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Thursday , Jul , 14 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Dwyane Wade on NBA Finals loss to Dallas: ’the sting is there’

Despite a month that has taken him to fashion previews in Italy and France, then to another camp he hosted in his Chicago hometown, Wade said the night of June 12 and that lost feeling still stings.

"The sting is always going to be there when you lose," he said. "Obviously, it was my first time ever losing the Finals. The sting is there, no question about it. I joke with the kids. I said, 'All right, I'm going to make jokes about it. You guys are not going to ask me the question.' Because the first thing, when they ask questions, they want to know stuff. I make sure I shed some light on it in a sense-of-humor type of way, but the sting is there.``


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Dwyane Wade and his Miami Heat must embrace the `sting’ and get humble.

Last year was out-of-hand in South Beach. The Great Free Agent Chase of 2010 and The Decision were offensive. Their pre-emptive victory celebration was highly offensive.

It showed that D-Wade, LeBron, and Bosh thought they’d waltz to the NBA championship and have no issue winning several more.

While their regular season was mixed, the Heat was outplayed and out-classed by the team-first, collectivist Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals.

The Three Kings, or whatever else they were calling themselves, had lost. Most were happy about this development, too.

The Heat's arrogance had turned off those outside of Florida. Wade and his running mates were the villains.

So Wade needs to embrace the ‘sting’. He needs to get, and stay, humble. He needs to get in the gym and re-discover the work ethic that won him the 2006 NBA Title.

Forget about the Heat upgrading their supporting cast. New additions will be tough with the stricter Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Instead, Wade must focus on how he can improve. This is the first step towards another championship. And a championship is the only thing that will lessen the ‘sting’ of 2011.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jul , 13 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Can David West ‘win big’ with New Orleans?

"I have to do what's best for me and my family," West said. "(Chris Paul) understands it's all about winning, and as the years go, by you can't get them back. I want to win and win big, win a championship. "But you've got to find the right situation, where it's reality and not fantasy. I just want to be on that stage, have a shot at (a title) and see what happens."


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: David West want to win big. To achieve this, West, a free agent, can't re-sign with the New Orleans Hornets.

The Hornets, even with a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, will likely stay the poster-child for have-not franchises. They will always struggle to compete.

New Orleans was poor before Hurricane Katrina. Six years later, they can't generate enough revenue to lure free agents to play with their stars.

West knows this. Most importantly, so does Chris Paul, the team's top player and franchise-face. Paul, unless the new CBA allows the Hornets to franchise tag him, will leave next July as a free agent.

He's out.

Paul's best friend in the NBA is LeBron James. In fact, James' marketing company, LMRM, represents Paul. The tiny table-setter will have learned from The Decision, and he'll only sign in a big market or with a legit contender.

Think New York. Think Orlando. Think Miami. New Orleans can't compete with these destinations.

West knows Paul will leave in one year. And West knows this means he'll have to leave, too.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Jul , 12 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Tyson Chandler thinks LeBron is ‘the most scrutinized player of all-time’

Dwain Price: "He has to be the most scrutinized player of all-time." --Mavs center Tyson Chandler, talking about Bron-Bron on ESPN's Sports Nation.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: It's his fault, though.

Tyson Chandler is right to declare LeBron James the world's most highly scrutinized athlete. However, James, and nobody else, is to blame for this.

After all, The Decision was not a good look. It was an example of how not to handle free agency and what will go wrong when 'your boys' handle your career.

Then there was The Victory Party. After signing James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade, the Miami Heat threw a pre-emptive championship shindig, complete with all the bells and whistles.

The Three Kings hadn't won a championship. They hadn't even won a game. Such details didn't prevent James from suggesting his Heat would win several championships.

These acts, The Decision and The Victory Party, sealed James' fate. He went from hero to villain faster than any athlete, actor, or musician of recent memory.

James dug his grave. He must now live in it –which means having the masses cheer when his star-studded Heat lose the 2011 NBA Finals to Chandler's Dallas Mavericks. 

There's a solution: James leads the Heat to a championship. Hoisting the Larry O'Brien trophy would silence most, if not all, of his critics.

Most would begrudgingly forgive James for The Decision and The Victory Party. They wouldn't forget but they'd forgive. 

