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Wednesday , Mar , 21 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

‘Melo to Mike Woodson: ‘Hold me Accountable’

Anthony became a controversial figure after Mike D'Antoni 's departure as reports insinuated he was at odds with his former coach. But Anthony maintained that he was an innocent bystander in the process, and in the past few days, he has tried to revamp his image into a team-first guy who not only welcomes but seeks criticism. "When he got the job, I told him, 'Hold me accountable,' " Anthony said of Woodson. "I don't have a problem with criticism. If I can do something to help better this team, let me know. And he's been doing that."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick: Well, there’s a first time for everything.

Carmelo Anthony saying he wants New York Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson to hold him accountable is interesting because nobody has ever done, or even tried, such a thing.

Think about it: Anthony has received the VIP, red carpet treatment since arriving in the NBA in 2003. And this has resulted in more ‘get out of jail free cards’ than one can count.

After all, Kiki Vandeweghe, Jeff Bzdelik, and Nuggets ownership swept his early indiscretions under the rug, while respected Coach George Karl was undercut when trying to discipline Anthony.

Then there was Mike D’Antoni, a one-time coach of the year and assistant with USA Basketball. The former New York sideline boss only asked Anthony to be ready to play, to share the ball, and to have fun.

When Anthony balked at such lofty expectations, D’Antoni went to his boss, owner James Dolan, to pursue a trade. Dolan refused, encouraged D’Antoni to resign, and empowered Anthony.

Bottom line: nobody has ever held Anthony accountable. Not once.

It doesn’t matter that he hasn’t won anything. And it doesn’t matter that his only playoff success in Denver came because teammate Chauncey Billups was an MVP candidate.

Anthony demands, and gets, superstar treatment.

So it’s hard to see Woodson, an interim coach, truly holding Anthony, a star with the backing of ownership, accountable.

Got thoughts? Well, get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below.

Most Underrated 1980s NBA Player. Vol.2 Duran Duran
Saturday , Aug , 06 , 2011 J.N.

Most Underrated 1980s NBA Player. Vol.2 Duran Duran

For people who didn’t experience the 1980s - Madonna, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Janet Jackson, U2, Duran Duran, George Michael/Wham, and Metallica ruled the 1980s. It was not until very late in to the decade that we heard about NWA, De La Soul, and LL Cool J. The original Street Fighter videogame was awful, but Nintendo and Super Mario ran the scene. Miami Vice was cool. Indiana Jones, Big, Back to the Future, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and E.T. blew everyone’s minds. Also, director/writer John Hughes was underrated during that era. The fashion was awful with big hair and straight men wearing makeup although the power of the mullet is forever.

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Thursday , May , 20 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Nets fire Vandeweghe, Thorn stays as president

New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said Wednesday he will retain team president Rod Thorn, but will not ask general manager Kiki Vandeweghe to return when his contract expires this summer.

"His agreement expires this summer and I wish him well," Prokhorov told reporters.

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HoopsVibe's Call: No surprise here.

Mikhail Prokhorov, who bears an uncanny resemblance to both Frankenstein and Drago from Rocky 4, feels Rod Thorn and celebrity owner Jay-Z provide the best opportunity to lure a top free agent this summer.

However, Vandeweghe, who gallantly saved sideline boss Lawrence Frank by firing him before he set the record for consecutive losses to start a season, deserves better for jumping on the sword and coaching this injured, inexperienced Net team.

Expect Vandeweghe, who has friends and contacts throughout the league, to land on his feet with a job shortly.

Should the Nets have fired Vandeweghe? Does Prokhorov look like Drago? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.