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Saturday , Feb , 25 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Steve Nash: I’m ‘completely open’ to staying or leaving Phoenix

"It's up to the team," Nash said. "I'm happy where I am. I'm not happy with our record. I feel like I made a commitment to the fans and my teammates. But at the same time, I'd understand if the team wanted to make a move, so I'm completely open. To be honest, I just occupy myself with trying to prepare to play and play as well as I can."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Phoenix Suns want to trade Steve Nash. And Steve Nash wants to the Phoenix Suns to trade him.

Sadly, team and player can’t admit as much publicly because they fear a backlash from fans.

Right now, the Suns are struggling. Soon, they’ll begin a long, painful rebuilding process, in part, because owner Robert Sarver lacks the resources to pay top talent.

Under Sarver’s watch the Suns have said goodbye to All-Stars Joe Johnson and Robert Sarver, and traded away first round picks Rudy Fernandez and Rajon Rondo.

The reason: Sarver must watch his pocketbook because the financial meltdown crippled his banking and real estate empire.

Nash is loyal to the city of Phoenix and Suns-nation. He knows asking for a trade would ruin his relationship with the city and fans. So the two-time MVP is saying all the right things.

However, the best thing for all involved is a trade. The Suns would get an asset to begin their inevitable rebuilding process, while Nash, a free agent at season’s end, would perhaps get an opportunity at a championship.

Somebody must blink. Team or player must make the first move to dissolve this partnership.

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Saturday , Feb , 04 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Rudy Fernandez flops like Vlade Divac and Manu Ginobili

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Right or wrong, fair or not, NBA players from Europe and South America have a reputation for flopping.

It started with Vlade Divac, the OG of the flop. And it continues with San Antonio Spurs star Manu Ginobili. Adding to this legacy is the Denver Nuggets’ Rudy Fernandez.

During Denver’s win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, Fernandez hit the ground like he had been shot after supposedly taking a Matt Barnes elbow to his dome.

Replay showed Barnes, who received a technical, didn't touch him. And Fernandez, of course, was just fine. Anyway, watch Fernandez flop and get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below.

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Tuesday , Oct , 25 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Rudy Fernandez hits disgusting three-pointer

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: This is what we are missing.

This weekend, Dallas Mavericks swing Rudy Fernandez hit an amazing three-pointer for Real Madrid, the team he's moonlighting for while the NBA is locked out.

Sadly, the ref called the trifecta off as the European leagues aren't so generous with continuation. Anyway, click the video below, form thoughts, and get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below. 

--O.Sandor.

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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.

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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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Examining Dirk Nowitzki’s Dallas Mavericks back to back title potential. Vol. REPEAT
Thursday , Jul , 21 , 2011 J.N.

Examining Dirk Nowitzki’s Dallas Mavericks back to back title potential. Vol. REPEAT

This can be discussed even during a lockout. Dirk and the Mavs are still riding high from their hard earned 2011 NBA title. They swept Kobe’s Lakers, beat Durant/Westbrook Thunder, and then took out the Miami Heat. The team is battle tested especially with the grand fail against the Golden State Warriors in the 2007 playoffs. The Mavs lost a lot with a solid roster in the past. They overcame all of that in 2011.What’s next? Repeat. Duh. 

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Tuesday , Jul , 05 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Can Dallas handle the Rudy Fernandez rollercoaster?

Rudy Fernandez could return to the offseason headlines more for speculation about where he's headed than where he is. [Fernandez], who joined the Dallas Mavericks in a draft night trade less than two weeks ago, has been offered a six-year contract from Real Madrid, sportando.net reported via Spanish sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo. The deal reportedly is worth $4.35 million per year and would make the 6-foot-6 Spanish shooting guard the highest-paid player in the history of the Spanish basketball league. Fernandez, who averaged 8.6 points on 37 percent shooting last season with the Portland Trail Blazers, was due to make $2.2 next season with Dallas under the collective bargaining agreement that expired late Thursday as the NBA lockout began.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Dallas Mavericks better get prepared for the Rudy Fernandez drama.

Yes, the Spaniard is talented. When happy, he’s a terrific shooter and excites with his ability to get up-and-down the floor.

Unfortunately, Something is always wrong with Fernandez. He’s usually complaining about playing time. Or, he’s complaining about a lack of shots. Or he’s frustrated because America is not Spain.

Bottom line: Fernandez is high maintenance.

In Portland, he changed moods like a Hollywood socialite changes shoes. Only the charming and personable Patty Mills put Fernandez at ease.

Before the July 1st lockout, Fernandez got dealt to the Dallas Mavericks. Sounds good, right? The Mavericks are NBA champions; they’ll contend for a few years.

