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Sunday , Jun , 19 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Monta Ellis for Dwight Howard?

The Dwight Howard sweepstakes have begun. Golden State offered Monta Ellis, Andris Biedrins and Ekpe Udoh. Unlikely that'll get it done.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

The Golden State Warriors and Orlando Magic can deny rumors they’re considering swapping Monta Ellis for Dwight Howard. The evidence suggests otherwise, though.

New Warriors owner Joe Lacob, when he bought the club, didn’t give Ellis a ringing endorsement. While GM Larry Riley would only admit the team isn’t shopping their combo guard.

Lacob and rookie coach Mark Jackson want to change the losing culture surrounding the club. Right or wrong, fair or not, they may trade Ellis to achieve this.

Meanwhile, Howard has refused to sign an extension with the Magic. He wants to exercise a player’s option next July and become a free agent.

Howard knows Magic GM Otis Smith can’t let this occur. Not for a second. Smith, contrary to what he publicly claims, can’t risk his franchise face walking and getting nothing back.

So the clock is ticking. Like the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz with Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams, Smith has to cut a deal.  

It’s no shock the Warriors and Magic have talked trade. Here’s the real question: what happens next?

--Oly Sandor.


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Friday , Jun , 17 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Warriors leave door open on trading Ellis?

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Warriors General Manager Larry Riley said the team is not planning to trade Monta Ellis.“We are not shopping Monta Ellis,” Riley said.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: General Managers have a lingo.

Take Larry Riley, the head suit for the Golden State Warriors. Riley recently told Sports Illustrated that the club isn’t shopping Monta Ellis, their lightning-quick scorer.

That, however, doesn’t mean the Warriors won’t trade Ellis. It means they won’t initiate trade discussions, but they’ll listen to trade offers. And who knows what happens if the right trade offer materializes?

So Riley can offer public assurances. He can compare the Warriors’ tiny backcourt of Ellis and Stephen Curry to the world champion Mavericks, who used smaller guards. 

Riley is conveniently omitting that the Mavericks have superstar Dirk Nowitzki. The Warriors do not.

New coach Mark Jackson can say Ellis is the NBA’s third best shooting guard, capable of matching-up against anyone except Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade.

The door is open to a trade. How wide open remains to be seen, though.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jun , 08 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Warriors, 76ers still discussing Ellis for Iguodala?

The Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers have discussed a trade that would send the Warriors' leading scorer, Monta Ellis, to the 76ers for Andre Iguodala, according to league sources, including one with direct knowledge of Golden State's thinking.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Will a new coach, Mark Jackson, and owner, Joe Lacob, mean a new backcourt for the Golden State Warriors?

Well, rumors are again surfacing that the Warriors are looking to send combo guard Monta Ellis to the Philadelphia 76ers for the athletic Andre Iguodala.

No doubt about it, Ellis can play. However, there are doubts about whether he can continue playing with point guard Stephen Curry.

Ellis and Curry form one of the league’s smallest starting backcourts. And Jackson may wish to put his imprint on the Warriors by shipping out the prolific scorer for a more active, well rounded player –like Iguodala.

Meanwhile, the 76ers have again made their stat-stuffing swing available in hope of adding a first option on offense. And Ellis fits the bill.

Under normal circumstance, the bean counters in the front office would also like this trade.

Both players have three seasons left on their contracts. Ellis will earn $11 million per season, while Iguodala will earn slightly more at $14 million per season.

Reports indicate that Comcast, the wealthy holding company that owns the 76ers, are in talks to sell the club. All personnel moves may be put on hold.

Where there’s lots of smoke, there’s typically some sort of fire. Perhaps talks between the Warriors and 76ers become reality.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , May , 22 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Warriors dealing Monta Ellis?

The Warriors, who struggled defensively last season, could be looking for a defensive addition and might be willing to part with Ellis because guard Stephen Curry has blossomed into a legitimate NBA scorer.

