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Last Chance At Ring For Juwan Howard, Fab Five
Thursday , Jun , 21 , 2012 Paul Eide

Last Chance At Ring For Juwan Howard, Fab Five

We all know how important a victory in tonight's game five of the NBA Finals is for LeBron James, but everyone is forgetting how important it is for Juwan Howard.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Don't think for a second that a Heat victory tonight doesn't mean a lot to Jalen Rose, Jimmy King, Ray Jackson and Chris Webber.

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Thursday , Aug , 25 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Blake Griffin wants ‘Clippers’ to play in Impact League?

According to Impact owner and renowned trainer Joe Abunassar, the Clippers' Blake Griffin, Mo Williams and Randy Foye came by last week and expressed a desire to enter the league with a team made up solely of their teammates.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Los Angeles Clippers are on the verge of a breakthrough.

Yes, I’m talking about those Clippers. Yes, I know their history. And yes, I know they are owned by Donald Sterling, also known as The Don or The Worst Owner in Pro Sports.

None of that matters, though.

The Clippers resemble the Sacramento Kings of yesteryear, specifically the 1998-99 lockout shortened season when a squad led by Chris Webber, Jason ‘White Chocolate’ Williams, and Vlade Divac went 27-23.

Those Kings not only entertained but possessed a togetherness that made them a force in the Western Conference for the next five years.

Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, and the Clippers were a League Pass must-see last year, however, they also turned the corner and played some solid basketball.

Now reports indicate that the Clippers, as a team, want to join the new league that Impact Basketball is organizing for mid-September in Las Vegas.

So the Clippers are united; Griffin, their superstar, is leading. And L.A.’s other squad seems poised to take another step in 2012 -if there’s a season. 

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jul , 27 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Jalen Rose gets 20 days in Jail for DUI, keeping ESPN gig?

A Michigan judge has sentenced former NBA guard Jalen Rose to serve 20 days in jail for a drunken driving crash along a snowy suburban Detroit road in March.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Hopefully, this saga is over.

Last spring former NBA and college star turned ESPN analyst Jalen Rose was arrested for drunk driving in Detroit, but didn’t tell the broadcaster because he thought they might not air his 30-for-30 documentary The Fab Five.

Today, Rose learned he’ll spend 20 days in jail for the offense. He’ll begin serving his sentence on Tuesday. And it seems he’ll keep his gig with ESPN, too.

Ironically, a theme of The Fab Five doc’ was that Rose and his teammates (Chris Webber aside) had grown into adulthood and were making good decisions despite their tough circumstances.

It seems this is a lesson Rose still has to learn -the hard way.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Jul , 16 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Don Nelson: ‘I love Minnesota’

Don Nelson will gladly trade those breezy Hawaiian trade winds for Minnesota winters and the chance to coach again, this time with the Timberwolves. "I think it'd be a great fit," he said. "I love Minnesota."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: I have two words for Minnesota Executive David Kahn –‘do not’.

Do not let him charm you. Do not let him fill your head with thoughts and ideas. Do not overlook his past. Most importantly, do not hire Don Nelson to coach your Timberwolves.

After all, ‘Nellie’ is the NBA’s version of scorched earth. He sets fire to, burns, and destroys everything he touches.

In the 1990s, he sued Chris Cohan and the Warriors. He walked on the New York Knicks. He went back to court and sued Mark Cuban and the Mavericks. And his second go-around with the Warriors wasn’t much better.

Most troubling, Nelson has an odd relationship with his players. For instance, he clashed with Chris Webber, struggled with Monta Ellis, and flip-flopped on Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington. In no time, Nelson would alienate, aggravate, and annoy Mike Beasley, Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, and/or Derrick Williams

This must worry Kahn. After years of being an oddball outpost, the Wolves have young assets. Hiring the wrong coach, like Nelson, would compromise those young assets.   

If Kahn wants a veteran sideline boss, he should consider Rick Adelman, Lawrence Frank, or even try pulling Hubie Brown out the broadcast booth to recreate his Memphis-magic in Minnesota.

Point blank: Nelson is done. The game has passed him by. He needs to cash his coaching 501K plan and spend his days walking the beaches of Maui and not an NBA sideline.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Jul , 10 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Shaq to join Barkley, Kenny Smith, and C-Webb at TNT

Breaking News: Sources have confirmed that Shaq has agreed in principle to join Turner. (Darren Rovell)

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s official. Well, sort of.

Shaquille O’Neal has signed a deal with TNT, and will join the Emmy-winning crew of Kenny ‘The Jet’ Smith, Charles Barkley, EJ, and Chris Webber.

The potential is obvious. Shaq has incredible charisma; however, some will argue his loud personality will be too much for the already bombastic Sir Charles and friends.

Nevertheless, Shaq the broadcaster will be interesting -and highly entertaining. All we need is a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Mar , 26 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Anaheim dangling $75 million in front of Kings

Anaheim officials would issue $75 million in bonds to lure the Kings from Sacramento, according to city documents released today.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Sacramento Kings fans better enjoy NBA basketball while they can.

Word is the city of Anaheim will give the Maloofs, who own the Kings, $75 million to leave Sacramento and relocate to Disneyland. The money would go to stadium upgrades and moving or ‘transition’ costs.

The money would also ease the cost of any relocation fee to be paid to the two Los Angeles teams, the Lakers and Clippers.

Sadly, the Kings look to be done with Sacramento. A decade ago, Vlade D, C-Webb, White Chocolate, and J-Will were the toast of the NBA.

However, the NBA is now for the filthy, filthy rich. Very rich owners like the Maloofs can no longer compete unless they have modern stadiums to generate sufficient revenue.

Apparently, Sacramento and Arco Arena won't do. Or, perhaps they just won't spend taxpayer money on stadiums for basketball.    

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Jul , 15 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Chris Webber to David Kahn: `we not talking about me and Darko in the same sentence`

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Things were just fine until Minnesota Timberwolves GM David Kahn - in an attempt to justify re-signing Darko Milicic to a 4 year, $20 million contract - compared The Human Victory Cigar to Chris Webber.

C-Webb, who was co-interviewing Kahn and sitting next to him, clearly took exception. And things got, well, awkward.

Fortunately, this was captured on camera for you to view over-and-over again. So click the video below and get at us with thoughts in the comment box.

-- Oly Sandor.
 
(Clip found on Yahoo’s Ball Don’t Lie blog.)

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Monday , Apr , 19 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Chris Webber Talks about Michael Jordan’s Mind Games

“One time we played in Washington. We played a five game series against the Bulls. It was the year they won 72 games. We lose all three games by a total of seven points. I saw Michael Jordan come into our locker room with a cigar, while it was lit, and said, ‘Who’s going to check me tonight?’ And we looked at Calbert Cheaney and we were laughing like little school kids knowing that Calbert Cheaney was going to get him, we knew it wasn’t a game for Mike. He was going to be there and he was going to be playing like he said. Game Three we get off the bus and Juwan (Howard) is from Chicago and used to workout there. I’ll never forget, Jordan was sitting on his Ferrari and Pippen was right there and they have a cigar lit. We get off the bus and we have to pass them with a lit cigar. You want to talk about posturing? Forget Phil Jackson. You got Michael Jordan there behind the scenes smoking a cigar before the game, letting us know that he’s the Red Auerbach before the game even started. It was almost like, ‘I lit the cigar. I’m celebrating already. This is just a formality, you guys getting on the court tonight.” 

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