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Saturday , Jan , 15 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Allen Iverson: I never said anything about retirement

Allen Iverson: An MRI has revealed a legion that is in my right leg and pressing against the bone. I am coming home for further examinations and possibly surgery. I have never said anything about retirement.

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Hoops Vibe’s Very Quick Call: It should not end like this. Allen Iverson, the greatest little man to ever play basketball, deserves better.

Far better, in fact.

Iverson has left the Turkish club he had been playing for to have a legion removed on his leg. He will be in the United States indefinitely.

He insists this is not the end of the line, though. Like a heavyweight boxer holding on for a final payday, he wants to return. After all, there is another year and $2 million dollars waiting for him in Turkey.

However, Iverson’s last few situations have not ended well. He was run out of Detroit; he quit on Memphis after three games; and had to leave Philadelphia for personal reasons.

And now his body gave out on him while playing for a mediocre European squad.

Perhaps Iverson should it call a day and retire. Perhaps he was never meant to have a happy ending.

-Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Jan , 10 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Nets and Nuggets ‘further along’ on Carmelo trade?

The Nets are "further along" in talks with the Nuggets on a blockbuster trade for Carmelo Anthony than they have been ever before, according to sources. A three-team deal involving the Pistons that would include at least 15 players could be completed as soon as this week.

 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Is this it? Are the Denver Nuggets finally cutting ties with Carmelo Anthony and trading him to the New Jersey Nets in this much discussed and debated three-team, fifteen player blockbuster?

Denver would rebuild with Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, and multiple first-round draft picks, while the Detroit Pistons, the third team in this arrangement, would gain financial flexibility with Troy Murphy’s expiring contract.

However, the Nets would be the real winners. They’d get Anthony, Chauncey Billups, and Richard Hamilton, who’d fit nicely with 20-10 man Brook Lopez. This would instantly transform them into a contender.

With Anthony, the Nets’ brand would be able to compete with the powerful New York Knicks. The club is soon moving from New Jersey to Brooklyn, and they desperately need a franchise face to establish a presence in Knick-land.

Before any of this can take shape the Nets have to put the rumors to rest and officially acquire Anthony.  This, as we know, is easier said than done.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Jan , 08 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Pistons helping Nets land Anthony and Billups?

Two sources confirmed to CBSSports.com Friday night that the Nets were trying to recruit the Pistons to enter a blockbuster three-team scenario in which New Jersey would've gotten Anthony and Chauncey Billups from the Nuggets and Richard Hamilton from the Pistons. The complicated and intriguing scenario was first reported by the The Record of Hackensack, N.J. 

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Not long ago, GM Joe Dumars was confident he could rebuild his Detroit Pistons on the fly.

The plan was simple enough: trade Chauncey Billups’ multi-year contract for Allen Iverson’s expiring contract; let Iverson’s contract come off-the-books; and ink a big-ticket free agent.

Then Detroit would be back. They’d have the horses to beat the Boston Celtics and win another championship.

Well, the plan never materialized. Instead of landing a big-ticket free agent, Dumars signed underachievers like Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva. And instead of rebuilding on the fly, the Pistons have gotten worse.

They’re part of the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes. Only they aren’t competing for Anthony, the big-ticket piece they supposedly covet. They’ve been relegated to third team status.

Reports indicate the Pistons’ involvement will allow the Nets to get Anthony, and former Piston Billups, who Dumars originally dealt to the Denver Nuggets for Iverson three years ago.

Things have come full circle for Piston-nation. Rebuilding on the fly didn’t work. Now Dumars must tear the team he built down and start all over.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Dec , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Quitter-Gate: Where do Pistons and Hamilton go from here?

"Nah, the biggest thing that hurt me was a source in the organization said I quit," Hamilton said in reference to a Detroit News report.

