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Monday , Sep , 26 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Baron Davis to mentor Kyrie Irving?

“[Im] really looking forward to playing with, and mentoring, Kyrie,” said Davis in an e-mail. “Hes so talented, creative, smart, has so much potential and could become a great cornerstone of the Cavaliers franchise for many years to come. Ive been talking to him a lot this summer about NBA life, and in Cleveland, hes going to learn so much from coach [Byron] Scott, who will be a great mentor as well.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Kenny Smith once declared that Baron Davis should be a perennial All-NBA candidate.

The award-winning TNT broadcaster believed Davis possessed the raw size, natural skill, and god-given athleticism to consistently rank among the league’s premier table-setter.

Sadly, the commitment hasn't been there.

Too often, Davis’ poor fitness has led to injuries, which made it impossible for the former lottery pick to fulfill expectations.

He was a disappointment for the Hornets and appeared more interested in making movies than winning with the lowly Clippers.

Now there are reports he wants to, wait for it, mentor Cleveland Cavaliers’ prospect Kyrie Irving. Davis was, of course, traded to the Cavaliers last February, while the club selected Irving first overall in the NBA draft.

And the Cavaliers will have to decide how to involve Davis in helping Irving grow and develop.

--O.Sandor.

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Thursday , Aug , 04 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

LeBron James Fails With Tim Tebow-Gate

Tim Tebow will succeed in the NFL. He’s a hard worker, a student of the game, a natural born leader and most of all a WINNER! It takes time and he’ll be nice.

Listened to Merril Hoge today on SC and he was just blasting Tebow. The man hasn’t even play a full season and its only his 2nd year in.

Guys get on that TV and act like they was all WORLD when they played. How bout encouraging him and wishing him the best instead of hating!!


(LeBron James, twitter)

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Wrong again LeBron.

Last I checked media analysts aren’t paid to pick up pom-poms and cheer for those they cover. That’s what teams pay cheerleaders for.

(By the way, can you imagine Sir Charles, Shaq, or Kenny ‘The Jet’ Smith working the sideline of a Miami Heat-Boston Celtics game? Not a pretty picture!)

Media analysts are paid to analyze. Hopefully, their analysis sparks a reaction, whether good or bad, from the public.

Merril Hoge was doing what ESPN pays him to do: analyze. Best of all, his analysis on Denver quarterback Tim Tebow struck a chord and got a reaction from arguably the biggest name in sports (that would be you, LeBron)!

I get the feeling this isn’t about Hoge or Tebow, though. This is more about James being peeved at the media for panning his play and behaviour in 2010-11 with the Miami Heat.

On the one hand, James had a superb year for the Heat, and established himself as the best player on a team that transcended sport. Perhaps he deserved better from the insiders and analysts.

On the other hand, James did not meet the expectation he set, and, according to some, fell short in the NBA Finals. The media called James on this, which, wait for it, sparked a reaction.

James has every right to speak his mind. So speak it. Put it out there if the media has been unfair to you.

Just don’t use Hoge, Tebow, or anyone else as cover for what you want to say!

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Jul , 10 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Shaq to join Barkley, Kenny Smith, and C-Webb at TNT

Breaking News: Sources have confirmed that Shaq has agreed in principle to join Turner. (Darren Rovell)

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s official. Well, sort of.

Shaquille O’Neal has signed a deal with TNT, and will join the Emmy-winning crew of Kenny ‘The Jet’ Smith, Charles Barkley, EJ, and Chris Webber.

The potential is obvious. Shaq has incredible charisma; however, some will argue his loud personality will be too much for the already bombastic Sir Charles and friends.

Nevertheless, Shaq the broadcaster will be interesting -and highly entertaining. All we need is a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , May , 23 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Charles Barkley gives Heat fans One Finger Salute

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: I don’t know what was funnier. Heat fans chanting ‘F*ck you Chuck’ or Kenny ‘The Jet’ Smith laughing, dancing, and enjoying the abuse Charles Barkley, his TNT co-host, was taking.

Barkley responds by flipping the Heat faithful the one finger salute, which Smith, of course, loves. Click the video and get at us in the comment box below. 

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Feb , 20 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Best car leap: Blake Griffin or Kobe Bryant?

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: By now, you’ve seen it.

You’ve seen Kenny Smith pull a ‘Bundini’ and rep for Blake Griffin like he was former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali.

