LeBron Breaks Playoff Scoring Record in Win; Is Brad Stevens’ Coaching Overrated? | Out of Bounds

 On today’s episode of #OutofBounds, Gilbert Arenas, Adam Caparell, and Pierce Simpson discuss LeBron James breaking the record for the most playoff field goals made, as the Cavs beat the Celtics 111-102 in Game 4 to even the Eastern Conference Finals. Gil explains why the loss is a bad sign for the Celtics despite Boston still having the home-court advantage, before asking if rising star Brad Stevens is actually overrated as a coach.

Continuing the LeBron talk, in “Fair or Foul?” the crew weighs in on an effort to raise $1 million on GoFundMe to commission a life-size statue of high-school-aged King James in Akron, Ohio. Is it OK to erect a monument to a player while they’re still playing? Will doing so affect whether LeBron decides to stay in Cleveland? Also, the guys give their picks for players who deserve statues, and Gil has some slander for Adam’s Knicks.

Looking ahead to tonight’s Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals in Oakland, OOB asks if Warriors superstar Steph Curry, who exploded for 35 points in a Game 3 blowout win, is officially back. The team also reacts to Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni’s eyebrow-raising comments about the pressure being greater on Golden State and Houston bringing its “A game” in Game 4. Plus, Gil explains what bench players are thinking at the end of lopsided games.

Finally, league documents reportedly show that several NFL teams consider Colin Kaepernick — who remains unsigned — a legitimate starting QB. Debate heats up as the squad asks if these documents increase the likelihood of Kaep winning his collusion case against the NFL, as well as what the case has revealed about NFL teams’ priorities.

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G.O.O.D. Music Affiliate Malik Yusef Attempts to Explain Kanye’s Trump Comments

It's been a rollercoaster of a week for Kanye West fans. Stirring up controversy through his support for hard-right pundits like Candace Owens while also expressing his “love” for Donald Trump just days after confirming the release date for his new album, Kanye's dramatic return to Twitter has been a lot to take in all at once.

G.O.O.D. Music affiliate Malik Yusef previously said Kanye would address his pro-Trump comments, and boy did he. Now Yusef has sat down with AllHipHop to discuss the whole situation, giving his thoughts on everything that went down on Twitter the past week. When asked about what's going on, he immediately responded, “Kanye is an enigmatic creature,” which is putting it lightly.

“Kanye is an amalgamation of a bunch of peoples in his life. The influences of his father, his mother,” he explained. “Not just his father but his side of the family, the Civil Rights Movement – his father- and The Black Panthers or affiliated with the Panthers. His mother, with the Civil Rights Movement as he alluded to. At 6-years old, at the sit-ins.”

His comments only go more in-depth and philosophical from there, with him questionably adding, “Genius registers on the autism scale, like me. Autism is part of my genius. Genius is part of my autism, you know? Where do you have time to study politics Genius registers on the autism scale, like me. Autism is part of my genius. Genius is part of my autism, you know? Where do you have time to study politics when you are thrust into a world where people think you are politically astute?”

He reiterates that Kanye has never been clear about his political stance, explaining, “'Malik, what's the difference between a Republican and Democrat?' That's a real question he asked.” 

Yusef explains that he's only more recently taken an interest in politics. “As he got into the world with the political thing, he’s like 'OK well let me see what I like.' What does Kanye like? Well, Kanye likes people that speak their mind. That’s what he aspires to be calling somebody that says what the fuck they want to say.  […] He’s like, 'I know that you disagree with me, Malik. I know that you do.' Because I don’t like Donald Trump and I don’t hate Donald Trump either.”

What he has to say about the whole situation doesn't clarify 'Ye's recent show of love for the current President, but Yusef has been quick to point out, even as a Republican, he doesn't 100% agree with Kanye. “Now Candace Owens, she's clownish to me,” he explains. “I think Candace Owens is a clown. She’s misinformed and she’s misinforming people. She has a jaundiced view on things. A couple fact checks will help her out. Most people don’t want facts, Chuck. They want their beliefs fortified.”

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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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Kanye West Says He ‘Loves’ How Conservative YouTuber Candace Owens Thinks

Kanye West is showing support for black conservative YouTube personality Candace Owens.

“I love the way Candace Owens thinks,” read Ye's tweet from Saturday morning. Owens has been compared to Tomi Lahren for sharing controversial views on racism. This includes claiming “white guilt” should stop, calling Black Lives Matter protestors “whiny toddlers,” and saying the “color of a person's skin should not determine what issues they are allowed to care about.”

Owens has since responded to West's tweet by asking for a meeting and revealing that “everything that I have been inspired to do, was written in your music.” She also asked for his help to “wake up the black community.”