"I was like, wow," he continued. "That was hard for me because the last nine years I just went out and played hard, played aggressive, did put everything on the line every night. To hear that allegation, it was tough on me."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It doesn’t matter if he actually quit because perception is reality. And the perception is that Richard Hamilton quit on the Detroit Pistons.

One thing that doesn`t need much perceiving is that the relationship between Hamilton and the Pistons is broken beyond repair.

A trade is the obvious answer. Hamilton would spend his final years perhaps playing meaningful basketball for a contender, while the Pistons would free up minutes for their youngsters.

The obvious answer isn’t the easy answer. Executive Joe Dumars will be hard pressed to move his masked man at the two-spot.

Hamilton has two-years remaining on his contract at a whooping $25 million. This is too rich for most clubs, especially with the Collective Bargaining Agreement expiring July 1st.

The few contenders that could afford Hamilton have better options. After all, cash is king in today`s polarized NBA of have and have-not franchises.

Of course, Hamilton’s reputation hasn’t helped. During Detroit’s days as a contender, the rail thin sharpshooter was seen as competitive.

At some point his competitive streak became a problem. For instance, Hamilton clashed with former Coach Michael Curry and has issues with current sideline boss John Kuester. His relationship with Allen Iverson wasn’t exactly warm and fuzzy, either.

Still, Hamilton and the Pistons should kiss and make-up. No trade is coming. These two will likely be together for some time.

--Oly Sandor.


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Sunday , Nov , 07 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Kevin Garnett on Charlie Villanueva: he’s a ‘Nobody’

As far as Kevin Garnett is concerned, his feud with Charlie Villanueva is over. "It's a nobody," Garnett said. "I'm not paying attention to nobodies any more."

The controversy struck on Wednesday morning, the day after Boston faced Detroit and Garnett and Villanueva had words. Villanueva accused Garnett of calling him "a cancer patient," which the Celtics forward denied.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call:
Kevin Garnett is finally finished with Charlie Villanueva.

In case you missed it: last week, Villanueva, who suffers from a rare skin disease, accused Garnett of calling him a cancer patient, while Garnett maintains he only called Villanueva a cancer to his team and the league.

Their he-said, he-said battle caused a stir. Thankfully, it’s over. However, Garnett couldn’t resist a final jab by telling reporters he would no longer comment on a ‘nobody’ like Villanueva.

Typical KG.
The future Hall of Fame post always gets the last word. After all, he could have said no comment, but had to slam Villanueva.

Still, he’s right. Villanueva has talent; however, he refuses to channel that talent and become a consistent scorer.

After last week’s drama, this wasn’t the time for Garnett to fuel the fire by calling Villanueva a 'nobody'.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Oct , 25 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Report: Stubborn Allen Iverson to sign contract in Turkey

Allen Iverson has agreed in principal to sign a two-year, $4 million contract with Besiktas of the Turkish professional league, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports.

The deal is expected to be filled with incentives. Iverson plans to sign the deal this week and will report to Besiktas by Oct. 31.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It didn’t have to be this way. It shouldn’t have been this way.

Allen Iverson - perhaps The Greatest Little Man to ever play in the NBA – should not be ending his career as a gimmick in a foreign country.

He should be playing meaningful minutes. He should be thriving as a sixth-man, game-changer for a contender. And he should, at a minimum, be relevant.

However, Iverson refused to play a role. He wouldn’t do it for the Detroit Pistons. He walked on the Memphis Grizzlies after game three. His personal issues with the Philadelphia 76ers didn’t help, either.

No team offered him a contract this summer. He's out of chances and at fault for his current situation.

Hopefully, Iverson remembers this while plying his trade in Turkey.

--Oly Sandor.
 
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Friday , Sep , 10 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Chauncey Billups: ‘I want to be trying to win a championship’

“For the rest of the time that I’m playing, I want to be playing for something,” Billups said. “I want to be trying to win a championship. I’m not the kind of guy who is just going to ride his career out, say, ‘I’ll play as long as I can and whatever happens, happens.’ No, that’s not me. I want to play for something. I want to play for the whole thing.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Memo to the Denver Nuggets. If you trade Carmelo Anthony, you’d better trade Chauncey Billups, too.

