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Saturday , Apr , 02 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Heat pull classic April Fools Day prank on rookie Pittman

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: April Fools Day is not good for NBA rookies.

The league’s freshmen are already vulnerable enough; having to fetch doughnuts, carry bags, and often embarrass themselves every day of the long season.

Their more tenured peers have less shame on the first of April. Take the Miami Heat. They pulled the classic stop-and-go, letting rookie Dexter Pittman lead warm ups all by himself.

Veterans Mike Bibby, Eddie House, James Jones, and even highly respected Zydrunas Ilgauskas were amused, while Pittman was, well, not so impressed.


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--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Mar , 06 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Celtics sign Heat castoff Carlos Arroyo

 

The Celtics have agreed to a contract with Carlos Arroyo, according to a league source. Arroyo's deal is for the pro-rated veteran's minimum for the remainder of the season.

 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: One team’s junk is another team’s treasure.

The Boston Celtics have signed Carlos Arroyo, who was waived by the Miami Heat after they signed veteran point guard Mike Bibby.

Yes, the contenders in the Eastern Conference have been playing musical chairs at the one-spot.

After all, the Atlanta Hawks traded Bibby to the Washington Wizards for Kirk Hinrich at the trade deadline. Bibby was promptly bought out and signed with the Heat, which led to South Beach giving Arroyo, who started much of the season, his walking papers.

The Celtics had an opening because they sent Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of the Kendrick Perkins-for-Jeff Green blockbuster.

So what will Arroyo bring to the green-and-white?

Well, he’s a veteran. Arroyo has been around the league and can help off the bench or start when absolutely necessary. He’ll also have some idea as to how the Heat operate, and could provide invaluable info in a best-of-seven series.

Both the Celtics and Heat are expecting to meet in the playoffs. What a match-up that could be.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Feb , 27 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Miami Heat want Mike Bibby and Troy Murphy?

The Heat would like to sign Mike Bibby if the Wizards give him a buyout; Washington called it unlikely but hasn’t ruled it out. The Heat will explore Troy Murphy if he gets a buyout from Golden State (one report has Boston as the front-runner) and perhaps Indiana’s T.J. Ford, but he’s a poor three-point shooter.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Superstar laden teams need shooters to win.

For instance, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen’s Chicago Bulls squads had deep threats like B.J. Armstrong, Jud Buchelor, Craig Hodges, Steve Kerr, and John Paxson.

Kobe Bryant, winner of five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, has played with marksmen like Derek Fisher, Rick Fox, Devean George, Ron Harper, Glen Rice, Brian Shaw, and Sasha Vujacic.

Shooters spread the floor and keep defences honest. If a defender helps or helped on Bryant, Jordan, or Pippen, these Hall of Famers find the shooter who usually nails the open look.

It’s basic basketball. It’s also winning basketball.

So expect the Miami Heat to take a run at Mike Bibby and/or Troy Murphy –if they get a buyout from the Washington Wizards and/or Golden State Warriors.

After all, the Heat has their superstars: Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade.

Bibby could run the club’s offensive sets. His greatest asset would be playing off-the-ball, spotting-up, and knocking shots when defences helped on Bosh, James, and Wade.

Remember, Bibby was a clutch performer for the Sacramento Kings, giving those championship Laker squads all they could handle in some classic playoff battles.

Murphy is a nice inside-outside four-man. He can help on the glass, while also stretching defenses with his incredible three-point range.

However, the Heat may want to sign Murphy just to thwart their prime competition in the Eastern Conference –the Boston Celtics.

Expect the Heat to be extremely active if Bibby and/or Murphy become available. Their South Beach superstars can always use additional shooters.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Feb , 24 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Will Mike Bibby pout with Washington Wizards?

The Atlanta Hawks tonight acquired guard Kirk Hinrich and center/forward Hilton Armstrong from the Washington Wizards in exchange for Mike Bibby, Maurice Evans, Jordan Crawford and Atlanta's 2011 first round draft pick.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Will Mike Bibby once again pout?

Years ago Bibby stuck out his bottom lip, sulked, and looked on the verge of tears after getting drafted second overall by the Vancouver Grizzlies.

Now Bibby had the right to feel frustrated, as the Grizzlies were the worst team and organization in the NBA and possibly pro sports.

However, his histrionics occurred in front of the hometown faithful. Yes, the draft was in Vancouver and Bibby still behaved like a Hollywood socialite when attacking the paparazzi. 

As the kids say, this was not a good look. How will Bibby handle the trade to the Washington Wizards?

The Atlanta Hawks are regulars in the NBA’s second season, while the Wizards are stuck in the Eastern Conference cellar with little chance of leaving anytime soon.

Even worse, Bibby won’t even start at point guard. That distinction belongs to 2010 first overall pick and Rookie of the Year candidate John Wall.

So Bibby in DC should be awfully interesting.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Jan , 01 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Josh Smith feels ‘disrespected’ by Serge Ibaka and Russell Westbrook

Asked if he was upset by Ibaka’s dunk, or the foul, or both, Smith said, “You know what it was. That’s showing disrespect (dunking the ball). Everybody in the whole league knows you don’t do nothing like that. I talked to Durant about it. He said he would talk to him (Ibaka) about it, and he knew that wasn’t right.
 
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It wasn’t as offensive as Andray Blatche screaming at a teammate or Ricky Davis shooting on his own basket.

It was close, though.

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook and center Serge Ibaka won’t win any friends on the Atlanta Hawks by padding their statistics in the final moments of yesterday’s game.

Last night, the Thunder had beaten the Hawks. Time was set to expire. Both teams seemed content to let the final seconds play out and move on to the next game.

Then Westbrook suddenly passed the ball to Ibaka for an uncontested, breakaway dunk. Westbrook needed one assist for a triple-double, while Ibaka needed two points for a double-double.

This is a no-no.

The Hawks’ Mike Bibby and Josh Smith rightfully took exception to Westbrook and Ibaka’s actions. Thunder superstar Kevin Durant was left to play peacemaker after the game.

Even Thunder coach Scott Brooks couldn’t defend his players, telling The Oklahoman “when you got the game won, you run the clock out”. Anyway, watch the clip and get at us with thoughts on Westbrook and Ibaka’s last second basket against the Hawks.

 
(Ibaka's dunk is at the end of the highlight package.)
 
--Oly Sandor.
The NBA’s 50 Worst Tattoos
Sunday , Apr , 11 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

The NBA’s 50 Worst Tattoos

You wouldn't believe the number of inky abominations etched into the pelts of pro ballers.  I'd originally planned a simple list of the league's ten worst tats, but when my dishonourable mention section hit double digits I realised I'd need to expand the scope of the project a little.  Even when I elongated the list to twenty-five terrible tattoos, I still found that I had to exclude some real atrocities.  In the end it took a full fifty spots to showcase the shittiest skin art in the L.

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The NBA’s Worst Tattoos: 10-1
Saturday , Apr , 10 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

The NBA’s Worst Tattoos: 10-1

If you're finding this feature for the first time, you might want to check out the previous parts to warm up.  We don't want you straining an eyeball.

The NBA's Worst Tattoos 50-41

The NBA's Worst Tattoos 40-31

The NBA's Worst Tattoos 30-21

The NBA's Worst Tattoos 20-11

The NBA's Worst Tattoos: 10-1

10. Kobe Bryant's "Vanessa" Tattoo

So, to recap, Kobe's biceps is adorned with a crown, butterflies, angel wings, Vanessa's hair and Vanessa's name.  I can't help but feel he could have saved some space by simply stamping the word "Sorry!" on his arm and calling it quits.

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