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Lakers Ramon Sessions Looking To Leave LA.
Wednesday , Jun , 20 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

Lakers Ramon Sessions Looking To Leave LA.

Lakers' Ramon Sessions entering free agency. 

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Sessions smells that the Lakers are in a tough position and he's smart to levarage it for more money.

Los Angeles guard Ramon Sessions is declining his one-year option for 2012-2-13 and instead looking to test the free agent waters. He's clearly hoping to garner more than the $4.55 million option the Lakers had on the table. 

Sessions had a productive year with Los Angeles averaging 12.7 points, 6.2 assists, and 3.8 rebounds in 23 regular-season games. The Lakers need his speed and quickness both on offense and defense. They will be forced to still try and sign him through free agency, but would likely have to pay more.

LA traded long time point guard Derek Fisher away last off-season, due to his declining lateral mobility and will be in a bad situation if they can't resign Sessions for a reasonable amount of money. They've still got Gasol as an option to trade, but the problem is they don't have much money to play with and the number of quality guards available this off-season with comparable quickness are few.

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Gasol Trade A Done Deal.
Tuesday , Jun , 19 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

Gasol Trade A Done Deal.

Pau Gasol trade a done deal for LA.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Pack your bags Pau. You won't be back in Hollywood next season.

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George Karl Says Bynum Cheated
Monday , Apr , 30 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

George Karl Says Bynum Cheated

George Karl Throws Accusations at Bynum.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Crying because you got smacked down ain't manly.

Denver Nuggest coach George Karl suggests Andrew Bynum didn't earn his triple-double. Karl says Bynum was playing illegal defense the entire game. The reality is what else is Karl goingto say. He can't exactly admit that Bynum dominated the Denver big men like they were a bunch of 15-year old AAU players away from home for the first time. He can't tell his team they don't stand a chance in hell of beating Los Angeles, so he told the world LA cheated.

Bynum produced the first triple-double of his career with 13 rebounds, 10 blocks, and 10 points. His 10 blocks ties an NBA record. Karl's post game rants appear to be both posturing to the refs and giving his team a rationalization for their total game-1 collapse.

Denver entered Sunday's game hopeful of their chances with Metta World Peace being out, but the Lakers erased any optimism on Denver's sideline with a first game 103-88 smack  down. 

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Sunday , Apr , 22 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

DeAndre Jordan: Teams are ‘intentionally trying to hurt’ Blake Griffin

The Los Angeles Clippers are tired of seeing Blake Griffin take hard fouls and have vowed to protect their All-Star forward if it continues. "I feel like people are intentionally trying to hurt him," Clippers center DeAndre Jordan said. "It'll all come back around."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: One Los Angeles Clipper, DeAndre Jordan, gets it. They must fight back.

For months, opponents have subjected superstar, franchise face, and NBA glamour boy Blake Griffin to hard fouls with little to no fear of retaliation from his Clipper teammates.

The 2011 Sprite Slam Dunk champ faces such tactics for two reasons. First, it sometimes throws him off. And two, opponents hit him with a hard foul to prevent him dropping a grand facial on their dome (you know exactly what we’re talking about).

Old time basketball is one thing. Fans of the Detroit ‘Bad Boys’ or those old Anthony Mason Knick squads have no issue with a wee donnybrook breaking out at an NBA game. The problem has been that the Clippers haven’t defended their star teammate by returning the hard foul when opponents drive the lane.

Part of this is personality. The Clippers are a young, loose bunch. Their focus has often been in question; many like star table-setter Chris Paul seem to enjoy the glitz of Los Angeles.

Part of this is on-court style. The Clippers are a fast, lively bunch who excel when in the open-court tossing each other highlight reel alley-oops.

Credit Jordan for stepping up and talking about sending a message. With the grind-it-out playoffs around the corner, he and the Clippers must do far more than talk, though.

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Saturday , Feb , 25 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Lakers interested in Ray Felton?

Portland is making a change — Jamal Crawford, not Raymond Felton, will be the starting point guard for the Trail Blazers when they face off against the Spurs tonight, reports the Oregonian. So here’s your starting job, Mr. Crawford, enjoy trying to stop the hottest player in the league in Tony Parker. But the move isn’t a surprise. Felton is shooting a career low 37.1 percent so far this season, 22.9 percent from three, his assists are at a career low while his turnovers are at a career high, his PER is 10.5 (that of of a third-string guard) and he helped lead the Trail Blazers to a franchise low 7 points in the first quarter against the Lakers Monday night. Portland is struggling, Felton is struggling and coach Nate McMillan decided to shake things up.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Their make-over probably won’t stop with Rasheed Wallace.

Reports indicate the Los Angeles Lakers are speaking to the Portland Trail Blazers about Ray Felton, who is upset after losing his starting spot.

Face it: Derek Fisher is old and Steve Blake has struggled since signing with the purple-and-gold.

Coach Mike Brown would surely run Felton through pick-and-rolls like Mike D’Antoni did in New York last year. And the veteran table-setter would also fit Brown’s get-stops mentality on defense.

Best of all, Felton has the tenacity to stand up to Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant -without creating a Smush Parker type standoff.

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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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