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Top 5 NBA free agent signings 2013
Monday , Jul , 15 , 2013 Matt Formica

Top 5 NBA free agent signings 2013

The free agent market has been pretty strong for the NBA this offseason and the player shuffle that's resulted should make for interesting upcoming year.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  Here the top 5 most interesting NEW free agent signings (re-signing excluded).

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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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Big Boi talks bball and rap on NBA TV’s: The Jump
Wednesday , Dec , 19 , 2012 Matt Formica

Big Boi talks bball and rap on NBA TV’s: The Jump

Fresh off dropping his new album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, Outkast's Big Boi made an appearance on NBA TV's The Jump to talk shop on two of his (and my) favorite subjects, basketball and music.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  Big Boi is an accomplished hip hop artist and a true hoops fan.

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Josh Smith Releases New adizero Ghost 2s
Wednesday , Oct , 03 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

Josh Smith Releases New adizero Ghost 2s

Josh Smith releases new aizero Ghost 2s.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: I don't know the last time I saw an NBA baller in full uniform in a cafe, but now that I've seen this commercial I'll be on the lookout. 
 
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Saturday , Mar , 10 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Josh Smith still wants out of Atlanta?

Atlanta ownership still resists trading Josh Smith, sources tell Y! Smith's preference to leave Hawks has been unchanged for past year.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: This is about a franchise’s search for credibility -not the Atlanta Hawks and Josh Smith potentially parting ways.

For years, Atlanta was an oddball franchise. It was the NBA’s version of Siberia -as players of any stature would look to ply their craft elsewhere.

Smith, a high-flying forward and Atlanta native, has been part of the Hawks becoming a perennial playoff team.

This success has come in spite of ownership -not because of it. After all, the Atlanta Spirit group is a fractured partnership of businessmen, who have been known to argue  about free agent signings and even sue each other.

Now Smith wants out, in part, because he feels the Hawks’ unique ownership group isn’t committed to winning.

Perhaps this is fair; however, Smith should continue to look at himself. Too often, he has been a distraction.

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Sunday , Mar , 04 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Josh Smith’s epic facial on Serge Ibaka

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Josh Smith gave Serge Ibaka, who is known for poster-jobbing opponents, a taste of his own medicine during Saturday's Hawks-Thunder clash.

Smith crammed an epic facial on the Thunder big, energizing the Atlanta crowd and teammate Zaza Pachulia. Check it out …

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Sunday , Feb , 12 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Josh Smith: NBA Politics to blame for All-Star Snub

“You’ve got to factor in there is a lot of politics involved in the All-Star selection,” Smith said Friday. “Once you get that it’s really about politics, then nothing really surprises you. I call it ‘Nothing But Associates,’ NBA. It’s all who you know.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Josh Smith should look in the mirror rather than blame others for not making the Eastern Conference All-Star squad.

The Atlanta Hawk has a reputation as a talented but troubled forward because he previously clashed with coaches, teammates, and management.

All-Star reserves are voted on by coaches, and, right or wrong, the NBA's thirty sideline bosses have held Smith accountable for past behaviour.

This isn’t to suggest a conspiracy against Smith, but coaches will vote for other players -all things being relatively equal, of course

So Luol Deng, Andre Iguodala, and Paul Pierce got the nod to play in the mid-season classic over Smith.

The best thing Smith could have done was shut up, accept the decision, and vacation somewhere over All-Star weekend.

Instead Smith went public with his complaints and proved why coaches didn’t vote for him.

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Thursday , Dec , 29 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Josh Smith and Joe Johnson for Dwight Howard?

Sources told ESPN.com that the aforementioned Hawks, meanwhile, engaged Orlando in trade talks for Howard earlier this month with an offer believed to be headlined by $124 million guard Joe Johnson and swingman Josh Smith. You have to figure that the Magic, though, would insist on Al Horford if such discussions ever got serious.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Rebuilding isn’t an option for the Orlando Magic, so they’re reluctant to trade franchise face Dwight Howard for prospects, draft picks, and expiring contracts.

The powers that be in Orlando want established professionals -like, say, Joe Johnson and Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks.

This is interesting, as both are big-ticket pieces, especially Johnson who is due to earn $107 million over the next five years. Smith is due $25.5 million through 2013.

Here’s the question: is Johnson and Smith superior to the Lakers reported offer of Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol?

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Greatest Slam Dunk Contest Champion Ever- Part Three
Thursday , Sep , 15 , 2011 Paul Eide

Greatest Slam Dunk Contest Champion Ever- Part Three

Read parts one and two of this series here. In ranking these champions, I want to completely exclude their overall skill as basketball players, and focus solely on their ability to dunk the basketball. Also, I think era in which they were dunking in is very significant, as is height. With those parameters laid out, let me throw the second five names at you, in no particular order. Of these five, I will rank them by reader comments via Hoopsvibe.com, Facebook and private emails. The player who gets the most vote moves into the “Final Four” of great dunkers, from which a mythical champ will be crowned; open wide, here they come!!

