Terrell Owens Joins OOB; Ronda Rousey Signs With WWE; XFL Back! | Out of Bounds

With Super Bowl LII looming, legendary NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens joins #OutofBounds to talk the big game, a mayoral bet that could drape Philly’s iconic Rocky statue in a Tom Brady jersey, his exclusion from the Hall of Fame, and the return of Vince McMahon’s XFL. T.O., Gil, and crew also break down the NBA’s plan to ease lingering tensions between players and refs, weigh in on MMA icon Ronda Rousey signing with WWE to fake-wrestle full-time, and decide the fairness/foulness of Joel Embiid posting a funny pic of him dunking on star guard Russell Westbrook after losing to his Thunder for the second time this season.

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Fans Keep Reminding Rihanna That She Owes Joel Embiid a Date Now That He’s an All-Star

Philadelphia 76ers​ forward Joel Embiid has been trying to take Rihanna on a date since he entered the league back in 2014. After publicly announcing that he was moving on from a crush on Kim Kardashian to Rihanna, he first started tweeting at her in July 2014—half-jokingly asking the singer on dinner dates.

Rihanna quickly followed him back on Twitter and Embiid said she was considering his offer, but it never materialized into anything. A month later, Embiid shared a cryptic tweet saying that a “famous girl” turned him down and told him, “Come back when you're [an] All Star.”

TMZ later confirmed that the “famous girl” was in fact Rihanna. Embiid wasn't able to make good on his side of the bargain and become an All-Star after getting injured, however. That changed this week when Embiid was named a starter on the Eastern Conference's All-Star team.

Now, fans are flooding Rihanna with messages, making sure she follows through on her end of the deal. Right now, all of her recent posts on Instagram are full of “@joelembiid” tags and comments like, “He's an All-Star now give him a call.”

Joel did have some words about the whole situation, seemingly switching the tables and turning Rihanna down.

Rihanna has yet to publicly respond to any of this, but people on Twitter aren't having a hard time imagining what each of their thoughts are.

Over three years after first shooting his shot, it looks like this might finally work out in Embiid's favor.

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On today's Out of Bounds, the crew get into Jimmy Butler starring in a new country music video, whether it's cool for Joel “The Process” Embiid to cheer for both teams at the World Series, and how fucked up it is that players who never threw a punch got suspended in the fight between Draymond Green and Bradley Beal.

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Joel Embiid’s Beef With LaVar Ball Just Took Another Crazy Turn

It’s going to be at least three or four years before the 76ers and Lakers are both good enough to make it all the way to the NBA Finals—and that’s probably being generous—but if and when they do ever make it that far, the two teams are going to have one hell of a series.

A beef seems to be brewing between the two sides, and it’s all because of—who else?—LaVar Ball. During the NBA Draft in June, LaVar went on ESPN and said that he thinks the Lakers are going to be a playoff team now that they have added his son Lonzo to their roster. Lakers head coach Luke Walton immediately downplayed LaVar’s comments, but LaVar is, as usual, not backing down from what he said and once again trying to will his words into existence.

It’s nothing new for him, but LaVar’s playoff remarks led to this response from Sixers rookie Ben Simmons, who called LaVar “crazy” for his postseason prediction:

It also led to Simmons’ outspoken teammate Joel Embiid sending out this not-so-cryptic tweet about LaVar and Lonzo a short time later:

And LaVar responded to Embiid and Simmons during a radio interview on 97.5 The Fanatic. He didn’t hold back as he ripped the Sixers players for talking too much on social media.

“When you don’t win and don’t even make the playoffs and don’t even stay on the court long enough, that’s the best thing you can do is tweet,” LaVar said. “These guys ain’t played a game, always hurt, and at the bottom of the totem pole. So guess what? Get your asses off the goddamn Twitter, and get in the gym.”

Embiid and Simmons didn’t respond to LaVar’s interview right away, but on Sunday night as Embiid was hosting an Instagram Live session, someone asked him a question about LaVar. And while he didn’t provide a lengthy response to the question, he did share three words that seem to sum up exactly how he feels about LaVar at the moment.

“Fuck LaVar Ball,” Embiid said.

NBA fans predictably went wild over the comment:

At some point, all of this will be settled on the court. But as of right now, it’s clear there’s no love lost between certain members of the 76ers and Lakers. And if the two teams ever do get good enough to make consistent Finals runs, this could be a fun rivalry for years to come.

