Steph Curry Finally Cooks Rockets; Gilbert Arenas on Nick Young Wearing Hibachi Shoes | Out of Bounds

On today’s episode of #OutofBounds, Gilbert Arenas, Adam Caparell, and Pierce Simpson discuss Steph Curry finally catching fire, scoring 35 points as the Warriors humiliated the Rockets 126-85 to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals. Gil explains why Chef Curry cooked — scoring 26 in the second half — after underwhelming in Houston. Also, he breaks down what James Harden is doing wrong on offense.

Speaking of Game 3 in Oakland, Nick Young showed up to Oracle with an interesting assemblage of statement pieces, including a pair of Gil II Zero Hibachi shoes that he may or may not have stolen from Gil. In “Fire Fit,” OOB rates Swaggy’s look and whether his on-court performance lived up to the Hibachi name.

Looking ahead to Game 4 between the Cavs and Celtics, the guys ask if Cleveland will display the same intensity they did when blowing Boston out 116-86 in Game 3. Plus, Gil explains why the C’s are good at home but suspect on the road, what Marcus Morris is doing while trying to defend LeBron James, and which player is the surprising key to Cleveland’s success.

Next, after Johnny Manziel signed a two-year deal with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Canadian Football League, our panel discusses the move. Is it a good option? The only option? Johnny’s goal is to play well in the CFL and get another look from an NFL team, and Gil lays out exactly what he has to do to make that happen. 

Finally, it is reportedly “just a matter of time” until Kansas City and Seattle get NBA teams again in expansion. In “Top 5,” the OOB crew makes cases for cities that should get franchises, reasoning ranging from strong regional feuds, to strip club scenes. Do you agree that these spots would be great additions to the Association?

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Joel Embiid Swagger Back, 76ers Avoid Elimination; LeBron James Sweeps Raptors | Out of Bounds

On today’s episode of #OutofBounds, Gilbert Arenas, Pierce Simpson, and Adam Caparell discuss the 76ers avoiding elimination against the Celtics, with T.J. McConnell having a career night and Joel Embiid getting his trash-talking swagger back. Was the Game 4 win a turning point for the Sixers? 

Also, the LeBron James-led Cavs completed a series sweep of the Raptors with a blowout. Did Toronto stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry give up? And do either the Celtics or Sixers stand a chance against Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals?

Looking forward to tonight’s games, will the Rockets close out the Jazz in Houston? And was Game 4 proof that — unlike in past years — the Rockets can win when James Harden has a subpar performance now that he has CP to help carry the scoring load and Clint Capela holding things down on D?  

Next, will the Warriors close out their series with the Pelicans? What can New Orleans do to win and force a Game 6 back in Louisiana? Plus, with a Rockets-Warriors Western Conference Finals seeming inevitable, Gil questions whether coach Mike D’Antoni can make playoff adjustments to hang with Golden State.

In “Fair or Foul?” the team weighs in on the Pistons firing head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy. Gil breaks down what his old coach is like and why there’s a limit to how long he can work with a team. Also, the crew debates whether the timing of the firing is foul, and if it was wrong to saddle the next coach and executive with the roster and contracts that SVG was responsible for. Plus, will the Pistons be improved and make the playoffs in the next couple years?

After Kylia Carter, mother of former Duke basketball star Wendell Carter, compared the current system of NCAA basketball to slavery, Gil and the guys respond to the analogy, as well as the idea of free labor and education in college sports. 

Finally, the team reacts to Icelandic powerlifter and “Game of Thrones” actor Hafthor Björnsson, who plays “The Mountain” on the hit HBO series, winning the World’s Strongest Man competition. Hibachi turns the heat way up on powerlifting as a sport before sharing what he would do if he were as big and strong as the athletes who compete by pulling trucks and lifting boulders.

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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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Kevin Durant and Warriors in Championship Form; Is James Harden the NBA’s Best One-on-One Player? | Out of Bounds

On today’s episode of #OutofBounds, streetball legend Bone Collector joins Gilbert Arenas and the crew to discuss the NBA playoffs, with four semifinal series seemingly headed to quick ends. Kevin Durant dropped 38 points on the Pelicans as the Warriors rolled to a 3-1 series lead. With Stephen Curry only recently returned from a knee injury, is Golden State already back to championship form?

