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Saturday , Aug , 07 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

‘The Decision Part Deux’, featuring Anthony Tolliver as LeBron James

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: When reading today's NBA news, you surely thought who is Anthony Tolliver? And why should I care if he's now with the Minnesota Timberwolves?

Well, you're not alone.

Yesterday, Tolliver signed with the lowly Wolves. It wasn't where he signed, but how he signed that made news. He announced his contract in a spoof to LeBron James, creating a short video called The Decision Part Deux.

Somehow, the news he was taking his talent 'north' didn't result in Warrior fans burning his jersey, his former owner pulling a Dan Gilbert and publishing a nasty letter on the club's website, or Jesse Jackson making comparisions that sparked a national outcry.

Nevertheless, The Decision Part Deux is still amusing. Watch the video and get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Jul , 16 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Matt Barnes to replace Tony Allen in Boston?

Since losing Tony Allen to the Grizzlies, the Celtics have warmed to the idea of signing Matt Barnes, according to an NBA source.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Losing Tony Allen may be a positive for the Boston Celtics.

While Allen's defensive game improved during the playoffs and in the NBA Finals, he had limits on offense. Defenders would slough off the athletic swing and dare him to fire away from the perimeter.

Matt Barnes is Allen's equal as a lockdown defender, but also stretches defense with his three-point range and intimidates. For instance, Barnes averaged 9 points per game last year with Orlando, mostly on a steady diet of outside shots.

However, the Mohawk's greatest asset is his intensity. In 2007, he was an integral part of the Golden State Warriors improbable upset of the Dallas Mavericks. And last season he declared viral jihad via twitter against the Los Angeles Lakers' Lamar Odom.

Barnes is reportedly announcing where he'll sign today. The mighty green-and-white is hoping he'll pick Boston and provide an upgrade on Allen. 

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Jul , 05 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Al Jefferson to Golden State, David Lee to Minnesota, Monta Ellis to New York?

There are rumors of three-way trade discussions among Golden State, Minnesota and New York, in which Al Jefferson would be sent to the Warriors, David Lee to the Timberwolves, and Monta Ellis to the Knicks.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Good franchises make moves to improve. Bad franchises make moves for the sake of making moves.
 
So here's the question: are the Warriors, Timberwolves, and Knicks better if they go through with this trade?
 
The answer: probably not.
 
Al Jefferson would likely get lost in Golden State, playing for mad-scientist Coach Don Nelson; David Lee would post numbers and never, ever see the playoffs in The Frozen Tundra of 'Sota; and Monta Ellis would score but do little else for New York.
 
However, rumors are good for teams. It appeases their ignorant fans. It gives those fans something to chat about and distracts them from the real problems.
 
For instance, Golden State needs a new owner and coach, not Jefferson. Instead of Lee, Minnesota needs to follow Oklahoma City's model of trading veteran assets and continuing to rebuild via the draft. And New York needs to realize Amar'e Stoudemire and Ellis can't replace the dream of signing Chris Bosh and LeBron James.
 
If these three teams want out of the cellar,  they must think of real, tangible ways of getting better. And this deal doesn't do that.
 
--Oly Sandor.
 
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Saturday , Jun , 19 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Remembering Manute Bol: shot-blocker, entertainer, and humanitarian

An associate of former NBA player Manute Bol says Bol has died at a Virginia hospital, where he was being treated for severe kidney trouble and a painful skin condition known as Stevens-Johnsons Syndrome.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Manute Bol was a lovely character.

Tall, lanky, and personable, the 7-6 Bol was a favorite of teammates and fans for his shot blocking and unique form on his three point shot.

A fringe player for most of his 10 seasons with Golden State, Miami, Philadelphia, and Washington, Bol sits at 14th on the all-time blocks list.

However, Bol was an MVP in his native Sudan for his humanitarian work which promoted reconciliation in the war-torn African nation. And Bol was also part of the league going global, where teams started looking outside the United States for talent.

Rest In Peace to the lovable Manute.

(Manute Bol: One of a kind.)

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Friday , Jun , 04 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Warriors to trade Anthony Randolph to Timberwolves?

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors have had discussions about a trade that would send forward Anthony Randolph to the Timberwolves, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the talks.

No trade is imminent, but the Timberwolves have strong interest in acquiring the 20-year-old Randolph. The Warriors, who own the sixth pick in this year's NBA draft, would like to move up to get a higher selection. Minnesota has the fourth pick.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Expect the Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves to be active before the NBA Draft.

Clearly, the Warriors see the talented but raw Randolph as the bait to help them improve their draft position. And the Timberwolves, who are stacked at power forward and point guard, may be willing to swap spots, especially if they can add a prospect.

