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Wednesday , Jan , 26 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Best Game Winner: Rudy Gay’s smiling fade-away or David West’s step-back?

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The smile or the step-back?

Yesterday, Rudy Gay and David West each pulled off amazing buzzer-beaters for the Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Hornets. But which was better?

Watch both shots and get at us with thoughts on the best game-winner in the comment box below. 

 

(Rudy Gay smiles after hitting this fade-away on Julian Wright and the Raptors.)

(David West converts the step-back prayer against the OKC Thunder.)

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Jan , 15 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rudy Gay: the most interesting man in the NBA?

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The stakes have been raised.

Every year NBA players put out videos lobbying fans to vote them into the NBA All-Star game. Some are good; some are bad.

Rudy Gay, the budding star for the Memphis Grizzlies, has dropped a gem. He is, after all, the most interesting man in the NBA.

Watch the clip and get at us with thoughts in the comment box below.
 

-Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Jan , 15 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Allen Iverson: I never said anything about retirement

Allen Iverson: An MRI has revealed a legion that is in my right leg and pressing against the bone. I am coming home for further examinations and possibly surgery. I have never said anything about retirement.

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Hoops Vibe’s Very Quick Call: It should not end like this. Allen Iverson, the greatest little man to ever play basketball, deserves better.

Far better, in fact.

Iverson has left the Turkish club he had been playing for to have a legion removed on his leg. He will be in the United States indefinitely.

He insists this is not the end of the line, though. Like a heavyweight boxer holding on for a final payday, he wants to return. After all, there is another year and $2 million dollars waiting for him in Turkey.

However, Iverson’s last few situations have not ended well. He was run out of Detroit; he quit on Memphis after three games; and had to leave Philadelphia for personal reasons.

And now his body gave out on him while playing for a mediocre European squad.

Perhaps Iverson should it call a day and retire. Perhaps he was never meant to have a happy ending.

-Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Jan , 14 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: OJ Mayo the key to New York getting Carmelo Anthony?

The Knicks have reportedly reached out to the Grizzlies to see if they would be willing to include O.J. Mayo in a three-team deal for Carmelo Anthony.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Carmelo Anthony saga has again changed.

Just when you thought the small forward was finally on his way to the New Jersey Nets with the help of the Detroit Pistons, the New York Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies weighed in.

Apparently, the Knicks and Grizzlies are hatching out a separate trade for OJ Mayo, who the Knicks would then include in a package to the Denver Nuggets for Anthony.

The Knicks and Grizzlies have entered, or re-entered, the Anthony saga for separate reasons.

The Knicks are back. After years of being the league laughingstock, Madison Square Garden is enjoying a renaissance, and eagerly waiting to return to the playoffs.

However, to challenge the big boys in the Eastern Conference – like the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, and Orlando Magic – the Knicks will need to add another piece.

Enter Anthony. There’s a belief he’ll team with Amar’e Stoudemire and Ray Felton to take the Knicks to another level.

Meanwhile, the Grizzlies are looking to ditch ties with Mayo. The controversial forward has had a poor season and recently scrapped with teammate Tony Allen over an unpaid gambling debt.

Of course, Mayo’s due for a contract extension, so the thrifty Grizzlies are exploring ways to cut ties with him.

Bottom line: the Nets have significant competition for Anthony.

--Oly Sandor.


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Thursday , Jan , 06 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Grizzlies at fault for Allen-Mayo gambling scrap

Grizzles teammates O.J. Mayo and Tony Allen had to be separated during a physical encounter that stemmed from a card game on the team's charter flight Monday, according to team sources. Mayo owed Allen money from a card game called "Boo-Ray" and he became increasingly belligerent when asked to settle his debt.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Who exactly is to blame for Tony Allen and OJ Mayo scrapping over an unsettled debt on a team plane?

Well, Allen and Mayo have to shoulder a portion of the blame for acting in an unprofessional manner. However, so do the Memphis Grizzlies.

After all, most franchises have banned gambling. This was common sense after Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton drew guns on each other in the Washington Wizards’ locker room in attempt to settle a gambling debt.

Not the Grizzlies. They missed this tsunami sized warning sign. Of course, this wasn’t the first sign.

Years ago, Charles Oakley punched Tyrone Hill because he refused to ‘pay what he owed’ in a card game. ‘Oak’ and Hill were on different teams. They ‘happened’ to meet when their respected teams, the Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers, crossed path on the practice floor.

In short, players will act unprofessionally –if their team allows it. The Grizzlies allowed it. And now they have a mess on their hands.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Jan , 03 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Kobe Bryant on recent techincal fouls: ‘Expletive it’

On an unrelated note, Bryant expressed not a hint of concern for picking up five technical fouls in last six games: [Expletive] it. Don't care. I can afford it.".

