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Monday , Aug , 15 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Report: Rudy Fernandez leaving NBA for Real Madrid?

According to Spanish media (Onda Madrid was the first one to report), Rudy Fernandez agreed to terms with Real Madrid for the next four seasons. The Spanish guard will return to NBA just for the season 2011-12 when lockout ends playing with Dallas Mavericks who acquired him via trade during in June.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: If there’s a 2011-12 season, it will be Rudy Fernandez’s last in the NBA.

Reports indicate the Spanish swing will fulfill the final year of his NBA contract with the world champion Dallas Mavericks and then begin a multi-year deal with Real Madrid.

Fernandez is plying his trade with the European power while the NBA is locked-out. He has an opt-out clause if owners and players finalize a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Is this a surprise?

Fernandez has been unhappy since landing in the NBA. Every few months there was some drama with the Portland Trail Blazers that became public knowledge.

It was too much, especially since Fernandez, while talented and valuable, was only a rotation player. The Blazers finally dealt their diva to the Mavs’ in late June.

Apparently, a starting spot on a championship contender wasn’t enough. Fernandez is leaving Team Cuban and the NBA for Europe.

Soon enough he’ll be complaining, though. It’s Fernandez’s nature. He only seems happy when he’s unhappy.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Oct , 08 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Kobe Bryant: FC Barcelona could play in NBA

"In the NBA, teams that do that are few and far in between, teams that play together as a unit. You see a lot of isolation game; you see a lot of guys going one-on-one. They do a great job moving the ball, they do a great job helping each other defensively, so I disagree, but, what do I know?"
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He’s the NBA’s best player. He’s a student of the game. And he knows international ball since his father was a European professional.

But what does Kobe Bryant know?

Jokes aside, FC Barcelona – or any ‘Euro’ club playing 82 games in the NBA - would struggle with style.

The NBA is an isolation heavy league. One-on-one; man on man. Coaches and players look to exploit individual mismatches because players are so physically gifted.

Europe is a system-heavy league. Instead of individual play, the emphasis is on five man units outplaying other five man units.

Of course, this is why American players, who rely on individual skill, often struggle in Europe.

Still, because of their collective play and work ethic, the best European club could probably get through an NBA season.

--Oly Sandor.

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