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Monday , Jan , 31 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Kevin Durant calls Chris Bosh ‘a fake tough guy’

"I was talking to my teammate and he decided he wanted to put his 2 cents into it. I'm a quiet guy, a laid-back guy, but I'm not going to let nobody talk trash to me. He's on a good team now, so he thinks he can talk a little bit," Durant said. "There's a lot of fake tough guys in this league and he's one of them," Durant added.

 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Chris Bosh isn’t exactly respected by his NBA peers.

Shaquille O’Neal once branded him the ‘RuPaul’ of big men. Amar’e Stoudemire boasted to the world that he was better than Bosh. Today, Kevin Durant called him a ‘fake tough guy’.

Durant’s comments came after his Oklahoma City Thunder dropped a close game to Bosh’s Miami Heat on national television. The lanky three-man missed a fade-away jumper in the closing seconds which would have sent the game to overtime.

However, the tough loss wasn’t the reason for Durant’s outburst. Earlier in the game, he and Bosh bumped into each other and exchanged words. Both were given technical fouls.

Clearly, Durant doesn’t believe Bosh can back-up the tough talk. And he isn’t the only one.  

--Oly Sandor.
 
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Wednesday , Jan , 19 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Is Chris Bosh pulling a Latrell Sprewell?

The Heat's schedule is easing at a good time for recovery, which Chris Bosh could now use after colliding with Bulls forward Omer Asik. Asik took out Bosh's legs while diving for a loose ball. Bosh then questioned Asik's tactic after the game, saying the play could have caused serious harm. "That is how guys get hurt," Bosh said. "That is how serious injuries happen ... You've got to watch people's legs. I know guys want to hustle and everything but we all want to play and provide for our families and have a job." While expressing anger in Asik's hustle play, Bosh realized things could have been worse. He called the injury "mild" and considered himself fortunate.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Years ago, I interviewed Chris Bosh for a magazine article. During our half hour chat, he struck me as thoughtful, considerate, and intelligent.

Of course, I’m a reporter, so it could have been a show. But Bosh, who was finishing his second season in the NBA at the time, seemed intelligent enough to know not to say things like ‘feed our families’.

Nothing frustrates the public like an athlete complaining about his livelihood, especially when that athlete has pulled in a lucrative rookie contract, earned several years wages from a max contract before opting-out, and is guaranteed to make $100 million over the next six years.

Just ask Latrell Sprewell, who refused a three-year, $21 million extension from the Minnesota Timberwolves because he also couldn’t ‘feed his family’.

I understand the NBA is a business. I also understand a player’s frustration with a fellow player’s overzealous tactics. However, Bosh must be smarter than this. He has to appear more in touch with the people who pay his salary –the fans.

After all, a lockout is coming. And players, like Bosh, have to realize these kinds of comments will compromise their support with fans.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Dec , 29 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Bosh or Stoudemire? Did Miami Heat have a choice?

The Heat may have preferred Stoudemire's talent because the team made several attempts to trade for him at last February's deadline, according to sources. As it turned out, Bosh, James and Wade all took less money to fit under the cap, and Stoudemire did better financially, getting the maximum $100 million contract from the Knicks.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Chris Bosh or Amar’e Stoudemire?

In theory, the Miami Heat could have signed either Bosh or Stoudemire last summer. After all, both were free agents. And both had serious interest in calling South Beach home.

In reality, the Heat had no choice. They had to sign Bosh –if they wanted to keep superstar Dwayne Wade, and also lure LeBron James from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Wade has a personal and business relationship with Bosh. The two have been friends for years; they share agent Henry Thomas.

Now Wade and Stoudemire may be friendly, but aren’t close like Wade and Bosh, who were essentially a package deal last summer.

If the Heat signed Stoudemire, they lose Wade, and the next free agent domino, James, re-signs with Cleveland or, perhaps, heads to the bright lights of New York City.

Fans can debate if Bosh or Stoudemire would’ve been the best fit for Miami. And Stoudemire’s fine play for the New York Knicks adds fuel to the fire.

The Heat’s front office, however, knew signing Stoudemire would have killed their chances of building a super team with Wade and James.

