LeBron Beasts and Barely Wins; Westbrook’s Prom Fit; Can Spurs Win for Pop? | Out of Bounds

While Gilbert Arenas is off on an Agent Zero international mission, Pierce and Adam hold things down for #OutofBounds, starting with a quick tutorial on black hair care before getting into last night’s NBA playoff games. Those Game 2’s raised some interesting questions: What does it mean that the Cavs eked out a three-point win at home despite LeBron going off for 46 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals? How many fire emojis should Russell Westbrook’s tux look get in “Fire Fit”? With Karl-Anthony Towns scoring a total of 13 points in two L’s to start his playoff career, what the hell is going on with KAT? Looking forward to tonight’s playoff Game 3’s, OOB has some more questions: Will Kevin Hart’s trash talk keep 36-year-old Dwyane Wade cooking in Miami? Is the All-Star Damian Lillard we know and love finally going to show up against New Orleans? After coach Gregg Popovich’s wife, Erin, passed away yesterday, can the overmatched Spurs pull out a win for them against the Warriors? Only time will tell. The same can be said of whether Tom Brady will retire or play QB for the Patriots in 2018. In “The Step-Back,” OOB discusses whether an ESPN story about Brady having not committed to play yet is a legit story or just click-bait. Finally, following a report that “handlers” for standout Penn State running back Saquon Barkley don’t want the Browns to draft him, in “Fair or Foul?” the guys weigh in on players forcing undesirable teams to not draft them.

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Nick Young’s Wild Playoff Outfit; Cowboys Cut Dez Bryant; Pop’s Kawhi Shade | Out of Bounds

On today’s show, Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds crew kick things off by weighing in on whether or not they’re about that Coachella life. Plus, coming off his kids’ AAU tourney in Las Vegas, Gil explains why he’s the king of Sin City. Then, after the first weekend of NBA playoff action, OOB discusses the biggest stories, including the Pacers waxing the Cavs in Cleveland despite LeBron’s triple-double. Out West, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said star forward Kawhi Leonard continues to be absent because his personal medical team has not yet cleared him to return. The guys ask how this is affecting his relationship with teammates and the franchise, and Kawhi critic Gil has an unexpected take. In epic fashion news, Warriors guard Nick Young showed up to Oracle Arena for Game 1 of Golden State’s playoff series against the Spurs wearing a silk robe and boxers. The squad reacts to the stripped-down fashion statement in “Fire Fit,” and Gil shares the exchange he had with Swaggy after he saw the look. Moving to the NFL, the panel take sides after the Dallas Cowboys released star receiver Dez Bryant and things got messy between him and America’s Team. Can revenge motivate Dez for the entire next season? Finally, in “On This Day…” the crew remembers the 15th anniversary of Michael Jordan’s final NBA game — a 107-87 Wizards loss to the 76ers in which 40-year-old Jordan scored 15 points. With everyone slurping LeBron for balling out at 33, Gil makes clear what King James needs to do to be in Jordan’s rarefied air.

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LeBron Says Refs Biased; Ol’ Dirty Zaza; NCAA the Worst? | Out of Bounds

The number one question is, “Can the Feds get us?” If you’re Jay Z, nah, but it appears government agents could take some big college hoops programs down. Following the revelation that an FBI investigation found potential violations in a number of high-profile schools, Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds crew wade into NCAA hypocrisy and Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy’s assertion that the NCAA is the worst organization in sports. Plus, Gil shares the advice he’d give his son about playing college ball. Next, in “Fair or Foul?”, the OOB team decides if LeBron was wrong for accusing NBA refs of being biased. Since officials call the game differently for Bron because of his exceptional size and strength, it’s not an easy answer. The King James talk continues as Gil and the guys reflect on Spurs coach Gregg Popovich comparing him to Black Panther as a role model for kids, and wonder if all Pop’s praise for LeBron amounts to tampering. Finally, in the wake of Russell Westbrook saying Zaza Pachulia is dirty and intentionally landed on his leg on Saturday night, Gil defines “dirty” versus “physical,” re-enacts what Zaza did, talks payback, and tells a story about the dirtiest player he went up against. 

