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Butler, Bledsoe, Redick Trade.
Wednesday , Jul , 03 , 2013 HoopsVibe News

Butler, Bledsoe, Redick Trade.

NBA Trade Alert: Butler, Bledsoe, and Redick involved in 3-team trade.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The Clippers pick up J.J. Redick in the deal, but will need more if they want to make a run at the West.

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Mayo To Opt Out of Dallas, Stoudemire and Jennings Guarantee Wins.
Friday , Apr , 19 , 2013 HoopsVibe News

Mayo To Opt Out of Dallas, Stoudemire and Jennings Guarantee Wins.

O.J. Mayo will opt out of his contract in Dallas as Stoudemire and Jennings make absurd first round playoff predictions.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Since when does a #2 seed have to publicly guaratee they'll beat a #7 seed? Probably about the same time a #8 seed guarantees they'll beat the best team in basketball. 

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Top 5 Longest Winning Streaks In NBA History
Saturday , Mar , 09 , 2013 Paul Eide

Top 5 Longest Winning Streaks In NBA History

LeBron and the Heat have won 17 in a row, but they've got their work cut out if they want to break this record.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: The Heat are currently tied for the 12th longest winning streak in NBA history.

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Today In NBA History 1972: Lakers Win 33rd In A Row
Tuesday , Jan , 08 , 2013 Paul Eide

Today In NBA History 1972: Lakers Win 33rd In A Row

41 years ago today, the Lakers set an untouchable record.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: This is potentially the most overlooked record in all of sports.

To put the record into perspective, the Clippers 17 game winning streak that ended less than a week ago was little more than half as long.

On 1/7/72, the Lakers beat the Atlanta Hawks 134-90 for their 33rd win in a row. Two days later the streak was broken during a 120-104 loss to a Milwaukee Bucks team led by Kareem Abdul-Jabar and Oscar Robertson. If you're going to have an epic streak broken, it may as well come against two of the best players in NBA histroy.

Led by Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlin, Elgin Baylor, Gail Goodrich, Pat Riley and Jim McMillian (and including former Phil Jackson assistant coach Jim Cleamons), the 1971-72 Lakers are arguably the greatest team of all time.

On their way to the best record in NBA history (until the 1995-96 Bulls eclipsed it), the team culminated the streak by winning the NBA title, the first for the franchise since the move to LA from Minnesota. The Lakers didn't lose a game for over two months, going a combined 30-0 in November and December.

So is it the most impressive winning streak in American (because who knows what the hell is going on in Pakistan or Uganda; it doesn't matter) professional sports history? Let's compare it to the other major sports.

The MLB record for consecutive wins is 26 by the then baseball NY Giants. In the NFL, the New England Patriots won 21 in a row between 2003 and 2004. In the NHL, the Pittsburgh Penguins set the mark with 17 straight in 1993.

NBA wise, you may be surprised to know that the second longest winning streak is 22 held by the Houston Rockets in 2007-08. Nobody expected anything out of the Rockets that year and they somehow went off before showing "they are who we thought they were" and losing in the first round of the playoffs. 

Do you think the Lakers record of 33 consecutive wins will ever be broken? 

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Today In NBA History 1990: Scott Skiles 30 Assist Game
Monday , Dec , 31 , 2012 Paul Eide

Today In NBA History 1990: Scott Skiles 30 Assist Game

Though it's hard to imagine in his current role as Bucks head coach, Scott Skiles was a legit baller at one time.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: This is a record that may never be broken.

22 years ago on a warm night in Orlando, Magic point guard Scott Skiles set the single game NBA assist record with 30 during a 155-116 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

Going into the game, there was no reason for anyone to expect any type of legendary performance as both teams were struggling. The Nuggets were 6-22, the Magic 6-23, two of the worst records in the league.

Skiles to that point in his career hadn't been given the opportunity to do much. Drafted by Indiana, he came off the bench for two years. The Pacers thought so little of him that they left him unprotected for the 1989-90 NBA expansion draft where he was selected by the Magic. 1990-91 was his first season as a full-time starter and he responded with a great season, ultimately winning the NBA's Most Improved Player Award.

But what caught everyone's eye was his 30 assist game, breaking the previous record of 29 held by Kevin Porter of the New Jersey Nets in 1978. And it wasn't like Skiles was just a facilitator in that game, sandbagging on offense just to set the record. He scored 22 points on seven of 13 shooting. He turned the ball over just four times, on his way to 7.5 to 1 assist to turnover ratio. Check out the final assist, not exactly a "gimme":

Skiles didn't just flounder after the 30 assist game- he had several outstanding assist performances that year including a 20 assist game against Denver roughly three months later. For the season he dished out 15+ in six games on his way to averaging  8.4 assists per game which was 10th in the league.

