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What if: Atlanta drafted Chris Paul in 2005
Tuesday , Nov , 05 , 2013 Joseph Sobczyk

What if: Atlanta drafted Chris Paul in 2005

The Atlanta Hawks had their pick of point guards in 2005. Between Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Ray Felton they really couldn't go wrong. They chose Marvin Williams. What would their future have looked like if they had drafted CP3

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The Hawks would have been a very high scoring team who would have been a piece or two away from title contention.

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Today In NBA History 1998: Mutombo Sets Record And We Interviewed Him
Tuesday , May , 07 , 2013 Paul Eide

Today In NBA History 1998: Mutombo Sets Record And We Interviewed Him

15 years ago today, Dikembe Mutombo made history.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Mutombo is the greatest defensive player of his era and we spoke with him.

Atlanta's Dikembe Mutombo is named the winner of the 1997-98 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, becoming the first player in NBA history to win the award three times. But "Mount Mutombo" wasn't done there. Three years later, he would win the award again for the fourth time in his career.

The eight time All-Star led the league in blocks three times and rebounding twice, becoming arguably the most important non-offensive threat in NBA history.

We were lucky enough to interview Dikembe not long ago; here are a few excerpts. Read the full interview here.

HV: How did the finger wave come to become your signature move?

DM: It happened after my third year just before we beat the Seattle Supersonics in 1994 NBA playoffs. I was having such a great year and blocking shots and moving up in the league. I used to block the shot and then I would shake my hand and no one said nothing. One day I decided shaking the hand doesn't really mean nothing- maybe the best way to not come into the House of Mutombo it's best to wave my finger, so it worked out very cool. But it ended up getting me a lot of technicals.

 HV: How did the NBA come to ban that? Does David Stern call you personally?

DM: It came from the players. You would hear from someone like Phil Jackson or something, that maybe you better stop what you're doing it's costing you a lot of money. It was good for me to do in the players face, but if I could face the fans and wave my finger away from the players face, it would be great. That's why you see in the last five years I started doing it away from the players face. So I don't have to lose a couple of thousand dollars (laughing).

 HV: Who was your favorite NBA player to block? 

DM: That's a good question. To me, not just one in particular. But I think playing against Shawn Kemp. He was such a high jumping, athletic player.

HV: How gratifying was it to be the first eight seed to beat a one seed when your Nuggets beat Kemp's Sonics?

DM: One of my proudest successes of my career.

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Big Boi talks bball and rap on NBA TV’s: The Jump
Wednesday , Dec , 19 , 2012 Matt Formica

Big Boi talks bball and rap on NBA TV’s: The Jump

Fresh off dropping his new album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, Outkast's Big Boi made an appearance on NBA TV's The Jump to talk shop on two of his (and my) favorite subjects, basketball and music.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  Big Boi is an accomplished hip hop artist and a true hoops fan.

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HoopsVibe Interviews NBA Legend Dikembe Mutombo
Tuesday , Dec , 04 , 2012 Paul Eide

HoopsVibe Interviews NBA Legend Dikembe Mutombo

HoopsVibe was fortunate enough to speak with former NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Mutombo is the latest pitch-man for Old Spice's "Champion Scent" line of products.

During his 18 year playing career, "Mt. Mutombo" was one of the most intimidating shot blockers and rebounders of all time, leading the league in blocked shots five times and rebounds four times. Mutombo was an eight time All-Star and appeared in the NBA FInals with the Philadelphia 76ers. 

HoopsVibe: Tell us about the game (which can be found at oldspicesavestheworld.com). According to the site you have 4 ½ weeks to save the world before the end of the Mayan calendar, correct?

Dikembe Mutombo: Yes, Iteam up with Old Spice to promote the computer game and we have to save the world in 4 ½ weeks. Also to promote Champion Scent from Old Spice. It’s a wonderful game for everybody to play.

HV: Let’s talk about Georgetown. You played there with Alonzo Mourning and a lot of other great players; Why couldn’t you and Zo win a national title?

DM: Man, that is a major question that will haunt us for the rest of our lives. We had a chance and ultimately went to NBA to become dominant centers and we had opportunities to win in college. The opportunity was there, and we just didn’t do it.

HV: How did the finger wave come to become your signature move?

DM: It happened after my third year just before we beat the Seattle Supersonics in 1994 NBA playoffs. I was having such a great year and blocking shots and moving up in the league. I used to block the shot and then I would shake my hand and no one said nothing. One day I decided shaking the hand doesn't really mean nothing- maybe the best way to not come into the House of Mutombo it's best to wave my finger, so it worked out very cool. But it ended up getting me a lot of technicals.

              

HV: How did the NBA come to ban that? Does David Stern call you personally?

