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Lamar Odom is not ready to play in the NBA again. Not yet at least.

The reality star, who left the Dallas Mavericks over a week ago to be with his ailing father, has been temporarily relegated to for his team's D-league affiliate, the Texas Legends, for one game in order to "get his legs back under him," a source tells ESPN.

Lamar Odom on the Bench

That contest will take place tomorrow night and then Odom - whose 7.7 points per game this season are half his career average - will likely rejoin the Mavs for a big game against the Thunder on March 5.

Lamar's wife, meanwhile, is facing a problem of her own: Khloe Kardashian and her sisters have been sued for $5 million because they are bit fat liars. Well, big skinny liars. But still.

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U.S. President Barack Obama was actually the guest on Bill Simmons’ "B.S. Report" podcast today ... something we don't see Mitt Romney doing anytime soon.

During the 24-minute, basketball-oriented sit-down, Obama guaranteed a Chicago Bulls title before he leaves office ... presumably by 2017, not this summer.

He also raved about fellow Harvard grad Jeremy Lin, the underdog who's sparked Linsanity around the nation (and the New York Knicks' recent win streak).

“I’ve been on the Jeremy Lin bandwagon for awhile,” Obama boasted.

Obama-Lin

The Prez said that his Secretary of Education, former Harvard basketball captain Arne Duncan, had talked about Lin while the point guard was still in college.

“It’s a terrific story. He seems like a wonderful young man; it elevates this great sport all around the world,” the 50-year-old Commander-in-Chief added.

Simmons, ESPN's hilarious and knowledgeable Sports Guy, went on to ask the president’s opinion on who the best basketball player of all time is.

Obama took a safe, biased (and hard to argue with) route: Michael Jordan.

Simmons also asked him to name the best character on the critically ignored but beyond awesome HBO series The Wire, to which Obama said, “It’s got to be Omar, right? I mean, that guy’s unbelievable ... That was one of the best shows of all time.”

It really was. Seriously, go Netflix it. Today.

And watch Obama's full talk with Simmons.

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This pairing almost makes too much sense, doesn't it?

Witnesses tell The New York Post that Tim Tebow and Taylor Swift struck up a conversation at a pre-Academy Awards party on Friday night, following it up with dinner two evenings later at at Toscanova Italian restaurant in Century City.

"After dinner, he walked her out," a source says. "Then he walked back in to join two other people. I think they may both have been with their agents."

  • Taylor Swift at Lorax Premiere
  • Tim Tebow Photograph

Granted, the meal doesn't sound too romantic, but Taylor has been burned by so many men in her past. Tebow is a virgin, had the good sense to reject Kim Kardashian and might be the son of God.

This couple has to happen.

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The NBA season Lamar Odom would likely just wish to forget took a tragic, personal turn this week.

Already struggling on the court - the power forward is averaging just 7.7 points and 4.5 rebounds his first year in Dallas - the reality star missed his team's game against the  Lakers on Wednesday and will return some time after this weekend's All-Star break.

Lamar Odom as a Maverick

The reason for his absence?

"Lamar's dad had a health scare. It's very serious," an insider tells E! News, although Lamar's father reportedly told Radar Online that he's "depressed," but doing "a lot better" now.

Lamar and Khloe Kardashian are spending time with the former's family in Los Angeles while Joe Odom battles this illness and Dallas coach Rick Carlisle expects his bench player will return early next week.

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Move over, Google+. Nike has announced a new range of digitally-enabled footwear, Nike+, that uses interactive mobile apps to track and measure movement.

The Nike+ Basketball shoes can now measure exactly how high, how hard and how quickly wearers play during each game ... like a video game, but real life!

Data from the shoe is transmitted to the user's phone, which can then be compared against other players and used to talk massive smack on social media.

Miami Heat star LeBron James, a pitchman for the product, explains the Nike+ system more in the ad below, released by Nike yesterday. Check it out:

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UFC President Dana White is calling out convicted woman beater Floyd Mayweather.

In a just-released videotaped diatribe, White refers to the champion boxer as "racist" due to comments Mayweather made about star point guard Jeremy Lin, claiming the Knicks sensation was only receiving press because he's Asian.

"Don't worry about what all these other guys are doing and shooting your big mouth off on Twitter," White says below. "What you should worry about is getting in there and making the fight that all the boxing fans want to see. Get in there and fight Manny Pacquiao."

