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The NBA’s Top 5 Young Teams On The Rise
Wednesday , Oct , 23 , 2013 Andrew Flint

The NBA’s Top 5 Young Teams On The Rise

I know that most NBA fans are interested in what's currently dominate in sports. It's a world revolving around instant gratification, and what have you done for my lately means a whole lot more than planning ahead and trying to envision what could be a in a few years.

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The top 5 free throw shooters in the NBA today
Saturday , Jan , 12 , 2013 Matt Formica

The top 5 free throw shooters in the NBA today

The following article profiles the top five free throw shooters in the NBA today.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  Free throw shooting is a crucial aspect of the game and is often the difference between winning and losing.

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Breaking News!  Maloofs to sell Kings to Seattle
Wednesday , Jan , 09 , 2013 Matt Formica

Breaking News! Maloofs to sell Kings to Seattle

Word on the street is that the Sacramento Kings are headed to Seattle.

Hoopsvibe quick call:  Seattle fans are passionate about their sports teams, and they should have the Supersonics to route for.
 

This past September, I published an article about Seattle's plans to get a basketball and hockey team in town by 2014.  At the time, we didn't know which teams; but thanks to Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo! Sports, we now have a pretty good idea that it will be the Kings who will be taking their talents to the Pacific Northwest.  (Still no word on which hockey team the city is looking to acquire). 
 
Wojnarowski broke the news over an hour ago when he reported that the Maloof family, current owners of the Sacramento Kings, are very close to finalizing a deal that would move the team to Seattle.
 
"The Maloofs are finalizing an agreement to sell the Sacramento Kings to the Hansen-Ballmer led Seattle group, sources tell Yahoo! Sports." Wojnarowski tweeted earlier this afternoon.
 
The Hansen-Ballmer Seattle group is led by wealthy hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen and Microsoft Chairman Steve Ballmer.  If the deal goes through as reported, the Hansen/Ballmer led group will purchase the Kings from the Maloof family for roughly $500 million and will move the team immediately, so that they will be in Seattle by the 2013-14 NBA season.  The goal has always been to have the team renamed the Supersonics, and to have the franchise playing in Seattle's Key Arena for the next two seasons before they move the team into a brand new Seattle arena, for which they have already secured the financing. 
 
The Hansen-Ballmer group, which reportedly includes a few members of the Nordstrom department store family as well, has already committed to providing a $290 million private investment for the new arena and has developed plans for the remaining $200 million in public financing to come from rent money and admissions taxes.  Hansen's group has also agreed to contribute funds for transportation improvements in the downtown area surrounding the arenas and to pony up more money if the public financing isn't enough.
 
With the financial plan approved, all that was left was finding a team.  Well now that they've found a team in the Kings, the last hurdle to get over is reaching an agreement with the Maloof family, who have a history of trying to sell the team and subsequently backing out at the last minute.  However, according to sources close to the matter, the deal is close to being done.
 
According to reports, the Maloof's will maintain a very small ownership percentage of the team, but won't have any say in team management or decision making.
 
The city of Seattle and it's fans have been desperate to get the Supersonics back since the franchise moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder in 2008.  There has always been a bitterness from Seattle faithful toward OKC, who are now one of the best teams in the league.  Imagine how electrifying the atmosphere would be when the Thunder came to Sea-town to play the Supersonics??!!
 
That would be as crazy of a sports environment as you could get.
 
Robinson suspended two games for elbow
Saturday , Nov , 10 , 2012 Matt Formica

Robinson suspended two games for elbow

Sacramento Kings rookie, Thomas Robinson, will be suspended for the next two games.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  Robinson made a rookie mistake by letting his temper get the best of him.

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Tuesday , Apr , 24 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Ron Artest: ‘I apologize to the Thunder and to James Harden’

“On that play, I just dunked on Durant and Ibaka, and I got really emotional, really excited. And it was unfortunate that James had to get hit with the unintentional elbow. I hope he’s OK. The Thunder, they’re playing for a championship this year. So I really hope he’s OK, and I apologize to the Thunder and to James Harden. Such a great game, and it was unfortunate so much emotion was going on at that time.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Metta World Peace’s elbow to the dome of James Harden has caught the attention of the suits at NBA head office and will surely result in a forced vacation and/or fine.

