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Monday , Mar , 28 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Lil’ Wayne concert to blame for 76ers loss to Kings?

Williams was at a loss for an answer as to why the team didn't play well, although he did mention attending a concert on Saturday night. "It was a combination of things, and it doesn't seem we came out ready to play," he said. "We took a chance last night by going to the Lil Wayne concert." Williams did not say which teammates attended Saturday's concert at the Wells Fargo Center.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Team goes to rap concert. Team stays out late. Team drops a matinee match-up the next day to a weaker opponent.

This isn’t the JV squad at your local high school, but the Philadelphia 76ers, who, in theory, are professionals.

Several 76ers apparently attended the Lil’ Wayne concert on Saturday night and looked sluggish against the lowly Sacramento Kings on Sunday afternoon.

For instance, Lou Williams was at the show and went 1-for-12 against the Kings. To be fair, his sole make was a terrific three-pointer that sent the game into overtime.   

Nobody is saying NBA players can’t have a life. As we know, many love ‘The Life’.

Perhaps the 76ers shouldn’t have gone to a high profile concert the night before a mid afternoon game, especially since they’re battling for playoff seeding in the Eastern Conference.

Another night, it’s nobody’s business. But Williams shouldn’t have commented to reporters. The young guard should have denied, denied, denied or given a terse no comment.

The 76ers are one of the NBA’s best stories. Hopefully, hanging with Lil` Wayne doesn’t overshadow their accomplishments.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Mar , 27 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

LeBron and Wade developing chemistry with pick-and-roll play

Wade is controlling the ball late in games, which lets LeBron James be used in a simple pick-and-roll. James has been accustomed to playing with the ball in his hands in crunch time, but it appears Wade and Erik Spoelstra have convinced him to try something new. “I think he's starting to see that this can open up his overall game, and he's going to want to do it more," Wade said last week.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Talent isn’t enough in the NBA. Teams must also have chemistry.

Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and the Miami Heat learned this the hard way, with their up-and-down year.

So have the New York Knicks, who broke up a squad with established chemistry to acquire the talented but sometimes difficult Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets.

Credit the Heat for trying new things, though. Against the Philadelphia 76ers, James acted as a screener and ran several pick-and-rolls with Wade.

This is a welcome change from the Heat’s steady diet of predictable ‘iso’ plays and one-on-one attempts at the basket.

Doug Collins, the coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, is right: this option will work. James as a four-man setting picks will be tough to prevent from rolling to the basket or slipping the screen.

Opposing defenses will be helpless. If defenders try to switch on the screen, James and/or Wade will have a clear mismatch, which should lead to a scoring opportunity.

If defenders try to show and adjust to the screen, James and/or Wade will have an advantage, which should also lead to a scoring opportunity.

The Heat would be wise to run more of these sets. Variety is important in basketball, and a two-man game involving their best players will upgrade their mediocre half-court offense.

After all, chemistry, not talent, is the key to winning in the NBA. It seems James and Wade are learning.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Jan , 30 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Iverson not returning to Turkey?

With a belief the injured Allen Iverson won't return this season, Besiktas of Turkey tried and failed to sign Sundiata Gaines, sources say.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Is this his final answer?

Reports indicate Allen ‘The Answer’ Iverson won’t return to his Turkish club team this season because of a leg injury. Of course, next year has to be in doubt, too.

However, the real issue is whether Iverson retires or keeps trudging along, seeking a job overseas as a way to land one final audition with an NBA team.

The last few years have been tough on Iverson. There was his messy divorce with the Philadelphia 76ers; he and Carmelo Anthony never met expectations with the Denver Nuggets; Detroit and Memphis was a disaster; and his reunion with the 76ers was mixed.

Before getting injured, Iverson was having a mediocre season with a somewhat competitive Turkish squad.

Perhaps Iverson is at fault for the way his career is ending. But one of the greatest little men to ever play basketball deserves better than this.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Jan , 15 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Allen Iverson: I never said anything about retirement

Allen Iverson: An MRI has revealed a legion that is in my right leg and pressing against the bone. I am coming home for further examinations and possibly surgery. I have never said anything about retirement.

