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The Cleveland Cavaliers Will Win 50 Games This Year
Thursday , Oct , 31 , 2013 Paul Eide

The Cleveland Cavaliers Will Win 50 Games This Year

That statement is not as ridiculous as you may think.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: After having one or two players carry a squad that averaged a meager 21 wins over the last three years post-LeBron, they actually have a quality starting five with a bench that is at least three players deep. And, Mike Brown is back.

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The NBA’s Top 5 Young Teams On The Rise
Wednesday , Oct , 23 , 2013 Andrew Flint

The NBA’s Top 5 Young Teams On The Rise

I know that most NBA fans are interested in what's currently dominate in sports. It's a world revolving around instant gratification, and what have you done for my lately means a whole lot more than planning ahead and trying to envision what could be a in a few years.

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Fantasy Basketball: Breaking Down The Top 10
Wednesday , Oct , 16 , 2013 Andrew Flint

Fantasy Basketball: Breaking Down The Top 10

With the NBA season inching closer by the day, that means two things. Basketball is nearly back in action, and the time to start drafting your fantasy basketball team(s) is now. Preseason is buzzing and the regular season picks up on October 29th. That gives you approximately 12 days to get your fill of fantasy research before drafting your winning team(s).

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Kyrie Irving Puts On A Show
Sunday , Aug , 18 , 2013 HoopsVibe News

Kyrie Irving Puts On A Show

Sure it's only a Pro Am game, but Irving lights it up.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Looks like this youngsters looking to make the move to elite status. Watchout CP3.

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NBA Players Are Hurting Thanks To Injury Bug Epidemic
Wednesday , Nov , 21 , 2012 Paul Eide

NBA Players Are Hurting Thanks To Injury Bug Epidemic

If your favorite NBA team hasn't suffered a significant injury to one of its players recently, you have something to be "thankful" for.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: The injury bug is on the prowl, looking to strike an NBA player near you.

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NBA opening night preview and predictions
Tuesday , Oct , 30 , 2012 Matt Formica

NBA opening night preview and predictions

Three different games mark the beginning of the 2012-13 NBA regular season Tuesday night.
 
Hoopsvibe's quick call:  After an interesting offseason, let the games begin.

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Friday , Feb , 17 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: LeBron would return to Cleveland?

‘I think it would be great, it would be fun to play in front of these fans again,’ James said after the Heat’s practice Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena. ‘I had a lot of fun times here. You can’t predict the future. Hopefully you continue to stay healthy. I’m here as a Miami player and I’m happy where I am now but I don’t rule that out in any sense. If I decide to come back, hopefully the fans will accept me.’

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: LeBron James, let it die.

Eighteen months ago, James killed Cleveland and the Cavaliers by leaving as a free agent for the Miami Heat.

Worst of all, he announced his decision on national television, turning the process into a spectacle.

James was criticized all last year for this choice; his reputation has never recovered with fans, media, and even peers.

Sadly, the Cavaliers suffered through a brutal 2011, and had to watch James’ Heat advance to the NBA finals -only to lose to the Dallas Mavericks.

There is hope, though. The Cavaliers drafted star point guard Kyrie Irving first overall and power forward Tristan Thompson fourth overall.

Instead of recognizing his former team has moved on, instead of recognizing how wrong he was, James mentioned returning.

Yeah, sure. One day pigs will fly. One day hell will freeze over. And one day Commissioner Stern will apologize for how the NBA treated Seattle and Vancouver. 

This is about James’ ego. He wants to ride in on his white horse and save Cleveland. Of course, James’ comments are a distraction to the Heat, who are attempting to win a championship.

James should move on. Clearly, Cleveland has.

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Who Has Best Rookie Season- Rubio, Irving, Fredette, or Walker?
Thursday , Dec , 29 , 2011 Paul Eide

Who Has Best Rookie Season- Rubio, Irving, Fredette, or Walker?

