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Thursday , Jun , 23 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Stan Van Gundy to LeBron: Stop Crying About Media

‘No I can’t say that. Look I’m not the most empathetic person in the world anyway, but look first of all it’s sports. The thing that would make me feel bad for somebody was some personal issue. I’m not going to feel bad that you are struggling on a basketball court because you only get to within two wins of a championship. Come on there was nothing to feel sorry for. I got a little tired I’ll admit of the whole everybody hates us routine. I thought first of all it’s not true. Okay it’s the same as the Yankees type of thing. There’s just a lot of people interested, so there may be more people who dislike you. There are also more people that like you. There’s a great deal of interest. Second of all they brought it on…LeBron more than anybody. They brought all that scrutiny and attention on yourself. You went out seeking it then don’t cry in the face of it. That to me got to be a very tiresome story line.’”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Part of this is about LeBron James. Most of this is about Pat Riley.

Remember, Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy was once gainfully employed as head coach of the Miami Heat. Riley was his boss, mentor, and friend.

Riley then fired Stan Van Gundy, so he could take over behind the bench. The Heat won the 2006 championship. Stan and brother Jeff Van Gundy, a former head coach turned broadcaster, have been warring with Riley ever since.

In fact, the Van Gundys never pass on a chance to slam the Hall of Fame sideline boss.

Stan Van Gundy is right: the Heat, especially James, brought this on themselves. They hosted a celebration after signing the Three Kings. And James boldly predicted that the Heat would win multiple championships.

So James and the Heatles can’t complain. They set the bar exceptionally high. They failed to reach those expectations. Now fans, as Stan Van Gundy mentioned, are holding them accountable.

--Oly Sandor.


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Things that are annoying
Thursday , Jun , 23 , 2011 J.N.

Things that are annoying

The NBA season has been a long ride. This was one of the most anticipated seasons I can remember because of the Heatles and Kobe Bryant’s potential three-peat as the Lakers’ alpha dog. I know we’re not going to agree with many stuff because this all opinion much like how many NBA writers are migrating over to write opinionated pieces more than ever. I am shocked that not many people point out the junk that makes it on television. Some of it doesn’t even make sense. 

 
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Sunday , Jun , 19 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Pat Riley: Heat want to keep LeBron, Wade, and Bosh

Not long after LeBron James' Finals flameout, Miami president Pat Riley has sent word to other league execs: He's not breaking up his Big Three. That's too bad - for the rest of the NBA.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Miami Heat, according to Executive Pat Riley, do not want to break up 'The Three Kings'.

Translation: the Heat do not want to trade Chris Bosh. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were never going anywhere.

'Oli Slick' Riley knows he can’t get equal value in a trade for James or Wade. Such a thing is impossible. So such a trade isn't happening.

Love them or hate them, 'The King' and 'D-Wade' are firmly entrenched as the faces of South Beach. Basketball’s greatest villains are returning.

Bosh’s status wasn’t so certain. He struggled to find his place amongst his superstar teammates. And his more introverted, bookish personality seemed at odds with the glitz-and-glamour of James and Wade.

There were suggestions the Heat would shop Bosh in hopes of upgrading their supporting cast.

Not anymore, though. Riley saw Bosh’s true value in the playoffs. And he wants to keep his left-handed four-man.

Wanting and doing are different. Riley may have to trade Bosh because of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The CBA may include a hard cap and/or salary rollback, which would force changes. Bosh, and his max contract, would likely be sacrificied, so the Heat can comply with the new cap.

Bottom line: the Heat want Bosh. But they might not be able to keep him.

--Oly Sandor.

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There is no best player in the NBA today
Saturday , Jun , 18 , 2011 J.N.

There is no best player in the NBA today

We are back to what the NBA was when Michael Jordan retired for the first time in 1993. There is no true ultimate dominator in this league who is head and shoulders above everyone. Remember that time? Malone, Stockton, Olajuwon, Shaq, Kidd, Miller, Barkley, Richmond, Pippen, Payton, and more became prominent when Jordan left. As of 2011, there is no one head and shoulders above anyone. We can make arguments for a few select, but they each have flaws whether it’s getting old, shrinking up, or whatever. 

 
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Friday , Jun , 17 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

DeShawn Stevenson to LeBron: ‘We got the ring baby’

The Mavericks celebrated their NBA Championship today with a parade through the streets of Dallas and a rally at the American Airlines Center.  And despite being arrested two days ago for public intoxication, Mavs guard DeShawn Stevenson was able to make his $475 bail yesterday just in time for the party.  During the celebration, a Mavs announcer asked Stevenson if he had any final words for the Miami Heat and in particular, LeBron James: “You saw what my shirt said.  We got the ring baby!”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Restraint isn’t part of DeShawn Stevenson’s vocabulary.

