Guest Arian Foster Talks About What Makes Athletes Great, Athletes Transitioning into Entertainment, and Cavs-Celtics | Out of Bounds

On today’s episode of #OutofBounds, former NFL running back turned rapper, actor, and podcaster Arian Foster joins Gilbert Arenas, Adam Caparell, and Pierce Simpson to wrap up the Eastern Conference Semifinals and look ahead to the next round of the NBA playoffs.

On Wednesday night, the Celtics beat the Sixers 114-112 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they’ll take on LeBron James and the Cavs. The panel talks about Boston’s young stars and what they’ve shown advancing far in the playoffs without their team’s two biggest stars. Knocking off King James is a much bigger challenge, and Gil breaks down what could be a matchup nightmare before everyone makes their series picks. Plus, with Philly starting its summer vacation, Gil and Arian highlight what 76ers star Joel Embiid needs to work on in the offseason to take the next step in his career.

After retiring from football, Arian Foster has devoted himself fully to podcasting and making music. Rapping as Bobby Feeno, he’s released his well-received debut album, Flamingo & Koval, as well as Becoming Bobby Feeno, a Tidal/Uninterrupted documentary series about his transition to music. Arian shares the keys to successfully crossing over from sports, the feedback he’s gotten from established artists, and the reason he didn’t start putting out music while he was still playing in the NFL. Gil reveals how a teammate of his balanced basketball and DJing.

Tiger Woods recently defined greatness as prolonged superiority when asked about LeBron James, who’s heading back to the Eastern Conference Finals for the eighth straight season at age 33. Gil and Arian give their views on athletic greatness and whether it requires longevity. They also get into a passionate debate about Steph Curry when Gil refers to him as a “regular guy.” Plus, Gil names some great players who didn’t achieve as much as they could have because they lacked the will and heart, contrasting that with a fascinating story that illustrates Floyd Mayweather’s insane dedication to being the best boxer of all time.

Finally, in “Top 5,” after the Mets were penalized for screwing up their lineup cards and accidentally batting out of order, the panel breaks down The Top 5 Worst Blunders in Sports History. Gil’s inclusion is a head-scratcher but he makes up for it by sharing the behind-the-scenes story of one of his most painful losses.

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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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Drake and LeBron James Jr. Are Exchanging Playful Trash Talk Over Cavs-Raptors Series

Between Drake in Toronto and Kevin Hart in Philadelphia, two of the NBA's biggest celebrity fans have found themselves utterly silenced in the second round of the playoffs. In Drake's case, his Raptors have played the Cleveland Cavaliers tough, but they've fallen into a daunting, 3-0 hole after narrow losses in Games 1 and 3.

At this point, everyone is throwing dirt on the Boy—even LeBron James Jr., a.k.a. Bronny. Drake put up a photo on the 'gram Monday morning…

 

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…and Bronny slid into the comments with a little trash talk on behalf of his father. “Your season ends tonight,” he commented. Drake responded with a joke of his own.

The internet is an incredible place. As Bronny noted, the Cavs could close out the Raptors Monday night. They'll square off in Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland at 8:30 p.m. ET. The game will air on TNT.

What a depressing ending a sweep would be for Toronto fans, who watched the Raptors piece together their best regular season in franchise history en route to claiming the No. 1 seed. Is it time for the Raptors to blow it up? Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer published a good breakdown answering that question over the weekend.

Boston holds a commanding, 3-0 lead in the other East series. The Celtics will look to close out Philly Monday at 6 p.m. ET. That game will also air on TNT.

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Dion Waiters Confidence Is Still Sky High | Life At Complex

On today’s episode Tony sits down with NBA player Dion Waiters of the Miami Heat and talk about the NBA playoffs, his aggressive style of play, and his hometown of Philadelphia. Dion Waiters confidence is still at an all time high even though he is recovering from ankle surgery. Tons of back and forth between Tony and Dion and in the end everything culminates in a game of Connect 4.

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Kevin Durant and Warriors in Championship Form; Is James Harden the NBA’s Best One-on-One Player? | Out of Bounds

On today’s episode of #OutofBounds, streetball legend Bone Collector joins Gilbert Arenas and the crew to discuss the NBA playoffs, with four semifinal series seemingly headed to quick ends. Kevin Durant dropped 38 points on the Pelicans as the Warriors rolled to a 3-1 series lead. With Stephen Curry only recently returned from a knee injury, is Golden State already back to championship form?

The Rockets took a commanding 3-1 lead over the Jazz in their series, thanks in large part to Chris Paul’s scoring and Clint Capela’s rim protection. James Harden had an underwhelming night, but with ankle-breaker Bone Collector in the house the squad debates whether Houston’s herky-jerky superstar is the best one-on-one player in the league right now. 

