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Sunday , Feb , 12 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Spike Lee ‘thanks’ Mark Jackson and Warriors for cutting Jeremy Lin

According to Jackson, Lee “thanked” Jackson for making Lin available so that the Knicks could pick him up. “I got a text message from Spike Lee this morning,” Jackson said after Warriors’ practice on Saturday. “I had nothing to do with Jeremy Lin. I never saw him do a layup. So for the people … stop asking me. He never practiced for us so leave me out of it.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Of course, the New York Knicks’ superfan, director Spike Lee, has a funny take on Jeremy Lin.

After all, Lee, also known as Mars Blackman, once took on the entire Indiana Pacers -in particular Hall of Fame two-guard Reggie Miller. Who can forget Reggie flashing the infamous choke sign at Lee in the mid nineties?

For better or worse, this is who Lee is. It’s no surprise he texted Mark Jackson, ‘thanking’ the Golden State Warriors’ coach for waiving Lin, the Knicks’ newfound saviour at point guard.

In Jackson’s defense, he already has two talented, smaller guards: Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis. No minutes were available for Lin, who would have languished on the Warriors’ bench.

Bottom line: every NBA-er has talent. Lin’s success, like many players, is about finding the right opportunity. And he has his opportunity in New York.

Just don’t tell Lee. Why spoil the fun?

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Sunday , Jan , 22 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: George Hill imitates David Beckham, Pacers beat Warriors

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: This controversy fell under the radar.

On Friday, the Golden State Warriors were robbed of a last-second possession when the Indiana Pacers’ George Hill imitated David Beckham and foot-trapped the ball while defending Monta Ellis.

Hill’s ‘footie’ skills were a kicked-ball violation, and the Warriors should have had possession out of bounds. The refs missed it, Hill raced down-court with the ball.

Game over. Pacers win. Warriors lose. Click the video and get at us with thoughts in the comment box below.



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Sunday , Jan , 15 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Monta Ellis dunks on Tyrus Thomas

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The Golden State Warriors are 3-8, but Monta Ellis provided a highlight last night by dunking on Tyrus Thomas of the Charlotte Bobcats.

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Thursday , Dec , 22 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Monta Ellis to Warriors Staffer: ‘Hey Sexy’

Ellis allegedly texted Smith "several times in a single day, late at night or in the early morning hours," using a "secret" telephone that was kept by an equipment manager with the team, the suit claims. The texts from Ellis included phrases like "I want to be with you," and "Hey Sexy," to which Smith responded with, "What do you want?" and "I am sleeping," the suit alleges.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Some people never learn. Ever.

Sadly, it appears Monta Ellis, the talented combo guard for the Golden State Warriors, is one of those people.

First, there was moped-gate. Ellis injured himself riding an electrical device my ten year old nephew calls lame and lied about it as rolling on a moped is a violation of his contract.

Second, Ellis asked several times for a trade. Some of his requests were private; some of his requests were public, bringing controversy to The Bay.

Third, Ellis welcomed blue-chip prospect Stephen Curry to his first pro training camp by declaring the two couldn’t start in the same backcourt.

To be fair: Ellis and Curry have made amends.

And finally there’s this: Ellis, allegedly, acted like a Delta Bravo (that’s a polite way of calling him something that rhymes with Fouche Bag) to a team employee.

Worst of all, the Warriors, allegedly, covered for his Delta Bravo/Fouche Baggery. They fired the employee and this could get awfully messy, as there’s a smoking gun that shows Ellis’ sexual harassment.

The Warriors have a new owner, Joe Lacob, and rookie coach, Mark Jackson, who are both trying to change the dysfunction and incompetence that has plagued the organization.

This won’t help. Unfortunately, there will be no trade market for Ellis with such a controversy hanging over his head.

So Lacob and Jackson have one choice: they must stick by Ellis and hope he finally learns.

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Monday , Dec , 19 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Knicks get Baron Davis … on the cheap

Glen Grunwald announced today that the Knicks have signed Baron Davis. Davis was waived by the Cavaliers last week under the league's amnesty provision.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: If he stays healthy, if he gets focused, if he avoids injury, and if he sets-the-table for others, then Baron Davis could be a steal for the New York Knicks. Especially for the veteran`s exception.

Unfortunately, that’s a lot of ifs. And Davis has struggled after a terrific 2006-07 season and memorable playoff with the Golden State Warriors.

In New York, he’ll be under the microscope and the expectations will be huge. It’s up to Davis, who is in his early thirties, to salvage what he can from his career.