Forgiveness would be the start of James, the world's most scrutinized athlete, rebuilding his image.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jul , 06 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

What will Wolves do with Mike Beasley after marijuana citation?

Minnetonka Police say Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley was cited for marijuana possession and speeding in Minnetonka last week. Beasley was pulled over on June 26 for speeding around 3 a.m. on Interstate 394 and Carlson Parkway. He was clocked at 84 mph in a 65 mph zone.  Police also found 16.2 grams of marijuana in Beasley's vehicle.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: We were wrong.

We were wrong to think Michael Beasley was passed this. We wrong to think he left his troubles at the clubs in South Beach. And were wrong to applaud his fine season with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

He fooled us. All of us.

Reports indicate police pulled Beasley over for speeding last week and found 16 grams of marijuana in his vehicle.

This is not a good look for anyone, especially a pro athlete who has battled addiction and mental health issues.

Clearly, Miami's nightlife wasn’t the issue. The issue is Beasley, who found trouble in quiet Minnesota. Once again, he has slipped. Once again, he needs help.

Then there’s the basketball side of this. The Timberwolves seemed interested in giving Beasley a multi-year extension when the lockout ended.

They’ll reconsider. In fact, they'll probably pass.

Expect the Wolves to commit more resources, time, and money to developing second overall pick Derrick Williams, a talented and athletic forward with none of Beasley’s baggage.

Problem is, there won't be much of a market for Beasley. Few, if any, teams will take a chance on him via trade or by floating an offer in free agency.

He still has time; time to change. Just ask Lamar Odom, Chris Webber, and Jason Williams. The clock is ticking, though.

Hopefully, Beasley gets it right. And fast.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Jul , 05 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Bosh, LeBron, D-Wade, and Heat have most to lose with Lockout?

You’re coming off an NBA Finals where your team fell painfully short of its second world championship, and you have only three more years of guaranteed time with the LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade before their player options come up, giving all three the freedom to head elsewhere if this isn’t working out as planned.

Is this really the time for labor strife to potentially cost you a full season? Isn’t this the worst possible time to consider bonding with these newer, more desperate owners around the league for the sake of shared health? Wouldn’t a potential lost season put a huge dent into this perfect model you essentially have spent four years planning for and building?


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Like De La Soul said, The Stakes is High.

Right now, the Miami Heat has the most to lose if there’s a prolonged work stoppage and a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with a hard cap.

It starts with owner Micky Arison. The billionaire has invested hundreds of millions of dollars on the Three Kings -Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade.

The controversial trio is only signed for a guaranteed four years. 2010-11 is in the books. 2011-12 is at risk because of the lockout.

Of course, the entire Heat model is also at risk. Suppose the owners win negotiations. Suppose they implement a hard cap. Suppose they rollback salaries.

Despite what he said publicly, Heat executive Pat Riley may be forced to break up his star trio. And Bosh would be the one to go.

Upgrading the supporting cast will also be a problem. With a top-heavy salary structure, the Heat will have little money to sign a point guard or center. Especially if soft cap loop-holes like the veteran`s minimum and mid-level exception are eliminated. 

Whenever next year begins, the Eastern Conference champions could look different.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Jun , 28 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Bosh, LeBron, D-Wade pushing Heat to sign Eddy Curry?

With the beginning of free agency just a few days away, its no surprise that there are little tidbits of rumors and information starting to find their way into the hands of the media.  The Sun-Sentinel reported on Monday that the Heat had been working with free-agent center Eddy Cury, who has barely played over the past three seasons.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: I don’t see it. I don’t see what Eddy Curry can offer the Miami Heat.

After all, Curry played a grand total of ten games in the last three seasons. He's several seasons removed from posting nice numbers for the New York Knicks.

Then there’s the fit. The Heat need an athlete. Someone to score, defend, and play both ends of the floor.

That’s not Curry. The Chicago native was once a skilled center, but he always struggled with defense. His skill will be gone after such a lengthy layoff, and his defense will be even worse becase of poor conditioning.

There were off-court issues, too. Curry, despite signing a massive contract, was in debt because of atrocious decisions. Then there was this.

Why is the Heat so interested in Curry? Three words: Bosh, LeBron, D-Wade.