Owner Mark Cuban even praised Fernandez’s talent, telling reporters he spent years prying the swing from Portland. To top it off, Fernandez was told he’d start at shooting guard.

Sounds ideal, right? Well, wrong.

Starting for the best team in the world wasn’t enough for Fernandez.. There were reports he considered breaking his NBA contract and signing a 6-year deal with Real Madrid.

Apparently, he decided against joining Real Madrid. Apparently, he will honour the final year of his NBA contract.

The Mavericks should strap in and get ready for the ride. Fernandez’s mood swings are like a roller coaster.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Feb , 03 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Andre Miller believes ‘there’s chance’ he’ll get traded

"I don't really care, really,'' Miller said when asked in a FanHouse interview Wednesday whether his hope now is to remain in Portland rather than be traded. "You know what I'm saying? I would like to stay put, but it's a business and anything can happen.''

When asked if he believes there's a decent chance he'll be moved by the Feb. 24 trade deadline, Miller said, "Yeah. Yeah.'' "There's a chance,'' Miller said. "A lot of guys can get moved. Where? I don't know. At this point, hopefully it's not a team that's rebuilding. I wouldn't want to go back to like a Philly situation.''

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Yes, there's a chance Andre Miller could be traded before the February trade deadline.

Miller can still effectively handle the one-spot; he has a flexible contract, as the team holds an option on the 2012 season; and his current team, the Trail Blazers, could well go into rebuild move and auction off him and fellow vet’ Marcus Camby.

Just don’t expect Executive Richie Cho to wrap Miller in a bow and give him away. Portland’s new head suit has proven to be one cool, calm customer.

For instance, Cho refused to be bullied into trading Rudy Fernandez. He ignored Fernandez’s whining about playing time. He also ignored Fernandez’s agent, who also whined about, well, everything to the press.

Most importantly, he shrugged off Rip City nation, who called for Fernandez to immediately be banished back to Europe.

Cho has patiently waited for a deal that makes sense. In the meantime, Fernandez has started to perform and recently withdrew his trade demand.

Suddenly, Cho and Portland have the upper hand. They can keep Fernandez or trade him when they get an offer to their liking.

The same will happen with Miller. Cho will send the power point guard packing if he can get a contender to give up a blue-chip prospect and/or a draft pick.

Miller, however, could stay with Portland. After all, Cho is in the driver seat – the team can decide to exercise the option on the final year of his contract or cut him loose in July.

Bottom line: Miller’s immediate future is unknown. Whatever happens will be in the best interests of the Blazers, and not the player.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Jan , 16 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Will Rudy Fernandez and Patrick Mills’ Portland ‘Bromance’ survive trade deadline?

"Your agent," I said to Fernandez as I asked him about the news, "is poco loco, no?"

Fernandez laughed and said, "Yes, he can be. Thank you for asking me."  Then, he explained, "I want to be here. I'm having fun. I bought a home. I bought a car. I don't know what else I can do to prove I want to be here.

"I'm playing now, too." Mills leaned in and said: "I think he should leave." They cracked up, laughing, together. Fernandez wants to stay. He's happy. Which likely means he'll promptly be traded. Sports can be cruel like that. But as long as he's around, it's probably worth pointing out that Mills feels like the biggest reason Fernandez is finally comfortable again.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s a blossoming ‘bromance’ (a bromance is a plutonic friendship between grown men).

Word is controversial Portland Trail Blazer Rudy Fernandez is now happy in Rip City, in large part, because of his friendship with reserve guard Patrick Mills.

These two hang at home in Portland. These two hang on the road. These two are tight.

In fact, the Fernandez-Mills ‘Bromance’ is apparently the main reason the Spanish swing has rescinded his trade demand and settled in Portland.

But the Trail Blazers are in transition. Franchise face Brandon Roy is having surgery on both knees and may never be the same player. Former first overall pick Greg Oden hasn’t played a game and his future is unknown.

The Trail Blazers, even with the injuries, could still secure the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. However, management may decide to rebuild and deal veterans Marcus Camby, Andre Miller, and Joel Pryzbilla at the trade deadline.

Fernandez could be part of the changes. Sure, he’s a strong shooter and exciting open court player. He’s also prone to extreme mood swings, and GM Richie Cho may feel it’s time to cut ties.

The Fernandez-Mills ‘bromance’ would then become a long-distance relationship.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Nov , 01 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rudy Fernandez ‘feeling good with the second unit’

Portland swingman Rudy Fernandez has calmed on his public requests for a trade and claims he's comfortable with his current role. "I think I'm happy with this role," said Fernandez, who scored three points Saturday night against the Knicks. "I'm happy with my shots. I'm feeling good with the second unit."

