Dwyane Wade Sees Similarities Between Ben Simmons and LeBron James

Heading into this postseason, general consensus favored the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors in the East. Now, the East looks wide open, and the upstart Philadelphia 76ers may well have a shot at making an NBA Finals run.

There was never any question about the Sixers' talent. Doubters were more so concerned about their lack of postseason experience.

That didn't seem to come into play at all in the first round. Philly crushed the legitimately good Miami Heat, 4-1. The Sixers got great performances from Joel Embiid, Marco Belinelli, and J.J. Redick, but no player was more impressive than Ben Simmons.

The 2016 No. 1 overall pick looked completely poised. He averaged 18.2 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 9.0 assists per game. It's early, but it looks like Simmons could blossom into an all-time great.

Dwyane Wade, whose Heat fell to Philly, knows greatness when he sees it. The veteran two guard praised Simmons Tuesday.

“You knew from the first time that you seen him in Summer League that he was special,” Wade said. “If you know basketball, you know talent, you know someone's special.”

Wade went on to praise Simmons' ascendance throughout the season and his consistency, comparing him to LeBron James, Wade's former teammate in Miami and Cleveland. “It's like that guy in Cleveland; doesn't have bad games. The imprint they put on the game, it's more than scoring. He does so much. The sky is the limit obviously for him and this organization.”

The comparison will certainly flatter the Aussie, who has repeatedly mentioned how much he admires James. The respect is mutual. After they dropped dueling triple-doubles during an amazing game late in the regular season, the two shared an Instagram love fest.

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Freed Meek Mill’s Effect on the Sixers; Pelicans Lowballing DeMarcus Cousins? | Out of Bounds

On today’s show, Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds crew kick things off by responding to Nick Young’s story about Gil breaking his brand new expensive glasses when he was a rookie. Hibachi has no problem admitting he gave Swaggy P hell — and shares details — but sets the record straight on that incident.

Looking back at last night’s playoff action, OOB asks if the Celtics and Bucks are simply too mediocre to watch, and Gil explains how Jason Kidd’s firing affected Giannis. Plus, what effect did Meek Mill’s release from prison and presence in the arena have in the Sixers’ series-clinching win over the Miami? Also, has Heat star Dwyane Wade played his last NBA game? And with the Spurs eliminated, Agent Zero has an interesting take on what to expect from the Warriors-Pelicans semifinal series.

Next, OOB revisits Meek Mill’s release and what it says about the sports’ world’s ability to bring attention to issues, create dialogue, and affect change. Gil makes an important distinction about who really has the power to make things happen. Plus, with Meek going straight from prison to the 76ers’ playoff game, where does that put him amongst the all-time greatest Philly fans?

Looking forward to tonight’s games, the squad asks if the Raptors, who’ve struggled with inconsistency in the playoffs, will be overwhelmed by the pressure to beat the Wizards in Toronto. And is Drake’s trash talk fueling the Wiz? Back home in Cleveland, will LeBron even need help from his teammates to finally take a lead in the Cavs’ series with the Pacers? It’s likely that the Rockets will close out the Timberwolves in Houston, but will James Harden and company win it all, as Suge Knight predicted while on trial for murder? Gil might need to watch what he says about Suge…. Will the Thunder make the adjustments needed to win and avoid elimination?

Finally, in “The Pull-Up,” the team discusses a report that New Orleans may use DeMarcus Cousins’s Achilles injury and the Pelicans’ success without him to make him a reduced contract offer. Boogie may want to hire Gil as an agent, because Hibachi straight cooks the franchise for even considering lowballing the big man.

