Joel Embiid Swagger Back, 76ers Avoid Elimination; LeBron James Sweeps Raptors | Out of Bounds

On today’s episode of #OutofBounds, Gilbert Arenas, Pierce Simpson, and Adam Caparell discuss the 76ers avoiding elimination against the Celtics, with T.J. McConnell having a career night and Joel Embiid getting his trash-talking swagger back. Was the Game 4 win a turning point for the Sixers? 

Also, the LeBron James-led Cavs completed a series sweep of the Raptors with a blowout. Did Toronto stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry give up? And do either the Celtics or Sixers stand a chance against Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals?

Looking forward to tonight’s games, will the Rockets close out the Jazz in Houston? And was Game 4 proof that — unlike in past years — the Rockets can win when James Harden has a subpar performance now that he has CP to help carry the scoring load and Clint Capela holding things down on D?  

Next, will the Warriors close out their series with the Pelicans? What can New Orleans do to win and force a Game 6 back in Louisiana? Plus, with a Rockets-Warriors Western Conference Finals seeming inevitable, Gil questions whether coach Mike D’Antoni can make playoff adjustments to hang with Golden State.

In “Fair or Foul?” the team weighs in on the Pistons firing head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy. Gil breaks down what his old coach is like and why there’s a limit to how long he can work with a team. Also, the crew debates whether the timing of the firing is foul, and if it was wrong to saddle the next coach and executive with the roster and contracts that SVG was responsible for. Plus, will the Pistons be improved and make the playoffs in the next couple years?

After Kylia Carter, mother of former Duke basketball star Wendell Carter, compared the current system of NCAA basketball to slavery, Gil and the guys respond to the analogy, as well as the idea of free labor and education in college sports. 

Finally, the team reacts to Icelandic powerlifter and “Game of Thrones” actor Hafthor Björnsson, who plays “The Mountain” on the hit HBO series, winning the World’s Strongest Man competition. Hibachi turns the heat way up on powerlifting as a sport before sharing what he would do if he were as big and strong as the athletes who compete by pulling trucks and lifting boulders.

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Freed Meek Mill’s Effect on the Sixers; Pelicans Lowballing DeMarcus Cousins? | Out of Bounds

On today’s show, Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds crew kick things off by responding to Nick Young’s story about Gil breaking his brand new expensive glasses when he was a rookie. Hibachi has no problem admitting he gave Swaggy P hell — and shares details — but sets the record straight on that incident.

Looking back at last night’s playoff action, OOB asks if the Celtics and Bucks are simply too mediocre to watch, and Gil explains how Jason Kidd’s firing affected Giannis. Plus, what effect did Meek Mill’s release from prison and presence in the arena have in the Sixers’ series-clinching win over the Miami? Also, has Heat star Dwyane Wade played his last NBA game? And with the Spurs eliminated, Agent Zero has an interesting take on what to expect from the Warriors-Pelicans semifinal series.

Next, OOB revisits Meek Mill’s release and what it says about the sports’ world’s ability to bring attention to issues, create dialogue, and affect change. Gil makes an important distinction about who really has the power to make things happen. Plus, with Meek going straight from prison to the 76ers’ playoff game, where does that put him amongst the all-time greatest Philly fans?

Looking forward to tonight’s games, the squad asks if the Raptors, who’ve struggled with inconsistency in the playoffs, will be overwhelmed by the pressure to beat the Wizards in Toronto. And is Drake’s trash talk fueling the Wiz? Back home in Cleveland, will LeBron even need help from his teammates to finally take a lead in the Cavs’ series with the Pacers? It’s likely that the Rockets will close out the Timberwolves in Houston, but will James Harden and company win it all, as Suge Knight predicted while on trial for murder? Gil might need to watch what he says about Suge…. Will the Thunder make the adjustments needed to win and avoid elimination?

