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Saturday , Jan , 15 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

J.R. Smith steals the show against Miami Heat

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: You can criticize his attitude, but you can’t criticize his talent.

Once again, J.R. Smith has produced a highlight reel play, turning heads with an improbable reverse lay-up in the Denver Nuggets’ blow-out win against the Miami Heat.

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--Oly Sandor.
 

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Friday , Jan , 14 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

LeBron claims Conspiracy on ‘Karma is a b****’ tweet

No sooner were the Cleveland Cavaliers spanked 112-57 at Staples Center by the Los Angeles Lakers, then James unloaded on his Twitter account with, "Crazy. Karma is a b****. Gets you every time. It's not good to wish bad on anybody. God sees everything!"

James, however, either had a change of heart or a change of approach when asked about the Twitter posting shortly before Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.

"It was just how I was feeling at the time," he said. Yet he added in the same breath, "It wasn't even a comment from me. It was someone who sent it to me and I sent it out."

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Hoops Vibe’s Very Quick Call: Twitter-gate continues. 

If you’re keeping track at home, LeBron James is now saying he didn’t send the ‘Karma is a b****’ tweet in reference to the Los Angeles Lakers’ midweek blow-out win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

A mysterious person sent the tweet to James, who re-tweeted it. Yes, the conspiracy theorists are having a field day.
 
Of course, James played several season for his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers before taking his talents to ‘South Beach’ as a free agent last summer.

This is one part of the story. James announced he was bolting Ohio for Florida on national television, and even had the audacity to call the program The Decision.

This set off a he said-he said feud with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and the people of Cleveland. Jerseys were burned; letters were published on-line; and a hometown hero was disowned.

Now it doesn’t matter if James tweeted or re-tweeted ‘Karma is a b****’. He either wrote it or read it from a fan/friend, agreed with it, and co-signed it by re-tweeting it. There’s little difference between the two.

Why not own it? James is already the league villain. His popularity has plummeted. And his Miami Heat is public enemy number one.

There’s nothing to lose. Perhaps he’d be better off to state what we suspect: he’s angry about the reception he received from Cleveland.

Fair or not, right, or wrong, those are his feelings. Anything’s better than blaming somebody else.

--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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Monday , Jan , 03 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Teams talking to Raptors about ‘intriguing’ Stojakovic?

An intriguing player on the market is Raptors sharpshooter Peja Stojakovic, who has not played since Nov. 26 because of a knee injury but is close to returning. Stojakovic is earning $14 million this season, and the Raptors also have most of the Bosh trade exception to facilitate a deal.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Let’s clarify. Peja Stojakovic is ‘intriguing’ because of his contract, and not because of his on-court play.

Teams that inquire about Stojakovic are interested in his $14 million dollar expiring contract. They have no illusions about him recreating his Sacramento glory days by moving off the ball, catching, and converting from the outside.

It won’t happen. Injuries and age have taken its toll.

One scenario is worth watching, though. A rebuilding squad could trade for Stojakovic before the deadline and waive or buy him out.

Stojakovic would then become a free agent and, perhaps, ink a pro-rated one-year deal for the minimum with a contender.

In the all-or-nothing world of the NBA, a top team may have interest in renting Stojakovic for a couple of months and the playoffs.

However, the Euro gunner must first prove he can still play before Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, San Antonio, or any other contender takes a flyer on him. This means getting on-court and producing for lowly Toronto.

If Stojakovic can’t contribute to the cellar-dwelling Raptors, how could he contribute to a team with championship aspirations?

The business of basketball means there’s a market for Stojakovic’s contract. Hopefully, he has something left to offer the game of basketball.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Jan , 02 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

MVP Award ‘Out The Window’ for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade?

"When we decided to come together our Most Valuable Player chances kind of went out the window," James said Saturday.

"I think they classify it as an individual award. They look at it like the less help you have, the more numbers you have then the better chance for you to win that award."

James and Wade have seen their numbers decrease this season as they share the court. I don't know how you classify the MVP thing," James said. "Do you classify it as most valuable to his team, if you take that person off his team how do they play? Or is it how is he playing numbers-wise? I don't know."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: There are two issues with the Most Valuable Player award.

First, the media votes for the winner. Face it: as a group, we have biases. Those biases, at some point, creep into the voting.

Second, LeBron James is right: the criterion for MVP isn’t clear. Is the MVP the best player on the league’s best team? Is the MVP the player with the best statistics? Or, is the MVP the player who means the most to his team?

