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Yao Ming: The Big Question
Friday , Mar , 31 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Yao Ming: The Big Question

Yao Ming. Yahmean? It's appropriate that the name of the league's biggest uncertainty doubles as an interrogative. While Tim Duncan (The Big Fundamental), K.G. (The Big Ticket) and Shaq (The Big Everything) earned declarative monikers, Yao remained The Big Question among the class of superstar post players. That is, until Tracy's back decided to act up and shut him down for the year, making number eleven the new number one in H-Town. Yao, the perennial outsider, seized the opportunity with both gargantuan mitts, banging, boarding and 'bowing his way into the inner circle, the elusive twenty-ten club. As irrelevant as statistical milestones can be, this one is more meaningful than most since it corresponds to a real spike in the Great Wall's game. While it may have come too late to save the Rockets' injury-soured season, it was, at the least, a positive note in an otherwise terrible year for the squad which fooled so many writers (yours truly included) into thinking that Houston might become the west's next powerhouse. Read More
All-Star 2006: What Went Wrong?
Thursday , Feb , 23 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

All-Star 2006: What Went Wrong?

“What went wrong, man?” My question, though rhetorical, is met with a response. “What went right?” My buddy, however, expected an answer. The problem was that for the first time, I didn't have one. The deeper I dug into my recesses of optimism, the more questions I unearthed. Have the players always cared this little? Was it such a string of shameless promotions last year? When did the sneakers start to mean more than the defence? Was it always this bad? Read More
All-Star Weekend: Ten Things I Want to See
Friday , Feb , 17 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

All-Star Weekend: Ten Things I Want to See

What's good, basketball fans? With the NBA season stumbling to a temporary halt, it's time again to watch a selection of the world's elite ballers thank their fans by playing fairly poorly in a semi-competitive game which counts for nothing. Still, in spite of the commercial whoring, lazy defence and celebrities who have no business being in an NBA arena, All-Star Weekend is, at the least, several thousand times more entertaining than the Winter Olympics, and I say that without hyperbole. In honour of ASW, I continue with the annual tradition (founded this year) by listing the things I'd most like to see at some point in the festivities. As always, you can reach me with your comments, questions and suggestions at CY.Ellis@HoopsVibe.com or via the comment box below this article. Let's get right into it. Read More
The Day in Quotes: Shaq and Kobe Make Up, Danny Fortson Talks, and more…
Thursday , Jan , 19 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

The Day in Quotes: Shaq and Kobe Make Up, Danny Fortson Talks, and more…

What's good, basketball fans? You know the drill by now, so we needn't waste any time getting down to business. Let's take a look at our first quote. "I witnessed my wife being threatened by a man that I learned later to be intoxicated. I saw him touch her, and I know I should not have acted the way I did, but I would have felt terrible if I didn't react. There was no time to call security. It happened too quickly." For those of you unfamiliar with the incident, Antonio Davis entered the stands to attend to his wife, whom he saw “falling back” (in Larry Brown's words) during a confrontation with the aforementioned drunk dude. The event itself was even less exciting than it sounds, but the interesting part will come in the NBA's response to the event. Due to the fact that he entered the stands, Davis earned an automatic ejection, which comes with a substantial fine. Read More
The Day in Quotes: Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Francis, Ruben Patterson, and more…
Monday , Jan , 16 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

The Day in Quotes: Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Francis, Ruben Patterson, and more…

What's good, basketball fans? A happy MLK Day to all; here's hoping you use some of your time today to pay homage to Dr. King and his legacy. Although a good number of you have today off, I'm still on the grind, which means that you have the treat of another edition of The Day in Quotes. Let's get right into it. "He's a hell of a player, but I just got in him." - Ruben Patterson on guarding LeBron James Read More
The Day in Quotes: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Larry Brown, and more…
Sunday , Jan , 15 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

The Day in Quotes: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Larry Brown, and more…

What's good, basketball fans? After a protracted absence, I'm back on the block, and so is The Day in Quotes. If you don't know this goes, stick with us and you soon will. Let's get down to business. "It looks positive at this point. I haven't talked with Mr. Colangelo, but we should be making this announcement within a week or so." - LeBron James on the possibility of his being included in the coming Olympic squad I don't think I'm jumping the gun when I say that LeBron is as good as a confirmed member of the squad. His rolls deep enough in minders, agents and publicists that somebody would have shut him up were this not essentially a done deal. Relinquishing a sizeable chunk of your off-season is no small commitment for a player who averages forty-plus minutes a night, but it's no surprise that he wants to get the taste of that LeBronze out of his mouth. Read More
The Day in Quotes: Fake Names, LeBron James, Shaq on Kobe, and more…
Thursday , Dec , 22 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

