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NBA star James Harden fined for flopping
Monday , Nov , 11 , 2013 Elijah Abramson

NBA star James Harden fined for flopping

James Harden is one of the NBA’s best players…and currently one of the biggest floppers.

HoopsVibe’s Quick Call: James Harden may have missed out on the NBA’s top-10 players in the league, but he’s a top-10 flopper.

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Top 5 Winning Streaks To Start NBA Season
Saturday , Sep , 07 , 2013 Paul Eide

Top 5 Winning Streaks To Start NBA Season

The NFL season may start tomorrow, but I'm excited about the impending start of the 2013-2014 NBA season and I don't care WHO knows about it!

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: How frequently does a hot start to the NBA season culminate in a championship?

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NBA Beat Down: Domestic Violence Out of Control.
Thursday , Sep , 05 , 2013 HoopsVibe News

NBA Beat Down: Domestic Violence Out of Control.

Royce White and DeAndre Liggins both accused of domestic violence.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: I hope Liggins didn't really drop a fan and an XBox on his girlfriend. That's seriously messed up.

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Tracy McGrady retires from the NBA
Monday , Aug , 26 , 2013 Elijah Abramson

Tracy McGrady retires from the NBA

Former NBA All-Star and scoring champion, Tracy McGrady, has officially retired from the NBA.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: T-Mac, a fan favorite for years, has decided to leave the bright lights of the NBA hardwood for good.

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5 Los Angeles Legends Pissed With Howard
Wednesday , Jul , 10 , 2013 HoopsVibe News

5 Los Angeles Legends Pissed With Howard

These 5 Los Angeles legends are pissed with Dwight Howard's move tor Houston.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Howard's the first significant player to ever leave the Lakers for less money. LA egos and pride are definitely injured.

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5 Big Deals Now That Howard Is In Houston.
Sunday , Jul , 07 , 2013 HoopsVibe News

5 Big Deals Now That Howard Is In Houston.

5 Big Deals getting done now that Dwight Howard left the Lakers for the Houston Rockets.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: After Howard told LA he was heading to Houston, the NBA erupted in a number of deals. Here's the lowdown on 5 big deals that hinged on Dwight's decision.

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Who’s Better Olajuwon or Dwight Howard?
Saturday , Jun , 15 , 2013 HoopsVibe News

Who’s Better Olajuwon or Dwight Howard?

Who is the better center Hakeem Olajuwon or Dwight Howard?

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Both are dominant centers in their own time, but who would win this battle royale?

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Magic Johnson Encourages Howard To Leave Los Angeles.
Friday , Jun , 14 , 2013 HoopsVibe News

Magic Johnson Encourages Howard To Leave Los Angeles.

Magic Johnson is candid in his remarks encouraging Dwight Howard to leave LA for Houston.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Everyone always talks about how great Howard is, but he manages to make every team he's on lose.

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Today In NBA History 1995: Elie’s “Kiss Of Death” Three Pointer
Wednesday , May , 22 , 2013 Paul Eide

Today In NBA History 1995: Elie’s “Kiss Of Death” Three Pointer

18 years ago today, Mario Elie and the Houston Rockets capped off a ridiculous comeback.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Phoenix dominated the regular season for two years, only to be eliminated in the playoffs by the streaking Rockets both times.

From NBA.com:

Houston’s Mario Elie sank a three-pointer from the corner with 7.1 seconds left in the game, lifting the visiting Rockets to a 115-114 win over Phoenix in Game 7 of their Western Conference Semifinal Round series at America West Arena. With the win, the Rockets became the first NBA team in 13 years (since the ‘82 Sixers against Boston) to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a best-of-7 playoff series. Houston’s victory also broke a string of 20 consecutive wins by the home team in the deciding Game 7 of a playoff series. Just 24 hours later, Indiana repeated that feat by the road team after downing host New York 97-95 in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal Round series.