Finally, in “The Pull-Up,” the team discusses a report that New Orleans may use DeMarcus Cousins’s Achilles injury and the Pelicans’ success without him to make him a reduced contract offer. Boogie may want to hire Gil as an agent, because Hibachi straight cooks the franchise for even considering lowballing the big man.

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Lil Wayne Says His Crew Will ‘Shoot’ Anyone Who Throws Stuff On Stage

Even though we haven't gotten a lot of new solo material from Lil Wayne recently due to the ongoing issues with Birdman and Cash Money, the legendary Louisiana rapper has still been showing up here and there with some excellent features and some notable concert appearances. However, as TMZ reports, not every show of his has been going all that well.

During a show at NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, Weezy offered up a a threat to those that have been throwing things on stage during his performance. In the clip from the show that TMZ shared, he says, “I got New Orleans people with me and all they know how to throw back is shoot. They'll just shoot.” The show continued as if nothing happened, and the venue did not intervene after the threat.

Tunechi made a similar threat when he was performing in Sydney last month, telling his fans he was 100% not cool with water bottles being tossed on stage. “OK, so let me let you know,” he told the crowd. “Where I'm from, I think y'all know that's the states, we don't throw shit onstage because all my n****s got pistols and they don't know who to shoot at. So if you throw something else, I'm gonna be more safe and I'mma be the bigger person and just leave, because I don't wanna kill everybody.”

In 2017, Wayne cut a show short after a fan threw their drink at him while he was performing in Idaho.

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LeBron Beasts and Barely Wins; Westbrook’s Prom Fit; Can Spurs Win for Pop? | Out of Bounds

While Gilbert Arenas is off on an Agent Zero international mission, Pierce and Adam hold things down for #OutofBounds, starting with a quick tutorial on black hair care before getting into last night’s NBA playoff games. Those Game 2’s raised some interesting questions: What does it mean that the Cavs eked out a three-point win at home despite LeBron going off for 46 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals? How many fire emojis should Russell Westbrook’s tux look get in “Fire Fit”? With Karl-Anthony Towns scoring a total of 13 points in two L’s to start his playoff career, what the hell is going on with KAT? Looking forward to tonight’s playoff Game 3’s, OOB has some more questions: Will Kevin Hart’s trash talk keep 36-year-old Dwyane Wade cooking in Miami? Is the All-Star Damian Lillard we know and love finally going to show up against New Orleans? After coach Gregg Popovich’s wife, Erin, passed away yesterday, can the overmatched Spurs pull out a win for them against the Warriors? Only time will tell. The same can be said of whether Tom Brady will retire or play QB for the Patriots in 2018. In “The Step-Back,” OOB discusses whether an ESPN story about Brady having not committed to play yet is a legit story or just click-bait. Finally, following a report that “handlers” for standout Penn State running back Saquon Barkley don’t want the Browns to draft him, in “Fair or Foul?” the guys weigh in on players forcing undesirable teams to not draft them.

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Lil Wayne Cleared of Paternity Claim After Taking DNA Test

Lil Wayne doesn’t have a fifth child, after all.

According to paternity test results obtained by TMZ, Wayne is not the biological father of 16-year-old Dwayne Brown. The teen’s mother, Keiotia Watson, filed a paternity suit against the New Orleans rapper back in 2015, claiming her and Wayne’s sexual relationship in the early 2000s resulted in pregnancy. A judge reportedly ordered Wayne to begin paying Watson $5,000 a month in child support in addition to providing for the boy’s medical insurance.

The 35-year-old rapper denied the woman’s claims, insisting they never had sexual contact.

“I do not believe it is possible that I am the biological father of Dwayne Brown,” Wayne said in a statement. “I have never acknowledged Dwayne Brown as my son, nor was I ever made aware of his birth until I was served with the petition… I am the loving father of four children, all of whom I provided support for since birth. Up until now, I have never been involved in a child support case.”

Last month, it was reported that Wayne had requested to take a DNA test to determine whether or not he was Dwayne’s biological father. Sources said that if the results confirmed Watson’s claims, the rapper would take full responsibility as a parent and would provide financial support for the teen.

