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Tuesday , Aug , 10 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Obama’s hoops for troops, featuring LeBron, D-Wade, and Magic

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Being the President of the United States has perks.  Sure, there's a floundering economy, two wars, and an oil spill, but you do cool things for your birthday.

For instance, this weekend President Obama turned 49. He's a hoops fan, so naturally the Commander in Chief invited LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Dwyane Wade, Bill Russell, and others to Washington for a pick-up run to entertain wounded soldiers.

After the game, they had a barbeque at the White House. Pretty cool! Click the link and watch a news report on Obama's hoops for troops.  

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Aug , 08 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Will ‘Melo pull a ‘LeBron’ on Denver?

Carmelo Anthony may soon face the same predicament close friend LeBron James was in -- playing for a club good enough to compete but not to win a championship. We all know what choice LeBron made, and Anthony could make a similar decision next year. Anthony has been long rumored to favor the Knicks, who didn't waste their remaining salary cap money on lesser free agents, choosing to save the cash. The Nuggets stayed relatively quiet in the offseason besides the additions of Al Harrington and Shelden Williams, and they don't look dramatically different from the team that lost in the first round to Utah in May. Unless the Nuggets make some dramatic moves over the next 12 months, they risk losing Anthony for nothing.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: It could happen.

Carmelo Anthony could leave as a free agent. The Nuggets could get nothing back. And the city of Denver could get angry with Anthony like Cleveland did with LeBron James.

However, two things work in the Nuggets' favour. First, there isn't a crew of superstars to lure him from Denver. The New York Knicks have cap space, Amar'e Stoudemire, and play in the media capital of the world.

They don't have a once in a generation swingman like Dwyane Wade, though.

Second, a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is coming next summer, likely before Anthony hits free agency. The new CBA will surely give teams' greater power in retaining top free agents because owners are frustrated with the leverage superstars have.

So Anthony may have to sacrifice significant money and/or term to leave Denver for the New York Knicks.

This could still happen. Anthony could also decide to take the most money available and re-sign with the Nuggets

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Aug , 07 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

‘The Decision Part Deux’, featuring Anthony Tolliver as LeBron James

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: When reading today's NBA news, you surely thought who is Anthony Tolliver? And why should I care if he's now with the Minnesota Timberwolves?

Well, you're not alone.

Yesterday, Tolliver signed with the lowly Wolves. It wasn't where he signed, but how he signed that made news. He announced his contract in a spoof to LeBron James, creating a short video called The Decision Part Deux.

Somehow, the news he was taking his talent 'north' didn't result in Warrior fans burning his jersey, his former owner pulling a Dan Gilbert and publishing a nasty letter on the club's website, or Jesse Jackson making comparisions that sparked a national outcry.

Nevertheless, The Decision Part Deux is still amusing. Watch the video and get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Aug , 06 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Cleveland and Miami feeling The LeBron Effect

Edgardo Defortuna, head of Fortune International Realty, says the LeBron effect is real but hard to quantify. He says 49 units at Icon Brickell have sold since LeBron's announcement, and July sales for downtown were nearly double the number in June. "I've had friends from South America call and tell me they'll buy an apartment," he says, "but only if I can find them Heat tickets first."


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Cleveland hates him. Miami loves him. Just not for the obvious reason.

Sure LeBron James’ migration from Ohio to Florida will impact the Cavaliers and Heat’s on-court fortunes. The Cavs’ are now rebuilding; the Heat are now contenders.

Forget wins and losses. Forget the standings, playoffs, and quest to dethrone the two-time world champion Los Angeles Lakers.

James’ greatest impact may be on the Cleveland and Miami economies. After all, The King guarantees a sold-out building, which also means busy restaurants and pubs, full hotels, and, most importantly, the national spotlight.

Cleveland lost all of that. Their loss is Miami’s gain.

The Heat have already filled their building for the year. South Beach is buzzing. And now there are reports the struggling Florida real estate market is heating (pardon the pun) up.

