Expect security in the Quicken Loans Arena to be tighter than a virgin's vajayjay:

LeBron James and the Miami Heat will make their first of two visits to Quicken Loans Arena on Dec. 2, The Plain Dealer has learned.

The first game with Miami will be a nationally televised broadcast on TNT.

The Cavs will also play host to the Heat on March 29. The Cavs will play in Miami on Dec. 15 and Jan. 31.

James announced his decision to sign with the Heat last month, joining fellow free agents Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. A week later, long-time Cavs center Zydrunas Ilgauskas also signed with the Heat. Read More...

According to WMC-TV in Memphis, a woman was taken in for questioning today in the continuing investigation into the Lorenzen Wright murder case.

Wright, 34, was found shot to death in a wooded area in Southeast Memphis on Wednesday (July 28). His mother reported him missing on July 22.

Around 1 p.m. today, homicide detectives arrived at the home of Herb Wright, Lorenzen's father.

Wright, who has been in a wheelchair since gunfire severed his spinal chord in 1983, came outside to greet officers. After a brief conversation, Wright let the officers into his home. The patrolman went in first, followed by the two investigators.

A few moments later, a woman's screams could be heard coming from inside the home. The tone was tearful, and blood curdling.

Within minutes, the investigators emerged. With them was a woman - a relative of Wright's, we're told - wearing a purple top and black pants. Read more...

The woman was not handcuffed when she was placed in the back of a patrol car and driven to police headquarters for questioning.

Also Friday, police examined surveillance video from businesses around a barbershop where Wright was reportedly last seen.

According to Wright's barber, he last saw Wright on Monday afternoon (July 19) when he sat in his chair for a hair cut. But a 911 call from Wright's cell phone to Germantown PD indicates he was killed in the early morning hours of Monday, while the barber shop was still closed.

Source: WLBT

More details are emerging in the mysterious death of former Atlanta Hawks player Lorenzen Wright.

According to online reports, Wright's body was found "riddled with bullets" in a wooded area in Southeast Memphis Wednesday afternoon. According to 730 Fox Sports in Memphis, the 34-year-old was shot at least a dozen times and possibly as many as 18 times.

The street near where Wright was found was often used as a shortcut to his mother's house not far from FedEx's world headquarters. His mother reported him missing on July 22.

Wright's friends questioned why police didn't do more to investigate a 911 call from Wright's cell phone in the early morning hours of July 19, when he was last seen alive. They wonder if police dropped the ball.

All week long police said they had no indication of foul play in Wright's disappearance. So when did police become aware of the 911 call with sounds of multiple gunshots in the background?

The Commercial Appeal newspaper, which first reported the call, said a dispatcher in the suburb of Germantown heard a garbled male voice say an expletive and then at least 10 gunshots. The call went dead and no one answered when the dispatcher called back, the newspaper reported.

Collierville spokesman Mark Heuberger said he couldn't comment on whether his department knew about the call. Family spokeswoman Camelle Logan, Wright's cousin, declined comment. [link]

In the hours before his death, a woman dropped Wright off at a Memphis restaurant. Later that day he turned up unannounced at his ex-wife's home where he checked on his six children. Wright had plans to drive his kids to an Atlanta suburb on July 19.

The 6-foot-11 Wright spent two years as a star center at Memphis before entering the NBA draft as a top 10 draft pick in 1996.

Like most young gifted athletes, Wright was lured into a professional basketball career by the promise of big money, expensive clothes, cars and women. In his 13 years with the NBA, Wright played for five NBA teams, including the Memphis Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

According to the AJC: "the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported his custom-built 17-room home in Eads, Tenn., was repossessed in May for $1.3 million, and that his Atlanta house was repossessed in January for $1.1 million."

Although he never lived up to the billing of a top 10 pick, Wright carved out a niche that enabled him to make over $55 million dollars over his NBA career, and he never hesitated to give back to his hometown.

