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Suns dish Lakers their 8th straight road loss
Thursday , Jan , 31 , 2013 Matt Formica

Suns dish Lakers their 8th straight road loss

The Los Angeles Lakers blew a 13-point fourth quarter lead Wednesday night and lost to the Phoenix Suns 92-86.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  It's hard to be a believer in this Lakers team.

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Drew vs. Goodman League at CSULB – The Final Thought
Monday , Oct , 24 , 2011 J.N.

Drew vs. Goodman League at CSULB – The Final Thought

The half time show was ass. Three kids were dancing around shouting through the speakers. If they were good, we couldn’t tell because the sound check guys did not do their jobs. There was too much feed back. I cannot understand what they were saying. The kids looked more like ravers on drugs dancing around with decorative clothes and back packs. They claimed that swag is dead, but their sign is messed up. It reads “Swag is dead.” A slash mark crosses the sentence. Does that mean that swag is not dead? They meant to say “Swag.” A slash mark crossing that word makes sense. No one was amused. Swag itself was not amused.

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Drew vs. Goodman League – John Wall vs. James Harden
Sunday , Oct , 23 , 2011 J.N.

Drew vs. Goodman League – John Wall vs. James Harden

The main event game took place at Cal State Long Beach in Long Beach, California. The game did not take place in Los Angeles. People need to get that right. The celebrity game started off the night on a low note. I did not think it could get any lower until these no name rap groups came out to perform. It was a blood bath. No, no one killed anyone. When I say blood bath, I meant they killed my ears. They were dancing and singing for the crowd, but the crowd just did not give a damn. Shout outs to performing with heart and the silent awkwardness that followed.

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Sunday , Oct , 23 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Can ballet save Michael Beasley’s image?

Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley has kept busy during an extended, locked-out NBA summer when he played ball everywhere from China to Manhattan's famed asphalt playgrounds. He has also taken up ballet to transform his body and hired a public- relations agency to improve his image.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Forget Yoga. Forget working with Michael Jordan’s old trainer Tim Grover. And forget elaborate diets.

The newest training trend for NBA players is ballet. Michael Beasley has taken to the classical dance to prepare for the season -if owners and players ever settle on a new collective bargaining agreement.

While unorthodox, ballet has helped Beasley improve his balance, strength, and coordination. Best of all, the Baltimore native is fifteen pounds lighter than his 2011 playing weight of 240 pounds.

Of course, there’s no doubt this news leaking is part of Beasley’s public make-over. Remember, Minnesota police caught him speeding with marijuana and cell-phone cameras captured a confrontation with a fan at a playground run.

Bizarre news is good news for Beas‘, especially when you’re looking to rehsape your image and  score a multi-year extension for mega-millions.

--O.Sandor.

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Tuesday , Jul , 12 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Kahn, Wolves less credible after Rambis boondoggle

I want to thank Kurt for his contributions to our franchise and wish him the best in his future endeavors," Kahn said in a statement announcing the firing. "His arrival signaled we were serious about building a championship-contending ballclub over the course of time. We have accumulated a solid nucleus of young talent with a bright future during the last two years. I am hopeful Kurt receives his share of the credit for helping develop that talent and his contributions are not forgotten as we become a better basketball team."    

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HoopsVibe`s Very Quick Call: They are perhaps the worst organization in the NBA –maybe in all of professional sports. And yes, that includes Donald Sterling's Los Angeles Clippers.

Take the Minnesota Timberwolves handling - or mishandling - of Coach Kurt Rambis, which is another hit against executive David Kahn and owner Glen Taylor. 

Now Rambis was by all accounts a poor coach –regardless of the extremely limited hand he was dealt by Kahn. But Rambis –despite not winning much of anything- deserved better.

After all, Kahn kept Rambis twisting in the wind for months, not letting the former Los Angeles Laker know if he'd return to the Midwest for 2011-12 or join the unemployment line.

Kahn even gave Rambis homework, making him write a report on how he'd improve the team if brought back. Of course, Kahn knew his assignment was meaningless –the decision to fire Rambis was made long ago.

So what's the big deal about the Wolves mistreating Rambis? They simply hire another coach, right?

Well, wrong. Professional organizations treat employees with respect and decency -or, for lack of a better word, like professionals.

Kahn, Taylor, and their lackeys in the front office should model this for their players. Such an approach is necessary to win a championship or even qualify for the playoffs –and it starts at the top.

Consider Michael Beasley's recent marijuana citation. Sure, the troubled forward broke the law, but the Wolves, specifically Kahn, will surely be upset with Beasley's lack of respect for the organization.