There is always something magical about seeing a record setting performance, particularly one that was completely unexpected.

Will Scott Skiles 30 assist record ever be broken?

 

 

Today In NBA History 1971: Kareem Scores Career High 55
Tuesday , Dec , 11 , 2012 Paul Eide

Today In NBA History 1971: Kareem Scores Career High 55

Today in 1971, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored a career-high 55 points in Milwaukee’s 120-104 victory over Boston.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: It's somewhat suprising his career high wasn't higher.

And that's not a slight to the former Lew Alcindor at all. He was just such a dominant player for such a long time, and considering he is the NBA's all-time leading scorer, I would've guessed it would have been north of 60-65 points.

In just his third NBA season, in front of just over 10,000 people, he set his career mark as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks. Check out the box score here and just look at some of those classic, hall of fame names-Chaney, Cowens, Havlicek, Robertson and Dandridge.

In 20 professional seasons, he never averaged less than double figures, and in 17 of those seasons, he averaged 20+. A lot of his points scored came via the famous "Sky Hook" shot that he created while in just the fifth grade. It's interesting because his proficiency at it made him synonymous with it, which in a lot of ways, limits how he is remembered historically. It's like a game of word association, when I say "Sky Hook", you're going to say "Kareem", to the point where it obscures his dominance in all other areas. In college, the dunk was outlawed from 1967 until 1976 because of his overpowering use of it.

The average NBA fan knows that Abdul-Jabbar is the highest scorer in league history, but did you also know he is also the leader in games played, minutes played, field goals made, field goals attempted, blocked shots, defensive rebounds AND personal fouls? The most amazing stat of all may be that he currently ranks 35th in NBA history in assists! From 1970 to 1989 he missed one all-star game. There are may be a handful of players who have made the impact that Kareem made to the game.

Abdul-Jabbar won six NBA championships, six regular season MVP awards, two Finals MVP awards, led the league in scoring average twice, rebounding average once, and blocks per game four times.

41 years ago tonight, Kareem scored more points than he ever would in another NBA game.

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Friday , Apr , 20 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Ray Allen unlikely to re-sign with Celtics?

In addition to being nearly traded, Allen was relegated to the bench by the emergence of Avery Bradley, a move that has made the Celtics more athletic and more effective defensively. Bradley’s offensive development has been one of the more surprising storylines of the NBA season.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Ray Allen has pride.

So the future member of the Hall of Fame can’t be happy losing his starting position with the Boston Celtics and nearly getting sent to the Memphis Grizzlies at the trade deadline.

Allen, a perennial All-Star and the NBA‘s greatest three-point shooter, helped the green-and-white win a championship in 2008.

He’s also sensitive. Remember, Allen and George Karl clashed several times when the two were together on some competitive Milwaukee teams.

Karl thought Allen was soft. The veteran sideline boss even told the press as much before sending him out west to his former team, the Seattle Super Sonics.

Of course, Allen’s a pro’. He won’t complain publicly. However, revenge could come this summer when the veteran becomes a free agent.

Would he take a massive discount to join the rival Miami Heat and knock down open jump shots when LeBron James and Dwyane Wade get double-teamed? Or, perhaps he’d be open to spending a year or two playing off Derrick Rose and his upstart Chicago Bulls?

Anything is possible. Just don’t expect Allen to retire. He's not done. And he has too much pride.

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Wednesday , Mar , 21 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Warrior fans boo owner, ruin Chris Mullin’s jersey retirement

“I’m not going to let a few boos get me down, and I don’t expect a few boos to get our team down,” Lacob said. “I think everybody has to stay tough, these are tough times, we’re going to go out there and we’re going to compete and we’re going to win. And that’s my job as an owner, too, we’re going to do everything we have to do. Not going to let a few boos stop us. I obviously think whoever was booing is incorrect in their assumptions, but we’ll just let time heal all wounds. Winning will solve all things.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It wasn’t the time or place. And it ruined a celebration.

Golden State fans picked the worst moment to voice their displeasure with management/ownership trading scorer Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks for post Andrew Bogut.

They unleashed a parade of boos on owner Joe Lacob when he was leading - or attempting to lead - the retirement of Chris Mullin’s jersey. Mullin and Warrior great Rick Barry were put in the awkward spot of defending Lacob.

To be fair, Warrior fans should be upset. Just not with Lacob.

For years, the club was run like a banana republic by owner Chris Cohan. He hired and fired. He spent wildly and dumped salaries. He applauded and criticized.

In short, Cohan, was Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde until selling the team.

Not surprisingly, the Warriors last made the playoffs in 2007, and that was the first time they had qualified for the second season in 14 years.

At least, Lacob has a plan. He hired the best possible consultant, Jerry West. Then he hired the best coaching prospect, Mark Jackson.

