James Harden Spoke to Meek Mill, Says He’s in ‘Good Spirits’

Complex News is out in Los Angeles for the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend, and while there our own Speedy Morman chopped it up with Houston Rockets guard James Harden who will be playing on Team Curry Sunday evening.

Harden, who is native of Los Angeles, spoke on his new Vol. 2 sneaker and shared some praise for fellow L.A. representative Nipsey Hussle who recently released his major label debut album Victory Lap. The six-time All-Star also said he spoke to Meek Mill and said the rapper is in “good spirits.” Check out the full interview above.

 

 

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YG Goes Sneaker Shopping With Complex | Sneaker Shopping

YG goes Sneaker Shopping with Joe La Puma at Flight Club in Los Angeles and talks about collecting Air Jordans, his friendship with James Harden, and why Russell Westbrook reminds him of Michael Jordan.

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Does Steve Kerr Have a Trash-Talking Burner Twitter, Kevin Durant Style?

Back in September, Kevin Durant got exposed for using secret “burner” social media accounts to defend himself in online arguments. He later admitted he felt “idiotic” for using them, and it was widely considered to be one of the biggest social media fails in the sports world in 2017.

With that in mind, you wouldn’t think KD’s own head coach would resort to using a burner Twitter to comment on opposing players, but that’s what some people are accusing Steve Kerr of doing. He tweeted and deleted a shot at James Harden and some NBA referees on Thursday night, and while he may have simply thought better of the tweet after sending it, many are now wondering if Kerr didn’t mean to send the tweet from a different account in the first place.

It all started when the official NBA Twitter account tweeted about Harden just after 10 p.m. ET on Thursday. It featured Harden taking and making a step-back three-pointer against the Spurs during the Rockets’ 102-91 victory over San Antonio.

A short time later, Kerr saw the NBA tweet and had something to say about it. On his official account he suggested Harden traveled on the play. He said it was “an embarrassment” Harden wasn’t whistled for a walk.

The tweet didn’t stay up long. But plenty of people were able to get a screenshot before it disappeared, and they wondered why in the world Kerr would take aim at Harden and the refs like that. Some concluded Kerr simply got caught up in the moment before deciding against leaving the tweet up. But more than a few people suggested Kerr may have meant to send it from a burner account, just like KD.

Kerr hasn’t spoken publicly about any of this yet. But it’ll be interesting to see what he has to say. If he meant to send the Harden tweet from his account, most of the Rockets players are probably going to have the same reaction Chris Paul had to something Kerr said to him during a recent game.

And if Kerr meant to send out the tweet from some secret account he uses, he's likely to get clowned the same way KD did. Either way, we wouldn’t expect Harden and the Rockets to forget about what Kerr said anytime soon.

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Harden Breaking Records; All-Star Injuries; LeBron on Loyalty; Tom Brady’s Playlist | Out of Bounds

It was a huge day in the NBA yesterday and the #OutofBounds crew is here for all of it. All-Stars Kevin Love and John Wall are going to be out for nearly two months with injuries. Gil and the gang discuss the impact on the players, their teams, the playoff races, and why the system to replace them in the All-Star Game is f*cked up. For this week's In Play segment, OOB takes a closer look at Saturday's Rockets-Cavs primetime matchup, which could get ugly, given Cleveland's league-worst defensive rating and James Harden going off last night for the first 60-point triple-double in NBA history. From there, the team talks loyalty in sports, after LeBron James used the Clippers' Blake Griffin trade to call out a double standard for teams and players. To wrap things up, everyone weighs in on the music Tom Brady says he listens to when trying to center himself and what it says about the five-time Super Bowl champ.

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LeBron James Leaves Cryptic Instagram Post About ‘Lazy’ People After Cavaliers Loss

Today is the last day of January. And do you know who is really happy about that? The Cavaliers and their fans.

January has been an absolute nightmare for LeBron James & Co. Between losing eight of the 13 games they played this month, losing their composure during team meetings, and, most recently, losing Kevin Love for the next six to eight weeks due to a broken hand, there wasn’t a whole lot that went right for Cleveland over the last 31 days. LeBron did manage to score his 30,000th point during the month—but even that took place during a blowout loss to the undermanned Spurs.

So yeah, no one is looking forward to February more than the Cavaliers right now. But before they make it to next month, it appears as though they’re going to have to endure one more mini-controversy, thanks to something LeBron posted on his Instagram Story on Wednesday morning. As several of LeBron’s IG followers saw, he put up the quote, “When you become lazy it’s disrespectful to those who believe in you,” along with the “100” emoji.

If anyone except LeBron had posted that same quote, it probably wouldn’t have been a big deal at all. But because it was LeBron who did it—he has earned a reputation for being the king of subliminals—this will probably end up being a huge deal between now and the end of the day.