All of this magnifies the poor manner in which James handled his free agency. Cleveland and Miami will be feeling the impact - good or bad - of The Decision for years to come.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Aug , 03 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

LeBron and Heat play Cavs on December 2nd

TNT will televise the first return of LeBron James to Cleveland in the uniform of the Miami Heat. The game will take place on December 2nd. Miami will also travel to Cleveland on March 29th.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: On December 2nd, The King will return to his former Kingdom. And it will be awkward.
In early December, the Cleveland Cavaliers will 'welcome' LeBron James and the Miami Heat. Remember, James played seven seasons with the Cavs' before announcing on ESPN he was signing with the Heat.
Expect a spectacle. Expect fireworks. Expect an outpouring of hate.
Of course, James didn't help matters when he took out an ad in an Akron paper to thank the city of Akron. There was no mention of Cleveland or the Cavaliers.
And the James saga will take another turn in four months when he re-appears at Quicken Loans Arena to face the Cavaliers.
--Oly Sandor. 
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Monday , Aug , 02 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

LeBron and agency recruiting amateurs at camp?

Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that LeBron James and his firm LRMR enjoy direct and open access to prospects at the high school and college levels.

James is permitted to hold camps with prospects who will become pros within a year while at the same time essentially recruiting them to sign with his firm.

At James' Nike camp in Akron in July, all the top high school players and college standouts were present but it seemed agents were not allowed in the building.

Maverick Carter, James' best friend who is the CEO of LRMR, was in attendance. James gave the players free shoes and met their families.


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Monday , Aug , 02 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Zydrunas Ilgauskas shows Cleveland love

Although he has moved on to Miami in search of the NBA Championship that eluded him here, former Cavs center Zydrunas Ilgauskas has not forgotten the fans or city that welcomed and supported him for the majority of his career.

In an ad published in today's Plain Dealer, Z thanks the fans and city for their support.  While saying that Cleveland will always be his home, Ilgauskas asks for understanding as he chases his dream of a ring.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The transplant passed. The native son failed.

On Sunday, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, a European immigrant, thanked Cleveland for the last fourteen years by writing a letter to  fans in a local paper.

His words were genuine, sincere, and gracious.

Ilgauskas's letter couldn't have come at a better time.The Cavaliers, city of Cleveland, and state of Ohio are still reeling from local boy LeBron James signing with the Miami Heat, and breaking the news on ESPN.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Jul , 31 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Heat sales team fired after Bosh, LeBron, and Wade sell out stadium

With the arrival of Lebron James, the Miami Heat rapidly sold out all their season tickets. That turned out to be bad news for the ticket-sales staff, which was fired Friday. In a statement, the Heat confirmed the dismissals Friday afternoon, saying that with an ``exhausted'' inventory of season-tickets ``we no longer require a season ticket sales team to sell tickets.'' Stephen Weber, vice president of sales, delivered the news to about 30 ticket sales people Friday morning, according to one of the staffers who asked not to be named because he is seeking another job in sports.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: On the one hand, this hardly seems fair. The Miami Heat's sales staff gets rewarded for selling out the stadium with a pat on the back and a pink slip.

On the other hand, the fragile economy means teams must cut costs wherever possible, so extra staff - like the Heat’s sales team – is a thing of the past.

The optics of such a move isn’t good, though. The public will be disgusted.

They'll wonder how the Heat can afford max' contracts worth approximately $330 million for Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade, but can't afford $30 thousand without benefits for some dude trying to make ends meet.

Of course, the Heat is already public  enemy number one, and pulling an Ebenezer Scrooge on their sales staff won’t help.

Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Jul , 30 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Mikhail Prokhorov supports LeBron James and The Decision

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: This is odd. Russian oligarchs usually don't take losing so well.

However, Mikhail Prokhorov, owner of the New Jersey Nets, released the following letter supporting LeBron James' decision to sign with the Miami Heat.

Yes, supporting.

Apparently, Russia's richest man is over losing the LeBron free agent sweepstakes. 

