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Reebok’s Best Selling Shoe Still Makes Waves.
Friday , Jan , 10 , 2014 HoopsVibe News

Reebok’s Best Selling Shoe Still Makes Waves.

The Question was Allen Iverson's original shoe in the league and is still relevant today with the Ghost of Christmas Future.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: I loved this shoe when it came out and I will still ball in a pair today.

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NBA Fantasy Basketball: First Week Rewind
Monday , Nov , 04 , 2013 Paul Eide

NBA Fantasy Basketball: First Week Rewind

What NBA player had the best first week of the 2013-2014 NBA season?

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Philadelphia 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams got off to a great start, but so did a few other players.

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1996 NBA Draft; Best First Round Ever?
Thursday , Jun , 27 , 2013 Paul Eide

1996 NBA Draft; Best First Round Ever?

The wait is over; the 2013 NBA Draft starts tonight at 7:30 EST.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Does the 2013 NBA Draft class feature a potential Kobe Bryant or Allen Iverson?

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Bow Wow Says Michael Jordan Stole His Iversons.
Friday , May , 17 , 2013 HoopsVibe News

Bow Wow Says Michael Jordan Stole His Iversons.

Michael Jordan accused of stealing Bow Wow's Iverson kicks and we believe it's true.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Knowing MJ's intense competitive spirit Bow Wow's story of theft makes sense.

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Top 5 Most Tattooed NBA Players
Thursday , Apr , 11 , 2013 Paul Eide

Top 5 Most Tattooed NBA Players

There's so much ink in the NBA, it could power a space shuttle to the moon and back eight times.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: So many weird tattoos, so little time.

There are so many players with bodies full of ink, it's difficult to narrow the field down to just five. And with each passing minute some NBA player, at this very moment, is probably getting inked up. The explosion of tattoos in the NBA over the last 10-15 years is in no doubt due to two people- Dennis Rodman and Allen Iverson.

Rodman was the first player to sport multiple tattoos, unabashedly, on the court. Iverson took a cue from Rodman and continued the trend, to the point now where roughly 70% of NBA players have tattoos.

Wilson Chandler

Chandler had several tattoos when he joined the league in 2007, and since then he hasn't slowed down at all. A big fan of comics (Juggernaut of X-Men fame), cartoons (Beavis and Butthead of all things, next to Master Shake from Aqua Teen Hunger Force) and rap music (an Eazy-E piece), Chandler has dedicated a portion of his body to each. Check out this article for the full break down.

 

JR Smith

Smith is filled to the brim as far as tattoos go, with some even now spilling out onto his ears and close to his face. Smith had around 70 tattoos "before I lost count." Smith actually said about tattoos that he "hated them" when he was younger, and told himself "he would never get like this." He seriously has no more room to add anything.

 

Chris Anderson

Speaking of a guy with no room left for tattoos, Chris "The Birdman" Anderson is in the same spot. In a lot of ways Anderson was a head of the game as far as body art and he has spawned a lot of imitators. I was on board until the "Free Bird" neck tattoo, the color in that thing was just too much. I had to put a pic of a young Anderson so you can see how far he has come, tattoo wise.

Monta Ellis

Ellis' stomach tree is probably the most noted stomach tattoo in the NBA. Gilbert Arenas' was for a while, and Kevin Durant's selection of tattoos is pretty close, but nobody beats Ellis. 

Dorell Wright

About five years ago, Wright was an afterthought in the category of "most tattooed NBA player." But now, he is easily one of the most tatted.

If Larry Bird had started playing in the NBA during the last decade, what would he have a tattoo of? Here's an idea:

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The Definitive Top 10 Shooting Guards Of All Time
Wednesday , Sep , 05 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

The Definitive Top 10 Shooting Guards Of All Time

The definitive Top 10 shooting guards of all time.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Some things are debatable, but these top 3 are a lock.

Off-guard, 2-guard, shooting-guard, no matter how you say it this is the position that has produced some of the most exciting players in NBA history. HoopsVibe sizes up the best of the best and put together this list of Top 10 shooting guards of all-time.

 

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Best First Round In NBA Draft History- 03, 96, 85 or 91 ?
Thursday , Jun , 28 , 2012 Paul Eide

Best First Round In NBA Draft History- 03, 96, 85 or 91 ?

Some experts have called the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft the most deep in recent memory; but does that mean it will ever rank as one of the best in history? When the dust settles will the 2012 version be able to hang with the first rounds of 2003, 1996, 1985 or 1991?

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call- It generally takes a couple years for any draft to pan out. But who knows?