Well, what’s the solution?

The league, through consultation with the Player’s Union, should clarify the criterion for the MVP award. After clarifying this criterion, the media and players should both get to vote for the MVP.

Finally, James is right when saying his partnership with Dwyane Wade hurts their chances at winning the game’s greatest individual honour. Both will gladly sacrifice the MVP for the championship in June.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Dec , 29 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Bosh or Stoudemire? Did Miami Heat have a choice?

The Heat may have preferred Stoudemire's talent because the team made several attempts to trade for him at last February's deadline, according to sources. As it turned out, Bosh, James and Wade all took less money to fit under the cap, and Stoudemire did better financially, getting the maximum $100 million contract from the Knicks.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Chris Bosh or Amar’e Stoudemire?

In theory, the Miami Heat could have signed either Bosh or Stoudemire last summer. After all, both were free agents. And both had serious interest in calling South Beach home.

In reality, the Heat had no choice. They had to sign Bosh –if they wanted to keep superstar Dwayne Wade, and also lure LeBron James from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Wade has a personal and business relationship with Bosh. The two have been friends for years; they share agent Henry Thomas.

Now Wade and Stoudemire may be friendly, but aren’t close like Wade and Bosh, who were essentially a package deal last summer.

If the Heat signed Stoudemire, they lose Wade, and the next free agent domino, James, re-signs with Cleveland or, perhaps, heads to the bright lights of New York City.

Fans can debate if Bosh or Stoudemire would’ve been the best fit for Miami. And Stoudemire’s fine play for the New York Knicks adds fuel to the fire.

The Heat’s front office, however, knew signing Stoudemire would have killed their chances of building a super team with Wade and James.

For the Heat, there was no debate. It was Bosh or broke.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Dec , 27 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Will Jason Williams retire or ask Orlando for release?

Sources near Magic say guard Jason Williams unhappy with situation, trying to be patient with Otis Smith, wants a trade or his release.

Reserve PG Jason Williams was on the Magic's active roster Saturday, but he didn't dress because he continues to be bothered by problems with his left foot. Williams, 35, said doctors have told him that he suffers from arthritis in the foot, and Williams is concerned because the discomfort hasn't subsided over the last month and a half.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Is it the end for White Chocolate? Or is it a new beginning?

There are differing reports on the future of Orlando Magic point guard Jason Williams. One report has him asking for his release because he’s behind Jameer Nelson, Gilbert Arenas, and Chris Duhon. The other has him retiring due to arthitis in his foot.

Either way, his time with the Magic is likely ending. If healthy and available, a contender will show interest.

Williams is more than behind the back dimes and circus moves. He once had the league’s top assist-to-turnover ratio, started for the 2006 world champion Miami Heat, and had veteran sideline boss Hubie Brown dub him the smartest player he ever coached.

Hopefully, he gets meaningful minutes somewhere. Williams, a fan favourite, deserves nothing less.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Dec , 26 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Kobe Bryant to LeBron James: ‘I’m a champ’

The Lakers lost again on Christmas. After being rousted by the Cleveland Cavaliers last year, they have been beaten by the Miami Heat yesterday. They don`t play well and Kobe Bryant is frustrated. At the end of the game, he started trash-talking with LeBron James, saying:``I`m a champ``.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Them be fighting words.

Kobe Bryant took this not-so subtle dig at LeBron James during the fourth quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers-Miami Heat Christmas Day match-up.

James’ squad was again routing Bryant’s Lakers. Last year, the Cavaliers had their way with the purple-and-gold on Jesus’ birthday.

So Bryant reminded James while he may win the odd regular season battle, ‘The Black Mamba’ wins the playoff war – and five times he has hoisted the Larry O’Brien championship trophy.

Two thoughts on Bryant talking trash to James. First, he’s right. Until James wins a championship, or two, he can’t be compared to Bryant.

Second, Bryant engaged James in the fourth quarter of yesterday’s game when the result was decided. Then following the game, he criticized his teammates for lacking focus.

Bryant is the game’s greatest player, and has earned the right to do as he likes. Still, with his Lakers looking distracted, perhaps yesterday wasn’t the best time to talk trash with James.

To them, Bryant may seem more focused on his individual battle with James than on righting the ship for his team.

To be fair, this is only the regular season. Ron Artest and Andrew Bynum will improve. The Lakers will likely hit their stride in the playoffs.