During his first of three NBA stints in Atlanta, Wright, Penny Hardaway and two other Memphis-area NBA players (Todd Day and Elliot Perry) furnished $10,000 to Travis Butler, a 9-year-old boy who lived with his mother's corpse for a month out of fear he would be put in foster care if anyone found out she was dead.

"To end his career and his life like this here in some woods, that's not good," friend Stan McKinley said. "You don't do a dog like this. It's just a really sad day for the city as a whole." [link]

It probably wasn't a good idea for this Cleveland couple to wear their LeBron James Miami Heat jerseys to a Yankees game in Cleveland last night. When they showed up at the stadium in their Heat attire, a mob formed and the couple were quickly escorted out of the ballpark by police before any violence ensued.


My bad. After reviewing the tape I see that the guy's gilfriend was wearing a Cleveland Indians jersey, not a Miami Heat jersey like her boyfriend.

Yes, this is still a free country where you can wear a jersey expressing your favorite team, but common sense should have prevailed. They should have known that LeBron is still a sensitive subject inside the Cleveland city limits.

Singer Christina Milian was spotted shopping with her baby wearing questionable attire. Someone should explain to Christina that you dress like a hooker to catch a man but you dress like a lady to keep him.

Men love hookers and strippers but they don't want to marry one. Am I wrong? As you know, baby Violet's daddy is singer/songwriter The Dream, who served Christina with divorce papers at her bedside while she was in labor. There's a special kind of hail reserved for a man like that.

Anyway, Christina has moved on with her life -- which I'm told no longer includes men. There's a rumor going around that Christina is getting it in with a certain hunky tennis player who can easily body The Dream. I don't know if this rumor is true so I won't say any names.

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Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade participated in Alonzo Mourning's Zo's Groove All Star game on Sunday (July 18) at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. The All Star game wasn't exactly all-star. Rajon Rondo of the Celtics was the only other NBA starter on the bench.

Actress Gabrielle Union, left, and somebody named K-Rose, watched Gabby's fiance Dwyane Wade play in the Zo's Groove All Star game in Miami.

Dwyane and Gabby got all dressed up for the Zo's Groove Benefit dinner at the Seminole Hard Rock Cafe on Saturday (July 17) in Miami.

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"We're going to be wearing a bullseye. But that's what you play for," Wade said. "We enjoy the bullseye. Plus, there's going to be times when we lose 2-3 games in a row, and it seems like the world has crashed down. You all are going to make it seem like the World Trade [Center] is coming down again, but it's not going to be nothing but a couple basketball games." Read More...

NFL star Chad Ochocinco was grilled by talk diva Wendy Williams on her show yesterday. She told Chad she watched a DVD of his dating show last weekend and she was "insulted and offended!" at the shortage of sistas on the show.

Ochocinco immediately jumped on the defensive, saying: "It's a funny issue for people to even question what I like." Ochocinco's narcissism reared its head when he said basically, damn what you like, it's my show and I'm going to appease ME! Well, good luck to Ochocinco because his show is garbage and I'm sure it will be cancelled soon.

By the way, a little birdie told me that Chad reached out to one of Twitter's rising stars last night. Word is Ochocinco got in contact with stripper-turned-blogger, Zeralyn Ford. I don't know what they chatted about because their conversation was private. But it's interesting to me that when men find out a woman is bisexual, they pursue her even more!

Chad isn't the only star taking an interest in our Zeralyn: 'The View' co-host Sherri Shepherd started following Zee on Twitter.com out of the blue last week. Does that mean Zeralyn will soon be a guest on 'The View'?

Former Miami Heat player Alonzo Mourning is obviously elated over the LeBron James addition to the team, but talent isn't the only thing he's excited about. Tomorrow marks the 14th annual Summer Groove, a week's worth of charity events sponsored by Mourning and current Heat guard Dwyane Wade. With the star power of a Wade, James and Chris Bosh combo, it'll attract more charitable donations.

"Knowing the economics here in South Florida, it's going to be a huge plus for so many," Mourning said. "A lot of people are going to benefit from this in the community. From a philanthropic standpoint, we have to utilize it. We have to continue to change more lives. D-Wade and I understand the impact this could have."