Despite getting arrested for public intoxication on Tuesday, despite posting $475 bail so he could be at the Dallas Mavericks’ championship parade, the controversial swing still went after rival LeBron James.

When asked if he had any final words for the Miami Heat and James, Stevenson told Mavs’ fans: “you saw my shirt. We got the ring, baby.”

Okay, this was funny. Not so much now.

After all, Stevenson called out James and the Heat for showing a lack of class. Yet, here he is rubbing in the victory days after getting arrested.

Not exactly a shining example of sportsmanship.

To be fair, Stevenson and James have a personal and professional rivalry dating back to their time with the Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Still, there’s a time, there’s a place. And today’s championship parade wasn't the time and place for Stevenson.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jun , 15 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

LeBron James: I’m not ‘better than anyone’

Tuesday, James backed down from those statements and said they were misinterpreted. "Basically I was saying at the end of the day this season is over and -- with all hatred -- everyone else has to move on with their lives, good or bad. I do too," James said.

"It wasn't saying I'm superior or better than anyone else, any man or woman on this planet, I'm not. I would never ever look at myself bigger than anyone who watched our game. It may have come off wrong but that wasn't my intent."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Fair enough.

He was tired. He was upset. He was under pressure/duress. He had a hell of a year. And his Miami Heat just lost the NBA Finals.

So LeBron James said the wrong thing on Sunday night. In fact, he said the worst thing possible, challenging the haters, critics, and general public after losing the championship to the Dallas Mavericks.

Not surprisingly, there was a backlash. And James became the anti-Christ. Again.

Yesterday, was progress. James did a good job clarifying his comments about being superior. He expressed regret. He seemed sincere. He deserves credit.

Now for the bigger issue. Since ‘The Decision’ last July, James has become public enemy number one. He needs better people around him, specifically a communications or PR guy.

Other than developing a low post game, this should be James’ top priority for the summer.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jun , 15 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

DeShawn Stevenson: ‘Hey LeBron! How’s my Dirk taste?’

The Mavericks closed out the series on Sunday night with a 105-95 win in Game 6 before taking to South Beach club LIV to celebrate with the Larry O'Brien trophy.  On Monday, the Mavericks flew home to Dallas, where Stevenson was spotted wearing a Mavericks blue and white t-shirt with lettering that read: "Hey LeBron! How's my Dirk taste?"

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: To the victors go the spoils. It also means they get the last laugh.

Take DeShawn Stevenson, the controversial and outspoken guard for the world champion Dallas Mavericks. Stevenson, whose beef with LeBron James goes back to their days with the Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers, was unusually quiet during the NBA Finals.

Perhaps he didn’t want to make James mad. Perhaps he didn’t want to create a distraction. Perhaps he wanted to focus on winning.

Well, the Finals is over. The Mavericks won. And Stevenson is making up for lost time.

First, he called the Heat ‘classless’. Then he sported a t-shirt saying ‘Hey LeBron! How's my Dirk taste?’. The best part of his ‘t-shirt’: it had an HDTV logo on it, the company Mavericks owner Mark Cuban founded.

For now, Stevenson has bragging rights. And he's enjoying it.

--Oly Sandor.

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Break up the Dwyane Wade/LeBron James duo.
Wednesday , Jun , 15 , 2011 J.N.

Break up the Dwyane Wade/LeBron James duo.

Do not blow up the Miami Heat. I repeat – do not blow the team up. That’s a stupid idea because they just made the NBA Finals. Yes, they actually reached the NBA Finals. It’s tough just to get there. I do not comprehend a complete blow up of the team by any stretch of the imagination. Pat Riley is not going to do that. It’s just dumb. However, they should break up the tandem of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. I am serious and will explain why. 