For the last few weeks, the Internet has been buzzing with speculation the Nuggets will deal ‘Melo and rebuild. And the thinking was Billups – the good soldier and hometown boy – would stick around to mentor the youngsters.

Think again.

Billups, even at 34, has plenty in the odometer. Remember, he never got regular minutes during his first five seasons in the NBA. And the veteran table-setter was traded several times before settling with the Detroit Pistons.

So Billups, while he still can, wants to compete for championships. Starting over isn’t an option.      

Trading Anthony will only be the start for the Nuggets. They’ll likely have to move Billups – their heart and soul – too.

--Oly Sandor.

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The 2010-2011 Detroit Pistons will miss playoffs again.
Saturday , Sep , 04 , 2010 J.N.

The 2010-2011 Detroit Pistons will miss playoffs again.

You know things were looking weird in Detroit when general manager Joe Dumars was rumored to be looking at other GM jobs around the league. His prized signing of Ben Gordon did not go as planned and Charlie Villanueva ended up coming off the bench. Ben Gordon was utilized the same way. Dumars signed Gordon to roughly $58 million and Villanueva to $37.7 million. That’s about $95.7 million for two bench guys.

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Tuesday , Aug , 31 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Charlie Villanueva has starter`s mentality for Detroit Pistons

Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva has been preparing himself for a starting role this summer. Jonas Jerebko appears to be the odds-on favorite to be Detroit's starting small forward, but Villanueva plans on challenging for the job. "That's my mentality – to be a starter," Villanueva said.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s a delicate balance for Charlie Villanueva.

On the one hand, it’s a positive that Charlie ‘V’ wants to start. The forward surely wants to redeem himself after his poor 2010, and prove he’s worth the five-year, $35 million free agent pact he signed.

On the other hand, Villanueva’s individual goals may get in the way of the Detroit Pistons’ goal of improving. And Ben Gordon, Rip Hamilton, Tracy McGrady, and Tayshaun Prince are preparing for comeback campaigns of their own.

There are only so many shots. And there are only so many minutes.   

With Gordon, Hamilton, and T-Mac looking to score, Villanueva may not get many opportunities. And the former Connecticut Husky isn`t much good unless he`s filling up the bucket.

Perhaps Villanueva should reconsider what he wants to achieve in 2011. This would be good for him and the Pistons.

--Oly Sandor.


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Sunday , Aug , 29 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Tracy McGrady: ‘I’m not changing’

"I'm not changing anything," McGrady said at his introductory news conference on Aug. 16. "I'm only 31 years old. I'm not 44 or 41. ... I might not be dunking on anybody like I used to, but I'm going to put the ball in the hole. Who was that, (Mehmet) Okur, I dunked on in '03? I might not be doing stuff like that ... but I still can put it in the hole."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: I appreciate his confidence.

After being written off by fans, journalists, and franchises, Tracy McGrady has an axe to grind. He’s desperate to prove he’s T-Mac, the high-flying scorer of years past.

And this could present problems. At times, McGrady can still embarrass opposing defenses and fill up the hoop. To salvage his career he must change. He must do other things.

For instance, in Toronto, McGrady was a stat-stuffer. His length, athleticism, and desire allowed him to block shots, rebound, and post multiple steals per game. He was also a decent passer.

Today, McGrady is much older and less athletic. While he can’t be that Scottie Pippen type of player, he must do more than score. He must try to be a well-rounded player.

If he just worries about scoring, he’ll post numbers on a bad Detroit team, but no contender will sign him next summer when he hits free agency.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Aug , 14 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Tracy McGrady on the Pistons: `My game will do all the talking`

``My game this season will do all the talking I need to do now,'' McGrady told FanHouse Friday when reached on his cell phone. "There's no need for me to say anything else at this point.''

