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Friday , Dec , 31 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Jordan talked to Ewing about Bobcats coaching job?

Patrick Ewing has confirmed that he had conversations with Michael Jordan about replacing Larry Brown as Charlotte's head coach. He did not say if he was offered the job.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It sounds good. A pair of former rivals joining forces to turnaround a morbid franchise.

Would it have worked? We’ll never know.

Patrick Ewing, an assistant coach for the Orlando Magic and retired Hall of Fame pivot for the New York Knick, has told reporters he talked with Michael Jordan about the head coaching job with the Charlotte Bobcats.

Jordan, a Hall of Fame two-guard with the Chicago Bulls who often beat Ewing’s Knicks in the playoffs, now owns the Bobcats and fired Coach Larry Brown last week. He then hired Paul Silas to replace Brown on the sideline.

There are two points on Ewing’s comments. First, he deserves a head coaching job. This, however, wasn’t a fit.

Ewing needs a young team he can teach, groom, and mentor -like Scott Brooks and the Oklahoma City Thunder. He needs a team where his players will learn from him and vice-versa.

Gerald Wallace aside, the Bobcats are a mess. They’re compromised of mediocre, overpaid veterans and D.J. Augustine, who may develop into a decent table-setter.

If Brown, the teacher of all teachers, couldn’t reach them then Ewing would’ve struggled on the sideline, too.

Second, there are just 30 head coaching jobs in the NBA. Getting one isn’t easy, and potential candidates –like Ewing- have to keep their names in the press.

This may be a case of Ewing seeking publicity. Remember, Stan Van Gundy, the head coach for the Magic, has publicly criticized other organizations for not interviewing or even considering Ewing.

So Jordan and Ewing won’t be joining forces in Charlotte. It wasn’t meant to be. And it’s probably best for all involved.

After all, a Knick and Bull couldn’t possibly become allies, right?

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Dec , 30 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Ray Felton: ‘I’d love to spend the rest of my career in New York’

After two months on the job, Felton is ready to turn his two-year contract into 12.  "I think now, I've found my home. I've found it. I'd love to spend the rest of my career in New York,'' Felton told FanHouse Wednesday after a light workout. "When this contract ends, hopefully we'll work out another one.''

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: New York Knick fans can forget Steve Nash or another starting point guard coming to Madison Square Garden.

Ray Felton is the guy. For how long, though?

Felton, despite playing like an All-Star and becoming a legit pick-and-roll threat with superstar Amar’e Stoudemire, is only signed through 2012.

In theory, Felton could leave the Knicks in sixteen months. In reality, player and team will probably ink a long-term extension, especially if Felton and the Knicks continue performing at such a high level.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Dec , 29 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Bosh or Stoudemire? Did Miami Heat have a choice?

The Heat may have preferred Stoudemire's talent because the team made several attempts to trade for him at last February's deadline, according to sources. As it turned out, Bosh, James and Wade all took less money to fit under the cap, and Stoudemire did better financially, getting the maximum $100 million contract from the Knicks.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Chris Bosh or Amar’e Stoudemire?

In theory, the Miami Heat could have signed either Bosh or Stoudemire last summer. After all, both were free agents. And both had serious interest in calling South Beach home.

In reality, the Heat had no choice. They had to sign Bosh –if they wanted to keep superstar Dwayne Wade, and also lure LeBron James from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Wade has a personal and business relationship with Bosh. The two have been friends for years; they share agent Henry Thomas.

Now Wade and Stoudemire may be friendly, but aren’t close like Wade and Bosh, who were essentially a package deal last summer.

If the Heat signed Stoudemire, they lose Wade, and the next free agent domino, James, re-signs with Cleveland or, perhaps, heads to the bright lights of New York City.

Fans can debate if Bosh or Stoudemire would’ve been the best fit for Miami. And Stoudemire’s fine play for the New York Knicks adds fuel to the fire.

The Heat’s front office, however, knew signing Stoudemire would have killed their chances of building a super team with Wade and James.

