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Sunday , Aug , 08 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Will ‘Melo pull a ‘LeBron’ on Denver?

Carmelo Anthony may soon face the same predicament close friend LeBron James was in -- playing for a club good enough to compete but not to win a championship. We all know what choice LeBron made, and Anthony could make a similar decision next year. Anthony has been long rumored to favor the Knicks, who didn't waste their remaining salary cap money on lesser free agents, choosing to save the cash. The Nuggets stayed relatively quiet in the offseason besides the additions of Al Harrington and Shelden Williams, and they don't look dramatically different from the team that lost in the first round to Utah in May. Unless the Nuggets make some dramatic moves over the next 12 months, they risk losing Anthony for nothing.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: It could happen.

Carmelo Anthony could leave as a free agent. The Nuggets could get nothing back. And the city of Denver could get angry with Anthony like Cleveland did with LeBron James.

However, two things work in the Nuggets' favour. First, there isn't a crew of superstars to lure him from Denver. The New York Knicks have cap space, Amar'e Stoudemire, and play in the media capital of the world.

They don't have a once in a generation swingman like Dwyane Wade, though.

Second, a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is coming next summer, likely before Anthony hits free agency. The new CBA will surely give teams' greater power in retaining top free agents because owners are frustrated with the leverage superstars have.

So Anthony may have to sacrifice significant money and/or term to leave Denver for the New York Knicks.

This could still happen. Anthony could also decide to take the most money available and re-sign with the Nuggets

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Aug , 08 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Are T-Mac and Pistons a fit in 2011?

Tracy McGrady might be playing in the Central Division next season, but not with the team he was anticipating. The Detroit Pistons are seriously weighing whether to sign the two-time scoring champion after McGrady's recent flirtation with the Chicago Bulls, according to sources with knowledge of Detroit's thinking.'s Jonathan Givony reported earlier Saturday that the Pistons have already committed to sign McGrady to a one-year deal at the league's $1.35 million veteran minimum, but one source close to the situation told that Pistons officials were "taking the weekend" to discuss the move.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Will ‘T-Mac’ spend 2011 in Motown?

Currently, there are conflicting reports on the World Wide Web as to the Detroit Pistons’ interest in former superstar Tracy McGrady.

Some reports claim he’s already a Piston. Other reports claim the club only had a 'discussion' about signing him.

Bottom line: this should happen. It’s a fit for the team and player.

The Pistons failed to qualify for the playoffs in 2010, and – as currently constructed - they stand zero chance of qualifying in the revamped Eastern Conference in 2011.

They need to rebuild, but must field a team in the interim. McGrady’s name and previous life as a superstar will keep things somewhat interesting at The Palace in Auburn Hills.

Meanwhile, the mediocre Pistons are ideal for McGrady. He’ll get the shots, minutes, and touches to re-establish his name and prolong his career.

After all, the Houston Rockets told McGrady to take a hike. And the New York Knicks took a pass after providing an end of year audition in 2010.

So the Pistons would get a distraction. And McGrady would get an opportunity. Sounds like a win-win for all involved.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Aug , 07 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Isiah Thomas to help NY Knicks sign Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul?

In a Friday telephone interview, Donnie Walsh said there were no plans for Isiah Thomas to resume a full-time position with the Knicks. Walsh said Thomas had initiated the discussions on returning to the team in some formal capacity.

"Isiah can help us in the areas that he’ll consult with us in," Walsh said.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Insanity is repeating the same behaviour and expecting a different result.

On the surface, it would appear reasonable to call the New York Knicks decision to re-hire Isiah Thomas insane.

Thomas, of course, decimated the franchise. He traded for Stephon Marbury and Eddy Curry. He signed Jerome James for mid-level money. And he got involved in a sexual harassment case.

Why would new Knicks executive Donnie Walsh bring ‘Zeke’ back as an outside consultant? Why would Walsh and this classic franchise seek such drama?   

