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Tuesday , May , 18 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Lamar Odom’s length gives Suns fits, Lakers win game one

"Even on a balky knee, Kobe Bryant had no problem giving the Los Angeles Lakers an early leg up in the Western Conference finals.

Bryant scored 40 points, Lamar Odom added 19 points and 19 rebounds, and the Lakers opened the series with ruthless offensive efficiency in a 128-107 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.

Pau Gasol had 21 points for the top-seeded Lakers, who won their seventh straight playoff game and snapped the Suns' six-game streak with a phenomenal second half highlighted by Bryant's 21-point third quarter.

The defending NBA champions beat the third-seeded Suns at their own uptempo game when necessary, fluidly running the court to set up baskets for Bryant in his sixth straight 30-point game. Bryant then rested his sore knee for most of the fourth quarter in the 11th 40-point game of his playoff career."

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HoopsVibe’s Call: The headlines, news stories, and highlights will give most of the credit to Kobe Bryant, who tallied 40 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists in the L.A. Lakers’ game one win over the Phoenix Suns.

Fair enough. Bryant, however, wasn’t the difference maker. Lamar Odom’s length was.

The ultra versatile forward dropped an impressive 19 points and 19 rebounds, using his lanky frame to give the Phoenix Suns fits.
 
For instance, during one sequence in the second half, Mr. Khloe Kardashian grabbed two impressive offensive rebounds before drawing a goaltending charge against Amar’e Stoudemire.

Odom’s fine play propelled the purple-and-gold to the NBA championship last season. And the Lakers are a different team when their chubby cheeked reality star brings his A-game.

How important was Odom to the Lakers winning game one against the Suns ? Get at HoopsVibe News with thoughts in the comment box below.

Judge Orders Siohvaughn Wade to Jail
Monday , May , 10 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Judge Orders Siohvaughn Wade to Jail

Bad went to worse for Siohvaughn Wade when Dwyane started seeing Gabrielle Union, and today things just got even worserer. After failing to show in court this morning for the ongoing custody case between her and estranged husband Dwyane, Judge Marya Nega gave her until the afternoon to either appear or face time in jail. Guess what: She never materialized. When the deadline came and went and she remained a no-show, the judge followed through on her threat and ordered the Cook County Sheriff's Department to take Siohvaughn Wade into custody.

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Shimmy Fans, Rejoice: Antoine Walker Attempting NBA Comeback
Friday , May , 07 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

Shimmy Fans, Rejoice: Antoine Walker Attempting NBA Comeback

I'm a simple creature, and as such it doesn't take a whole lot to keep me content. With the weather warming up, then, and the NBA playoffs in full swing, I was already a fairly happy chappy. This morning, though, things just got a whole lot better.

After reading a number of vague reports that 'Toine was mulling a comeback, ESPN today reported that Employee Number 8 was indeed bringing his four-point-shooting ass back to the league. If the league will have him, that is. Here's the information we have right now: 

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First Pictures of Adriana Lima and Marko Jaric’s Baby Revealed
Thursday , May , 06 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

First Pictures of Adriana Lima and Marko Jaric’s Baby Revealed

If you've been keeping up with the HoopsVibe NBA gossip section, you'll know that Adriana Lima and Marko Jaric, now playing for Real Madrid, had their first child together in November 2009. Now, some months later, the first photos of their little one have hit the web via People Magazine. Check out the image below for the first look at Valentina Lima Jaric with her parents Marko and Adriana.

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Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union Shoot Down Estranged Wife’s Foreplay Accusation
Wednesday , May , 05 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union Shoot Down Estranged Wife’s Foreplay Accusation

The saga continues for Dwyane Wade and estranged wife Siohvaughn Wade (née Funches). After a horribly messy divorce which involved accusations that Dwyane gave his former lady an STD and that his children no longer recognized him, it looked as if things were finally quieting down.  Not so, evidently.  After settling into a new relationship with model/actress Gabrielle Union (who took the third spot on our list of the NBA's 25 Hottest Wives and Girlfriends), things were looking up for Wade's personal life.

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Matt Barnes: I Was 100% against ‘Basketball Wives’
Friday , Apr , 30 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Matt Barnes: I Was 100% against ‘Basketball Wives’

Matt Barnes is the only active NBA player to have appeared in Basketball Wives, and evidently he's none too happy about it. He appeared on Jim Rome's radio show recently and let us know how he really feels about the TV show that gives us a glimpse into the lives of NBA wives and girlfriends. (If you haven't seen it, by the way, click here to watch Matt Barnes' appearance on Basketball Wives.)

 “I was 100% against it. Shaunie O’Neal approached my fiancée (Gloria Govan) and I was really apprehensive about it. They kept approaching my fiancée Gloria about it back and forth and back and forth and I was really against it. My fiancée talked to the producers and went through everything and felt good about it. I definitely backed her."

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[vid] Basketball Wives: Jennifer Williams and the Wives Confront a Groupie
Tuesday , Apr , 27 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

[vid] Basketball Wives: Jennifer Williams and the Wives Confront a Groupie

In this clip from Basketball Wives, Jennifer Williams, Evelyn Lozada and Royce Reed spot Sandra, a woman they call "Plastic Surgery" with a reputation as a groupie. Spurred on by Royce, Jennifer decides to confront the woman and ask her about her relationship with Eric Williams. Things go sour quickly when the woman defends herself and tells Jennifer that she has seen Eric talking to other women.