Read the fully story here.

Source: tonic

The NBA has fined Cleveland Cavaliers majority owner, Dan Gilbert, $100,000 for his emotional "open letter" to Cleveland fans.

NBA Commissioner David Stern said Monday that team owner Dan Gilbert's words, "though understandable, were ill-advised and imprudent."

He also came down hard on former Cavaliers star, LeBron James, for his over-the top, narcissistic handling of his departure from Cleveland. James, who joined the Cavaliers straight out of high school and played forward for the team for his entire career, announced his decision to leave the team during a much-ballyhooed ESPN special Thursday entitled "The Decision." [link]

In a press conference which was posted on the NBA's website Monday, Stern said that James was "certainly entitled" to leave the team, but he would have advised the basketball star to handle his departure and announcement differently.

"I think that the advice that he received on this was poor. But his performance was fine. His honesty and his integrity I think shine through, but this decision was ill-conceived, badly produced and poorly executed," Stern said.

Stern also criticized civil rights leader Jesse Jackson for comments he made saying Gilbert's letter showed a "property-owner's mentality."

"Equally imprudent I believe are the remarks by my good friend Jesse Jackson, which purport to make this into a racial matter... he really is mistaken," Stern said.

NBA superstar LeBron James is just a regular guy when it comes to his family. 'Bron was spotted waiting for a table with his family at the popular TriBeCa eatery Bubba's in NYC yesterday. I just got off the phone with a male friend who was salivating over Sean Combs' LSLH girlfriend Cassie at Compound nightclub on Saturday. It's a good thing that LeBron is more realistic and mature than most men who only see LSLH women as objects rather than as human beings with feelings.

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“He speaks as an owner of LeBron and not the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. His feelings of betrayal personify a slave master mentality. He sees LeBron as a runaway slave. This is an owner employee relationship — between business partners — and LeBron honored his contract.”

~ The reverend Jesse Jackson, in a press release from his Chicago-based civil rights group, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

A loyal reader, who asked to remain anonymous, sent in this tid bit about a well-known local ex-stripper/author turned radio show host, who spoke about her satisfying "lengthy, casual sex relationship" with an unidentified pro athlete whom she slept with on the first date.

Well she was dating Don Cannon but that's been over for a while. She's dating Damien Wilkins! Yes, Domnique's Nephew. That's whom she refers to as her SP *silent partner [aka, sponsor]! She is also dating a few local guys! But Damien Flips all her bills and bought her the baby benz she drives! c230! Oh and Damien was still with his child's mother until recent months, she whom also was a stripper, he and ***** have been together well over a yr, he also dated one of her girlfriends before they started dating.

*Edited for clarity

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The Miami Heat introduced their new free agent acquisitions, LeBron James (from Cleveland) and Chris Bosh (from Toronto), during a splashy, over-the-top Las Vegas style extravaganza called "HEAT Summer of 2010 Welcome Event" at the American Airlines Arena yesterday.

The team also announced Dwyane Wade's new 6-year contract. The Super Friends were handed the keys to the city and showered with confetti as they made their grand entrance into the jam packed American Airlines Arena.

The Heat unveiled the new team slogan "YES.WE.DID" -- although they haven't actually done anything yet.

This video is just a little something to make the Cleveland fans smile and take their minds off the fact that their team won't make the playoffs for the next 5 years.

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Basketball superstar LeBron James (pictured with baby mama, Savannah Brinson) received a warm welcome from crowds of fans as he arrived at the W Hotel in Miami just hours after announcing he will join Miami Heat. The former Cleveland Cavaliers player had jetted into the sunshine state, before being whisked away in a limousine to the plush South Beach hotel where he was expected to party over the weekend. Avid supporters cheered and chanted the sports hero's name amid chaotic scenes and he was ushered into the hotel amid tight security. I guess he's not attending Carmelo and LaLa's overhyped wedding this weekend?

Let's talk about Savannah. Don't you just LOVE her? By all rights, she should be draped with diamonds galore and layered in the latest Fendi or D&G. Instead, she looks like your average round the way girl!

