Russell Westbrook’s Game 4 Incident Could Lead to Game 5 Suspension

As if the Oklahoma City Thunder aren't in enough trouble following a 113-96 Monday night defeat that has them facing a first-round out, they now could be without Russell Westbrook for Wednesday night's Game 5.

According to KSL's Andy Larsen, referees were not allowed to talk about a contentious sequence of events that occurred in the fourth quarter of Monday's Game 4, because the NBA's disciplinary committee was reviewing it. Those events began when Utah's Rudy Gobert was fouled in the groin by OKC's Raymond Felton in a game that was already plenty heated. After that foul, Westbrook, who was waiting to check in at the scorer's table, walked onto the court to confront Gobert.

Here's video of the nut-shot, and the post nut-shot altercation:

As Larsen writes, the league's question appears to be, “was Westbrook waved on the court by the officials or was he leaving the bench area to participate in an altercation?” If it was the latter, Westbrook could be saddled with a suspension for Wednesday's do-or-die contest.

NBC's Dan Feldman pointed out that Thunder teammate Steven Adams was also awaiting entry into the game at the scorer's table, which could hurt Westbrook's case. In either event the NBA would have to make their judgment quickly, as Game 5 will take place Wednesday night in Oklahoma City at 9:30 ET.

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James Harden Cooks T-Wolves; Russell Westbrook Does Not Shut Sh*t Down | Out of Bounds

On today’s show, Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds crew talk about Gil’s best NBA prank before discussing the Rockets’ eye-popping 50-point third quarter against the Timberwolves, as well as the problematic Thunder, who fell into a 3-1 hole versus the Jazz. Plus, OOB judges Mitt Romney’s game apparel in “Fire Fit.” Next, the team looks ahead to tonight’s slate of Game 5’s in the Bucks-Celtics, Heat-76ers, and Spurs-Warriors series. After that, OOB reacts to Kevin Durant advising Giannis Antetokounmpo to “play for himself” and not get caught up in loyalty or love for Milwaukee. Finally, in “Fair or Foul?” Gil and the guys weigh in on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ plan to have a parrot announce one of their picks in this weekenda��s NFL draft….

00:20 a�� That time Gil pranked Andray Blatche

3:50 a�� What the Rockets’ 50-point, third quarter explosion means

7:55 a�� OKC’s many problems

13:35 a�� “Fire Fit” Mitt Romney edition 

16:50 a�� Will the Bucks finally assert their dominance over the injury-depleted Celtics?
19:50 a�� Will the Sixers close out the Heat in Philly?
25:18 a�� Is it a wrap for the Spurs facing the Warriors in Oakland?
27:24 a�� KD advises Giannis to “play for himself”
35:45 a�� A parrot will announce a Buccaneers draft pick. Fair or Foul? 

37:48 a�� Gil’s story of getting drafted

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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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Carmelo Anthony Says Russell Westbrook ‘Steals Rebounds,’ But Team Is Cool With It

If Russell Westbrook is able to grab 16 rebounds against the Grizzlies on Wednesday, he will become the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double in multiple seasons. That sounds like a stretch, but he did grab 18 boards on Monday night against the Heat, and he has averaged 14 per game in the four contests he's played in April.

As active as he's been on the glass, his OKC teammates have joked around about him “stealing” boards as he zones in on becoming the first player in league history to accomplish the aforementioned feat. That topic was brought up on Tuesday as Carmelo Anthony spoke to the media, with Anthony responding (jokingly) in the affirmative, while also stating the team ultimately doesn't care about it.

“Sometimes you want to fight him a little bit, push him out of the way,” he told ESPN's Royce Young. “For me, it’s good to have a guard like that, being able to crack back and get rebounds. He steals rebounds sometimes, but any time you have a guard like that to come back and rebound the way he does…he’s able to jump start the break, and a lot of good things happen from there.”

When pressed further, Anthony said that he “steals,” but it's seen as a joke on the team rather than something more problematic.