Together, West and Jackson wanted a tougher, bigger team, so they dealt Ellis, a fan favourite, for Bogut, an inside anchor.

Will it work?

Well, the jury is out. Lacob, West, and Jackson deserve more time, while Mullin deserved better than having his night overshadowed by fan anger.

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Wednesday , Mar , 14 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Report: Warriors offered Monta Ellis to Kings for Tyreke Evans?

While it remains unknown whether Sacramento has shown any willingness to trade former Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans, two sources said Golden State made repeated inquiries about him recently and was prepared to discuss a deal involving Ellis. Evans' former agent just so happens to be Bob Myers, who was hired as the Warriors' assistant general manager in mid-April. Evans is eligible for an extension this summer but it appears unlikely that one will be offered to the third-year player unless he shows major improvement. The Kings can simply wait until the summer of 2014 to gauge the market, as he will be a restricted free agent and they can match any offer from other teams.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Golden State’s acquisition of Andrew Bogut and interest in Tyreke Evans was an admission by the Warriors that they weren’t good enough.

They weren’t good enough to contend. They weren’t good enough to make the playoffs. So they made a change.

Monta Ellis - a small, talented, and temperamental guard - was shipped to Milwaukee for the bruising Bogut, who will anchor the middle when he returns from injury.

Bottom line: they swapped sizzle for steak.

Before pulling the trigger on the Bogut blockbuster, the Warriors reportedly offered Ellis to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for the physical Evans.

The Kings refused; however, the focus should be the big picture. The Bogut deal and Evans rumor shows that Mark Jackson, the Warriors’ rookie coach, needs to implement his defensive approach.

And the Warriors took a giant step in that direction with the Bogut deal.

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Wednesday , Mar , 14 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Warriors trade Monta Ellis to Bucks for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson

The Milwaukee Bucks have traded Bogut and forward Stephen Jackson to the Golden State Warriors for Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown, sources confirmed to ESPN.com.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Suddenly, Andrew Bogut and Monta Ellis have new homes.

The Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors' swap of franchise faces is an admission by both clubs that the status quo wasn't working.

After all, Bogut was often injured, while Ellis was often in trouble. (In fact, Bogut is currently out with an ankle injury, while Ellis is being sued as part of a sexual harassment case involving a former employee of the Warriors.)

The Warriors are hoping Bogut, a former first overall pick, anchors the middle. Ellis, a terrific scorer, will form an undersized and dynamic backcourt with Bucks table-setter Brandon Jennings.

Bogut and Ellis aren't the biggest wild card in this trade. That distinction belongs to Stephen Jackson, a former Warrior who fell out with management.

Captain Jack, an integral part of the Warriors' 'We Believe' run of 2007, has since made several stops around the league before ending up in Coach Scott Skiles' doghouse.

His return to 'The Bay' will be worth following.

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Thursday , Mar , 08 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Stephen Jackson in ‘Cars and Clothes’

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Stephen Jackson isn't playing much for Scott Skiles' Milwaukee Bucks, so why not drop a new rap single?

Click the video below and tell us your thoughts on Captain Jack's single 'Cars and Clothes'.

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Sunday , Jan , 08 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Blake Griffin’s massive facial on Ersan Ilyasova

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Just another day in the office for Blake Griffin, the highlight producing power forward for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Last night Griffin dunked with ferocity on Ersan Ilyasova, and his Clippers cruised to victory over the beaten up Milwaukee Bucks. Watch the video below and get at us with thoughts in the comment box below.

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Who is at fault for this lockout?
Saturday , Oct , 22 , 2011 J.N.

Who is at fault for this lockout?

Derrick Rose recently said that the current NBA lockout is “not our fault.” That makes sense. He is a player. He is a part of the Player’s Union. Captain Obvious is obvious. Why would he state something that does not need to be said? It’s not just Rose, but for the rest of the players. This generic statement is an easy statement to make. We understand the need to put blame on someone. Someone has to go down. Upon further examination, is the blame truly on the owners? 

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Tuesday , Oct , 04 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Stephen Jackson in ‘What’s a Lockout’

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: NBA players have handled the lockout in different ways.

Heat superstar Dwyane Wade got into a shouting match with Commissioner David Stern at a bargaining session; Nets table-setter Deron Williams is playing in Turkey; Laker great Kobe Bryant has spread his brand and may sign in Italy.

Then there’s Stephen Jackson. The newest edition to the Milwaukee Bucks has released a lockout inspired rap song.

Click the video below, give Captain Jack’s work in the booth a listen, and get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below. 

(By the way, listener discretion is advised.)

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Tuesday , Sep , 13 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Michael Jordan fined 100K for talking state of NBA

The NBA fined Michael Jordan $100,000 for public comments he made last month about the lockout and one of the league's players, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Even Michael Jordan must keep quiet.