The Day in Quotes: Fake Names, LeBron James, Shaq on Kobe, and more…

What's good, basketball fans? You know how this goes by now. If you don't, you can check out one of the previous editions of TDIQ by clicking on the links to the right of your screen. As always, you can contact me with your comments, suggestions and basketball queries at CY.Ellis@HoopsVibe.com. Let's get right into it. “I don't know Ron, so I can't say whether he would scare me or not.” - Dwane Casey Either Dwane Casey is hardcore or, frankly, a little slow. I can't tell you if there's a higher power in the universe or whether our oil reserves will run dry in the next thirty years, but one thing I know for damn sure is that Ron Artest should put the fear in most rational people. With a 6'7'', 260-pound frame and the behavioural tendencies of a bipolar Tyrannosaurus Rex, he's a cause for concern on several levels. If you gave me the choice between being locked in a room with an angry Ron-Ron or being thrown in a shark tank, I'd start looking for my snorkel. Read More
The Day in Quotes: Allen Iverson, Larry Brown, Yao Ming, and more…
Tuesday , Dec , 20 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

The Day in Quotes: Allen Iverson, Larry Brown, Yao Ming, and more…

What's good, basketball fans? As promised, we're back with another edition of The Day in Quotes. If the emails I received yesterday are anything to go by, the new format has gone down well with you all, so we'll be sticking with it for the moment. If you haven't already, let me know what you think of the set-up by emailing me at CY.Ellis@HoopsVibe.com or by commenting in the box at the bottom of the page. Let's get right to our first quote. “He's had it for a long time. It has to do with his toenail and having his toenail removed.” - Jeff Van Gundy on Yao Ming's toenail problems Read More
The Day in Quotes: Ron Artest, Shaquille O’Neal, Jermaine O’Neal, and more…
Monday , Dec , 19 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

The Day in Quotes: Ron Artest, Shaquille O’Neal, Jermaine O’Neal, and more…

What's good, basketball fans? Today we'll be test-driving a new format for our daily coverage of the NBA's big news. The plan is to look at the world of hoops through the best and worst quotes from the players, coaches and media, with commentary from your favourite writer...assuming that's me. If it works nicely and goes down well with you good folks, we'll stick with it. With the grand introduction out of the way, let's get right to our first quote. “If he's on the inactive list, he's still damaging the team we have now, and that's not right.” ­ - Jermaine O'Neal on Ron Artest Read More
Dwyane Wade Sells Jerseys, Phil Jackson Loves Ron Artest (But Jermaine O’Neal Doesn’t), and more…
Thursday , Dec , 15 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Dwyane Wade Sells Jerseys, Phil Jackson Loves Ron Artest (But Jermaine O’Neal Doesn’t), and more…

What's good, basketball fans? Since we're no closer to finding out which city will be the next to witness The Artest Show, let's take a look at the news rather than run through the ever-increasing list of teams alleged to be making a play at Ron-Ron. Dwyane Wade Moves Apparel According to today's press release from the NBA, the most popular jersey this season is that of Miami's point guard/shooting guard/fashion model/superhero Dwyane Wade. If the news is any sort of surprise to you, then I'd question whether you've ever seen Dwyane play. Rarely does a Heat game go by that he doesn't make the nightly highlight reels with one of the ridiculous moves that have come to be part of his repertoire. Whether slicing between a pair of defenders on a high screen, throwing down an improbable jam or sending opponents to the emergency room with a bone-breaking cross, he never fails to find a way to make me spill whatever I'm holding or curse loud enough that my neighbours take to beating on the wall with a broom. Read More
Finding a Home for Ron Artest
Wednesday , Dec , 14 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Finding a Home for Ron Artest

What's good, basketball fans? Today's basketball news was dominated by talk concerning the possible destinations for HoopsVibe favourite Ron Artest, who, for those of you living under a rock, recently issued a trade request. So, who wants the camera-breaking, crazy-talking, number-changing riot-starter? If the preliminary reports are anything to go by, just about everyone, with Indiana GM Donnie Walsh claiming to have received calls from “fifteen or sixteen” organisations already. Rather than run through every potential scenario proposed by the media and team insiders, let's take a look at just a few of the major players in the Ron Artest sweepstakes or, at the least, those who have expressed the most interest in acquiring the 260-pound defensive maestro from the housing projects of Queensbridge, New York. Let's get right into it. Read More
Ron Artest Wants Out, Stan Van Gundy Quits, Shaq is Back, and more…
Monday , Dec , 12 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Ron Artest Wants Out, Stan Van Gundy Quits, Shaq is Back, and more…

What's good, basketball fans? Guess who's bizack? If you've noticed the miniature mugshot to the right of your screen, you'll know already that it's none other than yours truly, the HoopsVibe Blogmaster. So, what did I miss since we last met? Predictably, enough went down while I was away from my keyboard to fill a book, let alone a sub-thousand-word column. Rather than bore you with my thoughts on the last fortnight in the basketball world, I'll jump right in with a look at today's events, which were themselves enough for at least a few chapters of discussion. Let's get right into it. Read More
The Dunk Contest: Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and more…
Monday , Nov , 21 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

