Kevin Durant on Stephen Curry Dropping the F-Bomb: ‘F*ck Yeah’

If you were to run off some names of the most innocent athletes in recent professional sports history, Stephen Curry would be on the shortlist, right there with Tim Tebow … and Tim Duncan? Does that work?

Because of that, it was kind of wild (or at least out of character) when Curry yelled “This is my fuckin' house!” after hitting a tough layup in the third quarter of the Warriors' 126-85 WCF Game 3 win over the Rockets. Check it out, it doesn't take a genius to lip read this:

That F-bomb got Stephen, a grown man, admonished by his mother, Sonya. As Stephen told ESPN afterward “[My mom] already sent me two home videos, showing me the clip and playing it back. She was telling me how I need to wash my mouth out, saying to wash it out with soap. It's a message I've heard before.”

Not surprisingly, his teammates didn't feel the same way. In addition to Klay Thompson saying, “It got Oracle pretty fired up. That's a rare occurrence. I've never really seen Steph use that language, but that's what the playoffs bring out of you. Don't do that at home, kids. It's just once in awhile.” Kevin Durant also endorsed his teammate's message by stating “Fuck yeah” he likes it when Curry tosses that word out there:

“I heard him curse a couple times,” KD said. “When he releases an F-bomb of course I like it. That word is just an important word when you're playing basketball. It means so much. I just like his excitement for the game, and his intensity. Our crowd feeds off of that and we feed off our crowd.”

Take note youngsters.

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Steph Curry’s Mom Told Him to Wash His Mouth Out With Soap After He Dropped An F-Bomb

With the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets tied at one game apiece heading into Game 3, it looked like anyone's series. The defending champs came out forcefully Sunday night, however, blowing out Houston in a 126-85 win.

A big reason for the Warriors' dominance: Steph Curry. Curry, who has struggled in this postseason, dropped 35 points on 13-for-23 shooting, hit five threes, and added six rebounds.

Curry was fired up in the third quarter, in which he scored 18 points and shot 7 for 7. After he hit a tough layup, he declared to the Oracle Arena crowd, “this is my fucking house!”

The foul language was uncharacteristic for Curry, who has carried a choir boy image throughout his career. Sure enough, his mother, Sonya Curry, was quick to scold him after the game.

“She already sent me two home videos, showing me the clip and playing it back,” Steph said, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes, after Game 3. “She was telling me how I need to wash my mouth out, saying to wash it out with soap. It's a message I've heard before.”

Steph wasn't mad, though. He knows plenty of kids are looking at him as a role model—so he agreed with his mom.

“She's right,” Steph said. “I gotta do better. I can't talk like that.”

He said the moment got the best of him.

Curry's backcourt mate, Klay Thompson, thought it was hilarious.

“That was funny. I hope Riley didn't see it,” Klay said. “It got Oracle pretty fired up. That's a rare occurrence. I've never really seen Steph use that language, but that's what the playoffs bring out of you. Don't do that at home, kids. It's just once in awhile.”

Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals is set for Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST.

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Guest Jemele Hill Talks Trump’s Kaepernick Invite, Twitter Threats, and Rockets-Warriors | Out of Bounds

On today’s episode of #OutofBounds, Chief Correspondent and Senior Columnist with ESPN’s The Undefeated Jemele Hill joins Gilbert Arenas, Pierce Simpson, and Adam Caparell to discuss NBA playoff action and the intersection of sports, politics, and social media.

The Rockets advanced to the Western Conference Finals by beating the Jazz 112-102 in Houston. After Chris Paul took over with 41 points, 7 rebounds, and 10 assists, the panel breaks down how CP3 changed his game to boost the Rockets.

The Warriors also advanced to the WCF, defeating the Pelicans 113-104 with a balanced offensive attack from Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. As good a team as the Rockets are, is there any way they can beat Golden State’s Hamptons 5/Death Lineup and depth?

