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5 Big Deals Now That Howard Is In Houston.
Sunday , Jul , 07 , 2013 HoopsVibe News

5 Big Deals Now That Howard Is In Houston.

5 Big Deals getting done now that Dwight Howard left the Lakers for the Houston Rockets.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: After Howard told LA he was heading to Houston, the NBA erupted in a number of deals. Here's the lowdown on 5 big deals that hinged on Dwight's decision.

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Metta World Peace Interview with HoopsVibe
Sunday , Jun , 23 , 2013 Michael Brouillet

Metta World Peace Interview with HoopsVibe

Fear Me Not: In Metta World Peace's interview he discusses how he wants to inspire your kids.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: From children’s books to NBA brawls and math quotes to mental health issues, Metta World Peace is one of a kind.

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Who’s Better Olajuwon or Dwight Howard?
Saturday , Jun , 15 , 2013 HoopsVibe News

Who’s Better Olajuwon or Dwight Howard?

Who is the better center Hakeem Olajuwon or Dwight Howard?

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Both are dominant centers in their own time, but who would win this battle royale?

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Magic Johnson Encourages Howard To Leave Los Angeles.
Friday , Jun , 14 , 2013 HoopsVibe News

Magic Johnson Encourages Howard To Leave Los Angeles.

Magic Johnson is candid in his remarks encouraging Dwight Howard to leave LA for Houston.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Everyone always talks about how great Howard is, but he manages to make every team he's on lose.

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Dennis Rodman in drag in NYC (Image)
Tuesday , May , 21 , 2013 Matt Formica

Dennis Rodman in drag in NYC (Image)

Just when we think Dennis Rodman's drag phase is over, he steps out on the red carpet and proves us wrong.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  Rodman is probably the first drag queen ambassador in the history of the world.

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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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The top 5 most popular NBA jerseys
Monday , Mar , 25 , 2013 Matt Formica

The top 5 most popular NBA jerseys

In the most recent data gathered, Lebron James topped the list of the NBA's most popular jerseys.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  Here is the list of the top 5 most popular NBA jerseys.

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Kobe 100% confident; “We will make the playoffs”
Saturday , Feb , 23 , 2013 Matt Formica

Kobe 100% confident; “We will make the playoffs”

According to Kobe Bryant, whether or not the Lakers make the playoffs isn't even a concern.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  Kobe has often lacked a supporting cast, but he's never lacked confidence.  On or off the court.

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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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Lil Wayne Ejected From Heat vs Lakers Game
Monday , Feb , 11 , 2013 HoopsVibe News

Lil Wayne Ejected From Heat vs Lakers Game

Lil Wayne ejected from the Heat vs. Lakers game. Drama ensues.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Whenever Weezy attends a game you know it's going to have celebs, drama, and security involved. 

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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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