'The players are signed, the "Decision" is made, but the passions around this year's extraordinary class of NBA free agents refuses to die down. What surprises me is the amount of negative commentary directed at the three top free agents (especially LeBron James) who decided to play on the same team and to create a great franchise together. Of course, any club owner dreams of having those players, including me, but all questions of how the announcements were made aside, I respect their choice, and no one has the right to judge them.

I want to say that I support LeBron, the best athlete in the NBA. He had a truly difficult choice to make. Any move he made was sure to be viewed as wrong, and to leave many unhappy fans. Basing his decision on achieving results on the basketball court shows that the sportsman won the day, not the showman or the businessman. What is wrong with that?

We are seeing the birth of a new, dynamic team with such star players, and all of us can await the new season with great anticipation. I wish them success and give them my moral support. I will be happy for us to beat the Miami Heat in the conference finals, maybe not this season, but in the very near future.'

-- Oly Sandor.


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Friday , Jul , 30 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

No ‘different’: Bosh treated Toronto like Carter, McGrady, and Stoudamire

Bosh, who left for the Heat earlier this month, responded to allegations made by Colangelo on Toronto radio station FAN 590 that claimed the All-Star was "checked out" late last season and chose not to play some of the Raptors' final games.

"I play this game as hard as I can every time I step on the court," Bosh said. "On the back of my jersey it says 'Bosh' ... The Boshes are hard workers. We have a lot of pride in what we do, in our jobs and in life."

"Everybody thinks, 'Oh, he was gone as soon as the season was over,' " he said. "It was the hardest decision I ever had to make. As different as another country is, it was still home for me. I had been there for seven years."


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: You'll forgive Toronto Raptor fans for rolling their eyes after reading Chris Bosh's latest comments.

Bosh tried to clarify a few things in an interview with ESPN: he denied GM Bryan Colangelo's claim he went Vince Carter on the Raptors and quit; he also denied accusations he was always going to leave as a free agent; and, most importantly, he swears nothing was meant by calling Toronto 'different'.

The power forward told ESPN he, like Toronto, was 'different'.  How could that be bad, right?

Raptor-nation will agree Bosh is 'different'. The tune he's now singing is indeed 'different' than the mood and attitude he projected in late June and early July.

A month ago, Bosh – like a kid on Christmas Eve - couldn't wait for free agency. He had no reservations, concerns, or second thoughts about ditching Toronto to join free agent buddies LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in a big American market.

For instance, his constant tweets, documentary film making aspirations, and regular television appearances with Wade and then James rubbed salt in a stinging wound for Raptor fans.

Only after his signing, only after the smoke had cleared and the backlash had begun, did Bosh reach out to the city that embraced him for seven years.

The most disappointing part is that Bosh was supposed to be 'different'. He was supposed to be 'different' than superstars Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, and Damon Stoudamire, who crapped on Toronto when leaving.

In the end, Bosh wasn't different'.  Sure, his words were 'different' than the tone VC, T-Mac, and Stoudamire struck when exiting, but his actions were, unfortunately, the same.

Aren't actions, not words, what really matter? Aren't actions what people should be judged by?
So forgive Raptor-nation for rightfully rolling their eyes at Bosh.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Jul , 29 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

New York heckles Chris Bosh

LeBron will hear worse, but Chris Bosh earned an earful Wednesday while at the New York Stock Exchange to ring the opening bell. Bosh, 26, who signed a six-year, $110 million deal with the Heat, rang the bell to promote his work with After-School All-Stars, which provides after-school activities to children across the US. ... But as Bosh toured the floor, one trader heckled him, "It would have been a madhouse in here had you signed with the Knicks." Another said, "Come back in 2016." Even a security guard got into the act, telling him: "Forget Miami, New York is where it's at." Bosh, who's finishing a week's visit here that included a trip to the Hamptons, told us, "About 600 people have told me I should have signed with the Knicks."


