Guest Metta World Peace Talks Warriors Fail, LaVar Ball Biz, Guarding LeBron | Out of Bounds

On today’s episode of #OutofBounds, 2010 NBA champion Metta World Peace (a.k.a. Ron Artest) joins Gilbert Arenas, Adam Caparell, and Pierce Simpson to discuss the Rockets’ surprise 95-92 win over the Warriors to even up the Western Conference Finals and reclaim home-court advantage. Gil and Metta break down what went wrong for Golden State in the game, as well as the problems that dominance has created for them. Plus, Gil points out what Klay Thompson needs to add to his game to help Golden State.

Looking ahead to Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the panel debates whether Boston will continue winning at home or if LeBron James and Cleveland will take command of the series on the road. Metta shares the story of how Phil Jackson got the most out of him before Gil reflects on having been scared to make mistakes when he was in Orlando. Plus, the crew reacts to King James tracking as the slowest player in the series — and his irritated response to that info — clarifying the kind of speed LeBron possesses and the kind that he does not.

Next, OOB discusses the NBA All-Rookie teams and unanimous selection of the 76ers’ Ben Simmons and Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell to the first team. Gil and Metta take issue with the Celtics’ Jayson Tatum not being a unanimous pick. Metta then shares his experience guarding rookie LeBron and the best game he ever had against him.

With LaVar Ball in the news again — this time because he said his sons will be billionaires before LeBron, and because ticket prices for his JBA league are absurdly high — the panel gives him a reality check. Metta has faith in the Big Baller Brand but Gil is hilariously skeptical.

After Metta’s former teammate Kobe Bryant responded to Kanye West’s infamous quote about slavery being a choice, the guys react and voice their own opinions. Was Kanye out of his damn mind or misunderstood? Gil and Metta explain how they avoid saying things they’ll regret when microphones and cameras are constantly in their faces. And when discussion turns to mental health in the NBA, they explain why players don’t talk openly to the sports psychologists made available to them. 

Finally, Metta talks about his new book — No Malice: My Life in Basketball, or: How a Kid From Queensbridge Survived the Streets, the Brawls, and Himself to Become an NBA Champion — plus the pressure he felt while in the NBA and once his playing days were done, and his Knicks workout fail. Gil chimes in about the difficulty adjusting to life after the NBA and tells the story of the time Metta body-slammed him during a game.

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Donovan Mitchell Called Out James Harden After Game 4 Loss

The Houston Rockets took a commanding 3-1 series lead against the Utah Jazz with a 100-87 win Sunday evening. MVP favorite James Harden wasn't at his best, and he only hit one of his seven three-point attempts, but he still managed to score 24 points.

A big reason Harden consistently puts up big numbers: his ability to get to the free throw line. On Sunday he knocked down seven of his eight attempts from the charity stripe. Harden is a master at drawing contact and making it look like he's been fouled, even when the defender is in perfect position. Case in point:

Not everyone, however, enjoys the way Harden plays. It appears Utah Jazz rookie sensation Donovan Mitchell is fed up with it, too. After the Jazz's loss Sunday, Mitchell railed against Harden in the tunnel.

It could have been this play with two minutes remaining that fueled Mitchell's frustration.

Harden made it to the line 13 times (and hit 12 of his attempts) in Game 2. He connected on 85.8 percent of his attempts in the regular season, so if you foul the man, he's probably going to knock 'em down.

The Rockets could close out the series in Game 5 Tuesday at 8 p.m. EST in Houston, airing on TNT. 

