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Top 5 Reasons Marc  Gasol Is Defensive Player Of The Year.
Thursday , Apr , 25 , 2013 HoopsVibe News

Top 5 Reasons Marc Gasol Is Defensive Player Of The Year.

Top 5 reasons Marc Gasol won the Defensive Player Of The Year.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The NBA chose wisely this year, didn't listen to the hype, and gave it to a truly deserving player.

Marc Gasol becamse the first Grizzlie player ever to win the Defensive Player of the Year honors receiving 212 points and 30 first-place votes.

"I'm the first European ever to accomplish this," Gasol said Wednesday. "It's really an honor. Now I think my kids will believe me when I tell them I played in the NBA."

#5 Defensive Efficiency: The Grizzlies were 2nd in the NBA in terms of defensive efficiency and their numbers were always improved when Gasol was on the court. This shows that his team is strong defensively; but that they are improved by his presence and even surrounded by great defenders he makes the difference.

#4 Defensive Rebounding: Gasol averaged 5.5 defensive rebounds a game and held opponents to 6.8 points per 100 possessions. 

#3 Steals Solid: Gasol averaged 1.0 steal per game, which is impressive for a big man.

#2 Blocks Impressive. Gasol averaged 1.7 blocks per game, which was 13th in the league.

#1 Getting The Job Done: The Grizzlies take a team approach to defense. They are able to pressure on the wings more because they know they're interior defense is so strong. Gasol in the middle anchors this interior defense. The Grizzlies allowed a league-low 88.7 point per game as a result. 

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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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Blake Griffin’s Shoe Falls Apart Mid Game
Thursday , May , 10 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

Blake Griffin’s Shoe Falls Apart Mid Game

Blake Griffin's shoe rips from simply being stepped on.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Nike ends up embarrassed as their shoe falls apart. 

Blake Griffin is sponsored by NIke who can't be too happy these days. Griffin's Nikes fell apart on him mid game on national t.v. The incident makes his shoe look cheap and poorly made. I'm sure other shoe companies will be coming out with joking responses to the incident.

The rip took place when the Grizzlies' Marc Gasol accidentally stepped on Blake Griffin's foot while looking to post up. It was a play that could take place a hundred times during a game. One player simply stepped on another player's foot. The rip appeared to surprise Griffin who walked off the court looking at his shoe like it was a piece of trash. This is probably one more thing Nike reps weren't too psyched about.

Lucky for Griffin and his flimsy shoes, the Clippers travel with 3 pairs of his size 17 kicks. I guess when your shoes fall apart this easy you better travel with backup. I've had the same pair of cheapo kicks for 2 years. They might not cost $240 a pop, but then again they didn't rip when stepped on either.

Most Underrated Player in the NBA?
Sunday , Feb , 05 , 2012 Paul Eide

Most Underrated Player in the NBA?

With roughly a third of the regular season in the books, I thought it would be an interesting time to take a look around the league and see who is over performing based on previous expectations.

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Marc Vs. Pau: Who Has Better 2011-2012 Season?
Tuesday , Jan , 24 , 2012 Paul Eide

Marc Vs. Pau: Who Has Better 2011-2012 Season?

Marc and Pau Gasol’s respective starts to the 2011-2012 season have gone in completely opposite directions so far; but can it last for the duration of the year? Is Marc suddenly the best Gasol in the NBA?

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Monday , Dec , 12 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Report: Grizzlies to match Rockets’ offer sheet to Marc Gasol?

The Grizzlies are expected to match the four-year, $55 million offer sheet that Marc Gasol has agreed to with the Rockets. Gasol is a restricted free agent and Memphis would have three days to match.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: I get the sense new Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale wants to establish an inside presence.

Yao Ming retired this past summer, so McHale, a Hall of Fame post for the Boston Celtics, is looking for a replacement.

His search started and failed with the Gasol brothers. The Rockets twice attempted to acquire Pau Gasol from the Los Angeles Lakers in a three-team deal for Chris Paul, but was denied by the NBA-owned New Orleans Hornets.

McHale then turned his attention to signing Marc Gasol, Pau’s younger brother. Marc, a highly coveted restricted free agent with the Memphis Grizzlies, received a four-year, $55 million offer sheet from the Rockets.

However, the Grizzlies, not wanting to kill the momentum of last season’s playoff run, will likely match the offer.

So perhaps third times a charm for McHale and the Rockets. The only question is which post they'll go after next.

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Saturday , Nov , 26 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Free Agents Crawford, Gasol, and Nene’s future decided Dec 9th?

NBA training camps and free agency will open simultaneously on Dec. 9 ahead of a triple-header on Dec. 25. Teams with many free agents will have limited rosters for the start of training camp. Marc Gasol, David West, Nene, Jamal Crawford and Jason Richardson are amongst the most prominent free agents.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: December 9th is the new July 1st. For this year, at least.

July 1st  had traditionally been the day NBA fans huddled around computers, smartphones, and radios to receive word on player movement.