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Wednesday , Dec , 14 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Kwame Brown and Warriors prove the lockout was a farce

Kwame Brown has agreed to a one-year deal with the Warriors for $7 million. Brown played for the Bobcats in 10-11, where he had a bounce back season of sorts.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: What was the lockout for?

After all, the owners supposedly locked out the players for five months, in part, to stop marginal journeymen from receiving ridiculous contracts.

No more overpaying suspect talent like Gilbert Arenas, Eddy Curry, Jerome James, Rashard Lewis, and others.

Or, so we thought …

Today the Golden State Warriors signed marginal post Kwame Brown to a one-year contract for $7 million.

Sure, the term is short. Sure, seven footers regularly received $10 million per annum before the lockout. And sure, rookie coach Mark Jackson coveted Brown as a defensive anchor.

But the work stoppage was about ending the insanity. What was all this labour strife was really about?

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Who is at fault for this lockout?
Saturday , Oct , 22 , 2011 J.N.

Who is at fault for this lockout?

Derrick Rose recently said that the current NBA lockout is “not our fault.” That makes sense. He is a player. He is a part of the Player’s Union. Captain Obvious is obvious. Why would he state something that does not need to be said? It’s not just Rose, but for the rest of the players. This generic statement is an easy statement to make. We understand the need to put blame on someone. Someone has to go down. Upon further examination, is the blame truly on the owners? 

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Saturday , Oct , 15 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

New, Old Golden State Warriors Having ‘We Believe’ Reunion

The 2007 "We Believe" Warriors will take on the current Warriors in an exhibition game to be played October 29 at the San Jose State Event Center. Jason Richardson, Matt Barnes, Kelenna Azubuike and Anthony Morrow are confirmed for the team of former Warriors. Barnes is recruiting Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Four years ago, they shocked the world.

In the spring of 2007, the Golden State Warriors squeaked into the playoffs and proceeded to route the heavily favoured and first seeded Dallas Mavericks.

Such an upset is the thing of legends. It was the closest the Warriors came to respectability, and the Mavericks needed years to recover before winning a championship last June.

Regardless, the We Believe Warriors are planning an exhibition contest against the current Warriors for October 29th.

HoopsVibe has two We Believe videos. The first is a collection of highlights, while the second features a point guard poster-jobbing Andrei Kirelenko. 

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(We Believe Mixtape) 

(B-Diddy on AK47.)

O.Sandor

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The MOST Underrated Player from the 1990s. Who is this guy?
Sunday , Oct , 02 , 2011 J.N.

The MOST Underrated Player from the 1990s. Who is this guy?

It’s tough being quiet. Most of the time, you just do not think you need to say anything. It’s hard work to move the mouth to talk. Actions say more. In reality, we want to be recognized. We want the credit. Once we speak up, people feel that we’re douche bags. That is why it is better not to comment, but we choose to speak when necessary. 

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Sunday , Sep , 04 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Brandon Jennings thinks Stephen Jackson makes Bucks a top team in the east

“The first day Stephen Jackson walked into the facility, I knew right then and there it was going to be a different year,’’ Jennings said. “And it’s going to be a year that I think we’re going to be successful.

“The thing about the NBA is the league gets better and better every year. It’s never going to be the same, so I think with Stephen Jackson and a healthy Andrew Bogut and Drew Gooden, I think we’ll be talented enough to play with any of the top teams in the East, hands down.’’

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Brandon Jennings is right to suggest Stephen Jackson will impact the Milwaukee Bucks.

Will it be for better or worse, though?

Jennings believes his new teammate will use his talent for good, transforming the Bucks into a contender out east.

There`s evidence to support this view: Jackson was a champion with the San Antonio Spurs; helped the Charlotte Bobcats make their first-ever playoff appearance; and was terrific for the Golden State Warriors in 2007.

And there`s evidence to refute this view: Jackson bolted on those same Spurs, fell out with the Bobcats, and demanded the Warriors trade him months after signing a lucrative extension.

The hope is that Jackson will warm to his new surroundings. When healthy, Jennings and Andrew Bogut are a solid pair. Coach Scott Skiles will appreciate his tenacity as long as Jackson doesn`t become a distraction.

Who can forget the shenanigans that took place with the Indiana Pacers?

Of course, Jackson’s deal expires in 2013, so he’ll have to perform if he wants a contract from the Bucks or another team.

