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Tuesday , Jul , 06 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Why Derrick Rose wanted Joe Johnson instead of LeBron James

Derrick Rose reportedly preferred the Bulls to sign Joe Johnson instead of LeBron James, according to multiple people that spoke with Brian Windhorst.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: He's wrong, but not crazy.
 
Today, various scribes are reporting superstar Derrick Rose lobbied his Chicago Bulls to sign Joe Johnson instead of LeBron James.
 
That's right: Rose wanted 'good old Joe' . Not The King.
 
Clearly, the third year point guard is wrong. James is currently the game's greatest player, while Johnson is a perennial All-Star.
 
However, there are (somewhat) reasonable reasons for Rose's misguided preference. Don't declare him insane yet. It's not like he denies climate change, is a fan of river dancing, or participates in hot dog eating contests.   
 
Here's what Rose was probably thinking when he made his request to Chicago management:
 
1) The NBA is about alliances, and sometimes that loyalty is to the agent before the team. Rose and Johnson share representation, Arn Tellem. And Rose - to an extent - was probably playing good soldier for Tellem by promoting one of his clients.
 
2) James likes having the ball. He's at his best controlling the offense. And his point-forward game would take the rock out of Rose's hands and make him an off-the-ball player. Rose was probably not thrilled with this.
 
3) The Bulls and Cavaliers are heated rivals. They hate each other. For instance, Rose's teammate Joakim Noah even challenged James because he felt The King was turning Quickens Loans Arena into Soul Train with his celebratory dance moves last year. 
 
 
(Joakim and LBJ exchanging words last season.)
 
While Rose's opinion is wrong, it's (sort of) understandable how he arrived at such a conclusion.
 
-Oly Sandor.
 
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Saturday , Jul , 03 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Yes, Dwyane Wade’s interest in Chicago Bulls is real, very real

Adrian Wojnarowski: ``Source briefed on meeting with Bulls Friday tells Y! that Dwyane Wade`s interest in Chicago is for real``.

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HoopsVibe`s Very Quick Call: Of course, his `interest is for real`.

Dwyane Wade grew up in Chicago. The Windy City has a certain hometown appeal for the athletic two-guard.

The Bulls` supporting cast also gives them an edge on every other suitor. After all, Derrick Rose is a superstar point guard, capable of creating for others and getting his own shot, while Joakim Noah is a physical, blue-collar post.

Keep in mind Chicago can offer Wade and another superstar a maximum contract, so the 2006 NBA Finals MVP will have help in the form of Chris Bosh or maybe even LeBron James.

When conisdering all the angles, it`s easy to see why Wade`s `interest is for real`.

-- Oly Sandor. 

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Sunday , Jun , 27 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

NBA Executive: Bosh and James to Chicago is ‘a done deal’

An NBA executive told The New York Times that, based on discussions with other team officials, he believes that LeBron James and Chris Bosh have already decided to sign with the Bulls.

In that case, James' meetings with teams this coming week would be merely a formality.

"I think it's a done deal," the executive said about James departing Cleveland for Chicago and taking Bosh with him.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Chicago Bulls have recently surfaced as the favourite to sign superstar free agents Chris Bosh and LeBron James.

After all, the Bulls have budding stars in blue-collar post Joakim Noah and point guard Derrick Rose; cap space to offer a pair of maximum contracts; and Chicago is a desirable place to live and a large market.

Being the favourite is different than having 'a done deal', though. Circumstances can quickly change. For instance:

1) There’s still time for other teams to pull a rabbit out of the hat and make a trade to increase their available cap space. 

2) And Bosh and/or James could decide they don’t want to leave money on the table, which would force Toronto and/or Cleveland to sign both to a six-year maximum contract and arrange a trade. This would complicate signing as a duo in one city.

3) Finally, Bosh and/or James could decide they like having their own franchise. This would mean re-signing and staying long-term with the Raptors and/or Cavaliers.

These circumstances are unlikely, especially with the July 1st deadline fast approaching. Time is running out. And after the Kirk Hinrich trade, Chicago is suddenly the team to watch.

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Friday , Jun , 25 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

World Wide Wes: LeBron James ‘is going to Chicago and Chris Bosh is coming, too’

To listen to World Wide Wes, LeBron will never look back on Cleveland. “He’s up out of there,” is the way he tells it to people, but LeBron’s Akron crew has to tsk-tsk such public talk because they all live in Northeast Ohio, and maybe always will. "We're going to Chicago," WIlliam Wesley tells people," "and Chris Bosh is coming, too." 

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: 'World Wide Wes', one of the NBA's great power brokers, believes the Chicago Bulls are poised for a big off-season. And he's right.

After dealing Kirk Hinrich and their 17th pick in Thursday's draft and getting nothing but cap space back, the Bulls have the financial flexibility to tender two max' contracts.

So The Windy City could sign LeBron James and bring in Chris Bosh, too. 

Other clubs - the Miami Heat and New York Knicks - can also offer a pair of max contracts, but the Bulls distinguish themselves by already having a star point guard in Derrick Rose and an established four-man with Joakim Noah.

Such a supporting cast may be enough for James to turn his back on the Cleveland Cavaliers -even though they can offer the most money, longest term, and he grew up in nearby Akron, Ohio.  

Even if James gets sentimental and re-signs with the Cavaliers, the Bulls could turn to superstar Joe Johnson, which isn't a bad plan-B.

Bottom line: Chicago is the team to watch this summer. 

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Wednesday , Jun , 23 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Jalen Rose: `LeBron James will not be returning to the Cavs’

Jalen Rose: ``It is almost CERTAIN that LEBRON JAMES WILL NOT be returning to the CAVS!”

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HoopsVibe`s Very Quick Call: Rose, an analyst for ESPN, also tweets that the Bulls, Clippers, and Heat are the top three destinations for James.