For the Heat, there was no debate. It was Bosh or broke.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Dec , 20 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Nate Robinson eats Madison Square Garden floor

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Think Nate Robinson was excited when Paul Pierce hit the game-winning shot against his former team, the New York Knicks?

First, the Boston combo guard tried recreating his days as a prep football star in Washington by tackling Pierce. 

Then he tried recreating his ‘Shrek and Donkey’ moment from last year’s NBA Finals with Glen Davis by leaping onto Pierce.

Both attempts failed. Badly. The second ended with Robinson falling on his face and eating the floor at Madison Square Garden.

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--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Dec , 18 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Amar’e and Amber Rose show up LeBron?

LeBron James may have hogged all the glory on the court in last night's Heat-Knicks game, but it was Amare Stoudemire who stole the spotlight from King James at his own party the night before.
 
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Forget LeBron James making his first appearance at Madison Square Gardens since signing with Miami as a free agent. And forget the Heat`s win over the Knicks on Friday evening.    

Only one thing matters: the previous night at the club.

Apparently, Knicks’ forward Amar’e Stoudemire made quite the appearance at a New York hotspot on Thursday, showing up James and his entourage.

All eyes were on Stoudemire and new gal pal Amber Rose, who you may remember from her days with rapper/producer Kanye West.

Surprisingly, Stoudemire and James, who played together with Team USA at the Beijing Olympics, didn’t speak or acknowledge each other. In fact, they stayed at opposite ends of the club for the entire night.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Dec , 15 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Knicks thinking Through The Fire with Sebastian Telfair

The Knicks have had multiple discussions with the Timberwolves about acquiring Sebastian Telfair, according to an executive involved in the talks.
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Coney Island could be returning to New York.

It’s not what you think: the Knicks aren’t reconciling with Stephon Marbury -also known as the man who eats Vaseline and calls his wife his ‘better ho’ in a televised interview. Besides, Marbury isn’t done hawking kicks in China.

The Knicks are instead talking to the Minnesota Timberwolves about acquiring his less talented (but less insane) cousin Sebastian Telfair.

The Knicks do need a back-up for table-setter Ray Felton. Telfair will be available once the Timberwolves get Jonny Flynn back from injury.

Coming home might be trouble for Telfair, who was once arrested in New York on gun possession charges with childhood friends. There was also a bizarre incident involving Brooklyn rapper Fabolous and an expensive chain.

Much of this isn’t Telfair’s fault. As a high school prodigy, he was given too much too soon -including being the subject of the documentary Through The Fire.

So Telfair and the city of New York have history. The Knicks need to think if they want to take such a risk on a back-up point guard.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Dec , 15 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Nets acquire two first round picks to get Carmelo Anthony?

The Nets are close to acquiring multiple first round picks that will be used in a potential trade for Carmelo Anthony, two people familiar with the situation told CBSSports.com.

New Jersey has agreed in principle to a three-team trade where the Nets receive a first round pick in 2012 from the Rockets that will be lottery protected according to the Houston Chronicle and an additional first round pick from the Lakers in 2011. Houston would acquire Terrence Williams, while Joe Smith would be sent to the Lakers and Sasha Vujacic would go to the Nets.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s the calm before the storm.

The New Jersey Nets now have two additional first round draft picks to help them pry Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets.

This gives the soon to be Brooklyn squad an advantage over the New York Knicks in terms of what they can offer the Nuggets in a trade.

The Nets can include multiple first round draft picks, blue-chip prospect Derrick Favors, and the expiring contract of Troy Murphy in any deal for Anthony.

The Knicks are a different story. They lack first round draft picks, top young talent, and attractive contracts.

The complication is Anthony’s pending free agency. He’s set to become a free agent in July. The Nets could acquire the forward, only to have him leave a few months later and sign with the team of his choosing.

Anthony, of course, has let it be known he prefers the Knicks to the Nets. And the Nets would never recover if they traded for Anthony and lost him to their cross-town rivals.