Curry has the same management as the 'Three Kings'. So Executive Pat Riley may be tossing the people behind his superstars a bone.

If so, this isn’t basketball. This is business. And bad business at that.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Jun , 26 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Doc Rivers’ advice for LeBron: Tell The Media To ‘Screw’ Itself

When asked about the level of criticism LeBron received, Rivers was surprisingly sympathetic: "Some of it was self-inflicted, some of it inflicted by everyone else. After Game 3, someone asked LeBron, 'When are you going to step up'?. The problem is that he answered, when he should have said 'Go screw yourself'."


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Doc Rivers is comfortable in his skin. LeBron James is not.

So Rivers, when absolutely necessary, can tell off the media without worrying about consequences or repercussions. Things usually work out for the Boston Celtics’ personable sideline boss.

James, however, is different. His image has fallen faster than the American real estate market. Everything he says has consequences and/or repercussions. Lately, things haven’t been working out for the Miami Heat’s superstar.

What’s the answer?

Well, James has to find better people to support him. For instance, his media/communications guy can’t be his boy from an old AAU team.

James needs a world-class PR firm by his side 24/7. He needs to be retrained on interacting with the media. And he needs to do this now.

Finally, he needs to reflect and think on what’s important: his family and basketball. Hopefully, gaining perspective will allow James to again feel comfortable with himself.

Everything else, on and off-court, will fall into place.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Jun , 23 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Stan Van Gundy to LeBron: Stop Crying About Media

‘No I can’t say that. Look I’m not the most empathetic person in the world anyway, but look first of all it’s sports. The thing that would make me feel bad for somebody was some personal issue. I’m not going to feel bad that you are struggling on a basketball court because you only get to within two wins of a championship. Come on there was nothing to feel sorry for. I got a little tired I’ll admit of the whole everybody hates us routine. I thought first of all it’s not true. Okay it’s the same as the Yankees type of thing. There’s just a lot of people interested, so there may be more people who dislike you. There are also more people that like you. There’s a great deal of interest. Second of all they brought it on…LeBron more than anybody. They brought all that scrutiny and attention on yourself. You went out seeking it then don’t cry in the face of it. That to me got to be a very tiresome story line.’”


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Part of this is about LeBron James. Most of this is about Pat Riley.

Remember, Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy was once gainfully employed as head coach of the Miami Heat. Riley was his boss, mentor, and friend.

Riley then fired Stan Van Gundy, so he could take over behind the bench. The Heat won the 2006 championship. Stan and brother Jeff Van Gundy, a former head coach turned broadcaster, have been warring with Riley ever since.

In fact, the Van Gundys never pass on a chance to slam the Hall of Fame sideline boss.

Stan Van Gundy is right: the Heat, especially James, brought this on themselves. They hosted a celebration after signing the Three Kings. And James boldly predicted that the Heat would win multiple championships.

So James and the Heatles can’t complain. They set the bar exceptionally high. They failed to reach those expectations. Now fans, as Stan Van Gundy mentioned, are holding them accountable.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jun , 22 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Is Pat Riley ‘crying wolf’ about coaching Miami?

‘No, I’m not going to do that.’ He paused, adding, ‘It doesn’t mean I don’t have the fire. But we’ve got a great young coach here.’ While Riley would not discuss specifics about Spoelstra’s coaching future, he said, ;Definitely we’re going to bring Erik back. As far as any long-term type of situation, that has not been discussed.’


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Does anyone believe The Oil Slick?

Today, Pat The Oil Slick Riley told the media he won't swap the executive suite for the bench. His days as coach of the Heat are apparently finished.

This is tough to believe. Correction: it's impossible. Riley is the coach who cried wolf.

Not long ago, Riley put a Brutus-like knife into the back of Stan Van Gundy. After months of claiming ‘Stan was his Man’, Riley fired his friend, prodigy, and long-time assistant because he wanted to steer the star-studded Heat.

To be fair, Riley delivered. With the Hall of Famer on the sideline, the Heat won the 2006 championship.

There are too many similarities to 2006 believe Riley's recent claims, though. Erik Spoelstra is supposedly Riley’s guy -like Van Gundy in 2006. The Heat are loaded with superstars -like 2006. And expectations are huge -like 2006.