He is averaging 6.0 points in three games, including just over five shots per contest.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Once again, Rudy Fernandez has felt the need to publicly address his role with the Portland Trail Blazers.

All summer, The Spanish Diva gave constant updates to whoever would listen that he was upset with his role in Rip City.

He wanted out. He threatened not to report. He aired his dirty laundry.

One week into the season, Fernandez is now happy. Fair enough. If true, he should stop talking about his future – in Spanish and/or English – and just play.

He should focus on energizing the second unit; he should continue stretching opposing defenses with his range; he should keep entertaining the masses with his spectacular dunks.

The more Fernandez talks, the bigger the distraction. Portland  - a young, competitive team - doesn’t need distractions.

--Oly Sandor.


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Sunday , Oct , 24 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Portland and New Orleans both win with Jerryd Bayless trade

The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired a conditional, future first round draft pick from the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for guard Jerryd Bayless, it was announced on Saturday by General Manager Rich Cho.
 
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s the rarest of trades – a mutually beneficial arrangement for both sides.

Last night, the Portland Trail Blazers sent promising combo guard Jerryd Bayless to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for a future first round pick.

Portland accomplished a few things moving Bayless. First, they created minutes for Rudy Fernandez at off-guard. Second, they saved $2.5 million. Finally, they scored a first round pick to include in future trades.

Bayless will do several things for New Orleans: he’ll back-up Chris Paul; he’ll also play next to the superstar table-point guard; and he’ll strengthen a shallow bench.

Best of all, Hornets coach Monty Williams spent several years in Portland as an assistant. Williams is familiar with and believes in Bayless.

Look for both sides to reap the benefits of this deal for some time.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Sep , 21 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Report: Rudy Fernandez vetoed trade to New Orleans

 Rudy Fernandez, according to a source, rejected a possible trade to New Orleans, where he could have played for former Blazers assistant Monty Williams, now the Hornets' coach.

 
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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Beggars can’t be choosers –unless, of course, that beggar is Rudy Fernandez.

For months, the Spanish swing has been whining for a trade out of Portland. And when the Blazers finally accommodated his wish by working out a deal to the New Orleans Hornets, Fernandez vetoed the move.

To be fair, New Orleans has its share of issues: superstar Chris Paul remains uncommitted; the much discussed ownership change has yet to occur; and Dell Demps and Monty Williams are in their first years as lead executive and head coach.

But Fernandez wanted an opportunity to play. He got it. But New Orleans wasn’t good enough. So he said no.

The saga between Fernandez and the Blazers will continue. And it’s bound to get uglier.

 --Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Sep , 14 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Portland close to moving Rudy Fernandez?

Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune writes that the Trail Blazers may be getting closer to trading swingman Rudy Fernandez. Portland general manager Rich Cho is working to accommodate Fernandez's trade request behind the scenes."The first-year GM has some options, and I'm getting the feeling he might pull the trigger on something before camp," Eggers wrote.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Both sides need closure –and the sooner, the better.

For months, Rudy Fernandez and the Portland Trail Blazers have been at odds on how to part ways. Fernandez wants a trade to a team where he’ll get minutes, touches, and shots.

The Blazers also want to trade Fernandez. They, however, won’t give him away. And they want equal value for such an accurate shooter and athletic swing.

Unfortunately, Fernandez has been his own worst enemy. He has put the Blazers in an impossible situation by publicly lobbying for a trade. Teams have been low-balling GM Richie Cho, offering nothing near equal value.

But Cho has been patient. He hasn’t panicked. And according to Eggers, a deal is close to materializing. Perhaps potential suitors have improved their offers.

Something must happen because this tiff is beyond ugly. Hopefully, the Blazers get ‘fair compensation, so they and Fernandez finally move on.   

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Sep , 08 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Nate McMillan on Rudy Fernandez: ‘he’s in my notes for training camp’

He's a great player," McMillan said. "He's a good player. A talented player. Very talented."He is in my notes for training camp. All right," the coach said when pressed for more.

Through his agent, Andy Miller, Fernandez told The Oregonian two weeks ago he intends to not report to training camp even though he has two years left on his contract.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Rudy Fernandez won’t be at the Portland Trail Blazers’ training camp. His coach, Nate McMillan, expects him to be there.

Call me crazy but something will give. It has to. And for the sake of all involved, hopefully it gives soon.

For months, we’ve heard about Fernandez’s unhappiness. He apparently sacrificed millions of dollars leaving his European pro side to ply his trade in Rip City.