 

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Tuesday , Jun , 14 , 2011 Diego Garcia

Mo Williams: ‘Dallas just healed my heart’

Mo Williams: 'Dallas just healed my HEART........' Link HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Friend turned foe piles on. In Cleveland, LeBron James and Mo Williams were tight. They formed a terrific starting backcourt, and had swagger and confidence to spare. Until The Decision went down last July. Everything changed when James hired Jim Gray, went on ESPN, and announced he was ‘taking his talent’ to South Beach. The world started to hate -including Williams. Should Williams hate? Sure, the new table-setter for the Los Angeles Clippers has a right to feel frustrated with how James left. Perhaps he and Cav-nation deserved better than being dumped on national television like a second-rate reality show. Williams can’t criticize James for what he did. Leaving was his right as an unrestricted free agent. No co-star was coming to Cleveland, no matter what owner Dan Gilbert claims. For James it was simple: continue playing with the likes of Candace Parker’s brother in Ohio or head south, partner with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, and challenge every year for a championship. Of course, something else may have happened behind the scenes. Something we don’t know about. Bottom line: Williams should keep quiet. Kicking a former teammate, even one as cocky and arrogant as James, when he’s down isn’t a good look. --Oly Sandor. Agree or disagree? Well, get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below. 
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Tuesday , Jun , 14 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

LeBron James: my haters must get back to the real world

Q. Does it bother you that so many people are happy to see you fail? LeBRON JAMES: Absolutely not. Because at the end of the day, all the people that was rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They have the same personal problems they had today. I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do with me and my family and be happy with that. They can get a few days or a few months or whatever the case may be on being happy about not only myself, but the Miami Heat not accomplishing their goal, but they have to get back to the real world at some point.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Where are his people?

Right now, somebody, anybody needs to gag LeBron James. The pressure is too intense. The spotlight is too hot. And the world is waiting for him to put his foot in his mouth -again.

Right or wrong, this has gotten out of control. And James is in full Charlie Sheen mode -only there aren’t any drugs, alcohol, or goddesses. And neither is ’winning’.

Perhaps Dru Joyce, his old high school coach, calls and tells him to disappear. Perhaps Maverick Carter hires an actual communications expert instead of employing one of their boys from Akron, Ohio.

Or, perhaps Commissioner Stern gets in contact and gives his league’s greatest asset some free advice: simmer down. After all, James’ image has been in a free-fall since ‘The Decision’.

Only a championship will stop the chatter, criticism, and hate. At a minimum, this is a year away. But James can weather the media storm by publicly humbling himself and saying the right things.

The real question is if James is capable of doing this? And can anyone reach him before his image completely self-destructs?

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Jun , 13 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Mavericks take game six, win NBA Title

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: It's official. The Dallas Mavericks are NBA champions.

The Mavs' won game six of the NBA Finals and, as a result, the Larry O'Brien trophy with balanced play, masterful three-point shooting, and offensive rebounding in the fourth quarter.

The storylines are endless: Future Hall of Famers Jason Kidd and Dirk Nowitzki get their rings; owner Mark Cuban really has a reason to smirk; Jason Terry's offensive explosion was reminiscent of Vinnie Johnson.

Plain and simple, the Mavericks were the better team.

The questions will continue for the Miami Heat. For instance, who will Executive Pat Riley sign to support the 'Three Kings'? And can the Heat afford the 'Three Kings' if the new Collective Bargaining Agreement changes the NBA's financial landscape? 

Is Erik Spoelstra the coach to lead LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to a championship? If not, will 'Oil Slick' Riley stab Spoelstra in the back like Stan Van Gundy and return to the sideline?

These questions will be answered in the future. In the meantime, click the link for video highlights of game six, and get at us with thoughts on the Mavericks winning the championship. 

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Jun , 13 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Dirk Nowitzki sheds ‘SOFT’ label with championship and Finals MVP

Jeff Van Gundy: 'Can Dirk Nowitzki finally shed the soft label? When has Nowitzki ever been soft'?7

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call:  From unknown ‘Euro’ to world champion and Finals MVP.

Leading his Dallas Mavericks to an NBA championship validates Dirk Nowitzki as one of the NBA’s greatest players of all time.

His numbers were always superb. Yet Nowitzki never received the respect he deserved from his fellow superstars. It was subtle, but there.

There were Euro jokes. There was little respect from Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade in the 2006 NBA Finals. And Wade snubbed him months later at the 2007 All-Star game.

Then there was the jokes after his Mavericks self-destructed against the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the 2007 playoffs. The Mavericks were the first seed. The Warriors were the eighth seed.

Just a few days ago, Wade and LeBron James took a run at Nowitzki, coughing and joking into the camera before a shoot-around.

Clearly, the Heat’s two superstar didn’t believe Nowitzki had the flu in game five, or the German was playing up his fever to gain sympathy.

Bottom line: none of that matters anymore. Not one bit. Nowitzki now has a championship. Nobody can ever take that from him.

