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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?"

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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 Hoopsvibe

Mo Williams: ‘Dallas just healed my heart’

Mo Williams: 'Dallas just healed my HEART........'

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jun , 08 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Dallas wins 86-83, evens NBA Finals 2-2

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: This is getting awfully interesting.

The Dallas Mavericks evened the NBA Finals 2-2 by beating the Miami Heat, and holding ‘South Beach’ superstar LeBron James to a career playoff low 8 points.

The series now returns to Miami for game five on Thursday. And the NBA Finals is now a best-of-three affair.

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

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Wednesday , Jun , 08 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

LeBron doesn’t care about Finals MVP

I’m here to win,” James said. “That’s all it’s about. Individual accolades take care of itself. “I’ve got two MVP trophies sitting in my house back in Ohio and I haven’t won anything. It doesn’t matter to me. It’s all about a team game and this is the ultimate team prize right here, just trying to win the NBA championship.

“So I don’t really care. I could trade in my last two MVP trophies to have a ring. I don’t care about individual accolades to solidify myself in the NBA or whatever they’re talking about. It’s ridiculous.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: On this, LeBron James gets the benefit of the doubt.

If it was about individual accolades, if it was about getting his, if it was about having the spotlight to himself, James would’ve never ‘taken his talent to South Beach’.
 
If LeBron was all about LeBron, he’d have stayed with the Cleveland Cavaliers and feasted on an all-you-can-eat-smorgasbord of ‘iso’ plays.
 
After all, the Miami Heat has a co-superstar in Dwyane Wade. There’s also a legit’ star in Chris Bosh. This means James must sacrifice points, minutes, and touches.
 
He takes turns dominating the ball. And he no longer spearheads a one-four spread for most the game. At times, he must share. At times, he must take a backseat. And for the NBA Finals, he has had to defer to Wade.
 
The payoff is obvious: teaming up with Bosh and Wade has given James him his best chance at a championship. And winning a championship would validate James' sacrifice.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Jun , 06 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Heat hold off Mavs, win crucial game three

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: For two days, we had concerns about how the Miami Heat would respond to blowing game two of the NBA Finals.

Tonight, we got our answer.

The Heat, led by Dwyane Wade’s 29 points, went into Dallas and hung on for an impressive 88-86 victory. Click the link, watch the highlights, and get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below with thoughts on game three.  

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Jun , 03 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

A Mavericks Miracle: Dallas comeback stuns Miami, ties series

HoopsVibe`s Very Quick Call: Ladies and gentlemen, we have an NBA Finals.

The Dallas Mavericks used a 22-5 run in the fourth quarter to pull even with the Miami Heat.

Stingy defense and clutch baskets from Dirk Nowitzki fuelled the comeback. The Heat will regret allowing the Mavs to get off the mat.

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--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Jun , 03 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Daniel Gibson has beef with LeBron James … again

“After Miami defeated Chicago last week to advance to the NBA Finals, James talked about his decision to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. ‘I wanted to team up with some guys that would never die down in the moment,’ James said. ‘The opportunity presented itself with this great organization and we made it happen.’ Speaking on The Dugout Sports Show Podcast on Wednesday, Gibson said, ‘The way it’s said, you can’t help but take it personal. … I don’t think great players should feel the need to say this about a team or say that about a team. I think what it all boils down to if you’re great, you go play great, be great and everybody will realize you’re great. And you wouldn’t have to let it be known that everybody else was less great. Great players shouldn’t have to do that. So I feel like it’s kind of an admission. He might have needed some help. He might have needed to go somewhere and find someone who is a little greater so maybe he wouldn’t die down in those moments.’”

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HoopsVibe`s Very Quick Call: It`s cattier than a TMZ fallout between Hollywood socialites. And it's more dramatic than a Shakespeare play.

Daniel Gibson has beef with LeBron James.

Again.

This isn't the first time Mr. Keyshia Cole has jousted with the world`s greatest basketball player. Remember, he took issue with his former friend and teammate following The Decision.