Looking forward to Game 4 and potential eliminations in the Celtics-Sixers and Cavs-Raptors series, the panel predicts if Philadelphia and Toronto will lose and start their summer vacations. Plus, Gil and Bone break down the problems with Ben Simmons’ and DeMar DeRozan’s games, and ask whether Toronto should blow their team up if/when LeBron bounces them for a third straight year.

In “Fire Fit,” the guys rate the outfits athletes wore to the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Which athlete had the best outfit at the Derby: Von Miller, Jason Witten, or Laila Ali? Plus, a curveball contestant you have to see.

The Bucks plan to interview Spurs’ assistant coach Becky Hammon for their head coaching job, making her the first woman ever to interview for such a position. Will she land that gig — or any other NBA head coaching spot — in the near future. In a heated debate, Gil explains what he thinks will be the biggest obstacle for Hammon at that level.

Finally, in “On This Day…” OOB looks back to May 7, 1994, when the Nuggets beat the SuperSonics 98-94 in OT to become the first eighth seed in NBA history to eliminate a one seed in the playoffs. The guys rank the feat among the all-time greatest upsets.

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James Harden Slaps Utah Jazz Fan’s Phone After Being Called ‘Flopper’

Houston Rockets point guard James Harden does not take lightly to insults, particularly when he’s about to step onto the court for Game 2 of the second-round playoffs against the Utah Jazz. According to Bleacher Report, Harden was casually walking out and presumably getting ready to focus on the game at hand, when a fan unexpectedly told him to his face, “You’re still the worst flopper in the NBA.” Harden immediately slapped at the man's phone.

Fortunately, Harden isn’t stupid, and was well aware that fighting a fan in front of a televised crowd was probably a bad look—particularly when there’s a phone in his face. Of course, it's not like this was a scuffle-worthy interaction, but Harden still had to check the dude and let him know that statements like this are utterly disrespectful and uncalled for. Here’s the incident in its entirety, for your viewing pleasure.

Afterward, an officer reprimanded the fan, telling him to “stay away, get back to your seat,” before the shockingly insulted victim of phone-slapping complained. “He just hit my phone,” the fan said. The officer reminded him that being vocal about the game is one thing, but he plainly crossed the line by directly addressing a player. 

“We don’t mind you cheering, but when talking to the—you walked over here,” the officer said. “Sir, it’s real simple. Your seat is over there, there’s no reason for you to be over here in the first place, alright?”

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Unfortunately for Harden, the Jazz evened the series by winning 116-108, with Harden responsible for 32 points. There’s a chance for redemption on Friday, however, when the Rockets host the Jazz for Game 3. Hopefully, fans will think twice before insulting someone trying to do their all, and reconsider how cool it would be to do so in the future.

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Jazz Ground Rockets; Grading Lonzo Ball; NBA’s Top 5 Annoying Celebrity Fans | Out of Bounds

On today’s episode of #OutofBounds, NBA front office veteran and ESPN analyst Amin Elhassan joins Gilbert Arenas and the crew to make sense of Utah’s surprise 116-108 win in Houston. Gil and Amin break down the defensive accomplishment of the Jazz — yes, even with James Harden posting 32 points, 7 rebounds, 11 assists — and debate whether Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni is a good playoff coach or not.

Looking forward to tonight’s Cavs-Raptors Game 2, the panel predicts whether LeBron and Cleveland can grab another win in Toronto before wondering what’s next for troll Drake after his Game 1 altercations with Kendrick Perkins. Speaking of Perk, Amin gives the man his due for one of the NBA’s all-time best trash-talking quotes. Also, in the Celtics-Sixers series, can Philly’s young stars overcome the moment and Brad Stevens’ masterful coaching of the injury-depleted Celtics?

While Drake is getting all the attention after his tough talk with Perk, he’s not the only celebrity NBA fan who gets on people’s nerves. In “Top 5,” the panel runs down the Top 5 Most Annoying Celebrity NBA Fans, and even throws in a special honorable mention that’s sure to piss a bunch of people off.

In a recent ESPN interview, the Lakers’ Lonzo Ball gave himself a letter grade for his rookie season. Taking it a step further than his on-court performance, OOB grades Zo as a player, brand, and rapper, and measures it all against his immense hype. His report card may shock you.

Finally, with the Knicks reportedly trying to finalize the hiring of a new head coach this week after interviewing many diverse candidates — some extremely head-scratching ones among them — Amin explains how New York’s process is atypical for the league. He and Gil clarify what the woeful Knicks need to overcome a history of incompetence before everyone makes their picks for whom the team should hire.

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Joel Embiid Continues Owning Hassan Whiteside: ‘No Excuses’

The Philadelphia 76ers smacked the good, veteran Miami Heat in the NBA playoffs' first round, and no matchup was more surprising than the big-man battle between Joel Embiid and Hassan Whiteside. Fans expected we'd see a showdown between two of the best centers in the East, but while Embiid was a dominant force, Whiteside struggled mightily.