For the Heat, there was no debate. It was Bosh or broke.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Dec , 26 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Would LeBron have picked Paul and Cleveland over Bosh, Wade and Miami?

Chris Bosh turned down a Raptors offer to trade the forward to the Cavaliers earlier this year, according to a source in Toronto. Bosh would have received a maximum contract as a result of the deal, roughly $10 million more than he received from Miami. A source says the Cavaliers also tried to acquire Chris Paul.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Last summer, the Cleveland Cavaliers were desperate, and tried everything to get franchise face and hometown hero LeBron James to sign an extension.

This included trading for Toronto Raptors post Chris Bosh and/or New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul.

Both attempts failed. James and Bosh are teammates with the Miami Heat, while Paul continues to dole out dimes for the Hornets.

However, this report makes for interesting speculation. Turn back the clock to last July. Suppose Cleveland acquired Paul, tore up the remaining two years on his contract, and gave him a long-term extension for the maximum.

Bosh hits free agency, leaves dysfunctional Toronto, and partners with Dwyane Wade in Miami. (Bosh and Wade both use agent Henry Thomas. For years, Thomas had been scheming on ways to get his two superstar clients on the same team.) 

What would James have done? Re-sign with Cleveland? Or bolt to Miami?

Ohio is James’ home. And he’d be playing with CP3, his best friend in the NBA. But Miami is the NBA’s most desirable locale, and Bosh and Wade are All-Stars.

We’ll never know the answer. Cleveland failed to find James a superstar running-mate. So he found two of his own in South Beach.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Dec , 14 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade like Erik Spoelstra’s reward system

A simple reward system has contributed to Miami's current eight-game winning streak. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra set parameters that reward his superstars with offensive freedom when they excel on the defensive end.

If Dwyane Wade grabs a defensive rebound, he has the green light to do whatever he wants offensively. If LeBron James makes a defensive stop, he controls his own game on the other end of the court. "Our job is to defend and then we get rewarded with what we want to do on offense," James said.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Not long ago, Erik Spoelstra was persona non grata with the Miami Heat. Today, he’s the toast of South Beach.

Spoelstra’s turnaround is because of one thing: The Deal. He has given Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade complete freedom on offence provided they follow his game plan on defense.

Such an arrangement isn’t new. Years ago, Coach Larry Brown compromised his ‘Play The Right Way’ mantra by allowing Allen Iverson to shoot until his heart was content if he gave his all on defence with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Not surprisingly, Brown got more out of his superstar than any coach. Together, they advanced to the NBA Finals.

Last night Spoelstra’s Heat won their ninth straight game. After a slow start, the star studded club is fulfilling expectations.

Like Brown, Spoelstra is also looking to use ‘The Deal’ to make noise in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

--Oly Sandor.


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Saturday , Dec , 11 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Mark Cuban: ‘Miami is the best team in the league’

 Mark Cuban did enjoy the Heat's early struggles, but he may be changing his tune. During a visit to San Antonio this past weekend, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said the Mavericks were probably the best team in the league right now. ... Surely, [Cuban] has to be pleased with the progress of the hottest team in the NBA, one that battling San Antonio for the league's best record. But are the Mavs, in Cuban's biased opinion, the best around? "Miami is the best team in the league right now," Cuban said simply.

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 HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: They’re better but not the best.

After some early struggles, the Miami Heat have found their form and won six straight games to push their record to 15-8.

There are still issues. For instance, the Heat can’t go all season with Carlos Arroyo and Mario Chalmers at point guard. It remains to be seen if Erik Dampier can provide a physical presence down low.

Most importantly, Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade need time to get comfortable with each other on both ends of the floor.

When this happens, the Heat will legitimately challenge the Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs as the league’s best team.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Dec , 06 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Bryan Colangelo: Jarrett Jack and/or Jose Calderon had to go

But they couldn’t get along, and Colangelo moved Jack to New Orleans last month. Very rarely are general managers so brutally frank about player relationships. We credit Colangelo for detailing why he wanted to trade the productive Jack — because he was the most marketable commodity. Calderon is a liability defensively and is a better 3- point shooter than 2-point shooter. “We came to the conclusion last year that one of either Jose or Jarrett had to go,’’ Colangelo said. “And I made that proclamation that I would trade one of the two, if not both.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Give Bryan Colangelo his due. If something doesn’t work, he moves on.