The deal: A straight-up trade of Ellis ($11 million a year through 2013-14, with that last season being a player option) for Iguodala (approximately $56 million remaining through the 2013-14 season, with the last season being a player option).

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Will a new coach bring a new backcourt to Golden State?

The Warriors are strongly considering hiring former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown, who demands air-tight defence from players.

If Brown is brought in, he’ll look to change the miniature backcourt of Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis. These two score in bunches, but opponents have a field day posting them up.

(Of course, there’s executive Jerry West and owner Joe Lacob. The Warriors’ new advisor might want to change things, while Lacob already mentioned breaking up this undersized duo.)  

Who should go: Curry or Ellis?

Well, reports indicate the Warriors would move Ellis, despite posting impressive scoring numbers and displaying a newfound maturity in 2011.

Forget Curry’s mediocre sophomore campaign. He can play. Most importantly, he’s more of a natural table-setter than Ellis.

This would surely matter to Brown, as he sees Curry and Ellis as point guards because of size.

 In 2011, the Warriors used an unorthodox backcourt. A new coach will bring changes. Time will tell if it is for the better.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , May , 20 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Jerry West is Joe Lacob and Golden State’s Winston The Wolf

Jerry West, one of the most respected executives in NBA history, has agreed to join the Warriors front office in a non-decision-making, advisory role, multiple NBA sources confirmed tonight.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He means business.

Since assuming control of the Golden State Warriors, Joe Lacob had talked about changing the club’s culture. Words are one thing. Actions, however, are different.

Today, Lacob took significant action towards changing the environment around a team that has only made the playoffs once in the last fifteen years or so.

He hired Jerry West. That’s right: ‘The Logo’ is heading to northern California. 

West was a Hall of Fame player and equally talented executive. For years, he was the brain behind the Los Angeles Lakers; from 2002-2007, he worked his magic on the Memphis Grizzlies; and now he’s advising the Warriors.

Don’t know what an advisor does? Fair enough.

Let’s be specific about West’s role with the Warriors: He'll play ‘Winston the Wolf’. 

Rewind to the mid nineties when Pulp Fiction was the rage. There’s a scene where John Travolta and Samuel L Jackson’s characters have a ‘problem’. In fact, they have a major ‘problem’. And ‘Winston the Wolf’, played by Harvey Keital, comes to the rescue.

('Pretty please with sugar on top'.)

This will be West’s role with the Warriors. Forget the blood and gore. Forget the criminal elements. And forget the linen closet. Like Pulp Fiction, Lacob has a problem, and West, advisor or not, has been brought in to solve it.

He could be the jolt the Warriors needs. Hopefully, it improves their record in 2012 and beyond.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Apr , 10 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Warriors to keep Curry and Ellis?

Golden State general manager Larry Riley expects the strong scoring but small backcourt of 6-foot-3 guards Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry to be in tact when next season begins, he told Yahoo! Sports.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Larry Riley, the GM, says one thing. Joe Lacob, the owner, has said differently.

It seems the Golden State Warriors can’t make up their mind on whether they want to go small, starting undersized Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis in the backcourt.

Riley sees the upside: Curry is a deadly shooter with a great basketball IQ, while Ellis is a sensational scorer. According to Riley, this more than compensates for both being 6-foot-3 and lean.

Lacob sees the negative: Curry and Ellis can both be posted up by bigger guards on the defensive end, who will then use their size to create mismatches. So the billionaire is open to trading either player. 

Riley and Lacob both have a point. Each has expressed their view publicly. Obviously, the GM and owner shouldn’t have their differing views out for public consumption.

However, Lacob inherited Riley. Ten months ago, he bought the club from Chris Cohan, and got stuck with Riley –the lowest paid GM in the league (your draw your own conclusions).

