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NBA Fantasy Basketball: First Week Rewind
Monday , Nov , 04 , 2013 Paul Eide

NBA Fantasy Basketball: First Week Rewind

What NBA player had the best first week of the 2013-2014 NBA season?

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Philadelphia 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams got off to a great start, but so did a few other players.

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The NBA’s Top 5 Young Teams On The Rise
Wednesday , Oct , 23 , 2013 Andrew Flint

The NBA’s Top 5 Young Teams On The Rise

I know that most NBA fans are interested in what's currently dominate in sports. It's a world revolving around instant gratification, and what have you done for my lately means a whole lot more than planning ahead and trying to envision what could be a in a few years.

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Forbes Magazine’s Top 10 Most Overpaid NBA Players
Tuesday , Oct , 22 , 2013 Matt Formica

Forbes Magazine’s Top 10 Most Overpaid NBA Players

Forbes Magazine released it's report on the Top 10 Most Overpaid NBA Players.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  Aren't most NBA ballers overpaid?  I mean they get paid millions of dollars to do something most people would do for free.

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Who’s Better Olajuwon or Dwight Howard?
Saturday , Jun , 15 , 2013 HoopsVibe News

Who’s Better Olajuwon or Dwight Howard?

Who is the better center Hakeem Olajuwon or Dwight Howard?

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Both are dominant centers in their own time, but who would win this battle royale?

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Today In NBA History 1995: Elie’s “Kiss Of Death” Three Pointer
Wednesday , May , 22 , 2013 Paul Eide

Today In NBA History 1995: Elie’s “Kiss Of Death” Three Pointer

18 years ago today, Mario Elie and the Houston Rockets capped off a ridiculous comeback.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Phoenix dominated the regular season for two years, only to be eliminated in the playoffs by the streaking Rockets both times.

From NBA.com:

Houston’s Mario Elie sank a three-pointer from the corner with 7.1 seconds left in the game, lifting the visiting Rockets to a 115-114 win over Phoenix in Game 7 of their Western Conference Semifinal Round series at America West Arena. With the win, the Rockets became the first NBA team in 13 years (since the ‘82 Sixers against Boston) to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a best-of-7 playoff series. Houston’s victory also broke a string of 20 consecutive wins by the home team in the deciding Game 7 of a playoff series. Just 24 hours later, Indiana repeated that feat by the road team after downing host New York 97-95 in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal Round series.

Check out the video here:

For Elie, it was the beginning of what would be a pivotal role during the Rockets run to the 1995 NBA title. After being a bench player all season, Elie was inserted into the starting lineup for the Finals and played the best basketball of his career. Elie averaged 16.3 points per game, almost double his regular season average, while shooting a 64% from the field. He was also 8 for 14 (.571) from the three-point line, hitting 7 of 10 three-pointers in Games 3 and 4.

The Rockets were already a ridiculously deep squad, so when Elie stepped up and started producing, the Orlando Magic had no answer as the Rockets romped to a 4-0 series sweep.

The shot Elie hit to seal the series victory over the Suns was particularly deflating to Suns fans. Not only because it ended their '95 season, but the previous year in the playoffs the Rockets also defeated the Suns in a seven game series after the Suns opened up a 3-1 series lead.

Ouch.

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Jameer Nelson Puts Dwight Howard in his place
Thursday , Mar , 07 , 2013 Matt Formica

Jameer Nelson Puts Dwight Howard in his place

If there's one person in the NBA who needs to get it together with the media (other than Andrew Bynum), it's Dwight Howard.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  Howard should start taking the high road more often; couldn't hurt.

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Turkoglu suspended 20 games for positive steroid test
Thursday , Feb , 14 , 2013 Matt Formica

Turkoglu suspended 20 games for positive steroid test

Apparently football players, baseball players, and Lance Armstrong aren't the only ones using performance enhancing drugs.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  Steroids are all over sports, and now the NBA is joining in the effort to prevent them.

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The top 5 free throw shooters in the NBA today
Saturday , Jan , 12 , 2013 Matt Formica

The top 5 free throw shooters in the NBA today

The following article profiles the top five free throw shooters in the NBA today.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  Free throw shooting is a crucial aspect of the game and is often the difference between winning and losing.

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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?

 

 

Kobe calls out Gasol and team: “I’ll kick everybody’s ass”
Tuesday , Dec , 04 , 2012 Matt Formica

Kobe calls out Gasol and team: “I’ll kick everybody’s ass”

The Lakers lost again last night, and their performance has been so sub-par lately that hearing them lose is no longer coming as a surprise.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  They are going to have to step up their game in a lot of areas if they want to be a competitive team in the Western Conference this season.

