleans, winning by unanimous decision. The win made him the first heavyweight champion to win the belt three times.
Ali announced his retirement from boxing in July, 1979, but came back for one more fight against Larry Holmes for the WBC belt for an unprecedented fourth time. Reporters started noting the sports legend was struggling with his speech and trembling uncontrollably at times, but Ali was given the OK to fight by medics at the Mayo Clinic and his return to the ring went ahead in October, 1980.
Holmes dominated the fight, which his trainer Angelo Dundee stopped in the 11th round. He fought one last time, in December, 1981, against Trevor Berbick, losing a 10-round decision.
Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s syndrome, a disease that commonly results from head trauma from activities such as boxing, in 1984.
He remained a hero to the masses and was honored by several U.S. Presidents. After his boxing career was over, his life highlights included a trip to Iraq to meet with leader Saddam Hussein to negotiate the release of American hostages, and he had the honor of lighting the flame at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia in 1996. He also flew to Afghanistan in 2002 as a United Nations Messenger of Peace.
His health started to noticeably decline in 2004 and by 2013, his brother, Rahman Ali, declared Muhammad could no longer speak.
Ali was hospitalized in December, 2014 for a mild case of pneumonia, and again a month later for a urinary tract infection after being found unresponsive at a guest house in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was released the next day.
He was married four times and had seven daughters and two sons. He lived out his days in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his wife Lonnie Williams, who he married in 1986.

LAMAR ODOM TRANSFERRED TO PRIVATE FACILITY

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Lamar Odom has been transferred from a hospital in Los Angeles to a private facility to continue his recovery, according to a report.

The former basketball star was found unconscious at the Love Ranch brothel in Nevada in October following a reported drug overdose.

Family spokeswoman Alvina Alston said on Friday that Lamar was released from the Cedars-Sinai hospital earlier this week, but she gave no further details about his condition.

She did reveal that Lamar’s family is proud of his “miraculous and continued improvement”, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The former LA Lakers player reportedly suffered several strokes and his organs – specifically his kidneys – were in grave danger of failing during his health crisis.

Now, Lamar is responsive to treatment, and has an increased use of speech and mobility.

His estranged wife Khloe Kardashian has been visiting the sports star, and her sister Kim Kardashian, along with husband Kanye West, have also been spotted at the hospital.

BASKETBALL WIVES LA STAR DRAYA PREGNANT WITH HER SECOND CHILD!

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Draya Michele is pregnant!

The actress and entrepreneur is expecting her first child with her fiancé, Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick, her rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

“I’m not sure what made me decide to take a home pregnancy test, but I decided on taking two at the same time!” Michele, 30, tells PEOPLE. “They were both positive and I was instantly excited.”

Michele, also mom to 13-year-old Kniko, will welcome her second son in late April. Scandrick, 28, is already dad to 6-year-old twin daughters Taylor and Tatiana.

“We made an appointment to see the sex of the baby for 16 weeks, but surprisingly at 12 weeks, our doctor was able to see that he was a boy,” she explains. “Technology and ultrasound machines are much more advanced then 13 years ago when I had my first child.”

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Although she has experience raising a son, Michele jokes the spring arrival of the new addition might shake things up a bit.

“We are preparing for a Taurus baby,” she says. “He’ll be the first Taurus in our family of four Aquarius and one Capricorn (almost Aquarius)!”

Following a short bout of morning sickness at the start of her pregnancy, the mom-to-be, now in her second trimester, is “feeling great” as she prepares for the family’s newest arrival.

“I wasn’t sick for longer than three weeks and I’ve been dieting and keeping up with cardio to keep my weight down,” she shares. “I really enjoy nap time since I’m still working full time.”

Despite feeling sick for only a few short weeks, it didn’t take long for Michele’s “smart” teenage son to become suspicious of his mom’s health. But once Kniko found out a baby brother was on the way, he couldn’t contain his excitement.

“I just had to buckle down and tell him. I honestly felt really bad keeping it a secret from him so I made sure that he was one of the very first people that I told,” says Michele. “He’s excited to be a big brother and wants to teach him soccer.”

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As she prepares to enter her third and final trimester, the former Basketball Wives star isn’t letting pregnancy slow her down.

“I plan on working on the 2016 summer collection of Mint Swim and I have a few movies premiering as well as a TV show,” she explains. “I’m a very busy lady and I love taking my bump to work with me.”

And Michele’s baby boy is already taking after his busy mama. “Our little boy is definitely active in there!” she says.

SECURITY GUARDS EJECT LAMAR’S FORMER ASSISTANT FROM THE HOSPITAL!

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Security guards reportedly escorted Lamar Odom’s former aide from the sportsman’s hospital floor in Los Angeles after he was allegedly involved in a disturbance.

Khloe Kardashian’s estranged husband was hospitalized in Las Vegas after being found unconscious at a brothel on 13 October. Last week, he was transferred to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A., where he underwent surgery and is thought to be in a stable condition.

A man attempted to visit Odom in hospital on Monday night by claiming to be his assistant, who had been summoned by the sportsman. The visitor was reportedly a member of his management team and had been fired when Odom went into hospital.

Security guards refused to let him into Odom’s room, and he was escorted out after he yelled and made “a big scene”, according to TMZ.com.

Odom had reportedly taken cocaine before he fell unconscious, so police officers obtained a search warrant to take a sample of the 35 year old’s blood, and the results have allegedly come back positive for the drug.
Kardashian was not present at the time of the reported disturbance. The reality star has called off her divorce to the former athlete, who she split from in 2013. She took time off from his bedside to attend her sister Kim’s baby shower in California on Saturday.

CONFLICTING REPORTS ABOUT LAMAR CONDITION

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Basketball star Lamar Odom’s family members, fans and friends have been given a little hope as the sportsman fights for his life in a Las Vegas hospital after learning he opened his eyes on Friday.

Khloe Kardashian’s estranged husband has been unconscious since he was found unresponsive in a suite at a Nevada brothel on Tuesday, following three days of partying and alleged drug abuse.

The outcome looked bleak as family and friends rushed to be by his bedside, but it appears there may be a glimmer of hope after the former NBA player opened his eyes at Sunrise Hospital on Friday.

However, doctors tell TMZ.com that news outlets might be making too much of evidence of some involuntary body movement.

Meanwhile, Odom’s maternal aunt, JaNean Mercer, has thanked his fans and friends for their support and prayers on behalf of the family.

“No words can express the overwhelming gratitude we feel for the outpouring of support from around the world,” she writes in a statement. “Please continue to keep in your prayers, our family and Lamar, whom we deeply love, admire and cherish. His complete healing is paramount and our primary focus.”