There are already some people speculating about who LeBron may have referencing with his IG Story post. Was it Love? Isaiah Thomas? Tristan Thompson? J.R. Smith?

The jury is still out. It might turn out LeBron wasn't talking about any of his teammates. But given the current climate of the Cavaliers' locker room and the timing of LeBron's post—it came just hours after the Cavaliers lost to the Pistons on the road—many people believe LeBron must have been referencing someone he plays with.

Somewhat amazingly, this isn’t even the only controversy LeBron has caused in the last 12 hours. On Tuesday night, he sent out this tweet congratulating James Harden on dropping 60 points (and a triple-double!) during a historic performance against the Magic.

Harden responded.

And it led to more than a few people speculating about how those two tweets were somehow proof LeBron will eventually end up playing with Harden in Houston.

The Cavaliers have one more game against the Heat on Wednesday night to close out the month of January. It clearly can’t come and go quickly enough for the Cavaliers and their fans.

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Kevin Durant Fires Back After Clint Capela Says Rockets Are Better Than Warriors

There may be only one team standing in the way of the Golden State Warriors winning their third championship in four years, and it's the Houston Rockets. After defeating the Warriors, 116-108, on Saturday for their second victory in three meetings this season, Rockets center Clint Capela was feeling himself a little too much when he said that his team is better than Golden State when they're playing at the top of their game. 

“We're confident because we know if we're doing what we're supposed to do, we're going to beat them…we are better than them,” Capela said, per ESPN. When Capela's comments made their way to Kevin Durant, he conceded that any team can be beat on any given night, and that includes the Warriors. “It's all a part of the game. They beat us twice this year. They should feel confident,” Durant said, according to ESPN. “Obviously, we're confident and we feel as though we are the best team in the league and we can beat anybody as well. But we can be beat. We can be beat on any night if we don't come to play.”

Then, Durant took direct aim at Capela for being the one to make the claim, adding that his “job is not as hard” as, say, Chris Paul or James Harden. “You hear it from guys like Capela,” Durant said. “Usually he's catching the ball and laying it up from CP [Chris Paul] or James Harden. His job is not as hard. When your job is that hard, you know you can't just come out there and say shit like that. I don't expect that from CP and James and [Trevor] Ariza and the rest of the guys like that because they know how hard it is to come out and do that every night. Capela, catch and dunk every night. It's pretty easy for him.” 

The last thing the Rockets want to do right now is light a fire under the Warriors. Even if it may be true that Houston could be better than Golden State, one thing that Capela isn't considering is that his teammates, CP3 and Harden, have a history of falling apart in the playoffs. So, instead of trying to go after the beast, why not concern yourself with the people standing in your corner first?

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Matt Barnes Slams Austin Rivers: ‘He Talks a Lot of Trash and Doesn’t Really Back It Up’

Matt Barnes was never one to mince words, and the former NBA player went in on Tuesday, calling current Clippers guard Austin Rivers “arrogant” while blaming his father and coach Doc Rivers for the demise of the Los Angeles Clippers.

During a guest appearance on Mad Dog Sports Radio, Barnes pointed out that Austin Rivers has always rubbed people in the NBA the wrong way, from coaches and teammates to other players around the league.

“He carries himself like he's a 10-time All-Star,” said Barnes, who played three seasons in L.A. with the father-son Rivers duo, “and he's not that.”

Barnes also pinpointed Doc Rivers for many of the organization's recent failures. He noted that although Rivers initially did well after replacing Vinny Del Negro in 2013, the players didn't respect him. They thought he was fake, a phony who'd tell them one thing and then do something different. Barnes specifically mentioned how Doc Rivers handled his son's contract, giving the young player a three-year deal for $35 million in the summer of 2016 despite Austin Rivers being consistently rated one of the league's worst players by advanced metrics.

It's easy to see why so many within the game feel a certain way about the 25-year-old Austin Rivers. He grew up the son of an NBA player and eventually became one of the country's most hyped basketball prospects. He went to Duke. He came into the NBA with a reputation as a gunner, which only intensified once his father became the coach and president of basketball operations. The “arrogant” accusations will only increase after what happened on Monday night.

During a wild matchup between the Clippers and the Houston Rockets, trash talk and hard fouls quickly turned into something much more serious. After the game, Rockets players Trevor Ariza, James Harden, Gerald Green and Chris Paul attempted to enter the Clippers locker room. They were reportedly so incensed over belligerent trash talk coming from the Clippers bench, Rivers being the key cog in that, that they were ready to take the on-court disagreements to another level. The NBA has since launched an investigation into the events.

Barnes has never had a flowery personality. His issues with former teammates (hello Derek Fisher) run the gamut. However, this isn't the first time we've heard someone call out Austin Rivers for being arrogant. It likely won't be the last time, either.

