Thunder GM Responds to Report About Paul George Being ‘Gone’

After one year with Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in the rotation, Thunder fans have no idea how much will change this offseason. Melo could opt in for one more year, but he seems unhappy. George also has a player option, and though he seemed to enjoy his year with OKC, rumors have long indicated he has his heart set on Los Angeles.

ESPN's Ryen Russillo got the internet talking earlier this week when he said he had heard from a trusted source that George is “gone” in free agency.

The longtime radio/podcast host said the source didn't know where George would go—only that he was going somewhere new.

Wednesday, Thunder General Manager Sam Presti responded to that rumor. Though he didn't say anything to totally refute it, he did paint a different picture of the situation.

Presti has assembled a few star-studded rosters—the first featuring Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden, and now this one featuring Westbrook, George, and Anthony. He was long revered as one of the best executives in sports, but he has recently come under fire as the Thunder have struggled since losing Durant in free agency to Golden State.

Presti also announced that Billy Donovan, who has gone 150-96 in his three seasons with OKC, will return as head coach.

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Russell Westbrook Needs Help; James Harden Keeps Cooking; Is LeBron Burnt? | Out of Bounds

On this episode of #OutofBounds, Gilbert Arenas and the crew decide if LeBron can continue to carry Cleveland in the playoffs. While the Cavs survived a seventh game against the Pacers, will King James get enough support from his supporting cast to take out the top seeded Raptors in the next round? 

Meanwhile, James Harden, Chris Paul and the Rockets were firing on all cylinders, and look to be no match for the undermanned Jazz.  So was the series against the Thunder the peak of Utah’s season?  As for the Thunder, they went all in to add Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.  The move proved to be a bust as they were bounced in the first round.  The guys figure out what the future holds for Russell Westbrook, Melo and PG in OKC.

Another highlight of the weekend was the NFL Draft in Dallas.  From surprising selections by the Cleveland Browns to a sentimental choice uniting the Griffin brothers in Seattle, the crew picks their big winners, best moments and even a look ahead to the early bets for next season in the NFL.

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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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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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Pie Face | Life at Complex

In this episode, viral week continues. Tony (with special guest, Ross Smith) makes his latest effort to capture the temporary attention of millions by playing football the traditional way (forwards), before rewinding it back in reverse. The result is an open-field dash that would make Barry Sanders jealous, especially if he got to carry a sword onto the field, and also played in an office with stairs. We also get a sneak peek at some custom sneakers inspired by Russell Westbrook, designed by artist Julian Gaines, and improved (slightly) by a Tony and Zoe exclusive collab. Peep the latest LifeAtComplex ep. above!

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Russell Westbrook on Ricky Rubio’s Triple-Double: ‘I’ll Shut That Sh*t Off Next Game’

During Utah Jazz's 115-102 win over Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, Ricky Rubio became the first Jazz player since John Stockton in 2001 to achieve a postseason triple-double. The guard finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. “Having my name next to his name is an honor,” Rubio said, according to ESPN. “I don't know what else to say. It's huge. Have huge respect for him, and playing here is great because I know how important a point guard he is for this franchise.”

Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook wasn't too impressed with Rubio and thinks he will be able to take him during Monday's Game 4.

“He made some shots,” Westbrook said in the post-game conference. “Too comfortable. But I'ma shut that shit off next game, though. Guarantee that.”

Rubio's numbers were just a slight bump from Game 2, where he finished with 22 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds. “I think the first two games, I wasn't being effective in the midrange area,” he said. “It's been something I've been working on. I felt good about, but it wasn't going in. But tonight, it felt good seeing the first couple go in. It's just the way we played. We got open shots, and it's easy to make shots when you are open.”

Westbrook was seen receiving treatment on his upper body during the second half of Saturday's game but no injury has been reported. Now, the Thunder is down 2-1 heading to Game 4 in Utah with a very real possibility that the Carmelo Anthony-Paul George-Westbrook superteam could be bounced in the first round. 

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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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Russell Westbrook Averages Triple-Double (Again); NBA Playoff Predictions | Out of Bounds

On today’s show, Gilbert Arenas and the #OutofBounds boys catch NBA playoff fever! But first, they discuss a curious cosmetic/medical trend that shows just how lost, vain, and celebrity-obsessed humanity is. With the 2017–18 NBA regular season in the books, OOB takes a closer look at the Eastern Conference matchups. Gil is intrigued by one in particular, but also throws water on the idea of another potential “upset” and dissects the sure-to-be-hyped LeBron-Lance Stephenson showdown. Plus, the guys make their picks for which team is coming out of the East. Before discussing the Western Conference playoffs, the team reacts to Russell Westbrook grabbing a career-high 20 rebounds last night to become the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double twice. A hand wave from one host leads to a heated defense of Brodie and his hustle. Plus, Gil explains why the triple-double average was MVP-worthy last season but not this one. Next, OOB breaks down the playoff matchups in the West, and Gil makes a case for the Spurs against the Warriors before throwing water on Pierce’s Rockets-T’wolves intrigue. As with the East, the crew shares their picks for the team that will make it to the Finals, then adds who they think is winning it all. Finally, in “Fair or Foul?” the guys weigh in on the Miami Marlins claiming foreign citizenship in the Caribbean to wiggle out of a lawsuit with local Miami and Miami-Dade governments. Everybody feels strongly about the story, but Gil’s take is…something else. Following that up, the squad asks how new Marlins owner Derek Jeter is doing so far. Let’s just say life isn’t as charmed as it was in Yankees pinstripes.

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Guess Who LeBron James Thinks Should Win NBA MVP?

LeBron James is the best basketball player alive, and he has been for more than 10 years. He has not won an MVP, however, since 2013. LeBron is always near the top of the list, but in recent years, he has fallen just short of the Herculean efforts of Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Russell Westbrook.

Someday, we'll probably look back on LeBron's career and wonder, How did he only win X MVPs? Right now, that number is four (2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013), but considering how good he has looked of late, it's quite possible he'll add to that total in the coming years.

It seems a practical impossibility, though, that he'll add a notch to his MVP list this season. James Harden has simply been too good. That doesn't change the fact that King James thinks he should win the 2017-18 MVP.

“I would vote for me,” LeBron told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “The body of work, how I'm doing it, what’s been happening with our team all year long, how we've got so many injuries and things of that nature, guys in and out, to be able to still keep this thing afloat, I definitely would vote me.”

James won't win the award this year, but he'll likely be a finalist, and he certainly deserves praise. What he's doing in his 15th season is truly astounding.

“At this point in my career, I'm just trying to break the mold, break the narrative of guys in their 15th year…I'm trying to do things that have never been done before,” James said. “It's crazy because I'm not setting out to do it. It's just kind of happening organically. I'm just training my body and training my mind and going out and playing and seeing what happens.”

We talk about the G.O.A.T. all the time, but LeBron is establishing his legacy as the indubitable endurance G.O.A.T. No one else has played the game at this high of a level for this long.

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