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Saturday , Dec , 17 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Celtics lose Jeff Green for season

A source close to Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green says the 6-foot-8 forward is expected to miss some games early on this season due to an undisclosed health condition that became apparent during his most recent physical.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Boston Celtics have had a mixed off-season.

First, they were unsuccessful in their attempts to send Rajon Rondo to New Orleans for Chris Paul, who has since been traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. Rondo is still upset with the Celtics trying to move him.

Second, they couldn’t put the final touches on a sign-and-trade for post David West, so their front line will be anchored by veterans Kevin Garnett and Jermaine O’Neal.

Third, Jeff Green is now out with a heart ailment. Green was acquired last year at the trade deadline in a controversial deal for Kendrick Perkins.

The green-and-white’s season immediately went down the toilet after the trade and now they’ll have little to show for dealing their defensive anchor.

Expect Celtics’ GM Danny Ainge to stay active in an attempt to give his aging Big Three a final chance at a championship.

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Monday , Dec , 12 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

David West signs with Pacers, not Celtics

A deal that would send David West to the Celtics via sign-and-trade is now dead. Boston was unable to find a taker for Jermaine O'Neal. West has agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal with the Pacers.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: A Celtic legend has stolen a free agent big from his former team.

The Boston Celtics were unable to complete a sign-and-trade for David West because no team was willing to take often-injured Jermaine O’Neal and his handsome salary.

After waiting a few days, West turned his back on the green-and-white and took a two-year, $20 million pact from Larry Bird and the Indiana Pacers.

West would have provided a scorer on the block for the Celtics, and the Pacers, specifically Danny Granger, will benefit from his plethora of post moves.

Look for the Pacers, who finally qualified for the playoffs last year, to take another step in 2012.

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Saturday , Dec , 10 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Celtics get David West in sign-and-trade?

David West is close to a three-year sign-and-trade deal just under $30 million with the Celtics.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Boston Celtics have quickly rebuilt their front-court.

Earlier today Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis was sent to the Orlando Magic for Brandon Bass as part of a sign-and-trade, and now they’ve shipped Jermaine O’Neal to the New Orleans Hornets for David West in another sign-and-trade.

Bass, West, and three-man Jeff Green give coach Doc Rivers plenty of options to complement and eventually fill in for the aging Big Three of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce.

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2011 NBA Unrestricted Free Agent Rundown
Monday , Nov , 28 , 2011 Paul Eide

2011 NBA Unrestricted Free Agent Rundown

 

With the lockout finally over, the attention immediately shifts to an abbreviated free agent signing period beginning on December 9th, which is also the same day training camps will open.
 
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Saturday , Nov , 26 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Free Agents Crawford, Gasol, and Nene’s future decided Dec 9th?

NBA training camps and free agency will open simultaneously on Dec. 9 ahead of a triple-header on Dec. 25. Teams with many free agents will have limited rosters for the start of training camp. Marc Gasol, David West, Nene, Jamal Crawford and Jason Richardson are amongst the most prominent free agents.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: December 9th is the new July 1st. For this year, at least.

July 1st  had traditionally been the day NBA fans huddled around computers, smartphones, and radios to receive word on player movement.

Under normal circumstances free agency began on this day, allowing teams to re-sign their own talent or ink  available players to contracts worth the GDP of the now in-ruins Euro-Zone.

It was crazy. It was frenetic. It was fun. Especially for fans.

However, this year there was no summer madness because of the lockout. Computers were idle; smart phones were silent; and sports talk radio chatted about other topics.

The only news was on Basketball Related Income, system issues, and the rants of Commissioner Stern and/or union leader Billy Hunter.

Hopefully, December 9th makes up for it. There is a short window for players and teams to cut a deal, and pent-up anticipation from hardcore fans.

Hoop heads will finally figure out where prominent free agents like Jamal Crawford, Marc Gasol, Nene, and David West end up.

The NFL experienced a buzz with their short free agent window after players and owners settled their differences. Of course, no games were missed.

Owners and players have to get back the casual fan. And December 9th, 2011's July 1st, is a great place to start.

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2003 NBA Draft class: Most Overrated?
Wednesday , Jul , 27 , 2011 J.N.

2003 NBA Draft class: Most Overrated?

This is the truth right now; the 2003 NBA Draft class is shaping up to be the most overrated draft class of all time. It’s been 8 years going until the 9th year for the group yet only one superstar won a ring (Dwyane Wade), the other rode the coat tails of the big three  to get one (Kendrick Perkins), and the last one got a ring for doing nothing (Darko). These guys had a lot of hype leading up to the draft especially LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. 4 years into their careers and people were claiming that they had the potential to be the best class ever surpassing the God-like 1984 class and 1996 class. 

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Wednesday , Jul , 13 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Can David West ‘win big’ with New Orleans?

"I have to do what's best for me and my family," West said. "(Chris Paul) understands it's all about winning, and as the years go, by you can't get them back. I want to win and win big, win a championship. "But you've got to find the right situation, where it's reality and not fantasy. I just want to be on that stage, have a shot at (a title) and see what happens."

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: David West want to win big. To achieve this, West, a free agent, can't re-sign with the New Orleans Hornets.

The Hornets, even with a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, will likely stay the poster-child for have-not franchises. They will always struggle to compete.