But the rapper, philosopher, and part time comedian’s poor judgement should alarm the Staples Center faithful. After all, the old Ron Artest -- the troubled and emotional forward for the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, and Houston Rockets -- got flagrant foul twos.

The Lakers supposedly got a mellow, friendlier Artest, albeit a less productive one on-court. For the most part, Metta World Peace has been like Barney when compared to the dude who rushed the stands and started the Malice N’ the Palace at Detroit.

That’s why his elbow was so surprising. It was unprovoked. It was intentional -regardless of what he says. And it could have been the difference between the Lakers winning and losing against the Thunder in what will surely be a playoff preview.

Recent reports indicate that Harden has a concussion. And Metta World Peace, to his credit, apologized.

Bottom line: the purple-and-gold aren’t as deep as the squads that captured back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010. They can’t win with Metta World Peace on the sideline for any amount of time, so these sorts of slip-ups can’t happen.

Hopefully, it was a one-off. And Metta World Peace doesn’t turn back the clock again and become the old Ron Artest.

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Sunday , Apr , 22 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Tyreke Evans and Kings to split?

As @mr_jasonjones noted, Tyreke Evans' agent, Arn Tellem, made a rare appearance tonight to express his concerns about the former Rookie of the Year's role. He met with Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie, Evans' brother, Reggie, and another Tellem rep as well. Source close to Evans says he's frustrated with how marginalized he's become. Evans' reps are encouraging him to be more vocal about his perspective going forward. No extension discussions (he's eligible this summer), FWIW.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Lost in the arena chatter is the fact that Tyreke Evans is clearly miffed with the Sacramento Kings.

Evans, who posted impressive numbers in his first season with the Kings and was named  co-Rookie of the Year, is a specimen at 6-5, 220 pounds.

While physically mature, the pre-to-pro star lacks a feel for the game that often alienates those around him like former coach Paul Westphal and teammate DeMarcus Cousins.

The hope was that Evans would eventually develop, for lack of a better term, a basketball IQ to match his frame, wingspan, and strength. Well, it hasn’t happened. Here’s the question: will it ever happen in Sacramento?

The answer will come this summer when the Kings and Evans start negotiating a long-term pact. The Kings would probably like to keep Evans, but don’t want to pay him anything near the maximum. While Evans, and those around him, will likely demand the maximum.

The difference between the team and Evans’ position will reveal much about the future. Of course, the Maloof family, who own the Kings, are heavily in debt and may not be able to swing a fair extension -even if they decided to keep Evans.

A trade is possible. Evans was nearly sent to the Golden State Warriors in mid-March, but the club preferred to go big and sent Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks for Andrew Bogut.

Bottom line: Evans has talent. Will Sacramento figure out how to use it, though?

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Sunday , Apr , 15 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Andres Nocioni on Tyreke Evans: ‘Incredible talent’, bad attitude

Andres Nocioni on Tyreke Evans: "I can't really say what I want to say because I'm on TV... Incredible talent, but I think teams sometimes should be tougher on the younger guys. What he brought to Sacramento was trouble in the locker room and that doesn't take you nowhere.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Andres Nocioni, for better or worse, tells it like it is.

The veteran swing -- who is currently out of the NBA after getting released by the Philadelphia 76ers earlier this season -- never pulls punches. (In fact, this could be why Nocioni doesn’t have a job.)

It’s especially telling that Nocioni publicly called out Tyreke Evans, the talented but underachieving swing for the Sacramento Kings. He has nothing to gain by doing so.

According to Nocioni, the Kings are dysfunctional, in part, because team officials never held Evans accountable for his disturbing behaviour.

The implication is this: the Kings are struggling because they tolerated Evans’ poor judgement off-court, shot first mentality on-court, and me-first approach with teammates.

