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The Highest Scoring Game In NBA History
Saturday , Nov , 02 , 2013 Paul Eide

The Highest Scoring Game In NBA History

23 years ago today, the Golden State Warriors registered a 162-158 win over the Denver Nuggets at McNichols Arena.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: The Warriors and Nuggets combined to make 120 baskets, of which only six were three pointers.

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Top 5 Irish NBA Basketball Players Ever (Video)
Sunday , Mar , 17 , 2013 Paul Eide

Top 5 Irish NBA Basketball Players Ever (Video)

In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, who are the five best Irish basketball players to suck down a green beer and play in the NBA?

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: The list is short and not great, which is what you'd expect.

The only Irish player in history born and bred in Ireland to play in the NBA was Pat Burke, a 6-11 center who spent three years with the Orlando Magic and Phoenix Suns.

5. Marty Conlon

Conlon was a 6-10 lumbering big man who specialized in...uh...being big. And Irish, in that order. In nine NBA seasons he played for eight teams, including the Boston Celtics who has a franchise, have always had an affinity for large, slow, white men (Brian Sclabrine types). Conlon also had an extremely weird form when shooting free throws.

4. Chris Mullin

Without a doubt, the best Irish shooter in NBA history was Chris Mullin. Not only that, but he was probably the best pure scorer as well. "Mullie" averaged 25+ ppg in five straight seasons from '88-'89 to '92-'93. Check out these highlights from when he went head to head with the greatest non-irish basketball player of all-time, Michael Jordan:

3. Kevin McHale

 McHale averaged 17.9 ppg and 7.3 rpg in a 13 year career where he never scored less than 10.0 ppg in any season. The king of the up and under move in and around the basket, on either side of the Atlantic.

2. Jermaine O'Neal

O'Neal has made the 12th most money of any NBA player ever in terms of NBA salary, raking in $165,441,840 during his pro career. That's not exactly a "small potato". Nor does it have an "e" at the end, as former Vice President of the USA Dan Quayle suggested to a Trenton, NJ sixth grader William Figueroa on June 15th, 1992.

1. Shaquille O'Neal

The Irish may not have produced a lot of NBA talent, but financially, the two O'Neal's are set for life. Combine Jermaine's $165,441,840 with Shaq's $292,198,327 (second most in NBA history behind only Kevin Garnett) and you've got $457,640,167 million, which is actually about $100 million less than what Lord of the Dance stud dancer Michael Flatley has made in his career,and I don't think he can dunk. Even if you don't think Shaq is the best Irish basketball player of all-time, he is at least the best Irish center ever. 

 

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Today In NBA History 1991: Tim Hardaway Sets Futility Record
Friday , Dec , 28 , 2012 Paul Eide

Today In NBA History 1991: Tim Hardaway Sets Futility Record

21 years ago today, Tim Hardaway had the worst shooting performance in NBA history.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Even John Starks' 1994 Game 7 Finals performance was better.

On 12/27/91, Golden State Warriors point guard Tim Hardaway set the NBA record for most field goal attempts in a game without making one, by going 0-17. In spite of his efforts, the Warriors beat the newly formed Minnesota Timberwolves 106-102 in overtime. Hardaway became known as more of a three point shooter during the latter parts of his career, especially during his time with the Heat. But of the 17 shouts he missed, only two were three point attempts.

But in '91, this was young Hardaway, one of the quickest players in the league, the proprietor of the "Killer Crossover" that was unguardable in the time prior to the NBA allowing zone defense. He was shooting roughly 47% during his third year in the league when this game occurred.

From this era, you could easily envision a guy like "Mad Max" Vernon Maxwell or another three point gunner having an 0-17 game. But Hardaway was never one for frivolous shots. Even though he only scored two points (on free throws) in the game, he dished out 13 assists, several of which went to a hot-shooting Chris Mullin who went 15 of 24 while pouring in a game high 36 points. But in 44 minutes I'm just amazed he couldn't get an easy layup while taking Scott Brooks or Pooh Richardson to the cup.

But "Tim Bug" doesn't want you to remember him for one game he played 21 years ago right now. He wants you to remember that he reached 5,000 points and 2,500 assists faster than every player in NBA history, other than Oscar Robertson. He'd also prefer that you think of the season he had in 1991-92 (the same year as the abysmal 0 for 17 shooting game), where he became the seventh player in NBA history to average 20+ ppg and 10+ apg in the same season.

