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Chicago Bulls star guard Derrick Rose hit a short go-ahead jumper with 4.8 seconds to play, completing an 11-point comeback and sealing a 88-87 victory over the Lakers.

In what was both teams' Christmas Day opener, Luol Deng blocked Kobe Bryant's short shot right before the buzzer as the Bulls hung on for a wild finish in Los Angeles.

Playing with a torn wrist ligament, Kobe scored 28 points and nearly helped L.A. shake off a tumultuous preseason with win. But alas. Here's Rose's game-winning shot:

With the lockout finally over, the best pro basketball league/reality show on earth is just getting started. If you missed it, check out THG's 2011-12 NBA Preview!

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On this Christmas Day, we are not greeting readers with a ho, ho, ho. But rather with a: no, no, no he didn't!

During yesterday's Bengals/Cardinals matchup, Cincinnati wide receiver Jerome Simpson took a swing pass from quarterback Andy Dalton, ran untouched down the sideline and was then greeted by a defender at the goal line. His reaction?

It must be seen to be believed. Simpson stopped, planted two feet on the turf and did a 360 flip into the end zone. Really, the score should have been worth at least 10 points...

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L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant is desperate to reconcile with estranged wife Vanessa Bryant, sources say. Whether she gives him the time of day or not is another story.

Vanessa filed for divorce from Kobe last weekend, but people close to the family say his two daughters, ages 8 and 5, are playing a major role in his bid to reconcile.

Kobe is said to be "deeply depressed" over the situation and is very concerned about how his little girls will handle growing up in two separate households.

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Sounds nice and all, but Vanessa Bryant decided to pull the plug on the union after catching the NBA star in an extramarital affair, and it wasn't the first time.

Some have accused Vanessa of being a gold-digger, but they were married for 10 years - before Kobe was obscenely rich - and she stood by him in 2003.

That was when he was accused of raping a girl he cheated with. They toughed it out through that, but his current affair was apparently the last straw.

Bryant's family was unaware of Kobe's efforts but they hope he and Vanessa can find a way to get along in the future if only for the sake of the kids.

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At THG, we love celebrity gossip. We also love sports. And we especially love when the world of celebrity gossip collides with the world of sports.

Never is this more prevalent than on the NBA hardwood, and not solely due to the Kardashians! Therefore, with the season finally tipping off tomorrow, we present the definitive 2011-2012 season preview. Trust us, gossip lovers, there are more reasons why you should care than you may realize...

  • Lamar Odom on the Mavs
  • Kris Humphries on the Nets

BOSTON CELTICS   
Key losses: Glenn Davis, Jeff Green (heart surgery)
Key additions: Brandon Bass, Chris Wilcox
Key celebrity gossip related question: Can Rajon Rondo move on from the fact that President Obama dissed his shooting ability during a Boston-based fundraiser last year? (Really, this happened.)

NEW JERSEY NETS   
Key losses: Brook Lopez (broken foot), Travis Outlaw
Key additions: Jordan Williams (rookie), MarShon Brooks (rookie)
Key celebrity gossip related question: Will Kris Humphries attempt to void his contract after 72 days?

NEW YORK KNICKS 
Key losses: Chauncey Billups
Key additions: Tyson Chandler, Mike Bibby
Key celebrity gossip related question: Who will get more face time, Coach Mike D'Antoni or Carmelo Anthony's wife and Kim Kardashian's BFF, Lala Vasquez?

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS 
Key losses: Nikola Vucevic (Rookie)
Key additions: Antonio Daniels
Key celebrity gossip related question: Will the potential divorce between new partial owners Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith disrupt team chemistry?

TORONTO RAPTORS
Key losses: The approximately 50 that will stack up this season.
Key additions: Rasual Butler
Key celebrity gossip related question: Lacking a star point guard, will they give Canadian native and Celebrity All-Star Game MVP Justin Bieber a look?

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The holidays always bring out the crazy, but this is absurd.

A version of Nike's Air Jordan 11 Retro Concord shoe went on sale at midnight, with crowds lining up at stores across the country before they were even open.

An early crowd in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, outside D.C., had to dispersed by police this morning after chaos and unruliness ensued, authorities said.

Air Jordans

In Loudoun County, Virginia, more than 250 people gathered in a parking lot at the Dulles Town Center Mall because of advertised sales starting at 3 p.m.

Some managed to enter the mall before it opened, authorities said, overwhelming deputies and mall security and prompting frantic calls for assistance.

No arrests were made, though one woman suffered a leg injury and a pickpocketing was reported. Tickets for entry were later distributed by lottery.

In Annapolis, mall security requested police assistance around 5:30 a.m. Friday when an impatient crowd grew to over 500 people, according to reports.

In Indianapolis, a store’s door was torn off its hinges, while an Atlanta crowd also knocked down doors, and police had to pepper spray Seattle mall-goers.