For instance, Jose Calderon and Jarrett Jack couldn’t share point guard duties for his Toronto Raptors, so he dealt Jack.

It didn’t matter that Colangelo signed Jack to a four year, $20 million contract in July of 2009. And it didn’t matter that The Former Golden Boy of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment hailed Calderon and Jack as a formidable combo at the one-spot.

It wasn’t working. And Jack was recently dealt to the New Orleans Hornets.

Fair enough. However, Colangelo discussing the situation with reporters isn’t good.

Why open up about Calderon and Jack’s relationship weeks after cutting ties with his former back-up point guard?

Last summer Colangelo exchanged public barbs with Chris Bosh and Hedo Turkoglu, even though both had left the Raptors.

Part of this is doing business in a media center like Toronto. There are three national sports carriers, talk radio stations, and five major newspapers in the city.

Part of this is loose lips. Colangelo would be wise to remember the NBA is small. Players talk. And he doesn’t want to give the talent another reason not to sign in Toronto.

Colangelo should move players. And then keep quiet.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Nov , 28 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Bosh, James, Wade, and Riley to blame for Heat`s 9-8 start

It was a well-needed team meeting where everybody got an opportunity to get off what they had in their chest or what they had in their head about us figuring things out,” James said. “Right now we are a 9-8 team and we have to own up to that. Does our record speak of what team we can become? No, I don’t think so. We’re 9-8 because we’ve been playing like that and we have to figure things out, which we will.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Finally.

In holding a players only meeting, the Miami Heat admitted the flaws and kinks of their Three Kings system.

Right now, there’s too much sizzle, not enough steak in The MIA.

Sure Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade are superstars, but the Heat lack blue-collar muscle, a reliable point guard, and, most importantly, an identity.

Pundits have the answer: fire Coach Erick Spoelstra. Then take Pat Riley out of the executive suite and put him on the bench.

But turning South Beach into Showtime won’t fix things. Spoelstra may be the problem. There’s no guarantee Riley is the answer.

After winning the championship in 2006, the Heat imploded. `Riles` irked players with five-hour practices and demands that were simply unreasonable.

His club sputtered through a pair of disastrous seasons, ending up in Secaucus, New Jersey for the NBA draft lottery.

Back then, Riley was a short-term fix. The game had passed him by. His message wore thin and he couldn’t relate to the modern player.

The other knock against Riley is age. At 65, could he commit to coaching the Heat for the long-term? The answer: probably not.

For now, the players need space to right the ship. Instead of thinking he’s the answer on the sideline, Riley should hire a championship calibre bench boss who can relate to players.

Whoever he hires, Riley can’t undercut him. No taking notes at games. No more hanging around. And no more cryptic answers about his future. It creates an unstable environment.

Yesterday, Bosh, James, and Wade were honest about their role in the Heat’s 9-8 start. Riley should do the same.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Nov , 18 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

A Coincidence? Bosh scores 35 same day ‘Like A Bosh’ released

Bosh scored a season-high 35 points before sitting out the fourth quarter, LeBron James finished with 20 points and the Miami Heat ran away from the Suns 123-96 on Wednesday.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Maybe it was a coincidence. Maybe not.

However, Chris Bosh had his best game with the Heat – he tallied 35 points in Miami’s 123-96 win over Phoenix – on the same day a video called ‘Like A Bosh’ was released.

‘Like A Bosh’ was created by the boys at The Basketball Jones. This viral gem raises two points. First, Bosh has struggled since seeking the Miami spotlight. And second, perhaps we’re overreacting.

Only time will tell.

Watch ‘Like A Bosh’ and get at us in the comment box below with thoughts. 

TBJ exclusive: Like A Bosh from The Basketball Jones on Vimeo.

--Oly Sandor.

 

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Friday , Nov , 12 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Chris Bosh: ‘Ah … I miss Toronto’

Ah...I miss Toronto. We always joke and laugh about the good times we had there, me and my friends. It’s good to miss something. If I didn’t miss it, that mean I didn’t have a good time.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Memo to Chris Bosh. Just stop. Stop talking to the Toronto media because it won’t change a thing.

