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Saturday , Apr , 21 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Lamar Odom on Dallas drama: ‘Things happen for a reason’

“It was short lived, too bad it couldn’t work out but things happen for a reason. My life has been so crazy the last couple years, as far as issues with my family, as far as going through personal tragedy. And I felt like God was saying, ‘You know what Lamar, I’m going to give you a little time. A little time to step back and soak everything in….”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Lamar Odom is not Socrates or Dr. Phil, but he was rather introspective when discussing his fall with the Dallas Mavericks.

In case you’ve been living in a cave: the Los Angeles Lakers included  Odom in the nixed Chris Paul deal, Odom got mad and demanded a trade, and the purple-and-gold obliged by sending him to the Dallas Mavericks for a paltry trade exception.

Odom was a peculiar fit for the defending world champs’. He was out of shape. He’s also a finesse player and Rick Carlisle’s bunch needed grit to replace Tyson Chandler. And his reality TV relationship with Khloe Kardashian didn’t help matters -even though Mavericks owner Mark Cuban runs the Shark Tank and was an epic failure on Dancing With The Stars.     

Then there were the cap implications. The Mavericks only acquired Odom to buy him out at year’s end and use the financial flexibility to chase free agent Deron Williams.

Add it up and Odom struggled miserably in the Lone Star State. Fans booed him. Teammates questioned him. And he had a run-in with Cuban before being told he was on paid vacation.

To be fair, there was much we didn’t know. Odom’s marriage, even if it’s a reality TV spectacle, was stumbling. And his cousin was murdered.

So the forward needed some personal time. Hey we’ve all been there.

Don’t count Odom out, though. He’ll have a few offers this summer and will surely take the Mini-Mid level exception to join one of his two former teams in Los Angeles.

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Sunday , Jan , 01 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Why Yi? Did Mavericks miss mark with Chinese star?

The Dallas Mavericks are about to sign a player they've long coveted, reaching terms Saturday on a one-year contract with free-agent forward Yi Jianlian, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: I like Yi. I, however, don't like him on the Dallas Mavericks.

The four-man is tall, skilled, and talented, which means he could be a rotation player for most teams.

But the Mavericks are different than most. The world champions do not need another skilled guy like Yi, as they recently added Vince Carter and Lamar Odom.

Here's what they do need: a grimy, blue-collar big to fill part of the void created by Tyson Chandler's departure to the New York Knicks.

Chandler brought an intensity, especially on the defensive end, that took the Mavericks from good to great. He was a one-man zone that solidified the back-end for Coach Rick Carlisle.

That's gone. And since they haven't replaced Chandler, so are the Mavericks' chances of repeating.

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The Retribution of Rick Carlisle
Wednesday , Jun , 01 , 2011 Paul Eide

The Retribution of Rick Carlisle

Who is Rick Carlisle? For a lot of NBA fans coming into the 2011 NBA playoffs, that was a tough answer. Sure, you knew he had coached a few teams in the past, but he was largely nondescript and unheralded; you knew his name but weren’t sure why, exactly.

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Wednesday , Dec , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Mark Cuban wants Carmelo Anthony in Dallas?

The Mavericks are aggressively trying to acquire Carmelo Anthony, according to league source. Dallas isn't concerned about receiving any assurances from Anthony about signing a long-term deal after the season.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Mark Cuban must put down the phone and step away.

Then the renegade owner of the Dallas Mavericks must take the Denver Nuggets off speed dial, delete their GM Masai Ujiri from his list of contacts, and promise never to call.

Ever.

Such precautions are necessary for Cuban, especially since he’s considering breaking up his Dallas Mavericks, who currently have the third best record in the NBA, to rent Carmelo Anthony for fifty odd games.

Anthony’s not worth it. Not for a half season. Not for a full season. Not for multiple seasons.

The Mavericks are championship contenders. They’re 9-1 in their past ten games; just swept the state of Florida by beating the red hot Miami Heat and rebuilding Orlando Magic; and possess the rare ability to get-stops at home and on the road.

Where would Anthony fit on this defensive juggernaut that emphasizes chemistry?

After all, he treats defense like a contagious disease. And he wouldn’t sacrifice minutes, touches, and/or shots to win.

Anthony has always been The Guy. He was The Guy in High School, at Syracuse, and with the Denver Nuggets.

He couldn’t play second fiddle to Mr. Maverick Dirk Nowitzki or fit with Coach Rick Carlisle’s team concept. He couldn’t because he’s never had to.

Anthony needs a team to accommodate him. Like the lowly New Jersey Nets, where he can be the face of the franchise and shoot until his heart is content.

Hopefully, Cuban realizes what he has. Anthony won’t put his Mavericks over the top. In fact, he’d do the opposite.

--Oly Sandor.


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Monday , Apr , 26 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Shawn Marion: ‘I don’t see no fat lady.’

Mavericks swingman Shawn Marion did it with Phoenix against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the 2006 playoffs. Coach Rick Carlisle's Detroit Pistons overturned a 3-1 deficit against Orlando in the first round in 2003.

Marion insisted after Sunday's 92-89 defeat that he believes a comeback is still possible, even though history suggests that it's an extreme long shot.

Only eight teams in NBA annals, out of the 189 that have tried, have managed to win three games in a row after falling into a 3-1 deficit hole.

"I've been in this situation," Marion said. "It can be done.

"I don't see no fat lady."

Said Carlisle: "It starts with winning Game 5 [on Tuesday night]. That's the starting point." 

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