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Friday , Apr , 20 , 2012 Basketball John

Video: Dwade clocks Hamilton

Miami sends a message to Chicago with physical play.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Miami getting tough for the playoffs

James Jones gets ejected with a flagrant-2, Dwade gets a flagrant-1, and LeBron James levels John Lucas with a bone crushing pick as Miami lets Chicago know this is a tougher Miami Heat team than last year.

Not much was really on the line in terms of the standings last night as the Heat and Bulls met for their last regular season game, but plenty was on the line as far as builing momentum for the playoffs. Clearly, Miami had an agenda to play more physical and that's exactly what they did. In the process they also dominated the paint, grabbed more boards, and won the game 83-72 as James went off for 27 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists.


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Saturday , Jan , 14 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Rasheed Wallace ‘real interested’ in Bulls?

Former #Celtics F Rasheed Wallace is "real interested" in the #Bulls, source close to Wallace tells Chi has some reservations.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Rasheed Wallace has interest in the Chicago Bulls, however, the feeling may not be mutual.

Wallace, once a premier power forward in the NBA, is looking to come out of retirement and join a contender for a title run.

On paper, the Bulls could use Wallace. He defends, has championship experience, and would provide another option on the block and perimeter.

The reality would be more complicated. The Bulls are a young, impressionable bunch, and Wallace's temperament and affinity for collecting technical fouls (see video) might not be the best influence.

For instance, Wallace excelled on experienced teams like Boston and Detroit, where Celtic and Piston veterans like Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Chauncey Billups, Rip Hamilton and Ben Wallace kept him in line.

The younger Bulls, even though they recently signed Hamilton, lack veterans. So expect them to pass on ‘Sheed.

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Saturday , Dec , 10 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Report: Rip Hamilton to join Bulls?

Sources with knowledge of the Bulls free-agency plans confirmed to Friday evening that the Bulls are targeting recently waived veteran shooting guard Rip Hamilton. The organization's pursuit of the longtime Piston was first reported by the Chicago Tribune.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: This was long overdue.

Once upon a time, Rip Hamilton was an All-Star two-guard for the Detroit Pistons, however, his career went sideways once the team traded Chauncey Billups for Allen Iverson.

At the time, GM Joe Dumars needed stability, so he extended Hamilton with a multi- year contract for well over $30 million.

This was a mistake. A bad signing for team and player. The two-guard couldn’t handle losing, feuding with coaches, teammates, and management.

For instance, Hamilton led the Pistons in rebelling against former coach John Kuester, which included boycotting practice and laughing when the sideline boss got ejected from a game. There were other transgressions.

Years back, Hamilton should have played out his contract, hit free agency, and joined a contender as a third or fourth scoring option -like the Chicago Bulls.

Hamilton will take the scoring pressure off 2011 MVP Derrick Rose and often-injured post Carlos Boozer. He’ll also hold his own defensively.

The only problem with this signing is that it’s happening too late.

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Monday , Nov , 28 , 2011 Andrew Flint

Rumor: Bulls to sign Vince Carter or Rip Haimlton?

"I think that the Bulls should be very busy, they should look at Rip Hamilton who may be released from Detroit," Gill said. "Vince Carter is an older player, but still has a lot left in the tank. The Bulls need an upgrade at 2-guard, which Vince Carter can fill." Link HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Memo to the Chicago Bulls. Don’t sign Vince Carter -even if he’s available at a low wage. Yes, the Chicago Bulls need a scorer to take pressure off 2011 MVP Derrick Rose, however, Carter is not the answer. The former Slam Dunk Champ’ and All-Star is no longer Half-Man, Half Amazing. The days of Kenny Smith screaming ‘it’s ova’ have passed. Remember, Carter flopped with Orlando, and lost his starting job to the solid-but-hardly spectacular Jared Dudely in Phoenix. So, what could Carter offer Chicago? Well, not much. The once athletic swing is too much of a perimeter player, often refusing to attack the basket and settling for low percentage fade-aways. The Bulls would be better off pouncing on Rip Hamilton once he’s waived by the Detroit Pistons as part of the amnesty provision in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Hamilton, provided he's happy, can score and is an upgrade over Carter on defense. Got thoughts? Well, get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below.
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Wednesday , Jul , 20 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Iverson finally willing to come off-the-bench?

“I just want to do whatever an organization wants me to do,” Iverson said. “Everybody made a big thing about me not wanting to come off the bench, but I said that at that point because it never happened to me in my life and it was something new to me, and obviously I didn’t know how to handle it. But to be back on the biggest stage is my whole thing and I feel like I have a couple more years left in my career and I want to play. I sat through and watched the whole season and it was tough for me. Now I just try to do what I have to do to be physically and mentally able to get back on the stage.”


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: It's hard to take Allen Iverson at his word. It's hard to believe he'd play a role.

Iverson refused to come off the bench and play behind Rip Hamilton, a long-time cog for some strong Detroit Pistons teams. Motown quickly became a fiasco.