Check out the video here:

For Elie, it was the beginning of what would be a pivotal role during the Rockets run to the 1995 NBA title. After being a bench player all season, Elie was inserted into the starting lineup for the Finals and played the best basketball of his career. Elie averaged 16.3 points per game, almost double his regular season average, while shooting a 64% from the field. He was also 8 for 14 (.571) from the three-point line, hitting 7 of 10 three-pointers in Games 3 and 4.

The Rockets were already a ridiculously deep squad, so when Elie stepped up and started producing, the Orlando Magic had no answer as the Rockets romped to a 4-0 series sweep.

The shot Elie hit to seal the series victory over the Suns was particularly deflating to Suns fans. Not only because it ended their '95 season, but the previous year in the playoffs the Rockets also defeated the Suns in a seven game series after the Suns opened up a 3-1 series lead.

Ouch.

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Breaking News!  Russell Westbrook out with injury
Saturday , Apr , 27 , 2013 Matt Formica

Breaking News! Russell Westbrook out with injury

A report from the Daily Thunder confirmed Friday that Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  This is an extremely tough break for the Thunder who are poised to make a championship run.

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WAG Of The Day: James Harden Snags Another Urban Model.
Monday , Mar , 11 , 2013 HoopsVibe News

WAG Of The Day: James Harden Snags Another Urban Model.

WAG of the day: James Harden snuggles up with urban model Claudia Nelson (pics inside).

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: To say Harden loves urban models is like saying he loves facial hair and Miss Nelson certainly doesn't disappoint.

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Top 5 Longest Winning Streaks In NBA History
Saturday , Mar , 09 , 2013 Paul Eide

Top 5 Longest Winning Streaks In NBA History

LeBron and the Heat have won 17 in a row, but they've got their work cut out if they want to break this record.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: The Heat are currently tied for the 12th longest winning streak in NBA history.

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Today In NBA History 1995-96: Barkley, Olajuwon Pull Down 10,000th Rebounds
Tuesday , Feb , 19 , 2013 Paul Eide

Today In NBA History 1995-96: Barkley, Olajuwon Pull Down 10,000th Rebounds

17 and 18 years ago today, Charles Barkley and Hakeem Olajuwon joined the exclusive 10,000 rebound club.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Weren't those Rockets uniforms terrible at that time?

The only thing worse was the huge rocket they had at half court, that covered literally, about  half of the court.

Barkley's 10,000th rebound came during his last season in Phoenix in the first quarter of a victory over the Grizzlies on February 19th, 1996. Having already scored 20,000 points in his career, he became just the 10th NBA player to accumulate 20,000 points and 10,000 rebounds. Barkley finished his career with the 18th most rebounds in NBA history, with 12,546. Amazingly for his career, Barkley never averaged less than double digit rebounds per season, ever. He truly was "The Round Mound Of Rebound." Throw in his assist totals and Barkley is one of just four players with 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists, with Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone being the other three.

Olajuwon finished 11th all-time with a total of 13,748. He accomplished the feat a year earlier, during a nine rebound performance over the Knicks on February 19th, 1995 and it made him the ninth player in NBA history to crack the 20,000 point/10,000 rebound plateau.

In all the years of NBA action, only 16 players have collected 20,000 points and 10,000 rebounds (active players in bold):

 

  1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - 38,387 points & 17,440 rebounds
  2. Karl Malone - 36,928 points & 14,698 rebounds
  3. Wilt Chamberlain - 31,419 points & 23,924 rebounds
  4. Shaquille O'Neal - 28,255 points & 12,921 rebounds
  5. Moses Malone - 27,409 points & 16,212 rebounds
  6. Elvin Hayes - 27,313 points & 16,279 rebounds
  7. Hakeem Olajuwon - 26,946 points & 13,748 rebounds
  8. Patrick Ewing - 24,815 points & 11,607 rebounds
  9. Charles Barkley - 23,757 points & 12,546 rebounds
  10. Robert Parish - 23,334 points & 14,715 rebounds
  11. Elgin Baylor - 23,149 points & 11,463 rebounds
  12. Kevin Garnett - 22,267 points & 12,188 rebounds
  13. Walt Bellamy - 20,941 points & 14,241 rebounds
  14. Bob Pettit - 20,880 points & 12,849 rebounds
  15. David Robinson - 20,790 points & 10,497 rebounds
  16. Tim Duncan - 20,641 points & 11,335 rebounds

Chuck and Hakeem joined some esteemed company 17 and 18 years ago today.