Gibson fanned the fire by pronouncing himself the King of Cleveland, which led to a brief twitter war with James. Eventually, cooler heads prevailed.

Here`s the question: Does James care?

He`s currently the toast of the NBA. He`s playing for a championship. He made the right decision to take his talent to South Beach.

Conversely, Gibson is a fringe player. He only makes headlines when feuding with James and because of his wife.     

Gibson isn't worth a response. Of course, this is the greatest slight of all.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Jun , 03 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Lakers to retire Shaq’s number

The Los Angeles Lakers plan to honor their former self-proclaimed Superman, Shaquille O'Neal, by raising his No. 34 jersey to the rafters. "We don't have any specific timetable on this, but you can be assured we will retire Shaq's jersey," said Lakers spokesman John Black in an email on Wednesday.

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HoopsVibe`s Very Quick Call: His career is over. So are his feuds.

It appears Shaquille O`Neal has called it a day, announcing his retirement via twitter on Wednesday.  Everyone is caught up in the good vibes –even those who had beef with O`Neal.

Remember, O`Neal`s relationship with teams usually soured after he left. Like the Los Angeles Lakers. Like the Miami Heat. Or like the Phoenix Suns. 

The purple-and-gold have moved on and announced they`ll retire O`Neal`s number. This is a well deserved honour. The massive five-man won three consecutive championships in Hollywood.

Championships only tell part of the story. While manning the middle for the Lakers, O`Neal was, perhaps, the most dominating force the NBA ever saw.

So the Lakers and their former franchise face let the past die. Hopefully, others do the same and O`Neal gets his due.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jun , 01 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Kareem disagrees with Scottie Pippen’s view that LeBron ‘may be greatest ever’

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Scottie Pippen, what have you done?

The greatest wing-man in NBA history has started drama with his ‘LeBron may be the greatest player' ever comment.

This, of course, is great for the media. Today, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the greatest total scorer in NBA history, wrote an open letter taking issue with Pippen's comments.

While this isn’t a caps-locked tirade ala Dan Gilbert post The Decision, Kareem’s open-letter reminds Pippen to consider what he says before saying it and to pay greater (there's that word again) homage to the league's elders.

Mr. Skyhook also has a not-so subtle reminder for Pippen at the end of the letter. Gee, think Kareem feels his great career has been underappreciated?

Read Kareem's letter and tell us if you agree or disagree in the comment box below.

Dear Scottie,

I have nothing but respect for you my friend as an athlete and knowledgeable basketball mind. But you are way off in your assessment of who is the greatest player of all time and the greatest scorer of all time. Your comments are off because of your limited perspective. You obviously never saw Wilt Chamberlain play who undoubtedly was the greatest scorer this game has ever known. When did MJ ever average 50.4 points per game plus 25.7 rebounds? (Wilt in the 1962 season when blocked shot statistics were not kept). We will never accurately know how many shots Wilt blocked. Oh, by the way in 1967 and 68, Wilt was a league leader in assists. Did MJ ever score 100 points in a game? How many times did MJ score more than 60 points in a game? MJ led the league in scoring in consecutive seasons for 10 years but he did this in an NBA that eventually expanded into 30 teams vs. when Wilt played and there were only 8 teams.

Every team had the opportunity to amass a solid nucleus. Only the cream of the basketball world got to play then. So MJ has to be appraised in perspective. His incredible athletic ability, charisma and leadership on the court helped to make basketball popular around the world -- no question about that. But in terms of greatness, MJ has to take a backseat to The Stilt.

In terms of winning, Michael excelled as both an emotional and scoring leader but Bill Russell’s Celtics won eight consecutive NBA Championships. Bill's rebounding average per game is over 22.5 lifetime, MJs best rebounding years was eight per game (1989). But we will never know exactly how many shots Bill Russell blocked because again, they never kept that statistic while he played. However, if you ask anybody that played against Russell, they will just roll their eyes and say he blocked all the shots he wanted to block in the crucial moments of a game.