Should Golden State give up so soon on Randolph?

Sure, the LSU product had his spats with Coach Don Nelson, but feuding with grumpy old Nellie is almost a rite of passage these days. And Randolph has the kind of rare physical gifts and natural talent scouts look for.

Instead of looking at trade options, the Warriors should focus on providing their youngster with an opportunity to succeed. This means creating a positive atmosphere and finding him real, legitimate mentors.

On second thought, it would probably easier for dysfunctional Golden State to just deal Randolph.

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Wednesday , May , 19 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Could Larry Ellison save the Golden State Warriors?

Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison is among "more than a dozen" suitors who have submitted non-binding bids for the Warriors, a source close to the negotiations said Tuesday.

"He is a part of it," the source said.

According to another source, so are the San Francisco Giants, 24 Hour Fitness owner Mark Mastrov, an NFL owner, a former Lakers star and a group of prominent Chinese businesspeople, among others. Galatioto Sports Partners and Warriors owner Chris Cohan will choose the best prospects in the next week.

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HoopsVibe's Call: Give Larry Ellison a cape, tights, and Dwight Howard/Shaquille O'Neal's phone booth because he could be Superman and save the sorry Golden State Warriors.

Ellison, if approved as Golden State's owner, would bring something to The Bay that has been in short supply: sanity. Simply put, Cohan and Coach Don Nelson have ruined the Warriors. There's zero plan. Players, both past and present, have had significant issues with the club (see Baron Davis, Monta Ellis, Stephen Jackson, and Al Harrington). Even their loyal fans are disgusted.

The right owner, Ellison, would surely hire the right basketball people -not Nelson and his group of faithful lackeys on the bench and in the front office. Talented youngsters like Andris Biedrins, Stephen Curry, and Ellis could then blossom with proper mentorship.

A change at the top would do Golden State good. It starts with Cohan cashing out as owner and being replaced with someone such as Ellison.

Is Cohan the problem with the Golden State Warriors? Does he have to sell for the team to turn things around? Get at us in the comment box below with thoughts.

 

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Friday , Apr , 30 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

NBA Names Tyreke Evans Rookie of the Year

Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings is the recipient of the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy as the 2009-10 T-Mobile NBA Rookie of the Year, the NBA announced today.

Evans received 67 first-place votes (491 points) from a panel of 123 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Golden State’s Stephen Curry finished second with 391 points and Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings finished third with 204 points. Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.

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Thursday , Apr , 29 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Scott Skiles: Brandon Jennings Should Have Been RoY

The Rookie of the Year Award will be given to Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings later this week.

Milwaukee Bucks Head Coach Scott Skiles believes his rookie point guard, Brandon Jennings, should have won the award. However, Skiles was more than understanding on why the voters chose Evans.

"Those [Jennings, Evans, Stephen Curry] were the three guys that stood out," Skiles said prior to Game 5 against the Hawks. "Each person that votes has their own criteria. All I can say is, I find it hard to believe there's any rookie that has been more valuable to their team than Brandon has been."

"But how can you argue with what Tyreke did or what Curry did," he said. "Those guys had great years as well."
 
Best playoff poster job: LeBron James on James Johnson or Baron Davis on Andrei Kirilenko?
Wednesday , Apr , 21 , 2010 Oly Sandor

Best playoff poster job: LeBron James on James Johnson or Baron Davis on Andrei Kirilenko?

He can’t run. He can’t hide. He can only accept the inevitable: he’s been poster-jobbed and millions will relive and replay his moment of shame on youtube.

James Johnson: we’re talking about you. The Chicago Bulls’ swing is in Shawn Bradley and Alton Lister territory after the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James delivered a facial our News Department deemed a 'hate crime' and considered slapping with a restricted rating.

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Wednesday , Apr , 14 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Dell Curry Not Allowed to Vote in RoY Ballot

The NBA has taken away Charlotte Bobcats broadcaster Dell Curry's rookie of the year vote because his son is among the leading candidates for the award.

Curry's son, Stephen Curry, is averaging 17.2 points and 5.9 assists per game for Golden State. He and Kings guard Tyreke Evans, who is averaging 20.3 points and 5.8 assists, are considered the front-runners to be top rookie.

"Oh, he's voting for Tyreke," Stephen Curry joked after his team's 103-94 loss to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night. "That's good for me then. ... Just to be in that conversation is great for me."

NBA spokesman Tim Frank says Dell Curry will be allowed to vote for all the other postseason awards, but the league did not want to put him in an awkward position with the rookie award. 

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