Well, according to science, there is a 0.00 percent chance Wayne is not Watson’s baby daddy. Though it's hard not to feel bad for the boy involved in the case, we're glad to see that the dispute has finally been settled. 

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What Injury Says About Kawhi Leonard; Is Anthony Davis Talking Too Big? | Out of Bounds

Spurs doctors have reportedly cleared Kawhi Leonard to play but the star guard is holding himself out and Coach Pop doesn’t expect him to play again this season. Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds crew discuss Kawhi’s lengthy absence with a quad injury and what it’s revealed about him and the Spurs. Next, Gil and the guys react to Anthony Davis’ assertion that the Pelicans would have run through the Western Conference playoffs if fellow New Orleans big man Boogie Cousins hadn’t injured his Achilles. But seeing as Boogie is in a wheelchair now…are the Pels’ wings clipped? Moving to the NCAA, in “The Pull-Up” Gil gives career advice to Trae Young, the Oklahoma guard whose fire freshman season has cooled TF off. Finally, with a report that the Warriors and Kings will play a preseason game in Seattle, the OOB gang wonders if and when the Emerald City will get the Sonics back, before the conversation gets messy determining which cities without an NBA team deserve one and which NBA cities should lose theirs. 

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Two of R. Kelly’s Mansions Just Got Cleaned Out While He’s on Tour

R. Kelly’s career has somehow remained afloat amidst all of the scandals and accusations that he’s faced this year (and all those years prior). Currently out on tour, it looks like the 50-year-old singer's schedule is packed even with people calling for him to get kicked off Sony. Although his plate may be full, two of his mansions now aren’t. Police recently discovered that Kelly's homes in Johns Creek, Ga. have been ransacked, left nearly empty.

While the entertainer was in New Orleans for a performance, Alfonso Walker, whom investigators were able to link to the thefts, broke into both homes and took most of the furniture, electronics, and personal items. Some of the neighbors reported seeing men loading furniture from both houses into cars. Walker, who has worked for Kelly in the past, is wanted on two counts of burglary, two counts of theft by taking, and two counts of theft by deception.

Kelly's Atlanta mansions were the subject of discussion back in July when he was accused of holding multiple women against their will. According to alleged former members of Kelly’s circle, the singer controlled all aspects of the women’s communication with their parents and had them reside in houses he owned in Atlanta and Chicago. Police in Johns Creek said that as the women are over 18, no crime is being committed. R. Kelly has denied the accusations.

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Man Running for Mayor of New Orleans Was Caught Masturbating in an Uber

Frank Scurlock is running for mayor of New Orleans. Frank Scurlock was also allegedly caught masturbating while in the backseat of an Uber by his female driver. Frank Scurlock will most likely not become the mayor of New Orleans. 

The incident allegedly occurred on February 10 when Scurlock was picked up from a West Hollywood hotel. While on a freeway near Santa Monica, the Uber driver heard noises coming from the backseat. The driver guessed that Scurlock was pleasuring himself and pulled the car over. Upon getting out of the vehicle and opening the backseat door, she allegedly found Scurlock​ with his pants to his ankles, shirt pulled up because he didn't want to make a mess on himself, and his hands around his erect penis. 

Formal charges were not filed until August 31 due to some issues around jurisdiction, and the would-be mayor will be arraigned in Los Angeles Criminal Court on October 16. If found guilty, he must register as a sex offender. 

Scurlock's lean mayoral platform, which is posted on his website, runs only two paragraphs long. “My platform is simple. I’ll fix what’s broken and honor history,” it begins. Honoring history, to Scurlock, translates to preserving statues and monuments to the Confederacy and white supremacy. He also makes vague mention of fixing a “dysfunctional” city hall and making the city safer. Scurlock's campaign slogan is “Let's Make New Orleans Fun Again!” 