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Friday , Apr , 27 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Antawn Jamison: I won’t re-sign with Cleveland Cavaliers

"I understand the importance of Tristan (Thompson) and these younger guys getting the opportunity to play," he continued. "I’ve taught them so much and it’s been fun teaching them, but it’s time for me to move on as well. I don’t know what the future holds, I don’t know what opportunity might present itself, but I definitely have a great feeling this is probably my last home game and tomorrow will be my last game as a Cav."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Antawn Jamison is done mentoring a bad Cleveland Cavaliers squad and wants to win -even if it costs him millions of dollars.

The veteran forward will become a free agent in July when his $15 million per year contract expires. Expect Jamison to take the Mini Mid Level Exception and join a contender as a second-unit scorer.

Of course, there are the usual concerns when an established player takes a lesser role. In fact, some can’t do it (think Allen Iverson, Steve ’Finer Things’ Francis, and Stephon Marbury).

But Jamison is a different breed. He’s always been a team-first guy, volunteering to come off the bench during his prime with the Dallas Mavericks and conceding the spotlight to a brash Gilbert Arenas with the Washington Wizards.

So Jamison told the inquiring media before the Cavaliers’ final home game that he was likely moving on. The future, however, looks good with Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson.

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Monday , Mar , 19 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Sources: Grizzlies to sign Gilbert Arenas?

The Memphis Grizzlies are on the verge of signing Gilbert Arenas, sources confirm. Arenas will sign one-year deal worth the veteran minimum.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Haven’t we seen this song-and-dance before with the Memphis Grizzlies?

A few years ago, the club signed shot-happy guard Allen Iverson, who was expected to complement the Grizzlies’ young, developing pieces.

Of course, nobody told Iverson this. He was stuck in a time-wrap, thinking he would get unlimited minutes, shots, and touches circa 1999 in Philadelphia.

The experiment last three games.

Now reports are breaking that the club has signed Gilbert Arenas to a one-year contract for the veteran minimum. Wouldn’t it have been better for the Grizzlies to take a pass and for Arenas to sit the year and sign with a team this summer?

Arenas would then have an entire training camp to prove himself to his new team. Now he has a few short games before playoffs begin.

Sadly, this situation sounds all too familiar in Memphis.

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Sunday , Feb , 19 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Allen Iverson almost signed with club in Venezuela

Jorge Hernandez was certain Allen Iverson would put basketball on the map in Venezuela—up until this morning. Hernandez, co-owner of Guaros de Lara in the Venezuelan League, was to introduce Iverson today as the team’s new point guard. Playing alongside Smush Parker, Iverson would bring unprecedented attention to Guaros.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Can’t play in the United States; can’t play outside of the United States. What a predicament.

Right now, for a variety of reasons, Allen Iverson isn’t playing basketball. No NBA team will sign the former MVP because he won’t report to the D-League, while legal problems are preventing him from leaving the U.S. to play abroad.

This is sad. However, Iverson only has himself to blame.

Years ago, Iverson should have reinvented himself as a second-unit game-changer. His pride and ego were too great for such a change.

For instance, he sulked in Detroit and Memphis when they asked him to come off the bench. And his return to Philadelphia was a flop, too.

So Iverson is in limbo. Who knows if he ever plays again.

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Sunday , Feb , 12 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Allen Iverson ‘The Answer’ for Lakers?

Allen Iverson, who sources indicated the Lakers had some interest in as long as he was willing to go to the NBA Developmental League for a few weeks first, is not the answer. He's simply not a point guard. The Lakers are also said to be interested in former Toronto Raptors point guard Rafer Alsotn, who helped the Orlando Magic reach the NBA Finals in 2009. But who knows if that will materialize into anything?

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: According to the rumor mill, Gilbert Arenas is no longer ‘The Answer’ to the Los Angeles Lakers’ point guard woes.

Reports indicate the purple-and-gold may think Allen Iverson is ‘The Answer’ -if he`ll report to their D-League affiliate for a conditioning stint.

A few things worth noting:

First, Iverson to the Lakers was first reported by ESPN scribe Stephen A. Smith, who has a personal and professional relationship with the former MVP from their time in Philadelphia.

So consider the source, and ask if Stephen A. is tossing Iverson a solid and keeping him relevant by even suggesting the Lakers had interest?

Second, Iverson always refused a bench role. He wouldn’t do it for Detroit. And he wouldn’t do it for Memphis. Worst of all, he wouldn’t do it for a contender.

It’s hard to believe he’d report to the D-League under any circumstances -even if there was the chance of joining the Lakers.