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Hoops Vibe’s Very Quick Call: It should not end like this. Allen Iverson, the greatest little man to ever play basketball, deserves better.

Far better, in fact.

Iverson has left the Turkish club he had been playing for to have a legion removed on his leg. He will be in the United States indefinitely.

He insists this is not the end of the line, though. Like a heavyweight boxer holding on for a final payday, he wants to return. After all, there is another year and $2 million dollars waiting for him in Turkey.

However, Iverson’s last few situations have not ended well. He was run out of Detroit; he quit on Memphis after three games; and had to leave Philadelphia for personal reasons.

And now his body gave out on him while playing for a mediocre European squad.

Perhaps Iverson should it call a day and retire. Perhaps he was never meant to have a happy ending.

-Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Dec , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Larry Brown leaving Michael Jordan and Charlotte Bobcats

Charlotte Bobcats Chairman and CEO Michael Jordan announced today that, effective immediately, Larry Brown is stepping down as head coach of the team.

"I met with Coach Brown two weeks ago about the team’s performance and what we could do to improve it,” said Jordan. “We met again this morning after practice. The team has clearly not lived up to either of our expectations and we both agreed that a change was necessary.

“This was a difficult decision for both of us, but one that needed to be made. I want to thank Larry for everything he has done for our team. He has played a key role in this organization’s development, including coaching us to our first playoff appearance last season. Larry will continue to be a valuable advisor to me regarding the team. The search for a successor will begin immediately.”

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HoopsVibe’s very Quick Call: Forever the nomad.

Larry Brown is out as coach of the lowly Charlotte Bobcats, who have failed to meet expectations after a fine 2010 season.

Brown's departure hardly comes as a surprise. He has never stayed with an organization for long and, despite being under contract with the Bobcats, had interest in openings with the L.A. Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers last summer.

Team Jordan is also terrible, losing by 30 points last night to the John Wall-less Washington Wizards.

Brown had seen enough. On to the next coaching gig for Mr. 'Play The Right Way' –wherever that may be.

--Oly Sandor.


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Tuesday , Dec , 14 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade like Erik Spoelstra’s reward system

A simple reward system has contributed to Miami's current eight-game winning streak. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra set parameters that reward his superstars with offensive freedom when they excel on the defensive end.

If Dwyane Wade grabs a defensive rebound, he has the green light to do whatever he wants offensively. If LeBron James makes a defensive stop, he controls his own game on the other end of the court. "Our job is to defend and then we get rewarded with what we want to do on offense," James said.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Not long ago, Erik Spoelstra was persona non grata with the Miami Heat. Today, he’s the toast of South Beach.

Spoelstra’s turnaround is because of one thing: The Deal. He has given Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade complete freedom on offence provided they follow his game plan on defense.

Such an arrangement isn’t new. Years ago, Coach Larry Brown compromised his ‘Play The Right Way’ mantra by allowing Allen Iverson to shoot until his heart was content if he gave his all on defence with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Not surprisingly, Brown got more out of his superstar than any coach. Together, they advanced to the NBA Finals.

Last night Spoelstra’s Heat won their ninth straight game. After a slow start, the star studded club is fulfilling expectations.

Like Brown, Spoelstra is also looking to use ‘The Deal’ to make noise in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

--Oly Sandor.


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Sunday , Dec , 12 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: 76ers looking to trade Elton Brand with Andre Iguodala?

There was talk about the Cavs trading for 76ers guard/forward Andre Iguodala. One source seems to indicate the Sixers might ask teams to take Elton brand off their hands, too, in such a deal.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: From MVP candidate to grenade. This is the plight of power forward Elton Brand.

Not long ago, Brand was the straw that stirred the drink for a promising Los Angeles Clippers squad. Then he injured his Achilles. And, despite missing an entire season, managed to get a maximum contract from the Philadelphia 76ers.

From day one, this was a poor match. The 76ers like to run. Brand prefers a slower, half-court game.

There was little interest in a broken down Brand and his big ticket. So the cellar-dwelling 76ers have resorted to packaging him with the marketable Andrew Iguodala.

Bottom line: if a team wants ‘Iggy’ they have to take Brand.