DM: It came from the players. You would hear from someone like Phil Jackson or something, that maybe you better stop what you're doing it's costing you a lot of money. It was good for me to do in the players face, but if I could face the fans and wave my finger away from the players face, it would be great. That's why you see in the last five years I started doing it away from the players face. So I don't have to lose a couple of thousand dollars (laughing).

HV: Who was your favorite NBA player to block? 

DM: That's a good question. To me, not just one in particular. But I think playing against Shawn Kemp. He was such a high jumping, athletic player.

HV: How gratifying was it to be the first eight seed to beat a one seed when your Nuggets beat Kemp's Sonics?

DM: One of my proudest successes of my career. But I’m happy to promote the Old Spice game now. I want everyone to go to the website on your computer and play the game to save the world we only have four and a half weeks so we better do it!

To play "Dikembe Mutombo's 4 1/2 Weeks to Save the World", click here.

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Josh Smith Releases New adizero Ghost 2s
Wednesday , Oct , 03 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

Josh Smith Releases New adizero Ghost 2s

Josh Smith releases new aizero Ghost 2s.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: I don't know the last time I saw an NBA baller in full uniform in a cafe, but now that I've seen this commercial I'll be on the lookout. 
 
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Monday , Apr , 09 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Carmelo Anthony: MSG ‘is my house’

And he let everyone know it by celebrating his last 3-pointer of the game — an overtime game-winner he rattled in from 25 feet out to beat the NBA”s winningest team — by spinning around and screaming, “This is my house!” “Yeah, I did say that,” (Carmelo) Anthony admitted with a laugh. “It was just that they were talking some trash out there, in the moment.” If this is a preview of what a first-round playoff showdown between the Knicks and Bulls and Anthony versus Rose, is going to be like, then bring it on.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: New York is finally starting to accept and love Carmelo Anthony.

For a year or so, Knick fans were questioning the acquisition of Anthony from the Denver Nuggets. After all, the trade was the doing of owner James Dolan, while former lead executive Donnie Walsh was opposed to breaking up a promising squad for the All-Star forward.

Initially, the results were mixed. Very mixed.

Anthony couldn’t click with fellow star Amar’e Stoudemire and coach Mike D‘Antoni. His shot selection was questionable. And the Knicks were losing more than they were winning.

Enter Mike Woodson.

The former Atlanta Hawks sideline boss started the year as an assistant but replaced D’Antoni after the former Phoenix Suns coach resigned in March.

Woodson immediately empowered Anthony, telling him he’d get more touches on offense and, in turn, would be held accountable. The results have been overwhelmingly positive -as the Knicks are winning more and Anthony has greater balance to his game.

Not surprisingly, the fans have responded to him.

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Saturday , Mar , 10 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Josh Smith still wants out of Atlanta?

Atlanta ownership still resists trading Josh Smith, sources tell Y! Smith's preference to leave Hawks has been unchanged for past year.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: This is about a franchise’s search for credibility -not the Atlanta Hawks and Josh Smith potentially parting ways.

For years, Atlanta was an oddball franchise. It was the NBA’s version of Siberia -as players of any stature would look to ply their craft elsewhere.

Smith, a high-flying forward and Atlanta native, has been part of the Hawks becoming a perennial playoff team.

This success has come in spite of ownership -not because of it. After all, the Atlanta Spirit group is a fractured partnership of businessmen, who have been known to argue  about free agent signings and even sue each other.

Now Smith wants out, in part, because he feels the Hawks’ unique ownership group isn’t committed to winning.

Perhaps this is fair; however, Smith should continue to look at himself. Too often, he has been a distraction.

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Sunday , Mar , 04 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Josh Smith’s epic facial on Serge Ibaka

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Josh Smith gave Serge Ibaka, who is known for poster-jobbing opponents, a taste of his own medicine during Saturday's Hawks-Thunder clash.

Smith crammed an epic facial on the Thunder big, energizing the Atlanta crowd and teammate Zaza Pachulia. Check it out …

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Sunday , Feb , 19 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Tracy McGrady on Hawks: ‘I’m tired of this (bleep)’

Hawks forward Tracy McGrady’s private frustrations over his playing time finally boiled over after he played just 4:39 during the 97-77 loss to the Blazers late Saturday. “I’m tired of this [bleep],” McGrady said. “You can put that in the paper, I don’t give a [bleep].”McGrady didn’t play after halftime against the Blazers. He didn’t dress for Atlanta’s 101-99 victory at Phoenix Thursday but said it was his decision to rest for the second game of a back-to-back. Against the Blazers, McGrady never returned after Marvin Williams replaced him with 7:21 left in the first half.

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HoopVibe’s Very Quick Call: Nothing has changed. Tracy McGrady is still about one person: himself.