Jennings is right: Jackson will make the Bucks better. For now, it`s in his interests to do so. 

--Oly Sandor.


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Sunday , Sep , 04 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Portland interested in Chris Mullin for GM?

Blazers president Larry Miller has expressed a strong interest in former Golden State Warriors GM Chris Mullin, sources said. Mullin’s expected to talk with the Blazers too, sources said.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call:
Chris Mullin’s career as an executive hasn’t been normal.

The sharpshooter revitalized the Golden State Warriors before getting stabbed in the back by Don Nelson, his former coach and the man he rescued from the sideline boss scrap heap.

Then Mullin was tabbed to take over the executive chair in New York from Donnie Walsh before dysfunctional owner James Dolan stepped-in. Walsh is out; Mullin won’t be leading the Knicks.

Now he’s linked to the Portland Trail Blazers, the organization that fired GM Kevin Pritchard moments before the 2010 NBA draft only to invite him to stay for the evening's festivities.

Pritchard’s replacement, Richie Cho, was pink-slipped after being on the job for less than a year. Cho was seen as too docile, low-key, and quiet.

Perhaps Mullin should pass on the Blazers‘ gig. Right now, they’re dysfunctional, and owner Paul Allen seems determined to meddle.

Life may be a little more normal in ESPN’s broadcast booth.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Aug , 31 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Mark Cuban calls LeBron, D-Wade, and Heat ‘the Evil Empire’

"The playoffs run 57 days," he said. "For me, it was 56 days, 23 hours and lots of minutes of pure anxiety. I really didn't start to enjoy it until there were about 30 seconds left in the game . . . and it finally dawned on me that we had finally beaten the Evil Empire and all those doubts."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Mark Cuban wasn’t staying quiet forever.

The renegade owner of the Dallas Mavericks recently broke his silence and told reporters he took satisfaction in beating the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, who he dubbed the ’evil empire’.

Yes, there’s nothing like fuelling the fire of the Mavericks-Heat rivalry. Cuban, however, dumped a gallon of gasoline on it.

It’s all rather ironic considering Cuban’s Mavericks were public enemy number one in 2007 when they lost the Western Conference Quarter-Finals to the underdog Golden State Warriors.   

The tables have turned. For now, Cuban is on top. And he’s loving it.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Aug , 25 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Warriors coach Mark Jackson linked to alleged drug lord?

Jamie Foxx, Lady Gag and Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson are caught up in a scandal surrounding a multimillion-dollar international drug cartel, Star has learned exclusively.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: This isn’t the way Mark Jackson wanted to start his new gig as head coach of the Golden State Warriors.

Jackson, who recently left broadcasting to become head coach of the Warriors, has been connected to an alleged drug baron named Warren Braithwaite.

Braithwaite was arrested last spring for transporting a Sam’s Club amount of marijuana from Mexico to Arizona for the purpose of trafficking.

Around the same time, Braithwaite attended the Warriors’ press conference were they announced Jackson would be their new bench-boss.

There’s no evidence to suggest Jackson had knowledge of his friend’s activities. And Braithwaite also has other famous associates like actor Jamie Foxx and singer Lady Gaga.

That said, Joe Lacob, the Warriors' new owner, wanted to chart a fresh course for this downtrodden franchise. Jackson was his key hire; the franchise’s White Knight and Golden Boy.

Such headlines won’t go over well.

--Oly Sandor

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Friday , Aug , 05 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Matt Barnes fights, hits game-winning shot at Pro-Am

“According to a brief report from KGO-TV, during a Pro-Am game between Barnes’ Dream Team and East Bay at the Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco, Barnes punched a member of the East Bay team. But since an official didn’t catch the altercation, play continued after a break and Barnes was not ejected. As of Friday morning, it appears no one has posted a video of the punch, but one fan at the game did capture the incident’s aftermath and members of both teams retreating to their own benches.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Get in a fight. Hit the game-winning shot.

Players who can do both are rare. And this is the reason contenders covet Matt Barnes. One moment he's scrapping. The next he's a stone-cold assassin.    

Bottom line: top teams love Barnes' edge.

Remember, his 'edge’ made him a cult-hero with the ‘We Believe’ Golden State Warriors when they upset the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks.

Orlando Magic fans took to his 'edge’ when he declared viral jihad against Lamar Odom and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Those same Lakers showered him and his 'edge’ with praise when, as a member of the purple-and-gold, he went at the Mavs’ Jason Terry on-and-off court.