This isn't the first time 'Ye voiced support for conservatives. Two years ago, he told the audience at his Saint Pablo tour that he would have voted for Donald Trump.

“I told y’all I didn’t vote, right?” he said. “But if I would’ve voted, I would’ve voted for Trump.” He also added, “We live in a racist country. That is a fact. This world is racist, OK? Let’s stop being distracted to focus on that as much.” Ye also met with the then-candidate.

West has also claimed classism as a major issue as opposed to racism.

“I wanted to take this step to say we got this new thing called classism. It's racism's cousin,” he said in a 2013 interview with Zane Lowe around the 6:00 mark. “This is what we do to hold people back. This is what we do. And we got this other thing that's also been working for a long time. It's called self-hate. It works on itself. It's like real estate of racism.”

He later continued: “When someone comes up and says, 'I am a God,' everybody says, 'Who does he think he is?' I just told you who I thought I was. A god. Would it have been better if I had a song that said, 'I'm a Gangster' or if I had a song that said, 'I'm a Pimp,' all those colors fit better on a person like me, right?”

Since Ye's tweet, he's received support from other notable conservatives, including Roseanne Barr.

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Young Thug Says He Wants to Work With XXXTentacion

A Young Thug and XXXTentacion collaboration? It could happen if Thugger gets his way.

On Friday night, the Atlanta rapper hit up Instagram Live to share a snippet of a low-tempo track that could eventually feature XXX.  

“I want y’all to tag [XXXTentacion],” he said before previewing the cut. “[…] I like this young nigga.  He’s one of the only young niggas that I like. He’s really dope. I want y’all to tag him. I want him featured on this.”

It’s unclear when the track is expected to drop, as Thug previously announced he would not release any new material until 2019: “I’ve got a deaf brother,” he told Hypebeast back in February. “I’ve got a brother who can’t hear or talk, so I want to act deaf for a year. So I ain’t going to put out no music this year.”

Some fans are skeptical about the claim, especially in light of Birdman’s recent announcement that he and Thug may deliver Rich Gang 2 before summer’s end. Could this newly previewed record be part of the upcoming Rich Gang project? We’ll have to wait and see.

As of Saturday afternoon, XXX had not responded to Thugger’s video.

The 20-year-old Florida rapper faced more assault allegations late last month, after a newly surfaced video from 2013 showed him punching a woman. XXX's legal team, however, claims the video was not as severe as it seemed, and suggested the alleged victim is simply interested in making a quick buck.

“This ‘terrified’ woman decides to post this video now, conveniently, when [XXX] becomes famous,” attorney Jaclyn Broudy told TMZ. “Draw your own conclusions.”

On Saturday, XXX announced he would host a paintball “war” to raise awareness about gun violence.

“OK, so next Saturday, we're doing an event called Put Down the Guns,” he said in a video. “Paintball war. Broward vs. Dade County. Come.”

 

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Fans Apparently Started a Straight-Up Riot Outside Off-White’s Paris Fashion Week Show

The well-earned hype that continues to build around Off-White caused a straight-up riot in Paris Thursday.

The Hollywood Reporter described the vibe as “a mosh pit of terrifying pushing, screaming, and even some punching.” Fashionista added that police officers were shouting instructions in French and “forcefully pushing ticket holders out of the street to allow cars to pass.” All this would-be punk rockery went down outside the Paris Fashion Week show for Virgil Abloh's brand, which some have said was unfortunately overshadowed by what were most likely fans trying to sneakily enter the show off Rue Cambon.

As for the scene inside, Bella Hadid opened the show, titled West Village.

 

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At the time of this writing, Abloh had not publicly commented on the riot reports other than to tell Women's Wear Daily backstage that he was “only just learning about it now.”

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Last month, Abloh dropped the NO TEXT-directed Off-White documentary TEMPERATURE. The 54-minute film gives fans an intimate look at the creative process behind the brand's Spring/Summer 2018 presentations.

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Isaiah Thomas Explains Why He Was Involved in Bizarre Altercation With Rajon Rondo

Isaiah Thomas has made headlines on numerous occasions over the course of the last week because of his reported beef with LeBron James and the Cavaliers. But on Wednesday night, Thomas set his sights on beefing with a different player—and it ended with him getting ejected from a game before it even reached the end of the first quarter.

Thomas and Rajon Rondo were both ejected from the Lakers/Pelicans game on Wednesday after they were involved in an altercation towards the end of the first frame. The two players got tangled up with one another several times and exchanged words before they were hit with double technical fouls and sent packing. It was an odd scene with Rondo seemingly trying to provoke Thomas while guarding him. You can watch it play out here.