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Last night, after LeBron James announced his decision to play for the Miami Heat, Clevland Cavaliers majority owner, Dan Gibson, released a scathing poison pen "open letter" to the Cleveland Cavaliers fans.

To call the contents of this disturbing "letter" hateful, vicious, revolting and vile would be an understatement. Clearly, Mr. Gibson was pretty darn upset about losing his franchise player.

But Gibson should have known that LeBron James was nothing but a narcissist who cares only about himself. After all, didn't Gibson help to create the monster?


Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight.

As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.

This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his "decision" unlike anything ever "witnessed" in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.

Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us.

The good news is that the ownership team and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff over here at your hometown Cavaliers have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you.

There is so much more to tell you about the events of the recent past and our more than exciting future. Over the next several days and weeks, we will be communicating much of that to you.

You simply don't deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.

You have given so much and deserve so much more.

In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:


You can take it to the bank.

If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Cleveland, I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our "motivation" to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels.

Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.

Sorry, but that's simply not how it works.

This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown "chosen one" sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And "who" we would want them to grow-up to become.

But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called "curse" on Cleveland, Ohio.

The self-declared former "King" will be taking the "curse" with him down south. And until he does "right" by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.

Just watch.

Sleep well, Cleveland.

Tomorrow is a new and much brighter day....

I PROMISE you that our energy, focus, capital, knowledge and experience will be directed at one thing and one thing only:

DELIVERING YOU the championship you have long deserved and is long overdue....

Dan Gilbert

Majority Owner

Cleveland Cavaliers

Will LeBron James join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami as multiple news outlets are reporting? According to Newsday, LeBron will choose the Miami Heat in tonight's over hyped ESPN special.

According to multiple NBA sources, the two-time MVP Thursday night is expected to choose the Heat, where he would join fellow All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

But other sources in the NBA say he's staying in Celeveland because there is no way he would rip the hearts out of his hometown fans by spending an hour celebrating his departure.

Obviously they don't know narcissists who couldn't care less about anyone else's feelings or needs other than their own. Note to Cleveland fans: LeBron just wants a ring. He couldn't care less about your hearts.

Speaking of narcissist's, Barack Obama is rooting for LeBron to choose the Chicago Bulls, which almost certainly means he won't choose the Bulls since every team Obama roots for ends up losing. :lol:

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says that while the people of Cleveland may disagree with Obama's desire to see James play in Chicago, he believes they'll respect that the president [is] rooting for his own hometown team.

You have to admit that the life of a stripper is an exciting one compared to yours. There's nothing wrong with being a wife and mother to your children. But there's something to be said about living that carefree lifestyle where your bills are paid by the husbands and boyfriends of other women.

Anyway, the last time we heard from Dallas' Premier exotic dancer and blogger, Zeralyn, she was peeved at NBA star Shawn Marion and rapper Slim Thug for being tightwads and not makin' it rain down on her in the club.

Since then, Zeralyn has starred in a music video by some cat named Durrough (I hope I spelled that right). And she hit the big time by landing her own radio segment called "Stripper Chronicles" on Dallas' K104 FM!

Slim Thugga has since apologized for his fiduciary inaction and he promises to do better this coming weekend:

Well, now Zeralyn is back with a new blog post and she has a story to tell:

So an insider *me* went to Kenyon Martins pool party this weekend and I must say it was the most yawn worthy pool (NOTE! THIS MANS HOUSE IS UH FOOL!) party I have ever been to and LAWD knows I have been to some boring shit… Well I can say that he clearly is over TRINA due to the fact that big ass pair of red lips is covered all the way up ..I couldn’t see what he chose to cover it with because I wasn’t bout to be all up on his neck like that. But y'all get the drift… I’m not sure why in the hell he had passwords to get up in that hoe considering when I arrived it was some of the homeliest chicks Dallas had to offer in attendance.

