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Sunday , Jul , 25 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Is LeBron James behind Chris Paul’s trade request?

LeBron James continues to put his fingerprints on the NBA's most-hyped offseason in history. Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote on his Twitter page Saturday that James suggested that Hornets point guard Chris Paul request a trade.

However, Windhorst added that James is urging Paul to stay in the Western Conference to make for a better rivalry.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: LeBron James is surely involved in Chris Paul's trade request.

First, James and Paul are tight. They're boys. Their boys are boys. They've surely discussed each other's situations.

Second, Paul is represented to some degree by an agency that James owns. James' business team are Paul's business team.

So they have a personal and business relationship. The lines of that relationship are blurred.

However, James shouldn't be blamed for Paul's trade request. This storm has been brewing for some time.

New Orleans is a small market, and lacks the revenue and resources to provide Paul with a reasonable supporting cast. They need time, a new owner, and a revamped Collective Bargaining Agreement to compete.

Paul and the Hornets are aware of the team's current predicament. They clashed over the firing of Coach Byron Scott. And they understand young table-setter Darren Collison is waiting in the wings.

Add it all up and a trade request was inevitable. James probably just encouraged and supported Paul to take his wishes public.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jul , 07 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Enlighten us: LeBron James to (thankfully) announce decision Thursday

LeBron James is planning to announce the team with which he will sign during a one-hour special on ESPN Thursday night, ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard has learned through independent sources.

ESPN would only confirm that active discussions for the special are ongoing. But sources tell Broussard that representatives for James contacted the network, proposing that James makes his announcement during a 9 p.m. ET special.

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HoopsVibe`s Very Quick Call: Can you see the light at the end of the tunnel?

After years of speculation, gossip, drama, innuendo, and (frankly) nonsense, LeBron James will finally enlighten us with a one hour ESPN special announcing where he’ll play next. 

Thank you. Thank you so very much LeBron.

Expect the Cleveland Cavaliers to win these bizarre sweepstakes. Cleveland is James’ home. They can offer the most money and longest term.

Owner Dan Gilbert has likely promised to acquire Chris Paul - James’ best friend in the NBA - from the New Orleans Hornets. It’s one reason Gilbert hired Scott, the former sideline boss with Paul`s Hornets.

Most importantly, come Thursday James will have made his decision and we can get on with our lives.

-- Oly Sandor.


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Saturday , Jul , 03 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: New Orleans looking to trade frustrated Chris Paul?

Hornets point guard Chris Paul could become the NBA's biggest storyline once this summer's big free agents sign contracts.

Paul has said that he loves New Orleans, but he wants to see the team start to make improvements to their roster. He's impatient about contending for a title right now.

"(Paul's frustration) is very real, very real," a source close to Paul told FanHouse. "He doesn't see them putting a (championship-caliber) team together."

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: This isn't ending well.
 
Chris Paul may love the city of New Orleans, but he has no love for the Hornets. After all, his employers won't/can't spend on supporting pieces, and fired friend and mentor Coach Byron Scott -without consulting him.
 
New Orleans can do little. They have always been a small, economically challenged city.
 
Huricane Katrina, the recession, and Gulf Coast oil spill was particularly difficult, limiting the few disposable dollars fans and companies had to pay for tickets and luxury boxes. The team can not generate enough revenue to add big-ticket talent.
 
Of course, this means little to Paul, an Alpha Male who wants to compete for an NBA Title.
 
The franchise face - who is pulling in a maximum contract - is expendable, especially with second year table-setter Darren Collison waiting in the wings.
 
Various teams in the Eastern Conference have already called the Hornets about CP3. And Portland and New Orleans almost completed a deal for the tiny table-setter last week.
 
Yes, Paul`s frustration is `very real`. And so are the chances he`ll soon be traded.
 
-- Oly Sandor.
 
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Thursday , Jul , 01 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Byron Scott to coach Cleveland Cavaliers -with or without LeBron James

Byron Scott has reached agreement on a three-year contract to become the Cleveland Cavaliers’ new coach, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The deal is expected to be finalized on Thursday.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: It's a big announcement, but not the one Cleveland Cavalier fans were hoping for.

Word is Cleveland owner and de facto GM Dan Gilbert will introduce Byron Scott as his bench-boss today, and the former sharpshooter is apparently excited to coach the Cavaliers -even if you-know-who, LeBron James, doesn't re-sign.

And perhaps he's right.

With James, Scott has a ready-built contender on his hand. Without him, Scott can take his time to reshape the roster -like he did with the New Jersey Nets and New Orleans Hornets.

Either way, in Gilbert, Scott has the rare owner willing to spend to compete. This is what drew him to the job.

Now Scott must wait to see how the situation unfolds in Cleveland.

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Wednesday , Jun , 16 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Izzo staying at MSU, Cleveland interested in Scott and Woodson?

Tom Izzo is staying at Michigan State, turning down a chance to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers and and perhaps LeBron James.

"I'm pleased to say I am here for life at Michigan State," Izzo said in a statement released by the school on Tuesday night.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Tom Izzo made the right decision -not just for himself, but also for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The NBA is an adjustment. The game is different; the players are millionaire businessmen not teenagers. And many great college coaches have failed in the pros: John Calipari, Mike Montgomery, Rick Pitino and Jerry Tarkanian.

Then there was the tiny issue of LeBron James' pending free agency. Izzo would be in quite the quagmire if he accepted the Cavaliers job and James signed elsewhere. 

In the end, the risk was too great. So Izzo decided to stay with Michigan State and become an all-time great in the college ranks.

Meanwhile, Cleveland will continue searching for a sideline boss. Byron Scott is the frontrunner; however, the former Hornets coach wants to replace Phil Jackson in LA -if the Zen-Master leaves.

Mike Woodson, who was recently fired by the Atlanta Hawks, is also under consideration. And this is where the musical chairs could occur. Suppose Cleveland hires Woodson and James leaves. The Cavaliers could replace James with Joe Johnson, another superstar free agent who Woodson coached in Atlanta.

The next few months will be interesting in Ohio and throughout the NBA.

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Thursday , Apr , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Byron Scott Would Love to Coach Bulls

Byron Scott said he would be interested in becoming a candidate to coach the Chicago Bulls.

Vinny Del Negro, who has led the Bulls to playoff appearances in his two seasons in Chicago, has another year left on his contract, but it's widely speculated that Del Negro will be let go as soon as the season is over.

"Chicago is a city I love," Scott said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "I spend time in Chicago during the summers, and coaching [the New Jersey Nets] in the Eastern Conference, I've been in Chicago a bunch of times.

"I wouldn't hang the phone up, let's put it that way. And I do think Chicago is going to be one of the better jobs that's available, if it's available."