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NBA Award Predictions: Tim Duncan, Chris Paul, Ron Artest, and more…
Wednesday , Nov , 09 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

NBA Award Predictions: Tim Duncan, Chris Paul, Ron Artest, and more…

What's good, basketball fans? At a little over a week into the season, we're at a point at which we've seen enough action to make some early judgements, but too little for any definitive statements. It's for this reason that it's the perfect time to make my early predictions, including those concerning the winners of the various individual awards. Let's get right into it. Read More
The Dunks, Vince Carter, Allen Iverson, Fun with Lists, and more…
Tuesday , Nov , 08 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

The Dunks, Vince Carter, Allen Iverson, Fun with Lists, and more…

What's good, basketball fans? Let me set the record straight before we proceed: I love Alonzo Mourning. I can't help but admire the inhuman effort he put in to overcome an ailment which would spell early retirement for most office workers, let alone a professional athlete. I have nothing but respect for a player who puts thousands of dollars and months of planning into a series of charity events each summer that raise money for underprivileged youths. I'll always have a soft spot for the guy who once nodded at me in a locker room as he stretched his enormous frame before a game. In short, there are many reasons the man they call “Good Mourning” ranks among my favourite players. But damn, 'Zo, what happened last night? First, Vince Carter force-fed you a Spalding sandwich on a long-armed jam, knocking you unceremoniously to the wood. A little later, Richard Jefferson tattooed a dunk on your forehead on exactly the same play, guaranteeing you another embarrassing appearance in the nightly highlight reels. Read More
Why I Love This Game: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and more…
Monday , Nov , 07 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Why I Love This Game: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and more…

What's good, basketball fans? As we stand, there have been six nights' games since the start of the season, and already we've seen the trademarks of yet another classic year in the NBA. From the high-wire highlights to the underdog victories to the off-court drama, the league is back with a vengeance, bringing with it all the action that keeps millions across the globe entertained for nine months of the year. What makes it so great then? Well, that depends on who you are. For some, it's the atmosphere in an arena when the scores are knotted and the game clock reads single digits. For others, it's the feeling of being a fan, of seeing your team step off the court with a W under their belt. For others, the enjoyment is in being able to watch some of the world's elite athletes lock horns night in, night out. Read More
NBA Dress Code: Your Thoughts; Tayshaun Prince; Hip-Hop and Hoops, and more…
Monday , Oct , 24 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

NBA Dress Code: Your Thoughts; Tayshaun Prince; Hip-Hop and Hoops, and more…

What's good, basketball fans? Like Afeez, I'm making my awaited comeback today. The major difference is that his return was from a Californian summer, while mine is from a wicked virus that knocked me out of the game like an errant elbow from Dikembe. Still, things could be worse. The beauty of this medium is that you don't have to watch me pull an Oliver Miller as I breathe heavily and sweat gallons despite putting in only a limited physical effort. What's more, you won't have to suffer the gruesome sight of my Rodney White impersonation every so often. Be glad if you didn't catch that reference. Since I was on the injured list all morning (“DNP - Sleeping Uneasily”), we'll skip our usual routine of looking at the previous night's games and get straight to a feature I introduced in the last edition, Ask Chuck. Read More
NBA Recap: Dress Code Revealed, Julius Hodge Accused, Kevin Garnett, and more…
Tuesday , Oct , 18 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

NBA Recap: Dress Code Revealed, Julius Hodge Accused, Kevin Garnett, and more…

What's good, basketball fans? Before we get down to business, I'd like to announce the debut of a new feature we'll be calling Ask Chuck. Several times a week, I (Chuck, for those who didn't know) will be responding to your emails and comments at the start of the daily recap. If you have a question you'd like answered, email me at CY.Ellis@HoopsVibe.com or leave a message in the box at the bottom of the page. Check back the next day, and you should find my response in the article. How's that for service? Just a quick note: please keep the queries basketball-related; I can't help you with your funky rashes or give you advice on how to deal with an overbearing wife. I'm talking to you, Doug Christie. In today's edition, I'll be dealing with a few emails I should have addressed a long time ago. Read More
Daily NBA Recap: Allan Houston Retires, LeBron Recovers, Darko Milicic, and more…
Monday , Oct , 17 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Daily NBA Recap: Allan Houston Retires, LeBron Recovers, Darko Milicic, and more…

What's good, basketball fans? Let's take a look at last night's games. Dallas Mavericks 104, New York Knicks 102 - Nate Robinson might be the first player listed generously at 5'9''. Did you know that he weighs in at 180? - Talking of Nate, he had a mixed game. Although a line of 13, 10, 4 and 4 may look nice, he also missed five of his eight shots and turned the ball over three times. - To remind us that this is his breakout year, Josh Howard knocked down eight of thirteen field goals for sixteen points. Read More
Jason Collier: The Good Die Young
Saturday , Oct , 15 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Jason Collier: The Good Die Young

There are certain things no player ever wants to hear. “We've decided to cut you.” “You've been traded.” “You'll be coming off the bench from now on.” “It'll require surgery.” Some news, however, can make such matters seem trivial. The players of the Atlanta Hawks discovered this the hard way. “Jason died.” Read More
NBA Preseason: Kobe and the Lakers, The Rookies, and more…
Wednesday , Oct , 12 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

NBA Preseason: Kobe and the Lakers, The Rookies, and more…

What's good, basketball fans?

Spring has sprung. In October.

The tree outside my window has dropped the majority of its leaves, now standing all but naked. The squirrels are once more nowhere to be seen. By five o'clock, every streetlamp casts its orange lustre over the dusty streets. Winter has chased summer into hiding for another year.