Iverson, despite missing training camp with leg ailments, threw a fit when Memphis Grizzlies Coach Lionel Hollins didn't start him. The club released him one week into the 2009-10 season.

Iverson had an up-and-down second-stint with the Philadelphia 76ers. His run in Turkey was cut short by injuries. In both stops, there were reports of personal issues that have not been resolved.

So there's little or no evidence to suggest Iverson could handle being a reserve, could handle fluctuating minutes, could handle getting a few shots per night. Then there's his baggage.

Of course, one of the NBA's greatest little men deserved better. Iverson refused to transition gracefully. He refused to sign with a contender, say San Antonio or Boston, and become a second unit game-changer.

Instead, it was all about Iverson –even when his career was fading. His stubbornness, that intangible that once made him great, will likely cost Iverson a chance to show us he has changed.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , May , 30 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Pistons relieve Kuester of coaching duties and misery

John Kuester will not be returning to the Pistons as head coach, according to sources. Kuester has posted a 57-107 mark in his two years in Detroit. Kuester seemed to have a personality clash with Richard Hamilton, Rodney Stuckey, Tayshaun Prince and Tracy McGrady.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: John Kuester didn’t deserve to keep his job as coach of the Detroit Pistons. He did, however, deserve to be treated better.

After all, the players crapped on their sideline boss, viewing him as a career assistant who didn’t deserve to sit in the big chair.

From day one Kuester didn’t have their respect. Veteran Rip Hamilton chewed him out in front of the team. Several players boycotted practice. And many of those same players were caught laughing on camera when he got ejected from a game.

Kuester was part of the problem. Clearly, there were others.

It starts with GM Joe Dumars, who has lost his touch. The roster he assembled is flawed, dysfunctional, and overmatched.

Fortunately, the Pistons have new owners. So Kuester won’t be the only change.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Feb , 26 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Piston players laugh when Coach Kuester ejected

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Yesterday was not good for the Detroit Pistons.

Veterans Rip Hamilton, Tracy McGrady, Tayshaun Prince, Ben Wallace, and Chris Wilcox skipped the morning shootaround as a way of protesting against Coach John Kuester.

Many of those same players were caught by television cameras laughing on the bench when Kuester was ejected from the Pistons’ game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Clearly, something has to give with the Pistons. And soon.

Watch the clip below of Kuester’s ejection and get at us with thoughts on the mess in Detroit.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Jan , 18 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Avery Johnson on the Nets acquiring Carmelo Anthony: ‘That’s laughable’

Uncharacteristically candid on the topic, Avery Johnson diffused reports stating Carmelo Anthony could join the Nets this coming week. "That's laughable," Johnson said about the reports. "It's straight comedy to me and that's the problem because we deal with this stuff everyday and I'm fine dealing with it, you know, but it's laughable. It's comedy.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: What can Avery Johnson say about Carmelo Anthony? After all, the New Jersey Nets’ sideline boss is in a no-win situation.

On the one hand, Johnson can’t admit the organization is trying to trade a third of the roster because the deal may not happen. And then Johnson would be stuck coaching players he tried to trade.

On the other hand, Johnson must be excited about the possibility of adding Anthony, Chauncey Billups, and Rip Hamilton to a roster that already has seven-footer Brook Lopez.

But again, he can’t say anything publicly about other teams’ players because that would be tampering.  Johnson is right, though. The Anthony saga is comedy. It’s laughable.

Sure, the Denver Nuggets’ swing is a talented, but the Nets seem a little too willing to put their season on hold to acquire him.

Hopefully, the Nets have a fallback. Anthony has mentioned more than once that his preference is to return home and play for the New York Knicks. He even called it the ‘ultimate’.

And Anthony has leverage in that he can opt-out of his contract at season’s end and sign with New York, the team of his choosing.

The situation is complicated for all involved, so Johnson has no choice but to laugh. In fact, it’s all he can do.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Aug , 31 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Charlie Villanueva has starter`s mentality for Detroit Pistons

Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva has been preparing himself for a starting role this summer. Jonas Jerebko appears to be the odds-on favorite to be Detroit's starting small forward, but Villanueva plans on challenging for the job. "That's my mentality – to be a starter," Villanueva said.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s a delicate balance for Charlie Villanueva.

On the one hand, it’s a positive that Charlie ‘V’ wants to start. The forward surely wants to redeem himself after his poor 2010, and prove he’s worth the five-year, $35 million free agent pact he signed.

On the other hand, Villanueva’s individual goals may get in the way of the Detroit Pistons’ goal of improving. And Ben Gordon, Rip Hamilton, Tracy McGrady, and Tayshaun Prince are preparing for comeback campaigns of their own.

There are only so many shots. And there are only so many minutes.   

With Gordon, Hamilton, and T-Mac looking to score, Villanueva may not get many opportunities. And the former Connecticut Husky isn`t much good unless he`s filling up the bucket.

Perhaps Villanueva should reconsider what he wants to achieve in 2011. This would be good for him and the Pistons.

--Oly Sandor.

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