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Jason Kidd To Coach Brooklyn Nets?
Monday , Jun , 10 , 2013 HoopsVibe News

Jason Kidd To Coach Brooklyn Nets?

Jason Kids wants to coach the Brooklyn Nets.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Kidd could develop into a solid NBA coach, but this is too soon and too much of a risk for Brooklyn?

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Jason Kidd Retires, His Rap Career Will NEVER DIE
Wednesday , Jun , 05 , 2013 Paul Eide

Jason Kidd Retires, His Rap Career Will NEVER DIE

Jason Kidd retired this week, which gives him more time to focus on the "rap game".

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Would the NBA ballers of today put their ego's aside long enough to record "B-Ball's Best Kept Secret: 2013"?

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Top 5 NBA Ballers Over 35-Years Old.
Thursday , Mar , 21 , 2013 HoopsVibe News

Top 5 NBA Ballers Over 35-Years Old.

Top 5 NBA Ballers Over 35-Years Old

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: To ball in the NBA past 35 you got to have game and these 5 guys definitely do.

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Mark Cuban Is Pissed At Jason Kidd
Wednesday , Aug , 22 , 2012 Paul Eide

Mark Cuban Is Pissed At Jason Kidd

After ditching Dallas for the Knicks this offseason, Mark Cuban is pissed off at Jason Kidd and said he would "never" retire J-Kidd's number. 

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: I wouldn't want to piss Mark Cuban off because he has enough money to casually pay someone to kill you.

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Bulls Going After Nash & Kidd
Monday , Jun , 04 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

Bulls Going After Nash & Kidd

The Chicago Bulls are making moves to try and acquire either Steve Nash or Jason Kidd this summer.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Not a bad move since Rose won't be around.

Sources are now reporting that the Chicago Bulls are making inquiries to the Suns and Mavs looking to acquire either Steve Nash or Jason Kidd. This indicates that Rose will almost definitely miss all of next year, but it also indicates the Bulls are confident that if they acquire a solid point guard they can still make a run at a championship in 2013. 

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Chauncey and CP3 vs. Kidd, KJ and Nash
Friday , Feb , 03 , 2012 Paul Eide

Chauncey and CP3 vs. Kidd, KJ and Nash

When the Clippers acquired Chauncey Billups by claiming him off of waivers from the Knicks and then acquired Chris Paul via trade about a week later, they suddenly became as deep at the PG position as any team in the league. The combination of Billups, a five time all-star, NBA champ and Finals MVP with Paul, also a five time all-star and all NBA first team performer, have the Clippers off to their best start in years, currently sitting atop the Pacific Division.

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NBA Players who can reach near Magic Johnson level
Saturday , Aug , 20 , 2011 J.N.

NBA Players who can reach near Magic Johnson level

Magic Johnson was a triple double machine 6-9 point guard. There will not be any one reaching “NEAR” Michael Jordan level anytime soon, but is there anyone who can reach near Magic Johnson? Magic has 138 career triple doubles in the regular season and 30 triple doubles in the playoffs from a career 190 playoff games. His career averages are 19.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 11.2 assists. Those are ridiculous numbers for anyone to obtain. What players today have the skills to do that?

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Dirk Nowitzki’s Current Rank – Better than Malone, Garnett, and Barkley?
Thursday , Aug , 04 , 2011 J.N.

Dirk Nowitzki’s Current Rank – Better than Malone, Garnett, and Barkley?

The German Bomber has a great career. He is showing no signs of slowing down either. Did you ever think the guy would be here? Yep, I didn’t. This question now has to be posed if it had not already – Has he surpassed Karl Malone, Kevin Garnett, and Charles Barkley? This is a serious question. Before having a grand historic 2010-2011 season, no one should dare think about it. Today, things changed dramatically. What’s scarier? Nowitzki remains efficient.

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Wednesday , Aug , 03 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Blake Griffin on lockout: ‘My first three seasons, I could play 82 games’

"I haven't stopped working out really since May," Griffin said. "It's been every day, sneaking it in whenever I can." Griffin says it's frustrating for him to think that the NBA games may be interrupted after his first season playing in the league. Griffin missed all of the 2009-10 season with a broken kneecap after he had been the No. 1 draft pick out of Oklahoma. "Now my first three seasons, I could play 82 games," Griffin said. "So, we'll see what happens."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Last year was overwhelmingly positive for the NBA.
 