No team will publicly condone Barnes initiating a donnybrook at a Pro-Am match. Privately, behind closed doors, it's a different story.

Best of all, it wasn't a fan, right Mike Beasley? Watch the videos of Barnes’ altercation and game-winning shot and then get at HoopsVibe News with thoughts in the comment box below.


(Barnes scrapping.) 

(Barnes hits game-winning shot.)

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Jul , 07 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Stephen Curry on Monta Ellis: ‘We Want Him With Our Team’

“I don’t know about the talks he had with the front office or where they ended before the lockout, but as of right now, he’s still a Warrior,” Curry said of Ellis. “We want him with our team. He makes us better. And I think with a fresh start and all the new faces with the organization that will help him forget about the past and not really affect what is going on right now.

“I know there has been a lot of turmoil with him and the organization in the past. I can’t speak for him, but I think the new look of our organization will help him make a difference.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It would have been easy for Stephen Curry. Very easy.

Nearly two years ago, Monta Ellis ‘welcomed’ Curry to his first pro' training camp by telling reporters the two couldn’t form a backcourt for the Golden State Warriors.

Today, the Warriors have a new owner and coach. And today, they’re also shopping Ellis around the league.

Ellis has been linked to Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic, Andre Iguodala and the Philadelphia 76ers, and Lamar Odom and the Los Angeles Lakers.

He recently grew tired of the rumors and requested a trade.

Now Curry could have extracted a little revenge and kicked Ellis when he’s down. Or, he could have offered a terse 'no comment' when asked about the situation

Instead, Curry had Ellis’ back. He explained how the Warriors’ core want him to return and are inviting him to training sessions during the lockout.

Such maturity is the difference between Curry and Ellis. And such maturity is the reason the Warriors prefer Curry over Ellis.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jul , 06 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Jason Richardson to Chicago?

As a free agent, J-Rich has reached a critical point in his career: Does he sign with a team that can pay him the most money or take less to play with a contender?

Obviously, he would love to have the best of both worlds. He might be able to find that with the Chicago Bulls, who are in need of a quality starting shooting guard.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Is Jason Richardson the difference between the Chicago Bulls winning and losing the Eastern Conference?

The answer: at best, a maybe. Sure, Richardson is talented. Sure, he has range. Sure, he’s arguably the top free agent shooting-guard. And sure, the Bulls need a scorer.

Richardson is 31-years old, though. While still solid, he was deemed expendable by the Golden State Warriors, Charlotte Bobcats, and Phoenix Suns. His latest club, the Orlando Magic, have little interest in extending him.

A large part of this had to do with money. Charlotte and Phoenix, two smaller markets, had trouble swallowing Richardson’s big-ticket. For financial reasons, they cut ties.

A large part of this had to with skill. More and more, Richardson stopped using his athleticism to attack and defend, and seemed content on shooting three-pointers.

Who knows what role the off-court stuff played? Richardson was charged with Driving Under the Influence and reckless driving. Of course, there was also this.

Richardson is a risk. His value on the open market will be hard to gauge because of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. 

Chicago should ask Richardson for a contender discount. If he refuses, they should look elsewhere for their difference-maker.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Jul , 04 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Nets want Dwight Howard?

Williams has made no firm promises about staying in New Jersey but has said he likes the direction of the franchise under new owner Mikhail Prokhorov. The 27-year-old has likewise expressed optimism about the team's scheduled move to Brooklyn starting with the 2012-13 season and his potential role in luring other top players to the Nets. The Nets, sources said, intend to make a hard push for Howard in an attempt to convince Williams to commit long term.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Collective Bargaining Agreement may change, but the NBA will always be a star’s league.

Take Deron Williams and the New Jersey Nets. The soon-to-be Brooklyn franchise mortgaged the farm to acquire Williams via trade, even though he can become a free agent in July of 2012.

Right now, Williams has leverage. Before signing a long-term extension with the Nets, he wants a co-star.

Enter Dwight Howard.

The massive five-man can also opt-out of his contract and become a free agent next summer. Howard, on paper, is the perfect running mate for Williams.

The two would form a lethal inside-outside combo, capable of rivalling most eastern foes. Their star power would match Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire, who ply their trade with the crosstown New York Knicks.

Unfortunately, the Nets have competition. The Orlando Magic are desperate to keep their franchise face, while the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers have both made plays for Howard.

Getting Howard won't be easy. So re-signing Williams won’t be easy. But both are a must for the Nets.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Jun , 28 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Warriors Top Assistant on Curry-Ellis backcourt: Are they willing to defend?