This would be fair -except Kahn showed an utter lack of respect for Rambis.

The acts and circumstances may be different. But Kahn has no credibility to criticize Beasley for hurting the reputation of the Wolves. He has done this time-and-time again.

Rambis is the latest black eye for the Wolves. It won't, however, be the last on Kahn and Taylor's watch.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Jun , 03 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Surprise, Surprise: Ricky Rubio finally signs with T-Wolves

Yes, he will. A winding, often secretive 23-month saga over whether Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio ever will play for the Timberwolves is over. Rubio on Tuesday signed an NBA contract to play with the team next season, a league source confirmed Wednesday night to the Star Tribune.

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HoopsVibe`s Very Quick Call: After more delays than a Dre album, Ricky Rubio has finally crossed the Atlantic Ocean and signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Wolves drafted Rubio two years ago. But he stayed in Spain. For 23 months.

Rather than pay a multi-million dollar buyout to join the NBA`s Siberia, Rubio stayed in Spain. And the rumors flew.

Most assumed this was a ploy by the Spaniard to force a trade. And most, myself included, thought he`d never actually play for Minnesota.

Executive David Kahn was willing to wait. Rather than succumb to outside pressure, he held firm and sold Rubio on playing with budding stars like Mike Beasley and Kevin Love, the NBA`s Most Improved Player.

The hype and chatter is over. Rubio has landed state-side. And he must produce.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Apr , 13 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Michael Beasley embarasses Jared Dudley with ankle breaker

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Two non-playoff teams provided a classic ankle breaker.

Last night, Michael Beasley crossed up Jared Dudley with time running out in a meaningless but entertaining game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns.

Watch the clip and get at us with thoughts on Beas’ embarassing Dudley in the comment box below.   

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Mar , 21 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Kobe Bryant on Andrew Bynum’s flagrant foul: ‘I’m proud of him’

Not all the Lakers were upset with the league's decision. "I'm proud of him," Kobe Bryant said of Bynum. "He earned his stripes."  Bynum will need to be careful the rest of the regular season if he wants to avoid further discipline. He will be automatically suspended for one game if he commits another flagrant foul, type 2, before the end of the regular season. The Lakers were hoping for leniency from the league. Bynum isn't known as a rough player with an angry demeanor.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: If Andrew Bynum was worried about his flagrant foul on the Minnesota Timberwolves' Michael Beasley, he can stop.

Kobe Bryant has Bynum’s back. Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar and one of the game’s premier players, beamed like a proud parent when asked by reporters about Bynum’s foul and suspension.

Now Bryant obviously doesn’t want Beasley to get hurt. Other than that, he’s clearly thrilled with Bynum’s flagrant foul.

Consider the following: opposing teams will be hesitant to drive the lane against the Lakers; Bryant’s squad are finally playing their best with the playoffs fast approaching; Bynum is absolutely dominant in the paint.

It’s interesting to reflect on how far Bryant and Bynum have come. These two weren’t always tight.

In fact, Bynum often found himself on the wrong side of Bryant’s rage. Not long ago, the Black Mamba complained to two strangers outside a strip mall that the club didn't trade the seven-footer to the New Jersey Nets for Jason Kidd.

Two championships have a way of changing things. With Bynum plugging the middle, the Lakers have to be favoured to win a third.

Now wonder Bryant has Bynum’s back.  

--Oly Sandor.


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Thursday , Jan , 06 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Kevin Love on staying in Minnesota: ‘I just want to win now’

"We'll see what happens with what David Kahn and the front office want to do," Love said. "If it's right, it's right. If it's not, it's not. I could end up somewhere else. I just want to play for a team that wants to win at this point. At this point, I just want to win now."
 
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Kevin Love wants to win. And now.

So Love, the double-double machine, will have no choice but to leave the Minnesota Timberwolves as a free agent to achieve his goal.

After all, the Wolves are perennial cellar-dwellers. And Love, who becomes a restricted free agent in one year, has basically given his employer 365 days to right the ship and post ‘dubyas’.

To be fair, the cupboard isn’t bare. The Wolves have the improving Michael Beasley and seem convinced Ricky Rubio will cross the Atlantic and sign an entry level contract next summer.

This doesn’t make the cupboard full, though. A promising but troubled forward, Beasley, and a Spanish point guard, Rubio, won’t be enough to convince Love to re-up long-term in The Frozen Tundra of ‘Sota.

If Love wants to play meaningful basketball in the late spring/early summer, if Love wants prime-time coverage, and if Love wants the Larry O’Brien championship trophy, he leaves.