 

One thing that I almost completely forgot about during the extended lockout were the rookies drafted in the 2011 NBA Draft. We heard about current players potentially going overseas and others staying put, but we heard next to nothing about the rookies.
 
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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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Why was Kyrie Irving number one again?
Saturday , Jun , 25 , 2011 J.N.

Why was Kyrie Irving number one again?

The 2011 NBA Draft is done. Did your team get what they wanted? This particular draft was all about needs. There were many international players from all over the place. A lot of teams did not get what they wanted according to their fan bases. Rumored trades, and other stuff we don’t know, did not go down because of the uncertainty around the new collective bargaining agreement. This is completely understandable unless you are David Kahn. He was free-wheeling all over the draft. Trade away your cow and tractor? He’ll do that, too. 

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Thursday , Jun , 23 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Breakdown of 2011 NBA Draft, Picks 1-10

Finally, the NBA Draft is here. The gossip, speculation, and home videos of mysterious Euro prospects is no more.

Below is how things officially unfolded in real time, with live analysis at the HoopsVibe News headquarters. So get at us with thoughts, ideas, and opinions in the comment box below.

1) Kyrie Irving to Cleveland Cavaliers.

Details: PG, 6-2, 181, Duke Blue Devils, Fr.

Pros: Irving is a good athlete, who uses his quickness and feel for the game to attack the basket. He’s smart, tough, and had little issue leading more experienced teammates during the NCAA tournament.

Cons:
While Irving is a good athlete, he isn’t explosive or big. And he missed much of his freshmen year with a toe injury. So the New Jersey native is a risk.

Fit: He'll be fine as long as he doesn't follow Baron Davis' training routine or try to replace that LeBron guy.

2) Derrick Williams to Minnesota Timberwolves.

Details: PF, 6-9, 248, Arizona Wildcats, So.

Pros:
He’s a pick-your-poison scorer. In his second season, Williams improved his ability to attack the basket, while also being able to knock down jump shots. This combination of skill and athleticism should make Williams a difficult match-up for opposing defenses.    

Cons:
Some feel Williams is a ‘tweener’, stuck between the 3 and 4 spots. And they’re unsure if his athleticism can compensate for his 6-9 height,   

Fit: Is there room for Kevin Love, Mike Beasley, and Williams in the frontcourt?

3) Enis Kanter to Utah Jazz.

Details: C, 6-10, 260, Turkey, 19 years of age.

Pros: Strong, skilled, and tough is how most describe Kanter. His polished game and physical tools should make a pretty good NBA player.

Cons: Kanter is undersized and not especially explosive for a five-man. And can his knee hold up to the grind of an NBA season?

Fit: His strong IQ and blue-collar approach makes him perfect for the Jazz.

4) Tristan Thompson to Cleveland Cavaliers.

Details: PF, 6-9, 225, University of Texas, Fr.

Pros: Thompson should have a nice NBA career because of his wingspan, improving body, and lefty skill-set. His energy and work on the glass is also a plus.

Cons: Despite shedding baby fat, Thompson is still a little undersized to handle NBA power forwards. 

Fit: The Canadian can play, but going fourth overall was a surprise. He'll need time to develop his offensive game for the Cavs.

5) Jonas Valanciunas to Toronto Raptors

Details: PF, 6-10, 230, Lithuania, 18 years old.

Pros: Valanciunas is an energetic player, who is active on the offensive glass and gets his share of put-back points. At 18, some believe he has the most upside of any player in the draft.

Cons: He’s extremely raw and could take several years before making an impact.

Fit: Of course, GM Bryan Colangelo had to take a Euro. But the young Lithuanian has a chance to be real good.

6) Jan Vesely to Washington Wizards.

Details: PF, 6-11, 240, Czech Republic, 21 years old.

Pros: He’s not your typical Euro. Long, athletic, and explosive, Vesely loves to get up the floor and throw down monster jams. His length and versatility makes him a force on both ends of the floor.

Cons: Vesely needs to extend his offensive range beyond put-backs and highlight reel jams.

