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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Guess Who LeBron James Thinks Should Win NBA MVP?

LeBron James is the best basketball player alive, and he has been for more than 10 years. He has not won an MVP, however, since 2013. LeBron is always near the top of the list, but in recent years, he has fallen just short of the Herculean efforts of Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Russell Westbrook.

Someday, we'll probably look back on LeBron's career and wonder, How did he only win X MVPs? Right now, that number is four (2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013), but considering how good he has looked of late, it's quite possible he'll add to that total in the coming years.

It seems a practical impossibility, though, that he'll add a notch to his MVP list this season. James Harden has simply been too good. That doesn't change the fact that King James thinks he should win the 2017-18 MVP.

“I would vote for me,” LeBron told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “The body of work, how I'm doing it, what’s been happening with our team all year long, how we've got so many injuries and things of that nature, guys in and out, to be able to still keep this thing afloat, I definitely would vote me.”

James won't win the award this year, but he'll likely be a finalist, and he certainly deserves praise. What he's doing in his 15th season is truly astounding.

“At this point in my career, I'm just trying to break the mold, break the narrative of guys in their 15th year…I'm trying to do things that have never been done before,” James said. “It's crazy because I'm not setting out to do it. It's just kind of happening organically. I'm just training my body and training my mind and going out and playing and seeing what happens.”

We talk about the G.O.A.T. all the time, but LeBron is establishing his legacy as the indubitable endurance G.O.A.T. No one else has played the game at this high of a level for this long.

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LeBron James Stiff-Arms Steelers’ Recruiting Efforts

Two of the Pittsburgh Steelers' best players, wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and running back Le'Veon Bell, are going all-in on recruiting LeBron James. That's right—JuJu and Le'Veon want King James to ditch the hardwood and come over to the football field to play with the Steelers next season.

JuJu, who's a great Twitter follow, announced his “official campaign” to recruit James Tuesday afternoon. He claimed James could become the greatest athlete—not basketball player, but athlete—of all-time if he were to win a Super Bowl.

Bell, who appeared on Wednesday's episode of Out of Bounds, has gotten behind the idea, too.

LeBron, who was an all-state wide receiver in high school, is committed to basketball, though. He was asked about the Steelers' recruiting pitch at practice Wednesday. LeBron laughed when he heard the question and said the situation was “pretty funny.”

Watch Le'Veon's Out of Bounds appearance—in which he discusses his contract and Kevin Love's mental health, among other things—below.

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LeBron James Teases New Tracks From Meek Mill and Nipsey Hussle on Instagram

Those who follow LeBron James on his various social media accounts have seen him provide evidence of having More Life months in advance and apparently nudge Top Dawg to release Kendrick Lamar’s Untitled Unmastered. So the concept of King James getting some unreleased music in his championship ring-adorned hands isn’t a foreign concept. James’ latest Snapchat posts have led to fan speculation that he’s already sitting on new, unreleased heat from both Meek Mill and Nipsey Hussle.

One clip finds James giving his signature head-bob to a brooding Meek Mill track. User @MeekMilly_Fan strung the multiple Snapchat story clips together and posted them to Twitter with a plausible explanation.

Lebron James playing that new @MeekMill intro for the album produced by @Nick_Papz on his Instagram story,” he captioned.

As for Nipsey, there were no fan theories needed. Nip tweeted a clip of James nodding and rhyming along to parts of his track “Blue Laces” Sunday afternoon.

“@Kingjames debuts BLUE LACES 2 on instagram off upcoming VICTORY LAP ALBUM,” Nipsey captioned.

Some of this could be merely fan speculation, but it fits James’ penchant for getting albums and singles early. And seeing how James was on Twitter quoting unreleased bars from Drake’s “Lose You” months before the release of More Life, it might be worth checking out some of King James’ pre-playoff posts on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.

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