There are two problems with this strategy. First, few teams have the cap space and resources to assume Brand and Iguodala’s combined salary of $26 million. Those that do aren’t interested.

Second, Brand and Iguodala's hefty price tag means the 76ers would surely have to take back a problem contract in a trade. The rebuilding 76ers need young assets, expiring contracts, and draft picks to pair with Evan Turner. They don’t need a frustrated, overpaid veteran to lead the kids astray.

There's no easy way for the 76ers to free themselves of Brand.

--Oly Sandor.


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Sunday , Dec , 05 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Cleveland interested in Philly’s Iggy?

But they might be able to acquire “LeBron Lite.”

League sources indicate the Philadelphia 76ers are attempting to trade guard/forward Andre Iguodala. There is no active dialogue between the Sixers and Cavs right now, but a source said it was one to keep your eye on. Things could heat up toward the trade deadline.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Something has to give –and soon.

The Philadelphia 76ers are 5-16. They’re disjointed. They’re dysfunctional. And fans are tuning them out for the city’s other sports teams.

It’s time to start over; turn the page. This means one thing: trading former franchise face Andre Iguodala.

While not a superstar, ‘Iggy’ is good enough to command a package of young talent and desirable contracts. The 76ers would be out from his big-ticket. Player and team would be free to start over.

Enter the Cleveland Cavaliers.

They have the resources to afford Iguodala’s contract. They also have the resources to satisfy the 76ers’ trade demands.

The athletic swing would make the Cavaliers more competitive. He’d also give Dan Gilbert’s squad an identity and a leader in the post-LeBron James era.

Expect Iguodala to get a change of scenery. And Cleveland makes the most sense.

--Oly Sandor.


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Sunday , Oct , 31 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Best Pacer Poster Job: Collison on Williams or McRoberts on Turner?

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Last night, the Indiana Pacers’ struggles were temporarily forgotten when they defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 99-86 and made national highlight packages with a pair of fierce facials.

Facial one: newly acquired table-setter Darren Collison stole the ball, sped to the hoop, and powered over fellow little-man Lou Williams.

Facial two: T.J. Ford, freed from Coach Jim O'Brien's bench, tossed an over-the-shoulder pass to Josh McRoberts, who then welcomed Evan Turner to the NBA by giving  the rookie poster job treatment.

Pacer-nation hasn’t had much to cheer for. Not lately, at least. However, Collison and McRoberts gave the former Eastern Conference power some much-needed shine and publicity.

While Indiana fans undoubtedly loved both dunks, HoopsVibe News wants to know which facial you preferred: Collison or McRoberts?

Watch the above videos, form your opinion, and get at us with that opinion in the comment box below.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Oct , 25 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Report: Stubborn Allen Iverson to sign contract in Turkey

Allen Iverson has agreed in principal to sign a two-year, $4 million contract with Besiktas of the Turkish professional league, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports.

The deal is expected to be filled with incentives. Iverson plans to sign the deal this week and will report to Besiktas by Oct. 31.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It didn’t have to be this way. It shouldn’t have been this way.

Allen Iverson - perhaps The Greatest Little Man to ever play in the NBA – should not be ending his career as a gimmick in a foreign country.

He should be playing meaningful minutes. He should be thriving as a sixth-man, game-changer for a contender. And he should, at a minimum, be relevant.

However, Iverson refused to play a role. He wouldn’t do it for the Detroit Pistons. He walked on the Memphis Grizzlies after game three. His personal issues with the Philadelphia 76ers didn’t help, either.

No team offered him a contract this summer. He's out of chances and at fault for his current situation.

Hopefully, Iverson remembers this while plying his trade in Turkey.

--Oly Sandor.
 
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Can Sixers’ Iguodala and Turner form a broke man’s Pippen and Jordan?
Saturday , Sep , 04 , 2010 J.N.

Can Sixers’ Iguodala and Turner form a broke man’s Pippen and Jordan?

Philly poured a bit over $68 million to field a 2010-2011 team that will not make the playoffs. They will be ranked number eleven among 30 teams in total salary committed for that season. They are ahead of notable playoff teams such as the Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, and Oklahoma City Thunder. In short – that’s terrible.