And while you're at it, Floyd, look up some numbers: Lin scored more points in his first five NBA starts than any player in modern basketball history.

Do you think Floyd Mayweather is racist?

 

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Apparently people watch Basketball Wives.

VH1's erroneously named franchise keeps coming back, with a fourth (!) season getting the green light and already underway for an hour every Monday night.

Who's starring this year? These nut jobs:

Basketball Wives Season 4 Cast

Here's a brief rundown of the "roster" and what we can expect in a season that promises to up the drama like never before ... eat your hearts out, Real Housewives.

1. Shaunie O'Neal, ex-wife of future Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal.

VH1's bio: "Shaunie's goal with her series was to shed light on the complex lives of the women who stand beside these larger-than-life professional athletes."

"She's here to show that it's not all glitz and glamour ... [She] is Queen Bee to the rest of the Basketball Wives, who swarm to her for advice and guidance."

That is beyond sad. This is her fourth season on the program.

2. Evelyn Lozada, ex-fiancee of Antione Walker, current fiancee of Chad Ochocinco (an NFL player, not a basketball star, and soon to be Chad Johnson again).

VH1: "She is highly regarded as a fashionista ... Evelyn is photographed not just because of ex-fiance's game, but because of her own impressive 'shoe game.'"

Whatever. Like Shaunie, she is an original cast member.

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Kris Humphries heard it once again at Madison Square Garden last night: BOOOOO!

But this time the Nets power forward left The World's Most Famous Arena with a reason to smile, despite the reception he received by opposing fans, as New Jersey defeated New York 100-92. Humphries played a key role in the victory, too, with 14 points and 14 rebounds.

  • Red Karpet Kris
  • Jeremy Lin Pic

"I love the hostile environment," Humphries told ESPN after the game. "There's nothing better than sending 19,000 people home upset... We love that."

Kris is also the latest in a very long lien to give props to Jeremy Lin, the NBA's latest sensation, but not for anything the Harvard graduate did on the court last night. Instead, Lin apparently gave Kris a big assist in the tunnel leading to the locker rooms.

"He just said, 'Hey, I don't know why they boo you, but I think it's crap, and you're playing really well,'" Humphries said of Lin. "That was nice of him to say. He's a really nice guy... It's nice to see great things happen for nice people."

Lin also has great taste in women: he recently said Kim Kardashian was not his type.

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Jeremy Lin led the New York Knicks to their eighth win in nine games yesterday, pouring in 28 points and adding 14 assists in a 104-97 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

But the rising star point guard truly proved his decision-making skills off the court, telling ESPN's Rachel Nichols that he is NOT dating Kim Kardashian and doesn't think he's her "type," shooting down rumors that claimed Kim was using her friendship with Carmelo Anthony's wife to cozy up to the Harvard graduation.

Watch the interview below and see Jeremy essentially tell the reality star: LIN your dreams, Kim!

In other news related to the first NBA player of Chinese or Tawainese descent, ESPN has fired the employee who published a racially insensitive headline on its mobile site over the weekend, and also suspended an anchor for uttering the same word on air.

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Kobe Bryant is going all out to save his marriage.

The L.A. Lakers star has reportedly sworn up and down to wife Vanessa Bryant that he will never, ever stray again if she calls off their divorce and takes him back.

Kobe has "aggressively pursued" Vanessa over the last 2-3 weeks, and she's been pretty receptive ... but she still isn't sure the marriage can be resurrected. 

When we say aggressively, we don't just mean promises of faithfulness. We mean gifts. He's reportedly given Vanessa a VERY expensive piece of jewelry.

Kobe, Vanessa

Kobe famously gave Vanessa a $4 million "adultery ring" after she stood by him during his infamous affair / rape trial in 2003 (Bryant was acquitted of all charges).

As for whether they will drop the divorce - the terms of which are finalized but which does not become official for months - they are working on a reconciliation.

Sources very familiar with the couple say they both love each other and not to rule out the possibility that the marriage will be saved, despite Kobe's cheating.

On the flip side, Vanessa Bryant and the couple's two kids were in New York City over the weekend, looking for a big apartment ... not exactly a good sign.

Vanessa, now worth at least $75 million, won't say if she's packing up and moving from California for good, but she definitely wants to buy a place in NYC.

Kobe reportedly knows she's shopping in the Big Apple, and isn't happy about it. Could she be planning on skipping town for good? Using this as leverage?

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