Under normal circumstances free agency began on this day, allowing teams to re-sign their own talent or ink  available players to contracts worth the GDP of the now in-ruins Euro-Zone.

It was crazy. It was frenetic. It was fun. Especially for fans.

However, this year there was no summer madness because of the lockout. Computers were idle; smart phones were silent; and sports talk radio chatted about other topics.

The only news was on Basketball Related Income, system issues, and the rants of Commissioner Stern and/or union leader Billy Hunter.

Hopefully, December 9th makes up for it. There is a short window for players and teams to cut a deal, and pent-up anticipation from hardcore fans.

Hoop heads will finally figure out where prominent free agents like Jamal Crawford, Marc Gasol, Nene, and David West end up.

The NFL experienced a buzz with their short free agent window after players and owners settled their differences. Of course, no games were missed.

Owners and players have to get back the casual fan. And December 9th, 2011's July 1st, is a great place to start.

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Wednesday , Aug , 10 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Greivis Vasquez: Marc Gasol will be better than Dwight Howard

Yes. Marc Gasol is a very key player on our team. He’s one of the best centers in the league and will end up being the best center in the NBA in 2-3 years.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: There’s having a teammate’s back. Then there's stretching the truth for a teammate.

How do view Greivis Vasquez’s comment that fellow Memphis Grizzly Marc Gasol will soon be the NBA’s best center?

The younger Gasol has made strides. He’s already a top-ten center and, as the second half and playoff showed, there’s room for further growth.  

Could he honestly become the NBA’s best center?

Suppose Gasol reaches his potential. The Spaniard still wouldn't top the Olando Magic’s Dwight Howard, who is seen as ‘The Man in the Middle’.

Grizz’ executive Christopher Wallace (not that Christopher Wallace as my esteemed editor jokes) would take Howard over Gasol if given the choice.

Privately, behind closed doors, the Notorious GM (again, hat tip to my editor) would surely go with the rebounding champion.

Would Wallace take Gasol over Andrew Bynum, Al Horford, Nene, and Joakim Noah? How about the next group of fives with Andrew Bogut, Al Jefferson, Brook Lopez, and Emeka Okafor?

Howard and Bynum aside, Vasquez could argue Gasol is equal to or better than any of these players. There'd be a counter argument, though.

Vasquez is stretching the truth to suggest Gasol would ever be superior to Howard. At least his hyperbole is for a good cause: a teammate.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , May , 14 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Charge or block: Darrell Arthur’s facial on Nick Collison?

HoopsVibe`s Very Quick Call: Yes, the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Oklahoma City Thunder yesterday to force a do-or-die game seven on Sunday.

The real debate will be this: charge or block?

After all, Memphis reserve Darrell Arthur threw down a facial for the ages on Nick Collison, but the basket was disallowed because the referees called a charge.

Nobody disagreed more than Memphis` Marc Gasol, who, through his facial expressions, either thought it was a block or finally saw the replay of Lakers coach Phil Jackson abusing brother Pau in game three against the Dallas Mavericks.

Charge or block? Watch the video, make the call, and get at us with thoughts in the comment box below.  

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Mar , 21 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Grizzlies and Randolph close on four-year extension

The Griz initiated and held serious contract negotiations with Zach Randolph over the past week, and both sides continue to discuss the framework of a four-year extension that could be finalized soon. Randolph, who leads the Grizzlies with 20.1 points and 12.6 rebounds per game, would become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season if no deal is reached.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Say what you like about The Hoop Posse. Say what you like about Zach Randolph’s past, especially in Portland, New York, and Los Angeles.

This is all fair game: the strippers, the bad press, the questionable behaviour. Randolph has a past. We all know it.

However, he’s been a professional on-and-off court with the Memphis Grizzlies. There have been few, if any, run-ins with the law or the locals.

Of course, Randolph’s play has never suffered. Not one bit. Simply put, he’s a double-double machine, averaging well over 20 points and 10 rebounds per night.

And Randolph’s size and skill-set next to Marc Gasol gives the Grizzlies a formidable inside presence that opponents are hard pressed to match.
 
The fact that the Grizzlies are negotiating with Randolph before the new Collective Bargaining Agreement is a sign of their faith in the veteran left-hander.

Now the Grizzlies won't meet Randolph's past demand of Pau Gasol money: three-years, $60 million. He does, however, deserve a nice extension. And he’ll get it.

--Oly Sandor.

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2010-2011 Top Stat Centers pt. 1
Saturday , Dec , 04 , 2010 J.N.

2010-2011 Top Stat Centers pt. 1

This list is put together for the sake of armchair general managers lazy to research. Many centers will not make their way to the All Star game, which is a travesty. These big men can definitely be nabbed in a trade. If you have an abundance of small forwards and guards, get these guys. Ask Pat Riley. The Miami Heat would love to have any of them.  I know the centers listed here do not contain star power. There is nothing wrong with that. They can make or break your team depending on how it’s built. They are better to have than Chris Kaman or Yao Ming since they are consistently injured. Numbers up to date as of December 3, 2010.

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