Of course, all these organizations have issues: the Bulls - a contender because of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah - have unstable management with GM John Paxson going all 'Fight Club' on former coach Vinny Del Negro; the Clippers have talented players, but an awful owner in Donald Sterling; and the Heat may prefer a big like Chris Bosh as a sidekick to Dwyane Wade.

The Cavaliers aren't out of the sweepstakes, as they have a financial and personal advantage over the competition.

For instance, they can offer James $30 million more than any team. They can also offer an extra year on his max' contract.

And don't forget that James, who can afford to live anywhere in the world during the summer, makes his off-season home in nearby Akron, Ohio, where he grew up.

Clearly, James is comfortable in Cleveland. And clearly, he`s connected to Ohio. This loyalty will be a huge factor in his decision.

Rose may be right: James could still bolt on the Cavaliers. But it`s far from a certainty.

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The 2009-2010 NBA Year End Awards AKA The Hoopties
Sunday , Apr , 25 , 2010 J.N.

The 2009-2010 NBA Year End Awards AKA The Hoopties

The regular has ended some time ago and it’s time to touch on the players and moments that made this season memorable. The playoffs just started and it is going to take awhile to determine the champion, but I’d like take this time to look back at stuff that impacted the season and future to come. Hold up. There will be some moments that did not impact the season. It was just funny to point out.  Dwight Howard wins another Defensive Player of the Year, Scott Brooks wins Coach of the Year, and Aaron Brooks won Most Improved Player. We can safely assume that LeBron James won Most Valuable Player.

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Friday , Apr , 23 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

LeBron James: It Wasn’t a Charge

LeBron still didn't agree with the charge call after the game.
 
"I saw him backpedaling," James said. "Me as a driver, I'm watching the defender's feet. I'm seeing if he's stationed or is still moving. To me, I felt like he was still backpedaling, and as soon as I saw him backpedaling, that's when I decided to take off. They called a charge. I haven't seen the replay, but I know exactly what I've seen on the court with the defender right in front of me."
 
Joakim Noah said he was concerned Deng would get whistled after seeing James' shot go in.
 
"I think one of the refs was about to call a block and then he looked at the other ref because he wasn't sure, and the other ref—thank God—called a charge," Noah said.


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Friday , Apr , 23 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Josh Smith: There Ain’t Nothing to Do in Milwaukee

First, Joakim Noah. Now, Josh Smith.

The Atlanta forward is taking a jab at Milwaukee, saying "everybody knows there's nothing to do" in the city that will host the Hawks in Games 3 and 4 of the playoffs.

Smith made his comments Thursday when someone asked him what he planned to do after the series shifted to the Bucks' home court. Game 3 is Saturday night.

Smith says he's never really done anything in Milwaukee and will "just be happy to find a restaurant." When a reporter jokingly asked if he'd ever take a vacation there, Smith replied, "Would you go? Everybody knows there ain't nothing to do in Milwaukee." 

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HoopsVibe Liveblogs Game 2 of Cavs-Bulls Series
Monday , Apr , 19 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

HoopsVibe Liveblogs Game 2 of Cavs-Bulls Series

If you're watching the Bulls-Cavs game right now, feel free to join us as we liveblog the action. Just leave a comment in the box to let us know what you're thinking as you watch the game and we'll add you as a participant.

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Monday , Apr , 19 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Joakim Noah: Cleveland Sucks

Bulls center Joakim Noah made some pointed remarks towards the city of Cleveland over the weekend.

He didn't address the media on Monday morning, but did make a few comments as he walked to the team's bus.

"I don't care," Noah snapped. "At all."

Noah told reporters on Sunday that he was not enjoying his time in Cleveland.

He was then asked if the boos he heard during Saturday's Game 1 at Quicken Loans Arena bothered him.

Noah responded: "What? That Cleveland sucks?"

While members of the media and the Cavaliers have taken offense to his comments, Noah's teammates support him.
 
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Sunday , Apr , 18 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Joakim Noah: KG Is a Dirty Player

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah isn't facing Kevin Garnett in the first round of the NBA playoffs. But as the NBA reviews Garnett's elbow of Quentin Richardson during a fracas near the Miami Heat bench in Game 1, Noah is offering his own viewpoint.

On Sunday, Noah called Garnett "a dirty player" who is constantly throwing elbows. He also said he's hurting because of an elbow he took recently from the Celtics' star.

"He's a dirty player," Noah said after the Bulls practiced at Quicken Loans Arena in preparation for Monday's Game 2 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. "He's always swinging elbows, man. I'm hurting right now because of an elbow he threw. It's unbelievable. He's a dirty player. It's one thing to be competitive and compete and all that.

"But don't be a dirty player, man. He's a dirty player." 

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Friday , Apr , 16 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

LeBron: The Bulls Are Facing a Different Monster

The Bulls, who in recent days have been dealing with ugly reports of an altercation between coach Vinny Del Negro and executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson, are huge underdogs against the Cavs -- the league's best team all season.

But despite the perceived mismatch and Chicago's long odds, Bulls forward Joakim Noah said he and his teammates plan "to try to shock the world" and upset the Cavs.

"We're ready for the challenge," James said. "I think Noah's a really good player. He's a really good talent. But, you know, he asked for us a couple weeks ago and he got us. So we're ready. It's a different monster they're going to be playing against on Saturday."

For the first time since Feb. 25, the Cavs will take the floor with Shaquille O'Neal at center.

After missing 23 games following surgery to repair a torn right thumb ligament, O'Neal has come back rested and ready to fulfill his goal of winning a championship with James. The 7-foot-1 center has returned in incredible shape, saying he spent the down time "eating right, swimming, working out, doing what I do. It's all about the mission." 

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