And because of his ‘financial sacrifice’, he feels entitled to minutes, shots, and a leading role with an NBA team. At least, that’s what he’s telling foreign journalists.

If he doesn’t get his way, Fernandez and his agent have even mentioned breaking the final two years of his NBA contract and returning to Europe.

This, of course, puts the Blazers in an impossible position. The other 29 teams know Fernandez wants out. They smell opportunity and are offering little in a trade.

But the Blazers have to get something significant for Fernandez. Fans would never forgive rookie executive Rich Cho if he got back less than equal value.

So Cho must hold the line, stand firm, and pull a rabbit out of the hat in a trade.

Until such a situation presents itself, the standoff between Fernandez and the Blazers will continue. And it will only get even more unpleasant.

--Oly Sandor.


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Saturday , Sep , 04 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Knicks passing on Fernandez to get Anthony or Paul?

Knicks president Donnie Walsh recently rejected a three-team deal that would have sent Anthony Randolph to Indiana, a first-round pick to Portland and Rudy Fernandez to New York, according to a team source.
 
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: For the New York Knicks, acquiring Rudy Fernandez is, well, complicated.

Clearly, the rebuilding Knicks have interest in acquiring the Spanish swing from the Portland Trail Blazers. And, clearly, the Blazers have interest in cutting ties with the disgruntled Fernandez.

Why the hold-up? This seems a fit for both organizations.

Turns out the Knicks lack the right assets to satisfy the Blazers, so they need a third team to complete a trade. Recent reports had the Indiana Pacers getting involved.  

This mysterious third team holds considerable leverage over the Knicks. For instance, they'll probably demand blue-chip talent Anthony Randolph as compensation for their role in the Fernandez ordeal.

Randolph is an elite prospect. The Knicks want to keep him. They would include the pogo-stick post as part of a trade package for an elite talent –like Carmelo Anthony or Chris Paul. The Knicks, however, won’t trade Randolph for just a good player –like, say, Fernandez.

For now, Fernandez stays with Portland.  And Anthony stays with New York.   

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Sep , 02 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Amar’e Stoudemire on leaving Phoenix: ‘I wanted an NBA deal’

Managing Partner Robert Sarver offered him a five-year, $96.6 million contract with $56 million guaranteed and the rest kicking in if Stoudemire logged significant minutes in the third and fourth years.

"The greater goal was to have a sense of security. I didn't want a football deal (with some or all of the money non-guaranteed). I want a NBA deal. That's what I ended up getting."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: His thriftiness will finally benefit the Phoenix Suns.

For years, owner Robert Sarver hasn’t invested in his team. Initially, he had alligator arms, but recently his banking and real estate empire was hit by the financial downturn.

Bottom line: the Suns patriarch let Joe Johnson leave because he didn’t want to pay him market value and first round draft picks were given away because he wouldn’t fork out for rookie contracts.

Such an approach has hurt. Johnson is an excellent player, who righted the morbid Atlanta Hawks. The draft picks have materialized into established pro Rudy Fernandez and star Rajon Rondo.  

But Sarver was right not to break the bank for Amar’e Stoudemire, though. Sure, STAT is an athletic freak and perennial All-Star.

Still, $100 million is too much for a forward who treats defense like a contagious disease and has a history of injuries. A partially guaranteed contract made sense -even if the pogo-stick post left for the New York Knicks. 

The jury is out on Stoudemire’s replacements, though. Channing Frye is talented, but inconsistent; Turkoglu, while skilled, had a sub par 2010 with Toronto; and Warrick has never fulfilled his potential.

Sarver and the front office are thinking Turkoglu and Warrick will improve because of Steve Nash and the Suns’ up-tempo system. They’re also hoping Frye produces more regularly.   

This trio of forwards may or may not work out. However, the Suns believe they’re less of a risk than overpaying Stoudemire.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Aug , 28 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Miami Heat out of Rudy Fernandez and JR Smith sweepstakes

The Heat are unlikely to swing any trades from now until the start of the season, writes Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.  J.R. Smith and Rudy Fernandez are available on the NBA trade market. Winderman writes that the Heat don't have many trade chips.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: After a busy summer, the Miami Heat is catching their breath. Translation: Heat executive Pat Riley won’t be swinging a trade anytime soon for Rudy Fernandez or J.R. Smith.

The majority of Heat players are newly signed free agents, who can’t be moved until December 15th. Only Mario Chalmers and Dexter Pittman can be traded.

This could be a positive, though. After a summer of change, the Heat can build chemistry. They can block out rumour and speculation. They know where they`re playing.

