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When will NBA players learn to acknowledge Lil B? Has James Harden's less-than-impressive start to the season and Kevin Durant's injury-plagued 2014-2015 season simply been written off as coincidence?

The proof is in the pudding, and in this case, the pudding indicates that The Based God's curse is bringing people down. OK, maybe it's not certain, but who wants to risk it?

Russell Westbrook, apparently. In an interview with Complex Sports, the Oklahoma City Thunder star was asked about the rapper, and he claimed he hadn't heard of him. It went like this:

How do you feel about Lil B's fashion choices?


Lil B.

Who is that?

You don't know the Based God?

Nah. I don't know who that is.

You've never heard of him?


Funny, that is the exact response that got Harden, Westbrook's former teammate, cursed (again).

Needless to say, Lil B caught wind of the comment and wasn't about to let it slide:

Yep, he compared him to a sandwich. If we had to guess, a Based God's curse is in the not-so-distant future if Westbrook doesn't come forth and recognize the rapper's existence.

It appears Lil B was so angered by this blatant disrespect that he is even willing to root for Harden and the Houston Rockets if it means serving the Thunder a loss:

Two curses seems like too much for one team to handle. The way Russell has been playing lately, it would really be a shame for him to become the next victim of the curse/subject of the next Lil B diss track.

We're just going to leave this here as a reminder ... Lil B is always watching.

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Russell Westbrook has quickly become one of the NBA's most entertaining players, with his often-unstoppable playing style, his knack for fashion and his sense of humor.

So naturally, the Oklahoma City Thunder guard was called upon to do a Reddit "Ask Me Anything," and again showed why it's hard not to love Russ.

Here's the best of his lengthy Q&A:

Hi Russell! I'm a huge fan of the Thunder. My question is, if you could posterize anyone in the world, who would it be?


Who was one NBA player you looked up to as a kid?

Magic Johnson was my favorite player growing up

Bestbrook! You are the man homie! Where did you get your fashion sense from?

My mom

Russell, I grew up in small town Oklahoma and cannot tell you what the Thunder has meant to the state, especially in times of difficulty. What, if anything, have you gotten out of Oklahoma that you never expected?

How nice, supportive and good the people are and the fans are here

Russ, huge fan here. What are you favorite basketball shoes of all time?

Pro models

Hey russell, What music do you listen to to get you pumped for a game?

I listen to all types. T. Swift is on the playlist. I mix it up - old school/new school rap/ R&B/Pop...everything

Russell!!!!! If you could give me one tip on fashion what would it be? I love your sense of fashion

Be yourself

Russell, if you were one type of kitchen utensil what would it be and why?


Have you ever looked back on an outfit that you wore and regretted it?

I have not

Read the rest of his AMA here.

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LeBron James and Stephen CurryAP Photo/Ben Margot

Recently we brought you the top 10 players, as rated by the latest "NBA 2K" game.

The ratings for "NBA Live 16" also are here -- and they're quite a bit different.

Here's the top 10 (and ties):

1. LeBron James (97)

2. Kevin Durant (96)

T-3. Anthony Davis (95)

T-3. Marc Gasol (95)

T-3. Blake Griffin (95)

T-3. James Harden (95)

T-3. Chris Paul (95)

T-8. LaMarcus Aldridge (94)

T-8. DeMarcus Cousins (94)

T-8. Stephen Curry (94)

T-8. Russell Westbrook (94)

That's right: LeBron James (no surprise) is No. 1, 2014 NBA MVP Kevin Durant is No. 2, and a handful of talented stars across positions come in tied for third.

Meanwhile, the reigning NBA MVP is tied for eighth -- definitely an eye-opening number for a player many consider the best in the league. Then again, perhaps "NBA Live" is drawing upon more than just last season for its ratings; few before 2014-15 had Curry in that top-player-overall conversation.

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The ratings for "NBA 2K16" are out, and -- unlike in "Madden" -- nobody in the league was given a 99.

In fact, the highest rating was a 94, given to a player whose name long has been synonymous with "best in the NBA."

That's right. Even Stephen Curry's MVP season -- which gave him a four-point jump over his score a year ago -- couldn't push him past LeBron James, although the latter dropped four points (partly due to, as Bleacher Report explains, a new way of calculating rankings).

James Harden's players' choice MVP campaign got him a four-point boost, as did the continued scary-goodness of Anthony Davis, but they still couldn't take down The King. Kevin Durant's injury, meanwhile, likely was the reason for his fall from second place and a 95 rating a year ago. (Interesting note: The three non-LeBron top-four players are on the cover.)

There were a couple of surprise inclusions on the list. Carmelo Anthony was 20th in player efficiency rating, 49th in real plus-minus and 81st in wins above replacement last season, yet checks in at No. 8. LaMarcus Aldridge (11th/25th/22nd) was also an eyebrow-raiser at tied for eighth/No. 10.

Not that either is bad, far from it, But still, no love for the best player on Aldridge's team?

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OK, so you might believe what he wore.

Still, Russell Westbrook is known for his distinctive, rather unusual style of dress.

Russell Westbrook
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Which means it might come as a surprise that, for his wedding this weekend to longtime sweetheart Nina Earl, Westbrook went with a rather subdued look from, according to People, Tom Ford.

We're not criticizing by any means; it's your day, you do you, even if wedding "you" is a different than walking-through-the-event-level-before-a-game "you."

And Russ has plenty to be happy about. Westbrook and Earl have been together for years, meeting while both were playing basketball at UCLA.

They certainly didn't go the (perfectly acceptable, by the way) low-budget route with their wedding; it took place at the Beverly Hills Hotel, according to People, with Oklahoma City Thunder teammates Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka -- as well as former UCLA teammate Kevin Love and ex-Thunder teammate James Harden -- in attendance and a performance by Miguel on the bill.

Yep, looks like the couple is pretty happy:

H/T People and SB Nation

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