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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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Nowitzki frustrated with Mavericks
Monday , Jan , 07 , 2013 Matt Formica

Nowitzki frustrated with Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki is getting fed up with his team because he's now publicly expressing his discontent with the organization.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  Dirk has a point.  The Mavericks' management has failed to make any good moves in the past few years.

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The NBA’s five highest paid teams
Thursday , Nov , 15 , 2012 Matt Formica

The NBA’s five highest paid teams

The following is a list of the NBA's top five highest salaried teams.  (And thanks to Hoopsworld.com for providing the data).

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  This list proves that the best team isn't always the one that spends the most money.

1.)  The Los Angeles Lakers - $102,256,438

Point and case.  The Lakers may have the largest payroll in the league but their current record is the worst on this list.  The organization kept busy this offseason and when they acquired both Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, it was looking like the purple and gold were the team to beat.  And indeed, they have been the team to beat.  Yes, it's still early in the season, but having won only three games with their expensive lineup is pretty embarrassing. Let's hope the recent hiring of Mike D'Antoni turns things around.

2.)  The Miami Heat - $87,595,822

It shouldn't come as much of a shock that the Heat are number 2 on this list.  They pretty much cleared out their books a few years ago to make sure there was enough cap space for Lebron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade to be on the roster.  And as it turns out, that was a good idea.  Micky Arison, Pat Riley and company made a good decision in doing so seeing that the Heat are the defending NBA Champions and are currently sitting at the top of their division.

3.)  The New York Knicks - $82,010,527

The Knicks could quite possibly be the surprise of the season so far.  J.R. Smith is posting career numbers, averaging 18.2 points per game.  Raymond Felton is averaging 14 points and 6.2 assists while Carmelo Anthony's 26.8 ppg leads the league in scoring.  As a result, they're 5-0; all the while Amare Staudemire has been on the bench with knee injury.  Who knows if they'll keep it up, but it will certainly be interesting to see how they play with Amare back in the lineup.

4.)  The Brookyln Nets - $83,511,726

The NBA's newest team are 4-2 to start the season.  They have a new stadium in the Barclays Center and with Deron Williams, Brooks Lopez, Kris Humphries and Joe Johnson on their payroll, they certainly have a few expenses.  But if they continue to win games, those expenses most likely won't be much of an issue.

5.)  The Memphis Grizzlies - $77,098,154

I was pretty surprised when Memphis came in at #5 on this list.  I would have thought Boston, or San Antonio, or even Oklahoma City would have been ahead of the Grizz.  Then again, they do have Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol on their roster.  Those three guys alone take up about $47 million of the payroll.  And for good reason; they combine for over 51 points per game.

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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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Lebron denies going to Lakers, but the pot is already stirred
Saturday , Oct , 20 , 2012 Matt Formica

Lebron denies going to Lakers, but the pot is already stirred

By now, any fan or follower of the NBA is familiar with the article, Brian Windhorst, NBA writer for ESPN.com, published on Thursday about the Lakers eyeing Lebron James.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  Talk about Lebron doing anything and expect the pot to get stirred.

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Rumor: NBA To Crack Down On Pregame Rituals
Wednesday , Oct , 17 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

Rumor: NBA To Crack Down On Pregame Rituals

Will NBA kill the fun in celebrations and pregame rituals like the NFL?

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: If the NBA could learn anything from the NFL it's to let the players have fun.

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Hipster Glasses Invade The NBA
Tuesday , Oct , 16 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

Hipster Glasses Invade The NBA

Hipster glasses invade the NBA.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: From the dual Hipster capitals of the world Silver Lake, CA & Austin, TX geek chic is in.

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LeBron James Got Hair Plugs
Wednesday , Oct , 03 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

LeBron James Got Hair Plugs

LeBron James got hair plugs this summer.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: If it works for Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Steve Carelll, Jeremy Piven, and Brendan Fraser why not the King.

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If MJ Is The Greatest, Who Is 2nd Best All Time?
Saturday , Aug , 25 , 2012 Paul Eide

If MJ Is The Greatest, Who Is 2nd Best All Time?

Now that LeBron has actually won an NBA title (combined with his freak athletic ability and loaded Heat squad) will he someday be regarded as the best NBA player EVER?

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: James is closer to MJ's level than the haters want to admit.

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John Salley Implies LeBron Is Better Than MJ
Friday , Aug , 17 , 2012 Paul Eide

John Salley Implies LeBron Is Better Than MJ

Former Pistons "Bad Boy" and sworn Michael Jordan hater John Salley claimed this week Jordan wasn't even one of the top five players he ever played against and that LeBron was better.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: All these recent anti-Jordan comments by NBA personalities really speaks to the phenomenal year of basketball LeBron just completed.

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LeBron James Appears in “Jaws” Deleted Scene
Tuesday , Aug , 14 , 2012 Paul Eide

LeBron James Appears in “Jaws” Deleted Scene

King James makes a special apperance for the Blu-Ray release. .

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: If Jaws did sneak up on LeBron in the water and ingest him, LeBron would doubtlessly be criticised and panned for the way he was eaten and digested. 

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Forget “Dream Team”- Is 2012 US Squad Better Than Version II or Even III?
Thursday , Aug , 02 , 2012 Paul Eide

Forget “Dream Team”- Is 2012 US Squad Better Than Version II or Even III?

Thanks to comments by Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, we've heard a lot of comparisions between the 2012 USA Olympic basketball team and the 1992 "Dream Team" that featured 11 hall of fame players. But how does the 2012 version stack up against versions II and III? 

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: The two following incarnations of the "Dream Team" were also stacked, but everyone seems to forget about them.

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Michelle Obama Plays Dirty Politics To Guarantee Olympic Team Votes Obama
Monday , Jul , 30 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

Michelle Obama Plays Dirty Politics To Guarantee Olympic Team Votes Obama

Michelle Obama plays dirty politics to make sure the U.S. Olympic team votes Obama

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Can we get in line too? We love hugs.

After the U.S. Basketball team defeated France 98-71, the team lined up for hugs in front of Michelle Obama. We don't know if there are any republicans in the bunch, but this group of ballers looked very excited to get a big old hug from the first lady. If they weren't voting Obama before the hug, they definitely are now.

President and first lady Obama are known to be huge basketball fans, so it came as no surprise that Michelle wanted to catch the U.S. vs. France basketball game. What no one expected was the love she showed after the game. In all honesty, it looked like it all happened innocently enough with LeBron James coming over to Michelle to say thank you for watching the game. Michelle gave him a hug and before you could say "Mitt Romney got no jumper" the entire U.S. team was lined up for their own Michelle Obama hug. 

All the players were 100% composed and respectful of the first lady and some even seemed a bit overwhelmed. After the players got hugs, the coaches knew this was their best shot at a Obama hug too and jumped in line. With all the hugs doled out, the team went in the locker to analyze their destroying of the French team.

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