Bill played on a total of 11 championship teams and as you very well know, Scottie, the ring is the thing, and everything else is just statistics. So I would advise you to do a little homework before crowning Michael or LeBron with the title of best ever. As dominant as he is, LeBron has yet to win a championship. I must say that it looks like Miami has finally put the team together that will change that circumstance. Its my hope that today’s players get a better perspective on exactly what has been done in this league in the days of yore.

Affectionately,
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,
NBA’s All-Time Leading Scorer

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jun , 01 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

LeBron leads Heat to 1-0 lead in NBA Finals

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Game one of the NBA Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat was exactly what we thought it would be.

It was a close defensive struggle. Dirk Nowitzki ‘got his’. So did The Big Three, who tallied 65 of Miami’s 92 points.

However, the difference was LeBron James. The much scrutinized King dominated both ends of the floor for his Heat.

Anyway, click the link, watch the highlights, and get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below.  

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , May , 31 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Dirk Nowitzki’s 2011 playoffs is no Hasselhoff joke

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He’s a long way from the David Hasselhoff jokes.

Dirk Nowitzki has been arguably the best player in the 2011 playoffs, and tomorrow he’ll compete for a championship against the Miami Heat. Watch the video and get at us with thoughts  in the comment box below.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , May , 31 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

A Versatile King: LeBron will guard Dirk and J.J. Barea

How much does J.J. Barea concern the Heat? They're actually putting him in the same sentences as the league’s Most Valuable Player. With a straight face. “If you don’t treat him with the same type of respect as we did with Derrick Rose he can really come in and have an impact on the game,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I’m sure there will be some possessions where LeBron will be on him."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: ‘We are all witnesses’ of LeBron James’ evolution.

Since signing with the Miami Heat, James has used his athleticism to become the world’s best defensive player.
 
For instance, he’ll spend time defending both Dirk Nowitzki and J.J. Barea when his Heat faces the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals.
 
These two couldn’t be more different. Nowitzki is a seven-footer with range; Barea is a jitterbug point guard.  And James will use his athleticism, size, and strength on both.
 
Yes, James is versatile. And yes, James is good –very, very good.
 
Love him or hate him, no player has ever possessed such versatility on defense, while dominating the other end of the floor.
 
All that remains is winning a championship. When that happens, James will start his climb up the ladder of all time greats.
 
--Oly Sandor.
 
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Saturday , May , 28 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Jason Terry predicted Dallas’ success with tattoo of championship

"When he first got the tattoo, I said he was crazy," Stevenson said of the tattoo that is on the inside of Terry's arm. "I didn't say it to him. But I've never been to the [NBA Finals], and for him to have that now. Wow. And he got that tattoo in October, and it means a lot with what we've been through."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It would seem Jason Terry called the Dallas Mavericks shot last October with a little ink –as in the permanent kind.

Terry was so convinced his Mavs’ would win the Western Conference he got a tattoo of the Larry O’Brien championship trophy on his right bicep during training camp.

Well, Terry’s prediction came true. The Mavs’ won the west in convincing fashion. They are four wins from hoisting the championship. Standing in their way is the Miami Heat.

For now, Terry’s tattoo looks like a good decision. Who knows if that changes if the Mavs’ lose their second NBA Finals to the Heat, though?

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , May , 28 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Dwyane Wade 2006 NBA Finals

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Don’t sleep on Dwyane Wade.

Sure, LeBron James has been absolutely brilliant. But five years ago, Wade lead the Miami Heat to their first ever championship against, of course, the Dallas Mavericks.

So, what Wade shows for the NBA Finals? Will Wade play like the co-star from the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals or will he be ‘that guy’ from 2006?

It should be interesting. And it’s just one storyline worth following from this NBA Finals.

Watch the video of Wade from 2006 and get at us on ‘Flash’ in the comment box below.    

--Oly Sandor.

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