Looking ahead to tonight’s Game 5, when Boston will look to close out Philly at home, OOB debates whether the young 76ers — who got their swagger back in their first elimination game after seeming overwhelmed in Beantown — will overcome the hostile playoff atmosphere to force a Game 6. Also, Gil questions Philly’s use of Markelle Fultz and Jemele explains why she’s not surprised that the Celtics have performed so well in the playoffs.

In “The Step-Back,” the panel talks about the ugly side of sports social media after comedian Andrew Polk tweeted that he hoped Draymond Green would get shot in the face. Jemele — who’s no stranger to social media controversy — breaks down the line you shouldn’t cross. Gil explains why some athletes should respond to haters online and others should not. Plus, everyone shares the ugliest thing someone has said about them on social media.

After President Donald Trump reportedly gave approval to invite Colin Kaepernick to the White House for a series of conversations on race involving athletes and musicians, Jemele takes issue with the motivations behind the move. The crew asks what Kaepernick would gain or lose by accepting the invitation. Also, Gil identifies the Trump critics whom the Donald doesn’t go after on Twitter and why.

Finally, OOB discusses the NFL denying running back Mike James’s request to use cannabis as a painkiller instead of powerful, addictive opioids. Jemele offers insight into the league’s continuing resistance to the plant, and Gil explains the difference between treating pain with weed and getting high.

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Klay Thompson Unaware He Has Critics; Paul George Gives Himself Nickname | Out of Bounds

On today’s show, Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds crew get started by talking trolls and how to defeat them. One person who’s apparently not bothered by trolls or anyone else’s opinion is Warriors guard Klay Thompson, who claims he’s completely oblivious to critical comments. The guys question the truthfulness of that statement and debate whether it’s better to ignore comments or use them as motivation, and Gil shares his old strategy for blocking out noise during the season. While Klay ignores everyone, Pacers star Victor Oladipo says he’s motivated in his playoff series by the shade Cavs owner Dan Gilbert threw him last summer. Were those words worthy of becoming bulletin board material? Also, with Oladipo pointing out the small-market struggle for recognition, Hibachi breaks down how you get attention in the NBA and imagines what would happen if Paul George left OKC for the LA spotlight. Sticking with PG13, in “Fair or Foul?” the squad weighs in on George giving himself the nickname “Playoff P.” Is it cool cause he actually backed it up with his performance? Plus, Gil shares the horrendous nickname he once gave himself and why it didn’t work out so well for him. Then, with legendary Steeler linebacker James Harrison announcing his retirement, OOB remembers his greatest moments, from his play to his prison workouts, and Agent Zero reveals how a pro sports career affects family life. Finally, in “The Step-Back,” the panel presses pause on the “controversy” surrounding injured Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins missing his team’s playoff game, seemingly to hit Coachella. Gil provides some perspective on that, as well as some strip club knowledge for innocent young Pierce.

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LeBron to the Lakers This Summer? Not So Fast, According to a New Report

Folks around the NBA have murmured for more than a year now about LeBron James' purported interest in bolting to Los Angeles when he has the opportunity to opt out of his contract during the 2018 offseason. Would he really leave his hometown team twice in his career? That remains to be seen. But people around the league have suspected as much—and suspected that he's headed for Los Angeles—for a long time now.

LeBron owns two houses in L.A., and conquering the West would provide him with a new challenge—a new potential legacy boost, if you will. Also, the Lakers have a wealth of cap space, a promising young roster, and a storied history. If he could bring them back to prominence, well, it would do a ton for LeBron's place in the history books. Of the two L.A. franchises, it seemed way likelier that LeBron would desire a spot on the roster of the Lake Show.

According to a new report from two of the most plugged-in NBA reporters, however, the Lakers may pass on pursuing LeBron this offseason. As Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN report, the Lakers are focusing their efforts—and their cap space—on the free-agent class of 2019 rather than that of 2018. The 2019 class is indeed ripe with young talent; Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, and Jimmy Butler could be among the players on the market.