Following the game, Thomas was asked about what happened between him and Rondo, and he claimed Rondo hit him in the face three times during the game before tensions boiled over. He also claimed Rondo repeatedly brought up the video tribute the Celtics planned for Thomas on the same night as Paul Pierce’s jersey retirement ceremony before eventually canceling it at Thomas’ request.

“Whatever reason, he's an upset guy about me,” Thomas said. “I don't know what it is, but it's fine. He kept bringing the tribute up, when I was the one that shut the tribute down. I'm far past that…For me to be ejected was uncalled for.”

Rondo didn’t speak with the media after the game on Wednesday night, but it’s worth noting that if he did taunt Thomas over the tribute, it wouldn’t come as a total surprise. Rondo was asked about the tribute after a game in January, and he spoke out against the Celtics deciding to do it in the first place.

“What has he done?” Rondo asked at the time, before being told about how Thomas led the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals last season and responding accordingly. “Oh, that’s what we celebrate around here?”

However, Thomas told reporters he wasn’t upset about what Rondo said when he was asked about those comments on Wednesday night.

“He said what he said, I laughed it off,” Thomas said. “It was what it was. I'm the one that stopped the video tribute from happening because I wanted Paul Pierce to have his full night. I didn't want to take nothing from him. I know [Rondo] played on Paul Pierce's team. He's gonna always have Paul Pierce's back, which is fine. I didn't lose sleep over it. It was obvious [that it] continued to be brought up with what happened tonight.”

Thomas also told reporters he doesn’t share any bad blood from the past with Rondo. He theorized Rondo might possibly be upset with him because Thomas and the Celtics beat Rondo and the Bulls in the playoffs last season, but he couldn't say for sure why Rondo seemed so irked at him.

“I mean, my team beat his team in the playoffs last year,” Thomas said. “Maybe that is what's wrong. I don't know. There's nothing. Nothing should've made that escalate like it did. He already had his agenda written down right when I checked into the game. It was obvious. He picked me up full court, trying to be physical.”

Whatever the case may be, Thomas seemed to shrug off the altercation with Rondo. But he said he does plan to try and appeal the technical fouls he received during the game. He thinks Rondo, not him, should be forced to deal with the consequences of them.

“It felt like they were waiting for me to get upset,” Thomas said, referencing the game’s officials. “I got hit in the face three times, and the third time I got hit in my face, I reacted and tried to tell the refs, 'Are you guys going to control this?' I definitely need to get those technical fouls rescinded.”

Thomas and Rondo weren’t the only ones to get ejected from the game. Lakers head coach Luke Walton got ejected just before halftime, too, for arguing with the game’s officials. The Pelicans went on to win 139-117.

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Lou Williams Talks About Breaking Up With 1 of His 2 Girlfriends

When you hear the name Lou Williams, what’s one of the first things that comes to mind? Despite the stellar NBA career he’s put together since first entering the league back in 2005, it’s probably not his 12.8 points per game career scoring average. It’s also probably not the fact that he’s spent time playing for the 76ers, Hawks, Raptors, Lakers, Rockets, and, most recently, Clippers. Even Williams’ Sixth Man of the Year award in 2015 is probably an afterthought for most people.

Instead, the first thing most people think about when they hear Williams’ name is that, back in 2014, a Baller Alert report revealed he was openly dating two women at the same time. Drake also mentioned Williams’ unorthodox dating situation on his song, “6 God.” Williams had two girlfriends named Ashley Henderson and Rece Mitchell—or “Blonde” and “Brown,” as he often referred to them on social media—and from the sounds of things, the women were both fine with the arrangement with Williams.

This led more than a few NBA fans to christen Williams “the real MVP.”

Even J.R. Smith was blown away by the dating setup Williams had with the two women.

Unfortunately, we have some very sad news to share. In recent weeks, as Williams has dealt with being at the center of trade rumors and being snubbed for this year’s NBA All-Star Game despite playing some of the best basketball of his career, people have wondered about the status of his relationship. In fact, if you search “Lou Williams girlfriends” on Twitter, you’ll find that people haven’t stopped talking about the Lou-Will x Blonde x Brown dynamic since it became public knowledge more than three years ago. People are still fascinated by it.

But it sounds like Williams is no longer running the triangle offense with Henderson and Mitchell. Sports Illustrated reporter Lee Jenkins profiled Williams for the latest issue of the magazine and asked him about how things are going with his two girlfriends. Williams responded by revealing that, while he’s still dating Rece, he is no longer cozying up with Ashley at the same time. Williams said he's still friendly with Ashley, but for reasons he didn’t get into while speaking with Jenkins, the trio has turned into a duo.

