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Top 10 Worst Free Agent Signings In NBA History
Saturday , Jul , 06 , 2013 Paul Eide

Top 10 Worst Free Agent Signings In NBA History

When a team signs a new player via the free agent market, optimism abounds.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: The optimism should be tempered because history is littered with free agent signings gone awry.

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WAG Of The Day: Who’s Dating Trina?
Tuesday , May , 15 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

WAG Of The Day: Who’s Dating Trina?

Some call this WAG the hottest girl in the game. 

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Who hasn't she dated? 

Trina has been linked with basketball stars and rappers like Kenyon Martin, Jay-Z, Young Buck, Jamie Foxx, and now the Oklahoma Thunder's 6 Man of the Year, James Harden. Trina is a rapper just as known for her curves as her flow. She's been a poster on the wall of many a basketball player or rapper's wall for years and doesn't show any signs of slowing down. It's tough to say who she's dating at the moment since her face sucking competition with Lil Wayne a few nights ago in Miami, but as of last week Trina was dating James Harden.

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Monday , Mar , 05 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Heat interested in Back-Up Big Man?

There’s a reason the Heat have continued to look to add a veteran big man to their roster. They attempted to sign both Kenyon Martin and Joel Przybilla but weren’t able to do so. A radio station in Miami reported the team worked out Rasheed Wallace last week. According to league executives, the Heat have been calling around to gauge demand for reserve big men as the trade deadline approaches.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Will the rich, the Miami Heat, get richer?

Reports indicate the reigning Eastern Conference champions are on the prowl for a reserve post. Chris Bosh is out the line-up and the Heat lost free agents Kenyon Martin and Joel Przybilla to the Clippers and Blazers.

Another big body would allow Bosh to man the more familiar high-post when he returns, while providing depth for an extended playoff run.

After all, the Heat will face a plethora of bigs come May and June during the NBA’s second-season. The question is who can they get before the quickly approaching trade deadline.  

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Monday , Feb , 20 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Kenyon Martin: George Karl should shut up about ‘Melo

"Man, listen, George needs to keep his mouth shut, first and foremost," Martin said. "Melo don't play there no more. So Karl shouldn't be commenting on Melo. If George was such a great coach, then Melo would want to stay. He wouldn't want to leave. "If the organization was ran right, he wouldn't want to leave, so it ain't Melo. With Melo, not one time when he was there did he bring that in the locker room when all that stuff was going on. Not one day. Everybody made it a bigger deal than it had to be. That's a good kid.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Carmelo Anthony, George Karl, and Kenyon Martin have all had much to say on last year’s Melodrama with the Denver Nuggets.

You remember the saga where Anthony held the Nuggets hostage all year, forcing a blockbuster trade to the New York Knicks in February.

Anthony, Karl, and Martin are all opinionated. And perhaps there’s some truth in each of their perspectives. Bottom line: the NBA is a results orientated business, and the only  barometer of success that matters is victories and defeats.

For whatever reason, the Nuggets are better without Anthony. They have better balance, depth, chemistry, and are committed to getting stops.

Surprisingly, the Knicks may be better without Anthony, too. Mike D’Antoni’s squad, behind the fine play of Jeremy Lin, have rattled off several wins since losing the All-Star to injuries.

Right now, Karl’s Nuggets are getting results. Anthony can’t say much until he starts winning -or contributing to the Knicks’ winning.
 
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Tuesday , Feb , 07 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Should Clippers gamble on J.R. Smith?

The Clippers aren't getting enough production off the bench behind small forward Caron Butler and feel as if Smith can provide the team with a big scoring punch at the position, the person said.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It sounds like a fit.

The Los Angeles Clippers need bench scoring behind starting small forward Caron Butler, and J.R. Smith, because he played in China during the lockout, will soon become a free agent.

The Clippers can offer Smith a pro-rated portion of their mini-mid level exception for a few months work.

Sounds good, right?