Jordan, perhaps the greatest player to ever grace an NBA floor, was fined for speaking about the lockout and Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut.

Of course, Jordan no longer plays. He owns the Charlotte Bobcats, one of the league’s have-not franchises that’s losing nassive sums of money.

As an owner, he’s not allowed to speak publicly about the labour strife. For this gaffe, Jordan was fined $100, 000.

Here’s the thing: His Airness needs help. Without a new collective bargaining agreement, the Bobcats won’t win games, make money, or shake off the apathy that’s killed the Charlotte market.      

So $100, 000 is nothing. It’s the cost of doing business, or the cost of stating the Bobcats’ reality.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Sep , 04 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Brandon Jennings thinks Stephen Jackson makes Bucks a top team in the east

“The first day Stephen Jackson walked into the facility, I knew right then and there it was going to be a different year,’’ Jennings said. “And it’s going to be a year that I think we’re going to be successful.

“The thing about the NBA is the league gets better and better every year. It’s never going to be the same, so I think with Stephen Jackson and a healthy Andrew Bogut and Drew Gooden, I think we’ll be talented enough to play with any of the top teams in the East, hands down.’’

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Brandon Jennings is right to suggest Stephen Jackson will impact the Milwaukee Bucks.

Will it be for better or worse, though?

Jennings believes his new teammate will use his talent for good, transforming the Bucks into a contender out east.

There`s evidence to support this view: Jackson was a champion with the San Antonio Spurs; helped the Charlotte Bobcats make their first-ever playoff appearance; and was terrific for the Golden State Warriors in 2007.

And there`s evidence to refute this view: Jackson bolted on those same Spurs, fell out with the Bobcats, and demanded the Warriors trade him months after signing a lucrative extension.

The hope is that Jackson will warm to his new surroundings. When healthy, Jennings and Andrew Bogut are a solid pair. Coach Scott Skiles will appreciate his tenacity as long as Jackson doesn`t become a distraction.

Who can forget the shenanigans that took place with the Indiana Pacers?

Of course, Jackson’s deal expires in 2013, so he’ll have to perform if he wants a contract from the Bucks or another team.

Jennings is right: Jackson will make the Bucks better. For now, it`s in his interests to do so. 

--Oly Sandor.


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Wednesday , Aug , 31 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Brandon Jennings: Kobe Not L.A. enough?

If Bryant decides to play in the Drew League this summer, Jennings would want to see some documentation. "He wasn't born and raised in L.A," Jennings told ESPN the Magazine`s Chris Palmer. "You gotta be from L.A. for Drew. Show me a birth certificate."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Perhaps taking his cue from Donald Trump and President Obama, Brandon Jennings wants to see Kobe Bryant’s birth certificate to establish if the superstar can represent the Los Angeles based Drew League.

Locked out NBA players have taken to suiting up for two street ball organizations: the Goodman League and the Drew League.

Jennings believes you must be born or raised in Los Angeles to play for the west-coast based Drew League. Bryant wasn’t born or raised in Los Angeles, which according to the Milwaukee Bucks’ table-setter makes him ineligible.

To be fair, Bryant has always considered himself a Los Angeles native since getting drafted by the Lakers in the mid-nineties. Other cities, especially Philadelphia, gave him grief for such allegiances.

So Jennings, a resident of Compton, should perhaps cut the five-time world champion a little slack and let him play for the Drew.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Aug , 21 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Cavs open to trading Ramon Sessions?

(Mary Schmitt Boyer) Based on everything I'm hearing, I would be surprised if the season started before January. As for Sessions, I'm not sure if the organization has made up its mind to trade him. I think the team is intrigued by playing any two of these point guards together. If a move is made, I would expect an attempt to get more scoring and athleticism on the wings.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Once again, his spot seems at risk.

Ramon Sessions is a solid third guard and spot starter, however, he has the unfortunate habit of joining teams who are stocked in the backcourt.

For instance, he left Milwaukee because the Bucks had Brandon Jennings and Luke Ridnour at the one-spot. Minnesota deemed him expendable with Jonny Flynn, Ridnour (again), and Ricky Rubio's eventual migration from Spain.

So, the Wolves dealt him to the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers. And it seemed he finally had a home and regular minutes.

Well, wrong.

The Cavaliers acquired Baron Davis at the trade deadline, assuming the remaining two years and $29 million on his contract, while Kyrie Irving was drafted first overall and anointed The Future.

Both are point guards. It would seem Sessions will get his minutes playing next to Davis and Irving -or he won't get minutes at all.

And the Cavaliers will likely be listening to any or all offers for the nomadic guard.

--Oly Sandor.

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