Steph Curry Says It’s ‘Very Likely’ Warriors Will Play Celtics, Not Cavaliers, in NBA Finals

Kyrie Irving and the Celtics are on an absolute tear right now. Since losing their first two games of the season—and losing their big-name free agency acquisition Gordon Hayward to a devastating leg injury—Boston has reeled off 14 wins in a row, including a come-from-behind win over the Warriors on Thursday night. They have been playing well on both ends of the court, despite short-term injuries to Irving and Al Horford, and they have looked like the title contender people thought they could be heading into this season.

But will they actually be able to beat LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the playoffs this season to advance to the NBA Finals? That obviously remains to be seen. But after Golden State went down to Boston on Thursday, Steph Curry made a prediction of sorts when he was asked if he thought his team might end up playing against the Celtics, not the Cavaliers, in the NBA Finals this year after three consecutive Finals matchups against Cleveland. And he said it’s looking “very likely” that the road to an NBA championship could come through Boston rather than Cleveland.

“Very, very likely, right?” Curry said. “They’re playing the best right now in the East. Obviously, until they beat Cleveland, who has done it three years in a row, we’ll see. I hear the weather’s great [in Boston] in June, so we’ll see.”

Before anyone in Boston gets too excited about what Curry said, it’s important to remember that there’s still a ton of basketball to be played between now and June. As Celtics fans have already learned on several occasions this season, injuries happen, and those injuries could play a role in how far Boston is able to advance in the postseason. There are also inevitably going to be trades that take place between now and February that could impact the outcome of the Eastern Conference Playoffs and the NBA Playoffs as a whole.

But at least for now, the idea of a Warriors/Celtics matchup in the Finals doesn’t seem all that crazy, given how well both teams have played so far this season. And if Thursday night was any indication, it could end up being one hell of a series if those two teams face off in the Finals at the end of it all.

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Mia Khalifa and Gilbert Arenas Decide If Iman Shumpert and Teyana Taylor Are NBA’s Best Couple on ‘Out of Bounds’

On today's episode of Out of Bounds, the crew kicks things off with Duke University's win over Michigan State. Gilbert Arenas agrees that LeBron James should be considered for a trade and draws the line at hollering at married women. Mia Khalifa admits Odell Beckham Jr. is the only reason she watches Giants games and believes talented athletes should have more power over the organizations they play for. They also debate if Iman Shumpert and Teyana Taylor are the NBA's best power couple.

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Russell Westbrook Confirms He’s the Most Stylish Player in the NBA and Talks New Clothing Line Honor the Gift

When reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook isn't stuffing the nightly stat line—he's averaging nearly a triple double so far this season—the Oklahoma City Thunder guard is showing just how serious he is when it comes to his fashion sense.

Over the weekend, Complex News' Speedy Morman chopped it up with Westbrook at his pop-up shop in OKC where the NBA star debuted his new clothing line Honor the Gift. “I wanted something that looked back to Why Not? but also giving thanks to the man above for blessing each individual,” he said of the inspiration behind the line.

Check out our full interview with Westbrook up top, where he confirms he's the most stylish player in the NBA and talks about teasing his clothing line earlier this year at the “Kith Sport” New York Fashion Week show. You can get more info on Honor the Gift here.

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Lonzo Ball Becomes Youngest NBA Player to Notch a Triple-Double

Lakers guard Lonzo Ball messed around and got a triple-double Saturday night, and the much-hyped UCLA product made some history in the process. Early in the fourth quarter of a 98-90 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, Ball grabbed his tenth rebound to go along with his 13 points and 11 assists. You can see Ball make history at the 2:23 mark in the video above.

At the age of 20 years, 15 days, Ball surpassed LeBron James as the youngest NBA player to record a triple double—the statistical achievement of reaching double figures in three statistical categories.

Former Lakers great and current Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson, saw his share of triple doubles as a player and offered his rook some congratulations via Twitter.

“Congratulations to Lonzo @ZO2_ for becoming the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple double,” Johnson tweeted.