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call:  While visiting the New York Stock Exchange, Chris Bosh was expecting a pass on his decision to sign in South Beach instead of The Big Apple. After all, CB4 was promoting his charity.

As they say in New York: 'forget about it'.

Brokers and traders took a moment off from robbing third world nations and/or selling financial instruments that could ruin markets to heckle Bosh.

This shows the heat (pun intended) The Three Kings and Miami will face in 2011. They'll be public enemy number one. They'll be the bad guys. And they'll be targets.

Night-in, night-out, the opposition will get amped to face Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade. There will be no passes from anyone.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jul , 28 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

LeBron`s Las Vegas Adventure that ESPN didn’t want you reading

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: This morning, I was doing my normal am routine: black coffee, cream-cheese bagel, and NBA news.

One rumors excerpt on HoopsHype caught my eye. ESPN Los Angeles had an exclusive tale of LeBron James in Las Vegas. In the one trailer paragraph I read, there were scantily clad women, gambling, and booze.

`Vegas Baby`. What a perfect way to start my day. Or so I thought.

I clicked the link and got a blank screen. I clicked the link a second time and still got a blank screen. Third times a charm, right? Wrong.

While the Hoopshype link took the reader to a new screen, something, or someone, made sure the story didn't appear. Mid-morning, I learned ESPN had `pulled` the story.

I guess what happens in Vegas, really stays in Vegas, especially if you’re an NBA superstar with a recent run of bad publicity.

Thankfully, this thing somehow ended up on the Internet. A version of the story is available here in HTML.

Enjoy kids.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jul , 28 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Jay-Z mad at LeBron James?

"Jay never expected LeBron to sign with the Nets. He knew that no 25-year-old kid with James' profile was going to spend years in Newark," the source tells Gatecrasher. "But he's ... at least disappointed, that LeBron didn't consult with him." Still, our source says, "I don't think it's going to affect their friendship."


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The trail of jilted suitors grows.

Apparently, the 'Greatest Rapper of All Time' and 'The King' are at odds because New Jersey Nets minority owner Jay-Z felt friend LeBron James should have talked with him during free agency.

Jay-Z wasn't expecting to sign James, but did expect a phone call.

Of course, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and the state of Ohio didn't receive this courtesy, so why would Jay-Z?

Unlike Gilbert, Jay-Z isn't expected to release a scathing letter via the Nets' website. Would he, however, take a subtle dig or two at James on his next single?

Probably not, but getting Jay-Z's official side of the story would be interesting.

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Tuesday , Jul , 27 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Dirk Nowitzki had interest in joining LeBron and D-Wade in Miami

“It would already have to be an unbelievable situation to go somewhere, for instance with LeBron or Wade just to play in Miami,” Dirk said (in the Gooogle-translated version). “I would only be changed if it was an incredible situation that would have been offered. (Had LeBron and Wade asked), that would have been a situation where I would have to consider.”


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Suppose LeBron James and Dwyane Wade call. Suppose they suggest becoming teammates. Suppose they suggest doing this in the tropical and exotic location of South Beach.

What would you say?

Credit Dirk Nowitzki for being honest and admitting he’d have had interest. However, the German MVP would have likely stayed with the Dallas Mavericks.

Nowitzki is loyal. He wouldn’t turn his back on friend and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. He wouldn’t have left Dallas, where he has played his entire career.

Miami would have been an awkward fit, too. In the 2006 NBA Finals, Nowitzki and the Mavericks lost to Wade and the Heat -despite leading the series 2-0.

There’s no guarantee Nowitzki, a natural scorer, would gel with James and Wade. Chris Bosh, Miami’s third superstar, will be a better fit on-and-off court with The King and Flash.