“We got a defensive rebound,” he added. “I don’t think nobody thinks twice about that. As long as we get the rebound, I don’t think we worried about that. Like individually, we’re not like ‘Damn, I gotta get this rebound. I gotta rebound more.’ As long as we get the rebound, we all cool with that.”

Of course this is not the first time that people have taken note of Westbrook's rebounding style (or just clearing out for other guys to acquire boards in general):

Watch extra closely Wednesday night.

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Carmelo Anthony Is Grabbing More Rebounds so He’s Not Embarrassed During OKC’s Film Sessions

In what would appear to be yet another example that public humiliation is a fine motivational tactic, Carmelo Anthony admitted that he's been working harder to grab more rebounds so he doesn't get called out during the Oklahoma City Thunder's film sessions. Melo made that admission during a Q&A session with the media on Monday:

“I hate to look at film and coaches are getting on me about not rebounding the basketball,” he said. “I think that's more of the reason why I'm attacking the glass like I am. I just don't like to watch film the next day [and] my teammates are like 'Melo, come on, you got to get that rebound. You had two rebounds, three rebounds.' Just not acceptable.”

Asked if avoiding embarrassment is a factor in his increased hustle, Melo responded “Absolutely,” before adding “The next day after a game you do not want to be on that film session for saying that you made a bad play, you didn't rebound the basketball, even though it's all laughs and jokes at the end of the day you got to hold yourself accountable for that. And I don't like looking at that.”

While his current numbers on the glass are pretty in line with his career averages, Melo is currently third on the team in boards per game (6.0), and second in defensive boards per game (5.2). The increased focus on getting after the ball has come in a season where he's taking less shots than he did in NYC, thanks to a new role with a new squad. As for his team, it took awhile to get rolling, but OKC has jumped to fifth in the West thanks to an impressive stretch in which they've won 12 of their last 17 games. Call it the Hoodie Melo effect.

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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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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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Carmelo Anthony’s Son Is One of the Main Reasons He Ended Up on the Thunder

When Isaiah Thomas got traded to the Cavaliers as part of the Kyrie Irving deal this summer, he wasn’t happy about it. At all. In fact, he’s still not all that thrilled with the way things went down, and he has committed himself to not speaking to Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge for the foreseeable future. But there was one person who was ecstatic when he found out Thomas had been traded: His own son James.

“LEBRON! LEBRON JAMES!” his son yelled when he found out about the trade, according to a piece Thomas penned for The Players’ Tribune. “Dad—Dad. You get to play with LeBron James!”

And it sounds like there’s another famous NBA player’s son who was also incredibly happy when he found out that his dad had been traded to a contender.

Carmelo Anthony spoke with The New York Times this week, ahead of the Thunder’s season-opening game against the Knicks on Thursday night. He revealed that long before he considered waiving his no-trade clause to accept a trade that would take him to Oklahoma City, his son Kiyan came to him and told him that he should consider making a move to the Thunder. Carmelo hadn’t thought about it much up until that point, but he said it definitely played a role in his final decision to go to OKC.

“My son said he wanted me to play for OKC,” Carmelo said. “Even before OKC was in the picture.”

Carmelo suggested it wasn’t the only time he had discussed the possibility of a trade with his son, but he said Kiyan was pretty adamant about the idea of him playing alongside Russell Westbrook and Paul George.

“My son has a basketball mind,” he said. “So I will always throw little topics at him. He was like, 'Dad, where are you getting traded to?' I told him, 'I don’t know, where do you think I should go?' He said: 'You really want me to give you my opinion? I think you should go to OKC.' It worked out.”

It sure did—and OKC fans have Kiyan to thank.

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Elsewhere in his interview with the NYT, Carmelo addressed the fractured relationship he had with Phil Jackson. He admitted that he only spoke to Jackson twice all last season, and accused Jackson of trying to trade him away from the Knicks “for a bag of chips.” He also spoke on how difficult it was to deal with it all while also trying to focus on playing basketball.

