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Monday , Jul , 18 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Would ‘T-Mac’ fit with Celtics?

If he was willing to accept a bench role, the Celtics could find minutes to utilize his skill set and really allow him to thrive without the weight of having to be pre-2007 McGrady.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Would he accept a role?

Tracy McGrady heading to the Boston Celtics sounds good, however, there's the risk the former superstar won't accept less minutes, less shots, and less touches with Doc Rivers' squad.

After all, McGrady still, to some extent, believes he's 'T-Mac', the seven-time All-Star and two-time scoring champ. Last year McGrady, despite being past-his-prime, acted like a spoiled first-option and undermined Detroit Pistons coach John Kuester.  

Such behaviour would never fly in Boston. He'd have to check his ego. He'd have to sit and watch his peers –veteran stars like Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce – play. And he'd have to come off-the-bench.

In short, he'd have to become a professional. Nothing else would be tolerated by Rivers and GM Danny Ainge.

Of course, there is an alternative. McGrady can sign with another rebuilding squad and try parlaying the extra minutes and extra shots into a final, decent-money contract.

That would mean more meaningless basketball, though. In fourteen seasons, McGrady has never made the second round –ever. There was the choke-job with Orlando; there were tears in Houston.

Hopefully, McGrady has pride. Hopefully, he considers Boston. Hopefully, he becomes a professional –if he signs. It's not too late to salvage what he can.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , May , 30 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Pistons relieve Kuester of coaching duties and misery

John Kuester will not be returning to the Pistons as head coach, according to sources. Kuester has posted a 57-107 mark in his two years in Detroit. Kuester seemed to have a personality clash with Richard Hamilton, Rodney Stuckey, Tayshaun Prince and Tracy McGrady.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: John Kuester didn’t deserve to keep his job as coach of the Detroit Pistons. He did, however, deserve to be treated better.

After all, the players crapped on their sideline boss, viewing him as a career assistant who didn’t deserve to sit in the big chair.

From day one Kuester didn’t have their respect. Veteran Rip Hamilton chewed him out in front of the team. Several players boycotted practice. And many of those same players were caught laughing on camera when he got ejected from a game.

Kuester was part of the problem. Clearly, there were others.

It starts with GM Joe Dumars, who has lost his touch. The roster he assembled is flawed, dysfunctional, and overmatched.

Fortunately, the Pistons have new owners. So Kuester won’t be the only change.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Mar , 05 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Jeff Van Gundy: ‘Tracy McGrady should be a Hall of Fame player’



“Tracy McGrady was 1,000 hours of practice,” Van Gundy said to laughter from the audience. “He should be a Hall of Fame player. His talent was other-worldly. He was given a great leg up in the race against other players. He’s as close as I’ve ever seen to someone with a perfect body and a good mind.”

 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: For Tracy McGrady, it was never about winning or about being the best he could for his team.

Not in Toronto. Not in Orlando. Not in Houston. Not in New York. And not in Detroit, either.

For McGrady, it has always been about one thing: getting his. Minutes, touches, and shots have always taken precedence over wins and losses.

Sadly, McGrady still could have salvaged something from his career this summer. He could have signed on as a reserve with a contender. He could have agreed to play a role; blocking shots, facilitating, and using his length on defense like he did with the Toronto Raptors. 

Instead, he’s part of the problem with the Detroit Pistons. No matter how much you hate your boss, there’s never an excuse for not appearing at practice like McGrady did last week.

Sadly, there was no punishment. After all, the Pistons are in flux; Coach John Kuester is a lame duck; Executive Joe Dumars is on shaky ground; and the roster has underachieved.

Change won’t occur until the team is sold, so McGrady got off scotch free for his no-show. Things could be different in a few months, though.

In July, McGrady becomes an unrestricted free agent. Teams will see his numbers:  9 points and 4 assists. Teams will remember his one-day boycott. And they`ll take a pass.

His career will be over with a whimper. Bottom line: the great McGrady will go down as a ‘should have’.

--Oly Sandor.


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Saturday , Feb , 26 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Piston players laugh when Coach Kuester ejected

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Yesterday was not good for the Detroit Pistons.

Veterans Rip Hamilton, Tracy McGrady, Tayshaun Prince, Ben Wallace, and Chris Wilcox skipped the morning shootaround as a way of protesting against Coach John Kuester.

Many of those same players were caught by television cameras laughing on the bench when Kuester was ejected from the Pistons’ game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Clearly, something has to give with the Pistons. And soon.

Watch the clip below of Kuester’s ejection and get at us with thoughts on the mess in Detroit.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Dec , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Quitter-Gate: Where do Pistons and Hamilton go from here?

"Nah, the biggest thing that hurt me was a source in the organization said I quit," Hamilton said in reference to a Detroit News report.

"I was like, wow," he continued. "That was hard for me because the last nine years I just went out and played hard, played aggressive, did put everything on the line every night. To hear that allegation, it was tough on me."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It doesn’t matter if he actually quit because perception is reality. And the perception is that Richard Hamilton quit on the Detroit Pistons.

One thing that doesn`t need much perceiving is that the relationship between Hamilton and the Pistons is broken beyond repair.

A trade is the obvious answer. Hamilton would spend his final years perhaps playing meaningful basketball for a contender, while the Pistons would free up minutes for their youngsters.

The obvious answer isn’t the easy answer. Executive Joe Dumars will be hard pressed to move his masked man at the two-spot.

Hamilton has two-years remaining on his contract at a whooping $25 million. This is too rich for most clubs, especially with the Collective Bargaining Agreement expiring July 1st.

The few contenders that could afford Hamilton have better options. After all, cash is king in today`s polarized NBA of have and have-not franchises.

Of course, Hamilton’s reputation hasn’t helped. During Detroit’s days as a contender, the rail thin sharpshooter was seen as competitive.

At some point his competitive streak became a problem. For instance, Hamilton clashed with former Coach Michael Curry and has issues with current sideline boss John Kuester. His relationship with Allen Iverson wasn’t exactly warm and fuzzy, either.

Still, Hamilton and the Pistons should kiss and make-up. No trade is coming. These two will likely be together for some time.

--Oly Sandor.


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