Riley will apparently be returning, but nobody knows for sure. The Curry-Ellis backcourt is far from a sure thing.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Apr , 03 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Jason Terry: Matt Barnes is ‘as soft as Charmin toilet paper’

"I call Barnes the Charminator," said Terry. "You know what that is? That is a guy that's soft as Charmin' toilet paper. It's not only that he's a Pac-10 guy and he's a [UCLA] Bruin, and so you know we hate those guys -- us [Arizona] Wildcats, we hate Bruins. I don't care who you are. Whenever you don that uniform, I can't stand you, other than Reggie Miller. Barnes, I remember you when you were at Golden State, you're a journeyman. You put on that Laker uniform and you turn into Jerry West, Kareem, and Worthy, and Magic. Those are the real Lakers, not Barnes."

Barnes smiled when he was relayed Terry's comments after practice on Saturday afternoon. "I'm not worried about what he's talking about," Barnes said. "In Golden State we showed how to beat Dallas. You take it right to their chin and they back down. I don't see that nothing's changed since then so hopefully we see them again."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: In pro sports, there’s competitive hate between players and/or teams competing. This ends when the final buzzer sounds.

Then there’s personal hate, which is, well, personal. This doesn’t end when the final buzzer sounds. It carries over to the next game.  

Put Jason Terry of the Dallas Mavericks and Matt Barnes of the Los Angeles Lakers hate in the latter.

Recently, insults have flown between the super-subs, which included references to toilet paper, journeyman status, being a fake Laker and past playoff upsets.

The trigger for this war of words was Thursday’s dust up between the purple-and-gold and Team Cuban. So Barnes went there: he brought up the Golden State Warriors 2007 upset of the Dallas Mavericks.

The Warriors, of course, were the eighth seed, who squeaked into the playoffs with an end of season rally. They were supposed to roll over in round one.

They didn’t, though.

Instead, they used an up-tempo approach to shock Terry's Mavericks, who were the heavily-favoured, first-seed. The series was highly entertaining –provided you weren’t a Mavericks fan.

The loss was especially harsh for Terry's team. In 2006, they held a two game lead in the NBA Finals –and lost the championship to Shaquille O’Neal, Dwyane Wade, and the Miami Heat.

All of this adds context to a possible playoff battle between Dallas and LA. Sports are at their best when there are multiple storylines and plots.

It never hurts when there’s good old fashioned hate, either.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Mar , 11 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Rockets would have accepted Baron Davis, lottery pick for Yao Ming?

The Clippers could have traded Baron Davis and their number one pick in the 2011 NBA Draft that was used to acquire Mo Williams and Jamario Moon in a similar deal for the expiring contract of Yao Ming, according to Bill Simmons.

 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Why was there such a market for Baron Davis?

Sure, he has some talent. When healthy and motivated, Davis has the skill set to still be a decent point guard.

Here’s the problem: he’s rarely healthy and/or motivated. He signed with the Los Angeles Clippers as a free agent, but seemed more interested in making films and filling out his physique than winning games.

Davis couldn’t even get motivated when paired with Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon, and the young exciting Clippers of 2011.

Now suppose Davis gets in reasonable shape. He won’t be the same player who orchestrated that magical run for the Golden State Warriors.

We Believe was back in 2006-07. That cram on Andrei Kirilenko was a lifetime ago.

Simply put, Davis is not the same player. And he never will be, either. But GMs clearly expect him to regain his form because he has another two years and $29 million remaining on his contract.

They are mistaken. The usualy wise Houston Rockets dodged a bullet. Expect the Cleveland Cavaliers to learn this the hard way.

Oly Sandor.


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Sunday , Feb , 27 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Miami Heat want Mike Bibby and Troy Murphy?

The Heat would like to sign Mike Bibby if the Wizards give him a buyout; Washington called it unlikely but hasn’t ruled it out. The Heat will explore Troy Murphy if he gets a buyout from Golden State (one report has Boston as the front-runner) and perhaps Indiana’s T.J. Ford, but he’s a poor three-point shooter.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Superstar laden teams need shooters to win.