To be fair, Thomas has always been an astute judge of talent. For instance, he drafted sleepers like blue-collar swingman Trevor Ariza and scoring post David Lee.

Thomas can supposedly relate to today’s players better than Walsh and coach Mike D’Antoni. This apparently helped the club sign pogo-stick free agent Amar’e Stoudemire.

And the Knicks are hoping Thomas’ communication skills can land them two more free agents. Next summer, they want Carmelo Anthony. Two summers from now, they’re scheming on Chris Paul.

Perhaps, this isn’t insanity. Perhaps, this is a calculated risk.       

After all, the Knicks have Thomas on their terms. Most of the time, he’ll be coaching at Florida International University. When needed, he’s available to give his opinion on prospects or help woo free agents.

The Knicks will only be utilizing Thomas’ strengths, and not giving him an opportunity or chance to show his obvious weaknesses as an administrator.

Perhaps this isn’t insanity or even a calculated risk. Public relations aside, this type of ad hoc, casual arrangement could work for the team and Thomas.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Aug , 05 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Report: Shannon Brown will pick Lakers over Knicks

Shannon Brown is "leaning" toward returning to the Lakers to go for a "three-peat", according to his agent Mark Bartelstein. Brown is expected to make his final decision on Thursday. The free agent has also been considering the Knicks.

"The Knicks did a great job selling Shannon on everything and their vision for him," Bartelstein said. "They did a great job, but the chance to go back and win a third championship for the Lakers is a tough thing to pass up. He'll make a final decision [today]."

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: You can't blame him for staying put.
Shannon Brown is young, so he'll sacrafice everything to remain with the Los Angeles Lakers: money, minutes, shots, and playing time.
After all, he has a chance at three-peating in Los Angeles, while the New York Knicks will struggle to secure one of the last playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
So the Lakers will likely win out on the Knicks. For now.
In a few years, Brown will have to take the largest contract available. And the new Collective Bargaining Agreement could hamper the Lakers' ability to keep valuable supporting pieces.  
However, the Staples Center faithful will be treated to another year of Brown's aerial antics.
--Oly Sandor.
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Wednesday , Aug , 04 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Anthony taking risk passing on Nuggets’ extension

Carmelo Anthony is not expected to sign an extension with the Nuggets this summer, according to sources close to the situation. "Sources close to the situation don't expect Carmelo Anthony to sign an extension with the Denver Nuggets this summer," Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld wrote on his Twitter page.
If Anthony doesn't sign an extension this summer, he'll hit the free agent market next July.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: It is risky business -and we're not referring to that bad Tom Cruise flick from the eighties.

Carmelo Anthony could lose millions of dollars if he passes on the Denver Nuggets' three-year, $65 million contract extension and opts for free agency next July.

Of course, July of 2011 is also when the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement expires. After the inevitable lock-out, a new CBA will be ratified, and all players, even superstars such as Anthony, will likely face a pay cut. The length of  their max contracts will also be reduced.

So the Nuggets, along with every team in the league, will have less to offer Anthony.

There's also the stumbling economy. If ticket sales and sponsorships don't improve, the free agent market will sag. The great equalizer is, as always, the New York Knicks. This wealthy franchise has the resources to offer Anthony the largest contract possible under whatever financial system is being used.

Relying on the Knicks is still a risk, though. It's one Anthony seems willing to make. 

--Oly Sandor.

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Where do the “New” New York Knicks finish with Amar’e?
Tuesday , Aug , 03 , 2010 J.N.

Where do the “New” New York Knicks finish with Amar’e?

Did anyone want to remember the past decade? It was full of LULZ and OMG! Those days are over. The scene was interesting to see Stephon Marbury shout “Dey scared now!” His interviews were nothing short of breathtaking. I miss seeing Zach Randolph dribble the ball like he was in an And-1 commercial. Isiah Thomas took the Knicks even deeper in to the abyss. Mike D’Antoni’s priceless expression when he didn’t land the number one pick to get Derrick Rose was hilarious.