Like so many things, timing is everything. This summer, the Kings will be able to open negotiations on a long-term pact with Evans, who has up to two years remaining on his original rookie contract.

The feeling is that the franchise is satisfied but hardly thrilled with Evans. And the cost-conscious Maloof brothers, who own the team, won’t offer him a max’ money contract.

In today’s NBA, this is a slight. Most stars wants superstar money. Anything less is seen as a lack of respect by the player and his entourage of yes-men.

So this summer’s contract talks this summer between the Kings and Evans could foreshadow whether the team and player stick together or break up.

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Saturday , Apr , 14 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Railway Stadium Proposal dead; Kings leaving Sacramento?

In a shock of a New York minute – and that’s how fast this partnership seems to have dissolved – the parties involved in financing Sacramento’s proposed sports and entertainment complex went their separate ways. This was a quickie divorce with all the accompanying pain and suffering. And what about the Maloofs? What about the Maloofs? They wanted to leave. Then they wanted to stay. Then they wanted a deal. Then they liked the tentative deal. Then they didn’t like the tentative deal.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The deal is dead. And the NBA in Sacramento may be dead, too.

Remember, last year, the Kings were set to move to Anaheim. But the NBA Board of Governors intervened, forcing the team back to Sacramento for the 2012 season with a mandate to work out a new stadium deal.

To be fair, both sides tried. The Maloof brothers, who own the Kings, gave in on financing. The city of Sacramento -- led by Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA star -- gave in, too.  
 
And it appeared a deal was done, with Commissioner David Stern announcing as much at his annual state of the union address at All-Star break in Orlando.

Now the railyard stadium proposal is off. Look for the Maloofs to explore other possibilities, which includes moving the team to Anaheim, Kansas City, or selling the team to investors in Seattle.

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Friday , Apr , 06 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

DeMarcus Cousins: Blake Griffin is ‘Babied’ by NBA

He viewed the no-call as a continuation of the preferential treatment that Griffin has received from the NBA during his two seasons. ‘He’s babied,’ Cousins said. ‘He’s the poster child of the league. He sells tickets, but he’s babied. Bottom line.’ Babied by whom, Cousins was asked. ‘The refs, the league — period,’ he continued.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s how the NBA does business.

Right or wrong, fair or not, David Stern’s league has always protected their superstars, nudging referees to give the benefit of the doubt to top players.

More often than not, Magic Johnson got the whistle. Same with Michael Jordan during the eighties and nineties. And conspiracy theorists would argue the Los Angeles Lakers often had the zebras on their side.

So Sacramento Kings' post DeMarcus Cousins can’t be shocked, surprised, or upset that Los Angeles Clippers superstar Blake Griffin, the new face of the league, gets protection from the referees. In a way, Cousins benefits from this, too. After all, Griffin playing well improves fan interest, which increases revenues and drives salaries.

Of course, Cousins is competing against Griffin and is understandably frustrated. Sadly, there’s nothing he can do about it -as Blake-Zilla will continue getting favourable treatment from referees.

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Wednesday , Mar , 14 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Report: Warriors offered Monta Ellis to Kings for Tyreke Evans?

While it remains unknown whether Sacramento has shown any willingness to trade former Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans, two sources said Golden State made repeated inquiries about him recently and was prepared to discuss a deal involving Ellis. Evans' former agent just so happens to be Bob Myers, who was hired as the Warriors' assistant general manager in mid-April. Evans is eligible for an extension this summer but it appears unlikely that one will be offered to the third-year player unless he shows major improvement. The Kings can simply wait until the summer of 2014 to gauge the market, as he will be a restricted free agent and they can match any offer from other teams.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Golden State’s acquisition of Andrew Bogut and interest in Tyreke Evans was an admission by the Warriors that they weren’t good enough.

They weren’t good enough to contend. They weren’t good enough to make the playoffs. So they made a change.

Monta Ellis - a small, talented, and temperamental guard - was shipped to Milwaukee for the bruising Bogut, who will anchor the middle when he returns from injury.