For instance, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen’s Chicago Bulls squads had deep threats like B.J. Armstrong, Jud Buchelor, Craig Hodges, Steve Kerr, and John Paxson.

Kobe Bryant, winner of five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, has played with marksmen like Derek Fisher, Rick Fox, Devean George, Ron Harper, Glen Rice, Brian Shaw, and Sasha Vujacic.

Shooters spread the floor and keep defences honest. If a defender helps or helped on Bryant, Jordan, or Pippen, these Hall of Famers find the shooter who usually nails the open look.

It’s basic basketball. It’s also winning basketball.

So expect the Miami Heat to take a run at Mike Bibby and/or Troy Murphy –if they get a buyout from the Washington Wizards and/or Golden State Warriors.

After all, the Heat has their superstars: Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade.

Bibby could run the club’s offensive sets. His greatest asset would be playing off-the-ball, spotting-up, and knocking shots when defences helped on Bosh, James, and Wade.

Remember, Bibby was a clutch performer for the Sacramento Kings, giving those championship Laker squads all they could handle in some classic playoff battles.

Murphy is a nice inside-outside four-man. He can help on the glass, while also stretching defenses with his incredible three-point range.

However, the Heat may want to sign Murphy just to thwart their prime competition in the Eastern Conference –the Boston Celtics.

Expect the Heat to be extremely active if Bibby and/or Murphy become available. Their South Beach superstars can always use additional shooters.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Feb , 26 , 2011 Oly Sandor

Rumor: Celtics keeping an eye on Troy Murphy?

Meanwhile, Boston will continue to monitor the buyouts going on around the league with eyes toward adding as many as two more players with its available roster spots. All eyes seem to be on Troy Murphy, the sharpshooting big man who was traded to Golden State this week and could wind up available.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: As hard as it may be, the Boston Celtics have to get over Kendrick Perkins’ departure.

Sure, Perkins was their heart-and-soul, but trading the large five-man to the Oklahoma City Thunder was prudent -especially since the club weren’t prepared to extend him to the tune of $10 million per season.

Moving on means attempting to sign free agent Troy Murphy. The veteran was recently traded to the Golden State Warriors, who will buy him out.

All it will cost is money, specifically a pro-rated portion of the veteran’s minimum. And Murphy will contribute on the glass while stretching defenses with his outside range.

In fact, he’d have a similar role to former reserve Rasheed Wallace, who was with the Celtics in 2008 and 2009.

And Murphy will be motivated. He’d didn’t fit in New Jersey and ended up getting banished from the team by Nets coach Avery Johnson.

Such a situation has to appeal to a player’s sense of pride. So signing Murphy in a few weeks may help the Celtics' players, coaches, and fans forget Perkins.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Feb , 23 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Warriors acquire Troy Murphy, Buyout coming?

The Warriors and Nets are close to finalizing a multi-player trade, according to sources. Golden State will send Dan Gadzuric and Brandan Wright to New Jersey for Troy Murphy and a 2012 second round pick.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Wait a second. Wasn’t Troy Murphy supposed to go to the Denver Nuggets as part of the Carmelo Anthony trade?

That’s right. Anthony declined the New Jersey Nets’ overtures and is now a New York Knick.

Anyway, the Nets wasted little time sending Murphy back to his first NBA team, the Golden State Warriors, for Dan Gadzuric and Brandan Wright.

Murphy isn’t returning home for a reunion or coming full circle, though.

In a day or so, the Warriors will buyout whatever is left on his expiring contract and allow him to hit the free agent market.

Murphy will then have his choice of contenders, and the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, and Orlando Magic are all expected to show interest.

On paper, the Magic makes the most sense. Murphy can help center Dwight Howard on the glass, while stretching defenses with his three-point range –like Rashard Lewis before he got moved to the Washington Wizards.

One issue will be Murphy’s conditioning. He has only played in 18 games due to injury and a bizarre banishing by Coach Avery Johnson.

