Jose Altuve Trump Death Stare; Ray Allen on Boston Beefs; Contract Clapbacks! | Out of Bounds

The Hibachi is turned all the way up, so be careful not to burn yourself on his hot takes! Today on #OutofBounds, Gilbert Arenas and the guys react to the Houston Astros’ White House visit, and specifically Jose Altuve’s awesomely awkward meeting with President Trump. Will the AL MVP’s headline-making, passive-aggressive shade thrown at the Donald start a trend of disapproving champions accepting invites so they can stare daggers at him? Plus, Gil has a suspect theory on what’s behind Altuve’s range of uncomfortable facial expressions. (Feel free to take your complaints up with him directly.) Next, the team discusses the NCAA excluding ref Ted Valentine from the tournament as punishment for turning his back on UNC’s Joel Berry II earlier this season. Surprisingly, “TV Ted” has a defender on set, and the debate gets cooking. Then, with excerpts of Ray Allen’s forthcoming book shedding light on Celtics beefs, OOB takes a look at what the future Hall of Famer has to say about Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo. What follows may be Gil’s most ludicrous argument ever, but you decide if both he and Rondo are out their damn minds. Finally, after both Evan Turner and Richard Sherman responded to criticism of their contracts, the gang gets into pocket-watching in “Fair or Foul?” And, for all you sneaker heads, Gil breaks down sports contracts and ownership in terms of Yeezys, so you don’t get these money moves twisted.

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LeBron James Calls Out ‘Corrupt’ NCAA

LeBron James did not play college basketball, and clearly he did not need to. He was an impact player in the NBA straight out of high school. The No. 1 pick in the 2003 draft, LeBron went on to win the 2004 Rookie of the Year award.

LeBron was one of the lucky top prospects who was able to declare for the NBA Draft straight from high school. Since 2006, draftees have been required to be at least 19 years of age and be one year removed from high school in order to be declared eligible.

The “prep-to-pro era,” which began with Kevin Garnett, ran from 1995-2005. A number of standout NBA players made the leap straight from high school—LBJ, Big Ticket, Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, and Dwight Howard, among others.

As long as top prospects are forced to play college ball, shady practices will be associated with the recruiting process. A number of programs, including Louisville and Arizona, have recently come under fire for going to crazy and illegal lengths to lure top recruits. In light of those stories, the broken NCAA system is a talking point around the hoops world.


Tuesday, LeBron expressed his point of view—that the NCAA, which capitalizes off the players, is corrupt.

Many believe the “one and done” system has harmed both college hoops and the pros, and it looks like the progressively minded NBA commissioner Adam Silver might change that rule in the near future.

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People Are Clowning Rajon Rondo for Wearing Velcro Shoes to Cavs/Celtics Game

With Paul Pierce set to have his no. 34 Boston Celtics jersey retired after the team's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, a few people from The Truth's Celtics days were there to show their support. Kevin Garnett, Doc Rivers, and Rajon Rondo sat next to one another courtside, and wait, wait, wait, what in the world are these shoes on Rondo's feet?! 

Someone was quick to zoom in on Rondo's, um, unique kicks and essentially open the roasting floodgates. 

And Twitter knew what to do from there. 

People can't be out here taking fashion risks anymore. 

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Kendrick Lamar Pays Tribute to Paul Pierce: ‘You Are The Truth’

Paul Pierce played his final NBA game two weeks ago, when the Clippers fell to the Jazz in Game 7 of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. In his 19-year career, Pierce made 10 All-Star teams and won one NBA title (as well as the NBA Finals MVP) in 2008.

Many NBA greats, including Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, and Kevin Garnett, paid tribute to The Truth, who didn’t have his best year with Los Angeles this season but had an incredibly storied career. Pierce received another amazing tribute Thursday—from his fellow California native, Kendrick Lamar.

Kendrick and Pierce grew up in cities that were about 40 minutes apart. Pierce is from Inglewood while Kendrick was raised in Compton.

In the tribute video, which the Clippers posted on Twitter, Kendrick says Pierce “put all of Los Angeles on his back.”

“Life is not all about the wins and losses,” Kendrick said, before thanking Pierce on behalf of Los Angeles. “It’s also about how you affect people. Paul Pierce, you are The Truth.”

The track in the background may sound familiar—it’s Kendrick's own “The Heart Part 4.” 

Inglewood has remained a part of Pierce’s story throughout his career.

Pierce, who retired at 39, made an unforgettable appearance on Area 21 with his former Celtics teammates earlier this week.

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Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook Are Reportedly ‘Back on Talking Terms’

During an interview back in September, former Thunder player Kendrick Perkins talked about the beef between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and said that his goal was to get them to talk again. He played with Durant and Westbrook in Oklahoma City from 2011 through 2015 and said he was bothered by the fact that they had stopped communicating with one another after spending about a decade playing together.

“That don’t sit well with me that they are actually not talking,” he said. “It’s not a beef they’re supposed to have.”

On Monday night, Perkins appeared on TNT’s “Area 21” alongside a handful of his former Celtics teammates, including Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Rajon Rondo, and while they spent most of their time talking about their old Boston teams, Perkins also touched on the Durant and Westbrook dynamic. And at one point, he revealed that Durant and Westbrook are “back on talking terms.” He didn’t get into too many specifics, but Perkins said that the two talked in early April after Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson’s single-season triple-double record.

“I think the night that Russ actually broke the record, I had texted KD,” Perkins said. “The next day, he was talking about something and he sent me a text and was like, 'Me and Russ had a nice conversation.' The media don’t even know nothing about it, but I just let it be known that they’re back on talking terms, the differences aside.”

Perkins also talked about how he thinks Durant and Westbrook could be teammates again one day. He said he wouldn’t put it past Durant to win a title with the Warriors and then return to the Thunder, much like LeBron James won titles with the Heat before going back to the Cavaliers.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if KD makes a little run. I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes back to Oklahoma,” he said. “Because in my opinion, I don’t think Russ is going anywhere. He’s that type of guy. He just wants to stick it out, and he just wants you to give him those pieces and he just wants to roll with it. He’s not going and trying to run and chase [titles]. And one thing about it, he’s not begging nobody to come play with him.”

It’s been a while since we’ve heard about any drama surrounding Durant and Westbrook. They connected for an alley-up during the NBA All-Star Game in February, and since then, the only evidence of any beef between them has involved their family members and not them. So it’s not hard to believe that they’re “back on talking terms” as Perkins said. They’ll probably never be as close as they once were, but it sounds like, at the very least, they are prepared to be civil towards one another moving forward.

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