Given that the young Lakers took an L to drop their overall record to 5-8, Ball didn’t seem particularly impressed with his achievement.

“I really don't care,” Ball told reporters after the game. “We took a loss. It don’t really mean nothing.”

Earlier this summer, Ball became the first NBA rookie to get a triple-double during the Las Vegas Summer League.

The first 13 games of Ball’s professional career have been expectedly uneven, as Ball’s highlight reel assists have come with shooting woes and his brother LiAngelo being detained in China for a reported shoplifting charge. When speaking exclusively with Shams Charania of Yahoo’s The Vertical, Ball shrugged off his early season scoring struggles.

“I really don’t give a … I’ve played this way my whole life,” Ball told Charania. “In today’s NBA, a lot of point guards get buckets, but I go off my impact and what I can do to win games. It’s not going to be scoring every night, but I’m trying to improve that. The way I play, it comes from Dad. He really don’t care about noise either. My dad had me on lesser teams, so I had to do more and it prepares me.”

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Rick Rubin Reveals “Walk on Water” Was Partly Inspired by Eminem’s Frustrations With Mumble Rap

Eminem fans were given plenty to get them through the weekend on Friday. In addition to dropping his new Beyoncé-assisted single “Walk on Water,” Em joined producer Rick Rubin and journalist Malcolm Gladwell for the inaugural episode of the new Broken Record podcast.

During their nine-minute chat, Em and Rubin discussed the very personal themes at the center of the Revival single's lyrics and how new waves of hip-hop have left Shady feeling frustrated. “When you start out in your career, you have a blank canvas, so you can paint anywhere that you want because the shit ain't been painted on yet,” Em, at around the 1:27 mark, said of the freedom of being an artist on the rise. “And then your second album comes out, and you paint a little more and you paint a little more by the time you get to your seventh and eighth album you've already painted all over it. There's nowhere else to paint.​”

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For “Walk on Water,” Em was influenced by both the pressure of divided fan expectations with each new release, as well as so-called “mumble rap.” According to Rubin, Em first heard the chorus—written by co-producer Skylar Grey—by chance. Rubin and Em had just been discussing mumble rap, and the chorus words stuck with him. “For him, it's a little bit of culture shock because there's a new wave of hip-hop that's not really what he's about, so he was just talking to me about how that felt,” Rubin said around the 3:50 mark. “I could see he was frustrated by it.”

“It's a very mortal song,” Em said at the 8:30 mark of his intentions for the track. “It's, you know, not being Superman, and what if I can't come up with the best shit I've ever wrote every single time?” Rubin, sensing that he might have “the same feelings” expressed in Em's verses, played Jay Z a rough version of the track prior to Beyoncé's involvement. He loved it.

The final version of “Walk on Water” was captured at Rubin's Shangri-La studio in Malibu, the coveted minimalist-friendly spot where pitch-perfect creations by everyone from Adele to Third Eye Blind have been recorded.

Eminem and Rick Rubin also discussed first rhymes, 2Pac, Ice-T, Beastie Boys, Frank Zappa, and more.

Check out the full conversation below.

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Cam’ron Calls Out Kanye for the Way He Handled Jay Z Feud

This time last week, all we knew was that Cam'ron was dropping his latest mixtape. After gracing ComplexCon over the weekend (with a gang of puppies), we didn't know WHAT to expect from Cam's new project, The Program, although he did drop some hints at the material he'd be releasing, posting on Instagram earlier this week that he was “on some bullshit on this joint,” then warning “If u emotional don't listen.” Who was thinking that this meant he had some lines ready for Kanye West?

On the mixtape's fourth track, “Coleslaw,” Cam starts things off speaking about the situation between Kanye West and Jay Z, which rose back into conversation via Hov's “Kill Jay Z” on 4:44. After saying “you don't like it when I'm nice. You only like it when I'm ignorant, so that's exactly what you get,” Cam went in.