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Friday , Jul , 30 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Will Shannon Brown leave Lakers for Knicks?

The Knicks have made a contract offer to Shannon Brown using a portion of their remaining salary-cap room, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: It would be great for the New York Knicks.
Shannon Brown - one of the league's most exciting players - running the floor with pogo stick post Amar'e Stoudemire and exciting Madison Square Gardens with their high-flying aerial antics. These two would dominate highlight reels and youtube clips for years
There is a catch: reserve guard Sasha Vujacic.
Brown's priority is to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers and vice-versa. But the two-time defending champions have no cap space.
Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has to dump Vujacic's $5 million expiring contract to create enough cap space to re-sign Brown. No team wants the Slovenian, and if the purple-and-gold can't trade Vujacic, then they can't keep Brown.
Of course, Brown - with no chance of returning to the west coast - would then have to take the Knicks' offer.  
Bottom line: New York is Brown's back-up plan -even if it would be great.
--Oly Sandor.
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Thursday , Jul , 29 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Eddie House’s job with Miami: more than catch, shoot, pound chest

Eddie House's agent says the veteran guard has agreed to terms on a $2.8 million, two-year contract with the Miami Heat. Agent Mark Bartelstein said Thursday that the second year is a player option.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Catch. Shoot. Pound chest.

This will be Eddie House's official job description with the Miami Heat in 2011. And for his ability as a sharpshooter, for his ability to punish opposing defenses that double-team the Three Kings, House will earn in excess of a million dollars.

However, the journeyman also brings certain intangibles.

In 07 Seconds Or Less - the best seller by CNNSI's Jack McCallum that covers the Phoenix Suns' 2006 season - House was universally loved by teammates and coaches. Same thing with the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks. 

Once again, the Heat did well with the House signing. He'll do more than 'catch, shoot, and pound chest'. He'll provide some much needed moments of laughter and entertainment.

This will be his unofficial job description.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Jul , 24 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Derrick Rose on Chicago signing T-Mac: ‘he’ll help us’

I think that if he comes along he can help our team," Rose said Friday. "A player like him, with his experience and how he plays, I think he'll help us."

McGrady's effectiveness will depend on his left knee. He had microfracture surgery about a year and a half ago.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Derrick Rose is reminiscing on the old 'T-Mac'.

Yes, Tracy McGrady was once a superstar. His length, athleticism, and skill-set made him an All-NBA scorer for the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets.

Age, injury, and ego have ruined him.

Today, McGrady is past-his-prime. He's on the other side of thirty. His always brittle body has endured micro fracture surgery. Yet, he still demands first-option minutes, shots, and touches.

After missing nine months with knee problems, McGrady's desire for a significant role was an issue with the Houston Rockets last year.

So the club paid him to disappear, eventually trading their former franchise player to the New York Knicks at the trade deadline.

McGrady, of course, refused to change for the Knicks. Instead of using his length and basketball IQ to re-brand himself as a defender and facilitator, he tried being a scorer –and failed.

Despite falling short in free agency, New York has no interest in re-signing him this summer.

McGrady could help the Chicago Bulls –if he accepted a role. The swing would be an ideal sixth-man, serving as a second-unit game-changer on both ends of the floor.

Problem is, McGrady won’t defer. Much like Allen Iverson with the Memphis Grizzlies, he wants to start. Not come off the bench.

And much like Iverson with the Grizzlies, he still wants star treatment. Not blend with point guard Rose and post scorer Carlos Boozer.

This is why Rose reminiscing is dangerous. His Bulls should pass on McGrady.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Jul , 23 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: has Chris Paul to N.Y. Knicks been in the works for weeks?

The Knicks are willing to trade anyone aside from newly-signed forward Amar'e Stoudemire for Hornets guard Chris Paul, according to a league source.

Paul is scheduled to meet with New Orleans general manager Dell Demps, head coach Monty Williams and president Hugh Weber on Monday.