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Having a chip on your shoulder is never a bad thing, but Tracy McGrady must channel his emotions.

If McGrady treats the Detroit Pistons’ system like an all-you-can-shoot-buffet, if he believes the season is all about his redemption, if he demands a set amount of minutes, touches, and field goal attempts, then this chip is a negative.

However, if McGrady facilitates for others, if he uses his length, size, and athleticism to defend, if he stuffs the stat-sheet like when he was with the Toronto Raptors, then this chip is a positive.

Bottom line: McGrady may never find his past form. He must accept this. He must move on. He must play a role for Detroit.

If he can do this successfully, a contender may consider him as a sixth-man, game-changer for 2012.

Then his career will have been salvaged. And then the chip on his shoulder will have been a positive.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Aug , 14 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Can Magic Johnson save the Detroit Pistons?

Magic Johnson expressed interest Friday in being part of a group that buys the Pistons or at least in joining his hometown team in a front-office capacity.

Johnson is currently a minority owner of the Lakers.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: In 1979, Magic Johnson brought life to the struggling Los Angeles Lakers. In 2011, he may do the same for the Detroit Pistons.

Of course, the situations are different. Johnson played for the Lakers; he'd own and run the Pistons.

This would be ideal for Motown. Johnson is from nearby Lansing, played with the Michigan State Spartans, and has the resources/contacts to invest in a poor city that has been hard hit by the recession.

The Pistons also need a new set of eyes in the front office. Executive Joe Dumars has lost his touch, showing too much loyalty to veterans from the 2004 World Champion team and overpaying mediocre free agents.

It's time to blow things up. It's time to start over. Frankly, Dumars isn't up for the job. Hopefully, Magic - if he successfully purchases the Pistons - has the stomach to hire a new architect to rebuild.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Aug , 10 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Desperate times, desperate measures: fading Pistons sign fading T-Mac

Seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady has reached agreement on a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Detroit Pistons, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: This situation should work for Tracy McGrady and the Detroit Pistons.

After all, McGrady needs regular minutes, shots, and touches. This opportunity only happens on a mediocre team such as the Pistons.

Meanwhile, Detroit needs to distract fans from the on-court product. It's a mess.

Executive Joe Dumars has been too loyal to his 2004 championship team, hanging on to past their prime pieces like Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, and re-signing Ben Wallace. He also overpaid free agents Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva.

Enter McGrady.

His name and fading star power should keep the masses talking, and not about Dumars' recent failures. Best of all, McGrady has dropped his demand to start; he has agreed to compete for minutes.

So McGrady and the Pistons seem a fit. As they say, desperate times call for desperate measures.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Aug , 08 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Are T-Mac and Pistons a fit in 2011?

Tracy McGrady might be playing in the Central Division next season, but not with the team he was anticipating. The Detroit Pistons are seriously weighing whether to sign the two-time scoring champion after McGrady's recent flirtation with the Chicago Bulls, according to sources with knowledge of Detroit's thinking.

DraftExpress.com's Jonathan Givony reported earlier Saturday that the Pistons have already committed to sign McGrady to a one-year deal at the league's $1.35 million veteran minimum, but one source close to the situation told ESPN.com that Pistons officials were "taking the weekend" to discuss the move.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Will ‘T-Mac’ spend 2011 in Motown?

Currently, there are conflicting reports on the World Wide Web as to the Detroit Pistons’ interest in former superstar Tracy McGrady.

Some reports claim he’s already a Piston. Other reports claim the club only had a 'discussion' about signing him.

Bottom line: this should happen. It’s a fit for the team and player.

The Pistons failed to qualify for the playoffs in 2010, and – as currently constructed - they stand zero chance of qualifying in the revamped Eastern Conference in 2011.

They need to rebuild, but must field a team in the interim. McGrady’s name and previous life as a superstar will keep things somewhat interesting at The Palace in Auburn Hills.