Bosh, who ditched Toronto for Miami as a free agent last July, won’t change fans’ opinions by giving feature interviews. In fact, he’s making things worse.

The city’s five daily newspapers, three national television stations, and loyal fans are dissecting each word of every quote. Each time Bosh opens his mouth he adds fuel to the fire.

They won’t forget, let go, or move on, either. Take Tracy McGrady. He bolted Toronto years ago, but remains public enemy number one each and every time he plays in the Air Canada Centre. 

Then there’s Vince Carter. His jersey has been burnt. Radio stations have pranked his hotel room. And fans shower him with boos whenever he suits up in Toronto.

Bosh should expect the same treatment. The way he left neutralizes the seven years he spent in The Big Smoke.

His best course of action is to stop talking about the past in Toronto and win big in Miami.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Nov , 12 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Paul Pierce mocks LeBron James

"It's been a pleasure to bring my talents to south beach now on to Memphis''.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Can you say rivalry?

The Boston Celtics do not like the Miami Heat. Not one bit.

The Celtics, who were a quarter away from winning the NBA Title, are miffed the Heat was picked to win the Eastern Conference, even though The Holy Trinity had yet to play a game together.

After manhandling the Heat for the second time in two weeks, Pierce, the Celtics’ closer and leading scorer, felt obligated to talk a little viral trash. His tweet is spoofing James’ (in)famous line during The Decision. 

Fair enough. Pierce has good reason to be confident.

Kevin Garnett has turned back the clock; Rajon Rondo is the NBA’s top all-around table-setter; Ray Allen’s stroke is still silky; the bench will be productive, especially when Kendrick Perkins and Delonte West get healthy.

Garnett and Rondo, in particular, should please Pierce and worry the Heat

The Big Ticket is one of many physical Boston posts who will give Miami’s smaller frontline trouble. Also, Rondo will have his way with the underwhelming Carlos Arroyo.

A rivalry is brewing between the Celtics and Heat. Right now, it’s one way, though.

--Oly Sandor.


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Monday , Nov , 01 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

LeBron James on The Decision: ‘I would definitely change it’

Speaking to the media from the New Jersey area, LeBron James acknowledged that he may have erred in how he handled the announcement of his free agency decision.

“If I had to go back on it, I probably would have done it a little bit differently,” James said. “But I am happy with the decision that I made.” James was then asked if he would change his approach. “I mean, I don’t know,” he said. “But I would definitely change it.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Hallelujah. Praise the Lord. He finally gets it.

Yesterday, LeBron James came clean, admitting his one-hour television show known as The Decision was a flawed monstrosity.

In case you’ve been living in a cave: in July, James announced on national television he was leaving his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers and signing with the Miami Heat as a free agent.

There’s nothing wrong with swapping Cleveland for Miami. And there’s nothing wrong with swapping Jamario Moon and Candace Parker’s brother for Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.

In fact, you and I would do the exact same thing.

So it’s not what James did, but how he did it. The superstar three-man, an Ohio native, broke up with the state that raised and supported him on national television.

His free agency became a reality show spectacle. And James, rightfully, took ‘heat’ (pun intended) from fans, media, and the general public.

Of course, this was just a quasi epiphany. While James publicly conceded he would change The Decision, he had no specifics on what he’d change.

Oh well, baby steps.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Oct , 31 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Gibson or Jack joining Bosh, James, and Wade in Miami?

"Two different team executives said they expect the Heat to dangle $3 million and second-year PG Mario Chalmers to a lotteryy-bound team looking to shed the long-term contract of a mid-priced spot-up shooting PG. Riley's objective is to find another shooter to space the floor, a la BJ Armstrong or John Paxson in their Chicago days playing alongside Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He’d be a point guard in name only.

Reports indicate the Miami Heat is scouring the earth for a ball handler with a jump shot. Think B.J. Armstrong and Steve Kerr next to Michael Jordan in Chicago. Think Kenny Smith alongside Hakeem Olajuwon in Houston.