Then there’s Riley’s personality. He loves the spotlight. All year, he sat in the stands, looked into the TV cameras, and reminded everyone who runs the Heat.

Of course, Riley is the lead executive. But why sit in the stands? Why undercut Spoelstra, the coach you selected?  Why subject Spoelstra -a loyal, hardworking, and decent assistant coach- to such scrutiny?

The answer says much about Riley. And his return to the sideline can't be ruled out.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Jun , 19 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Pat Riley: Heat want to keep LeBron, Wade, and Bosh

Not long after LeBron James' Finals flameout, Miami president Pat Riley has sent word to other league execs: He's not breaking up his Big Three. That's too bad - for the rest of the NBA.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Miami Heat, according to Executive Pat Riley, do not want to break up 'The Three Kings'.

Translation: the Heat do not want to trade Chris Bosh. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were never going anywhere.

'Oli Slick' Riley knows he can’t get equal value in a trade for James or Wade. Such a thing is impossible. So such a trade isn't happening.

Love them or hate them, 'The King' and 'D-Wade' are firmly entrenched as the faces of South Beach. Basketball’s greatest villains are returning.

Bosh’s status wasn’t so certain. He struggled to find his place amongst his superstar teammates. And his more introverted, bookish personality seemed at odds with the glitz-and-glamour of James and Wade.

There were suggestions the Heat would shop Bosh in hopes of upgrading their supporting cast.

Not anymore, though. Riley saw Bosh’s true value in the playoffs. And he wants to keep his left-handed four-man.

Wanting and doing are different. Riley may have to trade Bosh because of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The CBA may include a hard cap and/or salary rollback, which would force changes. Bosh, and his max contract, would likely be sacrificied, so the Heat can comply with the new cap.

Bottom line: the Heat want Bosh. But they might not be able to keep him.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Jun , 17 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

DeShawn Stevenson to LeBron: ‘We got the ring baby’

The Mavericks celebrated their NBA Championship today with a parade through the streets of Dallas and a rally at the American Airlines Center.  And despite being arrested two days ago for public intoxication, Mavs guard DeShawn Stevenson was able to make his $475 bail yesterday just in time for the party.  During the celebration, a Mavs announcer asked Stevenson if he had any final words for the Miami Heat and in particular, LeBron James: “You saw what my shirt said.  We got the ring baby!”


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Restraint isn’t part of DeShawn Stevenson’s vocabulary.

Despite getting arrested for public intoxication on Tuesday, despite posting $475 bail so he could be at the Dallas Mavericks’ championship parade, the controversial swing still went after rival LeBron James.

When asked if he had any final words for the Miami Heat and James, Stevenson told Mavs’ fans: “you saw my shirt. We got the ring, baby.”

Okay, this was funny. Not so much now.

After all, Stevenson called out James and the Heat for showing a lack of class. Yet, here he is rubbing in the victory days after getting arrested.

Not exactly a shining example of sportsmanship.

To be fair, Stevenson and James have a personal and professional rivalry dating back to their time with the Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Still, there’s a time, there’s a place. And today’s championship parade wasn't the time and place for Stevenson.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jun , 15 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

LeBron James: I’m not ‘better than anyone’

Tuesday, James backed down from those statements and said they were misinterpreted. "Basically I was saying at the end of the day this season is over and -- with all hatred -- everyone else has to move on with their lives, good or bad. I do too," James said.

"It wasn't saying I'm superior or better than anyone else, any man or woman on this planet, I'm not. I would never ever look at myself bigger than anyone who watched our game. It may have come off wrong but that wasn't my intent."


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Fair enough.

He was tired. He was upset. He was under pressure/duress. He had a hell of a year. And his Miami Heat just lost the NBA Finals.

So LeBron James said the wrong thing on Sunday night. In fact, he said the worst thing possible, challenging the haters, critics, and general public after losing the championship to the Dallas Mavericks.

Not surprisingly, there was a backlash. And James became the anti-Christ. Again.

Yesterday, was progress. James did a good job clarifying his comments about being superior. He expressed regret. He seemed sincere. He deserves credit.

Now for the bigger issue. Since ‘The Decision’ last July, James has become public enemy number one. He needs better people around him, specifically a communications or PR guy.