Revenge is indeed sweet.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Jun , 11 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

‘Cough-Gate’ makes Finals Personal for LeBron, D-Wade, and Dirk

"I just thought it was a little childish, a little ignorant," Nowitzki said before Saturday's practice at AmericanAirlines Arena. "I've been in this league for 13 years. I've never faked an injury or illness." Wade, who referred to Nowitzki's sinus infection Thursday as "the fun-loving story of him being sick," claimed Saturday that he didn't pretend to cough.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The NBA Finals just got personal. At least, for the series’ three greatest superstars.

Yesterday, reports indicated that LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were mocking Dirk Nowitzki’s cough, implying that the Dallas Mavericks’ forward was pretending to be sick in game five to appear heroic.

These reports stem from a video of James and Wade walking down a hallway with security. Of course, Nowitzki fired backed, calling James and Wade ‘childish’ and ‘immature’.

James and Wade then blamed the media, suggesting the press was again vilifying The Three Kings and Miami Heat. Apparently, there was no intended slight at Nowitzki.

Let’s be straight: the Heat have to be feeling the pressure. They were picked to walk through the regular season and waltz to the championship.

It was supposedly a foregone conclusion that South Beach would be hosting a victory parade in late June. It hasn’t worked that way.

The regular season was full of ups and downs. Now they’re a game away from being eliminated by the less talented and less heralded Mavericks.

The pressure is on. And things will get awfully personal for the Heat’s two biggest stars if they don’t win game six and seven.

--Oly Sandor.


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LeBron James in 2011 NBA Finals. Too many excuses. Too much hate?
Saturday , Jun , 11 , 2011 J.N.

LeBron James in 2011 NBA Finals. Too many excuses. Too much hate?

Hey. Who is tired of this? People want us to feel sorry for a guy who is making $90+ million, Nike cash, and other endorsement money? Say what? Why do they have to resort writing pieces basically implying “Hey he is not that bad.” Wow. Now people are defending him – the same people who were bashing him prior to the 2010-2011 season.  It’s too bad. So we’re just going to sweep the one hour Decision extravaganza complete with jersey photo shops under the rug?

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Wednesday , Jun , 08 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Dallas wins 86-83, evens NBA Finals 2-2

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: This is getting awfully interesting.

The Dallas Mavericks evened the NBA Finals 2-2 by beating the Miami Heat, and holding ‘South Beach’ superstar LeBron James to a career playoff low 8 points.

The series now returns to Miami for game five on Thursday. And the NBA Finals is now a best-of-three affair.

Anyway, click the link, watch the video highlights, and get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below with thoughts.

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Wednesday , Jun , 08 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

LeBron doesn’t care about Finals MVP

I’m here to win,” James said. “That’s all it’s about. Individual accolades take care of itself. “I’ve got two MVP trophies sitting in my house back in Ohio and I haven’t won anything. It doesn’t matter to me. It’s all about a team game and this is the ultimate team prize right here, just trying to win the NBA championship.

“So I don’t really care. I could trade in my last two MVP trophies to have a ring. I don’t care about individual accolades to solidify myself in the NBA or whatever they’re talking about. It’s ridiculous.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: On this, LeBron James gets the benefit of the doubt.

If it was about individual accolades, if it was about getting his, if it was about having the spotlight to himself, James would’ve never ‘taken his talent to South Beach’.
 
If LeBron was all about LeBron, he’d have stayed with the Cleveland Cavaliers and feasted on an all-you-can-eat-smorgasbord of ‘iso’ plays.
 
After all, the Miami Heat has a co-superstar in Dwyane Wade. There’s also a legit’ star in Chris Bosh. This means James must sacrifice points, minutes, and touches.
 
He takes turns dominating the ball. And he no longer spearheads a one-four spread for most the game. At times, he must share. At times, he must take a backseat. And for the NBA Finals, he has had to defer to Wade.
 
The payoff is obvious: teaming up with Bosh and Wade has given James him his best chance at a championship. And winning a championship would validate James' sacrifice.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Jun , 04 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Isiah Thomas: ‘Never say Never’ on returning to Knicks

Just hours after Donnie Walsh announced he was stepping down as Knicks' president, Isiah Thomas uttered the words that all Knicks fans fear: "Never say never about anything," Thomas said on ESPN's "SportsCenter" Friday night when asked what he would do if Knicks owner James Dolan were to call him about replacing Walsh. "All my doors are open."
 
 
HoopsVibe`s Very Quick Call: I`m not sure if Isiah Thomas is a Justin Bieber fan.