In 2018, it's expected that LeBron, Paul George, and DeMarcus Cousins will be available. But LeBron, as great as he is, is 33, George seems very interested in sticking with the Thunder, and Cousins just suffered an absolutely debilitating Achilles injury.

This recalibration also reportedly stems from the Lakers' lack of belief that LeBron is actually interested in joining the team. Though L.A. has a bunch of gifted young players—including Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Kyle Kuzma—there isn't a bona fide star on the roster. LBJ would be taking a big risk by signing with the yellow and purple.

A lot could change in the next few months, of course. The Lakers are still reportedly shopping Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson. But with this latest report, it looks a lot less certain that LeBron will head to Hollywood this summer.

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LeBron James to the Warriors? Wild New Report Suggests It Could Happen This Summer

Does the idea of LeBron James leaving the Cavaliers to sign with the Warriors this summer sound laughable to you? You’re not alone. There are a lot of people scoffing at the idea at the moment.

But very early Thursday morning, just hours after LeBron and the Cavaliers closed out their dreadful January with a close win over the Heat, ESPN’s Chris Haynes set NBA Twitter on fire with an explosive report about how LeBron would apparently entertain the idea of signing with Golden State in July, if the Warriors are able to free up enough money to offer him a max contract.

According to league sources who spoke with Haynes, the Warriors could position themselves to secure a free agency meeting with LeBron “if [they] can create a max salary slot this offseason.” The report went on to say that the Warriors haven’t shown any real desire to actually do that. But it also mentioned that the sources who spoke with Haynes said LeBron wouldn’t rule out the possibility of playing alongside Steph Curry and Kevin Durant in California “if Golden State explored ways to clear the necessary cap space.”

In order to pull off the seemingly impossible, the Warriors would likely need to get creative. In Haynes’ report, he suggests they would probably have to entice the Cavaliers to agree to a sign-and-trade deal involving Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala in order to land LeBron. And that in and of itself seems like a long shot.

But regardless of how improbable the LeBron-to-the-Warriors rumor Haynes just started might sound, it definitely has people talking. There are some imagining what the Warriors could potentially look like with LeBron on the team.

There are others downplaying the report and saying it will never happen.

We tend to side with the second group of people here. LeBron leaving the Cavaliers for a second time and doing it to team up with the Warriors just sounds too crazy to believe.

But we should point out that, once upon a time, the idea of Durant leaving the Thunder to join the Warriors sounded just as crazy. In fact, we just went back and took a look at our very first post hinting at the possibility of KD one day joining the Warriors, which went up all the way back in July 2015. It was tied to a San Jose Mercury News story about how a source said Golden State would “love” to land KD in the summer of 2016. The very first comment on that post was “trash post with a shit source”—and look at how that eventually turned out.

In the end, we just can’t see LeBron playing with the Warriors next season. But who knows? With all of the crazy things that have happened in the NBA over the last few years, it’s hard to rule out anything anymore.

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Russell Westbrook Torches Wizards After Thinking LeBron James Picked Him Last in NBA All-Star Draft

On Thursday afternoon, LeBron James and Steph Curry took part in the first-ever NBA All-Star draft. They went through the long list of this season’s NBA All-Stars and chose who will play alongside each of them on their respective teams during the All-Star Game next month. And when the draft was over, LeBron shared the list of players who will be running with him.

 

Most people looked at the list and quickly realized LeBron had put the players on his team into alphabetical order. We’d guess he did this to avoid revealing who he had picked first as well as who he had picked last. In fact, we’d guess the NBA chose not to televise this portion of the All-Star process specifically to avoid hurting anyone’s feelings. People on social media would have inevitably made a huge deal over whoever ended up going last in the draft.

But when Russell Westbrook first saw the list, he didn’t realize it was in alphabetical order. All he saw was his name at the bottom of it, and he mistakenly believed LeBron had taken him with the last pick in the draft. Furthermore, he believed LeBron had taken John Wall with the pick ahead of him.

