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Wednesday , May , 12 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Joe Johnson Expresses Interest in Miami Heat

But amid his struggles during the series, Johnson said he would take a look at all of his options this summer, including partnering with Wade.

Not only did Johnson say he wouldn't mind shifting to a secondary role on a team with an established superstar, he also would change positions.

``That's a great situation -- you have to look at it,'' Johnson told The Miami Herald while discussing his options. ``I'm not saying I'll go play with him or him. But being a free agent, you pay attention to everybody's salary cap, what everybody can do.''

No team is set up to in better position for bolder moves than Miami, the only team in the league with an elite player in tow and the flexibility to add as many as two marquee free agents to max contracts.

With plans to re-sign Wade and with at least $25 million in salary-cap space, Miami vows to be aggressive when free agency opens July 1.

``Most of the players in this league know what Miami is about,'' Heat president Pat Riley said.
 
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Monday , May , 10 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Joe Johnson: I’m Not Devaluing Myself

Hawks guard Joe Johnson has struggled in the semifinals against the Magic, but the soon-to-be free agent doesn't think he's costing himself money.

"No," Johnson said after Orlando blew Atlanta out in Game 3.

He went 3-for-15 from the field and was booed at home as the Hawks fell into a 0-3 hole against the Magic.

He was, and might still be, considered worth a maximum-type contract as an unrestricted free agent, but Chris Sheridan of ESPN writes that he may have gone from "Plan B or Plan C" to someone's "Plan F or G" now.

"It was terrible, man. You hate to have performances like this, especially an individual like myself. I think these guys look to me for guidance, and with me playing like that it's almost impossible for us to win," Johnson said following Game 3.
 
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Friday , May , 07 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Josh Childress Uncertain about Return to NBA

This season, "I've been a lot more comfortable, and I think my play shows that. I never really changed my style of play. Mostly, I've improved a lot mentally. I've learned to let the game come to me more."

Childress has an opt-out clause in his contract that will allow him to return to the NBA this summer with no penalty or buyout. That, naturally, has led to rampant speculation in basketball-mad Greece that he'll be back in the States this fall. Greek journalists interviewed here were virtually unanimous in predicting that he will.

Thursday, Childress dealt with the inevitable questions with aplomb.

"I'll decide by July 15," he said, referring to his deadline for terminating his contract. "But right now, I have a lot to accomplish still -- this tournament, and then the rest of the season in the Greek league." 

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Monday , Apr , 26 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Grant Hill Wins NBA Sportsmanship Award

Grant Hill of the Phoenix Suns is the recipient of the Joe Dumars Trophy presented to the 2009-10 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner, the NBA announced today.

A 15-year veteran, Hill (Pacific) was one of six divisional winners, which included Atlanta’s Al Horford (Southeast), Boston’s Ray Allen (Atlantic), Cleveland’s Antawn Jamison (Central), Denver’s Chauncey Billups (Northwest) and Houston’s Luis Scola (Southwest).

Hill also won the award for the 07-08 and 04-05 seasons.
 

 

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Monday , Apr , 26 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Brandon Jennings: The Hawks Were Cocky

Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings(notes) doesn’t exactly lack self-confidence, so he knows cockiness when he sees it.

And the rookie guard thinks the Atlanta Hawks came into Game 3 in Milwaukee expecting to blow out the Bucks.

Instead, Milwaukee gave its heavily favored first-round playoff rivals something to think about: a 107-89 drubbing Saturday that cut Atlanta’s series lead to 2-1. The Bucks now have a chance to even the series at home in Monday’s Game 4 before heading back to Atlanta.

“I felt like they were a little bit cocky,” Jennings said Sunday. “They came in like, ‘OK, it’s Milwaukee, we’re up 2-0.’ I mean, that’s just how I felt. I felt like they thought they were just going to come in and just blow us out. I think with the crowd, and the way we came out, it just changed everything.” 
 
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Friday , Apr , 23 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Josh Smith: There Ain’t Nothing to Do in Milwaukee

First, Joakim Noah. Now, Josh Smith.

The Atlanta forward is taking a jab at Milwaukee, saying "everybody knows there's nothing to do" in the city that will host the Hawks in Games 3 and 4 of the playoffs.

Smith made his comments Thursday when someone asked him what he planned to do after the series shifted to the Bucks' home court. Game 3 is Saturday night.

Smith says he's never really done anything in Milwaukee and will "just be happy to find a restaurant." When a reporter jokingly asked if he'd ever take a vacation there, Smith replied, "Would you go? Everybody knows there ain't nothing to do in Milwaukee." 

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Tuesday , Apr , 20 , 2010 Marija Kero, The Knicks Chick

The Knicks Chick on Why the Celtics Are Going Home and the First-Round Match-ups

HoopsVibe is proud to welcome Marija Kero, better known to many of you as The Knicks Chick, to the team. Marija will be checking in with videoblogs covering everything from her beloved Knicks to Ron Artest's latest hair-related mishap. In her first piece, Marija shares her thoughts on Boston's bad temper, the surging Mavs and the ghosts of NYK past appearing in the postseason. 

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Tuesday , Mar , 30 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Could Josh Childress Return to NBA?

Forward Josh Childress, who is playing for Greek pro team Olympiacos, remains a wild card for the Atlanta Hawks or another NBA team looking to add a 6-8 swingman with a knack for getting easy baskets.
Childress, who took the unusual route of playing in Europe after his fourth season with Atlanta in 2008, is averaging 14.4 points and 4.6 rebounds this season.

Childress can opt out of his contract with Olympiacos after this season but would be a restricted free agent with Atlanta. Or he can sign a qualifying offer from the Hawks for one year and become a free agent in 2011 or sign a longer deal with the Hawks if they offer one. Childress also can sign an offer sheet with another team, but Atlanta can match it. Or he can return to Greece for the final year of his contract.

He has until July 15 to let Olympiacos know his decision.

"It's going to come down to getting information quickly and weighing my options and making a quick decision," Childress said. 

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Friday , Mar , 19 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Could Joe Johnson Lure LeBron to Knicks?

ESPN NBA analyst Ric Bucher quoted a league source yesterday when he said that LeBron James might be more interested in coming to the Knicks if they have Hawks' shooting guard Joe Johnson.

"If it's LeBron James they want," Bucher said, "a league source says the Hawks' shooting guard is a very good place to start."