"Amar'e won't be traded, but everyone else is available," the executive said of New York.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: No doubt about it, Chris Paul to the New York Knicks has been in the works for weeks.

After all, Paul and the New Orleans Hornets couldn't possibly last. Not in today's polarized NBA, where a few big spenders dominate and the rest of the league gets the table scraps.

New Orleans as a market can't generate enough revenue to provide Paul with a supporting cast. And New Orleans' owner, George Shinn, either lacks the pockets or will to personally pay for talent.

So it wasn't a if, but a when. When would the point guard tire of small market New Orleans and demand a trade to a major market.

Enter the Knicks.

New York is the media capital of the world. They play in historic Madison Square Gardens. Owner James Dolan has no issue throwing money around like a multi-platinum rapper at the strip club.

And for some time, they’ve wanted Paul.

Consider the evidence. After signing a max contract with the Knicks, Amar'e Stoudemire announced he'd form his own super team in New York with Carmelo Anthony and Paul to rival the Miami Heat's Three Kings.

Unfortunately, his prospective co-stars both had contracts. Anthony has a year left on his deal with the Nuggets. Paul owes the Hornets two years. 

Unless STAT knew something we didn't. Where the wheels were already in motion?

Donnie Walsh and Mike D'Antoni, New York's lead executive and coach, surely heard the rumblings that Paul wanted out of New Orleans. They probably promised Stoudemire they'd do everything possible to get C3P.  

The NBA is also a close fraternity. Players are buddy-buddy. Stoudemire and Paul have probably discussed balling together over bottles in the club or through text messages.

Then, this summer the Knicks agreed to a sign-and-trade with the Golden State Warriors, where they sent David Lee out west for Kelenna Azubuike, Anthony Randolph, and Ronny Turiaf.

There's a feeling the Knicks specifically took back assets the Hornets would want. Turiaf makes sense as a back-up to Stoudemire, but Walsh likely picked Azubuike and Randolph because he knew their age and cheap salaries would appeal to New Orleans. 

In other words, they were positioning themselves to get Paul.

They knew this was coming. They saw the sign -Paul leaving his long-time management company Octagon in early July to join LRMR services, owned by best friend LeBron James.   

Today's report clearly supports this belief. Apparently, the Hornets can ask for any player(s), other than Stoudemire, on the Knicks' roster. Azubuike and Randolph could easily be part of a blockbuster package.

So if Paul lands in New York, it's no accident and has been in the works for a long, long time.

--Oly Sandor.
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Thursday , Jul , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Unhappy Hornet: Chris Paul demands trade to Knicks, Magic, or Lakers

According to a source with knowledge of his plan, Chris Paul has requested that the Hornets trade him to the Knicks, Magic or Lakers before the season begins.

"He wants out," the source told Ken Berger of CBS Sports. "He wants to play with another superstar. He wants to follow LeBron's model of teaming up with other great players."

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: I know it. You know it. All of basketball knows it.
The 'it' is the worst kept secret in the NBA: Chris Paul does not want play for the New Orleans Hornets because they have no chance of contending.
None. So he`s requested a trade.
New Orleans is a small market that has always had trouble generating revenue. Factor in Hurricane Katrina, the financial meltdown, the recent oil spill, and fans and local businesses will have even less disposable income to support the club.
Currently, the Hornets can't possibly generate enough revenue to provide Paul with a star-studded supporting cast. Of course, owner George Shinn has always had notoriously short arms, so he won't dip into his pockets to make up the shortfall.
Paul is aware of this. He's seen the NBA become increasingly polarized the last few years. He's seen his buddies migrate to the league's have teams, and is determined not to be stuck with a have-not.
Now the jitterbug point guard wants out. This might not be a bad option. Young table-setter Darren Collison is waiting in the wings. The Hornets can get Paul's max' salary off their books, while receiving a package of expiring contracts, draft picks, and blue-chip prospects back.
However, the Paul quagmire speaks volumes about the current state of the league: the NBA is divided into a few rich teams and many poor teams.
The current Collective Bargaining Agreement's soft cap, luxury tax, and series of loop holes are a problem in this tough economy. And it is one of the many reasons a lockout is brewing.
I know it. You know it. All of basketball knows it.
Other than Paul's trade demands, a labour war in July of 2011 is the worst kept secret in the NBA.
--Oly Sandor.
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Thursday , Jul , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Desperate T-Mac taking physical for desperate Clippers