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Guest Stephen Jackson Unfiltered; Donovan Mitchell Trolls ROY Comp Ben Simmons | Out of Bounds

On today’s show, NBA champion and captain of the BIG3’s Killer 3’s Stephen Jackson joins Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds crew to speak unfiltered like never before. To start, they weigh in on Tristan Thompson’s Kardashian baby mama drama — true G League levels of cheating. After that, the team reacts to controversial NFL lineman Richie Incognito retiring because his organs are “shutting down” and stress is “killing” him. Stack explains what real stress is, why he had to be forced out of the Association, and the weed-smoking cycle of NBA players. Then, after Jazz phenom Donovan Mitchell wore a hoodie trolling his Rookie of the Year comp Ben Simmons, OOB assesses the troll job as well as the players’ respective ROY arguments. The vote is split, and Gil and Stack make an unconventional argument that turns the debate on its head. Next, the panel responds to Pat Riley’s comments that LeBron James would have won “five or six” more championships and become “the greatest player in the history of mankind” if he’d stayed in Miami. Is Riley right, or going senile at 73? Plus, Gil and Stack explain how players rank — and differentiate between — all-time greats like LeBron, Jordan, and Kobe. Finally, with the small-market Memphis Grizzlies reportedly valued at a whopping $1.3 billion, the guys see if that adds up and name the team they’d most like to own. While market and personal fandom are factors, for one member of the team the strip club scene is as important as anything else. The things you learn on OOB….

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Blake Griffin Chimes in on Rookie of the Year Beef With Hilarious Joke

Over the weekend, Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons made sure we know where he stands when it comes to this year's Rookie of the Year race.

“Who would I pick? Me, 100 percent,” Simmons said in a recent interview with ESPN. “I think I have been playing solid all year. If you look at the numbers, you will see. People who know the game know.” When asked if any rookies impressed Simmons this season, he answered “none.”

Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell, Simmons' only real competition for the award, took exception with Simmons' blind spot, and the two stars have been beefing ever since. First, Mitchell tweeted a Waka Flocka Flame GIF in response to the slight from Simmons.

And Tuesday night, he showed up to the his team's game against the Golden State Warriors wearing a hoodie with the definition of the word “rookieprinted across the front. It was an obvious reference to Simmons, who sat out the entire 2016-17 with an injury, but still had the benefit of being around the team and learning the ebbs and flows of life in the NBA. Mitchell later explained how Simmons' extra year gives him an advantage. 

Detroit Pistons forward (and amateur comedian) Blake Griffin, who also sat out his first season with the L.A. Clippers due to injury and won Rookie of the Year the following season in 2010-11, chimed in with an appropriate joke.

For what it's worth, Simmons didn't seem too bothered by the hoodie.

The 2018 NBA Awards will be presented on June 25.

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Here’s How Lit NBA All-Star Weekend Was in L.A.

During our stay in L.A., Complex News' Speedy Morman caught up with NBA All-Stars Anthony Davis and Bradley Beal, along with Dunk Contest participants Victor Oladipo, Dennis Smith Jr., and Donovan Mitchell to talk about all things All-Star. Check out what they had to say in the video above.

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NBA All-Star Madness With Jimmy Butler, Nate Robinson & Kenny Smith | Out of Bounds

 The buzzer has sounded on NBA All-Star Weekend 2018. There were highs, there were lows, there were parties, and Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds team have thoughts on all of it. The reaction starts at the Celebrity Game, where Migos member Quavo took the MVP trophy — and impressed Gil with a non-basketball move. Next, the gang gets into the Slam Dunk Contest, which Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell won, and the All-Star Game, which Team LeBron won 148-145. Have the dunks become too gimmicky and unoriginal? Did the refs try to steal the show at the ASG? Did the format changes, with captains drafting — and a surprising amount of defense and effort — save the showcase game? Or does the NBA need to shake things up further? Depends whom you ask. Following the debate, OOB shares friend of the show Nate Robinson’s star-studded video diary of the festivities, featuring Kevin Hart, Nick Cannon, DJ Khaled, and more. Of course, it wouldn’t be All-Star Weekend without tons of big parties, and Kenny “The Jet” Smith tells Adam about the evolution and dangers of ASW turn-ups, before Gil chimes in with the BTS story of his own $2 million birthday bash. Finally, Jimmy Butler sits down with Adam to discuss why he says whatever he feels, how he chooses his court kicks, and what happens when he plays country music in the Timberwolves locker room. 

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