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Saturday , Aug , 06 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Josh Smith: ‘I’m an Atlanta Hawk’

"My feeling is that I'm an Atlanta Hawk," Smith said. "I'll be an Atlanta Hawk until otherwise, until they trade me or something else. I don't know. We've been with each other for a long time. We've had some success together. You never want to leave somewhere where you know that each year you're getting better and it could be something that much more special next year.

"But you never know what's going to happen. I'm just here. I'm an Atlanta Hawk right now. All I can do is stay ready, stay in my lane and stay focused and worry about bettering myself."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Gee, get the impression Josh Smith is a member of the Atlanta Hawks?

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, the versatile forward repeated again-and-again he’s with the Hawks. Here’s the question: for how long?

For any number of reasons, the thrifty Hawks could cut ties with Smith and trade him when the lockout finally ends.

Money matters. And the Hawks’ ownership groups doesn’t have any and would be willing to move the final two years and $25 million remaining on his contract.

The Hawks are also in tough with respect to the salary cap. Currently, they have 9 players signed for a total of $65 million.

Suppose the luxury tax system is replaced by a stricter hard cap. Moving Smith would help the Hawks get under the hard cap and create the financial flexibility to fill out the roster with valuable blending pieces.

Finally, it may be time for a change. Smith and the Hawks have a tumultuous past, so perhaps, in the words of the lovely Sheryl Crow, a change would do you both good.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jun , 22 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Hawks to trade Josh Smith?

The Hawks have begun exploring a trade involving Josh Smith, according to sources. Smith, meanwhile, has privately told friends that the Celtics, Nets, Rockets and Magic are his preferred teams should Atlanta ultimately decide to trade him. Smith has not requested a trade.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Do the Atlanta Hawks and Josh Smith move forward together. Or, do they part ways?

The Hawks would keep Smith if it was solely about talent. The 6-9 Atlanta native is the rare player who can score, rebound, pass, and provide some national spotlight with rim-rattling jams and deft-defying rejections.

However, the Hawks’ personnel decisions are influenced by money. For years, ownership has been bleeding cash because they owned the city’s NHL property, the Thrashers.

Ownership may have sold the Thrashers to a group in Winnipeg, but they’re still cutting costs on the basketball side. So Smith, and the remaining $37 million on his contract, is available.

Takers must have deep enough pockets to assume the remaining years on his big-ticket. And takers must also be willing to put up with Smith, who has repeatedly clashed with teammates and coaches.

Finding a taker for Smith might not be so easy for the Hawks, after all.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Jan , 22 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Josh Smith is Joel Anthony’s worst nightmare

HoopsVibe`s Very Quick Call: Joel Anthony better prepare for it.

The Miami Heat’s reserve center is Josh Smith’s latest poster-job victim. Hundreds of thousands of hoop fans will watch Smith throw-down a left-handed jam on Anthony via youtube. If that wasn't bad enough, Anthony got called for a foul.

Watch the clip below and get at us with thoughts in the comment box below. 

 -Oly Sandor.   

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Saturday , Jan , 01 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Josh Smith feels ‘disrespected’ by Serge Ibaka and Russell Westbrook

Asked if he was upset by Ibaka’s dunk, or the foul, or both, Smith said, “You know what it was. That’s showing disrespect (dunking the ball). Everybody in the whole league knows you don’t do nothing like that. I talked to Durant about it. He said he would talk to him (Ibaka) about it, and he knew that wasn’t right.
 
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It wasn’t as offensive as Andray Blatche screaming at a teammate or Ricky Davis shooting on his own basket.

It was close, though.

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook and center Serge Ibaka won’t win any friends on the Atlanta Hawks by padding their statistics in the final moments of yesterday’s game.

Last night, the Thunder had beaten the Hawks. Time was set to expire. Both teams seemed content to let the final seconds play out and move on to the next game.

Then Westbrook suddenly passed the ball to Ibaka for an uncontested, breakaway dunk. Westbrook needed one assist for a triple-double, while Ibaka needed two points for a double-double.

This is a no-no.

The Hawks’ Mike Bibby and Josh Smith rightfully took exception to Westbrook and Ibaka’s actions. Thunder superstar Kevin Durant was left to play peacemaker after the game.

Even Thunder coach Scott Brooks couldn’t defend his players, telling The Oklahoman “when you got the game won, you run the clock out”. Anyway, watch the clip and get at us with thoughts on Westbrook and Ibaka’s last second basket against the Hawks.