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Friday , Aug , 13 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

What the Knicks will get from Andy Rautins

New York Knicks president of basketball operations Donnie Walsh announced Thursday that the team has signed guard Andy Rautins, the 38th overall selection in the 2010 NBA Draft, to a player contract.

Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Rautins, 6-4, 194-pounds, played four seasons at Syracuse University and averaged 12.1 points and 4.9 assists as a senior in 2009-10.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: On Tuesday evening, I had a press pass for the Jack Donohue International Classic between Canada and China in Vancouver, BC.

Andy Rautins is the starting off-guard for the Canadians. What New York fans have heard is true: the former Syracuse star has serious range.

On Tuesday, he was 4-of-6 from behind the three-point line. Two of his three-pointers were from well beyond the arc. His jump shot can punish opposing defenses for cheating or double-teaming.  

Rautins, at 6-6, also has nice size for the two-spot. He’s an above average passer and competes on both ends of the floor.

However, his mid-range game is an area of concern. Rautins needs to develop an in-between game to complement his outside shot.

Rautins does have a strong basketball IQ. His father is Leo Rautins, a former center with the Philadelphia 76ers, broadcaster, and the current coach of the Canadian national side.

Maybe Rautins sticks in New York. Maybe he doesn’t. He only needs the right opportunity to show he’s an NBA player.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Aug , 12 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

76ers hire Thorn to work with Stefanski and Collins

The Philadelphia 76ers today named Rod Thorn, an NBA veteran of more than four decades, as the team’s new President. Ed Stefanski, who had served as the team’s President and General Manager since December 4, 2007, will continue in his role as General Manager.

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HoopsVibe`s Very, Very Quick Call: No need for panic.

Usually, a new president means the existing general manager and coach are at risk of being fired. News presidents typically wants their guys in key positions.

Not the case with Rod Thorn and the Philadelphia 76ers. He worked with GM Ed Stefanski when both were suits with the New Jersey Nets. They're comfortable with each other.

President Thorn, GM Stefanski, and Coach Doug Collins have a working, and perhaps personal, relationship.

These three are a good group to and right the ailing 76ers.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Jun , 21 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Philadelphia to draft Evan Turner and trade Andre Iguodala?

Another Western Conference exec uses the word “redundancy” to describe the Turner-Iguodala pairing, since both layers need the ball in their hands to be effective. “There’s not enough floor space for the two of them,” he says. The selection of Turner “might lead them to do commit to trading Iguodala,” he says. Now, that’s an idea.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Two years ago, the Philadelphia 76ers pulled in free agent Elton Brand with a max' deal and re-signed Andre Iguodala. This inside-outside duo was supposed to change the fortunes of the mediocre 76ers, helping this classic franchise consistently qualify for the playoffs.

Clearly, the plan has failed. And management is now looking to cut costs and clean house.

However, this will be easier said than done.

After all, Brand is unmovable because of his poor play, questionable health, and big ticket salary. New coach Doug Collins has no choice but to help the former 20-10 post rediscover his past form.

So the 76ers are considering drafting athletic swing Evan Turner and trading their current pogo-stick, three-man in Iguodala. Unfortunately, there isn’t much of a market for Iggy, either.

While Iguodala is a good player, he has four years and $55 million remaining on his contract. Few teams, if any, want such a massive financial commitment on their books, especially in a down economy and with the Collective Bargaining Agreement about to change.

Regardless of who they draft, the 76ers are likely stuck with Brand and Iguodala. These two will become Philadelphia fixtures like the Rocky statue and Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

Only the people of Philadelphia won't see them in quite the same light.

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Saturday , Jun , 19 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Remembering Manute Bol: shot-blocker, entertainer, and humanitarian

An associate of former NBA player Manute Bol says Bol has died at a Virginia hospital, where he was being treated for severe kidney trouble and a painful skin condition known as Stevens-Johnsons Syndrome.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Manute Bol was a lovely character.

Tall, lanky, and personable, the 7-6 Bol was a favorite of teammates and fans for his shot blocking and unique form on his three point shot.