Love needs a big three or big four, with an owner willing to invest resources in a bench and supporting pieces.

Wolves’ fans would be wise to enjoy Love while they can. He isn’t staying in Minnesota.

--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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Minnesota Timberwolves remain as a Toyota.
Saturday , Sep , 04 , 2010 J.N.

Minnesota Timberwolves remain as a Toyota.

The Wolves didn’t do much in the 2009-2010 season. They kept losing and lost Al Jefferson, too. Point guard Jonny Flynn had the chance to solidify the position for years to come, but made the fan base look forward to Ricky Rubio’s arrival. He had a solid rookie season with 13.5 points and 4.4 assists. That’s fine and dandy although the Wolves are looking for a star. They are not looking for fine and dandy.

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Monday , Aug , 16 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Surprise, Surprise: Good guy Haslem arrested for marijuana possession

Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem was arrested Sunday for possession of marijuana following a traffic stop in Miami-Dade County.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: This isn’t good for Udonis Haslem or the Miami Heat.

After all, Haslem is heavily connected to the area. He was born in Miami, attended Florida University, and has spent his entire career with the Heat.

This summer the club signed him to a five-year extension, in part, because of his positive standing in the community.

Now taking a toke on the whacky stuff doesn’t make Haslem a bad guy, but it does show poor judgement and must make Executive Pat Riley question his professionalism.

Of course, the Heat probably thought they were past these issues when they dealt troubled Michael Beasley to the Minnesota Timberwolves this summer.

Well, they’re not. The surprise is that Haslem is the player in trouble.

--Oly Sandor. 

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Saturday , Jul , 24 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

David Kahn on Michael Beasley: he smoked ‘too much marijuana’ in Miami

Timberwolves president David Kahn is confident that young forward Michael Beasley has matured. Kahn said Beasley used "too much marijuana" during his time with the Heat.Miami drafted Beasley with the second overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.

"He's a very young and immature kid who smoked too much marijuana and has told me that he's not smoking anymore," team president David Kahn said in an interview on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities, "and I told him that I would trust him as long as that was the case."

 
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Wednesday , Jun , 30 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

True or False: Toronto trading Bosh to Miami for Anthony, Beasley, and Chalmers?

ESPN's NBA contributor Dan LeBatard reports that the Raptors are poised to complete a sign-and-trade deal with Miami that would see Bosh go to the Heat for power forward Michael Beasley, point guard Mario Chalmers and forward Joel Anthony.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Right now, this is a report. Nothing more.

And LeBatard broke this via twitter, so draw your own conclusions; however, the ESPN scribe is typically on point with the happenings of the Miami Heat. 

Still, TSN and The Globe and Mail - which are both based out of Toronto - also have a strong relationship with key people in the Raptors' front office. They've both disputed LeBatard's report. So, again, draw your own conclusions.

Some will hope this report is baseless for the Canadian dinos. They'll argue Bosh is a frontline superstar, and the club has to get more than Anthony, Beasley, and Chalmers.

Perhaps.

Of course, CB4 is an unrestricted free agent. On July 1st, he can walk and the Raptors would get nothing back. Some compensation is better than no compensation.

Still, the next few days will be interesting. Chris Bosh, the Miami Heat, and the Toronto Raptors will be in the middle of the action.

Fact or Fiction? What are your thoughts on this report that Bosh has been traded to the Heat? Come back to HoopsVibe News for more this developing story!

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Tuesday , May , 04 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Pat Riley to Michael Beasley: You’re OK, but You Need to Be Better

Riley said he told Beasley during his exit interview, ``You're doing OK. OK isn't good enough for me or for you. So let's figure out how to get past OK.'' Beasley said, ``OK.''

Asked if Beasley could play mostly small forward if the team's personnel dictates that, Riley said ``his comfort zone'' is power forward. ``That's the most logical place for him to be, but his game is expanding.''

Riley said ``ever since Michael was drafted, he seems to be the most maligned player in the NBA. He takes things so seriously because he reads and hears on a regular basis how bad he is. That's just the way it is. I said, `Get used to it in this league.' If you want to be the best of the best, you better get used to having a very tough skin.''
 

 

Save Michael Beasley, please!
Friday , Apr , 30 , 2010 J.N.

Save Michael Beasley, please!

I’m officially starting the “Save Michael Beasley” campaign. This is a long arduous journey filled with hot babes, hot sex, drugs, booze, self destruction, hot Miami nights, self loathing, self reflection, and change – not necessarily in that order.

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