 
(Ibaka's dunk is at the end of the highlight package.)
 
--Oly Sandor.
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Tuesday , Nov , 02 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Al Horford in, Josh Smith out with Atlanta Hawks?

The Atlanta Hawks announced Monday that the team has agreed to terms on a multi-year extension with center Al Horford, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Rick Sund.

Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. Media reports indicate the deal is worth $60 million over five years.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: One step forward. How many steps backwards?

Instead of celebrating signing Al Horford to a reported five-year, $60 million extension, the Atlanta Hawks were peppered with questions about the future.

Fair enough. Forget their recent on-court success. These are the Hawks.

They’re still the Siberia South of the NBA. They still have dysfunctional owners. And they still lack the resources to field a champion.

The news of Horford’s signing led to one question: who is leaving?

After all, the Hawks can’t possibly afford big tickets for Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, Marvin Williams, and Horford, right?

Somebody must be on the trading block, but whom?

Johnson, the franchise star with a max’ contract, isn’t leaving; there’s little market for an expensive blending player like Williams, especially in this economy; and Horford just re-upped.

This makes Smith – a high-flying, talented, and temperamental forward - expendable. He’ll be in demand, even with three years and $36 million remaining on his big ticket. 

While he has more baggage than a New York socialite on a weekend jaunt to the Hamptons, Smith can play.

He’s long, athletic, and versatile. Trading him for financial flexibility would hurt one of the Eastern Conference’s most promising teams.

Such is life with the Hawks. One step forward, two steps backwards. Somethings never change.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Jul , 16 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Atlanta Hawks wisely pass on Shaquille O’Neal

The Hawks have no plans to sign free-agent center Shaquille O'Neal.

A source says Atlanta's ownership doesn't want to exceed the luxury-tax threshold of $70.307 million. They are currently about $4 million shy.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Shaquille O’Neal will not be plying his trade in the state of Georgia for the Atlanta Hawks next season.

The Hawks won't meet O’Neal’s salary demands because they would be over the luxury tax threshold and have to fork over multi-million dollar penalty payments to the league.

This is a wise choice.

O’Neal – an established veteran and future Hall of Famer - is difficult for any coach, especially a first year man like Larry Drew. The five-man has clashed with several of his old sideline bosses such as Phil Jackson, Pat Riley, and Terry Porter.    

And his affinity for minutes and touches would likely upset a young and temperamental frontline of Al Horford, Josh Smith, and Marvin Williams.

Hopefully, Atlanta will consider exceeding the luxury tax and investing in the right player(s), though. After all, their starters are talented, but need support off the bench.

To compete in the beefed-up Eastern Conference, the Hawks must open their wallets and spend –just on the appropriate personnel.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Jul , 06 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Shaquille O’Neal would be ‘The Big Problem’ with Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks have offered Shaquille O'Neal a two-year contract that starts at $5.8 million per season, according to NBA sources close to both the team and the player.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Is The Big Aristotle about to become The Big ATL?

Reports indicate Shaquille O'Neal is considering the Hawks' multi-year deal; however, it remains to be seen if this would be a fit for both player and team.

Shaq is desperate for another NBA Title. Unfortunately, good but not great Atlanta is hardly the spot for him to taste championship glory for the fifth time in his illustrious career.

Even if the Hawks signed the massive post, they wouldn't be better than the past two Eastern Conference champions: the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic. And they'd struggle with the Cleveland Cavaliers -provided Lebron James does the expected and re-signs later this week.

Meanwhile, Atlanta needs bench help, and not an aging five-man who spends a minimum of twenty games per season on the bench rocking designer suits.

When O'Neal is fit, he would demand minutes and touches, which would likely alienate a young, talented, and temperamental frontline of Al Horford, Josh Smith, and Marvin Williams.

However, the biggest potential issue would be with rookie coach Larry Drew because O'Neal has clashed with almost every sideline boss he ever had.

For instance, after leaving the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat, he publicly slammed Phil Jackson and Pat Riley -both of whom are in the Hall of Fame.

This brings us back to Drew. The former back-up point guard is a career assistant, who got the head gig in Atlanta for one reason: he was cheap.  

So Drew has less credibility than former Phoenix Suns head coach Terry Porter, who O'Neal sabotaged, undercut, and compromised before he was replaced at mid-season by Alvin Gentry.

What would happen when Drew tells O'Neal to lose weight or defend the pick-and-roll?

Simply put, he can't. Frankly, Drew lacks the pedigree to truly hold O'Neal accountable. And this would surely become a problem for an impressionable team.

On the surface, this partnership sounds nice. Both O'Neal and Atlanta should take a pass, though. It's for the best.

--Oly Sandor.

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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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