Tracy McGrady underwent a physical with the Clippers on Tuesday and was scheduled to work out for the team on Wednesday. It was reported last week that McGrady would work out for the Clippers on Tuesday.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Instead of developing their young pieces, the Los Angeles Clippers are clinging to the hope that Tracy McGrady can help.
He can't.
McGrady isn't T-Mac. He hasn't been for years. The Houston Rockets, who didn't even make the playoffs in 2010, couldn't get rid of him fast enough. 
The New York Knicks acquired him for one reason: his expiring contract. And despite striking out on most free agents this summer, the Knicks had zero interest in re-signing McGrady.
Yet, the Clippers - the league's perpetual laughingstock - are flirting with the former All-Star.
It doesn't matter that he was brittle and a shade of his former self before microfracture surgery. It doesn't matter that his defense is now non-existent. It doesn't matter that his demand for touches, shots, and minutes would stunt the development of their young players.    
Los Angeles' other team is desperate. So is McGrady. Sounds like a match made in heaven.
--Oly Sandor
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Monday , Jul , 19 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Dwyane Wade: I’ll send Chicago and New York ‘gift baskets or something’

Wade said he will soon take time to thank the teams that interviewed him during free agency. "I'll send them all gift baskets or something," he said.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He still has his sense of humour.

Clearly, Dwyane Wade isn’t troubled by the criticism, backlash, and negative publicity about how he handled free agency, or the conspiracy theorists claims that Bosh, James, and Wade had planned for years to play together with the Miami Heat.

Bottom line: this trio will have a giant bulls-eyes on their backs. They will be public enemy number one. They will be the team everybody loves to hate.

Instead of shying away from this, instead of downplaying, instead of worrying, Wade is embracing the situation.

Of course, he’ll be booed by fans of the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks. They’ll reign down their frustration on Wade when Miami comes to the United Center or Madison Square Gardens.

Why worry about being the villain? Why not enjoy the situation and just win games?

Heck, send the damn gift baskets.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Jul , 16 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Sources: Eddy Curry will not get minutes for Knicks in 2010

The agent for Timofey Mozgov was reportedly told that Eddy Curry, who is in the final season of his contract, will not receive playing time with the Knicks.

Mosgov's agent said that his client was guaranteed a spot on the Knicks' roster, as the backup to center Ronnie Turiaf.

Amar'e Stoudemire, whom the Knicks signed to a maximum-salary contract as a free agent, was apparently assured that he will be used in his natural position at power forward.


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Thursday , Jul , 15 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Don`t Believe Hype: Shaq and Knicks flirting, but not serious

The Knicks have reportedly discussed a sign-and-trade with the Cavs for free agent Shaquille O'Neal.

Reports, however, have O'Neal headed to Atlanta for Marvin Williams. A Knicks source said, "I don't think it would work with us on all kinds of levels."

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Big Diesel in The Big Apple would be The Big Disaster.

Simply put, Shaquille O’Neal isn’t right for the New York Knicks. And the New York Knicks aren’t right for Shaquille O’Neal.

Both sides can flirt with each other in the media. These antics are self-serving. Player and team are manipulating the headlines for their own purposes.

After all, Shaq wants to play for a contender. Well, the Knicks – after losing out on Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade in free agency – will struggle to make the playoffs in 2010.

Shaq no longer has the Phoenix Suns’ outstanding trainers to keep his weight down and body spry. At 38, girth-filled, and injury prone, he’d struggle in Coach Mike D’Antoni’s Seven Seconds or Less system.