The former All-Star, who is on the back-end of a mixed career, is complaining to reporters about his playing time with the Atlanta Hawks. 

McGrady was signed in mid-December by Atlanta to come off the bench, spell the starters, and provide depth.

His play has been mixed, so coach Larry Drew recently cut McGrady’s minutes, which prompted his outburst.

It seems the lanky swing still struggles with professionalism. After all, he complained in Houston, Orlando, and Toronto, and led an all-out revolt last year in Detroit.

Atlanta was his chance to show he could play a role and contribute to a playoff contender.

Well, so much for that idea. Nothing has changed with McGrady. He’s about himself, and always will be.

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Sunday , Feb , 12 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Josh Smith: NBA Politics to blame for All-Star Snub

“You’ve got to factor in there is a lot of politics involved in the All-Star selection,” Smith said Friday. “Once you get that it’s really about politics, then nothing really surprises you. I call it ‘Nothing But Associates,’ NBA. It’s all who you know.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Josh Smith should look in the mirror rather than blame others for not making the Eastern Conference All-Star squad.

The Atlanta Hawk has a reputation as a talented but troubled forward because he previously clashed with coaches, teammates, and management.

All-Star reserves are voted on by coaches, and, right or wrong, the NBA's thirty sideline bosses have held Smith accountable for past behaviour.

This isn’t to suggest a conspiracy against Smith, but coaches will vote for other players -all things being relatively equal, of course

So Luol Deng, Andre Iguodala, and Paul Pierce got the nod to play in the mid-season classic over Smith.

The best thing Smith could have done was shut up, accept the decision, and vacation somewhere over All-Star weekend.

Instead Smith went public with his complaints and proved why coaches didn’t vote for him.

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Sunday , Jan , 01 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Joe Johnson and Al Horford for Dwight Howard?

Atlanta engaged Orlando in Dwight Howard trade talks this month, as well as the notion that the Magic would surely want Horford as part of any swap if the talks ever go anywhere. "Wow," Horford said. "I guess I'm heading back to Florida. ... I don't know, that's interesting, I know that Dwight is from here, but as far as I know, this is the first I've heard of it. But it'll be interesting."

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Dwight Howard isn't getting traded to the Atlanta Hawks because Dwight Howard won't re-sign with the Atlanta Hawks.

Howard, who can opt-out of his contract in July of 2012 with the Orlando Magic and become a free agent, wants to play in a major market.

Think New York, specifically Brooklyn. Think Los Angeles. Maybe Dallas.

For a couple of reasons, Atlanta, despite being Howard's hometown, doesn't stand a chance at getting the world`s top center to sign an extension.

1) The Hawks`owners, the LLC Spirit group, are highly dysfunctional. They once sued each other. They gave away a professional hockey team. And, most importantly, they won`t spend on a winner. Sure, they`ll float a few big-tickets, but they lack the resources and market size to underwrite a championship contender. And Howard knows this.

2) Atlanta won`t provide Howard with opportunities to leverage his brand. For instance, he wants a career in entertainment, and New York and Los Angeles are the best places for this to occur.

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Thursday , Dec , 29 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Josh Smith and Joe Johnson for Dwight Howard?

Sources told ESPN.com that the aforementioned Hawks, meanwhile, engaged Orlando in trade talks for Howard earlier this month with an offer believed to be headlined by $124 million guard Joe Johnson and swingman Josh Smith. You have to figure that the Magic, though, would insist on Al Horford if such discussions ever got serious.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Rebuilding isn’t an option for the Orlando Magic, so they’re reluctant to trade franchise face Dwight Howard for prospects, draft picks, and expiring contracts.

The powers that be in Orlando want established professionals -like, say, Joe Johnson and Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks.

This is interesting, as both are big-ticket pieces, especially Johnson who is due to earn $107 million over the next five years. Smith is due $25.5 million through 2013.

Here’s the question: is Johnson and Smith superior to the Lakers reported offer of Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol?

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Tuesday , Aug , 09 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

LeBron: ‘I’m optimistic that we will have a season’

“I'm optimistic that we will have a season this year,” James said. “Very optimistic.” A little anxious, too. He's working out twice a day, trying to erase some of the sting that's still there after the Heat lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA finals.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Does LeBron James know something the rest of us do not? Secret talks? A covert deal? Has he chatted with Union Boss Billy Hunter?

I appreciate LeBron James’ optimism that owners and players will somehow strike a hail-Mary deal, however, the facts are tough to overlook.

Right now, there’s no negotiating and/or bargaining between owners and players. Both are holding firm and refusing to compromise on a new financial system.

The owners want salary rollbacks, a hard cap, and a greater share of the Basketball Related Income, while players want to stick with the current system -even if it’s out of whack with the post 2008 economy.