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[vid] Basketball Wives: Evelyn, Gloria and Jennifer Discuss Tiger Woods and Cheating with Matt Barnes
Tuesday , Apr , 27 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

[vid] Basketball Wives: Evelyn, Gloria and Jennifer Discuss Tiger Woods and Cheating with Matt Barnes

In this clip from last night's episode of Basketball Wives, Evelyn Lozada and Jennifer Williams eat breakfast at the home of Matt Barnes and Gloria Govan. Matt mentions that they live very close to Tiger Woods, and the conversation turns to Tiger's infidelity. Evelyn and Jennifer antagonize Jennifer and Matt despite Matt's neutral stance on the matter.

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Naked Pictures Leaked of Evelyn Lozada of Basketball Wives
Monday , Apr , 26 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Naked Pictures Leaked of Evelyn Lozada of Basketball Wives

It's not just NBA players that are getting caught out when it comes to private snaps going public. (Click to read about Greg Oden's doodle, George Hill's premature problem and Dorell Wright's shortcomings.) Now it turns out that Evelyn Lozada, the ex-fiancée of Antoine Walker currently appearing in VH1's Basketball Wives, took some naked photos of her own. While it's unknown exactly how long ago they were captured and sent to that special someone, they hit the web very recently and have been widely disseminated since then. All that is known is that they originated from a man she previously dated to whom she sent the photos in confidence. As we've learned recently, though, it's not too uncommon for such shots to find their way out into the wide world.

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Best playoff poster job: LeBron James on James Johnson or Baron Davis on Andrei Kirilenko?
Wednesday , Apr , 21 , 2010 Oly Sandor

Best playoff poster job: LeBron James on James Johnson or Baron Davis on Andrei Kirilenko?

He can’t run. He can’t hide. He can only accept the inevitable: he’s been poster-jobbed and millions will relive and replay his moment of shame on youtube.

James Johnson: we’re talking about you. The Chicago Bulls’ swing is in Shawn Bradley and Alton Lister territory after the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James delivered a facial our News Department deemed a 'hate crime' and considered slapping with a restricted rating.

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Monday , Apr , 19 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

[vid] Basketball Wives: Royce Reed Dances at Evelyn Lozada’s Birthday Party

"She looks like a little girl, but she's kind of thrusting her vagina everywhere." - Evelyn Lozada on Royce Reed's dancing.

You know you want to watch the clip. Go on, click it. Nobody will know. Seriously, this clip is about as entertaining as they get. Royce Reed apparently hasn't learned from her last public performance and decides she wants to perform at Evelyn Lozada's 34th birthday party. What ensues baffles the other women of Basketball Wives and, in the process, makes for some great television.

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Monday , Apr , 19 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

[vid] Basketball Wives: Rashidah to Jennifer Williams: “You’re so f*cking phony”

Once again, Royce Reed is at the center of the Basketball Wives drama, this time without even being present. When Royce still hasn't made an appearance at Evelyn Lozada's 34th birthday party a full two hours after it started, Jennifer Williams starts to get a little testy. Shaunie O'Neal's friend Rashidah Ali calls her out and a tense moment ensues. Check the clip out to see exactly what goes down.

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Monday , Apr , 19 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

[vid] Basketball Wives: Evelyn Lozada Plans Her 34th Birthday; Royce Reed an Issue Again

After an interesting opening episode, I was wondering what mischief the women of VH1's Basketball Wives would find themselves in for the second show. Well, in the clip below the action turns to the preparations for Evelyn Lozada's 34th birthday party, which doubles as an independence party acknowledging the end of her ten-year relationship with Antoine Walker. She and her event planner visit different spots as they decide on a venue, but the real quandary concerns whether or not to invite Royce Reed, who in the previous episode embarrassed the other basketball wives with her dancing.

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Shaq to Kids: Tell Shaunie’s New Boyfriend I’ll Kill Him
Sunday , Apr , 18 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Shaq to Kids: Tell Shaunie’s New Boyfriend I’ll Kill Him

Shaunie O'Neal, producer of VH1's Basketball Wives (see pictures of the ladies here) and ex-wife of Shaquille O'Neal, apparently isn't getting along so well with the big fella.  Diesel was already mad that Shaunie was snapped with her new boyfriend Marlon Yates, and the television series prompted him to seek an injunction halting its production.  The basis for that legal maneuver was a "non-disparagement" clause in Shaunie and Shaq's divorce agreement which prohibits either of the former couple making negative comments about the other.

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Report: Allen Iverson Involved in Bar Altercation
Sunday , Apr , 18 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Report: Allen Iverson Involved in Bar Altercation

The problems are still piling up for Allen Iverson.  After splitting from the Philadelphia 76ers and divorcing wife Tawanna Iverson, you couldn't blame AI for acting a little out of character.  Reports hit the gossip pages suggesting that Iverson had something of a drinking problem and that his gambling behavior had resulted in his being banned from several casinos.  The purchase of a $4.5 million house seemed to confirm the split from Tawanna, and since then we've heard very little from the former NBA MVP.

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Tuesday , Apr , 13 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

[vid] Watch Episode 1 of “Basketball Wives” in Full!

By now, it's already clear that VH1's Basketball Wives is going to provide some interesting viewing.  From the mountains of gossip to the volatile interpersonal relationships between the ladies featured, this is a must-watch show for fans of NBA gossip.  The season opener aired last night, and VH1 has just released the full episode online.  Check out the video below to see the shenanigans of these NBA wives, girlfriends and exes as they give us a little insight into the lives of the women beside the world's top basketball players.  You can also hit up our gallery featuring photos of all the women of Basketball Wives by clicking right here.

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