Meanwhile, the mediocre Pistons are ideal for McGrady. He’ll get the shots, minutes, and touches to re-establish his name and prolong his career.

After all, the Houston Rockets told McGrady to take a hike. And the New York Knicks took a pass after providing an end of year audition in 2010.

So the Pistons would get a distraction. And McGrady would get an opportunity. Sounds like a win-win for all involved.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Jun , 15 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Should Sacramento trade for Hedo Turkoglu or Tayshaun Prince?

The Kings are looking for a small forward and Detroit's Tayshaun Prince could be a viable option.

The Pistons are looking to make some changes and it is believed that either Richard Hamilton or Prince will be dealt.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: This is more like it.
 
For weeks, reports have tied the rebuilding Sacramento Kings to Hedo Turkoglu, the disgruntled three-man with the Toronto Raptors.
 
Turkoglu had a poor year in Toronto: he arrived out of shape; had little interest in playing basketball; displayed a lack of professionalism; and demanded a trade.
 
The Kings - despite having the Turkish swing for the first five years of his career - are probably hesitant to deal for Turkoglu. His attitude leaves something to be desired. And he has four years and over $40 million remaining on his contract.
 
Prince would be a better fit. The lanky wing has credibility after winning an NBA championship with Detroit and helping the Pistons become a model franchise. And Sacramento's youngsters will respect Prince's experience, work ethic, and quiet, statesmanlike approach.
 
Best of all, he's an affordable mentor. His $12 million per year salary expires at season's end. 
 
For many reasons, the Kings would be better off with a 'Prince'.
 
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Monday , Jun , 14 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Best playoff block ever: Tony Allen on Pau Gasol or Tayshaun Prince on Reggie Miller?

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: It was a momentum swinger.

In game-five of the 2010 NBA Finals, Tony Allen delivered a one-two combo block that sparked the Boston Celtics. Allen, an athletic swing, appeared from the helpside to emphatically deny Los Angeles Lakers post Pau Gasol a left-handed chippie.

The play reminded me of one thing: Tayshaun Prince on Reggie Miller.

Back in the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals, Prince preserved a key Detroit Pistons win against the Indiana Pacers by heroically blocking what seemed like a gimme lay-up for clutch closer and superstar Reggie Miller. 

The Piston won the game. And later they won the 2004 NBA Title.

So watch both clips and get at us with your call on the best playoff block ever: Allen on Gasol or Prince on Miller.  

(Allen with the one-two combo block.) 

(Prince with the amazing block on Miller.) 

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Sunday , May , 23 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Best alley-oop: Tony Allen’s get on up or Grant Hill’s buckle up?

HoopsVibe's Call: Rajon Rondo's emergence aside, it's been the most exciting part of the Eastern Conference Finals: Tony Allen's get-on-up alley-oop.

While this is the best toss-and-grab of the post-season, a player, Grant Hill, in the Western Conference Finals has a few alley-oops under his belt worth noting.

Once upon a time, Hill, a veteran swing with the Phoenix Suns, was a high-flying All-Star. Several ankle surgeries robbed this triple-double machine of his peak years with the Orlano Magic.

So HoopsVibe News thought we'd put the new against the old and ask you who has the best alley-oop Tony Allen's 'get on up' or Grant Hill's infamous 'buckle up'? Watch both clips and get at with your comments on the best alley-oop in the comment box below. 

(Tony Allen getting on up like James Brown against the Orlando Magic.) 

(Grant Hill, as a member of the Detroit Pistons, forcing fans to 'buckle up'.)

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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.
 

 

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Friday , Mar , 26 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Maxiell: Players are Saving Money in Case of Lockout

Jason Maxiell, the Pistons' player representative, said players are beginning to take precautions with a lockout looming.

"Mainly save your funds, knowing it could be like 1998 (the last NBA lockout)," Maxiell said. "It was tough for (the players) then, and it could be tough for us. As a player you have to be prepared for it."