For now, The Three Kings and their supporting have cast only have to focus on beating the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Aug , 26 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Boston Celtics considering Rudy Fernandez?

The Celtics have a roster spot open and are currently looking for a shooter, meaning Rudy Fernandez could be an option.

“We’re just continuing to explore available players and trade possibilities and see what sort of options are there,’’ said Danny Ainge. “There are some trade discussions that we’re having. I don’t know the likelihood of those happening, but we’ll continue to not rush into something unless it’s something that we’re really excited about.’’

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: In theory, it’s a yes. Rudy Fernandez’s energy, youth, and sharp-shooting would greatly benefit a veteran-laden Boston Celtics’ squad.  

In reality, it’s a no. Fernandez has whined, complained, and moaned about being a reserve for the Portland Trail Blazers. The Spaniard wants to start, or he'll break his NBA contract and return to Europe.

With Boston, he’d back-up sure-fire Hall of Famers in Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. And the Celtics’ old school, collectivist approach wouldn’t stand for Fernandez’s diva tendencies.

For instance, if the super-intense Kevin Garnett can literally turn Glen Davis into a Big Baby, think what he’d do to Rudy?

Credit Boston executive Danny Ainge for exploring all possibilities. Fernandez, however, isn’t the right fit.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Aug , 23 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

The evolution of Kevin Durant: young superstar’s block saves USA’s 86-85 win over Spain

HoopsVibe’s Very Call Quick Call: The great ones play defense.

Michael. Kobe. Tim Duncan. They all got stops, both individually and collectively.

On Sunday, we may have witnessed young Kevin Durant take another step towards greatness when he blocked Rudy Fernandez’s last second shot attempt to preserve Team USA’s 86-85 win over Spain.

After all, Durant is already a top-five player for the upstart Oklahoma City Thunder. And like the young Thunder, he took significant steps on defense in 2009-10.

If he continues to evolve on both ends of the floor, the lanky swing could soon be the NBA’s premier player.

Watch the highlights of Team USA’s 86-85 victory over Spain to win the Global Community Cup. And get at us with thoughts on Durant’s block and continued development into a great player. 

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Aug , 20 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Wilson Chandler for Rudy Fernandez?

I mentioned this in my report yesterday on the feud/pending divorce between Rudy Fernandez and the Portland Trail Blazers, but it belongs in the lead paragraph for this site: The Knicks are among the teams trying to acquire the Spanish shooting guard, and they have offered Wilson Chandler.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: For many reasons, Wilson Chandler isn't enough.

The on-going and never-ending Rudy Fernandez trade saga has backed the Portland Trail Blazers and their rookie GM Richie Cho into a corner.

So the New York Knicks offer of Chandler, an athletic swing, won't get a deal done and bring the Spaniard to The Big Apple.

The Blazers are peeved at Fernandez's constant whining to the international press. And Cho, who was just hired as head suit, can't accept anything but equal value in a trade.

Put yourself in Cho's situation. This is your first test as GM. Why cave to Fernandez's demands, take back less than equal value, and bear the brunt of a fan backlash? Instead, why not make a strong first impression with 'Rip City' and try for a home run?

Chandler's mixed record doesn't help. On-court, his athleticism is obvious. Off-court, is a different story: in May, he was arrested for possession of pot during a traffic stop in Queens, New York.

Of course, Portland is weary of acquiring such players because they endured years of 'Jail Blazer' antics and arrests.

Bottom line: the Knicks must up the ante if they want Fernandez's three-point shooting and energy in Madison Square Gardens next season.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Aug , 12 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Memo to Rudy Fernandez: lay low

I made a great effort going to the States, making less money that I would in Europe. This season, I decided with my agents that the best thing was to try to get traded so I could be on another team with more playing time."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Rudy, we get it. You want a trade. You’re unhappy with the Portland Trail Blazers.

For now, heed the words of the immortal Snoop and Nate Dogg and ‘lay low’.

No more quotes in random Euro’ publications. No more discussing your options publicly. And no more early morning leads in hoopshype rumors section.

All of this makes it impossible for the Blazers to accommodate your trade demand. Teams will, of course, low-ball the Blazers, offering nothing near equal value because you want out and have forced their hand.

So you’re only shooting yourself in the foot by piping up every week to the domestic and international press.

Finally, your regular trade demands aren’t a good look. The world is in a recession, which means there’s little sympathy for diva athletes who regularly complain about shot attempts and the ‘financial sacrifices’ of crossing the Atlantic to make a few less million plying their trade.

You have an agent. Use it. You signed a contract. Honour it.

Eventually, a solution will be found. Until then, act like a professional.

--Oly Sandor.

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