Although the cute females that were there all reminded me of Trina.. Ummm ok…But, moving along I was side tracked when I got a drunk story from a former stripper turned athlete wife who gave me a long drawn out story about her husband, some New York Jet player, that had a baby outside of their marriage… Read More...

I'm so tired of all this LeBron James speculation about where he will end up playing. Who cares outside of Cleveland, NY or Chicago?

LeBron James is a big cry baby who shows poor sportsmanship whenever he loses. Too bad he's not going to the Leakers to join that other cry baby: Kobe Bryant.

Word is that Cleveland's front office is ready to offer Lebron the moon, plus a historic $1 billion contract, to stay put.

Anyway, the speculation and rampant rumors will end after tomorrow (July 8) when LeBron makes his announcement that he's staying in Cleveland. I can't wait until tomorrow! Then we can all get on with our lives.

Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have committed to Miami, two league sources confirmed, which leaves LeBron James and Carlos Boozer as the last two big-money free agents on the board.

James plans to announce his decision Thursday night during a one-hour special on ESPN -- commercial proceeds to go to the Boys And Girls Clubs of America -- with the setting of the announcement suggesting in and of itself that he will re-sign with Cleveland.

James grew up in Akron within an hour's drive of Cleveland, he has never lived outside the Cleveland area, and his potential departure has been awaited with tremendous apprehension by his native region. If James is planning to leave his hometown, one of the cruelest ways to break the news would be via a one-hour TV special to celebrate his exit. Read More...

The University of Georgia's athletic director Damon Evans has tendered his resignation after reaching a separation settlement with the university.

According to the police report obtained by the AJC, Evans, 40, was "smiling and laughing" when his BMW 750i was pulled over on Roswell Rd. in Buckhead late Wednesday night.

Evans refused to take a breathalyzer test and he was transported to Fulton county jail where he spent the night. Evans obviously thought Bulldog nation extended to Buckhead from Athens where his name carries a little more weight:

"I am not trying to bribe you but I'm the athletic director of the University of Georgia," he said. Later, he made another attempt, saying: "I don't want you to use who I am but I would just ask that you take me to a motel." [link]

When the cop asked Evans why he had a pair of red panties between his legs, he responded, "She took them off and I held them because I was just trying to get her home."

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Word is that Evelyn Lozada, star of VH1's popular Basketball Wives, is currently dating NFL player Chad Ochocinco. This is disturbing news because Evelyn seems like an intelligent woman who wouldn't be interested in a known dog like Chad.

Chad is typical of self-hating brothas who dated sistas until he became well known, and now only LSLH chicks are good enough for him.

At first I wasn't going to run this story, until I reached out to one of the show's producers who told me that "it's pretty much definitive" that Chad will be "Evelyn's love interest" on the upcoming season VH1 The Basketball Wives. Consider this a scoop and remember where you read it first.

I reached out to Evelyn's rep last night who told me, "as a policy we don't comment on who our clients may or may not be dating." -- which is double speak for, yes, they're dating but you know I can't confirm it.

I'm told that Chad has been in Miami for the past two weeks courting Evelyn heavily. He starts training camp at the end of the month so he had to work quickly.

According to my source, who is very credible, Chad began sending Evelyn DM's on Twitter.com a month ago. The tweets gradually became "sexually suggestive," which alarmed the mother of one. Chad, who has four children by two baby mamas, followed up his tweets with expensive gifts to Evelyn.

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The 2-year-old son of former Philadelphia football quarterback Randall Cunningham has died in a hot tub accident, according to online reports.

The 2-year-old son of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham died after he was found floating in a backyard hot tub Tuesday afternoon, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Christian Cunningham would have been 3 in December, according to friends of the family. Randall Cunningham, pastor of Remnant Ministries who played for the Eagles, Vikings, Ravens and Cowboys, performs baptisms in the hot tub at his home, which is near the church.

A woman at Cunningham's house was with several children when she found the boy at about 4:30 p.m., Las Vegas police Lt. Dennis Flynn said. She removed the boy from the hot tub and began performing CPR. Paramedics took the child to St. Rose Dominican Hospital, Siena campus, where he died, Flynn said. Read More...