Hey. This is a once-in-a-lifetime basketball shoe. Burns from pepper spray heal eventually, but there will never be another MJ. Just think about that.

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Rapper 50 Cent, never one to be accused of family friendly entertainment, saw half of his performance bleeped out, but still rocked the house on The X Factor finale.

Astro may not be the inaugural X Factor winner, but the young rapper did make his way onto the finale, rapping alongside Fiddy. That's a feat in and of itself!

Also, L.A. Lakers guard Derek Fisher introduced Mr. Cent, his good friend, and other Lakers - Matt Barnes and Steve Blake - also made it up on stage somehow.

We can't explain it either. Just watch the performance below.

In case the censoring rendered it all unclear, 50 performed his latest single "Wait Until Tonight" followed by his 2003 smash hit, "In Da Club," featuring Astro.

The kid's got game ... unlike Barnes, Blake and Fisher, who just waved their arms a lot ... with Kobe Bryant hurt, maybe they're getting in shape to play extra minutes?

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While Kobe and Vanessa Bryant's divorce dominated the celebrity athlete breakup rumor mill, NFL Hall of Fame member Deion Sanders and his wife also split up this week.

His was nickname "Prime Time" for his showmanship as well as his immense talent ... though he may end up wishing he wasn't living quite so large now that he and soon-to-be-ex wife Pilar Sanders are divorcing. Why, you ask?

Pilar Sanders Photo

A prevision of his prenup? The bigger home Deion inhabits, the bigger home he has to buy Pilar. Seriously. Their agreement states that if they split, he would buy Pilar a house that is equal to half the value of whatever their current home is.

Their current Texas home's listing price? $21 million.

Pilar Sanders has been house hunting since Thanksgiving. The couple has three children together, Shilo, Shedeur and Shelomi, and has been married 10 years.

The 44-year-old Sanders played in the NFL from 1989-2005 and also played Major League Baseball for a few years. He was previously married to Carolyn Chambers, with whom he shares two children, Deion Jr. and Deiondra.

Yes, Deion and Deiondra.

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It's pretty much accepted as fact that Kobe Bryant cheated on wife Vanessa on more than one occasion and that his infidelity led to her divorce filing last Friday.

What's unclear is who the other woman was - but Jessica Burciaga says it's not her.

Rumors pegged Playboy Playmate and Miss February 2009 Jessica as the alleged mistress that was in the middle of it all, but she says it's simply not the case.

Vanessa Bryant filed for divorce after an affair she heard about through the NBA wife rumor mill, believing that to be the last straw. It wasn't with Jessica, though.

  • Jessica Burciaga Pic
  • Kobe Photo

A spokesperson for both Kobe and Vanessa says the rumors are false and the initial blog, MediaTakeOut (dot) com, even acknowledges as much now. Shocker.

A second source also told E! News that, "Kobe and Jessica have never met."

Well, that's interesting. Not that we're surprised. If you follow the sexy Playmate on Twitter - and you should! - you'd know something were amiss ...

"The 1st media website that released this false story now takes it down, but thanks a lot now it's all over every other blog," she tweeted yesterday.

"It feels good when a non reliable, crappy media website retracts their story and takes my pics down and gets its right days later. Great."

There you have it people. Lesson learned.

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Over the past decade, the New York Knicks have given their fans plenty of reason to boo. Eddy Curry, anyone?

But the crowd at Madison Square Garden reserved its venom last night for an opposing player, as Kris Humphries took to an NBA court for the first time since his divorce from Kim Kardashian. Listen to the extended, loud reaction now:

It doesn't sound like anything will get better for Humphries, either, as half the respondents in a new Nielsen poll voted the power forward the Most Hated Player in the league. He beat out LeBron James by two percent.

See, that's what happens when you take your talents to E!.

Fans booing Kris Humphris: Fair or foul?

 

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Monta Ellis has allegedly pulled a Brett Favre. No, he hasn't sullied his legacy by announcing multiple false retirements and then taking subtle shots at his superstar replacement.

Instead, the Golden State Warriors shooting guard and one of the most dynamic players in the NBA has been sued by a former team employee, Erika Ross Smith, for supposedly sending her numerous unwanted text messages, culminating in a photo of his genitals.

Talk about being a baller! (Sorry.)

Monta Ellis Wallpaper

Smith worked last year as in the team's community relations department, and claims in her lawsuit that Ellis texted her from November through January with lines such as "I want to be with you" and "Hey Sexy." He would also ask what she was wearing.

"On a micro level, my client has endured unwanted harassment, has suffered and continues to suffer emotional distress and trauma," Burt Boltuch, Smith's lawyer, said at a news conference this week. "On a macro level, this type of conduct, especially in the sports world, must stop... she was embarrassed. She was intimidated. She felt scared and helpless."

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