His role would be simple: dribble up-court, get open, catch, and shoot.

Sound simple enough, right?

The belief is Heat executive Pat Riley will acquire such a player after the December 15th deadline by offering a lottery-bound team some combination of money, draft picks and, possibly Mario Chalmers.
 
The names most commonly mentioned: the Cleveland Cavaliers’ ‘Boobie’ Gibson and Toronto Raptors’ Jarrett Jack.

Hopefully, Riles has something better up his aging sleeve. It’s unlikely Gibson or Jack call South Beach home.

Perhaps Riley missed it. After The Decision came The Reaction. Cavaliers’ owner Daniel Gilbert declared war on LeBron James in an internet letter to fans.

Gilbert called his former franchise face everything imaginable: immature, narcissistic, and the so-called king.

It’s safe to say Gilbert felt betrayed by James announcing his decision on national television, so he won’t trade him his former sidekick in Gibson.

Meanwhile, Jack isn’t exactly a spot-up shooter. Sure, he can knock down open looks, but he’s more comfortable shooting off-the-dribble.

Expect Toronto GM Bryan Colangelo to keep Jack because he competes, provides leadership, and makes reasonable money.

They’ll instead try to move Jose Calderon, who - because of his stand-still defense, big-ticket contract, and injury prone nature – wouldn’t fit in Miami.

The Heat wants a shooting point guard.  Wanting and getting are two different things, though.

Chances are, Gibson or Jack won’t be re-enacting Armstrong with Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwayne Wade in the south Florida sun.

--Oly Sandor.   

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Saturday , Oct , 30 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Fan paid $26K to see Bosh, James, and Wade play Magic

A few months after dismissing ticket sales staffers, the Heat are now the hottest ticket in Miami. In what's always been considered a football town, the Heat are hotter than perhaps ever before. A pair of courtside seats to the game against Orlando sold on StubHub.com for the whopping sum of $25,884, company spokesman Glenn Lehrman said. StubHub's data showed that the average price for any seat was $325.
 
 
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: I'd like to see the Holy Trinity play. You'd like to see the Holy Tirinity play. Heck, we'd all like to see the Holy Trinity play.
Just not for $26, 000.00.

Two courtside seats for the Miami Heat's historic season opener against the Orlando Magic sold for $25, 884 dollars on ticketstub.com.

That's some serious bank, especially in an economy where jobs are scarce, houses are being remortgaged, and consumer confidence is fragile.

For some, money is no object when it comes to watching Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade.
 
--Oly Sandor.
 
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Wednesday , Oct , 27 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Work In Progress: Bosh, James, Wade, and Heat struggle in game one loss to Celtics

Ray Allen and Paul Pierce scored 20 and 19 points, respectively, as the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics held off the new-look Miami Heat, 88-80, in arguably the most anticipated regular season opener in NBA history.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It was supposed to be perfection. It was supposed to be poetry in motion. It was supposed to be unstoppable.

It is a work in progress.

This is the only way to describe the Miami Heat’s opening night loss against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday evening at TD Banknorth Garden.

The Heat, by their own admission, had an atrocious opening half, scoring 30 points. The second half was better; however, the Three Kings couldn’t complete the 19-point comeback because they ran out of energy against the well polished Celtics.

A few observations from game one:

•    The Heat ran too many high pick-and-rolls, a set that depends on chemistry and timing. Of course, the Heat haven’t played together long enough to develop chemistry and timing.

Conversely, the Celtics are an elite defensive squad. They’ve played together for years. And they have defensive chemistry and timing –especially when guarding the pick-and-roll.

•    The Heat need to improve spacing. Too often, they crowded each other. And too often, players were colliding.

•    Dwyane Wade looked off. To be fair, he’s injured. But his on-going custody battle has, understandably, taken a toll.

•    Eddie House, James Jones, and Mike Miller (when healthy) are living The Shooter’s Dream. With James and Wade, they only need to get open, catch the ball, and sink shots.

•    James was rolling in the second half, so why did Coach Erik Spoelstra pull him in the fourth quarter? This, along with a late Ray Allen three-pointer, allowed the Celtics to seal the game.

