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Top 5 NBA Brawls Of All-Time (Video)
Saturday , Mar , 02 , 2013 Paul Eide

Top 5 NBA Brawls Of All-Time (Video)

The NBA has a long history of tussles between players.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Basketball players are generally terrible fighters, with a few notable exceptions on the list below.

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Saturday , Oct , 16 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Gilbert Arenas on faking injury: ‘I screwed up again’

"I screwed up again, so I just want to say sorry," Arenas said.  "I wasn't really thinking that this was going to be another media outburst. It's like everything I do now, someone, tit for tat, tries to blow it out of proportion."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s like Jeff Van Gundy said “at a certain point, you are what you are.”

Like it or not, Gilbert Arenas is a knucklehead. He may mean well. He may be funny. And he’s probably a nice enough dude –the adult version of the class clown.

But Arenas has no concept of boundaries. Maturity and professionalism are just multi-syllable words. Team is something with an 'm' and an 'e' in it.

Remember, the Washington Wizards had his back. They helped him through surgeries. They gave him a maximum contract. And they forgave him for turning their locker room into a Clint Eastwood style standoff.

How does Arenas repay the organization’s loyalty?

He publicly admits to faking an injury, so teammate Nick Young could get more playing time in Tuesday’s preseason match.

Again, Arenas’ intentions may have been good –‘helping’ Young. However, coach Flip Saunders will decide Young’s playing time, not Arenas.

Perhaps Saunders wants Arenas to play during preseason and find his past form. After all, Arenas has missed most of the last four seasons with injuries and a suspension.

Regardless, why brag to the media about faking an injury?

There is one answer: Arenas wants out. He’s trying to force the Wizards into trading him.

Of course, the combo doesn’t get it. The Wizards can’t trade him. No team wants him. He’s damaged goods.

Arenas` me-first, shot-happy game destroys chemistry. And season tickets holders would be weary of bucking up to watch a guy who packs more heat than TI before the BET Awards.

The Wizards and Arenas are stuck with each other. Arenas must deal with it and play.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Aug , 08 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Jeff Van Gundy: Heat will ‘break single-season win record’ of 72

"They will break the single-season win record [of 72]," Van Gundy said. "And I think they have a legit shot at the Lakers' 33-game [winning] streak [in 1971-72], as well. And only the Lakers have even a remote shot at beating them in a playoff series. They will never lose two games in a row this year.

"They have put together a much better roster than anybody could ever have expected," Van Gundy added. "There is now no good way to defend them. They are unguardable. They are indefensible. They are just too good and have added so much shooting and are so versatile that they will score at will.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call:  The only thing that matters is winning the NBA championship.

The Chicago Bulls' single-season mark of 72 games and the L.A. Lakers' 33-game winning streak are meaningless if the Miami Heat fail to win the Larry O'Brien trophy come June.

Nothing else matters. Nothing else will do. The Heat's Big Three were assembled to win it all; the blending pieces were specifically signed because they could help achieve this goal.

Jeff Van Gundy is right on one thing, though: the Heat are indefensible. However, their own defense will determine their playoff success.

After all, the Boston Celtics and Lakers have again shown that getting stops, specifically on the road, is the most important tool in winning a championship.

So regular season records are nice. Championships and defence are what matters for Miami.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Jun , 17 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Jeff Van Gundy to Ron Artest: ‘Say Queensbridge Now’

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Ron Artest is pure gold.

Who else would get Craig Sager to shoutout their home of Queensbridge, New York in a post-game interview after winning game-five of the Western Conference Finals? And who else would openly discuss their old neighbourhood with the media?

Well, Ron-Ron would.

However, the Lakers' resident tough guy isn't above some soft tactics, especially with a championship on the line. In game-five of the NBA Finals, Artest flopped to the ground - like the San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili - after getting 'shoved' by the Celtics' Rajon Rondo.

Artest weighs 270 pounds, while Rondo tips the scale at, perhaps, 190. Tale of the tape aside, Artest's actions are forgivable because his flop was rewarded with a technical foul being called on Rondo and drew the humorous rankling of broadcaster Jeff Van Gundy.

Watch the clip below and tell us if Artest's flop would make Queensbridge proud?

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Tuesday , Jun , 08 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Lamar gone MIA? How the Lakers find Odom

These have been forgettable games for Lamar Odom, a sixth man gone asunder in the most important series of the season.

The Lakers aren't playing Phoenix any longer, as Odom could definitely attest, the 14 points and 11.8 rebounds he averaged in the Western Conference finals apparently a thing of the past now that the Lakers are playing Boston in the NBA Finals.

Odom had a five-point, five-foul debacle in Game 1 that somehow got worse Sunday in Game 2, when he finished with three points and five fouls in the Lakers' 103-94 loss.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: He is the Los Angeles Lakers’ barometer.

When Lamar Odom has his A-game, the Lakers are unbeatable. No other team can bring a versatile, play all five positions type off the bench?

But Odom is somewhat of an enigma. Most of the time, he's brilliant. Some of the time, he disappears.

For instance, former coach and ABC broadcaster Jeff Van Gundy often calls the four-man a top thirty player in the NBA.

At times, such praise is warranted. Last year, he was brilliant as a sixth man for the purple-and-gold. And years ago, he looked like the second coming of Magic Johnson when he led an upstart Miami Heat squad to the second round.

Odom's reputation for going MIA prompted Phoenix Suns star Amar’e Stoudemire to call his 19 point, 19 rebound performance in game one of the Western Conference Finals 'lucky'.

Unfortunately Odom has vanished through the first two games of the NBA Finals (he's averaging a sub par 4 points and 4 rebounds). This doesn’t bode well for the Lakers, so here’s how Coach Jackson fixes the situation:

1) Go to Odom early and often. The coaches must put him in the game no later than half way through the first quarter.

2) Get him involved. Derek Fisher or Kobe Bryant, the veteran leaders, should call a play or two for him in the half court set.

3) ‘Run, Lamar, Run’. Odom needs to use his length and athleticism to score easy points in transition.

4)  Get on the glass. Odom is at his best when grabbing rebounds. The other parts of his game follows suit. 

Got thoughts on how the Lakers get Odom going? 

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Thursday , Apr , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Jeff Van Gundy Not Likely to Return to Coaching Soon

Jeff Van Gundy isn't interested in coaching the Nets, or any other team, according to his brother, Magic coach Stan Van Gundy.

Before coaching the Magic in a playoff game against the Bobcats Wednesday night, Stan Van Gundy told Fanhouse.com that it is clear to him that his TV brother is unlikely to be pacing any sideline in the near future.

"He hasn't shown any great interest in getting back in," Stan Van Gundy said before Game 2.

"His family is happy the way it is now, and I'm not sure uprooting them now is what he wants to do," Stan Van Gundy said. "He hasn't shown any inclination to do that. He likes what he's doing - spending a lot of time with the family - and he works 50 days a year, which isn't a bad job."