While not disastrous, the O’Neal-Amar’e Stoudemire pairing in Phoenix had challenges. If absolutely necessary, these two could play together.
It’s not something even the Knicks would choose to do -although they may be just crazy enough to rehire Isiah Thomas as GM, so who really knows what James Dolan and his lackies are capable of?

Well, why the rumors? 

Shaq is hoping the New York buzz prompts a competitive squad like the Atlanta Hawks and/or San Antonio Spurs to reconsider his services down the middle.
The Knicks, of course, must appear busy. They must appear to be doing everything possible to improve in hopes of distracting the masses from their failed attempts to sign Bosh, James, and Wade. In this respect, the publicity O’Neal generates can be useful.

So the rumors serve a purpose. Provided they don’t become reality.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Jul , 15 , 2010 Andrew Flint

Desperate Clippers considering desperate T-Mac

The Clippers will bring in Tracy McGrady for a workout next week, Neil Olshey confirmed. The market for McGrady has yet to materialize after he had a mixed performance for the Knicks. Link
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: You have your answer to why the Los Angeles Clippers are, well, the Los Angeles Clippers.Instead of rebuilding through the draft, instead of developing those draft picks by providing legitimate mentors, instead of operating with a sense of sanity and purpose, instead of doing what’s right, they do this. The Clippers – after striking out on every major free agent, which was as predictable as full time party girl and part time actress Lindsay Lohan ending up in the slammer – are desperate. They’ve reached out to a desperate, past-his prime veteran. They’ve invited Tracy McGrady for a tryout. Let’s be real. He’s not that McGrady. He’s not an All-Star. He’s not dominating on offense. And he’s not the guy we once compared to Kobe Bryant. He hasn’t been for years. So wipe those romanticized memories of T-Mac from your mind. Face reality: he’s injury prone, especially after coming off micro-fracture surgery; he wasn’t good enough for the Rockets or lowly Knicks; he’s become irrelevant, surviving off his name. McGrady makes little sense for the Clippers. They must build around their youngsters. Not flirt with a superstar who is hanging on and, if he made the team, would demand first option status. Of course, these shenanigans are par for the course with the Clippers. And it’s why they’ll always be second fiddle in their city, and a league laughingstock. --Oly Sandor. Got thoughts? Well, get at us in the comment box below.
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Wednesday , Jul , 14 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Al Harrington on signing with Nuggets: ‘taking my Talents to the MILE HIGH’

The Denver Nuggets reached an agreement in principle Tuesday night on a five-year, $34 million contract with free-agent forward Al Harrington, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.


Appreciate the Love and Concern. But I'm taking my Talents to the MILE HIGH. Lol. Love Yall Lego DENVER!! Brett Meeny THX!


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: This is a good look for the Denver Nuggets, who are enduring free agent angst with Carmelo Anthony.

‘Melo hits the open market next summer, July of 2011. However, the Nuggets - with today's signing of Al Harrington - have begun the process of selling Anthony on staying long-term by inking an extension.

After all, Harrington is locked in for five years. He’s a versatile scorer, capable of producing in a starting role, if Kenyon Martin struggles with health issues, or coming off the bench as sixth-man.

Best of all, it shows the Nuggets want to win. It shows ownership - even in these tough economic times - will commit money and term to supporting pieces.

This is important with rumors swirling that Anthony is considering swapping George Karl and the Mile High City for  Amar’e Stoudemire and The Big Apple next summer, which coincidentally is Harrington's old team.

Today is the first step. Denver will have to impress Anthony for the entire season –if they hope to keep him.

-- Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Jul , 11 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Gone Mad: Knicks want Isiah Thomas to replace Donnie Walsh?

But if the job becomes available, Thomas looms as a serious contender to make an improbable return to the Knicks' front office.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Perhaps it’s a cruel joke – sort of like April Fools Day in July. Perhaps the media got the story wrong, which – believe it or not – happens. Perhaps the club’s PR department are floating this thing to distract fans from the club’s failure to land some combination of Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade.