Well, not so fast. The Clippers must be careful about adding too many large personalities to their club.

After all, they just signed temperamental power forward Kenyon Martin. Now they’re after Smith, who spent years feuding with Denver Nuggets coach George Karl.

Sure, former Nugget Chauncey Billups is with the Clippers. And he‘ll have some influence over Martin and Smith, if he signs.

However, trouble follows the talented Smith wherever he goes, so the Clippers may want to consider other options.

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Friday , Feb , 03 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Heat interested in Martin, Przybilla?

The Heat have offered contracts to both Joel Przybilla and Kenyon Martin, their agents told ESPN.com. Przybilla is expected to make a choice between the Chicago Bulls and Heat, according to agent Bill Duffy. Martin is interested in several teams, with the Heat in the mix, according to agent Andy Miller.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The strong could soon get stronger.
 
Word is the Miami Heat is scouring the free agent stock piles looking for a big to add to their already potent line-up -and the've targeted Kenyon Martin and/or Joel Przybilla.
 
Make no mistake about it, Martin and Przybilla would solidify a somewhat average middle for the reigning Eastern Conference champions.
 
Chris Bosh, a skilled four, would be able to drift to the elbow and face up. Joel Anthony would be more effective in reduced minutes. And the Heat’s already nasty and gritty defense would get a whole lot nastier and grittier.
 
All it would cost is a ne of the Heat's exceptions.
 
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Monday , Jan , 30 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Chauncey Billups on Kenyon Martin: ‘He’s a Winner’

"He's very valuable," Billups said of Martin. "Of course, he comes from winning stock. He's been to the NBA Finals twice. He has great ability. He is a leader. One thing I know about Kenyon, he's a winner. He'll do whatever it takes to win. He's one of the great one-on-one defensive players for a big man I've played with. And, contrary to what everybody believes, he's a really good dude."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Kenyon Martin is in demand.

Carmelo Anthony recently revealed he wanted the New York Knicks to sign free agent Martin, a valuable forward with the Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets.

Today, Chauncey Billups publicly supported the idea of the Los Angeles Clippers inking Martin to a deal with one of their available exceptions. Mr. Big Shot thinks K-Mart would bring depth, defense, and intensity to an improving Clipper squad.

Of course, Anthony and Billups will wait for any decision from Martin.

The former first overall pick isn’t eligible to join an NBA team for two more months because he signed with a Chinese club during the lockout.

So the count is on. And Martin has his suitors.

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Saturday , Jan , 07 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Anthony wanted Knicks to sign Josh Howard?

Sources reveal to SLAMonline that Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony recruited Josh Howard during the offseason to play in The Big Apple. Anthony called Howard multiple times, according to sources, to convince the former Wizards forward to join the Knicks’ frontcourt as Anthony’s backup.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He wants Kenyon Martin. And he wanted Josh Howard.

Carmelo Anthony, the New York Knicks’ franchise player and star forward, hasn’t exactly been subtle with his opinion on personnel moves.

There were reports Anthony wants the Knicks to sign Martin, his former frontcourt partner and friend with the Denver Nuggets.

Martin, of course, can’t join an NBA team until March because he signed with a Chinese club during the lockout, so the former first overall pick must wait until the red tape clears.

Now reports are surfacing that Anthony wanted the Knicks to land Josh Howard, the versatile, do-everything swing who eventually ended up with the Utah Jazz.

Anthony’s input is great and he means well, but there’s a limit. NBA superstars will always have and give their opinion, however, the danger is when it seems like the inmates are running the asylum.

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Sunday , Dec , 25 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Carmelo wants Knicks to sign Kenyon Martin?

The Knicks have one roster spot still open entering tomorrow’s season opener, and Carmelo Anthony hopes it eventually goes to his former Nuggets teammate Kenyon Martin, according to an NBA source.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Kenyon Martin will help, but only if the New York Knicks are serious about becoming more of a defensive team.