The Rockets took a commanding 3-1 lead over the Jazz in their series, thanks in large part to Chris Paul’s scoring and Clint Capela’s rim protection. James Harden had an underwhelming night, but with ankle-breaker Bone Collector in the house the squad debates whether Houston’s herky-jerky superstar is the best one-on-one player in the league right now. 

Looking forward to Game 4 and potential eliminations in the Celtics-Sixers and Cavs-Raptors series, the panel predicts if Philadelphia and Toronto will lose and start their summer vacations. Plus, Gil and Bone break down the problems with Ben Simmons’ and DeMar DeRozan’s games, and ask whether Toronto should blow their team up if/when LeBron bounces them for a third straight year.

In “Fire Fit,” the guys rate the outfits athletes wore to the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Which athlete had the best outfit at the Derby: Von Miller, Jason Witten, or Laila Ali? Plus, a curveball contestant you have to see.

The Bucks plan to interview Spurs’ assistant coach Becky Hammon for their head coaching job, making her the first woman ever to interview for such a position. Will she land that gig — or any other NBA head coaching spot — in the near future. In a heated debate, Gil explains what he thinks will be the biggest obstacle for Hammon at that level.

Finally, in “On This Day…” OOB looks back to May 7, 1994, when the Nuggets beat the SuperSonics 98-94 in OT to become the first eighth seed in NBA history to eliminate a one seed in the playoffs. The guys rank the feat among the all-time greatest upsets.

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James Harden Slaps Utah Jazz Fan’s Phone After Being Called ‘Flopper’

Houston Rockets point guard James Harden does not take lightly to insults, particularly when he’s about to step onto the court for Game 2 of the second-round playoffs against the Utah Jazz. According to Bleacher Report, Harden was casually walking out and presumably getting ready to focus on the game at hand, when a fan unexpectedly told him to his face, “You’re still the worst flopper in the NBA.” Harden immediately slapped at the man's phone.

Fortunately, Harden isn’t stupid, and was well aware that fighting a fan in front of a televised crowd was probably a bad look—particularly when there’s a phone in his face. Of course, it's not like this was a scuffle-worthy interaction, but Harden still had to check the dude and let him know that statements like this are utterly disrespectful and uncalled for. Here’s the incident in its entirety, for your viewing pleasure.

Afterward, an officer reprimanded the fan, telling him to “stay away, get back to your seat,” before the shockingly insulted victim of phone-slapping complained. “He just hit my phone,” the fan said. The officer reminded him that being vocal about the game is one thing, but he plainly crossed the line by directly addressing a player. 

“We don’t mind you cheering, but when talking to the—you walked over here,” the officer said. “Sir, it’s real simple. Your seat is over there, there’s no reason for you to be over here in the first place, alright?”

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Unfortunately for Harden, the Jazz evened the series by winning 116-108, with Harden responsible for 32 points. There’s a chance for redemption on Friday, however, when the Rockets host the Jazz for Game 3. Hopefully, fans will think twice before insulting someone trying to do their all, and reconsider how cool it would be to do so in the future.

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Jazz Ground Rockets; Grading Lonzo Ball; NBA’s Top 5 Annoying Celebrity Fans | Out of Bounds

On today’s episode of #OutofBounds, NBA front office veteran and ESPN analyst Amin Elhassan joins Gilbert Arenas and the crew to make sense of Utah’s surprise 116-108 win in Houston. Gil and Amin break down the defensive accomplishment of the Jazz — yes, even with James Harden posting 32 points, 7 rebounds, 11 assists — and debate whether Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni is a good playoff coach or not.

Looking forward to tonight’s Cavs-Raptors Game 2, the panel predicts whether LeBron and Cleveland can grab another win in Toronto before wondering what’s next for troll Drake after his Game 1 altercations with Kendrick Perkins. Speaking of Perk, Amin gives the man his due for one of the NBA’s all-time best trash-talking quotes. Also, in the Celtics-Sixers series, can Philly’s young stars overcome the moment and Brad Stevens’ masterful coaching of the injury-depleted Celtics?

While Drake is getting all the attention after his tough talk with Perk, he’s not the only celebrity NBA fan who gets on people’s nerves. In “Top 5,” the panel runs down the Top 5 Most Annoying Celebrity NBA Fans, and even throws in a special honorable mention that’s sure to piss a bunch of people off.