Kanye got on stage, what he do? Play Jay-Z out
What he do next? Check into the crazy house?
Fuck that, you made a living talking greasy
Besides that, man, you Yeezy with the Yeezys
Be yourself, you ain't gotta go AWOL
And fuck that, 'Ye, I been that way since yay tall
If you regret it, then dead it, but if you said it, you said it

It's hard to tell what made Cam address the situation, aside from a longstanding (and still extant) antagonism towards Hov. No matter what, it's an interesting verse. On one hand, Cam appears to be throwing shots at Kanye, but on the other hand, Killa Cam is also encouraging 'Ye to stand behind his words.

Interesting times, either way. Check out The Program for more of Cam's fire.

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Meet Willo Perron, the Creative Genius Behind Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’ Album Art and Tour

Hunched over his laptop, Willo Perron is scrolling through a digital mock-up of an unreleased project for Jay-Z’s 4:44 album. Over several peach-colored pages, in simple black Larish Neue font, there are release dates for 4:44 in different countries, photos of the 4:44 ads plastered on billboards, buses, taxis, and subway stations that teased the rapper’s thirteenth studio album, and more. “It’s really a manual for the 4:44 brand,” he says, sitting in his West Hollywood studio on an October afternoon.

Perron, a multi-disciplinary designer and director, collaborated with Jay-Z to concept the packaging and creative direction for 4:44. He designed the album artwork and played a seminal role in the brilliant rollout that included the mysterious “4:44” ads and the black and white teaser starring Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, which premiered during the 2017 NBA Finals. “We went through a few other iterations of what the record was going to be called,” Perron says in his first extensive interview. “When we landed on 4:44, I was like, ‘It’s just this color and these digits.’ We wanted to do a really didactic campaign.”

While he won’t say much about it, he also designed the set and stage visuals for the official 4:44 Tour, which kicked off late last month. During the show, Jay-Z performed on an octagonal stage, placed in the middle of the stadium, with eight vertically-suspended screens hovering above him that showed various camera angles from the stage and footage of peers and family, some of which he erased himself from.

Perron first worked with Jay-Z on the rapper’s 2012 American Express UNSTAGED performance at South by Southwest. But he’s been behind the scenes of other memorable album covers, live shows, retail spaces, and videos for years. In 2008, he worked on Kanye West’s critically acclaimed Glow in The Dark Tour. Rihanna has enlisted him to creative direct many of her performances, including her Diamonds Tour, ANTI Tour, and her 2016 MTV Video Vanguard Award production. “I guess after years of successful Kanye and Rihanna stuff, you eventually get that call [from Jay-Z],” he says. He also designed the set and stage visuals for Drake’s 2013 Would You Like A Tour? and built several of Stüssy’s retail locations. Most recently, he was responsible for the blockbuster Nike x NBA global launch, where the league’s new jerseys were revealed behind three moving big screen monoliths.

The titles creative director and art director have become commonplace today. Nearly all of the top acts in music have at least one consigliere in their team. The Weeknd has La Mar Taylor. Mike Carson oversees Big Sean’s project. West, over the years, has built an entire team of collaborators under Donda, his well-regarded creative company. But when Perron first worked with West, the profession didn’t exist. He didn’t set out to become one either. “Back in the day, I think that was more management in the artists’ ears,” he says. “I don’t think anyone really cared about titles, but I was like, ‘If I’m going to do this everyday, with this guy, it can’t just be ‘Kanye’s entourage has a couple creative guys in there.’ It felt like a lack of respect for the craft. But it definitely wasn’t intentional.”

“Willo is the original,” adds Matt George, the man behind streetwear emporiums Nomad and Stüssy in Toronto and Vancouver. George has known Perron for almost 15 years and has worked with him on various projects, including Stüssy’s brick and mortar locations. “Willo’s one of the guys that made that term synonymous with these kids. You hear people all the time now say they’re creative directors, but he is the truest sense of that word.”

For the last two decades or so, Perron has masterminded some of the biggest projects, for some of the biggest artists and brands in the world. But after all the success, where does he want to go from here?

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Gil and Mia Name Their Midseason NFL MVP on Out Of Bounds

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