After months of frustration, the left-handed veteran will hit the court. For the first time in his nine year career, he could see playoff action, too.

However, what exactly Murphy can contribute is unknown.

--Oly Sandor.


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Sunday , Jan , 23 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Charlotte to deal ‘happy’ Stephen Jackson?

If they're not, adding Jackson and the $19.3 million he is owed over the next two seasons wouldn't make sense for either party. "He's happy there," a confidant said of Jackson. "He loves the city of Charlotte, and he loves to play for one of the greatest players to play the game, Michael Jordan."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Well hallelujah. Stephen Jackson is ‘happy’ in Charlotte.

Apparently, the talented swing ‘loves’ the city of Charlotte and having Michael Jordan, the Bobcats’ owner, as his boss. So he wants to stay and fulfill the remaining two years and approximately $19 million on his contract.

There may not be a ‘happily ever after’, though.

Jackson often resmebles an impulsive teenager, changing his mind and word. Years ago, he turned down an extension from the world champion San Antonio Spurs to test the market and ended up with the lowly Atlanta Hawks.

More recently, he was enamoured with the Golden State Warriors and mad-scientist sideline boss Don Nelson. Then, like ‘Radio Raheem’ in Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, the 'love became hate' and Jackson split from the Warriors and ‘Nellie’.

Of course, there’s another party in this relationship, the Bobcats. Jackson will become available if the club falls from the playoff race or if Jordan opts for long-term financial flexibility.

And Jackson's happiness won’t matter. Not one bit.

--Oly Sandor.


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Monday , Nov , 08 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Monta Ellis staying with Golden State because Don Nelson gone?

Warriors guard Monta Ellis was mentioned in trade rumors this summer, but the team is no longer interested in moving him, according to The San Jose Mercury News.

Golden State (4-1) is off to their best start in 16 years and Ellis is playing much more efficiently so far this season.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Maybe this is a coincidence. Maybe not.

There is, however, no disputing the obvious: Monta Ellis and the Golden State Warriors are a happier, more functional team since Don Nelson, the mad scientist on the sideline, retired.

To be fair, Nelson wins regular season games. And his small-ball approach occasionally captivated –who can forget the Warriors upset of the Dallas Mavericks in the 2007 playoffs?

He also alienated. Soon after the ‘We Believe’ miracle, Nelson soured on key players such as Baron Davis, Al Harrington, and Stephen Jackson.

Such dysfunction unfortunately influenced Ellis, a young combo guard with quicks and skills.

For instance, Ellis lied about injuring his ankle while riding a moped. The reason: he was in violation of his 6 year, $66 million extension.

Ellis also ‘welcomed’ rookie Stephen Curry to his first ever training camp by declaring he couldn’t form a backcourt with the lottery pick.  There were trade requests and disputes with the organization.

This, as they say, is water under the bridge.

Nelson is gone –for good. New Coach Keith Smart has the Warriors at 4-1. Ellis is happy with the team. The team is happy with Ellis. 

Maybe this is a coincidence. Probably not.

--Oly Sandor.


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Sunday , Oct , 24 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Would Baron Davis have kept LeBron James in Cleveland?

The Cavaliers offered the Clippers guard Maurice Williams and forward Jamario Moon in exchange for guard Baron Davis earlier this offseason, according to a league source.

Cleveland, at the time, was desperate to please LeBron James, who eventually left for Miami as a free agent.


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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Desperate times, desperate measures.

This is the only way to describe reports the Cleveland Cavaliers tried to convince LeBron James to sign an extension by acquiring Baron Davis from the Los Angeles Clippers.

Davis wouldn’t have been enough. Not even close. Miami would still have won out for James' services.

After all, Davis - an overrated and overweight point guard - can’t compete with Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and the lure of South Beach.

If the Cavaliers had acquired Davis, they’d be on the hook for the remaining three years and $43 million of his contract. 

This, of course, would be problematic. James would be long gone. Davis would be bored, angry, and hibernating through the Ohio winter.