Even great players can have a bad game. Who in today's NBA can you see challenging Hardaway's record this year?

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There’s Only One “Dream Team”, Sorry Kobe- Just Ask My Starting Lineup Figurines
Saturday , Jul , 14 , 2012 Paul Eide

There’s Only One “Dream Team”, Sorry Kobe- Just Ask My Starting Lineup Figurines

Can you believe it’s been 20 years since the original Dream Team dominated the 1992 Summer Olympics? It must've been that long if Kobe thinks this year's incarnation would have ANY SHOT against them.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: There will never be another Dream Team, in any sport.

Perhaps even more amazingly, can you believe that in all that time that I have maintained my collection of Starting Lineup Dream Team figurines in its original box, unopened and untouched by human hands? On a trip to a local Target with my step mother, I conned her into buying it for me; $100 when you're twelve feels like $1,000,000. It was the kind of gift you could only secure via guilt. It was the sort of reverse psychology that women have been employing on me ever since.
 
I remember one time in 8th grade during my 13th birthday party it was discovered by a party goer named Eric Hoffman who spent at least two hours prying me to open it. It was the ultimate peer pressure situation, but I held firm. It turns out I should’ve probably opened it because since then it’s appreciated roughly $20 in nearly 20 years. But every time I see it, I remember how special that team was, even though Clyde Drexler and Christian Laettner, as late additions, were not included in the set.
 
Did you know that Laettner was actually selected over Shaquille O’Neal for the final spot? We all saw what Charles Barkley did to that Angolan; imagine what Shaq could’ve done. The Dream Team beat their opponents in the Olympics that year by an average score of 44 points a game and looked so cool doing it.
 
The closest margin of victory was a 32 point win over Croatia which included NBA players Toni Kukoc, Dino Radja, Drazen Petrovic, Stojko Vrankovic and Zan Tabak. Croatia won the Silver Medal and led by all that talent, ushered in a new era for the NBA where overseas players began to be viewed as valuable as their American counterparts. Today you can look at almost every NBA roster and find a player from another country, but in 1992 it was extremely rare.
 
Michael Jordan was the only player to start all eight games which really speaks to how great he was. Even surrounded by all those Alpha Males, there was no question who the top dog was. Jordan took 30 more shots than anyone else, but Barkley was the leading scorer putting up 18 ppg. Just in case anyone forgot, check out this roster; it would be akin to playing a game against the Hall of Fame as 11 of the players (minus Laettner) are actually in the Hall of Fame:
 
Michael Jordan- 14.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.8 apg
David Robinson- 9.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.9 apg
Patrick Ewing- 9.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg. 0.4 apg
Larry Bird- 8.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.8 apg
Scottie Pippen- 9.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 5.9 apg
Clyde Drexler- 10.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.6 apg
Karl Malone- 13.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.1 apg
John Stockton- 2.8 ppg, 0.3 rpg, 2.0 apg
Chris Mullin- 12.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 3.6 apg
Charles Barkley- 18 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.4 apg
Magic Johnson- 8.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 5.5 apg
Christian Laettner- 4.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.4 apg
 
 
Since the original Dream Team won Gold, the rest of the world gradually caught up and no other US Olympic team was even close to being as dominant. In what can only be described as an affront to the supreme quality of the original (and only, in my mind) Dream Team is that each of the next two USA Olympic teams were also referred as the “Dream Team” though really, who are they fooling? A team with Steve Smith on it should never be referred to as a “Dream Team”. A more suitable moniker would be “Team of Guys Who Are Above Average NBA Players”.
 
The Dream Team wasn't just the greatest team ever assembled for the way it dominated on the court, but it actually furthered the development of the sport for the entire world.
 
Sorry, Kobe.
 
 

 

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Wednesday , Mar , 21 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Warrior fans boo owner, ruin Chris Mullin’s jersey retirement

“I’m not going to let a few boos get me down, and I don’t expect a few boos to get our team down,” Lacob said. “I think everybody has to stay tough, these are tough times, we’re going to go out there and we’re going to compete and we’re going to win. And that’s my job as an owner, too, we’re going to do everything we have to do. Not going to let a few boos stop us. I obviously think whoever was booing is incorrect in their assumptions, but we’ll just let time heal all wounds. Winning will solve all things.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It wasn’t the time or place. And it ruined a celebration.

Golden State fans picked the worst moment to voice their displeasure with management/ownership trading scorer Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks for post Andrew Bogut.