Yet James remains optimistic. Fair enough. Always look at the bright side, I guess.

Still, the negative is tough to overlook. Alex Meruelo recently dropped $300 million on a mediocre franchise, the Hawks, in a mediocre sports town, Atlanta, because Commissioner David Stern surely promised a hard cap and a better split of the BRI.

And to get those concessions the owners will likely have to blow-up the entire season. That’s right: no basketball for 2011-12.

So James can stay optimistic. I’ll stay optimistic he knows something the rest of us do not.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Aug , 07 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

What will Alex Meruelo mean for ATL Hawks?

Businessman Alex Meruelo has reached an agreement to buy a majority ownership stake in the Atlanta Hawks, he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an exclusive weekend interview.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Three things worth noting about the Atlanta Hawks' new owner.

First, a good organization has a good owner. It starts with the man at the top having clear expectations with respect to professionalism, attitude, and desire.

After years of poor play, the Hawks have recently become a good team. However, the LLC Spirit wasn’t committed to winning - they were too busy suing each other and cutting costs - so they weren’t a good organization.

Hopefully, Meruelo, also known as The California Pizza King, models what he expects from players, so the Hawks become a good organization.

Second, the NBA is a diverse league. Meruelo would be the league's first Hispanic owner, which is a positive.

Third, the NBA is in a nasty lockout because owners claim the business model is broken. Yet, there’s a willing buyer, Meruelo, for a weaker franchise, the Hawks, in a city, Atlanta, that doesn’t provide overwhelming support for its teams.

I’m curious to see what, if any, impact this has on future labour negotiations.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Aug , 06 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Josh Smith: ‘I’m an Atlanta Hawk’

"My feeling is that I'm an Atlanta Hawk," Smith said. "I'll be an Atlanta Hawk until otherwise, until they trade me or something else. I don't know. We've been with each other for a long time. We've had some success together. You never want to leave somewhere where you know that each year you're getting better and it could be something that much more special next year.

"But you never know what's going to happen. I'm just here. I'm an Atlanta Hawk right now. All I can do is stay ready, stay in my lane and stay focused and worry about bettering myself."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Gee, get the impression Josh Smith is a member of the Atlanta Hawks?

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, the versatile forward repeated again-and-again he’s with the Hawks. Here’s the question: for how long?

For any number of reasons, the thrifty Hawks could cut ties with Smith and trade him when the lockout finally ends.

Money matters. And the Hawks’ ownership groups doesn’t have any and would be willing to move the final two years and $25 million remaining on his contract.

The Hawks are also in tough with respect to the salary cap. Currently, they have 9 players signed for a total of $65 million.

Suppose the luxury tax system is replaced by a stricter hard cap. Moving Smith would help the Hawks get under the hard cap and create the financial flexibility to fill out the roster with valuable blending pieces.

Finally, it may be time for a change. Smith and the Hawks have a tumultuous past, so perhaps, in the words of the lovely Sheryl Crow, a change would do you both good.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jul , 20 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Memo to Dwight Howard: Win Something. Get Love and Respect.

“I really think we get no love at all, to be honest. But that’s ok. We want to be respected by the teams we play and that’s the only thing that matters. The media can pick whoever they want to win the title, but the team that wins the title is the team that plays. The media doesn’t play a game. I’m pretty sure nobody thought that the Dallas Mavericks were ever going to win the title this year. 

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: It's the latest sign, he's not ready.

Dwight Howard's complaints that the media don't show his Orlando Magic 'love' reveals much about his head space. He's still immature. He's still unfocused. He's still incapable of leading the Magic to a championship.

Howard shouldn't concern himself with the opinions of print guys, Net writers, radio shock-jocks, or TV crews. Such opinions are irrelevant and don't matter.

The opinions of teammates, coaches, and club executives are relevant and do matter. But Howard hasn't been overly concerned with the guys he goes to war with, speaking out about a lack of consultation on last year's in-season makeover.

However, Howard should know one thing about the media: we show 'love' to winners. Superstar who can't get out the first-round against a good but hardly Atlanta side receive little 'love' –and with good reason.

So Howard should win something. Then, if it still matters, the love, praise, and accolades will follow.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Jul , 04 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Joe Johnson sings Jodeci’s ‘Come Talk To Me’

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: NBA players have a little extra time on their hands due to the lockout.

Some are getting in extra training. Some are scheming on crossing the Atlantic and playing in Europe. Others, like Joe Johnson, are masquerading as members of Jodeci on karaoke night.

Watch the Atlanta Hawks’ superstar bust out ‘Come and Talk to Me’ and tell us if Johnson has a future on the R&B circuit.

--Oly Sandor.

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