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Carmelo Anthony Reveals 2 Major Trades That Almost Happened This Summer

Carmelo Anthony sent shockwaves through the NBA community last Saturday when he agreed to waive his no-trade clause so that the Knicks could deal him to the Thunder. It gave Oklahoma City three superstars on its roster—Anthony will be joined by Russell Westbrook and Paul George next season—and it also made the Western Conference even more talented than it already was (R.I.P. Eastern Conference, smh).

On Thursday, Anthony sent even more shockwaves through the NBA community with some comments he made on SiriusXM Radio. While talking about his trade, he said that he came close to being traded not once but twice at other times during the offseason. One of those trades involved him heading to Houston to join James Harden and Chris Paul on the Rockets.

“A deal was done with Houston early, then for some reason, whatever happened behind-the-scenes, it didn’t go through,” he said. “It fell through, then we had to really start paying attention and thinking about other options.”

That trade, according to Anthony, nearly went down in July. And there was another trade involving Anthony that almost happened a few weeks before that on the night of the 2017 NBA Draft. Anthony claims that he and George were scheduled to be dealt to the Cavaliers in deals that would have put Anthony, George, and LeBron James on the same team during the upcoming season. But that trade was also called off before it was finalized.

“It was funny because me and PG was supposed to be in Cleveland on draft night,” he said on SiriusXM. “We were communicating about that. The deal was actually done, and it got called off on draft night, so me and PG stayed connected throughout the course of the [offseason]. We never even talked about OKC, though.”

It’s pretty crazy to think about how all of this played out. And it’s also pretty crazy to think about what might have happened if Anthony had been traded to either the Cavaliers or Rockets. It could have affected where a bunch of other players, including guys like Kyrie Irving and Dwyane Wade, landed. And it could have shaken up the NBA even more this summer. What an offseason.

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From Kobe to LeBron: How The Drew League Attracts The NBA’s Best

South Central Los Angeles—to many people this area has become the cliché of America's social epidemic of crime, poverty, and unjust circumstances. However, to many of the different faces residing in the 51-square mile area of America's second most populated city, this is home. 

Make no mistake about it, South Central is far from the American Dream but within the confines of adversity lies one of the most prominent entities in all of sports: the Drew League. 
 
Since 1973 the Drew League has been a staple of South Central LA, providing the perfect escape for those looking to fulfill their hoops fixation; bridging the gap between some of the NBA's finest stars and some of the best players to never grace an NBA hardwood. What was initially molded in the tiny middle school gymnasium of Drew Middle School has blossomed over the years with the likes of Baron Davis, DeMar DeRozan, James Harden, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and more. 
 
This summer Complex explored why the Drew League is so special and how it has elevated itself into becoming one of the most prominent entities in basketball. 

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Lil B Threatens to Put BasedGod Curse on Lonzo Ball for Nas Comments

If you're an athlete of any reasonable stature, the last thing you want is to be afflicted by a curse that keeps you from maximizing your success. One man has been at the center of athlete curses over the last few years, and it appears the BasedGod might have another victim in mind.

So who's the guilty party this time? It's not an NBA All-Star, it's not a veteran who has tortured Lil B's favorite team, and in fact, it's not even a player who has participated in an NBA game yet. This time, it's a rookie, as Lonzo Ball appears to be the newest target for the BasedGod's curse.

If you haven't been paying attention, the comment Lil B is referring to came earlier in the week, when Ball dismissed the relevance of the Queensbridge legend, declaring more recent rappers are “real hip hop” in an episode of the Ball clan's new reality series, Ball in the Family. 

“Y’all outdated, man. Don’t nobody listen to Nas anymore,” said Ball. “Real hip-hop is Migos, Future.”

As you might expect, a teenager disrespecting Nas—a rapper with some of the greatest albums of all-time under his belt—did not go over well with the public, and Lil B is on the verge of taking the backlash to a completely different level. With Ball on the verge of joining former cursed athletes like James Harden and Kevin Durant, the BasedGod's warning was met with applause on Twitter.

The BasedGod also made sure to mention departed Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell, who drew the ire of plenty when he dimed out the habits of former teammate Nick Young. Lil B seems displeased about the character of recent Lakers point guards, Ball included.

So far, the BasedGod's curse has done nothing to slow down the Ball family's takeover of all things sports and pop culture. The loudmouth behind Big Baller Brand, LaVar Ball, is all set to make an appearance in NBA 2K18. Yes, even in a video game you can be told you're not a big baller.

They're not out of the woods yet, however. It sounds like things could get real bad, real fast for the Ball clan if Lonzo doesn't get his act together.

And the family is taking this threat seriously, or so it seems, because the youngest member of the family, LaMelo Ball, is singing Lil B's praises on Twitter.

Since the BasedGod recently lifted the curse on Harden and welcomed Durant to the Bay Area with open arms, there almost needs to be a new high-profile athlete in his sights. Enter Ball, who now has this to weigh on top of the usual rookie pressure. Good luck, kid. 

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