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Kevin Durant Fires Shots at the 76ers Over ‘FEDS’ Nickname

Fans in Philadelphia are as excited as they've been about the Sixers in at least a decade, and who can blame them? After trading up to obtain the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Sixers have a trio of potential stars in Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Markelle Fultz, all of whom fit together great on the court. The young crew has to go through some growing pains, but they're set up to make some noise in the Eastern Conference.

But some of the excitement has gotten out of hand, and Sixers fans have tried to push a bunch of nicknames on the core before they've even played a game together yet. One of the names that gained some traction is “The FEDS,” an acronym for Fultz, Embiid, Dario Saric, and Simmons. Embiid has even come out and endorsed this title.

The nickname has been divisive in Philadelphia—mostly because it's wild corny—and one NBA superstar agrees it should go the way of the dinosaur. During a conversation with teammate Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant mocked the “FEDS” moniker, saying, “How they got a nickname and ain't played no games together?”

Say what you will about Philly fans, but one thing they won't let you do is disparage one of their own. After a barrage of insults was sent Durant's way following his comments, he clarified that it's not the team he has a problem with, but the nickname.

You may disagree with Durant's move to Golden State as a fan of a competitive NBA, but he's 100 percent in the right here. Good sports nicknames have to be organic, rising from moments and circumstances that make them worthwhile.

The city of Philadelphia knows the value of waiting on a name until the moment is right. Embiid dubbed himself “The Process” after Philadelphia fans started a rebuilding movement referred to as “The Process” by short hand, and since he was one of the public faces of the struggle, it made perfect sense. Philly fans have also seen great team nicknames rise from nothing before—they still talk about the Broad Street Bullies, a rough-and-tumble hockey team from the '70s whose play reflected their title.

You can't just shoehorn nicknames whenever you feel like it, and if you do, you can expect people to mock you. Durant knows this better than anyone after he tried to get people to call him, “The Servant,” so maybe he's just trying to stop the young Sixers from making the same mistake.

Besides, not all of the players in Philly seem too invested in the “FEDS” nickname.

Truer words have never been spoken. Focus on getting wins and staying healthy, and the rest will come later. 

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Chris Paul Says Family Will Play Biggest Role in Free Agency, Talks New Capsule Collection

Chris Paul entered the NBA the same year former commissioner David Stern implemented the controversial dress code. So the Clippers point guard has seen the style of the league change drastically since 2005 as stars like Paul and his pals Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James roll up to arenas in designer duds and make international best-dressed lists.  

“It's been interesting to see how things have evolved over the years and how sports and fashion have come to play a huge role,” says Paul. “I think it's opened up opportunities for the sports world and the fashion world.” 

Paul, one of the most stylish players in the league, has taken advantage of one such recent opportunity to collaborate with the men's brand Five Four Club and the baller celebrated the release of a new capsule collection with a party in New York two days before the NBA Draft. 

Featuring the likes of Sixers star Joel Embiid and designers Robert Geller and Richard Chai, Paul and Five Four Club founder Dee Murthy and Andres Izquieta hosted an intimate dinner at the Meatpacking District restaurant Catch that Complex was invited to. There, we talked to the trio about the capsule collection, the inspiration behind it, their favorite pieces, and, for Paul specifically, a little free agency talk sprinkled in.  

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Joel Embiid Shoots His Shot at Rihanna Again: ‘I Love You’

Is persistence really the key to success as the internet would lead you to believe? Joel Embiid is going to find out one of these days.

It’s been almost three years now since he decided to shoot his shot with Rihanna for the first time. Back in July 2014, he announced that he was going to pursue Rih Rih after he discovered that his former celebrity crush Kim Kardashian was married.

And he’s been in hot pursuit ever since. He’s tried to get Rihanna’s attention by celebrating wins with her memes, wishing her a happy birthday, and even joking about taking her on dates. But so far, it doesn’t seem like the pop singer has been receptive to his advances (outside of that one magical like on a tweet!). According to Embiid himself, he’s going to need to become an NBA All-Star before he’s able to land a real date with Rihanna.

But apparently, that isn’t going to stop him from letting her know how he feels. On Sunday night, TMZ Sports caught Embiid out in Los Angeles, and while he didn’t have much to say about Rihanna when they first asked him about her, he switched up his tune a short time later and and sent her a very straightforward message.

“Hey, Rihanna, I love you,” he said. “I love you, Rihanna. Call on me, man. Hit me up. I love you.”

You can watch here:

Will this earn a response from Rihanna? Unlikely. But Embiid is nothing if not persistent! Keep at it, dude, and she’s going to have to hit you up at some point, right?

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