Game one for The Three Kings is in the books. It’s too early to draw conclusions, but every game, quarter, and possession will be under the microscope.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Oct , 24 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Would Baron Davis have kept LeBron James in Cleveland?

The Cavaliers offered the Clippers guard Maurice Williams and forward Jamario Moon in exchange for guard Baron Davis earlier this offseason, according to a league source.

Cleveland, at the time, was desperate to please LeBron James, who eventually left for Miami as a free agent.


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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Desperate times, desperate measures.

This is the only way to describe reports the Cleveland Cavaliers tried to convince LeBron James to sign an extension by acquiring Baron Davis from the Los Angeles Clippers.

Davis wouldn’t have been enough. Not even close. Miami would still have won out for James' services.

After all, Davis - an overrated and overweight point guard - can’t compete with Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and the lure of South Beach.

If the Cavaliers had acquired Davis, they’d be on the hook for the remaining three years and $43 million of his contract. 

This, of course, would be problematic. James would be long gone. Davis would be bored, angry, and hibernating through the Ohio winter.

Davis is a sad story. He has such potential.

A few years ago, he was the toast of the NBA –leading his ‘We Believe’ Golden State Warriors to a playoff upset over the league-leading Dallas Mavericks.

And TNT Broadcaster Kenny Smith has gone on record saying Davis has the game to be a first team all-NBA player each year.

While this may be hyperbole, Davis should be better than he is.

Right now, he’s the problem for the Clippers -a team he picked as a free agent. And he’d have been a bigger problem for the Cavaliers, especially without James.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Oct , 23 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Heat want Jerry Stackhouse to replace injured Mike Miller?

The Miami Heat are looking into adding another veteran to their experience-laden roster. Jerry Stackhouse, who will turn 36 years-old next month, worked out for the Heat in Atlanta on Thursday, a source close to the team said.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The MIA and The Stack?

Reports indicate the Miami Heat could sign veteran Jerry Stackhouse as a fill-in for hard luck Mike Miller, who is out with a broken thumb until January.

Stackhouse, even in his mid-thirties, can play. Last year, he was an off-the-bench game changer for the upstart Milwaukee Bucks, averaging close to 9 points in 20 minutes of action.

The concern will be chemistry, not talent.

Miller is a shooter. When healthy, his stroke will punish opposing defenses for double and triple-teaming Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade. 

Stackhouse is a scorer, getting points in a multitude of ways. However,  his shot, while good, probably isn’t deadly enough to deter opponents from helping on The Three Kings.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Oct , 18 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

LeBron on Wade’s custody battle: it’s ‘way bigger than basketball’

He is in Chicago for the custody case involving his two young sons. The case will continue on Monday and it isn't known when Wade will be done testifying.

"What he's dealing with is way bigger than basketball," LeBron James said.

"So when he's ready to come back, when he's ready to return, we'll accept him with open arms, of course. We'll make sure we hold it down here. What he has going on, we're all in support, this whole organization, us as teammates, us as friends, us as a family."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Believe it or not, Flash is human.

Dwyane Wade’s play could be impacted by his on-going divorce. The split from his high school sweetheart was especially nasty; children were and still are involved.

Some games, the Miami Heat superstar will find refuge on court. Other days, he could be distracted, exhausted, and emotional. Such is life.

This would’ve been an issue in 2010. After all, past Heat squads sank or swam with Wade. The combo guard had to post triple-double type numbers for the club to win.

Things have changed, though. There are now ‘Three Kings’. Not one.

If Wade struggles, Chris Bosh and LeBron James will pick up the slack. Bosh, a left-handed post, can score in a variety ways, while James is arguably the second or third best player in the NBA.

So Wade should handle his business on the home front. He’s human and may need a little help or time off during this rough stretch.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Oct , 17 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Jim Boeheim: Carmelo Anthony ‘wants a place he can win’

"He wants a place he can win," Boeheim told the Daily News Friday. "And I hope he can do that. He's in the prime of his career. He'd be a great foundation to build a franchise on."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Of course, Carmelo Anthony wants a place he can win.

He just wants to win on his terms. This means playing out east, preferably for a sexy franchise, and with a superstar pal or two.
 