You’ve seen the choir pump up the Los Angeles crowd by belting out the R. Kelly classic ‘I believe I can fly’.

And you’ve seen Griffin leap the hood of a car, catch a Baron Davis alley-oop, and throw down a fierce two-handed jam, which won the Clippers superstar the 2011 Slam Dunk Contest.

However, Griffin didn’t invent the car leap. He simply mastered it.

A few years ago, Lakers great Kobe Bryant made news when he jumped an Aston Martin. ‘The Black Mamba’ didn’t dunk a basketball, but his aerial antics –despite reportedly being aided by special effects- impressed.

Watch the clips and tell us in the comment box below if Griffin or Bryant did the best job hurdling a car.

(Kenny `Bundini` Smith. The choir. And Griffin leaping a car.) 

(Kobe: `I got this.`) 

--Oly Sandor.


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Saturday , Nov , 06 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Stuck in LA: Clippers can’t move Baron Davis

The Clippers are exploring whether anyone has interest in acquiring point guard Baron Davis via trade, according to a report by Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

Los Angeles coach Vinny Del Negro recently criticized the veteran's conditioning and the team won their first game of the season this week with Davis out of the lineup because of a swollen left knee.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Interest will be limited.

For several reasons, Los Angeles Clippers’ point guard Baron Davis won’t be traded. L.A.’s other team can’t trade him.

Make no mistake about it, Davis has talent. He’s big; he’s skilled; he's athletic. TNT broadcaster Kenny Smith has gone on record saying Davis has the talent to be first team All-NBA.

Smith may be exaggerating; however, Davis, when motivated, can play. Unfortunately, these days he’s more motivated to produce feature films than highlight reel assists.

The other road block is money. Davis is owed $42 million over the next three seasons, which makes him hard to move in today’s sluggish economy.

There’s more. Most teams are reluctant to assume a big-ticket with the Collective Bargaining Agreement expiring in July and a new financial system set to arrive.

If Davis and the Clippers decide to part ways, they must first declare détente and make nice for six months. Davis must get in shape. The team must showcase him. Then, after the new CBA is settled, a market could eventually develop for Davis.  

Of course, could doesn’t mean will. But could is better than not happening –which describes the current market for Davis.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Jul , 27 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Yao Ming on his injured foot: `I might choose to call it quits`

Houston Rockets centre Yao Ming is considering quitting basketball after next season if he doesn't fully recover from his lingering foot injury.

In comments to Chinese state media Monday, Yao sounded far from optimistic about his future and also made a rare criticism of China`s national basketball program.

“If the foot injury does not heal next season, ``I might choose to call it quits,” he said.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Once upon a time, it looked like he wouldn't make it.

Years ago, Yao Ming was a polite, but awkward rookie trying to survive his first NBA season.  Everybody took shots -including TNT broadcasters Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith who believed he'd never score 20 points in a game.

The pundits were wrong. Yao quickly found his way. Today, on-and-off court, he's an international sensation.

When healthy, he’s a top center, a giant with touch and skill. Off-court, he helped the league succeed in the lucrative Chinese market. Thanks to Yao, the NBA is now a global brand.

Hopefully, he makes a comeback. His return would turn the Houston Rockets into a highly competitive squad in the Western Conference.

Whatever happens, his legacy, in America and at home, is complete. Yao has certainly made it.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Jul , 19 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Jalen Rose on Mike D’Antoni: ‘he was determined not to play me … HATER’

I didn't leave the NBA washed or banged up..Mike D'anPHONY didn't let me contribute my last year..he was determined not me play me..HATER. 

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Gee, ever wonder why Jalen Rose hasn’t made it big as an analyst?

After retiring from the NBA, Rose was seen as the next big thing in the broadcast booth. Many were predicting he’d give TNT stars Charles Barkley and/or Kenny Smith a run on the mic`.

Well, they were wrong.

While Rose hasn’t flopped, his second career hasn’t gone as planned, either. Currently, he’s a secondary analyst for ESPN, and calling a former coach - who happens to ply his trade in the league’s biggest market – a ‘HATER’ won’t help.

Oh yeah, let the record show Mike D’Antoni’s Phoenix Suns went 61-21 in 2006-07, which was Rose’s final season in the NBA.

--Oly Sandor.

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