In a recent ESPN interview, the Lakers’ Lonzo Ball gave himself a letter grade for his rookie season. Taking it a step further than his on-court performance, OOB grades Zo as a player, brand, and rapper, and measures it all against his immense hype. His report card may shock you.

Finally, with the Knicks reportedly trying to finalize the hiring of a new head coach this week after interviewing many diverse candidates — some extremely head-scratching ones among them — Amin explains how New York’s process is atypical for the league. He and Gil clarify what the woeful Knicks need to overcome a history of incompetence before everyone makes their picks for whom the team should hire.

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Thunder GM Responds to Report About Paul George Being ‘Gone’

After one year with Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in the rotation, Thunder fans have no idea how much will change this offseason. Melo could opt in for one more year, but he seems unhappy. George also has a player option, and though he seemed to enjoy his year with OKC, rumors have long indicated he has his heart set on Los Angeles.

ESPN's Ryen Russillo got the internet talking earlier this week when he said he had heard from a trusted source that George is “gone” in free agency.

The longtime radio/podcast host said the source didn't know where George would go—only that he was going somewhere new.

Wednesday, Thunder General Manager Sam Presti responded to that rumor. Though he didn't say anything to totally refute it, he did paint a different picture of the situation.

Presti has assembled a few star-studded rosters—the first featuring Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden, and now this one featuring Westbrook, George, and Anthony. He was long revered as one of the best executives in sports, but he has recently come under fire as the Thunder have struggled since losing Durant in free agency to Golden State.

Presti also announced that Billy Donovan, who has gone 150-96 in his three seasons with OKC, will return as head coach.

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Drake-Kendrick Perkins Beef; Steph Curry Cooks in Return; Raptors Already Done? | Out of Bounds

On today’s episode of #OutofBounds, Gilbert Arenas and the crew discuss the Cavs’ Game 1 overtime win in Toronto and ask if the disappointing Raptors are already done. In another L for the Six, Drake got into two hilarious altercations with Cavs reserve center Kendrick Perkins, who would undoubtedly end him in a fight. Was Drizzy out of line, and does his heckling hurt the Raptors? 

Despite Klay Thompson shooting a miserable 4-for-20, the Warriors beat the Pelicans thanks, in part, to Steph Curry returning from a knee injury and scoring 28 points off the bench. With his stars all back, what does Golden State head coach Steve Kerr need to do moving forward in the series?

Looking ahead to tonight’s Game 2 between Houston and Utah, OOB breaks down the only possible way that the Jazz can stop James Harden and the Rockets’ potent offense. Actually, there are two methods, but one is illegal.

A recent ESPN article pointed to Kawhi Leonard’s new reps — one of whom is his uncle — and the Spurs’ control issues as the source of the beef between the franchise and its star. In “The Pull-Up,” Gil and the guys ask if the Spurs should still offer Kawhi the $219 million supermax this summer. Also, Gil explains how mixing business and family typically goes wrong.

In “Fair or Foul?” the team weighs in on Jaguars owner Shahid Khan’s plan to buy Wembley Stadium and host the Super Bowl in London. Is it a good idea? Also, in discussing the idea of an NFL team in London, Gil explains how a star player’s life would change overseas.

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Russell Westbrook Needs Help; James Harden Keeps Cooking; Is LeBron Burnt? | Out of Bounds

On this episode of #OutofBounds, Gilbert Arenas and the crew decide if LeBron can continue to carry Cleveland in the playoffs. While the Cavs survived a seventh game against the Pacers, will King James get enough support from his supporting cast to take out the top seeded Raptors in the next round? 

Meanwhile, James Harden, Chris Paul and the Rockets were firing on all cylinders, and look to be no match for the undermanned Jazz.  So was the series against the Thunder the peak of Utah’s season?  As for the Thunder, they went all in to add Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.  The move proved to be a bust as they were bounced in the first round.  The guys figure out what the future holds for Russell Westbrook, Melo and PG in OKC.

Another highlight of the weekend was the NFL Draft in Dallas.  From surprising selections by the Cleveland Browns to a sentimental choice uniting the Griffin brothers in Seattle, the crew picks their big winners, best moments and even a look ahead to the early bets for next season in the NFL.

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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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