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Friday , Apr , 13 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Charles Barkley: Dallas Mavericks shouldn`t pay Lamar Odom

“I like Lamar as a person, but I’m disappointed about everything that happened in Dallas. And it’s a shame that the Mavs got to pay him, to be honest with you. He don’t deserve to get paid for what he put out there this year. He doesn’t deserve it, plain and simple.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: So where does it end?

According to Charles Barkley, the Dallas Mavericks shouldn’t have to pay Lamar Odom because he did nothing for the defending world champions.

Well, should the New York Knicks ask for a refund from Eddy Curry? Or, how about the Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards with Gilbert Arenas? Do you think the Detroit Pistons would want a re-do on Charlie Villanueva’s three-year, $24 million pact?

Look on every NBA team’s roster and you’ll find a bad contract or two. And bad contracts have always been a part of David Stern’s league because the union was smart enough to make sure those bad contracts were guaranteed.

But Odom will get his. He’ll likely end up a free agent this summer when the Mavericks buy out the final year of his contract this June.

And who will want an emotional power forward with more baggage than his Hollywood socialite wife?

Odom`s wallet will take a hit. He may get the mini mid level exception this summer, which would be a $5 million reduction in salary.

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Saturday , Mar , 05 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Channing Frye on Kevin Garnett: ‘People just aren’t afraid of him’

 

Frye later added, "People just aren’t afraid of him. It's just not as concealed. I think an elbow here, maybe tripping somebody or grabbing hold of them, that happens and it’s just people playing hard. But other stuff is a little different, being a little disrespectful. It is what it is. He plays like that and that’s what he does. Everybody knows it, but it’s not like I’m out here thinking what am I supposed to do against KG."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Kevin Garnett is always in the middle of ‘it’.

The ‘it’ refers to the delicate grey area of the game; the Boston Celtics’ post specializes in giving elbows, shoves, and/or pokes that draw the ire of opponents.

This, of course, is the point.

Garnett is no longer a top five player, capable of dominating purely with skill. As an older, complementary player, the veteran has more and more turned to, well, ‘interesting’ tactics.

And folks are taking note. Like Andrew Bogut and Charlie Villanueva.  Even famed movie director Spike Lee has weighed in on the KG debate.

To be fair, Garnett was a similar player in Minnesota. But he never won much or made regular appearances on TNT and ESPN, so the elbows and knees were less of an issue.

However, the green-and-white has the second best record in the NBA. Last season, they were a game away from winning their second championship in three years.

So Garnett is getting attention. He won’t change, though. Not a thing. No matter what Channing Frye and others think or say.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Nov , 07 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Kevin Garnett on Charlie Villanueva: he’s a ‘Nobody’

As far as Kevin Garnett is concerned, his feud with Charlie Villanueva is over. "It's a nobody," Garnett said. "I'm not paying attention to nobodies any more."

The controversy struck on Wednesday morning, the day after Boston faced Detroit and Garnett and Villanueva had words. Villanueva accused Garnett of calling him "a cancer patient," which the Celtics forward denied.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call:
Kevin Garnett is finally finished with Charlie Villanueva.

In case you missed it: last week, Villanueva, who suffers from a rare skin disease, accused Garnett of calling him a cancer patient, while Garnett maintains he only called Villanueva a cancer to his team and the league.

Their he-said, he-said battle caused a stir. Thankfully, it’s over. However, Garnett couldn’t resist a final jab by telling reporters he would no longer comment on a ‘nobody’ like Villanueva.

Typical KG.
The future Hall of Fame post always gets the last word. After all, he could have said no comment, but had to slam Villanueva.

Still, he’s right. Villanueva has talent; however, he refuses to channel that talent and become a consistent scorer.

After last week’s drama, this wasn’t the time for Garnett to fuel the fire by calling Villanueva a 'nobody'.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Nov , 04 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Did Kevin Garnett drop ‘The Cancer Bomb’ on Charlie Villanueva?

Garnett, known as a trash talker, stuck to his usual routine and did not speak to the media before Wednesday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

He did issue a statement before the game.

"I am aware there was a major miscommunication regarding something I said on the court last night. My comment to Charlie Villanueva was in fact: You are cancerous to your team and our league,"' Garnett said. "I would never be insensitive to the brave struggle that cancer patients endure. I have lost loved ones to this deadly disease and have a family member currently undergoing treatment. I would never say anything that distasteful. The game of life is far bigger than the game of basketball."

One of Villanueva's tweets read: "KG called me a cancer patient, I'm [mad] because, u know how many people died from cancer, and he's tossing it like it's a joke."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: No doubt about it, Kevin Garnett has crossed the line before.

More than once, ‘The Big Ticket’ has exercised questionable judgment, elbowing, pushing, shoving, and brawling with opponents.

Two years ago, he made even Glen Davis cry. Davis is a teammate.  

Despite his questionable reputation, Garnett wouldn’t unleash The Cancer Bomb on Detroit Piston Charlie Villanueva.

Garnett would, however, call the forward cancerous to his team and league. And his version of events was recently confirmed by Boston Celtics coach Glen 'Doc' Rivers.

With respect to Villanueva, Garnett is right.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Aug , 31 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Charlie Villanueva has starter`s mentality for Detroit Pistons

Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva has been preparing himself for a starting role this summer. Jonas Jerebko appears to be the odds-on favorite to be Detroit's starting small forward, but Villanueva plans on challenging for the job. "That's my mentality – to be a starter," Villanueva said.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s a delicate balance for Charlie Villanueva.

On the one hand, it’s a positive that Charlie ‘V’ wants to start. The forward surely wants to redeem himself after his poor 2010, and prove he’s worth the five-year, $35 million free agent pact he signed.

On the other hand, Villanueva’s individual goals may get in the way of the Detroit Pistons’ goal of improving. And Ben Gordon, Rip Hamilton, Tracy McGrady, and Tayshaun Prince are preparing for comeback campaigns of their own.

There are only so many shots. And there are only so many minutes.   

With Gordon, Hamilton, and T-Mac looking to score, Villanueva may not get many opportunities. And the former Connecticut Husky isn`t much good unless he`s filling up the bucket.

Perhaps Villanueva should reconsider what he wants to achieve in 2011. This would be good for him and the Pistons.

--Oly Sandor.


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Tuesday , Aug , 10 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Desperate times, desperate measures: fading Pistons sign fading T-Mac

Seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady has reached agreement on a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Detroit Pistons, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: This situation should work for Tracy McGrady and the Detroit Pistons.

After all, McGrady needs regular minutes, shots, and touches. This opportunity only happens on a mediocre team such as the Pistons.

Meanwhile, Detroit needs to distract fans from the on-court product. It's a mess.

Executive Joe Dumars has been too loyal to his 2004 championship team, hanging on to past their prime pieces like Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, and re-signing Ben Wallace. He also overpaid free agents Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva.

Enter McGrady.

His name and fading star power should keep the masses talking, and not about Dumars' recent failures. Best of all, McGrady has dropped his demand to start; he has agreed to compete for minutes.

So McGrady and the Pistons seem a fit. As they say, desperate times call for desperate measures.

--Oly Sandor.

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