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Doug Collins: NBA Coach Of The Year
Wednesday , Jan , 18 , 2012 Paul Eide

Doug Collins: NBA Coach Of The Year

No matter what he does he will always be known as one of Michael Jordan’s first NBA coaches, the man who couldn’t fulfill Jordan’s potential. Even after he left the NBA’s coaching ranks and joined the broadcast booth, he still couldn’t shake the jaundiced eye of the casual NBA fan, thanks to his inability to take Jordan and those young but talented late 80’s Bulls teams to the peak of their ability.

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Saturday , Jan , 14 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Jrue Holiday posterizes Jan Vesely, Spencer Hawes takes picture

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Last night, Jrue Holiday welcomed Jan Vesely to the NBA by postering the Washington Wizards rookie, prompting teammate Spencer Hawes to take a mock picture. 

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Saturday , Dec , 17 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: John Wall cross-over and jam against 76ers

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: These kind of highlights are long overdue thanks to the lockout.

Instead of writing about the collective bargaining agreement, we have a John Wall highlight for your enjoyment.

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Monday , Nov , 28 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Samuel Dalembert: Joining Heat ‘would be fantastic’

Joining the Heat "would be fantastic," Dalembert said Sunday night from Haiti in an interview with FOX Sports Florida. Miami is where more than 50 of his relatives live and is about one hour south of his home in Boca Raton. As for the volunteering part, Dalembert likely would require a big pay cut to join the Heat, which will be over the salary cap. Dalembert, who made $13.43 million last season for Sacramento, might have to sign for the $5 million mid-level exception.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Miami Heat nearly won a championship in 2011 with an ozone-sized hole at center.

Free agent center Samuel Dalembert wants to sign with the Miami Heat, plug that hole, and help Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade take the final step in 2012.

Dalembert, who spent last year in Sacramento, has a considerable size advantage over Joel Anthony and Udonis Haslem, the posts currently on the Heat’s roster.

On some level, Dalembert could fit. However, it’s worth noting that the lanky five was kicked off the Canadian national team and criticized for his work ethic and attitude in Philadelphia.

So the Heat may look elsewhere for reinforcements down-low.

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Sunday , Nov , 13 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Iverson ‘would accept any role’ with Celtics?

With Rajon Rondo locked in as the Celtics point guard and Ray Allen as the shooting guard, Iverson’s role would likely be as a scorer off the bench. In Detroit and Memphis, he created issues because he demanded to start.  “I think that is so overplayed,’’ Moore said. “He said it on more than one occasion. And I’ve always known that. I think it was taken out of context. Allen would accept any role. Anything he can do to help a ball team is what he will be able to do.’

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s sad. Really, it is.

Allen Iverson should have done this years ago. Instead of swallowing his pride and ego and playing a role for a contender, Iverson had to be ‘The Guy’.

He had to have shots. He had to have touches. He had to be option one. And he ran himself right out the NBA because he acted like 2009 was 1999.

The Philadelphia 76ers traded him. Same with the Denver Nuggets. The Detroit Pistons let him quit. The Memphis Grizzlies released him. And the 76ers allowed him to disappear after re-signing him.

This whirlwind of mediocrity could have been avoided if Iverson did  what he’s doing now: re-invent himself as a second-unit game-changer.

Once upon a time, this would have worked. ‘The Greatest Little Man Ever’ coming off the bench for a contender and lighting up reserves.

The San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtics, and other contenders would have had interest. Best of all, the end of Iverson’s career would have been spent playing meaningful basketball in May and June.

But he wouldn’t do it. He wouldn’t put the collective before himself. Fair or not, right or wrong, he validated some of the accusations of being a selfish player.

Now Iverson’s people are reduced to begging. And it may be too late to rekindle what may have been.

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Monday , Sep , 12 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Should Lou Williams be rapping?

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: NBA Stars want to be rappers. And rappers want to be NBA stars.

So there’s quite a bit of cross over between the two professions, however, few succeed and should leave their day job.

Philadelphia 76ers guard Lou Williams has spent the lockout making music and we’ll let you decide if he’s should continue or stick with hoops.

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--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Aug , 20 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video:Lou Williams scores 51 points in Atlanta run

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Are you tired of the lockout? Tired of hearing of millionaire players arguing with billionaire owners? Just want some basketball?

Well, we've got your remedy. Click the video, watch Philadelphia 76ers guard Low Williams drop 51 points in a Pro-Am run in Atlanta, and get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below.

