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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
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