Play video content Exclusive TMZSports.com 22-year-old boxer Evan Holyfield's favorite fighter is NOT his legendary father, Evander Holyfield ... it's Filipino star Manny Pacquiao. Yes ... NOT his dad a.k.a. George Foreman/Mike Tyson (twice) slayin' Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield. TMZ Sports talked to the younger Holyfield -- who's dominated his first 2 professional fights -- and asked, who's your favorite boxer? "Manny Pacquiao. I love Manny Pacquiao. Besides my dad, of course. I'm gonna take some stuff from him, but Manny Pacquiao. I watch that man before I go to sleep, I watch that man when I wake up, when I get bored." "Manny Pacquiao's my guy. I watched all his movies. I stole so much stuff from Manny Pacquiao, it's ridiculous." Suffice it to say, Evan likes Manny ... and is super pumped about the prospect of having some face time with his hero in the future. "I haven't had a chance to meet Manny yet, but I'm sure if I was ever to meet Manny, I don't know what I … [Read more...] about Evander Holyfield’s Son Says Manny Pacquiao’s His Favorite Fighter, Not My Dad!
Play video content Exclusive TMZSports.com Isaiah Thomas is siding with Kyrie Irving in his feud with Celtics fans ... saying the crowd should consider players' mental health before booing the hell outta them. Remember, fans were pissed when Irving sat out his highly-anticipated return to Boston last week, chanting "Kyrie sucks" throughout the game. Irving responded by RIPPING the fans, saying "This Game of Sports entertainment matters more than someone’s mental health and well being right? Or the real life things that happen to people everyday but they still have to Perform for the NBA and its fans? Right?" You can read the whole thing below. Irving didn't hold back. Enter IT -- who famously got a huge tribute from the Celtics in his first game back in Beantown -- and he tells TMZ Sports the fans should've thought things through before throwing out the boo birds. "He might've been going through some real-life stuff," Thomas says. "I understand how the fans are, but … [Read more...] about Isaiah Thomas Says Fans Should Considered Kyrie’s Mental Health Before Booing
Play video content EXCLUSIVE TMZSports.com Nick Collison's got his teammate Enes Kanter's back and wants to make it perfectly clear -- Enes is definitely NOT a terrorist. We got the Oklahoma City Thunder power forward out at Catch in Weho Friday night ... he tells us Kanter's an awesome dude and -- despite not knowing the full story with Turkey -- he's convinced the terrorism accusations are B.S. As we reported ... Kanter's a wanted man in his homeland of Turkey, where government officials are claiming he's part of an "armed terrorist organization." Enes doesn't seem worried about it, though ... and Collison doesn't either. … [Read more...] about OKC Thunder’s Nick Collison is Adamant Enes Kanter’s Not a Terrorist (VIDEO)
Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter is being held up in Romania ... and he thinks the Turkish government is behind it all. Kanter's been posting about his experience all morning ... claiming Turkey's President Erdogan canceled his passport and the reason is "just of course my political views." Enes is from Turkey but has been an outspoken critic of Erdogan. He called him a very bad man and a dictator, implied he ordered the recent attack of peaceful protesters in D.C. and even referred to him as "the Hitler of our century." I'm being held at Romanian airport by Police!! pic.twitter.com/uYZMBqKx54— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) May 20, 2017 @Enes_Kanter The good news -- Kanter seems to be getting along just fine with the Romanian officers keeping an eye on him. Story developing ... … [Read more...] about NBA Center Enes Kanter Detained in Romania, Claims It’s Political (VIDEO)
Play video content Exclusive TMZSports.com Steve Kerr still isn't ready to talk about China -- shutting down our photog when we asked the Golden State Warriors coach about the NBA's drama in Asia on his way out of dinner with Steph Curry. Of course, Kerr initially shut down China questions last week -- saying he didn't know enough about the situation with China and Hong Kong to opine in the wake of the Daryl Morey tweets. Steve Kerr no comments on the Morey/China/NBA situation. Says he’s been reading about it, doesn’t feel versed enough to comment. Full back and forth here. pic.twitter.com/HM1NuF46vG— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 8, 2019 @anthonyVslater Morey essentially created an international incident by tweeting out support for Hong Kong -- which led to the Chinese government blackballing the Houston Rockets and putting the country's relationship with the NBA in jeopardy. Since then, President Donald Trump verbally attacked Kerr ... … [Read more...] about Steve Kerr Shuts Down China Questions After Dinner with Steph Curry