If the Lakers don’t turn things around, the shoe may be on the other foot next Christmas. And James could be telling Bryant ‘I’m a champ’.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Dec , 26 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Would LeBron have picked Paul and Cleveland over Bosh, Wade and Miami?

Chris Bosh turned down a Raptors offer to trade the forward to the Cavaliers earlier this year, according to a source in Toronto. Bosh would have received a maximum contract as a result of the deal, roughly $10 million more than he received from Miami. A source says the Cavaliers also tried to acquire Chris Paul.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Last summer, the Cleveland Cavaliers were desperate, and tried everything to get franchise face and hometown hero LeBron James to sign an extension.

This included trading for Toronto Raptors post Chris Bosh and/or New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul.

Both attempts failed. James and Bosh are teammates with the Miami Heat, while Paul continues to dole out dimes for the Hornets.

However, this report makes for interesting speculation. Turn back the clock to last July. Suppose Cleveland acquired Paul, tore up the remaining two years on his contract, and gave him a long-term extension for the maximum.

Bosh hits free agency, leaves dysfunctional Toronto, and partners with Dwyane Wade in Miami. (Bosh and Wade both use agent Henry Thomas. For years, Thomas had been scheming on ways to get his two superstar clients on the same team.) 

What would James have done? Re-sign with Cleveland? Or bolt to Miami?

Ohio is James’ home. And he’d be playing with CP3, his best friend in the NBA. But Miami is the NBA’s most desirable locale, and Bosh and Wade are All-Stars.

We’ll never know the answer. Cleveland failed to find James a superstar running-mate. So he found two of his own in South Beach.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Dec , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

LeBron on Dec 25th game vs. Lakers: I would rather be home with my family

James says any player in the league "would rather be home with their families." He's been in the NBA eight seasons - and his teams have now been chosen to play on the marquee Christmas schedule five times.
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Credit LeBron James for being truthful.
 
James admitted he'd rather be home with family and friends on Christmas than leading the Miami Heat against the Los Angeles Lakers.
 
Fair enough. Too bad, though. James has to play. And he won't get any sympathy from the public.

Superstar athletes, like James, earn millions of dollars and enjoy an amazing lifestyle. With the money come expectations –like the possibility of having to entertain the masses on Jesus’ birthdays.

This is the deal with being an NBA player. And the positives of this deal far outweigh the negatives.

--Oly Sandor.


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Sunday , Dec , 19 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Michael Beasley on Minnesota: ‘I would love to stay here long-term’

Michael Beasley, dealt from Miami to Minnesota last summer, loves his new surroundings. So much that the forward would like to sign a long-term contract extension with the Timberwolves. "I would love to stay here long-term,'' Beasley said in an interview with FanHouse before Saturday's game at Denver. "Maybe we'll talk about it when the season's over.''
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: This is breaking news. A pretty decent NBA player has announced publicly his desire to re-sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Michael Beasley, a talented scorer and former second overall pick, wants to make The Frozen Tundra of ‘Sota home.

Good for Beasley; good for the Wolves.
 
Both player and team have had issues. In Miami, Beasley struggled with marijuana, the distractions of South Beach, and depression.
 
Since trading Kevin Garnett, Minnesota has regressed into an oddball, outpost for NBA players. Think Siberia, with friendly people.

Things could be changing.

While 6-22, Minnesota has a pair of young forwards in Beasley and Kevin Love. There are also point guards Jonny Flynn and Ricky Rubio.

For the first time in a long time, the Wolves have a foundation. And the future isn't so bleak.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Dec , 18 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Lakers have bigger worries than Kobe’s pinkie finger

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was down to three healthy fingers on his shooting hand Friday in his Philadelphia homecoming but a fourth-quarter surge won it for the Lakers, 93-81.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Kobe Bryant will be fine. His finger is nothing to worry about folks. So move along.

Word is the Black Mamba sprained his right pinkie finger after catching a ‘bad pass’ from Los Angeles Lakers teammate Pau Gasol in a game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

For Bryant, injuries don’t matter. He has played through knee troubles, broken fingers, and other aliments before.

The purple-and-gold has a bigger issue: boredom. After winning two consecutive NBA championships, the Lakers are cruising through the regular season.

Problem is, the San Antonio Spurs, behind their revitalized big four, are flying with a league-best 22-3 record. And the deep Dallas Mavericks are 21-5. If the Lakers get through the Western Conference, the Boston Celtics or Miami Heat will be waiting.