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Forget Kobe Bryant’s choice of words. He has bigger issues than a fine from league head office.

Consider the recent plight of his Los Angeles Lakers: they’ve lost four of their past six games; they haven’t played well for weeks; they, according to Bryant, are ‘skipping steps’; and last night they were booed at home for a terrible effort in a loss to the average Memphis Grizzlies.

Their problems are greater than being bored with the regular season. And their problems are also greater than arrogantly thinking they can hit a switch for the playoffs.

This year, the Lakers have serious competition. In the Western Conference, there’s the San Antonio Spurs and, provided they get past their recent string of injuries, the Dallas Mavericks. Neither team will concede an inch in a best of seven playoff series.

If the Lakers advance to the NBA Finals, they could face the Boston Celtics or Miami Heat, two superb defensive teams. And the Orlando Magic, despite two mid-season trades, is still dangerous.

So the competition is better, while, it appears, the purple-and-gold is worse.

Don’t get it twisted: the Lakers are extremely talented. But something is missing from the two-time defending champions. Perhaps the hunger is gone. Perhaps the motivation is gone.
 
Or perhaps everything will be fine next June, and Bryant and his teammates will be celebrating a three-peat. Right now, this scenario seems unlikely.

--Oly Sandor.


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Saturday , Jan , 01 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Sacramento’s Christmas Miracle: Tyreke Evans’ half-court heave

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Good for Tyreke Evans. Good for the beleaguered Sacramento Kings fans.

Late last week, the Kings and Memphis Grizzlies were locked in a close battle. With seconds remaining, the Grizzlies pulled ahead 98-97 on an OJ Mayo floater.

Game over, right? Well, wrong.

Evans alertly grabs the inbound pass, takes one dribble, and converts a miracle heave to win the game. Hopefully, this is the start of a turnaround for Evans, who has been bothered with foot troubles, and the lowly Kings.

The best part of Evans’ game-winning shot: teammate Donte Greene comes off the Kings’ bench and is celebrating on-court before the ball is in. Green, it seems, had faith.

Watch Evans’ game-winning shot and get at us with thoughts on Greene's reaction in the comment box below. 

--Oly Sandor.
 

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Monday , Dec , 13 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Knicks and Grizzlies talking Mayo trade?

In a separate matter, Memphis Grizzles guard O.J. Mayo could be on the move soon, and a source close to his family thinks he could end up with the Knicks. “They’re gonna move him next week and I think he’s gonna end up in New York,” the source said.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He’s too great a risk for these New York Knicks.

Sure, Coach Mike D’Antoni’s squad could use an additional piece; however, O.J. Mayo needs touches, shots, and minutes to be effective.

Mayo’s score-first approach would impact chemistry. For instance, Amar’e Stoudemire and Ray Felton, the Knicks’ newfound pick-and-roll duo, would have to adjust. And Mayo would take minutes from promising rookie Landry Fields and youngster Wilson Chandler.

So the Knicks should proceed with caution. After all, the club has won eight straight and Madison Square Gardens is in the midst of a basketball renaissance.

Instead of considering tinkering, the Knicks may be better of just enjoying their success.

-Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Dec , 12 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Mayo, Gay, Grizzlies still behind Hollins

"That's our man," Mayo said of Hollins. "We've let the owner, we let everyone know this is the guy we want to play for. We've been in a lot of winnable games. We've just got to start winning. Whatever our role is, whatever the dynamic of the team is, we've got to accept it and go hard. We feel like we're a good team. We've just got to stick to the script.

"It's obvious the problem is us. It's blatantly obvious," Rudy Gay said. "We need to play defense. We need to execute and we haven't been doing it. We're getting closer. But getting close doesn't count. We need to get W's and I mean put more than a few of them together."
 
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: They’re 9-14. They don’t play defense. Their execution is poor. But they still deserve credit.

Instead of blaming each other, instead of turning on Coach Lionel Hollins, instead of playing for individual statistics, the young Memphis Grizzlies are collectively accepting blame for their disappointing start.

This is a sign. The Grizzlies have character on their roster. And management should give this group every opportunity to right the ship.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Oct , 25 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Stern and NBA won’t contract Jordan’s Bobcats

Stern didn't single out any franchises, but a Celtics team source told the Boston Globe that small-market cities like Charlotte, Memphis and New Orleans may be in danger of losing their teams.
 
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: This is a ploy. The owners and players are currently negotiating a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Commissioner David Stern will use this leverage to threaten the Player’s Union. They concede on salary rollbacks or he’ll ‘push’ to contract the Charlotte Bobcats, Memphis Grizzlies, and New Orleans Hornets.