 

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At least, that’s what we think. Who knows? Maybe Ashley has been replaced with a new woman. Williams didn’t elaborate. But he did say that he still gets asked about having two girlfriends regularly. He also talked about how—news flash—he isn’t the first NBA player to openly date two women who are OK with it at the same time.

“I hear about it every day,” Williams told Jenkins. “Every single day. More players do that than you know. I was just the first person to have it mentioned on a song.”

You can go here to read the rest of Jenkins’ excellent piece on Williams.

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How Meek Mill’s “Dreams and Nightmares” Turned Into the Eagles’ Unofficial Anthem

Back in the summer of 2015, at the height of the Drake and Meek Mill beef, the Philadelphia Eagles surprised some people when they collectively suggested they weren’t necessarily siding with their hometown rapper in the squabble. While it’s impossible to say how many Eagles players were #TeamDrake back then versus how many were #TeamMeek, the team as a whole seemed to be bigger fans of Drake’s “Charged Up” and “Back to Back” disses than Meek’s “Wanna Know” response. At least, that’s what most people thought after hearing what the Eagles were listening to at the start of training camp that season.

Meek didn’t let that apparent lack of support stop him from showing love to his beloved Eagles, though. While we doubt he was thrilled to hear about his favorite football team bumping the diss track his rap rival put together to try and discredit him, Meek was spotted at an Eagles game that same season.

 

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Meek also continued to show his love for the team from a distance. Even though the Eagles ended up going 7-9 during the 2016 season and finishing in last place in the NFC East, Meek stuck with them and often took to social media to provide his support.

 

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That support has come back around. While there’s no denying that plenty of Eagles players have been riding with Meek despite what the Drake shenanigans back in 2015 may have suggested, several of them took their Meek support to a whole other level in 2017.

In November, Meek was sentenced to two to four years behind bars on account of a probation violation. Many both inside and outside of Philly thought the prison sentence was completely bogus and protested against it, and several Eagles players were among the crowd that showed up to a Meek rally in Philly in late November. Malcolm Jenkins, Torrey Smith, Jalen Mills, Wendell Smallwood, and Vinny Curry were all in attendance.

And now, it appears as though the Eagles are prepared to take Meek with them all the way to the Super Bowl.

Over the weekend, as the Eagles prepared to play the Vikings in the NFC Championship Game, several players posted videos of a team meeting. In that meeting, “Dreams and Nightmares”—one of the best intro tracks in rap history and one of Meek’s most memorable hip-hop contributions—played in the background and kept what could have been a tension-filled situation light. It almost looked like the players were at a party as opposed to a practice.

“Dreams and Nightmares” also served as the pregame warmup music of choice for the Eagles as they took the field at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday afternoon. At one point during warmups, Meek’s classic track blared over the stadium’s speakers as both those on the field and those in the stands lost their minds. Several Eagles players later said it was one of the loudest moments they can remember inside of “The Linc.”

The Eagles didn’t stop there. They also turned to “Dreams and Nightmares” one more time in the team's locker room after stomping all over the Vikings and earning a berth to Super Bowl LII. The Eagles also played some Lil Yachty, seemingly in an effort to troll the Vikings, but they saved their real celebration for once “Dreams and Nightmares” came on. Smallwood documented Eagles players rapping along to every word of the song with Meek.

So how did “Dreams and Nightmares” become the unofficial anthem of the Eagles? According to Jenkins, it wasn’t just the players who were on board with spending most of the weekend listening to the song. On Monday morning, Jenkins revealed it was actually the Eagles’ special teams coach of all people who first put the track on during the meeting on Saturday. Dave Fipp played “Dreams and Nightmares,” and from there, it served as the perfect soundtrack for the Eagles’ championship weekend.

Meek—or at least, Meek’s team—appreciated the love. While Meek hasn’t been able to put out any kind of official statement regarding the Eagles advancing to the Super Bowl, the videos of the Eagles playing “Dreams and Nightmares” this weekend surfaced on his Instagram page on Monday morning.

And since the clips of the Eagles listening to the song started making the rounds on social media, the calls for #FreeMeek have intensified greatly. Many Eagles fans have called for Meek to be released so that he can perform “Dreams and Nightmares” either at the Super Bowl or after the Super Bowl, if the Eagles win.

One fan even went as far as to suggest Meek should replace Justin Timberlake as this year’s Super Bowl halftime performer.

The chances of that happening are obviously slim to none (OK, maybe just “none”). But even if Meek doesn't get to celebrate with the Eagles, it’s been cool to see the Eagles take Meek along with them on their journey, and if they are ultimately able to knock off the Patriots in the Super Bowl, there’s no doubt they’re going to continue to keep Meek with them every step of the way.

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