Breaking Down the NBA
HoopsVibe talks Los Angeles bball with some of the hottest bands before the Grammys.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: There is a sports fanatic in every band and we got the interviews to prove it.
In every band there is at least one guy who is a sports nut. Well, in the bands we talked to there was usually more than one. Getting ready for the 55th annual Grammys brings some of the biggest celebs to Los Angeles and HoopsVibe had a chance to catch up with some of our favorites to talk about where music and basketball collide. It also never hurts to find out who these guys are pulling for too.
HoopsVibe Catches Clippers Coach Cracking Jokes And Talks Moving Forward With Blake Griffin And Eric Bledsoe.
Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro jokes around as Griffin and Bledsoe talk about winning without CP3.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: CP3 is out, but Bledsoe steps up. This is a Clippers team with serious depth. The question is how long can the Clippers continue their winning ways with a young point guard like Beldsoe and not their veteran general in Chris Paul? With Billups and Paul out with injuries how concerned is LA about this season's playoff run?
3 Point Play Covers The Best Buzzer Beater Of The Year, If Melo's Wife Tastes Like Honey Nut Cheerios, and Refs Blocking Kris Humphries.
3 Point Play covers the best buzzer beater of the year, a ref blocking Kris Humphris, and Melo's wife tastign like your favorite cereal.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The real question is does Melo's wife really taste like Honey Nut Cheerios like Garnett claims?
The latest episode of 3 Point Play dives deep into the world of NBA trash talk. Does any of it make sense? Does Melo's wife really taste like Honey Nut Cheerios. And is that a good thing or a bad. We also cover the best buzzer beater of the year and why NBA refs want to block Kris Humphries.
HoopsVibe interviews celebrities and ballers walking the red carpet to the Stiks Gaming Fundraiser in Hollywood, CA.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Yes, Kenyon Martin did just challenge HV to a game of Double Dribble. Now, that's old school.
The Stiks Gaming and Boost Mobile fundraiser was put together to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief. Lucky for HoopsVibe that also means catching up with some of our favorite NBA ballers and celebrities face-to face. We've got Terell Owens declaring he will be playing with the Lakers soon. No, he was not joking. We've got Nick Cannon explaining how he talks trash to his wife, Mariah Carey, when she beats him gaming. Yes, I can picture that. Plus, it's always fun to catch ballers and celebs in their natural environment (playing like kids) and see what happens. Catch it all in the video below.
3 Point Play examines the three hottest viral basketball videos of the last week in the NBA and then figures out what makes them so addictive.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Kobe's words come back to haunt him in Houston. Poop Style.
This weeks show looks at a clip involving Amir Johnson fighting with a ref that got over 700,000 hits in one week, the Lakers pooping their big boy pants in Houston, and Rondo insisting he will never learn his lesson in Boston.
If you have any basketball related clips you think deserve to be on 3 Point Play hit us up in the comments section below and we'll take a look.
3 Point Play looks at the hottest viral basketball clips of the week.
Episode 2 of 3 Point Play examines the brawl in Boston, Mark Cuban's rant about the Power Balance sham, and LeBron's James' blunder on stage at the 2 Chainz concert in Miami. We've even got Lil Wayne and the answer to what happens when kitty cats scratch.
3 Point Play looks at the hottest basketball video clips of the week.
Those that have gone viral and those that should.
This week looks at wild elbows by Robinson to the throat of Jonas, Kevin Durant clobbering defenseless grandmothers, and a cheerleader that literally induced puberty in an 8-year old. Note, this is no ordinary 8-year old and no ordinary cheerleader. You've got to see this kid to believe it. If you've got videos you think deserve to be on 3 Point Play send us a link in an email and we'll take a look.
The Top 10 Dirtiest NBA Players Ever. These guys don't just play rough. They play dirty.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: These are the guys known for cheap shots, elbows to the face, and intentionally tripping you when no one's looking.
#10 Dennis Rodman
Rodman is a physical elbow throwing type of player. He does most of his damage down under the hoop where it doesn't always get called. He doesn't have as many of the truly landmark fights and punch throwing incidents as some of the other players on this list, but kicking a cameraman is one of his highlights. He's simply a play after play elbow in the gut type of guy.