Forget the CBA drama. Would contraction be so bad?

Memphis and New Orleans will always struggle to generate sufficient revenue –even with a new CBA. After all, Grizzly and Hornet owners Michael Heisley and George Shinn have been trying to sell their teams for years.
 
They can't.
 
There’s no interest. And there's no market.

However, Stern wouldn’t let Michael Jordan - the most popular NBA player of all time - buy the Bobcats if contraction was a real possibility in Charlotte.

Charlotte may still be angry because of the Hornets’ departure. Attendance may be mediocre. And Jordan may have bought the team for less than the expansion fee that original owner Bob Johnson paid.

North Carolina is a hoops hotbed. Basketball is a religion; years before they left Charlotte, the Hornets led the NBA in attendance.

Jordan used his money to buy the team. He’s too competitive to allow the Bobcats to languish. He’ll change the culture and environment.

Stern knows this.

While contraction may be the best option for Memphis and New Orleans, Charlotte should stay. Let Jordan stick out his trademark tongue, put in work, and fix things.

If number 23 can’t right the ship, nobody can.

--Oly Sandor.

 
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Monday , Oct , 25 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Report: Stubborn Allen Iverson to sign contract in Turkey

Allen Iverson has agreed in principal to sign a two-year, $4 million contract with Besiktas of the Turkish professional league, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports.

The deal is expected to be filled with incentives. Iverson plans to sign the deal this week and will report to Besiktas by Oct. 31.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It didn’t have to be this way. It shouldn’t have been this way.

Allen Iverson - perhaps The Greatest Little Man to ever play in the NBA – should not be ending his career as a gimmick in a foreign country.

He should be playing meaningful minutes. He should be thriving as a sixth-man, game-changer for a contender. And he should, at a minimum, be relevant.

However, Iverson refused to play a role. He wouldn’t do it for the Detroit Pistons. He walked on the Memphis Grizzlies after game three. His personal issues with the Philadelphia 76ers didn’t help, either.

No team offered him a contract this summer. He's out of chances and at fault for his current situation.

Hopefully, Iverson remembers this while plying his trade in Turkey.

--Oly Sandor.
 
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Saturday , Oct , 09 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Franchise Falling: Steve Francis arrested at LAX

Former NBA star Steve Francis was arrested Thursday night at Los Angeles International Airport, officials said. Francis was taken into custody about 10 p.m. by airport police for resisting arrest, officials said. He appeared intoxicated and became boisterous at one of the ticket counters, officials said. He was released after posting $10,000 bail early Friday.
 

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Oh, how The Franchise has fallen.

Steve Francis, a three-time NBA All-Star, is now out the league and catching flack from the law for sipping a little something, something at the Los Angeles International Airport.

Perhaps this is Karma. After all, Francis was a Prima Donna in Vancouver, Houston, and Orlando. His time in New York and Memphis was laughable.

Hopefully, Francis gets it together. He’s only 33. And has the resources to do anything he wants.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jul , 28 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Police sources: Lorenzen Wright dead from gun shot

Memphis police have found the body of a man that sources say is former NBA player Lorenzen Wright. The body was found in southeast Memphis and there appears to be a self-inflicted gun shot wound on the body, according to police sources.

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Tuesday , Jul , 27 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Report: Memphis Grizzlies looking to replace Mike Conley at PG?

The Grizzlies are merely lukewarm about Mike Conley's future as their starting point guard. However, Memphis is only going to supplant Conley if they acquire an obvious improvement. They reportedly made a play for Chris Paul prior to the draft and they selected Greivis Vasquez at the end of last month.

 
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Monday , Jul , 12 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Report: Tony Allen leaving Boston Celtics for Memphis Grizzlies

According to multiple reports, guard Tony Allen will sign with the Memphis Grizzlies. The Memphis Commercial Appeal first reported the deal. Just days after rumors swirled that Allen would re-sign in Boston, Yahoo.com reported he will ink a three-year, $10 million guaranteed deal.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Keeping their nucleus has reportedly cost the Boston Celtics a key reserve.

While Tony Allen had his ups-and-downs, the wing found his niche as a lockdown defender during the 2010 playoffs. For instance, he used his athleticism and length to slow Kobe Bryant in the NBA Finals.

His departure leaves the green-and-white without much depth behind Ray Allen and Paul Pierce at the shooting guard and small forward positions.

Meanwhile, Lionel Hollins and the Memphis Grizzlies will love having a scrappy, athletic defender off the bench. And Allen will serve as a nice back-up for both Rudy Gay and OJ Mayo.

-- Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Jul , 01 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rudy Gay and Memphis agree to five-year, $82 million deal

Rudy Gay has agreed to a five-year, $81.6 million deal with Memphis, including a player option on fifth, his reps at Octagon confirmed to Y!