Expect Nowitzki to continue leading a competitive Dallas squad. Perhaps his loyalty to the Mavericks will eventually be rewarded with an NBA championship.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Jul , 27 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Bryan Colangelo: Chris Bosh ‘checked out’ on Toronto Raptors

When it came to a Monday radio interview, Bryan Colangelo "chose his words carefully," but didn't leave many bullets left in his pistol. Colangelo intoned that Bosh took a long time to return from injury even though he had been medically cleared and that he started thinking ahead to his future at the expense of the Raptors. "Despite limited swelling and any excessive damage on an MRI, he felt like he needed to sit for six more games ... I'm not even questioning Chris' injury. I'm telling you he was cleared to play subject to tolerance on his part, and the tolerance just apparently wasn't there and he chose not to play," Colangelo said. ... Colangelo went on to elaborate: "Whether he was mentally checked out or just wasn't quite into it down the stretch, he wasn't the same guy. I think everybody saw that, but no one wanted to acknowledge it."


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Toronto Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo may be right.

Perhaps Chris Bosh checked out on the club during the second half of the 2010 season. Perhaps he had already decided to partner with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in South Beach. And perhaps, he should have played through the pain.

Colangelo, however, was wrong to trash Bosh. Dead wrong.

Good organizations don't insult former players who left three weeks ago. They move on. They replace them. They sell fans on the coming season.

The two-time Executive of the Year knows better. He was schooled by his father, a well tenured NBA executive and minority owner who now runs USA Basketball.

Colangelo's perspective was understandable, though. Bosh showed Toronto no respect during free agency. His constant tweets and film making alienated Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the wealthy holding company that owns the Raptors.

His confidence and self-assured smirk must have had Raptor fans wondering what happened to the humble kid they embraced seven years ago.

So Colangelo may have been right. He should have resisted temptation and continued with the high road.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Jul , 27 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Getting Over LeBron: Cavaliers get Sessions from T-Wolves for West

The Cleveland Cavaliers completed their first post- LeBron James personnel move on Monday night, trading troubled guard Delonte West and point guard Sebastian Telfair to the Minnesota Timberwolves for point guard Ramon Sessions, 7-footer Ryan Hollins and a future second-round pick.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The wait is over.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have finally completed their first transaction in the post LeBron James era, sending Sebastian Telfair and Delonte West to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Ryan Hollins, Ramon Sessions, and a future second round draft pick.

After losing James on national television, the Cavaliers came close, but failed to sign Matt Barnes and Kyle Lowry.

They got their man in Sessions, a young combo guard who will fit Coach Byron Scott's up-tempo system next to fellow combo guard Mo Williams.

Sessions, the Timberwolves' big free agent signing last summer, became the odd man out when the club signed signed Luke Ridnour to a four year pact last week.

He'll have something to prove with the Cavaliers. He'll play well.

Hollins is a long, athletic big man. As a former track star, he can rebound, defend, and block shots; however, he's raw offensively.

Meanwhile, the Timberwolves have already announced they'll waive West and pocket the salary cap savings. Telfair will serve as Ridnour's back-up while starter Jonny Flynn recovers from hip surgery.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Jul , 26 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Memo to Marbury: Why you will never play for the Miami Heat!

Stephon Marbury told the New York Post on Sunday that he didn't turn down a chance to play for the Heat. In fact, Marbury still hasn't given up hope on playing for Miami.

Marbury said a Chinese reporter mixed up the translation of his remarks and that it was falsely reported he had rejected an offer from the Heat. He told the Post that Miami contacted him in early July before LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh joined forces. The Heat told him they would get back to him after "they handled all the things they had to handle."

"It's total nonsense, why would I turn down a chance to play for the Miami Heat?" Marbury said. "The report was a fabrication."


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Ah Steph', it's not happening. You wil never play for the Miami Heat.

Forgive me for being blunt, but such a tone is necessary when dealing with the delusional Stephon Marbury, who still believes he has a chance of suiting up with the Three kings in Miami.

He doesn't. Here's why:

1) Marbury and LeBron James don't like each other. At least, The King doesn't jive with Starbury. As The Man in Miami, he won't forgive and forget by extending an olive branch to an over-the-hill, attention-seeking point guard.   

2) Miami already has three point guards on the roster: Carlos Arroyo, Mario Chalmers, and James. There is no role or minutes for Marbury.