So Mikhail Prokhorov better get Anthony’s signature on an extension before mortgaging the franchise for the forward in a trade.

--Oly Sandor.


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Monday , Dec , 13 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Knicks and Grizzlies talking Mayo trade?

In a separate matter, Memphis Grizzles guard O.J. Mayo could be on the move soon, and a source close to his family thinks he could end up with the Knicks. “They’re gonna move him next week and I think he’s gonna end up in New York,” the source said.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He’s too great a risk for these New York Knicks.

Sure, Coach Mike D’Antoni’s squad could use an additional piece; however, O.J. Mayo needs touches, shots, and minutes to be effective.

Mayo’s score-first approach would impact chemistry. For instance, Amar’e Stoudemire and Ray Felton, the Knicks’ newfound pick-and-roll duo, would have to adjust. And Mayo would take minutes from promising rookie Landry Fields and youngster Wilson Chandler.

So the Knicks should proceed with caution. After all, the club has won eight straight and Madison Square Gardens is in the midst of a basketball renaissance.

Instead of considering tinkering, the Knicks may be better of just enjoying their success.

-Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Dec , 13 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Michael Jordan wants to bring Carmelo Anthony to Charlotte?

Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is pushing to acquire Carmelo Anthony from the Nuggets, according to a league source. The Knicks and Nets have spent a lot of time on the phone with the Nuggets and popular belief is that Anthony wants to play in New York.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Michael Jordan could do anything on-the-court. Years later, Jordan the owner and executive does not possess the same skill off-the-court.

So the Tsar of the Charlotte Bobcats can dream of Carmelo Anthony. He can talk to the Denver Nuggets. Heck, he can even acquire the superstar in a trade.

Suppose Jordan traded for Anthony before the February deadline. Even ‘The Greatest of all Time’ wouldn’t be able to get Melo’ to sign a multi-year extension with the Bobcats.

Jordan’s legacy doesn’t matter. Neither does his business relationship with Anthony through Brand Jordan.

Charlotte is like Denver. It’s small. And Anthony is thinking big –real big. In fact, sources indicate the small forward is determined to end up with the New York Knicks.

After all, Anthony and his wife both have ties to New York, the media capital of the world. The Knicks will also spend to win. And forty-one nights a year he’d playing in historic Madison Square Gardens with budding superstar Amar’e Stoudemire.

Unfortunately, Jordan can’t compete with that -unless he can turn back the clock to 1997 and decides to suit up.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Dec , 12 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Do you care: Danilo Gallinari dating Michelle Trachtenberg?

GOSSIP GIRL actress MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG has sparked rumors of a new romance with New York Knicks basketball star DANILO GALLINARI.

The 25 year old, who was previously linked to bad boy rocker John Mayer, has been spotted out in the Big Apple with 22-year-old Gallinari in recent weeks, and even cheered on the sportsman at a recent Knicks game.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Call me a skeptic but this sounds familiar.

European basketball star plying his craft in the NBA meets up-and-coming actress. They date. They become an item.

Hopefully, New York Knicks forward Danilo Gallinari and Gossip Girl star Michelle Trachtenberg have a better fate than the San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker and Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria.

Hopefully, Gallinari is smart enough to avoid a cell phone text scandal with a teammate’s wife. Time to be honest: I don't really care.

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--Oly Sandor.
 

 

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Sunday , Dec , 12 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Knicks to sacrifice Randolph for Anthony?

The most likely Knick to be moved -- maybe even for a first-round pick coveted by Denver -- is Anthony Randolph, whose removal from the rotation after the a loss to the Nuggets' last month directly coincided with this 11-1 run that has the Knicks at 14-9, fifth-best in the Eastern Conference.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: If the New York Knicks are serious about acquiring Carmelo Anthony, they’ll trade Anthony Randolph.