Martin, who is currently trying to untangle himself from a complicated contract with a Chinese club, is a blue-collar four-man.

His rebounding, defense, and athleticism would help the Knicks transition from Seven Seconds Or Less to a more traditional get-stops squad.

Of course, with a frontline of Anthony, Tyson Chandler, and Amar’e Stoudemire, Martin would get limited minutes off the bench. And there’s no telling if Martin, a confident and brash individual, would accept that.

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Wednesday , Aug , 10 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Kenyon Martin leaving Denver?

And the next Nuggets longtimer who could hit the road? Kenyon Martin, whose excellent Greenwood Village estate is under contract. Check out photos and a video below.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It could be a real estate transaction. Or it could be a sign Kenyon Martin is leaving the Denver Nuggets.

Reports indicate Martin has put his palatial Denver estate up for sale, as the power forward and former first overall pick plans to head elsewhere as a free agent when the lockout ends.

Change is surely coming. While a solid performer, Martin struggled with injury and never met the expectations that came with signing a max contract so many years ago.

The Nuggets are also in transition after the Carmelo Anthony blockbuster. Whatever cap space the new system provides will be used to re-sign Nene and, perhaps, negotiate long-term extensions for Wilson Chandler and/or Danilo Gallinari.

If Martin figured into the Nuggets' long-term plans they'd have tendered some type of offer before the lockout began on July 1st.

So Martin’s selling his house. And he’ll be selling his rebounding, defense, and energy when a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is signed.

Chances are, it won’t be in Denver with the Nuggets.

--Oly Sandor.

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The 2000 NBA Draft is the worst of all time.
Saturday , Jul , 16 , 2011 J.N.

The 2000 NBA Draft is the worst of all time.

It’s arguable to determine the greatest draft of all time with help from great pieces written by Paul Eide. Personally, the 1984 draft had the best first round of all time: Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, John Stockton, Charles Barkley, Alvin Robertson, Michael Cage, Otis Thorpe, Kevin Willis, Sam Perkins, and Jerome Kersey. That is 4 top 50 all time NBA players, 9 rings, 7 league MVP trophies, 8 Finals MVP trophies, 4 Defensive Player of the Year awards, 2 quadruple doubles, and 23 All NBA First Team selections. 

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Wednesday , Mar , 23 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Kenyon Martin: Nuggets don`t miss Carmelo Anthony

"We all know Melo is a great player, but I don't think one player has ever won a championship in this league," Kenyon Martin told HOOPSWORLD. "He's a great player, but it's all about us playing together right now. That's what we're trying to do."

"We're just going out and playing basketball," he continued. "Everyone here knows how to play and we're competing every single night. When you compete, you put yourself in position to win. It's just playing basketball. Once you know how to play this game the right way, you can really fit into any system."

 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Kenyon Martin is saying what everyone is thinking.

The Denver Nuggets won’t miss Carmelo Anthony. Not now. And not going forward.

Despite the trend towards super teams, basketball is still a sport where chemistry can trump talent. Playing together and playing for each other can go a long, long way to ensuring success –even in the pros.

This is what the Nuggets are doing. They’re defending. They’re moving the ball. And guess what? They’re winning, posting a 10-4 record since trading their former franchise face to the New York Knicks.

Best of all, there’s a sense of together-ness. Nugget players and coaches aren’t dealing with twenty-four hour gossip and trade rumours. Raymond Felton aside, everybody on the roster wants to be in Denver.

Clearly, the Nuggets are having fun. Like the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference, there’s a collectiveness and positive vibe surrounding The Mile High City.

This along with their defense and unselfishness will make the Nuggets a dangerous first round playoff opponent for San Antonio, Los Angeles, Dallas, or Oklahoma City.

Did the Nuggets ever look dangerous with Anthony this year?

Give Martin credit for speaking up. And give Martin credit for speaking the truth.

--Oly Sandor.


