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1996 NBA Draft; Best First Round Ever?
Thursday , Jun , 27 , 2013 Paul Eide

1996 NBA Draft; Best First Round Ever?

The wait is over; the 2013 NBA Draft starts tonight at 7:30 EST.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Does the 2013 NBA Draft class feature a potential Kobe Bryant or Allen Iverson?

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Warriors Mark Jackson Cheats On Wife, Almost Gets Extorted
Tuesday , Jul , 03 , 2012 Paul Eide

Warriors Mark Jackson Cheats On Wife, Almost Gets Extorted

"What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive." The quote is credited to British author Sir Walter Scott in1808. And even though it was uttered over 200 years ago, Warriors head coach Mark Jackson knows all about it.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: If he still worked for ESPN he would be canned immediately (i.e. Steve Phillips or Sean Salisbury), so why haven't the Warriors fired him?

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Thursday , Sep , 15 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Chris Bosh to Skip Bayless: insult my game, not my name

“My only problem is the whole misuse of the name,” Bosh said. “If I stink it up on the court…. my family takes a lot of pride in our name. My ancestors, we’re very prideful with the Bosh name. I don’t like it being made fun of. I don’t think they appreciate it, either.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He’s once again taking ‘Heat’.

Just twelve months ago, Chris Bosh was taking flak for the way in which he left the Toronto Raptors and signed with the Miami Heat as a free agent.

The criticism continued all year as Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade became targets for hoop heads living outside South Beach.

Most of it was fair. Some of it was not.

Over the summer, James and Wade have managed to avoid the spotlight and keep a low profile, while Bosh has continued to be a target.

ESPN’s Skip Bayless recently called the left-handed power-forward Bosh Spice, implying he was soft and precious like a member of the all girl group from Britain.

Recently, Shaquille O’Neal, when making his first appearance as a TNT broadcaster, took a swipe at Bosh, saying the Heat had two superstars in James and Wade.

Here’s the bottom line: Bosh is the third star. There will be a backlash until he wins a championship.

--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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Tuesday , Mar , 29 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Stan Van Gundy: ‘We don’t give a damn’ about New York, Miami, and ESPN

"With Miami at the beginning of the year and New York since the trade, it's like, because so many people are interested in what happens with LeBron (James), (Dwyane) Wade and (Chris) Bosh and now with Carmelo (Anthony), Amar'e (Stoudemire) and Chauncey (Billups) you guys think our overwhelming (concern) is 'what's happening with Miami and New York?' Quite honestly, we don't give a damn," Van Gundy said. "We don't. I don't care. We're just getting ready to play them.

Van Gundy clearly had an issue with the media's obsession with the Heat and Knicks. "It's not all Miami and New York," Van Gundy said. "I know to ESPN it is, but to the rest of us, we actually think some of the rest of the teams matter."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Sometimes it’s not what Coach Stan Van Gundy says, but how he says it.

Take last night’s tirade against the Miami Heat, New York Knicks, and ESPN. There was no need to bluntly state he doesn’t ‘care’ or give a ‘damn’ about two of the league’s high profile clubs and television partner.

Van Gundy could have instead said there are several strong teams in the NBA, including the Heat and Knicks. We worry about all of them.

This is essentially the same message. Except there’s no controversy.

Only Van Gundy can’t help himself. He loves headlines. He loves sound bites. He loves taking shots. Most importantly, he loves being the star of the show.

After all, no other coach, player, or league employee would have the stones to compare Commissioner Stern to the tyrants in North Africa and the Middle East.

The timing of such a statement was especially poor. Currently, that entire region is unstable and NATO is involved in a mission in Libya.

Clearly, Van Gundy missed ‘Media 101’. Or he doesn’t care. Either way, his act is tiresome. The Magic’s sideline boss better continue winning because he isn’t making friends.

--Oly Sandor

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Wednesday , Jul , 28 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

LeBron`s Las Vegas Adventure that ESPN didn’t want you reading

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: This morning, I was doing my normal am routine: black coffee, cream-cheese bagel, and NBA news.

One rumors excerpt on HoopsHype caught my eye. ESPN Los Angeles had an exclusive tale of LeBron James in Las Vegas. In the one trailer paragraph I read, there were scantily clad women, gambling, and booze.

`Vegas Baby`. What a perfect way to start my day. Or so I thought.

I clicked the link and got a blank screen. I clicked the link a second time and still got a blank screen. Third times a charm, right? Wrong.

While the Hoopshype link took the reader to a new screen, something, or someone, made sure the story didn't appear. Mid-morning, I learned ESPN had `pulled` the story.

I guess what happens in Vegas, really stays in Vegas, especially if you’re an NBA superstar with a recent run of bad publicity.

Thankfully, this thing somehow ended up on the Internet. A version of the story is available here in HTML.

Enjoy kids.

--Oly Sandor.

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