Or, perhaps the New York Knicks really are mad - as in 100% certifiable and need a stray jacket to prevent further self mutilation, harm, and pain.

There is no easy way to explain the news that the Knicks would consider re-hiring Isiah Thomas as a replacement for Donnie Walsh. Forget easy. There’s no way to explain it.

Thomas was named MSG head honcho on December 22, 2003. What followed were five-years of boondoggles, tomfoolery, and shenanigans.

Consider his track record in the front office: fat and happy Vin Baker was signed –despite weighing close to 300 pounds; Jerome James received the full mid-level exception for five or six decent playoff games with the Seattle Super Sonics; Lenny Wilkins was hired and fired; and Steve Francis and Stephon Marbury were both brought in to save the franchise and left as scapegoats.

Of course, there was also Jarred Jeffries` ridiculous contract, the Eddy Curry saga and the Larry Brown affair. Speaking of affairs, there was that tiny issue of a sexual harassment case against a team employee.

To be fair, Thomas has his positives. He can evaluate talent, drafts well,  and builds relationships with players. But he has to have guidance.

Giving him absolute power corrupts him absolutely. When left to his own devices, when given the keys to the house, garage, and safety deposit box, Thomas fails.

In fact, the Hall of Fame point guard doesn’t just fail -he implodes, self destructs, and scorches whatever he touches.

For instance, Thomas owned and then single-handedly destroyed the CBA, which served as a quasi-minor league for the NBA. And Thomas left the Toronto Raptors in shambles, walking on his first gig as an NBA executive. 

Re-hiring Thomas would show nothing has changed since Walsh took over. This is a Pandora’s Box the Knicks can’t re-open. Not under any circumstances. And not ever.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Jul , 10 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Ray Felton and New York Knicks close to deal

Raymond Felton and the Knicks reached an agreement in principle Friday on the broad parameters of a contract. The length of the deal has not yet been agreed upon, but Felton will earn a starting salary in the $7 million range.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s the best of a not so great situation.

Sure, the New York Knicks were hoping for some combination of Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and/or Dwyane Wade.

And sure, they ended up with Amar’e Stoudemire and more cap space then they wanted.

However, Raymond Felton would fit. He’s a solid, do-it-all point guard, who would gel in Mike D’Antoni’s run-and-gun, Seven Seconds or Less system.

Best of all, he comes cheap: $7 million per year isn’t much for a starting table-setter -even in today’s point guard heavy NBA.
So the Knicks need to make this signing official.

 --Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Jul , 08 , 2010 Andrew Flint

Report: New York trades Lee to Golden State for Randolph, Turiaf, and Azubuike

The Warriors and Knicks have an agreement in place for a sign-and-trade that would send David Lee to Golden State, multiple sources have confirmed. New York could acquire Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf and Kelenna Azubuike in the deal. Link
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: David Lee has taken a step backwards with this sign-and-trade, which is sad when you consider he has spent his entire career with the lowly New York Knicks.The Golden State Warriors, his new team, have talent. In fact, they’ve got loads of it. Problem is, Don Nelson, the mad-scientist sideline boss, and Chris Cohan, the club’s tyrannical tyrant of an owner, are running the Warriors like a third world banana republic (no offence to developing nations). Together, Nelson and Cohan have alienated several players, including youngsters Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrins. It won’t be any different for Lee. Initially, Nelson and the post will be bosom buddies, the apple of the coach`s eye. Perhaps, they`ll even golf together -like the old man and friend turned foe Al Harrington.
However, a minor issue will occur, and Nellie will blow it out of proportion like a miffed teenage girl who obsesses over Twilight. And Cohan will predictably back Nelson.Best case scenario: Cohan sells the team and Nelson is given his walking papers by the new owners. -- Oly Sandor. Got thoughts? Well, get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below.