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If MJ Is The Greatest, Who Is 2nd Best All Time?
Saturday , Aug , 25 , 2012 Paul Eide

If MJ Is The Greatest, Who Is 2nd Best All Time?

Now that LeBron has actually won an NBA title (combined with his freak athletic ability and loaded Heat squad) will he someday be regarded as the best NBA player EVER?

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: James is closer to MJ's level than the haters want to admit.

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John Salley Implies LeBron Is Better Than MJ
Friday , Aug , 17 , 2012 Paul Eide

John Salley Implies LeBron Is Better Than MJ

Former Pistons "Bad Boy" and sworn Michael Jordan hater John Salley claimed this week Jordan wasn't even one of the top five players he ever played against and that LeBron was better.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: All these recent anti-Jordan comments by NBA personalities really speaks to the phenomenal year of basketball LeBron just completed.

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Ring Girl and Video Vixen Claudia Lopez Sits Down With HoopsVibe
Wednesday , Aug , 15 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Ring Girl and Video Vixen Claudia Lopez Sits Down With HoopsVibe

Ring Girl and Video Vixen Claudia Lopez Sits Down With HoopsVibe to discuss Kobe and more.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: This girl's a die hard Kobe fan. Vanessa better watch out.

She knows her way around a boxing and MMA ring and she's a huge Laker's fan. Sounds like Claudia Lopez has just what it takes to sit down and talk shop with HoopsVibe. Don't let her looks fool you. This girls got one thing on her mind, championships.

HV: Are you a big basketball fan?

Claudia: I love me some Lakers! LA Lakers fan.


HV: Who's your favorite player?

Claudia: Kobe!

HV: Since you're a model men must hit on you all the time. How do you like a man to approach you? 

Claudia: I honestly see all men as supporters so I give everyone the chance to conversate. The best way to approach me will be with a civilized conversation rather than flodding me with compliments. 

HV: What's your favorite part of your body and why?

Claudia: I love my body as it is. I think all girls should love their bodies as well. My favorite part would be my face and legs.

HV:  What would shock people to know about you they haven't already read?

Claudia: I love onions!

HV: If you could change one thing on your body what would it be.

Claudia: I am honestly confortable with my body the way it is, but if I can magically chance something, it would be my bottoms. I wouldn't mind having a bigger booty.

HV: Are you single? Trust me our readers will want to know lol.

Claudia: Yes, I am single.

HV: How would you describe yourself as a lover? Are you shy or do you like to take charge?

Claudia: I take charge. I'd rather express myself than be shy. I like to speak my mind and allow my parter to know how I feel and what I think rather than keeping quiet. I think that in a relationship it's really important to have strong communication skills and express each other. Shyness won't really work. But who know, It's just an opinion 

HV: If you could date one celebrity who would it be and why?

Claudia: Wentworth Miller, Michael Ealy, Josh Duhamel. They are simply amazing! I love them all. If I had one of them I'd live happy.

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Photo Credit: Allen Wayne

 

Forget “Dream Team”- Is 2012 US Squad Better Than Version II or Even III?
Thursday , Aug , 02 , 2012 Paul Eide

Forget “Dream Team”- Is 2012 US Squad Better Than Version II or Even III?

Thanks to comments by Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, we've heard a lot of comparisions between the 2012 USA Olympic basketball team and the 1992 "Dream Team" that featured 11 hall of fame players. But how does the 2012 version stack up against versions II and III? 

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: The two following incarnations of the "Dream Team" were also stacked, but everyone seems to forget about them.

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Michelle Obama Plays Dirty Politics To Guarantee Olympic Team Votes Obama
Monday , Jul , 30 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

Michelle Obama Plays Dirty Politics To Guarantee Olympic Team Votes Obama

Michelle Obama plays dirty politics to make sure the U.S. Olympic team votes Obama

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Can we get in line too? We love hugs.

After the U.S. Basketball team defeated France 98-71, the team lined up for hugs in front of Michelle Obama. We don't know if there are any republicans in the bunch, but this group of ballers looked very excited to get a big old hug from the first lady. If they weren't voting Obama before the hug, they definitely are now.

President and first lady Obama are known to be huge basketball fans, so it came as no surprise that Michelle wanted to catch the U.S. vs. France basketball game. What no one expected was the love she showed after the game. In all honesty, it looked like it all happened innocently enough with LeBron James coming over to Michelle to say thank you for watching the game. Michelle gave him a hug and before you could say "Mitt Romney got no jumper" the entire U.S. team was lined up for their own Michelle Obama hug. 

All the players were 100% composed and respectful of the first lady and some even seemed a bit overwhelmed. After the players got hugs, the coaches knew this was their best shot at a Obama hug too and jumped in line. With all the hugs doled out, the team went in the locker to analyze their destroying of the French team.