Other than developing a low post game, this should be James’ top priority for the summer.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jun , 15 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

DeShawn Stevenson: ‘Hey LeBron! How’s my Dirk taste?’

The Mavericks closed out the series on Sunday night with a 105-95 win in Game 6 before taking to South Beach club LIV to celebrate with the Larry O'Brien trophy.  On Monday, the Mavericks flew home to Dallas, where Stevenson was spotted wearing a Mavericks blue and white t-shirt with lettering that read: "Hey LeBron! How's my Dirk taste?"


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: To the victors go the spoils. It also means they get the last laugh.

Take DeShawn Stevenson, the controversial and outspoken guard for the world champion Dallas Mavericks. Stevenson, whose beef with LeBron James goes back to their days with the Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers, was unusually quiet during the NBA Finals.

Perhaps he didn’t want to make James mad. Perhaps he didn’t want to create a distraction. Perhaps he wanted to focus on winning.

Well, the Finals is over. The Mavericks won. And Stevenson is making up for lost time.

First, he called the Heat ‘classless’. Then he sported a t-shirt saying ‘Hey LeBron! How's my Dirk taste?’. The best part of his ‘t-shirt’: it had an HDTV logo on it, the company Mavericks owner Mark Cuban founded.

For now, Stevenson has bragging rights. And he's enjoying it.

--Oly Sandor.

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Break up the Dwyane Wade/LeBron James duo.
Wednesday , Jun , 15 , 2011 J.N.

Break up the Dwyane Wade/LeBron James duo.

Do not blow up the Miami Heat. I repeat – do not blow the team up. That’s a stupid idea because they just made the NBA Finals. Yes, they actually reached the NBA Finals. It’s tough just to get there. I do not comprehend a complete blow up of the team by any stretch of the imagination. Pat Riley is not going to do that. It’s just dumb. However, they should break up the tandem of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. I am serious and will explain why. 


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Tuesday , Jun , 14 , 2011 Diego Garcia

Mo Williams: ‘Dallas just healed my heart’

Mo Williams: 'Dallas just healed my HEART........' Link HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Friend turned foe piles on. In Cleveland, LeBron James and Mo Williams were tight. They formed a terrific starting backcourt, and had swagger and confidence to spare. Until The Decision went down last July. Everything changed when James hired Jim Gray, went on ESPN, and announced he was ‘taking his talent’ to South Beach. The world started to hate -including Williams. Should Williams hate? Sure, the new table-setter for the Los Angeles Clippers has a right to feel frustrated with how James left. Perhaps he and Cav-nation deserved better than being dumped on national television like a second-rate reality show. Williams can’t criticize James for what he did. Leaving was his right as an unrestricted free agent. No co-star was coming to Cleveland, no matter what owner Dan Gilbert claims. For James it was simple: continue playing with the likes of Candace Parker’s brother in Ohio or head south, partner with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, and challenge every year for a championship. Of course, something else may have happened behind the scenes. Something we don’t know about. Bottom line: Williams should keep quiet. Kicking a former teammate, even one as cocky and arrogant as James, when he’s down isn’t a good look. --Oly Sandor. Agree or disagree? Well, get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below. 
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Monday , Jun , 13 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Mavericks take game six, win NBA Title

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: It's official. The Dallas Mavericks are NBA champions.

The Mavs' won game six of the NBA Finals and, as a result, the Larry O'Brien trophy with balanced play, masterful three-point shooting, and offensive rebounding in the fourth quarter.

The storylines are endless: Future Hall of Famers Jason Kidd and Dirk Nowitzki get their rings; owner Mark Cuban really has a reason to smirk; Jason Terry's offensive explosion was reminiscent of Vinnie Johnson.

Plain and simple, the Mavericks were the better team.

The questions will continue for the Miami Heat. For instance, who will Executive Pat Riley sign to support the 'Three Kings'? And can the Heat afford the 'Three Kings' if the new Collective Bargaining Agreement changes the NBA's financial landscape? 

Is Erik Spoelstra the coach to lead LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to a championship? If not, will 'Oil Slick' Riley stab Spoelstra in the back like Stan Van Gundy and return to the sideline?

These questions will be answered in the future. In the meantime, click the link for video highlights of game six, and get at us with thoughts on the Mavericks winning the championship. 