Despite being out of Coach Mike D`Antoni`s rotation, there’d still be interest in Randolph, a young, athletic swing in need of a change of scenery.
 
An opposing GM would give the Knicks a first round pick for Randolph, which they could then include in a package for Anthony.

The Knicks –even though, they’re well over .500 and gelling after years of dysfunction- are still looking to make headlines and acquire another name like Anthony.

If sacrificing Randolph furthers that goal, so be it. Expect the Knicks to move –and soon.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Dec , 11 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Nets or Knicks? The Carmelo Anthony trade drama continues

Despite reports that Carmelo Anthony doesn't want to play in Newark, the Nets haven't been told that and they continue to pursue the forward, according to multiple sources.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Ladies and gentlemen, we have an impasse.

Carmelo Anthony wants to be traded to the New York Knicks, while the Denver Nuggets would prefer trading him to the New Jersey Nets.

Of course, Anthony has leverage. The small forward can become a free agent next July and sign with any team he likes.

This gives him some control. For instance, the Nets won’t trade Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, draft picks, and an expiring contract without Anthony first signing a long-term extension.

However, the key word is some.

Right now, Anthony can sign a three-year, $65 million extension with the Denver Nuggets. This will change come summer.

The NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement expires July 1st. The owners seem determined to reduce player salaries in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

So three years, $65 million won’t be available to Anthony from the Nuggets. Neither will a max’ contract with all the bells and whistles.

The best option seems to be a three team sign-and-trade. Anthony would ink an extension with Denver, get dealt to New York, and the Nuggets, Knicks, and a third team would have to work out compensation.

Until then, the rumors surrounding Carmelo Anthony will continue.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Dec , 05 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Amar’e Stoudemire and Ray Felton saving New York Knicks

After a difficult start to the 10-11 season, Amar'e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton took control of the Knicks' locker room and the team responded with a five-game winning streak.
 
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Talent matters. So does chemistry.

For instance, the New York Knicks once spent a fortune amassing a roster of fantasy players. These players were individually talented, but never made those around them better.

Stephon Marbury was worried about his brand. Zach Randolph was worried about his statistics, while Eddy Curry was worried about, well, something other than basketball.

Other Knicks were also guilty of me-disease. They played basketball like it was an individual sport. The four other guys wearing the same uniform were a nuisance to achieving their goal.

Much of this goes back to the Isiah Thomas era. Zeke’s get-mine approach in the executive suite trickled directly down to the players.

It has taken years to rid Madison Square Gardens of this dysfunction. Now the Knicks are flying high, though. They’re playing team-first basketball. They’ve won 8 of 9.

Their recent success is due to the leadership of two players: Ray Felton and Amar’e Stoudemire.

Not long ago, the Knicks were struggling. They weren’t together. They were disjointed. And they were 3-9.

The media was circling. Executive Donnie Walsh and Coach Mike D’Antoni were on shaky ground. And Stoudemire, who signed a $100 million free agent contract this summer, seemed like a mistake.

Felton and Stoudemire stepped up on-and off court. They took control of the locker room by challenging others to improve their play. They started using the pick-and-roll to terrorize opponents.

It’s ironic that the change started with these two.

Before signing with New York this July, Felton had a mostly mixed run in Charlotte. He wasn’t a bust; however, he was behind other point guards from the 2005 draft like Deron Williams and Chris Paul.

Fair or not, Stoudemire also had a mixed reputation. He gave himself the nickname Standing Tall and Talented, and has been known to call himself Black Jesus.

Individually great, Stoudemire never made those around him better. His gaudy numbers were seen as a result of Phoenix teammate Steve Nash.

Well, Felton has taken a giant step. As has Stoudemire. Together, they're creating a new era of Knick basketball.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Nov , 29 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Orlando Magic still interested in Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul?

The Magic are still open to making trades, reports Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel.

Schmitz writes that the Magic still like both Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony -- they are partial to Paul -- and they'll trade anyone but Dwight Howard for either All-Star.

