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Top 5 NBA Grudge Matches of 2014
Monday , Sep , 30 , 2013 Elijah Abramson

Top 5 NBA Grudge Matches of 2014

The NBA is full of grudge matches and 2014 will be no different.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: These are the games in the 2013-14 NBA season that you absolutely have to tune it to.

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Knicks betta with Metta?
Thursday , Aug , 01 , 2013 Matt Formica

Knicks betta with Metta?

Daniel Artest, Metta World Peace's brother, said if the Knicks had MWP last year, their playoff run would have gone a different route.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  I'd want World Peace on my team.

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Lebron and Carmelo to the Lakers?
Thursday , Jul , 18 , 2013 Matt Formica

Lebron and Carmelo to the Lakers?

New reports are saying that the Lakers front office has told ESPN that they are looking to bring either Carmelo Anthony or Lebron James to Hollywood in 2014.

Hoopsvibe's quick call: The Lakers have a lot of rebuilding to do, and will need to make a big move in 2014.

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Trade rumor: Dwight Howard to the Rockets
Saturday , Jun , 01 , 2013 Matt Formica

Trade rumor: Dwight Howard to the Rockets

Even though the Lakers ended up making the playoffs (they secured the final 8th seed in the West only to get swept by San Antonio) they were pretty much a mess all season.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  The Houston Rockets seem to think Dwight Howard is going to leave LA and head to Texas.

 

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Kobe tweets photo of Achilles surgery (WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGE)
Saturday , May , 18 , 2013 Matt Formica

Kobe tweets photo of Achilles surgery (WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGE)

Kobe Bryant has been all over Twitter since he joined a few months back, and on Tuesday, decided to tweet a pretty graphic image of his achilles surgery from a month ago.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  If you get a little queesy, you might not want to look at this picture.  We warned you.

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Phil Jackson talks Lakers, Dwight Howard and Homeland
Thursday , Feb , 21 , 2013 Matt Formica

Phil Jackson talks Lakers, Dwight Howard and Homeland

In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Phil Jackson opened up about everything from the game of basketball, his favorite tv shows, his future, and the current state of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  When the Zenmaster speaks, people listen.

Jackson has been relatively quiet with the media since Jim Buss and the organization made the decision to pass on him and hire Mike D'Antoni as their new head coach.  But he had a lot to say to SI's Jack McCallum earlier this week, including; addressing what the Lakers have been doing wrong with superstar big man Dwight Howard.

"They don't put the ball in the post," Jackson said.  "They'll use a screen-roll to get the guy in the post.  But there's no consistent plan to do it.  Yes, Kobe will go in there.  But Dwight just doesn't get any touches.  They've basically eliminated his assets."

But as much as Jackson admitted that the Lakers have been under-utilizing Howard, he also mentioned that Dwight hasn't fully recovered from his back injury and needs to improve in certain areas on his own.

"He is not where he needs to be physically because of the back surgery," the Zenmaster said of Howard.  "He needs a year to recover from something like that ... He's a terrific athlete ... but his problem right now is turnovers.  He's got to have a little better recognition, and that will help him gain the confidence of his teammates and coach, which he does not have now."

I'm sure Mike D'Antoni shook his head a little bit reading those words.

Jackson, who has 11 championship rings as a coach and two as a player, wasn't just critical of the purple and gold in the interview.  When asked whether the Lakers have been improving, Jackson sounded hopeful saying, "Yes, I think they are finding a way to play.  And that's nice to see."

McCallum's interview with Jackson was very well done as he asked the Hall of Famer a lot of things many of us have been waiting to hear.  Jackson told SI that he enjoys watching sports on TV, even rugby (which he watched last weekend), and that Homeland is something he watches with fiance Jeannie Buss, daughter of the late Lakers owner Jim Buss, who passed away on Monday.  (Due to the fact that the interview was conducted before Buss' death, McCallum and Jackson didn't speak about the legendary owner.)

As far as returning to the game of basketball, which is a question on many of our minds, Jackson said "I'm not coaching" but did say that he was open to a different role, such as Vice President of basketball operations. 

When McCallum commented that Vice President "doesn't sound like a boss" Phil replied, ... "No, that guy would be the boss."

But what did Jackson say he misses the most about coaching?  It's what he calls, in true Zenmaster form, the "spiritual quest."

"Forming a brotherhood and trying to move it forward.  That's the part I miss."

 

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10 interesting facts about Jerry Buss
Tuesday , Feb , 19 , 2013 Matt Formica

10 interesting facts about Jerry Buss

The basketball community changed forever Monday with the passing of Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  Perhaps the greatest NBA owner in history left a lasting legacy behind.

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Suns dish Lakers their 8th straight road loss
Thursday , Jan , 31 , 2013 Matt Formica

Suns dish Lakers their 8th straight road loss

The Los Angeles Lakers blew a 13-point fourth quarter lead Wednesday night and lost to the Phoenix Suns 92-86.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  It's hard to be a believer in this Lakers team.

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Lebron James takes shot at NBA owners on Twitter
Tuesday , Jan , 22 , 2013 Matt Formica

Lebron James takes shot at NBA owners on Twitter

Lebron James shared a few thoughts about NBA team owners via Twitter earlier today in light of hearing the news regarding the sale of the Sacramento Kings.
 
Hoopsvibe's quick call:  Players like Lebron are going to speak their mind from time to time.

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Magic Johnson thinks the Lakers should trade Dwight Howard
Thursday , Jan , 17 , 2013 Matt Formica

Magic Johnson thinks the Lakers should trade Dwight Howard

Magic Johnson just made it clear (on National TV) that if he was Lakers CEO Jim Buss, he would trade Dwight Howard.
 
Hoopsvibe's quick call:  It's very obvious that Magic isn't the biggest fan of this Lakers team.  And rightfully so.

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Kobe feeling good about his game
Wednesday , Jan , 02 , 2013 Matt Formica

Kobe feeling good about his game

Despite a 15-15 record, Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant has good reason to be confident going into tonight's game against the 76ers.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  Even in his 17th season, Bryant hasn't lost a step.

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Kobe calls out Gasol and team: “I’ll kick everybody’s ass”
Tuesday , Dec , 04 , 2012 Matt Formica

Kobe calls out Gasol and team: “I’ll kick everybody’s ass”

The Lakers lost again last night, and their performance has been so sub-par lately that hearing them lose is no longer coming as a surprise.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  They are going to have to step up their game in a lot of areas if they want to be a competitive team in the Western Conference this season.

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