Whiteside could hardly stay on the floor as Philly went small. For the series, he averaged 15.4 minutes, 5.2 points, and 6.0 rebounds per game.

Embiid, on the other hand, has been dominant in the postseason since returning from surgery to repair a broken orbital bone. He's putting up 21.8 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game this postseason. Perhaps most impressively, he's been able to stay on the court and has averaged 31.5 minutes per game.

After the series, Heat president and former coach Pat Riley said Whiteside showed up to the playoffs out of shape.

“By the time we got to the playoffs, I don't think he was ready,” Riley said Monday. “He wasn't in great shape. He wasn't fully conditioned for a playoff battle mentally. He and we got our heads handed to us.”

Embiid, however, said Whiteside shouldn't be able to play the “I was out of shape” card. He called out Riley in an Instagram comment.

The Sixers advanced to play the Celtics in the second round but dropped Game 1, 117-101, on Monday night. Game 2 will take place Thursday at 8:30 p.m. EST.

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Here’s Why Scottie Pippen Says He Doesn’t See the Warriors as a Dynasty

A month-and-a-half from now, the Golden State Warriors could be hoisting their third NBA championship in four years. If that happens—and we concede that's a big “if”—then the one year they would not have been champs in that time span, they still set the NBA record for most wins in a season with 73. The franchise is also in the position to keep themselves intact for years to come should they not get cheap.

Despite that run of undeniable past and probable future successes, Scottie Pippen isn't anointing them as the NBA's next big dynasty. At least not yet. The Hall of Famer and six-time champion with the '90s Bulls said as much to Dime Magazine while he was shooting footage for an upcoming edition of the Foot Locker series, Off the Record.

Pippen's main gripe seems to be an issue with the team bringing Kevin Durant aboard in the 2016 offseason.

“You say they’re on a dynasty run, but I don’t see it that way,” Pippen said. “They picked up probably the best player in the game after they won their first championship. I don’t consider that a dynasty run. They went out and got the best player in the game after they won their first championship and after they lost in the Finals defending their first title. I don’t see them as a dynasty, I think bringing Kevin Durant in really changed my respect as to where I rank this team going forward in terms of a dynasty.”

He goes on to explain that Durant's addition doesn't preclude them from becoming a dynasty (in his mind) but he does believe it moves the goalposts.

“I thought they were organically built up until they went out and got Durant,” he continued. “And I think that was the change, but I don’t really see Golden State as a dynasty. Dynasties are teams that [do] things special, does things different. Even in the year that they won 73 games, they lost the title. So I can’t consider that part of their dynasty. That wasn’t a dynasty season. So then they came back the next season and won a title, so I can’t back track and say let’s add last season to it because Kevin Durant wasn’t with them at that time.”

(Re-reads quotes.) Not sure I agree with a whole lot of those sentences. But whatever, to each his own.

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LeBron James and Russell Westbrook Take Over; Ball Bros Bounce From Lithuania | Out of Bounds

On today’s show, Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds crew begin by discussing Elon Musk’s plan to build a cyborg dragon. In related WTF news, Gil is apparently unfamiliar with the billionaire behind Tesla and SpaceX, and his reason why will have you rolling.

Looking back at last night’s playoff action, Gil identifies the unexpected Raptors difference-maker who’s causing his Wizards to lose. Next, Hibachi breaks down the unstoppable force that is LeBron James, after LBJ did it all in Cleveland, damn near posting a triple-double with 44 points and delivering a clutch block and the game-winning three. And despite the Rockets eliminating the Timberwolves in Houston, Agent Zero is unimpressed with the one-seed and explains why. Then, after the Thunder fought back from down 25 to avoid elimination, Gil makes sense of Russell Westbrook’s crazy game (45 points on 39 shots), as well as Carmelo Anthony’s irrelevance.

In “Face-to-Face,” former NBA forward and Pacers analyst Scot Pollard joins OOB to discuss the Cleveland-Indiana series, including LeBron’s dominance, his suspect supporting cast and how it compares to the team they played on together, and Victor Oladipo’s struggles.

Looking ahead to tonight’s Celtics-Bucks Game 6, the team asks if Giannis will be aggressive and have a superstar game to stave off elimination before picking which teams will advance in the unresolved series.

Then, with LaVar Ball pulling his sons LiAngelo and LaMelo out of Lithuania over a dispute with their coach, OOB discusses what we learned from the Ball Brothers’ overseas circus and what’s next for Lonzo’s siblings.

Finally, with the NFL Draft mercifully upon us, in “Fair or Foul?” the guys weigh in on teams endlessly analyzing and picking apart players in the draft process, and Gil explains what they should really be looking at.

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