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HoopsVibe News: One step back. Two steps forward.

Translation: the Orlando Magic is prepared for short-term struggles if it leads to long-term success, especially if that long-term success includes Carmelo Anthony or Chris Paul.

Magic GM Otis Smith realizes his current squad lacks the horses to beat the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, or even the revamped San Antonio Spurs in a seven-game series.

He needs another superstar. Dwight Howard aside, Smith will move anybody on his roster for Anthony or Paul. 

Trades mean transition. Players need to adjust. Coaches must alter game plans. Roles must be redefined. And chemistry must develop.

Smith would accept these temporary stumbles because Howard with Anthony or Paul would supposedly give the Magic a better chance at a championship than the status quo.

Of course, there are complications. Anthony seems destined to suit up for the New York Knicks, while Paul appears to have reconciled with the New Orleans Hornets.

However, give the Magic credit. It’s championship or broke for Smith and Howard.

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Sunday , Nov , 28 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Jamal Crawford on signing with Knicks:“I would definitely listen”

A Knicks-Crawford reunion is possible. Crawford is due to become a free agent next summer, and the Hawks have been hesitant about offering an extension.

The Knicks will have cap room again when Eddy Curry, Crawford’s close friend, comes off the books, and. Their primary target will be Carmelo Anthony. But they have a clear need at shooting guard.

“I would definitely listen,” Crawford said.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It was not the time to discuss a reconciliation.

There is a special connection between Jamal Crawford and New York City. Knick fans remember him as the bright light during the dark Isiah Thomas era, while Crawford loved playing at Madison Square Gardens.

However, after a soaring start, Crawford’s Atlanta Hawks are 4-6 in their past ten games. Worst of all, the Hawks are below .500 (4-5) at home.

So the combo guard shouldn’t be thinking about his contract expiring on July 1st. And the combo guard shouldn’t be thinking about signing with MSG because the Hawks haven’t offered an extension.

Crawford should be thinking about one thing: right now. Right now, Atlanta is struggling. And right now, they need their top reserve to produce.

If Crawford does that, Atlanta and New York won’t be the only teams interested in his services next summer. 

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Nov , 25 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Blake Griffin: Los Angeles’ Newest Aerial Assaulter

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: There’s a new aerial assaulter in The City of Angeles.

He isn’t Shannon Brown. And he doesn’t sport the purple-and-gold of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Instead, he suits up for the city’s other team: the Clippers. He was the first overall pick of the 2009 draft. On November 20th, he committed acts against the New York Knicks which are illegal in 32 states, 18 republics, and 11 semi-autonomous territories.

Of course, we’re talking about Blake Griffin. Watch the highlight package below and get at HoopsVibe News with thoughts in the comment box below.


--Oly Sandor. 
 

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Saturday , Nov , 20 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

New York Knick Fight Club: Billy Walker vs. Shawne Williams

Toughness has not been a Knicks trait in years. Yesterday, the Knicks, after breaking their six-game losing streak in Sacramento, were feeling feisty at practice as a skirmish broke out between Bill Walker and Shawne Williams.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: They still care. They’re still engaged. And they still have pride.

This is the only way to interpret reports New York Knicks Billy Walker and Shawne Williams got into a practice donnybrook.

After all, the Knicks are struggling. They should be better than 5-8, especially after signing star post Amar’e Stoudemire and steady point guard Ray Felton this summer.

However, things have not gone according to plan. And two supporting pieces, Walker and Williams, had to be separated during a scrimmage. Emotions were surely running high. Tempers were short.

Hopefully, this is a turning point. Remember, the Portland Trail Blazers went on a tear in December 2007 after a practice turned into Fight Club, with mild mannered Steve Blake smashing chairs.

In fact, the Knicks have won two straight. If they eventually get this mess sorted, Walker and Williams’ tussle may be the moment things started improving.

--Oly Sandor.


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Sunday , Nov , 14 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Timberwolves to make ‘serious run’ at Carmelo Anthony?