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Oakley Calls Howard a Big Cry Baby
Monday , Aug , 27 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

Oakley Calls Howard a Big Cry Baby

Charles Oakley calls Dwight Howard a big cry baby

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: I'd love to see these to bigs battle for a rebound. My money's on Oakley.

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Report: Dwight Howard To Lakers Is Official!
Friday , Aug , 10 , 2012 Paul Eide

Report: Dwight Howard To Lakers Is Official!

Dwight Howard has officially been traded to the LA Lakers in a four team deal.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Are we dreaming? Did this deal actually, finally go down? I almost don't believe it.

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Rule Change Means Dwight Howard Will Wait For Free Agency
Monday , Jul , 23 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

Rule Change Means Dwight Howard Will Wait For Free Agency

Rule change means Dwight Howard will wait for free agency.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Dwight Howard wouldn't think of signing a contract extension to help complete a trade.

Howard is under contract through the 2012-2012 season. If he is traded and signs an extension now, the maximum number of years that contract can be is for three years. 

Howard's agent recently explained why the new change in the labor agreement directly impacts Howard's decision. The new rule change affects players signing extensions before free agency and in Howard's case it makes no sense to sign an extension to help a trade. The new rule made it better for players to hit free agency, instead of extensions. This allows them to get more lucrative long-term deals. Signing now would likely cost Howard about $40 million.

Andrew Bynum is expected to follow the same painful path as Howard. Bynum could sign a three-year deal for $60 million or wait a year and sign a deal worth $100 million. Easy to see why under the new rules it's enticing to wait that extra year, hit free agency, and cash in.

It looks more and more like Dwight Howard will refuse to sign an extension to facilitate a trade. Orlando can't be blamed for wanting to get the best deal they can for Howard and Howard can't be blamed for wanting to cash in next year for $100 million. The problem is these two understandable issue make a Howard trade extremely difficult. 

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Photo Credit: AP NEWS

 

Shaq Gets New Show On TruTV
Thursday , Jul , 12 , 2012 Paul Eide

Shaq Gets New Show On TruTV

A lot of people are less than fond of Shaq as a halftime host on TNT. And while breaking down X's and O's may not be his forte, Shaq's best work in front of the camera comes when he is allowed to be his silly self.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: It can't be worse than the Aaron Carter video for "That's How I Beat Shaq".

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If Brook Lopez Re-signs, Dwight Howard To Nets Could Be Off
Wednesday , Jul , 11 , 2012 Paul Eide

If Brook Lopez Re-signs, Dwight Howard To Nets Could Be Off

The Nets have reportedly entered into contract talks with their own Brook Lopez.

Hoopsvibe Very Quick Call: It's now or never for Dwight Howard to Brooklyn Nets deal.

Lopez, a restricted free agent, is reportedly talking to the Nets about a max deal; either 4 years for $58 million or 5 years for $78 million. The other thing to consider is that if another team puts in an offer to Lopez, he can't be part of a trade to another team. Also, if he doesn't agree to a sign and trade it would stop a deal for Howard until December 15th, because that is when players who signed with teams in the offseason can be traded.

Believe it or not, the Howard to Nets saga has been going on for about a year now. If it doesn't go down now, how awkward would it be for him to spend the season in Orlando? Speaking of awkward, if the Nets are forced to rely on their own "in-house" guy in Lopez, would that make things weird and screw up chemistry? Either way the Nets need a back-up plan in case they don't actually trade for Howard, and Lopez is it.

But how much worse would that be? Or, would it even be bad at all? We all know Lopez missed all but five games last season due to a foot injury, which is never what you want to have your big man suffer through (see Rik Smits, Yao Ming). But when healthy, Lopez has produced, with career averages of 17.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 1.6 bpg. But obviously, Lopez is nowhere close to the defensive player Howard is, or the rebounder. But he is a solid big man.

The other question is, if the Nets do actually get Howard, are their enough basketballs to go around to keep everyone happy? Joe Johnson has to shoot a lot to be productive. Deron Williams likes to score as much as any PG in the league. Gerald Wallace likes to score. Howard needs to be the center of attention at all times, so even though he's saying he wants to go to the Nets, could he even handle being an after thought on the offensive side? How long would it take for him to complain about that?

If Dwight Howard going to the Nets has any chance of happening, it's going to have to happen NOW.

 

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