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Top 10 Dirtiest Players in NBA History
Wednesday , Jul , 31 , 2013 Hoopsvibe

Top 10 Dirtiest Players in NBA History

These 10 guys don't just play rough. They play dirty. 

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: These are the guys known for cheap shots, elbows to the face, and intentionally tripping you when no one's looking.

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Saturday , Mar , 19 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Mike D’Antoni to Knick fans: ‘Take Some Prozac’

You know, take some Prozac or something. Hang in there. We're hanging in there." ... He acknowledged "some deficiencies, some holes," particularly on defense -- a weakness that has been demonstrably worse since the trade. "The biggest thing is not to panic," D'Antoni said, adding, "We're not as good as we will be."

 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: To be fair, Mike D’Antoni has a sense of humor. And he was probably joking when commenting on New York Knick fans.

Here’s the problem: the Knicks have been bad for a long, long time.

Before this season, the Madison Square Garden faithful put up with several years of cutting salary, so the team could become a force in The Great Free Agent Chase of 2010.

Before that, there was Isiah Thomas’ Reign of Terror. Thomas destroyed the Knicks both on and off the court, turning this classic franchise into a league laughingstock.

So 2011 is the first time the Knicks have been relevant in a decade. For instance, today I went food shopping and looked at February’s Slam with Amar’e Stoudemire on the cover.

I was shocked to discover no Knick had graced Slam’s cover since Latrell Sprewell arrived in New York in 1999. That’s a long time.

Knick fans have been put up with a lot. They have every right to be nervous and patient. And D’Antoni has to accept this.

--Oly Sandor.


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Wednesday , Jan , 19 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Is Chris Bosh pulling a Latrell Sprewell?

The Heat's schedule is easing at a good time for recovery, which Chris Bosh could now use after colliding with Bulls forward Omer Asik. Asik took out Bosh's legs while diving for a loose ball. Bosh then questioned Asik's tactic after the game, saying the play could have caused serious harm. "That is how guys get hurt," Bosh said. "That is how serious injuries happen ... You've got to watch people's legs. I know guys want to hustle and everything but we all want to play and provide for our families and have a job." While expressing anger in Asik's hustle play, Bosh realized things could have been worse. He called the injury "mild" and considered himself fortunate.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Years ago, I interviewed Chris Bosh for a magazine article. During our half hour chat, he struck me as thoughtful, considerate, and intelligent.

Of course, I’m a reporter, so it could have been a show. But Bosh, who was finishing his second season in the NBA at the time, seemed intelligent enough to know not to say things like ‘feed our families’.

Nothing frustrates the public like an athlete complaining about his livelihood, especially when that athlete has pulled in a lucrative rookie contract, earned several years wages from a max contract before opting-out, and is guaranteed to make $100 million over the next six years.

Just ask Latrell Sprewell, who refused a three-year, $21 million extension from the Minnesota Timberwolves because he also couldn’t ‘feed his family’.

I understand the NBA is a business. I also understand a player’s frustration with a fellow player’s overzealous tactics. However, Bosh must be smarter than this. He has to appear more in touch with the people who pay his salary –the fans.

After all, a lockout is coming. And players, like Bosh, have to realize these kinds of comments will compromise their support with fans.

--Oly Sandor.

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