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Sunday , Feb , 06 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Kendrick Perkins and Doc Rivers to Miami?

According to two league sources, Perkins has already turned down a Celtics offer that is bound by the CBA’s current restrictions — a contract extension worth slightly less than $30 million over four years, which reflects the currently mandated contract limits of a 20-percent increase and a four-year maximum. Perkins, represented by agent Arn Tellem, has opted to wait until he is an unrestricted free agent, when even in an unpredictable market he has a chance of commanding far more.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: On the one hand, Kendrick Perkins is making a business decision. On the other hand, that business decision could take him from the Boston Celtics and put him with, say, the Miami Heat.

Reports indicate the rugged five-man rejected the Celtics four-year, $30 million contract offer because it reflected the standard 20% raise as mandated by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Even with the league’s financial landscape bound to change with a new CBA and a potential work stoppage looming, Perkins stands to earn more as an unrestricted free agent.

Will he be making that extra paper with the Celtics, though?

Every team needs a defensive anchor, including the star-studded Heat. Perkins would clog the middle for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, while relieving Chris Bosh of his defensive anchor duties.

However, the tipping point could be Coach Doc Rivers. Rivers and Perkins have a good relationship, which could continue down south.

Rivers has always wanted to return to Florida to be near family. In fact, he nearly quit the green-and-white after the 2010 Finals and essentially operates on a series of one year contracts.

If the Heat fails to win the 2011 championship, Coach Erik Spoelstra will be replaced, and the personable Rivers would be the top candidate for the gig. And he could use his relationship with Perkins to lure him to South Beach.

Yes, the business of basketball works in funny ways. And it could see Perkins and Rivers together with the rival Heat next season.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Apr , 23 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

George Karl Makes Surprise Visit to Nuggets

Before the team's departure, Karl, who continues to recover from an aggressive treatment regimen in his battle against neck and throat cancer, paid a surprise 15-minute visit to the club during its closed practice session, according to the Nuggets' website.

It was the first time Karl had made it to a practice since his six-week regimen of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, the team said.

Dantley said he also had a chance to meet with Karl the day before.

"We talked some basketball and he gave me some opinions on things, what we need to do," said Dantley, who is 12-9 filling in for Karl this season, including 1-1 in the playoffs. "He feels like we'll be OK. It was a pretty good visit."

And what was Karl's biggest piece of advice?

"We can't let (Deron) Williams hurt us," Dantley said. "We have to take the ball out of his hands. That means when he comes down the court on the left side, we don't have three guys over here hugging on the guy on the weakside. That means sprint back to the paint, keep vision on Williams at all times." 

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The NBA’s 50 Worst Tattoos
Sunday , Apr , 11 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

The NBA’s 50 Worst Tattoos

You wouldn't believe the number of inky abominations etched into the pelts of pro ballers.  I'd originally planned a simple list of the league's ten worst tats, but when my dishonourable mention section hit double digits I realised I'd need to expand the scope of the project a little.  Even when I elongated the list to twenty-five terrible tattoos, I still found that I had to exclude some real atrocities.  In the end it took a full fifty spots to showcase the shittiest skin art in the L.

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The NBA’s Worst Tattoos: 10-1
Saturday , Apr , 10 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

The NBA’s Worst Tattoos: 10-1

If you're finding this feature for the first time, you might want to check out the previous parts to warm up.  We don't want you straining an eyeball.

The NBA's Worst Tattoos 50-41

The NBA's Worst Tattoos 40-31

The NBA's Worst Tattoos 30-21

The NBA's Worst Tattoos 20-11

The NBA's Worst Tattoos: 10-1

10. Kobe Bryant's "Vanessa" Tattoo

So, to recap, Kobe's biceps is adorned with a crown, butterflies, angel wings, Vanessa's hair and Vanessa's name.  I can't help but feel he could have saved some space by simply stamping the word "Sorry!" on his arm and calling it quits.

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