The sporting world was galvanized by Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James joining forces and becoming the ‘Heatles’ in Miami.

Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd’s hard work was rewarded with an NBA championship, guaranteeing both immediate entry into the Hall of Fame when they retire.

Derrick Rose won the MVP award, leading the Chicago Bulls to the league’s best regular season record and a place in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder took another step winning two playoff series before falling to Nowitzki and Kidd’s Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals.

The Memphis Grizzlies made the playoffs and upset the San Antonio Spurs. After years of futility, the Indiana Pacers and Philadelphia 76ers were relevant and entertaining.

There are other storylines I’m missing.

For instance, high on this list is the emergence of Blake Griffin, whose aerial antics reminded the world there’s a professional basketball squad in Los Angeles not called the Lakers.

(And this squad, the Clippers, can compete and delight despite being owned by the twisted and incompetent Donald Sterling.)

Suppose there’s a lockout. One that wipes out the entire season. Griffin, who missed 2009 with injury, will have played just eighty-two games in his first three seasons.

Fans would have to wait a year to see Griffin assault the rim. Fans would have to wonder what Griffin would do to defend his crown at the 2012 Slam Dunk Contest. And fans, the purists, would have to wait a year to see Griffin’s above average passing and skill-set develop.

This is tragic. And just another thing Commissioner David Stern, the owners, Union Head Billy Hunter, and the players are risking with their posturing and rhetoric.

I hope they know what they’re doing. Griffin missing another year should be a last resort.

--Oly Sandor.


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Examining Dirk Nowitzki’s Dallas Mavericks back to back title potential. Vol. REPEAT
Thursday , Jul , 21 , 2011 J.N.

Examining Dirk Nowitzki’s Dallas Mavericks back to back title potential. Vol. REPEAT

This can be discussed even during a lockout. Dirk and the Mavs are still riding high from their hard earned 2011 NBA title. They swept Kobe’s Lakers, beat Durant/Westbrook Thunder, and then took out the Miami Heat. The team is battle tested especially with the grand fail against the Golden State Warriors in the 2007 playoffs. The Mavs lost a lot with a solid roster in the past. They overcame all of that in 2011.What’s next? Repeat. Duh. 

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“Triple J Ranch”- A Love That Could Never Be
Saturday , Jul , 16 , 2011 Paul Eide

“Triple J Ranch”- A Love That Could Never Be

 

The article I wrote yesterday about Golden State Warriors “Run TMC” of the late 80’s and early 90's got me thinking about other three headed monster combination of teammates. And the next one I thought of was the Dallas Mavericks three headed monster of “Triple J’s”; Jason Kidd, Jamal Mashburn and Jim Jackson, the perfect storm of “J” names.
 
Their first season together led to the biggest turnaround in the league that season, adding an additional 23 wins compared to the previous season. Which ended up being the only full season the trio would play together.
 
In what should have been a developmental period, the “Triple J’s” were ultimately disbanded due to, of all things, a love triangle. How very Shakespearian. Actually, if you Google “Fighting Teammates” Jim Jackson vs. Jason Kidd is near the top of the results. The rumor was (though never confirmed) that R&B singer Toni Braxton went to meet Jason Kidd at a hotel for a date and left with Jim Jackson. After that both players demanded trades and both were granted a couple months apart.
 
Jim Jackson was selected with the fourth pick in the 1992 draft. Jackson’s career started off with a lengthy hold out that cost him all but 28 games of his rookie season. But more importantly painted him as a malcontent who only cared about himself which turned out to be true. Ultimately Jackson played for 12 different teams in 14 seasons as a pro, tying the NBA record. In his first five years with Dallas he averaged 19.3 ppg. Little did he know that point would be the high time for production while in the NBA.
 
Jamal Mashburn was selected fourth overall in the 1993 NBA Draft. Mashburn averaged 19.2 ppg in his rookie season and made the all-rookie team. In his next two seasons he averaged 24.1 and 23.4 ppg, respectively but suffered injuries and struggled with his weight in his fourth season, causing his ppg average to dip to 10.6 ppg. The Mavericks panicked and after just three seasons in Dallas, Mashburn was traded to the Miami Heat midway thru the 96-97 season. After an additional two years in Miami, the Heat ditched him thinking he was done but they were very wrong. He spent his final four NBA seasons in Charlotte averaging 21.0 ppg and became the sixth player in NBA history to average 20+ ppg in his final season.
 