Without major roster changes in Oakland, Warriors' new lead assistant coach Mike Malone will be working with two guards who haven't consistently proved willing or able to stop dribble penetration, a center who hasn't shown up for the past two seasons and little depth. "Can you play defense with two small guards? It's a very interesting question, and I don't have a definite answer," Malone said. "Can they defend? Are they willing to defend? It could be hard to break those habits, but, if they want to win, they'll be willing."

 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Golden State Warriors have confirmed what we suspected. They aren’t sure if Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis have the size to defend opposing backcourts.

No doubt about it, Curry and Ellis can play. They are dynamic. They are athletic. They are special. But they are small to play together.

This sentiment is nothing new. Two years ago, Ellis welcomed Curry to his first training camp by telling reporters he felt they couldn’t form a backcourt.

New Warriors owner Joe Lacob has reservations about Ellis. Rookie coach Mark Jackson has publicly praised Ellis, while dangling him in front of the Orlando Magic as trade bait.

Today, lead assistant Mike Malone, who is in charge of defense, told the media he has concerns about Curry and Ellis’ commitment to defense.

This is the greatest sign change is coming. After all, the Warriors have shopped Ellis, which led to his agent requesting a trade.

Remember, Malone was hired to re-shape the soft Warriors into a tougher, more defensive-minded group. If he has doubts, then Jackson, his boss, has doubts.

Those doubts will likely lead to Ellis having a new home. And soon.

--Oly Sandor.


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Sunday , Jun , 26 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Jordan Hill and Hasheem Thabeet for Andris Biedrins?

Was able to confirm reports by the Houston Chronicle that the Rockets are indeed interested in acquiring Warriors center Andris Biedrins. Houston, with Yao Ming and Chuck Hayes as their expected center options next season, are in need of a big man since Yao’s ability to play again is still suspect and Chuck Hayes, while valiant and completely useful, is probably not a starting center on a playoff team.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Two stiffs for one quasi-stiff.

This is how most see reports the Houston Rockets want to send two stiffs, Jordan Hill and Hasheem Thabeet, to the Golden Warriors for one quasi-stiff, Andris Biedrins.

Hill and Thabeet aren’t NBA players. They’ll pursue their craft overseas when their rookie deals expire. Biedrins’ production nosedived after inking a $54 million extension.

Biedrins can still be productive, though. He needs one thing: change. A trade to Houston would jumpstart his career.

He’d be free -free from the pressure of living up to a big-ticket, free from the memory of Don Nelson and Keith Smart, and free from the soap opera that has been Golden State. 

A trade to Houston would allow him to focus on basketball -something he hasn‘t been able to do for years.

Best of all, there's an opportunity in Houston. The club is looking for a center because All-Star Yao Ming has foot troubles.

At 25, Biedrins’ career can be salvaged. It would help if this rumor became reality.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Jun , 25 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Ellis has asked Warriors for trade

A few days ago, it appeared as if the Warriors had decided to keep (Monta) Ellis despite some very attractive propositions. However, late yesterday, they were back to giving serious thought to moving him if the pitch blew them away. Word has it Ellis' agent, Jeff Fried, who did not return my call, informed management his client wants to be dealt.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: In today’s interconnected world of rumours and gossip, teams can’t explore trading stars without consequences.

The star will find out. He, or his people, will read it here, there, or everywhere online. He’ll read analysts’ opinions. He’ll read fans turning into E-Thugs and spewing venom in the comment section.

The relationship will break. The star and team will have to part. It’s inevitable. 

Take Monta Ellis and the Golden State Warriors. Ellis is a talent, who averaged 26 points per game on a bad Warriors squad in 2011.

New owner Joe Lacob has never been sold on Ellis, though. Lacob hired Mark Jackson to coach, who -surprise, surprise- isn’t sold on Ellis, either.

While publicly praising the combo guard’s skill, these two were privately shopping him. Of course, it didn’t stay private for long.

And the rumors became more intense. In fact, Ellis has been in more rumors than an infamous Hollywood actor, who believes he’s ‘winning’.

Talk radio, the internet, and even the more conservative print media has traded Ellis thousands of times. There was Ellis for Dwight Howard. There was Ellis for Lamar Odom. And there was also Ellis for Andre Iguodala.

Ellis, tired of the rumors, finally asked the Warriors to move him. Nobody knows what’s next for player or team, except the rumors will continue.

--Oly Sandor.

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