#9 Kurt Thomas
Thomas is a less talented version of Rodman. He's been called an enforcer on the court, a thug, a heavy, and a dirty player. Usually, Thomas is regarded as simply a physical player that doesn't mind mixing it up. If you drive the lane expect Thomas to put his body on you, especially if it's playoff time. No easy buckets when he's in the paint.
#8 Larry Bird
He wasn't the fastest guy on the court, but he always seemed to get open for his shot and grab the rebound. This was partially because he was also one of the dirtiest players of his time and known for all the little tricks of the trade like illegal screens. Never afraid to mix it up, Bird's most memorable fight was the one he lost when Dr. J punched him repeatedly in the face, although in Bird's defense he was in a headlock from behind by another 76ers player. There is no honor in an NBA fight my friends. Here's the video clip to prove it below.
#7 Kevin Garnett
Garnett is regarded as not only a dirty player, but also one of the meanest trash talkers ever. He's been overheard trash talking about players' parents that have cancer and their children. Although everyone wants to gain every advantage during a game, Garnett is known as a player that crosses the line. His elbows have cracked just about every big man in the game and he has a running feud with Tim Duncan who is regarded as possibly the kindest and gentlest power forward ever. He's had fights with Amare Stoudemire, Tim Duncan, Bill Walker, Quentin Richardson and many more. Below is a collection of Garnett's fights and cheap shots.
#6 Latrell Sprewell
He choked his own coach, P.J. Carlesimo and received a 68 game suspension. Need we say more?
#5 Christian Laettner
His NBA career wasn't as glamorous as his storied run in college at Duke, but he was still known as one of the dirtiest players in the league. Here's a video of him stepping on an opponent and an interview of him admitting he did it intentionally.
#5 John Stockton
Stockton was the ninja of dirty play. Stockton got away with filthy dirty plays for years. He was the king of the illegal pick and the off the ball elbow. Stockton looked like such a choir boy that he got away with it for years. Yet, ask anyone that played in the NBA while Stockton was there and they'll tell you just how dirty this guy was.
#4 Bruce Bowen
Bowen is the sneaky dirty player that's confused why you're mad after he breaks your ankle. He'll step on you, undercut you, and put his foot where you're about to land so you twist your ankle. He knows all the playground moves that are sure to start a fight playing streetball. Renown throughout the league as a dirty player, Bowne continues to maintain his innocence. He's also king of the quick apology after doing his dirt.
#3 Bill Laimbeer
Laimbeer is a no brainer for this list. He might have gotten into more fights in the NBA than any other player in its' history. He punched a number of players and would probably be suspended indefinitely by today's standards. Laimbeer was that rare combination of dirty player throughout the game and willing to escalate the dirty antics into full on fistfights. His list of fights includes punching Charles Barkley, Brad Daugherty, and many many others.
#2 Kermit Washington
Washington ranks #2 on this list for the absolute devastation of his violent act. In 1977 Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovich who was rushing in to break up a skirmish during the Lakers vs. Rockets game and was clobbered in the face by Washington. Kareem Abdul-Jabber said Tomjanovich's head sounded like a "melon hitting the floor." The punch nearly killed Tomjanovich according to doctors and ended his basketball career. The punch fractured Tomjanovich's face and left him unconscious on the ground in a pool of blood with a broken jaw, nose and leaking spinal fluid.
#1 Metta World Peace
World Peace takes the top spot on our list both for his ferocity of violence and his multiple incidents. It all began with the "Malice in the Palace" that resulted in World Peace (Ron Artest) attacking a fan in the stands. Then of course was the infamous elbow to James Harden last year. This is a player with a proven track record not just for playing physical and dirty. This is a player with a track record of going volcanic on opponents and fans. He is the most highly penalized player in NBA history.
If your favorite NBA team hasn't suffered a significant injury to one of its players recently, you have something to be "thankful" for.
HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: The injury bug is on the prowl, looking to strike an NBA player near you.
Cleveland Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving will miss a month due to a broken index finger.
Irving broke his left hand in the offseason and now the results of a MRI and CT Scan revealed a hairline/non-displaced fracture in the right index finger. The injury will be treated with taping and a splint while the fracture heals, and is scheduled to be re-evaluated in two weeks. It's going to be a long month for Cleveland fans as Irving has been essentially carrying the offense. Since you won't see him play for a month, get your fix by watching this over and over- it never gets old.