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Agent Zero’s V-Day Advice; Kaepernick Taps Goodell’s Wife; Who’s NBA Shade King? | Out of Bounds

It’s Valentine’s Day, but not everybody is spreading love. Following an article on the rise of shade in the NBA — and how it differs from traditional trash talk — Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds crew make cases for players who should be crowned the NBA’s Shade King. Gil also remembers his sh*t-popping prime, when he walked into the league like Tupac with his chest out, and the time he wanted to fight Shaq. Next, Gregg Popovich’s recent comments on Black History Month and institutional racism get the guys debating who the most woke coach in sports is, and Gil has precise and hilarious criteria for what makes someone woke in his eyes. Moving to the NFL, the team decides whether it’s fair or foul for Colin Kaepernick to request a deposition of Commissioner Roger Goodell’s wife in his collusion lawsuit against the league. And finally, because it is V-Day, Agent Zero comes through with Valentine’s Day advice to save clueless players. It’s definitely not PC, but it is all the way real!

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Kawhi Leonard’s Injury Rehab Reportedly Straining Relationship With Spurs

There's a joke in here somewhere about Kawhi Leonard actually being made of liquid metal and incapable of human emotion, but this does bear emphasizing: this is not quite a big deal.

Not yet.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Michael C. Wright and Zach Lowe, Leonard's frustrating rehab and possible comeback from a right quadricep injury has had a “chilling impact” on the relationship between the All-Star swingman and the San Antonio Spurs. The report included words like “rift” and “distant” and “disconnected,” which has Spurs fans responding today with their own words, everything from, “Yeah, but remember LaMarcus Aldridge? to “OMFG OMFG OMFG.”

Leonard played just nine games this season before the Spurs shut him down indefinitely last week. In limited minutes, Leonard was still productive, nearly matching his career-high PER from last season and with a usage rate among the league's top 15. However, the team struggled to win just five of those games and the 26-year-old admitted to the team's brass that he didn't feel confident in his body.

“You've got to be confident in your body to go out there and play at the level he's expect to play,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told ESPN at the time. “We didn't feel he was ready. His confidence level wasn't there. So we decided to give it some more time.”

On the eve of the season, we watched as San Antonio announced Leonard would be out for the entire preseason and perhaps more, only to eventually hear Popovich admit he'd never seen anything like Leonard's injury. Then we saw Tony Parker return from a similar, though even more severe injury. Since September, there's been a weird Belichickian mystery surrounding Leonard. The Spurs haven't offered answers. Neither have some of the world's best tendon experts. General manager RC Buford has denied any rift, but he did acknowledge the entire process has been difficult for both sides.

There is no real precedent for a star player growing frustrated in the vacuum of San Antonio's safe haven. Popovich tried to sign Jason Kidd in 2003, effectively telling Tony Parker thanks, but no thanks. Parker didn't bolt. He's played his entire career with the Spurs. Popovich sent Manu Ginobili to the bench in 2007, even though Ginobili was already an All-Star. Manu embraced it. Tim Duncan took repeated lyrical undressings in practices over the years and never once did he respond with, “Pop, I'm a 15-time All-Star and five-time champ, the undisputed best power forward of all time. I'm allowed to miss one defensive assignment.” Even LaMarcus Aldridge, after asking for a trade last summer, ended up submitting to some weird Pop voodoo. The veteran is now playing perhaps the best ball of his career.

Leonard's camp has since denied the report. Leonard does hold a player option for the 2019-2020 season, which might make things interesting. Knowing the Spurs, though, they'll take Leonard to some off the radar bunker if necessary, sit him down, and not let anyone out until a resolution is found. Until then, everything surrounding one of the NBA's best players will likely remain a mystery.

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