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Monday , Aug , 23 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

4-6 teams interested in Antoine Walker and The Shoulder-Shimmy

Antoine Walker is receiving interest from four to six NBA teams, according to Chico Walker, the forward's uncle. "He said, 'I made a lot of mistakes,' " Walker, a former member of the Red Sox, said.

"[He said,] 'I made a lot of mistakes and I trusted the wrong people. I realized going forward I have to have positive people around me, just in life period. I have to have a lot of positive people around.' And I think now he gets it."

The younger Walker has endured a DUI charge, reports of gambling debt, real estate gone bad and a bankruptcy filing in May.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: In the words of the late rapper The ODB: ‘Shimmy shimmy ya, shimmy yam, shimmy yay’.

This is the only way to describe a potential comeback by Antoine Walker. After all, Walker is known for celebrating a big basket with a shoulder-shimmy celebration that would have made the good folks on Soul Train proud.

Unfortunately, he’s also known as the multi-skilled All-Star who became a puffy and selfish three-point gunner. And he’s also known for blowing through career earnings of around $120 million and declaring bankruptcy.

If in shape, focused, and committed to defense, Walker could help a team. The early signs are good: he’s been humbled enough to train with Rick Pitino, his former coach at Kentucky and Boston.

Perhaps a happy ending is in order for Walker. And perhaps we'll see his shoulder-shimmy soon.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Jun , 07 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Tom Izzo wrong for Cleveland Cavaliers

Tom Izzo insisted recently that he has no interest in coaching in the NBA until he wins at least one more NCAA title at Michigan State.

But that stance might not stop the Cleveland Cavaliers from trying to hire Izzo as their next coach.

The Cavaliers -- fresh off dismissing coach Mike Brown and parting ways with general manager Danny Ferry -- have formally extended an offer to Izzo to replace Brown, sources confirmed to ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard on Monday.

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HoopsVibe`s Quick Call ...  There`s no mistaking the obvious: owner Dan Gilbert is running the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Gilbert fired former Coach of the Year Mike Brown. Gilbert pushed GM Danny Ferry out the door. Gilbert is the one appeasing superstar free agent LeBron James. And Gilbert, because of his Spartan ties, is chasing Michigan State coach Tom Izzo

Izzo is a fine coach, but no tier-one free agent will sign, or re-sign, with the Cavaliers if they have an NCAA guy on the sideline -unless it`s Duke`s Mike Krzyzewski.  

And few college coaches have successfully transitioned to the pro game. For instance, John Calipari, Lon Kruger, Mike Montgomery, Rick Pitino, and Jerry Tarkanian all failed miserably in the NBA.

Gilbert should rethink Izzo. He should also rethink if he wants to run his NBA team without help.

Is Izzo right for the Cavaliers? Why? Why not?