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Pats-Gronk Workout Beef; Adam Silver Tanking Crackdown; Athletes Hiding F*ckery | Out of Bounds

Rest in peace to the Clippers’ Wesley Johnson, who was the victim of a homicide by James Harden crossover last night (check out the full story on the Complex: http://www.complex.com/sports/2018/03/james-harden-broke-wesley-johnson-ankles-clippers-spirit-with-crossover-of-year). Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds team react to the move…and the long pause…and the look…that have everyone talking, and Gil shares the story of the time Dwyane Wade made a fool of him on the hardwood. Keeping it in the NBA, the guys discuss the anti-tanking memo Commissioner Adam Silver sent owners, and Gil explains how to identify and punish tankers. Moving to the NFL, the gang gets into the reported beef between star tight end Rob Gronkowski and the the Patriots, who tried to prevent him from praising the TB12 Method, Tom Brady’s diet and workout plan. Then, with Johnny Manziel telling the story of the time the Browns caught him in Vegas when he was supposed to be in Cleveland treating a concussion, OOB ranks the top 5 ways athletes have tried to hide their f*ckery. Gil shares a couple amazing Danny Fortson stories you do not want to miss. Finally, following a report that Russia will allow fans to bring weed, coke, and heroin to the 2018 World Cup if they have supporting medical documents, the team imagines how that’ll play out, wonders how you get a heroin prescription and if there are ulterior motives behind this, and decides if they would risk bringing drugs to Putin’s party.

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This Was Kyrie Irving’s Reaction to the Cavaliers’ Massive Roster Overhaul

Most people expected the Cavaliers to shake things up at the NBA trade deadline on Thursday and make one or two moves to improve their roster as they prepare to head into the second half of the 2017-18 NBA season. But most people didn’t expect them to go as far as they did.

Just hours before the trade deadline, the Cavaliers orchestrated a series of moves that saw them trade away Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert, Derrick Rose, and Jae Crowder—in addition to a couple draft picks—in exchange for Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance, George Hill, and Rodney Hood. Cleveland will have a completely different lineup when they take the court to play against the Hawks on Friday night, and they’re hoping it will help them get out of the rut they’ve been stuck in for most of the last month.

In the aftermath of all the action involving the Cavaliers at the trade deadline, there were quite a few people who wondered what Kyrie Irving’s reaction to the whole thing must have been. The Cavaliers essentially parted way with the two players (Thomas and Crowder) they got in exchange for him last summer. They also looked like a team desperate to improve their current situation in a hurry. So many speculated about what Irving’s response to the whole thing would be and used memes to make their best guesses.

But what was Irving’s real reaction? As it turns out, a whole lot less exciting than the memes might have suggested. On Thursday night, Irving scored 28 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and dished out 6 assists in a 110-104 Celtics’ overtime win over the Wizards.

And after the game, he was asked to provide a response to the trades the Cavaliers pulled off earlier in the day. Irving took a few seconds to collect his thoughts and looked like he might have something to say about them. But then, he hit reporters with a slight shrug before matter-of-factly saying, “I’m in Boston.”

We doubt those are Irving’s only thoughts on the situation. But for now, that’s the only reaction he has. Stay tuned to see if he has more to say after LeBron James and the Cavaliers play Irving and the Celtics on Sunday afternoon.

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Gabrielle Union talks about convincing Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Paul to ride a banana boat on vacation.

Mia Khalifa and Gilbert Arenas Break Down Dwyane Wade Riding the Bench on ‘Out of Bounds’

On today’s Out of Bounds, Gilbert, Mia, Pierce, and Adam compare Derrick Rose to a Lamborghini with spare tires. They also figure out the real reason Dwyane Wade is riding the bench and J. R. Smith is back in the Cavs' starting lineup, and decide which team should take Eric Bledsoe off Phoenix's hands.

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Gordon Hayward Suffers Brutal Leg Injury in First Game With Celtics

Just six minutes into his first season with his new team, the Boston Celtics, All-Star forward Gordon Hayward suffered an absolutely brutal leg injury in a clip that nobody would blame you for skipping over (seriously, it's graphic).

It is being reported that Hayward suffered a fracturted left ankle. 

During this recently concluded offseason, Hayward signed a four-year/$128 million contract with a Celtics team that was expected to challenge the Cavaliers for Eastern Conference supremacy. Obviously those hopes took a serious hit tonight, not that that's on the minds of any of the players at Quicken Loans Arena, as evidenced by these reactions:

Still other players who are not in Cleveland expressed their condolences and shock on social media as well:

We will update when we have more info.

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