They unleashed a parade of boos on owner Joe Lacob when he was leading - or attempting to lead - the retirement of Chris Mullin’s jersey. Mullin and Warrior great Rick Barry were put in the awkward spot of defending Lacob.

To be fair, Warrior fans should be upset. Just not with Lacob.

For years, the club was run like a banana republic by owner Chris Cohan. He hired and fired. He spent wildly and dumped salaries. He applauded and criticized.

In short, Cohan, was Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde until selling the team.

Not surprisingly, the Warriors last made the playoffs in 2007, and that was the first time they had qualified for the second season in 14 years.

At least, Lacob has a plan. He hired the best possible consultant, Jerry West. Then he hired the best coaching prospect, Mark Jackson.

Together, West and Jackson wanted a tougher, bigger team, so they dealt Ellis, a fan favourite, for Bogut, an inside anchor.

Will it work?

Well, the jury is out. Lacob, West, and Jackson deserve more time, while Mullin deserved better than having his night overshadowed by fan anger.

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Sunday , Sep , 04 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Portland interested in Chris Mullin for GM?

Blazers president Larry Miller has expressed a strong interest in former Golden State Warriors GM Chris Mullin, sources said. Mullin’s expected to talk with the Blazers too, sources said.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call:
Chris Mullin’s career as an executive hasn’t been normal.

The sharpshooter revitalized the Golden State Warriors before getting stabbed in the back by Don Nelson, his former coach and the man he rescued from the sideline boss scrap heap.

Then Mullin was tabbed to take over the executive chair in New York from Donnie Walsh before dysfunctional owner James Dolan stepped-in. Walsh is out; Mullin won’t be leading the Knicks.

Now he’s linked to the Portland Trail Blazers, the organization that fired GM Kevin Pritchard moments before the 2010 NBA draft only to invite him to stay for the evening's festivities.

Pritchard’s replacement, Richie Cho, was pink-slipped after being on the job for less than a year. Cho was seen as too docile, low-key, and quiet.

Perhaps Mullin should pass on the Blazers‘ gig. Right now, they’re dysfunctional, and owner Paul Allen seems determined to meddle.

Life may be a little more normal in ESPN’s broadcast booth.

--Oly Sandor.

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RUN TMC: The Original “Big Three”
Thursday , Jul , 14 , 2011 Paul Eide

RUN TMC: The Original “Big Three”

 

Though they were only together for two seasons, anybody who watched the NBA from 1989 to 1991 remembers “Run TMC” for two reasons; 1) It was a great nickname that summed up how they played 2) It was fun to watch three teammates playing at such a high level together.
 
1985 NBA Draft; Best First Round Ever?
Tuesday , Jun , 28 , 2011 Paul Eide

1985 NBA Draft; Best First Round Ever?

Was the envelope frozen? Or was the crease in the upper right hand/folded corner enough for the commish to know it was the correct envelope to pick? Watching the NBA Draft this past week, and the tepid response from most fans concerning who would go number one overall, is a long way from when it was held in 1985. Back in 1985 the Draft actually mattered because Patrick Ewing was at stake.

 
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The Greatest Team Ever Assembled
Friday , Mar , 11 , 2011 Paul Eide

The Greatest Team Ever Assembled

 

Can you believe it’s been 19 years since the original Dream Team dominated the 1992 Summer Olympics? Perhaps more amazingly, can you believe that in all that time that I have maintained my collection of Starting Lineup Dream Team figurines in its original box, unopened and untouched by human hands?
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Tuesday , May , 11 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Kobe Bryant Cracks Jokes about Cleveland, LeBron’s Lefty FT

He was amused by one line of questioning revolving around why LeBron James' sore right elbow was receiving so much attention when Bryant's whole body was banged up.

"[Because] it's Cleveland," Bryant cracked. "We have a couple more things to talk about in L.A."

Bryant elaborated his thoughts on the NBA's current back-to-back MVP.

"I've been injured pretty much the entire season, so I think everybody just kind of got used to me playing that way," Bryant said. "He hasn't really had any injury all year long, so this was really like his first injury of the year and it comes at the moment of the playoffs when it's crucial for them so I think there's a lot of attention around it."

It's known around the team that Bryant has been engaged in a left-handed shooting competition with Pau Gasol all season long, so he was asked about the southpaw free-throw attempt that James took in the first round against Chicago.

"It looked nasty," Bryant said. "My form's more like Chris Mullin ... I would have called a timeout [if my shooting elbow was hurting me]." 

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