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Saturday , Jul , 17 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Dan Gilbert and Cavaliers should pass on Matt Barnes and Brad Miller

The Cavaliers have been in contact with free-agents Matt Barnes and Brad Miller, according to league sources. Brian Windhorst writes that Cleveland would have been interested in signing Miller even if LeBron James had re-signed.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: How exactly does Matt Barnes and Brad Miller fit owner Dan Gilbert’s caps-locked and bolded text declaration that his Cleveland Cavaliers would win a championship before the ‘self declared king’ LeBron James?

No offence to any of the parties involved. This won’t work.

Barnes and Miller are established veterans. They need to join a contender on the verge of a championship.

While Gilbert needs to take a deep breath, exhale, and not react to ames doing his organization, fans, and state of Ohio dirty. And reacting is exactly what the outspoken owner would be doing if he signed Barnes and/or Miller.

The billionaire must realize established superstars won’t sign with the Cavaliers. The crème de la crème of NBA talent want palm trees in January, not snow. And they want a sexy city, not Cleveland.

This, of course, is sad. Ohio is a sports-mad state. Cleveland is a sports-mad city. Gilbert – despite his recent outburst – will spend his own money to win. Byron Scott is a talented, established coach.

Fair or unfair, right or wrong, there’s currently an unkind view of Cleveland.

Gilbert should do himself a favour by empowering an executive to repeat the Oklahoma City Thunder model, where the team builds through creating cap flexibility and drafting well.

Or, perhaps he should open his own team`s history books for a better example.

For instance, in the early to mid-nineties, Cleveland used the draft to craft an excellent young team. They picked star center Brad Daugherty and shooting guard Ron Harper, and swapped Kevin Johnson, their seventh selection in the 1986 draft, for small forward Larry Nance.

So Gilbert needs to be patient and take the slow, steady route and not react. This means passing on Barnes and Miller.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Apr , 29 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Brad Miller: I’m Not Going to New York

Already, stories have speculated the Rockets and Knicks will show interest.

"I'm not going to New York," Miller said flatly.

The 12-year veteran said a two-year deal with a third year player option would be ideal. The Bulls would re-sign Miller at the right price.

"This is definitely one of the teams on my small list that I'm very interested in," Miller said. "But I'm in a good situation and realistic about my worth. I'm not worried about having to chase money. I can go to the situation that's best for me.

"I've had security for a long time. I'm assuming there will be interest but you never know." 

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Sunday , Apr , 18 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Eddy Curry to Knicks: Don’t Buy Me out; Waive Me

Embattled Eddy Curry told The Post he hopes the Knicks waive him if he is not in their plans for next season.

The Knicks' star-crossed center, who has played 10 games in two seasons, said he would not take less money to go away.

"I'm not taking a buyout, so that's not happening," Curry told The Post. "Definitely not. They can try to trade me if they wanted to. I hope it doesn't come to that.

"But I would just hope that if it came down to it, especially going into a contract year, that if [coach Mike D'Antoni] knows this wasn't the right place for me, they would make the right decision. Other than that, I'll do everything I can to be ready."

The Knicks will look for a starting center in the free-agent market. In addition to Marcus Camby, they may court Brad Miller, who played for Knicks team president Donnie Walsh in Indiana.

In perhaps his last act as a Knick, Curry forgot his passport on their season-ending trip to Toronto earlier this week, according to sources. Curry would like to forget his past two seasons.

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The NBA’s 50 Worst Tattoos
Sunday , Apr , 11 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

The NBA’s 50 Worst Tattoos

You wouldn't believe the number of inky abominations etched into the pelts of pro ballers.  I'd originally planned a simple list of the league's ten worst tats, but when my dishonourable mention section hit double digits I realised I'd need to expand the scope of the project a little.  Even when I elongated the list to twenty-five terrible tattoos, I still found that I had to exclude some real atrocities.  In the end it took a full fifty spots to showcase the shittiest skin art in the L.

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Tuesday , Mar , 16 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Brad Miller Unhappy with Flagrant Foul

"I'd say questionable doesn't describe [how I feel about the call]," Miller said. "Obviously, I led the league in flagrant fouls with Ron Artest back in the day. I know what their definition of one [is]. Apparently, from the playoffs last year they vary [from] person to person and situation. I was up against the odds in that scenario for sure."

It was easy to read between the lines and see how frustrated Miller was that Miami's Dwyane Wade received a favorable call in that situation.

"I was just standing there with my damn arm up," he said. "He comes in like he always does and I just don't fall down. That's the joy of certain people against certain people."