Davis is a sad story. He has such potential.

A few years ago, he was the toast of the NBA –leading his ‘We Believe’ Golden State Warriors to a playoff upset over the league-leading Dallas Mavericks.

And TNT Broadcaster Kenny Smith has gone on record saying Davis has the game to be a first team all-NBA player each year.

While this may be hyperbole, Davis should be better than he is.

Right now, he’s the problem for the Clippers -a team he picked as a free agent. And he’d have been a bigger problem for the Cavaliers, especially without James.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Oct , 10 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Is Carlos Boozer pulling a ‘Monta Ellis’ on Chicago Bulls?

The Bulls are reportedly looking in to Carlos Boozer's explanation of how he fractured a bone in his shooting hand. Boozer said he tripped over a bag in the dark while answering the door. It was just dark, my doorbell rang and I tripped over a gym bag, tried to brace myself and it popped," Boozer said the day after suffering the injury.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Chicago Bulls think Carlos Boozer is pulling a Monta Ellis.

The club – who signed Boozer to a five-year, $85 million free agent contract – does not believe the power forward’s story about tripping and breaking his hand.

Like the Golden State Warriors and Ellis, the Bulls are investigating the All-Star. While nobody is saying Boozer sustained the injury riding a moped, his falling in the dark saga sounds dubious.

Whatever happens with the investigation, this isn’t good.

Clearly, the Bulls don’t trust Boozer. If they did, there’d be no investigation. The focus would be rehab –and nothing else.

Bottom line: this isn’t the way for Boozer and the Bulls to start a five year relationship.

--Oly Sandor.


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Tuesday , Sep , 28 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Baron Davis shows to Clippers’ training camp out of shape

Baron Davis has reported to training camp out of shape, according to new head coach Vinny Del Negro. Del Negro lightly criticized Davis for not being in ideal shape to run the aggressive, uptempo offense he envisions.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: You can’t teach old dogs new tricks.

Baron Davis has once again arrived at the Los Angeles Clippers’ training camp in less than ideal shape, earning the wrath of coach Vinny Del Negro.

Clearly, Davis is wasting his talent. For instance, TNT broadcaster Kenny Smith once suggested he had the talent to make the All-NBA first team every year.

If healthy and focused, he’s a premier table-setter, capable of dominating like the 2007 Western Conference Quarter-Finals when his Golden State Warriors upset the first-seeded Dallas Mavericks.

If out-of-shape and unfocused, he’s a liability. Davis becomes turnover-prone, takes bad shots, sloughs off defense, and becomes a negative influence in the locker room.

For most of his run with the Clippers, Davis has resembled the latter. He seems more interested in his off-court pursuits – his documentary Crips and Bloods: Made in America is up for several nominations - than playing basketball.

The real shame is that the Clippers have potential. Chris Kaman and Blake Griffin could dominate down-low, while Eric Gordon blossomed with Team USA.

All that’s missing is a motivated point guard. Hopefully, Davis seizes the moment and changes his ways.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Sep , 24 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

About time: Don Nelson out as coach of Golden State Warriors

CSNBayArea.com cites two sources in reporting that Don Nelson is set to step down as head coach of the Warriors. Keith Smart will take over duties at the start of training camp. Smart is a longtime assistant coach in Golden State.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Finally, Don Nelson is out as coach of the Golden State Warriors. Frankly, it’s time.

For too long, he’s run the Warriors as his own private fiefdom. For too long, he has wrecked relationships with young and old players. And for too long, his antics have turned off the team’s loyal fans.

No more.

The club has new owners. Nelson is out. Veteran assistant Keith Smart is in. Look for Smart to energize his young, talented team. And look for the Warriors to finally start resembling a professional sports franchise.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Sep , 18 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Monta Ellis takes ‘blame’, but Warriors still looking at trading him?

