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Monday , Jul , 05 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

New York fiasco: Stoudemire throws Anthony and Parker under the bus

Amar'e Stoudemire flew into New York yesterday, and he already is recruiting other stars around the league to join him on the Knicks. "I've talked to Carmelo Anthony to come out here, I've talked to Tony Parker," Stoudemire said last night after seeing a Broadway show. "Both those guys are ready to join me if I decide to come here, so I'm gonna see if we can work it out."

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Ah Amare, there are problems with your plan.

First, you haven't officially signed a contract with the New York Knicks. Nothing is on paper; there's no deal. And if LeBron James suddenly decided he wanted to ink a multi-year pact with the NYC, he would get to pick the big he wanted to partner with.

So Chris Bosh or even Carlos Boozer could be in. And you could be out.

Second, say you end up with the Knicks. Well, guess what? You've broken the NBA's tampering laws because Anthony and Parker have contracts with the Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs. They become free agents in July of 2011, and not July of 2010.

Perhaps, you were confused.

Fortunately, James Dolan has a relationship with Corporal Stern and the suits at league head office. He can probably smooth things over for you.

Third, you've thrown Anthony and Parker under the bus. These two may have privately expressed a desire to play in New York, but they expected these conversations to remain private and not end up in the news.

Anthony must now smooth things over with coach George Karl, Chauncey Billups, and Nugget fans, while Parker has to convince Tim Duncan, crazy coach Gregg Popovich, and the San Antonio Spurs that he's committed to winning an NBA Title in 2011.

After this, Anthony and Parker will feel they can't trust you. And if they can't trust you to keep hypothetical texts and private chats at the nightclub quiet, how can they trust you on-court as teammates? 

To be fair, you were probably excited about the possibility of signing in New York. This is understandable. The Knicks are a classic franchise. Madison Square Gardens is The Mecca of basketball. And forty-one evenings a year you'd get to rub shoulders with Spike Lee.

Now is not the time to revert to the immature antics of your past. Keep your cool. Remain a professional.

--Oly Sandor.

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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.
 

 

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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Chauncey Billeps gets a new Bentley
Thursday , May , 20 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Chauncey Billeps gets a new Bentley

Question: Why did you pick a Bentley, instead of a Rolls-Royce or something else?

Answer: I always wanted a Bentley.

Q: Always?

A: Since I made it, that is.

Q: Did you have any special modifications, anything added?

A: No. I just wanted to get it. I didn't want to wait anymore.

Q: How long have you been waiting for this car?

A: About a year and a half.

Q: Did you pick the color? Silver with black interior?

A: Yeah. All my cars are silver, because it looks good with chrome wheels. It's a perfect match.

Q: What about during the winter?

A: I've got a Range Rover for that. This'll just be for the summertime and some nice days.

Q: What was your first car?

A: An Olds 98. I don't even remember what year it was. It was about as long as this building. I'd only drive about three days a week, because it cost so much to fill up.

Q: What do you like about the Continental GT?

A: It's classy, but it's sporty. And it's real comfortable, plenty of room.

Q: What do you want your license plate to say?

A: BIG SHOT. They call me Mr. Big Shot, but I don't know if I can get that many letters.

 

Source: Jamie Butters, Detroit Free Press

Photo: PATRICIA BECK/DFP

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