So Bryant’s finger is the least of the Lakers’ worries.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Dec , 18 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Amar’e and Amber Rose show up LeBron?

LeBron James may have hogged all the glory on the court in last night's Heat-Knicks game, but it was Amare Stoudemire who stole the spotlight from King James at his own party the night before.
 
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Forget LeBron James making his first appearance at Madison Square Gardens since signing with Miami as a free agent. And forget the Heat`s win over the Knicks on Friday evening.    

Only one thing matters: the previous night at the club.

Apparently, Knicks’ forward Amar’e Stoudemire made quite the appearance at a New York hotspot on Thursday, showing up James and his entourage.

All eyes were on Stoudemire and new gal pal Amber Rose, who you may remember from her days with rapper/producer Kanye West.

Surprisingly, Stoudemire and James, who played together with Team USA at the Beijing Olympics, didn’t speak or acknowledge each other. In fact, they stayed at opposite ends of the club for the entire night.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Dec , 18 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Dwight Howard behind Magic`s pursuit of Gil Arenas?

After the Wizards lost to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, Arenas privately told people that a deal could possibly be in the works with either Orlando or Charlotte. Word started to spread throughout Verizon Center that evening, but the talk initially was shut down by multiple league sources. The Magic realizes they have to make a move. They have to do something,`` said the source.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The NBA is a superstar’s league and the rest of us are living in it.

For instance, Dwight Howard, the Orlando Magic’s MVP candidate, wants changes to the roster. The big post knows his team isn’t in the same class as the Boston Celtics or Miami Heat, so he’s pressing executive Otis Smith to make a trade.

Being a superstar’s league, Smith must appease. Currently, he’s scouring the trade market for something, anything to keep Howard happy.

And Gilbert Arenas’ name keeps popping up.

Yes, the guy with a rep’ for being more high maintenance than one of those housewives of Orange County. Yes, the brittle combo guard with one of the worst contracts in pro sports. Yes, the Washington Wizards want to part with their former superstar who has a history of injuries, hooliganism, and shenanigans.

Sure, Arenas can score. And sure, he has a relationship with Smith. But The Superstar Formerly Known As The Hibachi has never toned down his shot-first mentality for others.

In fact, Arenas has to be The Guy. He knows nothing else. It’s option one status or broke. Such a mentality and approach isn’t what Howard and the Magic need.

Smith needs to look for the best deal possible. With Arenas, he’d be making a deal for the sake of making a deal.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Dec , 12 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Pictures of LeBron’s Blingy Miami mansion


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call:
Who needs Akron?

The birth place and home of LeBron James is in the middle of winter. The blue-collar city is being pelted with freezing rain, and a huge snowstorm is expected later in the week.

Miami, on the other hand, is sitting at a sunny twenty-six degrees celsius today, so, it’s hardly a surprise The King took his talent to South Beach as a free agent in July.

James will enjoy his new surroundings. He recently bought a home in Miami, a 12, 000 square foot Biscayne Bay palace with bells, whistles, and serious bling factor.

Click the link and check out James’ new Miami digs. Get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below with thoughts and comments.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Dec , 11 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Mark Cuban: ‘Miami is the best team in the league’

 Mark Cuban did enjoy the Heat's early struggles, but he may be changing his tune. During a visit to San Antonio this past weekend, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said the Mavericks were probably the best team in the league right now. ... Surely, [Cuban] has to be pleased with the progress of the hottest team in the NBA, one that battling San Antonio for the league's best record. But are the Mavs, in Cuban's biased opinion, the best around? "Miami is the best team in the league right now," Cuban said simply.

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 HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: They’re better but not the best.

After some early struggles, the Miami Heat have found their form and won six straight games to push their record to 15-8.

There are still issues. For instance, the Heat can’t go all season with Carlos Arroyo and Mario Chalmers at point guard. It remains to be seen if Erik Dampier can provide a physical presence down low.

Most importantly, Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade need time to get comfortable with each other on both ends of the floor.

When this happens, the Heat will legitimately challenge the Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs as the league’s best team.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Dec , 05 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

LeBron on Boobie Gibson: ‘We’re still friends’

James said. "I talked to Daniel today and it is all good. We're still friends."

"He did some things and made some gestures," Gibson said then. "It was some of the things that he'd do when he was here on our team that we would ride with. Him being the opponent he did some of those same things, I, for one, didn't like it."