“When I signed with the Knicks, I wanted to be in New York and I believed in Phil,” he said. “Then last year it went to: I was being pushed out. There were things being said about me that I didn’t know where they were coming from. And I still had to go to the gym and play and practice and deal with the media, answer all those questions every day.”

You can check out the Times’ full piece on Carmelo ahead of his game against the Knicks here.

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Carmelo Anthony Takes Subtle Jab at Knicks Over Joining OKC

Carmelo Anthony has only been playing for the Thunder for about 10 days now. But to hear him tell it, he’s already way happier playing in Oklahoma City than he ever was playing for the Knicks.

On Monday, Carmelo—who is a three-time Olympic gold medalist—told reporters that playing alongside Russell Westbrook and Paul George on the Thunder feels a little bit like playing alongside his fellow Olympians as part of Team USA. And while explaining why that is, he managed to take a shot at the Knicks and the talent, or lack thereof, that he was surrounded with when he played in New York City.

Olympic Melo connotation comes into play [where] I’m surrounded by great players,” he said, according to the New York Post. “I try to get where the game is easier for myself, easier for everybody else. That’s where I can come in and not have to do too much and bring my game and help me blend with other guys. I’ve always been a product of my environment. Whatever the environment wants from me, that’s what I give my environment. This environment is different, reminds me of being around Olympic teams, those great teams.”

Elsewhere, Carmelo also spoke about how his move to the Thunder has rejuvenated him and put some energy back into his game. It sounds like playing for the Knicks was dragging him down and sucking a lot of the fun out of basketball for him, which isn’t going to be a problem now that he’s in OKC.

“I’m like born again a little bit,” he said. “I feel like I’m in college again. My second college campus being around in a city with a college feel. The energy and joy is back with the game of basketball. I can feel it when I wake up. That energy is different. I think you’ll see something special.”

Can you blame Carmelo for being this happy? After what he endured in NYC over the last few years, the idea of going into a season with a championship being a realistic goal has to feel great. And while the Knicks players who played with him probably won’t be thrilled to hear what he had to say about his time with the team, it’s hard to argue with the things he said and it’ll be interesting to see what he looks like once he starts taking the court for the Thunder on a nightly basis.

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Carmelo Anthony Reveals 2 Major Trades That Almost Happened This Summer

Carmelo Anthony sent shockwaves through the NBA community last Saturday when he agreed to waive his no-trade clause so that the Knicks could deal him to the Thunder. It gave Oklahoma City three superstars on its roster—Anthony will be joined by Russell Westbrook and Paul George next season—and it also made the Western Conference even more talented than it already was (R.I.P. Eastern Conference, smh).

On Thursday, Anthony sent even more shockwaves through the NBA community with some comments he made on SiriusXM Radio. While talking about his trade, he said that he came close to being traded not once but twice at other times during the offseason. One of those trades involved him heading to Houston to join James Harden and Chris Paul on the Rockets.

“A deal was done with Houston early, then for some reason, whatever happened behind-the-scenes, it didn’t go through,” he said. “It fell through, then we had to really start paying attention and thinking about other options.”

That trade, according to Anthony, nearly went down in July. And there was another trade involving Anthony that almost happened a few weeks before that on the night of the 2017 NBA Draft. Anthony claims that he and George were scheduled to be dealt to the Cavaliers in deals that would have put Anthony, George, and LeBron James on the same team during the upcoming season. But that trade was also called off before it was finalized.

“It was funny because me and PG was supposed to be in Cleveland on draft night,” he said on SiriusXM. “We were communicating about that. The deal was actually done, and it got called off on draft night, so me and PG stayed connected throughout the course of the [offseason]. We never even talked about OKC, though.”

It’s pretty crazy to think about how all of this played out. And it’s also pretty crazy to think about what might have happened if Anthony had been traded to either the Cavaliers or Rockets. It could have affected where a bunch of other players, including guys like Kyrie Irving and Dwyane Wade, landed. And it could have shaken up the NBA even more this summer. What an offseason.

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