The Dunk Contest: Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and more…

What's good, basketball fans? Before we get going, I'd like to respond to those of you who bemoaned the omission of LeBron James, Allen Iverson and, in particular, Kobe Bryant from my All-Star squads. If the presence of Ricky Davis and TJ Ford wasn't enough of a clue, I'll put it in plain language: I vote for the players I like, as should you. If the All-Star Game had been intended as a showcase for the league's best (rather than most popular) players, the fans wouldn't be invited to vote, and it's likely the process would have been turned over either to the coaches or, worse still, computers. Of course, talent plays a big part in our thinking, and it's for this reason that we generally see a selection of the league's finest players on the floor during the weekend. It is not, however, the only factor, which is why ballots like mine have Sixth Man and MIP candidates in place of MVP hopefuls. Read More
My All-Star Ballot, The Dunk Contest, and more…
Saturday , Nov , 19 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

My All-Star Ballot, The Dunk Contest, and more…

What's good, basketball fans? Today, as promised, we'll be looking at my picks for the 2006 All-Star Game. My thanks if you responded with your selections and comments, and my apologies if I didn't manage to reply to your email. Before we get into things properly, I'd like to introduce tomorrow's topic of discussion: the dunk contest. Let me know your four participants (I'm making the assumption that the format will remain unchanged from last year) via the comment box at the bottom of the page or by emailing me at CY.Ellis@HoopsVibe.com. With that out of the way, let's take a look at my ballot. (Fun Fact of the Day: For those of you that have lost count, this is my hundredth article at HoopsVibe. I expect gifts.) Read More
NBA All-Star Voting 2006: Who You Got?
Friday , Nov , 18 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

NBA All-Star Voting 2006: Who You Got?

What's good, basketball fans? Although still at an insanely early stage of the season, the league has just released the 2006 All-Star ballots, and today I'll be asking you all to let me know who'll be getting your vote. Who absolutely must make it? Who have the fans slept on in past years? Which popular players do you feel should be staying home this time All-Star Weekend? Let me know your thoughts on this and anything else relating to the 2006 festivities by commenting in the box at the bottom of the page or emailing me directly at CY.Ellis@HoopsVibe.com. Tomorrow, I'll be breaking down your responses and revealing my own picks. If you would like to select your squad here, remember that it'll need two guards, two forwards and one centre from each conference. Read More
The Showdown: Kobe Bryant vs. Tracy McGrady and Emeka Okafor vs. Dwight Howard
Tuesday , Nov , 15 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

The Showdown: Kobe Bryant vs. Tracy McGrady and Emeka Okafor vs. Dwight Howard

What's good, basketball fans? Eric B. and Rakim. Batman and Robin. Bobby and Whitney. Peanut butter and jelly. In this world some things just go together, and this is an idea that holds true in life as much as basketball. Certain pairings are symbiotic in nature and lead to wins, rings and other good things. Some are a little less amicable, more likely to culminate in a scrap than a chip for either party. A third type is that which exists only in the eyes of the public and media, who consciously connect two players for any number of reasons. It is this third category which we'll be looking at in an attempt to answer the age-old question applied to so many pairs of rival players: “Who's better?” Today's head-to-heads pit Kobe Bryant against Tracy McGrady, and Emeka Okafor against Dwight Howard. To suggest a future match-up or to reach me with your thoughts, email me at CY.Ellis@HoopsVibe.com or leave a comment in the box at the bottom of the page. Read More
Fun With Lists Pt. II: Yao Ming, Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest, and more…
Monday , Nov , 14 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Fun With Lists Pt. II: Yao Ming, Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest, and more…

What's good, basketball fans? For a time of year which is typically jam-packed with rumours, trades and other NBA news, things are a little quiet right now. Reports that Stephon Marbury's days may be numbered in N.Y. can be found nearly everywhere, but otherwise, fresh information is a little hard to come by, to say the least. I'll put it this way: I printed out every article of interest I found today, and the pile is low enough that Brian Scalabrine could clear it with ease. Fortunately for you good folks, this means that we'll be returning to the Articles That Diminish My Credibility As A Writer series, and, more specifically, the segment we like to call Lists You Never Needed To Read. Let's get right into it. Read More
The Issues: NBA Dress Code, Age Limit, Larry Brown, and more…
Friday , Nov , 11 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

The Issues: NBA Dress Code, Age Limit, Larry Brown, and more…

What's good, basketball fans? There are two sides to every debate, and when it comes to basketball, those sides more than often not end up warring with one another. Some folks can debate the finer points of politics for days without once raising their voice, and accept a barrage of personal criticism without so much as batting an eyelid. The moment the topic turns to hoops, however, they'll sharpen their elbows and start swinging at the first suggestion that someone holds a contrary viewpoint. In recognition of the divisive nature of basketball discussion, we'll be taking a look at some of the biggest points of contention in the league today, balancing the pros and cons as best we can. Let's get right into it. Read More
Why We Love The Game: The Little Things
Thursday , Nov , 10 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Why We Love The Game: The Little Things

What's good, basketball fans? They say it's the little things that count, and I have to agree. The sky-scraping jams, knee-buckling crossovers and sixty-foot buzzer-beaters are always fun, but what about the aspects of the game you'll never see in a highlight reel? In today's edition, we'll be looking at everything we love about the NBA that you'll rarely - if ever - see mentioned in the newspapers. Let's get right into it. Read More