Jason Kidd was selected second overall in the 1994 NBA Draft. Of the “Triple J’s” he ended up having the most distinguished career. Everywhere he went his teams won, something you can’t say with certainty about Mashburn and definitely not Jim Jackson. Stats never really told the full story of how Kidd impacts games but his career averages are still impressive and speak to the well roundedness of his game- 13.2 ppg, 9.1 apg, 6.5 rpg, 2.0 spg. He’s now made the third most three’s in league history and finally won an NBA title this year after two previous trips with the Nets. How weird is it that he came back to Dallas to finally win one?
 
Really though, the story of Triple J Ranch is one of mismanagement, which is why Dallas kept getting top five picks in the draft every year and how none of the three players realized their talent to the fullest while in Dallas.  
 
But then Mark Cuban bought the franchise in 2000. In the 20 years before he was the owner Dallas only won 40% of their games and rarely made the playoffs. In the decade after, the team has won 69% of its games and made the playoffs every year, capping it off with an NBA title this season.
 
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Monday , Jul , 04 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Grant Hill to follow in Jason Kidd’s footsteps?

He watched Jason Kidd, a fellow rookie of the year, win his first title last month, and is willing to keep striving for an opportunity to play in the Finals. Hill's career has gone from one of promise, to misfortune, to longevity, and he is willing to wait out a potentially long lockout.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: To pull a ‘J-Kidd’, he can't re-sign with the Phoenix Suns.

The end is near for the 38-year old Grant Hill. The former Duke legend and NBA All-Star doesn't believe the end is now, though.

Instead, he’ll wait for the lockout to end and, inspired by Dallas Mavericks legend Jason Kidd, try for a championship.

Here’s the thing: Hill won’t win with the Phoenix Suns. Heck, Hill might not see the playoffs if he stays in Arizona.

This falls on Suns owner Robert Sarver. He doesn’t have the resources to sign and/or keep talent. A new Collective Bargaining Agreement won't do enough for Sarver, even if there's a hard cap with flexibility.

So Hill will have to leave as a free agent. He will have to part with pal Steve Nash. He will have to risk injury by forging a relationship with new trainers.

This seems scary, but Hill has survived numerous ankle surgeries, a life saving procedure in Orlando, failures at the pro‘ level, and unfortunate comments in a documentary by former rival Jalen Rose.

Free agency won’t phase him. Hill will weigh his options and do what's best. In a year, like Kidd, he could also be hoisting the Larry O'Brien trophy. 

--Oly Sandor.


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Saturday , Jul , 02 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Jason Kidd looking at the ‘bright side’ of lockout

There has been some talk among older players around the NBA that an extended lockout could nudge them into early retirement. But for 38-year-old Jason Kidd, coming off a championship with the Mavericks, a lockout doesn’t sound like such a bad idea.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Jason Kidd must be a Monty Python fan because he's looking at the 'bright side' of the lockout.

Kidd thinks a lockout shortened season would be to his advantage. And he’s right.
 
For instance, a 50 game season would mean less wear-and-tear, which would preserve Kidd for when the Dallas Mavericks attempt to defend their championship.

But Kidd isn’t alone. Other veterans have the same plan.

A short season would let Kobe Bryant rest, recuperate, and heal. And then he may return as the game’s best player.
 
So Kidd will have to find the 'bright side' in facing a re-energized Bryant.

--Oly Sandor.

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Dallas vs. OKC: Age Before Beauty
Tuesday , May , 24 , 2011 Paul Eide

Dallas vs. OKC: Age Before Beauty

 

 
It’s almost impossible to quantify in a tangible way, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. The value of having experienced, battle tested veterans on an NBA roster during the playoffs is priceless and accounts for unexpected game and series victories every year.  
 
How Do You Spell Relief? D-A-L-L-A-S
Tuesday , May , 17 , 2011 Paul Eide

How Do You Spell Relief? D-A-L-L-A-S

Nothing can break open a game like production from reserve players. We saw it in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals and it was the reason the Bulls routed the Heat. And for the Mavericks in their series clinching win over the Lakers, it was as apparent as it could ever be.