If disenchanted Carmelo Anthony is still with the Denver Nuggets at trade time in February, look for the Timberwolves to make a serious run at him.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Delusional, crazy, and silly.

This is the only way to describe a reporter’s assertion that the Minnesota Timberwolves will, or should, chase Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony won’t ink an extension with Denver because they lack a co-superstar, play in a small market, and are thousands of miles from his home out east.

Consider the state of the Timberwolves: despite having young pieces, they lack a bonafide co-superstar; ‘The Frozen Tundra of Sota’ is the league’s version of Siberia; and Minnesota is far, far away from Anthony’s base of New York.

Of course, the Timberwolves can make a ‘run’ for the forward. They can even acquire him. However, they have zero chance at getting Anthony’s signature on a long-term extension.

So why bother? Think of the optics.

Suppose the Wolves pull off the impossible and land Anthony. They’d have to give the Nuggets young players, expiring contracts, and draft picks.

Come July 1st, Anthony walks as a free agent. In fact, he sprints away from Executive David Kahn and the Timberwolves.  

The forward will take less money to sign with the New York Knicks. Perhaps he’ll do the same for the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, especially if it means ditching Minnesota.

The Timberwolves would then have nothing to show for this sad saga –nothing except the shame of losing a superstar. Their have-not status would again be clear for all to see.

Like I said, it’s delusional, crazy, and silly. Here’s hoping the Timberwolves invest their time in more worthwhile pursuits.

--Oly Sandor.


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Sunday , Nov , 14 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

The rumor that won’t die: Nash to New York

Still, the Knicks are going to do their due diligence, just in case the Suns are actually interested in moving the face of their franchise. The Knicks "will make an inquiry," one team source said regarding Nash's possible availability.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It doesn’t matter how much those involved deny it. This rumor isn’t going anywhere.

Not now. Not until there's closure.

The struggling New York Knicks allegedly contacted the Phoenix Suns about the availability of point guard Steve Nash.

The Knicks interest in Nash is nothing new. Neither is Nash’s interest in the Knicks.

Former teammate Amar’e Stoudemire and Coach Mike D’Antoni are there; the Knicks spend money, the Suns don’t; Nash already spends his summers in the trendy SoHo district; and living fulltime in The Big Apple would allow him to pursue his post hoops career of film production.

This isn’t exactly breaking news. However, there’s a recent development:  Nash and his wife are getting divorced.

Perhaps he’ll now seek a change of scenery –like a trade to The Big Apple. Of course, he may want to stay in Phoenix to be near his twin daughters and newborn baby.

There's only one thing we know: the speculation surrounding Nash and New York will continue.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Nov , 13 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Wolves won’t trade Rubio to Knicks?

But multiple sources within the Timberwolves organization guaranteed Rubio will start his career with the club, not as a Knick. Minnesota brass is convinced that Rubio will play for the club next season, when his Barcelona buyout falls to $1 million. 

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: When it rains, it pours.

For the past decade, a torrential storm has plagued the New York Knicks and Madison Square Gardens. The showers don’t seem to be easing.

Instead of signing a game-changing free agent last summer, the classic franchise overpaid the very good but hardly great Amar’e Stoudemire. The results have been mixed.

So far, it seems the Knicks lack the assets to acquire Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets, while Chris Paul has apparently reconciled with the New Orleans Hornets.

Scratch Anthony and Paul off The Big Apple saviour list.

Now this: Spanish sensation Ricky Rubio will reportedly start his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Not the Knicks.

Knick-nation had prophesized that Rubio would find his way east and run the point in Mike D’Antoni’s ‘Seven Seconds Or Less’ system.

No dice. Word is the Wolves won’t trade the shaggy-haired table-setter and want him managing their offensive sets for October 2011.

Executive Donnie Walsh and Coach D’Antoni have no choice but to move to the next option. All the while, the rain keeps falling over MSG and the Knicks.

--Oly Sandor.

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