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Magic Johnson thinks the Lakers should trade Dwight Howard
Thursday , Jan , 17 , 2013 Matt Formica

Magic Johnson thinks the Lakers should trade Dwight Howard

Magic Johnson just made it clear (on National TV) that if he was Lakers CEO Jim Buss, he would trade Dwight Howard.
 
Hoopsvibe's quick call:  It's very obvious that Magic isn't the biggest fan of this Lakers team.  And rightfully so.

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Jeremy Lin not happy with play, “I’m doing terrible”
Tuesday , Dec , 18 , 2012 Matt Formica

Jeremy Lin not happy with play, “I’m doing terrible”

For the first time since the Knicks traded him to the Rockets this past summer, Jeremy Lin will be stepping on the court in New York City's Madison Square Garden.
 
Hoopsvibe's quick call:  Tonight's game could possibly be one of the most significant games of Jeremy Lin's career.

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HoopsVibe Interviews NBA Legend Dikembe Mutombo
Tuesday , Dec , 04 , 2012 Paul Eide

HoopsVibe Interviews NBA Legend Dikembe Mutombo

HoopsVibe was fortunate enough to speak with former NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Mutombo is the latest pitch-man for Old Spice's "Champion Scent" line of products.

During his 18 year playing career, "Mt. Mutombo" was one of the most intimidating shot blockers and rebounders of all time, leading the league in blocked shots five times and rebounds four times. Mutombo was an eight time All-Star and appeared in the NBA FInals with the Philadelphia 76ers. 

HoopsVibe: Tell us about the game (which can be found at oldspicesavestheworld.com). According to the site you have 4 ½ weeks to save the world before the end of the Mayan calendar, correct?

Dikembe Mutombo: Yes, Iteam up with Old Spice to promote the computer game and we have to save the world in 4 ½ weeks. Also to promote Champion Scent from Old Spice. It’s a wonderful game for everybody to play.

HV: Let’s talk about Georgetown. You played there with Alonzo Mourning and a lot of other great players; Why couldn’t you and Zo win a national title?

DM: Man, that is a major question that will haunt us for the rest of our lives. We had a chance and ultimately went to NBA to become dominant centers and we had opportunities to win in college. The opportunity was there, and we just didn’t do it.

HV: How did the finger wave come to become your signature move?

DM: It happened after my third year just before we beat the Seattle Supersonics in 1994 NBA playoffs. I was having such a great year and blocking shots and moving up in the league. I used to block the shot and then I would shake my hand and no one said nothing. One day I decided shaking the hand doesn't really mean nothing- maybe the best way to not come into the House of Mutombo it's best to wave my finger, so it worked out very cool. But it ended up getting me a lot of technicals.

              

HV: How did the NBA come to ban that? Does David Stern call you personally?

DM: It came from the players. You would hear from someone like Phil Jackson or something, that maybe you better stop what you're doing it's costing you a lot of money. It was good for me to do in the players face, but if I could face the fans and wave my finger away from the players face, it would be great. That's why you see in the last five years I started doing it away from the players face. So I don't have to lose a couple of thousand dollars (laughing).

HV: Who was your favorite NBA player to block? 

DM: That's a good question. To me, not just one in particular. But I think playing against Shawn Kemp. He was such a high jumping, athletic player.

HV: How gratifying was it to be the first eight seed to beat a one seed when your Nuggets beat Kemp's Sonics?

DM: One of my proudest successes of my career. But I’m happy to promote the Old Spice game now. I want everyone to go to the website on your computer and play the game to save the world we only have four and a half weeks so we better do it!

To play "Dikembe Mutombo's 4 1/2 Weeks to Save the World", click here.

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