By chance, Westbrook and the Thunder played Wall and the Wizards on Thursday night, and Westbrook—possibly because he had seen LeBron's list just prior to the game—went off during the contest. He scored 46 points and threw down this thunderous dunk during Oklahoma City’s 121-112 win over Washington.

And when the game ended, he spoke with reporters about his thoughts on LeBron picking him to play on his team in the All-Star Game. Westbrook said it was “cool,” but his teammate Carmelo Anthony yelled at him and told him to tell everyone “how you really feel.” Westbrook smiled before admitting he was a little miffed about being picked last.

“I see I was the last pick on the list,” he said. “I was just trying to figure out how…”

At that point, Westbrook was informed about the list being in alphabetical order, and a light bulb went off in his head. He responded by yelling back at Carmelo. “See, I told you, man!” Westbrook said. “Alphabetical order, man! Of course I was first!”

It was a funny, lighthearted moment in the end. But after Westbrook admitted he thought he went last in the draft, him dropping 46 points on Wall and Wizards suddenly made so much sense.

Draft misunderstanding aside, LeBron’s decision to select Westbrook in the All-Star draft will reunite him with his former teammate Kevin Durant. KD went first overall in the draft to LeBron’s team, and he had a pretty classic reaction to it on Thursday night. He put up the Players’ Tribune meme that everyone always uses against him on Instagram to announce how happy he is to be playing with LeBron’s team. He also put his Warriors teammate Curry on notice and said he’s gunning for him in the All-Star Game. Curry picked Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in the draft but not Durant.

The All-Star Game will take place on Feb. 18. If all this buildup to it is any indication, it should be a pretty decent—and dare we say competitive?—game.

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Most Underrated Current NBA Players | Out Of Bounds

On today’s episode of #OutOfBounds, the crew gives their top picks for Most Underrated NBA players. Gil says everyone was so focused on Kevin Durant coming to the Warriors that they overlooked Klay Thompson, and J.J. Redick isn’t important enough to even be in the conversation. Mia argues that John Wall missing time helped elevate Bradley Beal to a breakout season and that Dame Lillard needs to leave the West in order to get the respect he deserves. We also throw in Victor Oladipo flashing with the Pacers, and how Devin Booker is not getting the shine he deserves. Did your pick make our list? 

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Watch Klay Thompson Do the Most Random Interview Ever While Walking Around NYC

After playing against the Nets in Brooklyn on Sunday night, the Warriors had an off day on Monday. And that gave a couple of Golden State stars the opportunity to fulfill some media obligations in New York City.

Steph Curry stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday night, and during his appearance on the show, he spoke about everything from serving as a taste-tester for his wife Ayesha at home to having his own line of Under Armour sneakers. He also made a well-timed joke about Fallon’s decision to take up “smoking” as a hobby while he was on the show. You can check out Curry’s appearance on The Tonight Show (“smoking” joke at the 1:20 mark) below.

But that was far from the most newsworthy media appearance made by a member of the Warriors on Monday. Because while Curry was taping his Tonight Show segment, his teammate Klay Thompson was off taking part in a media appearance of his own, and it involved a very important topic: Scaffolding. Yes, scaffolding.

If you’ve ever walked around New York City, you know that scaffolding is literally everywhere. It’s hard to walk for more than a block without having to walk under it. And somehow, Fox 5 in NYC was lucky enough to land a man on the street interview with Thompson, who talked about his approach to scaffolding as he made his way around the Big Apple on Monday. You can check out a portion of the interview below.

“I usually observe if the piping and stuff is new,” Thompson, who was identified as “NBA Player” by Fox 5, said. “Sometimes, you know, if it’s something that looks like it’s been there awhile, I kind of try to avoid that.”

Insightful!

If this seems like the most random interview you’ve ever seen an NBA player do, you’re not alone. This clip of Thompson talking scaffolding has been making the rounds on social media, and it’s been getting quite a reaction out there.

Can we request more clips of Thompson talking to local news people in every city he visits? The Warriors travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder on Wednesday night. Good luck topping this, OKC.

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