"A month before the season was over with, I really had to sit back and blame myself in a sense because I'm that leader; I'm that one who everybody feeds off of," Ellis said. "Everything that went on last year (regarding Curry) shouldn't have gone on. I blame myself."
 
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Finally, a sign of maturity from Monta Ellis.

Despite his tremendous talent, the lightning quick combo guard has failed to fulfill expectations as a franchise player for the Golden State Warriors.

After all, he injured his leg riding a moped – the vehicle of choice for European males and American teenagers. Ellis, of course, lied about how he sustained the injury because cruising in a moped violates his contract.

Ellis then spent a season or so feuding with Coach Don Nelson and the Warriors. Worst of all, he called out teammate Stephen Curry before his first training camp in 2009, saying he couldn’t play with the then rookie sharpshooter.

Give Ellis credit for manning up. Give Ellis credit for admitting publicly he was wrong. And give Ellis credit for trying to move on.

Is it too late, though?

Over the summer, Chris Cohan sold the Warriors for a record $450 million to Joe Lacob and Peter Guber. Thankfully, wholesale changes are coming to The Bay. 

The new regime aren’t enamoured with Nelson, the mad-scientist sideline boss. Reports indicate Nellie will be given his walking papers, even though it could cost ownership $6 million.

A change on the bench doesn’t mean Ellis is secure. Reports indicate Lacob and Guber aren’t sold on Ellis’ play and attitude, so a trade could be in the works. 

Perhaps Ellis feels the need to speak up and explain himself. Whatever his motivation, it’s a start. Only time will tell if it’s enough for him to stay with the Warriors long-term.

--Oly Sandor.
 
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At least the Golden State Warriors got David Lee.
Saturday , Sep , 04 , 2010 J.N.

At least the Golden State Warriors got David Lee.

G-State was terrible last year with a 26-56 record to even worse for the 2010-2011 season because they lost bench depth in Kelenna Azubuike, Anthony Morrow, CJ Watson, Corey Maggette, Ronny Turiaf, and Anthony Randolph. Warriors replaced the losses with Charlie Bell, Dan Gadzuric, Rodney Carney, Ekpe Udoh, and Dorrell Wright. David Lee is not quite Chris Webber, but he is definitely a known quantity.

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Tuesday , Aug , 31 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Clippers and Nets leading Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes?

According to one report, the Nets are not willing to include Brook Lopez in an attempt to trade for Carmelo Anthony. But New Jersey's offer of Devin Harris, Derek Favors and draft picks may still give the Nuggets the best pieces in return for Anthony.

The Nuggets have had discussions with the Bulls that center around Luol Deng and Taj Gibson. The Warriors may offer Stephen Curry, Andris Biedrins and draft picks but are not sure that they will make Curry available. The Clippers are called a long shot with Chris Kaman and Eric Gordon the likely two targets whom Denver would look to acquire.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Going, going, not quite gone.

Reports indicate the Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, and New Jersey Nets have made offers to the Denver Nuggets for Carmelo Anthony.

Consider all the proposals: the Bulls are dangling Luol Deng and Taj Gibson; the Clippers have made Eric Gordon and Chris Kaman available; the Nets are willing to part with Derrick Favors and Devin Harris; and the Warriors are assembling a package around Andris Biedrins.
 
Two teams stand out: the Los Angeles Clippers and New Jersey Nets.
 
The Nuggets have to be intrigued by the Clips’ offer. Gordon would solve a hole at the two-spot, while Kaman would provide a much-needed seven-footer down low.

The Nets’ offer is also interesting. Favors is a spectacular blue-chip talent; Harris can play next to Chauncey Billups, learn the tricks of the trade from the veteran, and eventually replace him at the one-spot.

Also, Anthony would likely consider signing an extension with both the Clippers and Nets. Los Angeles is a major market. And New Jersey will soon be a major market when they cross the river to Brooklyn in a few years.

So expect the Clippers and Nets to be in play –if the Nuggets finally trade Anthony. 

--Oly Sandor.

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