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Jun , 13 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Was Stevenson vs. Haslem a suspendable offence?

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s irrelevant. But only because the Dallas Mavericks won game six and the NBA Title.

In the first half of game six, the Mavericks’ DeShawn Stevenson and Miami Heat’s Udonis Haslem exchanged shoves. Several players on both teams left their bench, which is a no-no.

A player is automatically suspended one game by league VP Stu Jackson, also known as the worst GM in the history of sports, for leaving the bench during an altercation.

So, it looked like the Mavericks and Heat would both be shorthanded for game seven.

There won’t be a game seven, though. The Mavericks won the series. And players, like Joel Anthony and Brian Cardinal, had an out because Stevenson and Haslem’s incident occurred during a timeout.

Still, it would've been interesting to see what the NBA would’ve done if there was a game seven.

My thought: Corporal/Commissioner Stern and lackey Stu would have issued a suspension of sorts just to prove a point.

After all, they’ve typically ruled by the letter of the law, and not the spirit of the law.

Even when common sense should rule the day. And even if it would've overshadowed game seven of the NBA Finals.

(Did this incident warrant a suspension?)

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Jun , 13 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Dirk Nowitzki sheds ‘SOFT’ label with championship and Finals MVP

Jeff Van Gundy: 'Can Dirk Nowitzki finally shed the soft label? When has Nowitzki ever been soft'?7

(ABC Broadcast)

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call:  From unknown ‘Euro’ to world champion and Finals MVP.

Leading his Dallas Mavericks to an NBA championship validates Dirk Nowitzki as one of the NBA’s greatest players of all time.

His numbers were always superb. Yet Nowitzki never received the respect he deserved from his fellow superstars. It was subtle, but there.

There were Euro jokes. There was little respect from Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade in the 2006 NBA Finals. And Wade snubbed him months later at the 2007 All-Star game.

Then there was the jokes after his Mavericks self-destructed against the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the 2007 playoffs. The Mavericks were the first seed. The Warriors were the eighth seed.

Just a few days ago, Wade and LeBron James took a run at Nowitzki, coughing and joking into the camera before a shoot-around.

Clearly, the Heat’s two superstar didn’t believe Nowitzki had the flu in game five, or the German was playing up his fever to gain sympathy.

Bottom line: none of that matters anymore. Not one bit. Nowitzki now has a championship. Nobody can ever take that from him.

Revenge is indeed sweet.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Jun , 11 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

‘Cough-Gate’ makes Finals Personal for LeBron, D-Wade, and Dirk

"I just thought it was a little childish, a little ignorant," Nowitzki said before Saturday's practice at AmericanAirlines Arena. "I've been in this league for 13 years. I've never faked an injury or illness." Wade, who referred to Nowitzki's sinus infection Thursday as "the fun-loving story of him being sick," claimed Saturday that he didn't pretend to cough.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The NBA Finals just got personal. At least, for the series’ three greatest superstars.

Yesterday, reports indicated that LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were mocking Dirk Nowitzki’s cough, implying that the Dallas Mavericks’ forward was pretending to be sick in game five to appear heroic.

These reports stem from a video of James and Wade walking down a hallway with security. Of course, Nowitzki fired backed, calling James and Wade ‘childish’ and ‘immature’.

James and Wade then blamed the media, suggesting the press was again vilifying The Three Kings and Miami Heat. Apparently, there was no intended slight at Nowitzki.

Let’s be straight: the Heat have to be feeling the pressure. They were picked to walk through the regular season and waltz to the championship.

It was supposedly a foregone conclusion that South Beach would be hosting a victory parade in late June. It hasn’t worked that way.

The regular season was full of ups and downs. Now they’re a game away from being eliminated by the less talented and less heralded Mavericks.

The pressure is on. And things will get awfully personal for the Heat’s two biggest stars if they don’t win game six and seven.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Jun , 10 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Dallas one win away from NBA Title

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: One win.

This is all the Dallas Mavericks need to capture their first ever championship, after defeating the Miami Heat On Thursday evening to take a 3-2 series lead.

The championship round returns to Miami for game six and seven. And fans should get a stellar ending to a highly entertaining NBA Finals.

Click the link, watch the video highlights, and get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below with thoughts.  

--Oly Sandor.

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