New Orleans was poor before Hurricane Katrina. Six years later, they can't generate enough revenue to lure free agents to play with their stars.

West knows this. Most importantly, so does Chris Paul, the team's top player and franchise-face. Paul, unless the new CBA allows the Hornets to franchise tag him, will leave next July as a free agent.

He's out.

Paul's best friend in the NBA is LeBron James. In fact, James' marketing company, LMRM, represents Paul. The tiny table-setter will have learned from The Decision, and he'll only sign in a big market or with a legit contender.

Think New York. Think Orlando. Think Miami. New Orleans can't compete with these destinations.

West knows Paul will leave in one year. And West knows this means he'll have to leave, too.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Jun , 28 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Will Hornets overpay David West to keep Chris Paul happy?

David West is uncertain whether his NBA future lies in New Orleans or elsewhere. Tha the New Orleans Hornets' leading scorer knew for sure on Monday was that he wasn't going to allow recent reconstructive surgery on his left knee to scare him away from free agency.

"It's about making the best decision right now for my family," the former Garner High School star said in a phone interview in which he explained his decision to opt out of the final year of his contract. "It's not taking New Orleans out of the equation, just an opportunity to sign a better deal, and an opportunity to make sure the decision I make for the next three to four years puts me in the best possible situation to win - not just winning and making the playoffs, but legitimately having a chance to compete for championships."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Opting out, becoming an unrestricted free agent, and leaving a guaranteed $7.5 million on the table looks like a bad decision for David West.

After all, West polarizes. While he has supporters, many feel he’s a ‘tweener’ forward who does little besides score.

So opinions are mixed. The facts aren’t much help, either.

West is 31 years old. He just had major surgery on his knee. There might not be much money available on the open market since the league’s financial landscape will change with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

West, however, has a card to play. Teammate and good friend Chris Paul will become a free agent in 2012. New Orleans would be devastated if Paul left. So the club may overpay West to appease their superstar point guard.

What happens to West could have far greater consequences for the Hornets.

--Oly Sandor.


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Saturday , Mar , 26 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Hornets sign Patrick Ewing Jr. to 10-day deal

The New Orleans Hornets are signing Patrick Ewing Jr. from Sioux Falls Skyforce in the NBA D-League to 10-day contract after losing David West for the season.
Ewing was averaging 19.9 points and 10.6 rebounds per game with the Skyforce.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Not sure if NOLA fans will be chanting ‘Patrick Ewing’ like the faithful at Madison Square Gardens.

This isn’t the Patrick Ewing, the Hall of Fame center with the New York Knicks. It’s his son, an athletic swing who has been on the verge of making 'The League' for some time.

Ewing Jr. had been destroying the 'D'-League before getting called-up by the New Orleans Hornets, who had an open roster spot after David West's knee injury.

He'll need to use his athleticism on defense and finish in the open court to parlay his 10-day contract into something more long-term.

Whatever happens, following Ewing Jr. will be fun.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Mar , 25 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Has David West played his last game for Hornets?

The New Orleans Hornets gutted out a 121-117 overtime victory over Utah here Thursday night, but in the process may have lost power forward David West for an extended period of time with a left knee injury.

West sustained what is being termed as “left knee trauma” on a driving slam dunk with 22.5 to go in regulation. West landed awkwardly on his left leg and his knee buckled under him. Team medical staff came out and he was eventually taken off the floor in a wheelchair.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Who would’ve thought Thursday’s clash between the New Orleans Hornets and Utah Jazz would have everything?

There were buzzer-beaters, graceful flip-shots from ungraceful power forwards, and injuries.

Unfortunately, Emeka Okafor’s game-tying prayer off the glass and Paul Millsap’s underhand scoop were overshadowed by David West’s season ending knee injury.

West, who was 9-for-16 with 20 points, went down hard after missing a dunk attempt late in the fourth quarter. Today, reports indicate he has a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season and playoffs.

Fortunately, the Hornets acquired Carl Landry at the trade deadline. In the short term, the undersized Landry should replace West’s points and rebounds, and keep the club in the playoff race.

(The Hornets currently sit at seventh in the Western Conference. They have a three game edge over the ninth place Houston Rockets, with the Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz hot on their trail.)

An interesting thought: has West played his last game for the Hornets?

He was expected to opt-out of his contract and hit free agency July 1st. Perhaps the uncertainty surrounding the new Collective Bargaining Agreement and an injury changes West’s plans.

The Hornets have had an ‘interesting’ year: there was Chris Paul’s off-season trade demand; the team got off to a blazing start under rookie coach Monty Williams; then there were the mid-season speed bumps; the NBA, of course, stepped in and bought the team, prompting rumors about their future in The Big Easy.

Now West, their second leading scorer, is done. What else can happen?

--Oly Sandor.


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Wednesday , Jan , 26 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Best Game Winner: Rudy Gay’s smiling fade-away or David West’s step-back?

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The smile or the step-back?

Yesterday, Rudy Gay and David West each pulled off amazing buzzer-beaters for the Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Hornets. But which was better?

Watch both shots and get at us with thoughts on the best game-winner in the comment box below. 

 

(Rudy Gay smiles after hitting this fade-away on Julian Wright and the Raptors.)

(David West converts the step-back prayer against the OKC Thunder.)

--Oly Sandor.

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