Fit: Strap up Washington. This kid is a walking highlight reel.

7) Bismack Biyombo to Sacramento Kings (picking for Charlotte Bobcats).

Details: PF, 6-9, 243, Congo, 19 years old.

Pros: He’s an athlete. Biyombo has scouts drooling with his frame, wingspan, leaping ability, and quickness.

Cons: But he’s raw. Many of those same scouts are worried about his lack of skill and age.

Fit: Some say he couldn't score if locked in a gym by himself. He also needs to negotiate a buyout with his FIBA club. But he’s an incredible athlete.

8) Brandon Knight to Detroit Pistons.

Details: PG/SG, 6-3, 177, Kentucky University, So.

Pros: Knight was always a terrific scorer, but showed he could involve others towards the end of his season at Kentucky. His athleticism and outside range makes him a strong prospect. 

Cons: Some feel he’s more of a shooting guard than a natural point guard.

Fit: Hopefully, he survives a Piston team that was highly dysfunctional in 2011.

9) Kemba Walker to Charlotte Bobcats.

Details: PG, 6-1, 172, University of Connecticut, Jr.

Pros: Walker has the ‘quicks’ to get to the basket and can also punish sagging defenders with his much-improved jumper. This made him unstoppable during his terrific 2011 season at UCONN.  
 
Cons: Well, size. Walker plays like a shooting guard, but has the body of a point guard.

Fit: Walker will bring leadership and confidence to Michael Jordan's Bobcats.

10) Jimmer Fredette to Sacramento Kings.

Details: PG, 6-2, 190, Bringham Young Unviersity, Sr.

Pros: He's a magical shooter with a cult-like following at Bringham Young University. 

Cons: Can he defend NBA point guards? Is he a point guard? 

Fit: Fredette`s range will mesh nicely with Tyreke Evans and the offensive-minded Kings.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Jun , 21 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

How Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams are superior to John Wall

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: There is much the first overall pick in the 2011 draft can learn from John Wall, the first overall pick in the 2010 draft.

Rookies must become professionals; deal with pressure; handle outside distractions like friends, family, and hanger-ons.

However, Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams, two high profile prospects in Thursday's draft, won't be asking Wall for advice on one thing: his pitching form.

Click the video, watch Wall's comical first pitch at a minor league baseball game, and get at us with thoughts in the comment box.


--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , May , 29 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Cavaliers trying to land Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams?

According to the report, the Cavs would send their $14.5 million trade exception to the Pistons for the eighth pick and veteran shooting guard Richard Hamilton. They then would trade the fourth and eighth picks to Minnesota for the second pick. If the reported trade is executed, the Cavs would possess the top two picks -- and use them to take Duke point guard Kyrie Irving and Arizona forward Derrick Williams. The report also said the Cavs would buy out the remainder of Hamilton's $25 million contract.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Give the Cleveland Cavaliers credit.

Clearly, Dan Gilbert has instructed his front office to be active –despite the unknown status of the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement and financial environment.

Landing Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams would effectively turn the page on The Decision and the tenure of LeBron James. Two blue-chip pieces would give the Cavs hope.

Such a move would be complicated, though. As the news article states, the Detroit Pistons are changing owners, so trades are difficult.

Also, teams know the Cavs’ must use their $14.5 million trade exception before the old CBA expires on July 1st. Under the new CBA, trade exceptions may no longer be valid.

So potential trading partners will surely play hardball with the Cavs’. They have leverage and will hold out for more compensation because Gilbert’s staff are on a deadline to use the trade exception.

At least, the Cavs’ are active. Eventually, they’ll swing a deal. Then they can truly move forward.

--Oly Sandor.

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NBA Combine Concludes in Chicago
Sunday , May , 22 , 2011 Paul Eide

NBA Combine Concludes in Chicago

 

On Thursday of last week, the NBA’s version of the Combine begin. A three day event, similar to players participating in the NFL Combine, the biggest name player chose to sit out the event rather than risk his stock falling.