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5 Most Overpaid NBA Players For 2013-2014
Tuesday , Sep , 03 , 2013 Paul Eide

5 Most Overpaid NBA Players For 2013-2014

Of the four major American sports, the NBA has historically been the worst offender of overpaying terrible players.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: The Koncak Effect is still felt today, not as much, but these five players owe the former Hawks big man a thank you card.

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Sunday , Jan , 08 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Vince Carter ‘posterizes’ Emeka Okafor like it’s 1999

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Say what?

I thought Vince Carter only faded-away and settled for jumpers.

I thought Vince Carter stopped attacking the hoop during his time in New Jersey.

I thought Vince Carter had decided to cruise through his career and not provide highlights.

Well, the former bright light of the NBA, Slam Dunk Champion, and perennial All-Star teased us with a facial on the New Orleans Hornets’ Emeka Okafor that was reminiscent of 1999. Click the video and watch the 'VC' flashback.



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Wednesday , Aug , 10 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Greivis Vasquez: Marc Gasol will be better than Dwight Howard

Yes. Marc Gasol is a very key player on our team. He’s one of the best centers in the league and will end up being the best center in the NBA in 2-3 years.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: There’s having a teammate’s back. Then there's stretching the truth for a teammate.

How do view Greivis Vasquez’s comment that fellow Memphis Grizzly Marc Gasol will soon be the NBA’s best center?

The younger Gasol has made strides. He’s already a top-ten center and, as the second half and playoff showed, there’s room for further growth.  

Could he honestly become the NBA’s best center?

Suppose Gasol reaches his potential. The Spaniard still wouldn't top the Olando Magic’s Dwight Howard, who is seen as ‘The Man in the Middle’.

Grizz’ executive Christopher Wallace (not that Christopher Wallace as my esteemed editor jokes) would take Howard over Gasol if given the choice.

Privately, behind closed doors, the Notorious GM (again, hat tip to my editor) would surely go with the rebounding champion.

Would Wallace take Gasol over Andrew Bynum, Al Horford, Nene, and Joakim Noah? How about the next group of fives with Andrew Bogut, Al Jefferson, Brook Lopez, and Emeka Okafor?

Howard and Bynum aside, Vasquez could argue Gasol is equal to or better than any of these players. There'd be a counter argument, though.

Vasquez is stretching the truth to suggest Gasol would ever be superior to Howard. At least his hyperbole is for a good cause: a teammate.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Apr , 28 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Best facial: Kobe on Okafor or Kobe baptizing Howard?

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Last night, Kobe Bryant’s ankle looked fine. Just ask Emeka Okafor.

Yesterday, Bryant threw down an epic facial over Okafor in the Lakers’ game five win over the Hornets. It drew comparisons to another historic facial, a baptism in fact.

Years ago, Bryant packed it on the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard and later told reporters he was simply baptizing the five-man.

So which dunk is better: the jam on Okafor or Howard’s baptism? Watch both videos and tell us which dunk is best.
 

(Kobe on ‘Meka.)
  

(Call it The Baptism.)

--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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Monday , Sep , 06 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Hornets can’t trade Okafor, hoping he produces

 “For most guys, when you are traded to a team that was successful, it’s hard to fit in right away,” Williams told SN. “The dynamic of fitting in, it’s not always right there and it’s probably not fair to Emeka to just expect him to come in and fit in right away. Emeka will have to find ways to be efficient. I think we have done some things—added some shooters—who will make things easier on Emeka. Now that he is adjusted, I think he is going to have a very good year.”

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Monty Williams knows he must get more from Emeka Okafor.

What other option does the first year sideline boss have?

After all, the New Orleans Hornets have been unsuccessful in their attempts to move the struggling post. In these dire economic times, no team would consider taking  the remaining four years and $51 million on Okafor’s contract.

The Hornets reportedly resorted to packaging his big ticket with superstar Chris Paul. If a team wanted CP3, they had to jump on Okafor’s grenade of a contract.

No team would take the hit -even if came with a superstar point guard. This is no longer an option because Williams and GM Dell Demps have taken Paul off the trading block.

Bottom line: Okafor, not Williams, is responsible for righting his career. Instead of sitting out training camp and practices with what some deemed as minor injuries, he could endear himself to the organization by managing pain.

So Okafor, Williams, and the Hornets are together for the long haul. All parties must make it work.

--Oly Sandor.

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