Rapper Jay Z returned with a friend industry exec Steve Stout to the trendy upscale Nello restaurant to have lunch today. He showed off his new iPhone 4 which he doesn't seem too thrilled with.

After playing with his toy at the table, Jay Z enjoyed his lunch at the Upper East Side eatery where the rich and famous go to canoodle over $65 asparagus shoots and $75 lobster salad.

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Loyal reader Nikke writes:

When you gonna question Ocho Cinco's sexuality? I want him to stop twitpic'in shoes and handbags. Such as http://twitpic.com/1zb2g4 (kinda cute but not always)

I agree with Nikke: there is something odd about a dude posting pics of ladies handbags and shoes online. The last time I checked, Chad Ochocinco was not a shoe or handbag salesman. So why is he posting pictures of ladies handbags and shoes on his Twitter page all day long?

Is Chad that bored with his life?

I'm not saying he's gay -- I have no way of knowing that. I'm just saying that he has definite homo tendencies that leads us to the conclusion that he might enjoy a good back rub by one of his boys after a long day on the football field.

Below are some of the pics of ladies handbags and shoes that Chad posted today and yesterday on his Twitter page.

*The captions are his, not mine*

Before you rush to defend Chad; ask yourself if you would question your boyfriend or husband's sexuality if he spent all day posting pictures of ladies shoes and handbags on his Twitter page. Especially if the shoes and handbags belonged to him.

You can ignore his homosexual tendencies if you want. But how long will you continue to ignore his growing collection of shoes and handbags in your closet?

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Last night, ESPN's "30 for 30" aired one of the most anticipated documentaries in its critically acclaimed series of 30 sports-themed documentaries set to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the network.

The Tale of Two Escobars chronicled the lives and deaths of two men from Medellin, Columbia who didn't know each other, but whose lives were intertwined by violence and their passion for soccer.

Pablo Escobar was a ruthless Columbian drug lord who oversaw the multi-million dollar a day cocaine enterprise, the Medellin drug cartel. At the time of his death he was worth an estimated $9 billion. It is said that Pablo ordered the murders of 5,500 people in Bogota, Columbia -- mostly innocent bystanders, police and political figures who got in the way of his goal to control the government of Bogota.

The Medellin cartel was responsible for supplying the majority of the cocaine sold on US streets from the 1970s to the 1990s. Pablo Escobar was killed in a hail of bullets in 1993 after George Bush, the U.S. president at the time, put a hit out on him. He was the first of the two Escobars to die

The second was Andrés Escobar, who died a year later at age 27 when he had the misfortune to score a goal in his own net during the 1994 World Cup. The Columbians are fanatical supporters of the sport of futbol. Rival drug Lords who ran three of the biggest drug cartels in Columbia had bet millions in drug profits on the outcome of the 1994 match.

There are reports that individual team members of the Columbian Atlético Nacional team received death threats and the 2-year-old son of one of the players was kidnapped before the match.

So it was under this extreme pressure that the players took to the field in the Rose Bowl on June 22, to play a first round match against the United States in the 1994 world Cup.

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Pseudo-singer Ciara was spotted shopping at Intermix yesterday in West Hollywood, California. She shopped with her dog and they both looked very lonely. That's what happens when you're mean and can't keep any friends.

Singer Omarion, right, and he whose name shall not be spoken, were seen entering the Staples center for thaat boring Game 7 of the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the LA Cry Babies.

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Former supermodel Tyson was spotted chatting up a Grade A chickenhead outside a NYC high school yesterday. They were totally oblivious to the paparazzi that Tyson's people called and tipped off.

Moments later they climbed onto his motorcycle and sped off. Hopefully, Tyson checked her driver's license to be sure she was legal.

Music producer Akon, left and music mogul Devyne Stephens attended Game 6 of the NBA Finals at the Staples Center yesterday. The Boston Celtics let the LA Cry Babies win the game last night. But the Celtics will bring their A game tomorrow. You can bet your mortgage on that.

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