Andrew Bynum hurts knee...again...while bowling.
A couple of days ago Bynum confirmed Sixers fans worst fears when he confirmed he hurt his left knee bowling, while rehabbing his surgicially repaired right knee. "In hindsight, I guess you shouldn't go bowling. It's not more than anything I've done in my rehab." Bynum also raised another interesting point that Sixers fans undoubtedly do not want to consider; "I'm taking the position that if that happens bowling, what happens dunking?" Double ouch.
Brandon Roy's knees are done. And so are a lot of other Timberwolves' knees.
Roy had arthroscopic knee surgery on his right knee yesterday and the Timberwolves announced that he will be out for about a month. But does he really have anything left anyway? This was Roy's seventh knee operation since high school and fifth as a pro. Aside from Roy, the T-Wolves are battling injuries at every position.
Drik Nowitzki will miss at least two more weeks.
Is Dirk ever going to come back? Outside of Andrew Bynum, is anyone's knee injury healing more slowly? Dirk said via Twitter he will be back at practice again in two weeks, which means you could assume anywhere from 4-6 weeks until he is able to actually play.
Andrew Bogut to miss at least next three games.
Bogut will not play in any of the team's next three games as he continues to strengthen his repaired left ankle which he had surgery on initially on April 27th. it's encouraging though because he has actually played in three games ths year, but at some point Warriors fans want to see this guy on the floor.
San Antonio Spurs Stephen Jackson and Kawhi Leonard both out.
Stephen Jackson has a non-displaced fracture of the proximal phalanx of his right little finger and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Teammate Kawhi Leonard has left knee quadriceps tendinitis (doesn't that sound painful?) and will miss at least two weeks.The Spurs are hurting so bad at the small forward position, rumor has it that the team is considering acquiring Celtics player Mickael Pietrus.
New Orleans Hornets rookie Anthony Davis sprains ankle.
Davis sprained his ankle on Monday during practice ("Practice...we talkin' about practice.") which caused him to miss tonight's game versus the New York Knicks. Davis sprained the same ankle earlier in the year and it has been a lingering injury. He could miss several games as the Hornets play four road games in the next six days.
The following is a list of the NBA's top five highest salaried teams. (And thanks to Hoopsworld.com for providing the data).
Hoopsvibe's quick call: This list proves that the best team isn't always the one that spends the most money.
1.) The Los Angeles Lakers - $102,256,438
Point and case. The Lakers may have the largest payroll in the league but their current record is the worst on this list. The organization kept busy this offseason and when they acquired both Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, it was looking like the purple and gold were the team to beat. And indeed, they have been the team to beat. Yes, it's still early in the season, but having won only three games with their expensive lineup is pretty embarrassing. Let's hope the recent hiring of Mike D'Antoni turns things around.
2.) The Miami Heat - $87,595,822
It shouldn't come as much of a shock that the Heat are number 2 on this list. They pretty much cleared out their books a few years ago to make sure there was enough cap space for Lebron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade to be on the roster. And as it turns out, that was a good idea. Micky Arison, Pat Riley and company made a good decision in doing so seeing that the Heat are the defending NBA Champions and are currently sitting at the top of their division.
3.) The New York Knicks - $82,010,527
The Knicks could quite possibly be the surprise of the season so far. J.R. Smith is posting career numbers, averaging 18.2 points per game. Raymond Felton is averaging 14 points and 6.2 assists while Carmelo Anthony's 26.8 ppg leads the league in scoring. As a result, they're 5-0; all the while Amare Staudemire has been on the bench with knee injury. Who knows if they'll keep it up, but it will certainly be interesting to see how they play with Amare back in the lineup.
4.) The Brookyln Nets - $83,511,726
The NBA's newest team are 4-2 to start the season. They have a new stadium in the Barclays Center and with Deron Williams, Brooks Lopez, Kris Humphries and Joe Johnson on their payroll, they certainly have a few expenses. But if they continue to win games, those expenses most likely won't be much of an issue.
5.) The Memphis Grizzlies - $77,098,154
I was pretty surprised when Memphis came in at #5 on this list. I would have thought Boston, or San Antonio, or even Oklahoma City would have been ahead of the Grizz. Then again, they do have Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol on their roster. Those three guys alone take up about $47 million of the payroll. And for good reason; they combine for over 51 points per game.