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Thursday , Jul , 14 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Dwight Howard to China, not Europe?

Marca: If you play overseas, I have the hunch that you would choose China rather than Europe?

Dwight Howard: Yes, I think China has more options.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Forget his goofy grins, whacky imitations, and bad jokes. Dwight Howard is smart –smarter than most of his NBA brethren.

Instead of taking his talent to Europe during the NBA lockout, Howard has his eyes on the prize: China. Playing in the land of Yao, Howard would get a handsome salary and opportunity to promote his brand. 

There’s no guarantee Howard, or any NBA star, receives a cent in Europe. Owners in Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain are known for not honouring player contracts -and this was before the financial crisis.

Bottom line: there’s no money for NBA stars in Europe. Plying their trade on the other side of the Atlantic isn’t so simple.

First, the money is scarce –even in Turkey. A sponsor, not the team, is paying Deron Williams’ $5 million salary, private driver, personal chef, and business assistant. This deal will not be available for other American superstars.

Second, the overseas game is different. In Europe, the coach and system matters more than players, while the NBA is, and always has been, a players’ league. As crazy as it sounds, an NBA superstar, like Howard, wouldn’t automatically dominate with a European club.

Third, Europe wouldn’t be a vacation. Training camp involves mountain running, weights, and multiple practices each day. Few, if any, NBA superstars would tolerate such rigours, especially if they’re returning once the lockout is settled.

Finally, European clubs won’t want American superstars. Suppose a club signs Howard. Suppose Howard plays for three months, only to return to the NBA in January when a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is signed.

That club has used a roster spot on Howard. Signing a replacement for Howard would be complicated. And they’d have to mesh his replacement into their system-based approach.

China doesn’t have Europe’s complications: the world’s strongest economy is plush with money, so first-class salaries and perks are available; elites would be given a forum to shine on-and-off court in Shanghai or Beijing; China wouldn’t put its ‘guests’ through torturous training and there’d be an open-door policy.

Don’t let Howard’s outgoing nature fool you. He's wisely leaning towards China during the lockout. Others can learn from him.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Jul , 11 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Luol Deng and South Sudan a reality-check for NBA players and owners

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Right now, NBA owners and players can't find a way to split $4 billion in annual revenues.

If this seems petty, it's because it is. Especially when compared to the plight of those participating in a basketball camp in South Sudan, the world's newest nation.

Fortunately, Luol Deng, a Sudanese immigrant and small forward for the Chicago Bulls, appears to have his head on straight. Perhaps, others associated with the NBA can return to reality –and soon.

Click the video provided by Yahoo, watch Deng in action as camp counsellor in South Sudan, and get at us with thoughts in the comment box below. 


--Oly Sandor.

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Deron Williams; The NBA’s Curt Flood?
Friday , Jul , 08 , 2011 Paul Eide

Deron Williams; The NBA’s Curt Flood?

 

Deron Williams approach to the NBA’s labor issues is awesome and unprecedented. The lockout is a real thing, not just a buzzword, and no one gets paid while it’s happening. Seeing various NFL players have to go back to school or get jobs as stock traders or as substitute teachers is the reality of a lockout. Cash is king and the reason these guys play in the NBA is the same reason the owners own teams; to make money.
 
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Tuesday , Jul , 05 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

The Top Plays of the Last Lockout-Reduced Season

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Right now, everyone is comparing the lockout of 2010-11 to the lockout of 1998-99.

Fair enough.

We still prefer the game of basketball to the business of basketball. So here’s a video montage of the top plays of that 1998-99 season (thanks to dimemag for the clip).

Hopefully, the entire 2011-12 season isn`t cancelled. Hopefully, there are highlights.

--Oly Sandor.

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What if the 2011-2012 season is cancelled?
Monday , Jul , 04 , 2011 J.N.

What if the 2011-2012 season is cancelled?

There is a possibility that this might happen. Right now, things look grim. People are trying to remain hopeful. This is not a doom piece, but I usually go about expecting the worst out of everything. That’s life because when things go right, there is nothing to complain about. With that in mind, let’s pretend that the season is done. It’s over. Now what? The last lockout back in 1998 had the NBA miss 32 games. The league lost a lot of fans. 

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2011 NBA Lockout – Players & Owners
Sunday , Jul , 03 , 2011 J.N.

2011 NBA Lockout – Players & Owners

The NBA has not missed any games for the upcoming season just yet. It’s still the summer after all. We’ll just have to see if the player’s union and owners can work out a new collective bargaining agreement in the upcoming months. The problem is they are too far apart on everything. Go ahead and head on over to the NBA’s main site to educate yourself on the terms and what they’re disagreeing on. The players and owners hate each other every day yet they cannot live without each other. 

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The NBA Lockout is here. Go planking!
Sunday , Jul , 03 , 2011 J.N.

The NBA Lockout is here. Go planking!

The time is here to be liberated from the NBA shackles. Some of us were waiting in anticipation to the excitement that the lockout brings. When July 1, 2011 arrived at midnight, did you have a party just like New Year’s Eve? Of course not. Shit was depressing. Countless hours of watching pro basketball might be eliminated when November rolls around. No free agency during the summer. No trades. No rookie summer league. Nothing. If you’re not a fan of Major League Baseball or any other sport then meh. 

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Friday , May , 06 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

HoopsVibe Interview with Deron Williams

Recently our big brothers at CraveOnline caught up with Deron Williams at SXSW and pressed him for his thoughts on the impending lockout and the parallels he sees between the NBA and NFL's respective situations. Check out the video below and let us know what you think by dropping a comment at the bottom of the page.

“Hello NBA Fan. It’s me, The Lockout.”
Tuesday , Feb , 01 , 2011 Paul Eide

“Hello NBA Fan. It’s me, The Lockout.”

I’m standing right behind you like I have been all season. I know you are trying hard not to notice me, but I’m not going anywhere. Sure, it’s been pretty easy to forget about me for the time being because the league is doing well. The Knicks are good again which suddenly revitalizes the NBA’s largest media market. Regular season games are getting their highest ratings since 2004. Blake Griffin is a freak and is proving a year away was worth the wait.

2011 Lockout – Hard cap for the NBA?
Thursday , Jul , 15 , 2010 J.N.

2011 Lockout – Hard cap for the NBA?

When Chris Paul announced at Carmelo Anthony’s wedding that he wanted to create his own super team in front of LeBron James, it’s time start cracking down on fools. The Miami Super Team is good for competition to see where your team measures up, but this concept is awful for the rest of the NBA. Why are fools punking out of competition? These dudes are Charmin soft.  There is a good chance that a lockout is coming and the 2010 Free Agency Farce could be the straw that broke the camel’s back.

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