Third, Smith is right. Kobe and company need a pass-first point guard, not a shooting guard in a point guard’s body and big personality like Iverson.

The Answer’ isn’t the answer for the Lakers’ woes.   

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Tuesday , Feb , 07 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Iverson to play in Puerto Rico?

The Puerto Rican league, which starts its 30-game season in March, pays its stars about $20,000 a month, plus living expenses, sources said. The league’s commissioner is selling Iverson on the chance to work his way back to a possible return to the NBA.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Allen Iverson may soon have a job playing basketball -just not in the league or country he’d like.

Reports indicate a team in the Puerto Rican league is considering offering a contract to the future member of the Hall of Fame.

This is the latest sign the once-mighty Iverson is no longer relevant and/or meaningful. He’s a name, a marketing draw for some second-rate team in a fifth-rate league .

Sadly, Iverson only has himself to blame. He was given several opportunities to accept a role and prolong his career as a second-unit game-changer in the NBA.

Except his pride got in the way -in Detroit and Memphis. Then his personal issues became overwhelming in Philadelphia.

Now Iverson is willing to be a supporting piece, but no NBA team is interested. And his proud career is ending in the worst possible way.

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Thursday , Nov , 17 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Allen Iverson: ‘I ain’t no damn mob boss’

"I'm as clean as the Board of Health man."Iverson denied playing any role in a 2009 bar fight at the South Beach Pizza Bar nightclub inside the Fisher Building. He said he hired bodyguards, including a pre-Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee, to stay out of trouble."I get sued for stuff I don't got nothing to do with. I ain't involved with. Ain't nobody never said ... I touched them," Iverson, 36, said. "I don't do nothing to nobody, buddy."Lattimer had a quick reply."The head honcho ain't supposed to," he said. Iverson: "Yeah, I ain't no damn mob boss. I don't live my life like that. I got five kids. I don't put that on their head. That's a fairytale that y'all living in …"


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: This won't help.

A few days ago, HoopsVibe News reported on Allen Iverson's desire to return to the NBA. Unlike past comeback attempts, Iverson's people claimed he'd accept a bench role and had matured.

This, according to Iverson's management, would make him an ideal second-unit game-changer for a contender -such as, say, the Boston Celtics.

Personable Celtics coach Doc Rivers has a track record of succeeding with troubled players (see Stephon Marbury and Nate Robinson).

Even a charismatic players' coach like Rivers would surely shy away from Iverson and his considerable issues. For instance, in a recent civil case, 'The Answer' announced that 'he ain't a mob boss' and was as 'clean as the board of the health'.

Good to know. But how would such a dominant personality play in a veteran locker room full of dominant personalities?

Simply put, Iverson is too great a risk for the Celtics. At the best of times, he's a distraction. At the worst of time, he saps all life from a team.

All this for a reserve who wouldn't see major minutes behind Rajon Rondo or Ray Allen in the backcourt.

The Celtics should pass. There will be plenty of bargains with far less baggage when the season finally begins.

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Sunday , Nov , 13 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Iverson ‘would accept any role’ with Celtics?

With Rajon Rondo locked in as the Celtics point guard and Ray Allen as the shooting guard, Iverson’s role would likely be as a scorer off the bench. In Detroit and Memphis, he created issues because he demanded to start.  “I think that is so overplayed,’’ Moore said. “He said it on more than one occasion. And I’ve always known that. I think it was taken out of context. Allen would accept any role. Anything he can do to help a ball team is what he will be able to do.’

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s sad. Really, it is.

Allen Iverson should have done this years ago. Instead of swallowing his pride and ego and playing a role for a contender, Iverson had to be ‘The Guy’.

He had to have shots. He had to have touches. He had to be option one. And he ran himself right out the NBA because he acted like 2009 was 1999.

The Philadelphia 76ers traded him. Same with the Denver Nuggets. The Detroit Pistons let him quit. The Memphis Grizzlies released him. And the 76ers allowed him to disappear after re-signing him.

This whirlwind of mediocrity could have been avoided if Iverson did  what he’s doing now: re-invent himself as a second-unit game-changer.

Once upon a time, this would have worked. ‘The Greatest Little Man Ever’ coming off the bench for a contender and lighting up reserves.

The San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtics, and other contenders would have had interest. Best of all, the end of Iverson’s career would have been spent playing meaningful basketball in May and June.

But he wouldn’t do it. He wouldn’t put the collective before himself. Fair or not, right or wrong, he validated some of the accusations of being a selfish player.

Now Iverson’s people are reduced to begging. And it may be too late to rekindle what may have been.

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