A fringe player for most of his 10 seasons with Golden State, Miami, Philadelphia, and Washington, Bol sits at 14th on the all-time blocks list.

However, Bol was an MVP in his native Sudan for his humanitarian work which promoted reconciliation in the war-torn African nation. And Bol was also part of the league going global, where teams started looking outside the United States for talent.

Rest In Peace to the lovable Manute.

(Manute Bol: One of a kind.)

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Thursday , Jun , 17 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Philadelphia trades Sam Dalembert to Sacramento for Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes

Samuel Dalembert got his wish. The Philadelphia 76ers traded Dalembert to the Sacramento Kings on Thursday for Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes. Dalembert asked for a trade last year because he was unhappy with his role. Now, he got it.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: On the surface, this looks like two rebuilding teams exchanging spare parts. 

After all, Samuel Dalembert - a decent big man, who often came late to practice and reportedly had a questionable attitude - wanted out of Philadelphia and he'll plug the middle in 2010-11 for Sacramento. 

Dalembert's greatest attribute may be his contract: his $10 million per year salary comes off the books in July 2011, so the Kings will get some financial flexibility.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia gets deeper in the frontcourt. Nocioni is a blue-collar veteran; Hawes - a young and skilled seven-footer - has shown flashes, but also struggled with injuries.

However, Chad Ford of ESPN believes this deal will alter who the Kings and 76ers draft this June. With Nocioni in the mix, Ford argues that the 76ers will likely select Derrick Favors, while the Kings will now look to draft a small forward.

So the full implications of this deal won't really be felt until the draft on June 24th.

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Friday , May , 21 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

How Doug Collins fixes Philadelphia 76ers

"Doug Collins has always said Philadelphia is a ''special place'' for him. Now we know how special. The former 76ers star, according to an NBA source with knowledge of the situation, has agreed to terms to coach them. An announcement is expected Friday, and a formal introduction is likely to come Monday.

A second NBA source said Collins' contract is for four years."

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HoopsVibe's Call: It's an interesting choice -leaving the comfort of the broadcast booth for a talented but dysfunctional Philadephia squad. 

Still, Collins, one of the game's greatest television analysts, could have success with the 76ers if he can achieve four things:

1) Solidify the point guard spot. Andre Miller, hate him or love him, is a decent table-setter and his steady, consistent play was perfect for the young 76ers. The front office never replaced Miller after he left in July of 2009; however, Jrue Holiday should develop into a full time starter.

2) Get something from Elton Brand or get rid of him and his salary. Collins needs the burly post, who is earning max money, to produce like he did with the Los Angeles Clippers.

3) Challenge Andre Iguodala to become a star and then hold him accountable. With his athleticism, the lanky swing should be a far better player, especailly on the defensive end.

4) Rally the troops. Too often, the 76ers seemed fractured, so Collings must get them to play for each other.

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Report: Allen Iverson Involved in Bar Altercation
Sunday , Apr , 18 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Report: Allen Iverson Involved in Bar Altercation

The problems are still piling up for Allen Iverson.  After splitting from the Philadelphia 76ers and divorcing wife Tawanna Iverson, you couldn't blame AI for acting a little out of character.  Reports hit the gossip pages suggesting that Iverson had something of a drinking problem and that his gambling behavior had resulted in his being banned from several casinos.  The purchase of a $4.5 million house seemed to confirm the split from Tawanna, and since then we've heard very little from the former NBA MVP.

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Tracy McGrady should learn from Allen Iverson’s mistakes, not repeat them
Tuesday , Apr , 13 , 2010 Oly Sandor

Tracy McGrady should learn from Allen Iverson’s mistakes, not repeat them

The Quick Hit: Recently, former superstar Tracy McGrady told reporters, despite his lacklustre play and mediocre health, he wouldn’t sign with a team this summer that asked him to serve as sixth-man.

McGrady, of course, believes he’s a still starter. And McGrady also believes he hasn’t ‘fallen off’ to where he's a reserve.  

Forgive me, but didn’t we just see this song and dance? Didn’t we just see first ballot Hall of Fame guard Allen Iverson commit career suicide by refusing a lesser role for the Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies?

 

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