(Credit to Slamonline for finding the video.)

--Oly Sandor.

 

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Thursday , Aug , 11 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Nocioni and 76ers to part ways?

I don't know. The Sixers already said they don't want me. And now we're in a lockout. So I'll see what I do. Playing in Europe is a possibility.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Andres Nocioni will be on the move -again.

Reports indicate the Argentine swing will not return to the Philadelphia 76ers when the lockout ends and is open to playing with an NBA or European team.

This is and isn’t a surprise.

On the surface, it would seem a young, developing team like the 76ers would want a veteran presence like Nocioni. Remember, he does the little things and brings an edge.

However, the 76ers didn’t use Nocioni. For a variety of reasons, he played in just 54 regular season games and only got off the bench once for ten minutes in the playoffs against the Miami Heat. 

The only complication is his salary. Nocioni has one year guaranteed at $6.5 million, while his next team will hold an option on 2012-13 at $7.5 million.

Suppose the lockout lasts all year. His 2011-12 salary would then be negated. The 76ers wouldn’t exercise the option on 2012-13, so he`d be a free agent in July of 2012.

Things will change for Nocioni. The one certainty: he won’t return to Philadelphia.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Aug , 03 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Blake Griffin on lockout: ‘My first three seasons, I could play 82 games’

"I haven't stopped working out really since May," Griffin said. "It's been every day, sneaking it in whenever I can." Griffin says it's frustrating for him to think that the NBA games may be interrupted after his first season playing in the league. Griffin missed all of the 2009-10 season with a broken kneecap after he had been the No. 1 draft pick out of Oklahoma. "Now my first three seasons, I could play 82 games," Griffin said. "So, we'll see what happens."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Last year was overwhelmingly positive for the NBA.
 
The sporting world was galvanized by Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James joining forces and becoming the ‘Heatles’ in Miami.

Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd’s hard work was rewarded with an NBA championship, guaranteeing both immediate entry into the Hall of Fame when they retire.

Derrick Rose won the MVP award, leading the Chicago Bulls to the league’s best regular season record and a place in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder took another step winning two playoff series before falling to Nowitzki and Kidd’s Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals.

The Memphis Grizzlies made the playoffs and upset the San Antonio Spurs. After years of futility, the Indiana Pacers and Philadelphia 76ers were relevant and entertaining.

There are other storylines I’m missing.

For instance, high on this list is the emergence of Blake Griffin, whose aerial antics reminded the world there’s a professional basketball squad in Los Angeles not called the Lakers.

(And this squad, the Clippers, can compete and delight despite being owned by the twisted and incompetent Donald Sterling.)

Suppose there’s a lockout. One that wipes out the entire season. Griffin, who missed 2009 with injury, will have played just eighty-two games in his first three seasons.

Fans would have to wait a year to see Griffin assault the rim. Fans would have to wonder what Griffin would do to defend his crown at the 2012 Slam Dunk Contest. And fans, the purists, would have to wait a year to see Griffin’s above average passing and skill-set develop.

This is tragic. And just another thing Commissioner David Stern, the owners, Union Head Billy Hunter, and the players are risking with their posturing and rhetoric.

I hope they know what they’re doing. Griffin missing another year should be a last resort.

--Oly Sandor.


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Monday , Jul , 25 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Would David Kahn and Larry Brown Fail in Minnesota?

After interviewing Rick Adelman and Don Nelson over the weekend, the Timberwolves intend to interview Larry Brown and possibly one or two others in this first phase to replace fired coach Kurt Rambis.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It makes some sense -more than hiring Don Nelson, at least.

Larry Brown is best when spreading his ‘Play The Right Way’ mantra amongst a young, impressionable group. After all, Brown considers himself a teacher of the game, and clearly he suffers for his students.

Well, the Minnesota Timberwolves are young and impressionable. They've won just 32 games since 2009, so Brown’s message would, at least initially, hold weight.

The on-court dynamic would be fine -for a while. The off-court end of things sounds dicey.

Yes, Wolves GM David Kahn has known Brown since their days at UCLA. In fact, Kahn considers Brown a mentor, who guided him as a young, impressionable reporter on the west coast.

This is a problem. Brown, to be effective on the sideline, needs a strong counterweight in the front office, who can laugh off his idiosyncrasies, worrying, and perfectionist nature.