For a hoophead, however, it's springtime again. The players have dropped the off-season weight, the court assistants have cleaned, re-cleaned and polished the floor, and the groupies have broken out the makeup cases. All is as it should be in the basketball world as the community holds its collective breath for the start of the season.

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The Blog: NBA Dress Code Drama
Sunday , Oct , 09 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

The Blog: NBA Dress Code Drama

What's good, basketball fans? With the NBA season still a few weeks away, the basketball community's focus is currently on what would otherwise be considered an extraneous issue: the league's proposed dress code. For those of you unfamiliar with the situation, the added clause to the Collective Bargaining Agreement would require players to wear a sport coat and slacks for any and all official team functions, including flights and public appearances. “I really do have a problem with it.” Read More
Seven Things To See This Season: Kobe, LeBron, Shaq, and more…
Thursday , Oct , 06 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Seven Things To See This Season: Kobe, LeBron, Shaq, and more…

What's good, basketball fans? The title says it all, so we can dispense with the formalities and get down to business right away. As always, you can reach me with your comments, questions and suggestions via email (CY.Ellis@HoopsVibe.com) or the box at the bottom of the page. Read More
NBA Fun Facts: Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, and more…
Thursday , Sep , 29 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

NBA Fun Facts: Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, and more…

What's good, basketball fans? The title tells most of the tale, so I needn't waste much of your time setting it up. What follows are twenty fun facts you may or may not have already known, all of which came straight from the part of my brain formerly used to store the rules of chess. I may have become the next Gary Kasparov, but instead I chose to fill my head with useless basketball trivia. I stand by my decision. Let's get right into it. Read More
The NBA’s Crossover Kings: Allen Iverson, Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant, and more…
Tuesday , Sep , 27 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

The NBA’s Crossover Kings: Allen Iverson, Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant, and more…

What's good, basketball fans? The Articles That Diminish My Credibility as a Writer series continues with a look at the current NBA players most skilled at faking, fooling and generally freaking their defenders. Although the title suggests a fairly limited number of selection criteria, I'll be considering more than simply crossovers for this list, although they remain the primary factor in my decisions. As with previous articles, the players are not ranked in any particular order. Let's get right into things. Read More
The NBA’s Top Dunkers: Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and more…
Thursday , Sep , 22 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

The NBA’s Top Dunkers: Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and more…

What's good, basketball fans? We continue the Articles that Diminish My Credibility as a Writer series with a look at the league's top dunkers, from the finesse finishers to the players that pack it in with power. Since all dunks are worth two points (excepting those in the contest), this is a highly subjective topic, so I'm not pretending to have devised a formula for measuring the high-flyers against one another, which is why the following list is in no particular order. That said, style, elevation, creativity and the ability to jam over defenders will all be considered as factors. The only other point to note is that these players have been chosen for their in-game dunking, which is why some dunk contest entrants have been omitted. Read More
The Blog: NBA Caption Contest
Monday , Sep , 19 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

The Blog: NBA Caption Contest

What's good, basketball fans? With the NBA news coming in at the rate of approximately one meaningful piece of information every four to five days, we'll continue with the Articles that Diminish My Credibility as a Writer series. Today's feature is the time-honoured tradition of the caption contest, in which you, good readers, chip in with your contributions to help put words to the images. Read More
The Blog: Fifty NBA Wishes
Friday , Sep , 16 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

The Blog: Fifty NBA Wishes

What's good, basketball fans? I apologise for the tardiness of this edition of The Blog, but I've been busy interviewing a streetball legend. Who? You'll have to wait until Friday evening to find out. For now, we'll be dealing with the second piece in a series I've named “Articles That Diminish My Credibility As a Writer”. Today we look at the fifty things I'd most like to see in the NBA this coming year. If you haven't guessed, I can't wait for the season to begin. Read More
NBA Quotes of the Year: Shaq, LeBron and more…
Thursday , Sep , 15 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

NBA Quotes of the Year: Shaq, LeBron and more…

What's good, basketball fans? Once the final buzzer has sounded and the cheerleaders have cleared the court, there's nothing more entertaining than a lively player in a post-game press conference. Many resort to generalities, clichés and other tactics to avoid saying anything of substance, but a few occasionally let loose and speak their mind. When they do, it's generally not long before they say something inappropriate, hilarious, or both. Read More
The NBA’s Craziest Players: Ron Artest, Kobe Bryant and more…
Wednesday , Sep , 14 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

The NBA’s Craziest Players: Ron Artest, Kobe Bryant and more…

What's good, basketball fans? For a little change from all the player rankings we've been making lately (many thanks for all your responses, by the way), I decided to switch things up with a foray into a slightly different topic. As the title implies, today we'll be taking a look at the nuts in the cereal bowl that is the NBA, from the slightly maladjusted to the downright insane. A shallow topic it may be, but given that the season doesn't kick off until November the first (that's forty-eight blogs away), this is as good a moment as any to waste some time with a light-hearted discussion. With the stupidity of the article justified, let's bring on our first contestant. Journalistic integrity, we hardly knew ye. Read More
The NBA’s Top Centres
Monday , Sep , 12 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

The NBA’s Top Centres

What's good, basketball fans? Allow me to clear up any controversy before we begin by pointing out that, being English, I spell the word "centre". There's no spelling mistake, typo or other error. Thanks for your time, folks. Today we deal with the fifth and final part in this series as we rank the league's best big men. If you're not familiar with the factors taken into account to create these lists, check out the earlier articles, which can be found in the archive to the right of your screen. Let's get going. Read More