Thomas surely made the Madison Square Garden faithful shriek when declaring he`d 'Never Say Never' on returning to the New York Knicks.
 
These weren`t shrieks of joy from preteens. These were shrieks of horror from dedicated hoop fans.
 
Knick-nation knew Donnie Walsh, who the club cut ties with yesterday, wasn`t perfect. The veteran spent years clearing cap space to sign LeBron James, but ended up with Amar`e Stoudemire.
 
They respected Dolan for leading the team back to the playoffs. Most importantly, the organization was no longer a laughingstock.
 
There were no lawsuits; there were no curious interviews with the team`s star; there was no letting the coach twist in the wind for months; there were no disgraceful contracts; and the owner wasn`t allowed to wreck his toy.
 
The soap opera had ended. Sanity had returned. Or, so we thought.
 
Owner James Dolan didn`t like the power Walsh had. So he played hardball on an extension. He demanded that Walsh, going forward, would report to him.
 
Dolan knew Walsh would never accept this. And Dolan achieved what many believed was his true objective: he forced Walsh out.
 
This, of course, opens the door for Thomas to return. Officially. Here's the question: did he ever leave?
 
Some claim the Hall of Fame guard was always working to undermine Walsh, taking credit for signing Stoudemire and engineering the Carmelo Anthony trade.
 
Coaching at Florida International University is a sabbatical from his real gig as Dolan's buddy. Thomas reportedly worked out prospects for the Knicks and acted as a consultant, even if this was a violation of NCAA policy.
 
New York should prepare for Thomas' return. Their shrieks will be louder and more painful than preteens at a Bieber concert.

--Oly Sandor.
 
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The Miami Heat Big 3 = just big floppers?
Friday , Jun , 03 , 2011 J.N.

The Miami Heat Big 3 = just big floppers?

What is going on with the Miami Heat? I thought these guys were unstoppable. What the hell happened? That game 2 of the NBA Finals is what happened. Wow. What a choke job, man. Damn. LeBron and Wade all celebrating when they were up by 15 points. Someone should have told them that there was still a lot of time left to play; about 7 minutes right? That is a lifetime in the NBA. No matter how big the lead, it can evaporate quickly as proven in game 2. Wow.

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Friday , Jun , 03 , 2011 Andrew Flint

Daniel Gibson has beef with LeBron James … again

“After Miami defeated Chicago last week to advance to the NBA Finals, James talked about his decision to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. ‘I wanted to team up with some guys that would never die down in the moment,’ James said. ‘The opportunity presented itself with this great organization and we made it happen.’ Speaking on The Dugout Sports Show Podcast on Wednesday, Gibson said, ‘The way it’s said, you can’t help but take it personal. … I don’t think great players should feel the need to say this about a team or say that about a team. I think what it all boils down to if you’re great, you go play great, be great and everybody will realize you’re great. And you wouldn’t have to let it be known that everybody else was less great. Great players shouldn’t have to do that. So I feel like it’s kind of an admission. He might have needed some help. He might have needed to go somewhere and find someone who is a little greater so maybe he wouldn’t die down in those moments.’” Link HoopsVibe`s Very Quick Call: It`s cattier than a TMZ fallout between Hollywood socialites. And it's more dramatic than a Shakespeare play. Daniel Gibson has beef with LeBron James. Again. This isn't the first time Mr. Keyshia Cole has jousted with the world`s greatest basketball player. Remember, he took issue with his former friend and teammate following The Decision. Gibson fanned the fire by pronouncing himself the King of Cleveland, which led to a brief twitter war with James. Eventually, cooler heads prevailed. Here`s the question: Does James care? He`s currently the toast of the NBA. He`s playing for a championship. He made the right decision to take his talent to South Beach. Conversely, Gibson is a fringe player. He only makes headlines when feuding with James and because of his wife. Gibson isn't worth a response. Of course, this is the greatest slight of all. --Oly Sandor. Got thoughts? Well, get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below.
Is Kobe Bryant still a top 5 player today?
Friday , Jun , 03 , 2011 J.N.

Is Kobe Bryant still a top 5 player today?

It’s been a tough ride for Kobe Bryant and Laker Nation in 2011. They were dominated in the 2nd round of the playoffs against the Mavericks, Phil Jackson retired, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar disrespected, and Kobe looked old. Just going by numbers, the Black Mamba is not a top 5 fantasy player. Take notice that he is not being picked number one overall in many drafts. The trend picked up beginning in 2008 when Chris Paul and LeBron James started to take over.

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