Scurlock, in a campaign video posted to his Facebook account, talks of wanting to “Uberize” the police department. I'm just going that leave that alone. 

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The NFL’s Most Likable Player Isn’t Who You’d Expect

If we asked you to guess who you think the NFL’s “most liked” player is at the moment, who would you pick? At this exact second, it would be a little bit hard to argue against J.J. Watt. The guy has single-handedly helped raise more than $25 million—and counting!—for the city of Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

It would also be hard to argue against a guy like Drew Brees, who has meant so much to the city of New Orleans over the course of the last decade. There are also a handful of players—Aaron Rodgers, Antonio Brown, and Matt Ryan come to mind—who have been fantasy football beasts over the last few seasons, which makes them plenty “likable” in the eyes of many NFL fans out there.

But the guy who is actually the “most liked” NFL player? According to a recent poll conducted by E-Poll, it's…

Larry Fitzgerald?

That’s right. The Cardinals wide receiver, who is now entering his 14th season, topped the list of the NFL’s most likable players. The poll was based on a variety of factors, including “awareness,” “dynamic,” and “exciting.” While Fitzgerald didn’t land at the top of the rankings for all of those factors, he did rate very favorably among them all. That helped him land the title of “most liked” player in the NFL.

Fitzgerald was joined in the top 10 by Watt, Brees, Jordy Nelson, Derek Carr, Brown, Von Miller, Rodgers, Dak Prescott, and Rob Gronkowski.

NFL fans aren’t the only ones who like Fitzgerald: according to a report that came out this week, Fitzgerald has gotten into the habit of offering to pay fines for defensive players who hit him high instead of going low and taking out his legs. Lions safety Glover Quin revealed that Fitzgerald is more than happy to pick up the tab for opposing players if it means extending his career.

“He’ll tell you on the field, like, 'Hey, bro, I’ll pay your fine for you,'” Quin said. “Like, 'Don’t hit me in the legs.' He’ll rather you hit him up high. Don’t take his legs, because obviously, you need your legs to run.”

The NFL might not necessarily want to hear that, due to all of the controversy surrounding concussions these days. But it sounds like Fitzgerald has turned into a real people-pleaser both on and off the field.

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How Sickamore Went From Hustling Mixtapes to Crafting Platinum Albums With YG and Travis Scott | The Culture

Randall “Sickamore” Medford may not be a household name, but if you're anywhere near the rap game you know he's been an integral part of the success of hip-hop heavyweights like YG, Travis Scott, and more.

Now a senior music exec at Interscope Records, Sickamore continues to play a key role behind-the-scenes for established and up-and-coming acts alike, and based on his track record, you'd be wise to bet on what and who he's working with. In our new episode of The Culture, Jinx chops it up with Sickamore to find out how the Brooklyn representative turned his passion for music into a career hip-hop heads could only dream of.

A major turning point in Sickamore's journey can be traced back to his days of selling bootleg mixtapes on Canal Street in Manhattan, which then led to an A&R gig with Atlantic Records at the age of 21.

The jump from hustling to corporate didn't effect Sickamore's drive, who saw the transition as an opportunity to capitalize on something he always believed. “I wanted to show people that you could really be in it. You can be on tour, you can be engaged, you can find records. You can make something,” he explained. “You know how they always have that term for the culture? I understand it, but it's never been a point in my life where it's not been for the culture.”

Sickamore's path hasn't always been on a positive trajectory. Two years after joining Atlantic, he left to start an artist development company and managed Nicki Minaj early in her career. His ambitions spread him thin, though, to the point that he lost Nicki as a client. That moment, while disheartening, helped Sickamore refocus his goals.

Check out the full episode above, where Sickamore talks about building a special bond with YG, how Travis Scott's “Antidote” was initially a freestyle, and also shares a hilarious encounter he had with Drake. DJ Clark Kent and Kyambo “Hip-Hop” Joshua also talk about their experiences working with Sickamore.

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