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Tuesday , May , 11 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Knicks Laugh When Asked if D’Antoni Practices Defense

When you talk to Suns officials they mostly have good things to say about D'Antoni. The biggest knocks I heard when I covered the Suns-Blazers series is that D'Antoni is stubborn and that he doesn't emphasize defense. We've all seen that firsthand.

Mike denies all charges even though when you ask some Knick players if they ever practice defense they'll laugh and say "are you kidding me."

This should be a powerful lesson for the Knicks and their head coach. The Suns have proven they can win without D'Antoni but D'Antoni has yet to prove he can win without the Suns. He'll get players this summer. Maybe even LeBron James will come. But it's not just about upgrading the roster. It's about D'Antoni admitting that the one fatal flaw to his system is that his teams don't defend and doing something about it.

With the money the Knicks have there is no reason why they can't hire a defensive coach. Heck, the Knicks are one of the few teams that don’t employ an advance scout. How has that worked out for them? 

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Tuesday , May , 11 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Kobe Wants Revenge on the Suns

It doesn’t matter to Kobe Bryant that three years have passed and he’s won a championship since then. He has a long memory. And just the mere mention of the Phoenix Suns brings a spark to his eyes.

The Los Angeles Lakers advanced to their third straight Western Conference finals by sweeping the Utah Jazz with a 111-96 victory on Monday night. Next up are the Phoenix Suns, whom the Lakers have beaten seven times in nine games since acquiring Pau Gasol. But that doesn’t matter to Bryant. When asked if he recalled that the Suns knocked the Lakers out of the postseason during their last two meetings in 2006 and ’07, Bryant’s eyes filled with disdain.

“What do you think? You already know,” Bryant said, staring through his questioner.
 
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Friday , May , 07 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Amar’e Stoudemire: I’m 50-50 on Staying with Suns

Even if Stoudemire does not opt out, he will still be looking for a long-term extension, or he will be a free agent next year.

“Maybe it’s making it a little harder for them,” Stoudemire said. “It’s always going to be 50-50. I’m not sure what’s going to happen, we’ll just have to wait until this summer. But I’m not focused on that right now.”

In each of the last three seasons, Stoudemire has been the subject of trade speculation. In the winter, much of it focused on whether he would be sent to Cleveland to team with James, to Miami as a partner for Wade, or even to San Antonio to team up in the frontcourt with Duncan.

At this year’s All-Star Game, Stoudemire said that the annual trade rumors bothered him.

“I don’t understand why,” he told reporters in February. “It’s not being explained to me why every year there’s always trade talk with me being involved. It’s a little difficult to deal with. They never really explain why the trade talk is coming, why they want to trade me. I’ve done a lot of work in the community. I’ve been trouble-free forever, so I just don’t understand.”

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Call it a gut feeling, but I can't see Amar'e leaving Phoenix this summer. The Suns are looking pretty strong right now, and STAT is happier with the franchise as a consequence. All Phoenix has to do is extend a reasonable offer and they'll be able to lock him down for a few more seasons. - CYE

 

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Thursday , May , 06 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Barack Obama Gives Nod to ‘Los Suns’

President Barack Obama has given a shout-out to NBA's Phoenix Suns, who are wearing jerseys that say "Los Suns" to honor the Latino community, diversity and the state of Arizona.

Obama made the remarks at the beginning of a Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Rose Garden.

The president said: "I know that a lot of you would rather be watching tonight's game -- the Spurs against 'Los Suns' from Phoenix."

The line drew applause from the crowd. 

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Monday , Apr , 26 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Grant Hill Wins NBA Sportsmanship Award

Grant Hill of the Phoenix Suns is the recipient of the Joe Dumars Trophy presented to the 2009-10 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner, the NBA announced today.

A 15-year veteran, Hill (Pacific) was one of six divisional winners, which included Atlanta’s Al Horford (Southeast), Boston’s Ray Allen (Atlantic), Cleveland’s Antawn Jamison (Central), Denver’s Chauncey Billups (Northwest) and Houston’s Luis Scola (Southwest).

Hill also won the award for the 07-08 and 04-05 seasons.
 

 

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Saturday , Apr , 24 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Jason Terry’s Comments Motivated Suns to Play Better Defense

Mavericks guard Jason Terry motivated the Suns to play better defense with comments he made back in late January.

While giving a halftime interview during a game in which Dallas was beating Phoenix at home, Terry said: "We've got to score on these guys. They're not very good defensively and we've got to make them pay."

The Suns have used the quote as motivation and coach Alvin Gentry threw it in their faces.

"With all the repetition and practice, it (Terry's comment) sparked more of a defensive mind-set for us because we knew we had to defend to win that game," Suns forward Grant Hill said.
 
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Tuesday , Apr , 20 , 2010 Marija Kero, The Knicks Chick

The Knicks Chick on Why the Celtics Are Going Home and the First-Round Match-ups

HoopsVibe is proud to welcome Marija Kero, better known to many of you as The Knicks Chick, to the team. Marija will be checking in with videoblogs covering everything from her beloved Knicks to Ron Artest's latest hair-related mishap. In her first piece, Marija shares her thoughts on Boston's bad temper, the surging Mavs and the ghosts of NYK past appearing in the postseason. 

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Weekend Rant: Ginobili’s future with San Antonio Spurs, video of Stoudemire’s greatest dunk, and Washington Wizards botch Blatche-gate
Saturday , Mar , 27 , 2010 Oly Sandor

Weekend Rant: Ginobili’s future with San Antonio Spurs, video of Stoudemire’s greatest dunk, and Washington Wizards botch Blatche-gate

For most, the weekend is about rest, relaxation, and reflection. Well, not here at Breaking Down The NBA. While you’re chilling, we’re droppping a little venom called the Weekend Rant …

-Guess who is back?

After months of looking washed up, over the hill, and slow afoot, Manu Ginobili has found his old form for the San Antonio Spurs. Love him or hate him, the Argentine swing is again driving opponents crazy with his scoring prowess and trademark flops.

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Phoenix’s best move: not trading Amar’e Stoudemire
Thursday , Mar , 18 , 2010 Oly Sandor

Phoenix’s best move: not trading Amar’e Stoudemire

The Quick Hit: In the cut-throat, win-now, 24-7 news cycle world of professional basketball, NBA teams face intense pressure from fans to tinker, tweak, and, occasionally, blow-up the roster.

For instance, the Phoenix Suns, partly because of fan outcry, had been flip-flopping on whether to move Amar'e Stoudemire. Hours before the February 18th trade deadline, the club told their superstar he wouldn’t be changing areas codes. Then, at the last minute, the Houston Rockets made an offer: Shane Battier, Luis Scola and draft picks for Stoudemire.

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