3) It's all risk, no reward in Miami. Suppose they sign Marbury. He'd rarely play and they'd be risking a Starbury meltdown, which would bring more media attention.

Marbury isn't a bad guy, though. He has given back to his native New York. His signature shoe is apparently thriving.

However, he must face facts: his time in the NBA is over. Done. Finished.

Instead of plotting on an NBA comeback, he should continue playing overseas in China or do a tour in Italy or Greece -something he always wanted to do.

Anything is better than the current nonsense.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Jul , 25 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Is LeBron James behind Chris Paul’s trade request?

LeBron James continues to put his fingerprints on the NBA's most-hyped offseason in history. Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote on his Twitter page Saturday that James suggested that Hornets point guard Chris Paul request a trade.

However, Windhorst added that James is urging Paul to stay in the Western Conference to make for a better rivalry.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: LeBron James is surely involved in Chris Paul's trade request.

First, James and Paul are tight. They're boys. Their boys are boys. They've surely discussed each other's situations.

Second, Paul is represented to some degree by an agency that James owns. James' business team are Paul's business team.

So they have a personal and business relationship. The lines of that relationship are blurred.

However, James shouldn't be blamed for Paul's trade request. This storm has been brewing for some time.

New Orleans is a small market, and lacks the revenue and resources to provide Paul with a reasonable supporting cast. They need time, a new owner, and a revamped Collective Bargaining Agreement to compete.

Paul and the Hornets are aware of the team's current predicament. They clashed over the firing of Coach Byron Scott. And they understand young table-setter Darren Collison is waiting in the wings.

Add it all up and a trade request was inevitable. James probably just encouraged and supported Paul to take his wishes public.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Jul , 25 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rajon Rondo on Miami Heat: ‘they ain’t done nothing yet’

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo doesn't agree with those that are already handing the 2011 NBA Title to the Heat. "They should be good, but they ain't done nothing yet," Rondo said recently. "They ain't done nothing."


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: He's right.

While training with USA Basketball in Las Vegas, Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo wondered why the Miami Heat has been handed the 2011 NBA championship.

Miami will be good, very good.

Rondo correctly points out that the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers are still the team to beat. The Lakers have balance, chemistry, and defense. The Heat does not. It will take time to establish these components.

On-paper, South Beach does look good. They have their Three Kings: Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade. They have their supporting pieces: Joel Anthony, Udonis Haslem, Juwan Howard, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, and Mike Miller.

But Haslem and Wade are the only strong defensive players on the roster, so the Heat may struggle to advance out the Eastern Conference.

For instance: how will Miami's star-studded roster match-up against Boston`s tough guys?

The Heat will take those meaningless games in the regular season. The outcome could be different in the playoffs when the best defensive team wins. Bottom line: the Heat isn’t a better defensive squad than the Celtics.

Last year, the green-and-white used their get-stops mentality to take out the highly favoured Cavaliers and Magic in the playoffs. And their grinding style nearly beat the Lakers in the NBA Finals.

Rondo is right. For now, we should hold off anointing the Heat NBA champions.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Jul , 24 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Miami Heat will NOT sign Stephon Marbury

Stephon Marbury said Friday that he is looking for a place to play in China, but the Heat have showed interest in signing him.

"I'll wait and see what'll happen," Marbury said during an interview with the Chinese media.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The source, Stephon Marbury, isn't reliable.

For the sake of argument, we'll humour him, though. Perhaps, the Miami Heat had interest in Marbury before signing Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade.

The Three Kings changed things.

James and Marbury aren't friends, so landing the two-time MVP ended whatever shot Starbury had of returning to the NBA with the Heat.

Clearly, Marbury missed the memo. His recent comments also show that he missed Miami's signing of Carlos Arroyo, who will split minutes at point guard with Mario Chalmers and James.

With three table-setters on the roster, there'd be no room for the self proclaimed Starbury.

It's Europe or China for Marbury. There will be no NBA or Heat.

--Oly Sandor.

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