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Ice Cube Disses Andrew Bynum
Thursday , Jul , 26 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

Ice Cube Disses Andrew Bynum

Ice Cube comes out and publicly questions Andrew Bynum's will to win.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Preach Ice Preach. The truth just sounds good to hear.

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Jamison Signs With Lakers
Wednesday , Jul , 25 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

Jamison Signs With Lakers

Antawn Jamison signs with the Los Angeles Lakers.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Now this is a great building block.

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Kobe Fires Back In Dream Team Debate
Sunday , Jul , 22 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

Kobe Fires Back In Dream Team Debate

Kobe Bryant fires back in Dream Team debate.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Keep dreaming Kobe. Keep dreaming. You better just hope you win the gold.

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Kobe Talks About Retiring In 2 Years.
Monday , Jul , 16 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

Kobe Talks About Retiring In 2 Years.

Kobe Bryant talks about retiring in 2 years.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Kobe won't retire until he's forced out of the game. Anyone that thinks different is crazy.

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There’s Only One “Dream Team”, Sorry Kobe- Just Ask My Starting Lineup Figurines
Saturday , Jul , 14 , 2012 Paul Eide

There’s Only One “Dream Team”, Sorry Kobe- Just Ask My Starting Lineup Figurines

Can you believe it’s been 20 years since the original Dream Team dominated the 1992 Summer Olympics? It must've been that long if Kobe thinks this year's incarnation would have ANY SHOT against them.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: There will never be another Dream Team, in any sport.

Perhaps even more amazingly, can you believe that in all that time that I have maintained my collection of Starting Lineup Dream Team figurines in its original box, unopened and untouched by human hands? On a trip to a local Target with my step mother, I conned her into buying it for me; $100 when you're twelve feels like $1,000,000. It was the kind of gift you could only secure via guilt. It was the sort of reverse psychology that women have been employing on me ever since.
 
I remember one time in 8th grade during my 13th birthday party it was discovered by a party goer named Eric Hoffman who spent at least two hours prying me to open it. It was the ultimate peer pressure situation, but I held firm. It turns out I should’ve probably opened it because since then it’s appreciated roughly $20 in nearly 20 years. But every time I see it, I remember how special that team was, even though Clyde Drexler and Christian Laettner, as late additions, were not included in the set.
 
Did you know that Laettner was actually selected over Shaquille O’Neal for the final spot? We all saw what Charles Barkley did to that Angolan; imagine what Shaq could’ve done. The Dream Team beat their opponents in the Olympics that year by an average score of 44 points a game and looked so cool doing it.
 
The closest margin of victory was a 32 point win over Croatia which included NBA players Toni Kukoc, Dino Radja, Drazen Petrovic, Stojko Vrankovic and Zan Tabak. Croatia won the Silver Medal and led by all that talent, ushered in a new era for the NBA where overseas players began to be viewed as valuable as their American counterparts. Today you can look at almost every NBA roster and find a player from another country, but in 1992 it was extremely rare.
 
Michael Jordan was the only player to start all eight games which really speaks to how great he was. Even surrounded by all those Alpha Males, there was no question who the top dog was. Jordan took 30 more shots than anyone else, but Barkley was the leading scorer putting up 18 ppg. Just in case anyone forgot, check out this roster; it would be akin to playing a game against the Hall of Fame as 11 of the players (minus Laettner) are actually in the Hall of Fame:
 
Michael Jordan- 14.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.8 apg
David Robinson- 9.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.9 apg
Patrick Ewing- 9.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg. 0.4 apg
Larry Bird- 8.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.8 apg
Scottie Pippen- 9.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 5.9 apg
Clyde Drexler- 10.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.6 apg
Karl Malone- 13.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.1 apg
John Stockton- 2.8 ppg, 0.3 rpg, 2.0 apg
Chris Mullin- 12.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 3.6 apg
Charles Barkley- 18 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.4 apg
Magic Johnson- 8.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 5.5 apg
Christian Laettner- 4.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.4 apg
 
 
Since the original Dream Team won Gold, the rest of the world gradually caught up and no other US Olympic team was even close to being as dominant. In what can only be described as an affront to the supreme quality of the original (and only, in my mind) Dream Team is that each of the next two USA Olympic teams were also referred as the “Dream Team” though really, who are they fooling? A team with Steve Smith on it should never be referred to as a “Dream Team”. A more suitable moniker would be “Team of Guys Who Are Above Average NBA Players”.
 
The Dream Team wasn't just the greatest team ever assembled for the way it dominated on the court, but it actually furthered the development of the sport for the entire world.
 
Sorry, Kobe.