There was the legendary Donnie Walsh in Indiana. There was the enthusiastic Pat Croce in Philadelphia. And there was Joe Dumars, who at the time still possessed his magical touch in Detroit.

This trio knew when to listen and when to ignore Brown. Not surprisingly, this formula worked in Indiana, Philadelphia, and Detroit.

Kahn is already a disaster. He would misread, misquote, and mishandle Brown, which, in turn, would have a negative impact on those young, impressionable, and talented players.

The nomad sideline boss isn’t right for the Wolves. But this is about Kahn's inadequacies, not Brown's.

--Oly Sandor.


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Sunday , Jul , 24 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Would Larry Brown burn the Celtics?

Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown has an interest in joining Doc Rivers’ Boston Celtics staff as an assistant coach, assuming Lawrence Frank accepts the Detroit Pistons' head coaching job, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Larry Brown has burned more bridges than a pyromaniac serving a five year bid at Sing, Sing prison in upstate New York.

Brown is the nomad coach. When the going gets tough, he gets going. Or when he thinks the grass is greener on the other side, he goes to the other side.

Just ask the Charlotte Bobcats and Los Angeles Clippers or the Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks or the Philadelphia 76ers and those same Pistons.

Of course, this doesn't stop Brown from demanding his players 'Play The Right Way'. It doesn't matter that he's doing the opposite in front of them.

Despite the hypocrisy, Brown can teach youngsters. Unfortunately, the Boston Celtics are a veteran crew. Old heads like Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce won’t want to deal with the overbearing, impatient, and frustrating Brown.

Celtics head coach ‘Doc’ Rivers won’t be particularly enthused with Brown’s idiosyncrasies either -especially if he’s only using the defensive coordinator gig to showcase himself for a head coaching job.

Rivers and the Celtics should avoid Brown. He’ll burn them like he has so many other teams.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jul , 20 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Iverson finally willing to come off-the-bench?

“I just want to do whatever an organization wants me to do,” Iverson said. “Everybody made a big thing about me not wanting to come off the bench, but I said that at that point because it never happened to me in my life and it was something new to me, and obviously I didn’t know how to handle it. But to be back on the biggest stage is my whole thing and I feel like I have a couple more years left in my career and I want to play. I sat through and watched the whole season and it was tough for me. Now I just try to do what I have to do to be physically and mentally able to get back on the stage.”

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: It's hard to take Allen Iverson at his word. It's hard to believe he'd play a role.

Iverson refused to come off the bench and play behind Rip Hamilton, a long-time cog for some strong Detroit Pistons teams. Motown quickly became a fiasco.

Iverson, despite missing training camp with leg ailments, threw a fit when Memphis Grizzlies Coach Lionel Hollins didn't start him. The club released him one week into the 2009-10 season.

Iverson had an up-and-down second-stint with the Philadelphia 76ers. His run in Turkey was cut short by injuries. In both stops, there were reports of personal issues that have not been resolved.

So there's little or no evidence to suggest Iverson could handle being a reserve, could handle fluctuating minutes, could handle getting a few shots per night. Then there's his baggage.

Of course, one of the NBA's greatest little men deserved better. Iverson refused to transition gracefully. He refused to sign with a contender, say San Antonio or Boston, and become a second unit game-changer.

Instead, it was all about Iverson –even when his career was fading. His stubbornness, that intangible that once made him great, will likely cost Iverson a chance to show us he has changed.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Jul , 11 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Andre Iguodala ‘expecting’ to stay in Philadelphia?

Trade rumors about Iguodala have become common place for the past couple years but he no longer believes that he is going to be moved. “I can’t say I would be surprised, because I wouldn’t be surprised, but I am not expecting it to happen,” he said.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: They tried. They failed. Now they move forward. Together.

Once again, the Philadelphia 76ers attempted to again trade Andre Iguodala following the NBA Finals. Once again, they found no takers for their talented and versatile swing.

Iguodala is good, not great. He's at his best as a blending star, who stuffs the stat-sheet each game with fine all-around play.

Here's the problem: Iguodala, with three years and $45 million remaining on his contract, is paid to be great. Like a perennial All-Star; not a complimentary star.

Obviously, the 76ers explored trading Iguodala; however, they soon realized all they'd get back is a problem contract. So, it seems, management will keep Iguodala and will continue overpaying a good-not-great player.

Of course, management didn't have much choice. The 76ers are between owners, which typically limits an organization's ability to make personnel moves.