The reaction James got from ex-teammates became a lingering issue over the last few days. While cameras caught James talking to the Cavs bench on several occasions, most players actually ignored him or gave him a cold reaction.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The coldest reception LeBron James received during his return to Cleveland was from former teammates, and not the fans.

James’ trash talk, gestures, and posturing weren’t appreciated. Several teammates and an assistant coach gave the 6-9, 260-pound superstar the cold shoulder.

Of course, The King spent seven years in Cleveland before ‘taking his talent’ to Miami as a free agent last July.

One former teammate, Daniel Gibson, had a real issue with James’ behaviour last Thursday evening, saying their 'friendship is over'. Clearly, Keyshia Cole’s baby daddy took exception to his former friend showing up the Cavaliers.

Gibson and James recently talked, though. Their 90210 moment is over. These two are still friends.

Here’s my issue: James enjoyed Thursday night. He took noticeable pleasure in dropping 38 points on the Cavaliers. And he rubbed in the Heat’s blowout victory.

Why didn’t a current Cavalier put a hard foul on James? Nothing dirty but a good, firm infraction would have sent a message.

Instead, the Cavaliers did their talking through the media. And James got the last word, on-and-off court.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Dec , 02 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

LeBron James and The Return to Cleveland

The Heat have changed team policy and will not release details of the team's itinerary for the trip to Cleveland. Miami will play the Cavaliers on Thursday night. It will mark the first time LeBron James has played at Quicken Loans Arena as a visiting player.

The Heat typically release the team's travel schedule, hotel location and pregame workout plans as a courtesy to select media outlets that cover the team for home and away games.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s time.

It’s time for everybody to move on. Cleveland. LeBron James. Dan Gilbert. Ohio.

Good or bad, right or wrong, James decided to swap the cold of Cleveland for the warmth of Miami. He announced his decision on national television -treating the people who raised him like the loser in a television dating show.

That, however, was six months ago. No matter how things ended, Cavalier-nation can’t justify harassing James or his family when The King and his court return to Cleveland tomorrow night.

This will be their first meeting since the infamous decision took place on ESPN.

Fans should boo; nothing else, though. Anything more will make it difficult for Cleveland to shake its reputation as a second-rate city full of blue-collar meatheads.

(For the record, I think this reputation is undeserved.)

Right now, James and the Heat have problems-big problems. This group was supposed to contend for the NBA Title. Instead, they’re sitting at 10-8.

Maybe the city of Cleveland and the Cavaliers are enjoying a little Karma.

--Oly Sandor.


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Sunday , Nov , 28 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Bosh, James, Wade, and Riley to blame for Heat`s 9-8 start

It was a well-needed team meeting where everybody got an opportunity to get off what they had in their chest or what they had in their head about us figuring things out,” James said. “Right now we are a 9-8 team and we have to own up to that. Does our record speak of what team we can become? No, I don’t think so. We’re 9-8 because we’ve been playing like that and we have to figure things out, which we will.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Finally.

In holding a players only meeting, the Miami Heat admitted the flaws and kinks of their Three Kings system.

Right now, there’s too much sizzle, not enough steak in The MIA.

Sure Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade are superstars, but the Heat lack blue-collar muscle, a reliable point guard, and, most importantly, an identity.

Pundits have the answer: fire Coach Erick Spoelstra. Then take Pat Riley out of the executive suite and put him on the bench.

But turning South Beach into Showtime won’t fix things. Spoelstra may be the problem. There’s no guarantee Riley is the answer.

After winning the championship in 2006, the Heat imploded. `Riles` irked players with five-hour practices and demands that were simply unreasonable.

His club sputtered through a pair of disastrous seasons, ending up in Secaucus, New Jersey for the NBA draft lottery.

Back then, Riley was a short-term fix. The game had passed him by. His message wore thin and he couldn’t relate to the modern player.

The other knock against Riley is age. At 65, could he commit to coaching the Heat for the long-term? The answer: probably not.

For now, the players need space to right the ship. Instead of thinking he’s the answer on the sideline, Riley should hire a championship calibre bench boss who can relate to players.

Whoever he hires, Riley can’t undercut him. No taking notes at games. No more hanging around. And no more cryptic answers about his future. It creates an unstable environment.

Yesterday, Bosh, James, and Wade were honest about their role in the Heat’s 9-8 start. Riley should do the same.

--Oly Sandor.

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