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Saturday , Jul , 10 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Bosh, James, and Wade can leave Miami in 2014

Each player took $15 million less over the life of the contract to sign with Miami, but they have an opt out after the fourth year to all potentially become free agents in 2014.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The circus is coming back to town. And sooner than we would like.

Yesterday, Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade enjoyed a welcome to Miami party. American Airlines Arena was full; thousands of fans were outside the buildings.

There was smoke, lasers, and players posing on forklifts. The Three Kings laughed, giggled, and talked of winning multiple championships in a Q and A session on stage.

One ‘tiny’ detail wasn’t mentioned: Bosh, James, and Wade`s newest contracts all contain opt-out clauses for the summer of 2014.

That’s right. The nonsense of 2010 isn’t over. In fact, it’s just getting started. Soon, we’ll be hearing the old conspiracy theories, speculation, and nonsense about July of 2014.

And you get the sense Bosh, James, and Wade wouldn’t have it any other way. How wrong this all is.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jul , 07 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Enlighten us: LeBron James to (thankfully) announce decision Thursday

LeBron James is planning to announce the team with which he will sign during a one-hour special on ESPN Thursday night, ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard has learned through independent sources.

ESPN would only confirm that active discussions for the special are ongoing. But sources tell Broussard that representatives for James contacted the network, proposing that James makes his announcement during a 9 p.m. ET special.

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HoopsVibe`s Very Quick Call: Can you see the light at the end of the tunnel?

After years of speculation, gossip, drama, innuendo, and (frankly) nonsense, LeBron James will finally enlighten us with a one hour ESPN special announcing where he’ll play next. 

Thank you. Thank you so very much LeBron.

Expect the Cleveland Cavaliers to win these bizarre sweepstakes. Cleveland is James’ home. They can offer the most money and longest term.

Owner Dan Gilbert has likely promised to acquire Chris Paul - James’ best friend in the NBA - from the New Orleans Hornets. It’s one reason Gilbert hired Scott, the former sideline boss with Paul`s Hornets.

Most importantly, come Thursday James will have made his decision and we can get on with our lives.

-- Oly Sandor.


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Saturday , Jun , 26 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Maverick Carter: LeBron James ‘isn’t going on a tour’

All the elaborate recruiting plans for LeBron James will have to change. James will not go on a recruiting tour, his longtime business manager Maverick Carter told ESPN.com Friday. LeBron is not going on a tour," Carter said. "He never planned to go on a tour and has not been a part of any team's plans for a recruiting trip."

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The King is wisely making his suitors come to his Ohio court.

The LeBron James 24-hour news cycle hasn't helped his image. There has been a backlash because some feel the two-time MVP has milked and encouraged the headlines.

For instance, critics have argued his interview with CNN's Larry King shouldn't have aired during the NBA Finals because it took the spotlight off the league's showcase event.

Another concern was that James was going to make a spectacle of visiting each potential suitor, creating a sort of rock star inspired tour -even if he has little interest in signing with certain teams.

The good news is the New York Knicks' star-studded tour of Manhattan won't matter. Neither will the lure of South Beach. Or, the glamour of Hollywood.

James is focused on one thing: winning an NBA Title. Now to find the best place for that to happen. 

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Monday , Jun , 21 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Does Chris Bosh want to be Jermaine O’Neal or Scottie Pippen?

"I don't want to be mentioned as an addition to a team," Bosh said prior to the season. "I want to be mentioned as the guy that people want to center their team around."

"I'm not an addition. I'm a centerpiece," he said. "I have to have that confidence in myself, and I want people to know that, because I'm not somebody that helps out. I'm the guy you get like, 'Yo, we're going to win a championship, you're gonna take us there.'
 
 
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Jermaine O'Neal or Scottie Pippen?
 
ESPN scribe Chris Broussard once said this was the choice Chris Bosh would face when he hit free agency. Broussard reasoned that Bosh would max out as a good, O'Neal type player -if he signed somewhere as the 'centrepiece'.
 
However, the veteran writer believed Bosh would become a Hall of Fame, second-star like Pippen -if he agreed to sign on as LeBron James or Dwyane Wade's sidekick.
 
He's right. And Bosh's true colors will be revealed with his decision.
 
If he's about the accolades, if he's about getting his and only his, then Bosh signs somewhere as The Man and hits the golf course every May instead of playing meaningful basketball.
 
If he's about winning NBA Titles, if he's about greatness, he drops this 'centrepiece' stuff and partners with a once-in-a-generation-superstar like James or Wade.
 
Frankly, this shouldn't be much of a decision for Bosh.
 
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Friday , Jun , 11 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Sun isn’t brighter on the other side: Amar’e Stoudemire must stay in Phoenix

 

"I've established great relationships around town," Stoudemire said. "My family is now pretty much from here because all my kids were born and are being raised here. It'd be great to remain a Phoenix Sun for my whole career.

"That's my ultimate goal. And then to win a championship with the team. But we've just got to make sure that we can try to get that done sooner than later because we want to capitalize on the opportunity. We did a great job this season but we definitely want to have a better season and go further the next few years."

"My loyalty is here with the Phoenix Suns," he said. "Once free agency starts and teams are offering me X amount of dollars, then I would definitely say, 'You know what, Phoenix? These guys are offering this much. So if you guys want to step up to the plate, we can hit a home run.' If not, then I could settle for an inside-the-park home run. Just as long as I make it home."

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: He gets it. Finally.
 
Amar'e Stoudemire seems to understand he'll find no better fit than with the Suns. In Phoenix, he has Steve Nash tossing him bounce-pass dimes off pick-and-rolls. In Phoenix, he doesn't have to be particularly troubled with defense. And in Phoenix, he is loved like a tier-one superstar.
 
Everything would change - and not necessarily for the better - if Stoudemire left as a free agent this summer. There'd be no Nash. He'd have to stop treating defense like a contagious disease. And there'd likely be less spotlight and more criticism.
 
So the pogo stick power forward is right to consider giving Phoenix and their financially stretched owner, Robert Sarver, a slight hometown discount.
 
After all, the Sun isn't brighter on the other side -even if another team offers Stoudemire more green in the form of a max' contract.
 
Should Amar'e stay or leave Phoenix?