Via Adrian Wojnarowski for Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter) found on Real GM

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The first big name of the 2010 market has fallen.

Reports indicate the Memphis Grizzlies have re-signed their own restricted free agent Rudy Gay for five-years and $82 million.

Gay was supposedly a fall-back for clubs with cap-space that failed to land tier-one free agents like LeBron James or Dwyane Wade. The feeling was these teams would float an offer sheet that small-market, cost-conscious Memphis would have trouble matching.

Well, the Grizzlies stepped-up.

In giving Gay – an explosive scorer at the three-spot – market value, Memphis showed they’ll keep young assets, so they can again challenge for a playoff spot in the competitive Western Conference.

-- O. Sandor.

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Tuesday , Jun , 29 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Minnesota wants Rudy Gay?

David Kahn says he plans to call two agents at 11 o'clock Wednesday, when the NBA's free-agency negotiation period begins. I hear from a good league source that one of those two guys is Memphis forward Rudy Gay.I texted David Kahn for a confirmation or denial Monday evening and he did not respond.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: This makes sense.

The lowly Minnesota Timberwolves should target Rudy Gay, the athletic swing with the Memphis Grizzlies. While young and talented, Gay has been overlooked because this year`s free agent class features superstars Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Joe Johnson, Amar`e Stoudemire, and Dwyane Wade.

But Gay has the explosiveness to become an All-Star. And the Wolves are desperate for a small forward to complement their bevy of point guards and power forwards.

Best of all, Gay is ripe for the picking because Minnesota - which has just $25 million in committed salary for 2011 - can afford to float a big ticket offer, while small market Memphis may lack the resources to match.

So perhaps the Wolves make a splash in this summer`s free agent market.

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Tuesday , Jun , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Draft Rumor: Memphis and Minnesota swapping first round picks?

The Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves are close to swapping first-round draft picks, a source with direct knowledge of the situation tells ESPN.com's Andy Katz. The Grizzlies would send their 25th and 28th overall picks to Minnesota for the Timberwolves' 16th pick.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: On the surface, this rumor seems insignificant.

However, it does show that Memphis and Minnesota are looking to improve and will be active during Thursday`s draft and free agency.

For instance, the Grizzlies recently called the Hornets about Chris Paul, while the Timberwolves turned down the Pacers' lottery pick for point guard Jonny Flynn.

Both squads also have larger issues to contend with.

Memphis wants to re-sign restricted free agent Rudy Gay -but only for reasonable money. A sign-and-trade involving Gay is an option.

And Minnesota must decide if forwards Al Jefferson and Kevin Love can play together. They`ve also got to convince 2009 lottery pick Ricky Rubio to cross the Atlantic and run the offense in 2012.

These teams will be linked to more rumors and will be stay all summer.

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Friday , May , 28 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Zach Randolph and The Hoop Posse Strike Again

A longtime friend of Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph faces drug dealing charges after he was stopped in Indianapolis driving an SUV owned by the NBA player.

Court documents say the 32-year-old man was arrested May 11 after officers who stopped him for a traffic infraction found more than three ounces of marijuana in a cooler inside the Cadillac Escalade.

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HoopsVibe's Call: Just when Randolph thought he was out, The Hoop Posse pulls him back into the headlines.

The veteran supposedly cut ties with his old entourage that was notorious for breaking the law. And this was why Randolph supposedly had such a banner campaign for Memphis: posting 20-10 numbers, making the Western Conference All-Star team, and helping the Grizzlies crawl closer and closer to respectability.

Apparently not.

To be fair, Randolph isn't yet guilty of anything except poor judgement. But it's never wise to lend/give a friend your car, who happens to roll with three ounces of the 'icky-icky'.   

Randolph, it seems, isn't quite out The Hoop Posse. However, he may want to re-think this relationship, especially heading into a contract year.

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Monday , Apr , 26 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Grizzlies Want OJ Mayo to Play in Summer League as Point Guard

Mayo to summer league?

It is well-documented that second-year player O.J. Mayo is an undersized shooting guard at 6-4, so the Grizzlies coaching staff has invited the former USC standout to participate in summer league.

The goal is for Mayo to significantly improve his point guard skills.

Mayo, though, hasn't decided if he'll participate given his USA Basketball commitment. Mayo and Rudy Gay will be among the young NBA hopefuls vying for a spot on the USA squad that will compete during the World Championships at Turkey.

The Griz are looking to improve their versatility so Mayo's ability to play point guard at times could lead to a bigger, more potent offensive lineup in doses.

Mayo's shaky ball handling and poor decision-making have been major deficiencies throughout his first NBA two seasons. 

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