If winning was the be all and end all, Anthony would give greater consideration to staying put. After all, the Denver Nuggets qualified for the 2009 Western Conference Finals.

In Denver, he’d steer clear of Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, the Miami Heat, and the revamped Eastern Conference. In Denver, he has table-setter and former NBA Finals MVP in Chauncey Billups. 

Separating fact from fiction is impossible with ‘Melo. On media day, he publicly stated he never asked the Nuggets for a trade -despite well-placed and reliable sources saying otherwise.

Anthony has also told reporters this is a ‘basketball decision’. MTV reporter and semi-celebrity LaLa Vasquez, Anthony's better-half, has a different take. She'd prefer a major market like New York or Los Angeles over Denver or Houston.

One conclusion can be made: Anthony gets it. He understands this is a public relations exercise. While he hasn’t handled things perfectly, he has been better than fellow superstar LeBron James.

So expect Anthony and his people to continue talking about 'winning' and 'basketball', even if it’s one part of where he ends up.

--Oly Sandor.


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Monday , Oct , 11 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Charles Oakley ‘loves’ LeBron joining Bosh and Wade in Miami

Popular opinion may be decidedly against LeBron James and his decision to hook up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in some kind of Super Friends situation in Miami. Not Oakley.

“I love it. I think in the old days, you don’t win unless you get some right players to win with. You can say this and that about LeBron but Magic had Kareem, James Worthy, he had three or four hall of famers. Bird had three or four hall of famers. M.J. probably just had him and Scottie but when it was all said and done, you had great players around you to win.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: They don’t make them like Charles Oakley anymore.

He was an original; a one of a kind tough guy at the four-spot, who handled his business on-and-off court.

No modern player would slap their ‘union brother’ to collect a gambling debt or stake out another team’s practice to confront a certain point guard about disrespecting his lady friend. (Isn’t that right Tyrone Hill and Jeff McInnis?)

That’s old school. That’s Oak’.

He also speaks the truth. For instance, LeBron James deserved criticism for how he handled free agency. The Decision was disgusting.

However, King James did not deserve criticism for leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to sign with Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and the Miami Heat, especially from past greats like Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and Michael Jordan.

These Hall of Famers conveniently forgot about their supporting casts. Reading their condemnation of James, you’d think Larry-Legend, Magic, and Mike won all fourteen 
NBA Titles by themselves.

As Oakley points out, they had help. Lots of it.

Bird played with three Hall of Famers: Denis Johnson, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parrish. He also had Danny Ainge, Cedric Maxwell, and Bill Walton made a one season cameo as sixth-man.

Johnson teamed with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the game’s all-time leading scorer. ‘Big Game’ James Worthy is in the Hall of Fame. Michael Cooper, Kurt Rambis, Byron Scott, and Mychal Thompson didn’t hurt.    

This, of course, brings us to Jordan.

Jordan’s partner in crime was only Scottie Pippen, arguably the greatest wing-man in the history of pro basketball and a top fifty player of all time.

Then there was the dude with the bad hair, tattoos, and wedding dress. Dennis Rodman - despite his run on Dr. Drew's Celebrity Rehab - is regarded as the most prolific rebounder to ever put on a pair of high tops.

Throughout his career, ‘His Airness’ also played with useful pieces like BJ Armstrong, Bill Cartwright, Horace Grant, Steve Kerr, and John Paxson.

The Celtics, Lakers, and Bulls weren’t one-man bands. Bird, Magic, and Jordan had stacked supporting cast.

Who did James have in Cleveland?

Well, there was Candace Parker’s brother. Don’t forget Daniel Gibson –better known as Keyshia Cole’s baby daddy. Jamario Moon was once a Harlem Globetrotter.

Veterans Antwan Jamison and Shaquille O’Neal were past their prime, while Mo Williams is undersized, streaky, and 'emo-tional'.

In South Beach, he has a once-in-a-generation talent in Wade. When The King and Flash get bored, they’ll toss the ball inside to CB4.   

Credit Oakley for speaking the truth: James made a smart basketball decision by signing with Miami. And he’ll likely get rewarded with championships. 

--Oly Sandor.

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