Then there's the uncertainty regarding the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Currently, the players are locked-out. And teams were reluctant to make trades with the new CBA and financial system up in the air.

For now, the 76ers and Iguodala are together. Who knows for how long, though?

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Jul , 07 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Stephen Curry on Monta Ellis: ‘We Want Him With Our Team’

“I don’t know about the talks he had with the front office or where they ended before the lockout, but as of right now, he’s still a Warrior,” Curry said of Ellis. “We want him with our team. He makes us better. And I think with a fresh start and all the new faces with the organization that will help him forget about the past and not really affect what is going on right now.

“I know there has been a lot of turmoil with him and the organization in the past. I can’t speak for him, but I think the new look of our organization will help him make a difference.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It would have been easy for Stephen Curry. Very easy.

Nearly two years ago, Monta Ellis ‘welcomed’ Curry to his first pro' training camp by telling reporters the two couldn’t form a backcourt for the Golden State Warriors.

Today, the Warriors have a new owner and coach. And today, they’re also shopping Ellis around the league.

Ellis has been linked to Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic, Andre Iguodala and the Philadelphia 76ers, and Lamar Odom and the Los Angeles Lakers.

He recently grew tired of the rumors and requested a trade.

Now Curry could have extracted a little revenge and kicked Ellis when he’s down. Or, he could have offered a terse 'no comment' when asked about the situation

Instead, Curry had Ellis’ back. He explained how the Warriors’ core want him to return and are inviting him to training sessions during the lockout.

Such maturity is the difference between Curry and Ellis. And such maturity is the reason the Warriors prefer Curry over Ellis.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Jun , 25 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Doug Collins: 76ers aren`t shopping Iguodala

I want to sit down and talk to him (Iguodala) and see where his thoughts are," Collins said after Friday's news conference at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine to introduce first-round draft pick Nikola Vucevic and second-round selection Lavoy Allen of Temple and Pennsbury High. "More importantly, I have shared this with his agent Rob Pelinka: Nobody is out there shopping Dre."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Doug Collins is saying one thing. His team, however, is doing something different.

The Philadelphia 76ers, with Collins’ approval, have explored trades for former franchise face Andre Iguodala. If possible, they’d have dumped ‘Iggy’ and his big-ticket for a scorer and/or cap relief.

In this economy and with the Collective Bargaining Agreement changing, no team wants the 3-years and $45 million on Iguodala’s contract -including the 76ers.

His stat-stuffing game doesn’t matter. His willingness to sacrifice for others doesn’t matter, either.

The 76ers and Iguodala are stuck with each other. For better. Or for worse.

Collins, bless his heart, is maintaining the front that the 76ers want ‘Dre. According to the personable sideline boss, the club never tried to trade him, either.

To be fair, Collins must walk a fine line. He must support management, who wanted to deal Iguodala. He must also maintain a relationship with Iguodala, who could return for 2011-12.

Bottom line: the 76ers failed to trade Iguodala. Now Collins has to save the relationship.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jun , 08 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Warriors, 76ers still discussing Ellis for Iguodala?

The Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers have discussed a trade that would send the Warriors' leading scorer, Monta Ellis, to the 76ers for Andre Iguodala, according to league sources, including one with direct knowledge of Golden State's thinking.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Will a new coach, Mark Jackson, and owner, Joe Lacob, mean a new backcourt for the Golden State Warriors?

Well, rumors are again surfacing that the Warriors are looking to send combo guard Monta Ellis to the Philadelphia 76ers for the athletic Andre Iguodala.

No doubt about it, Ellis can play. However, there are doubts about whether he can continue playing with point guard Stephen Curry.

Ellis and Curry form one of the league’s smallest starting backcourts. And Jackson may wish to put his imprint on the Warriors by shipping out the prolific scorer for a more active, well rounded player –like Iguodala.

Meanwhile, the 76ers have again made their stat-stuffing swing available in hope of adding a first option on offense. And Ellis fits the bill.

Under normal circumstance, the bean counters in the front office would also like this trade.

Both players have three seasons left on their contracts. Ellis will earn $11 million per season, while Iguodala will earn slightly more at $14 million per season.

Reports indicate that Comcast, the wealthy holding company that owns the 76ers, are in talks to sell the club. All personnel moves may be put on hold.

Where there’s lots of smoke, there’s typically some sort of fire. Perhaps talks between the Warriors and 76ers become reality.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , May , 08 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Andre Iguodala for Rudy Gay or Chris Kaman?

Some league folks have hinted that the Sixers and Memphis Grizzlies could discuss a swap of Iguodala for Memphis' injured star Rudy Gay. The Grizzlies are making an impact in the Western Conference playoffs without Gay, who went down with a shoulder injury late in the season.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It would appear the Philadelphia 76ers are preparing to cut ties with the versatile Andre Iguodala.

This rhetoric is nothing new. Prior to this year, the 76ers underachieved and much of the blame was placed at the feet of their highly paid swing.
 
And the result was constant trade chatter. There was no market for Iguodala’s long-term contract, though. He earned a superstar wage, while being merely a good player.
 
In 2011, Iguodala became Collins’ Renaissance man, doing everything well. He rebounded, defended, blocked shots, set up teammates, and scored.
 
Unfortunately, the 76ers now need a first-option scorer. Not a poor man’s Scottie Pippen. So Iguodala is being dangled as trade bait to land either the Memphis Grizzlies’ Rudy Gay or the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Kaman.
 
Gay and Kaman can play. Both are terrific scorers, but have become expendable due to the dynamics of their club changing. The Grizzlies are building around Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, while the Clippers like the athletic DeAndre Jordan at the five.
 
Gay’s contract is a match to Iguodala’s on a per year basis. Both are scheduled to earn $13.5 million in 2012, but Gay has a longer term. Meanwhile, Kaman is only on the books for 2012 at $10 million.
 
Iguodala finally came close to fulfilling expectations in Philadelphia, and, ironically, his reward seems to be a one-way ticket out of town.

--Oly Sandor.
 
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Tuesday , Apr , 19 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Heat flex defensive muscle in game-two win over 76ers

James scored 29 points, Bosh had his second straight double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Miami took a 2-0 series lead with a 94-73 victory over the abysmally shooting 76ers -- who managed their second-lowest playoff scoring total in the last 56 years -- on Monday night.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: All season, we’ve focused on what they aren’t. Perhaps we should focus on what they are: a defensive juggernaut –especially, on the perimeter.

On Monday night, the Miami Heat easily defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in game two of their first round series. They did this by playing airtight, stingy defense.

Consider the numbers:

•    The 76ers made one half-court basket in the opening quarter, and shot just 26% from the floor in the first half.

•    Only one starter reached double-figures, Jrue Holiday had 12 points.

•    Doug Collins’ squad ended up with a paltry 74 points.

The Heat’s ability to get-stops shouldn't surprise. Even when they were struggling with a 9-8 mark early on, the Heat had the makings of a fabulous defensive squad.

There are two keys to their success. First, the Heat is athletic on the perimeter. See LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Both can lock-up their checks, while playing the passing lanes.Second, Coach Erik Spoelstra rewards his players with offensive freedom -if they follow his scheme in their own end.

And this formula will be the key to the Heat advancing deep into the playoffs.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Apr , 17 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Thaddeus Young’s bizarre shoe malfunction against Heat

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Never say Thaddeus Young doesn’t have a zest for defense.

In a league were some players treat their own end like a contagious disease, the Philadelphia 76ers forward did an admirable job ‘D-ing’ up with one shoe.

While leading an incredible comeback in game one of the 76ers' playoff series against the Miami Heat, Young’s shoe came off on a fast break.

He carried his shoe the length of the floor and tossed it to the 76ers' bench, thinking he’d put it on during the next stoppage in play.

All that mattered was defence. And Young, with one shoe, even rotated over to help on Chris Bosh.

However, like Charlie Sheen in Major League, his throw missed the target and fell into the lap of a puzzled Heat fan, who, surprisingly, returned it.

Young quietly slipped his shoe on during the first break in play –much to the chagrin of ABC broadcaster and former coach Jeff Van Gundy, who complained that the fan should've helped his hometown Heat by not giving back the shoe.

Watch Young’s unusual shoe saga and get at HoopsVibe News with thought in the comment box below. 


--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Mar , 31 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Lou Williams’ ‘I want it all’

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Recently, Lou Williams admitted his Philadelphia 76ers struggled in a loss to the Sacramento Kings because they were out the night before at the Lil’ Wayne concert.

Fair or not, the opinions and editorials on professionalism, or the lack thereof, flew.

What we didn’t know then was that Williams has his own mic’ dreams. Watch the video below and give us your thoughts on his musical talents in the comment box below.


--Oly Sandor.