Bottom line: they swapped sizzle for steak.

Before pulling the trigger on the Bogut blockbuster, the Warriors reportedly offered Ellis to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for the physical Evans.

The Kings refused; however, the focus should be the big picture. The Bogut deal and Evans rumor shows that Mark Jackson, the Warriors’ rookie coach, needs to implement his defensive approach.

And the Warriors took a giant step in that direction with the Bogut deal.

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Tuesday , Feb , 28 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Kings and city of Sacramento agree on arena deal

The city of Sacramento and the Kings announced a tentative deal today to build a new arena in the downtown railyard. More than half the money would come from leasing the city's parking to a private operator, but the team's owners say they've also agreed to pay $75 million upfront.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Good for Sacramento fans.

Today, the city of Sacramento and the Kings announced they had reached a deal on financing a new arena, ending any chance the team would move to Anaheim or Seattle.

Good for Kings-nation. A decade ago, Sacramento was a basketball-mad market, with a highly competitive team and intense fans.

In fact, other teams, specifically Phil Jackson and the Lakers, mocked the Kings for the cowbells and hooky building.

Bottom line: the Kings are staying. They can plan for the future, focus on winning, and get back to being a great franchise.

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Sunday , Feb , 19 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Ricky Rubio drops vintage Jason Williams dime

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Minnesota rookie Ricky Rubio has a little Steve Nash and 'Pistol' Pete Maravich in his game.

But his behind the back dime is reminiscent of Jason Williams when he was with Sacramento in the late nineties. Check out the video and get at HoopsVibe News with thoughts.

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Paul Westphal Had To Go
Thursday , Jan , 05 , 2012 Paul Eide

Paul Westphal Had To Go

Somewhere, Reggie Theus is laughing.

Theus’ 38 win season in his only full year as coach in 2007-08 is the highest win total for the Kings since 44 wins during the 05-06 season, which was also the last season the team made the playoffs. In three full seasons since, the Kings have won a total of 66 games- ouch.

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Tuesday , Jan , 03 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Sacramento owner Joe Maloof: we’re not trading Cousins

"We leave that stuff (the benching) to the basketball people," Kings co-owner Joe Maloof said before tipoff, "but we're not trading him." They might have considered picking up the phone, though, and placing a pre-emptive courtesy call to Cousins' agent, John Greig. That would have been prudent and mature and pre-emptive, and a clear indication that, amid the stormy season's start, cooler heads indeed will prevail.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/02/4157257/tip-of-the-iceberg.html#mi_rss=Kings/NBA#storylink=cpy
"We leave that stuff (the benching) to the basketball people," Kings co-owner Joe Maloof said before tipoff, "but we're not trading him." They might have considered picking up the phone, though, and placing a pre-emptive courtesy call to Cousins' agent, John Greig. That would have been prudent and mature and pre-emptive, and a clear indication that, amid the stormy season's start, cooler heads indeed will prevail.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/02/4157257/tip-of-the-iceberg.html#mi_rss=Kings/NBA#storylink=cpy
"We leave that stuff (the benching) to the basketball people," Kings co-owner Joe Maloof said before tipoff, "but we're not trading him." They might have considered picking up the phone, though, and placing a pre-emptive courtesy call to Cousins' agent, John Greig. That would have been prudent and mature and pre-emptive, and a clear indication that, amid the stormy season's start, cooler heads indeed will prevail.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/02/4157257/tip-of-the-iceberg.html#mi_rss=Kings/NBA#storylink=cpy

"We leave that stuff (the benching) to the basketball people," Kings co-owner Joe Maloof said before tipoff, "but we're not trading him."

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Deny, deny, and deny again.

Forget their public statements because the Sacramento Kings would consider a fair offer for disgruntled post DeMarcus Cousins.

After all, the second year man, while talented, is too emotional. In his sixteen month pro career, Cousins has clashed with teammates, coaches, and assistant coaches.

Cutting ties is an option, however, the key word is fair.

But to get fair or equal value in a trade, the Kings must appear to have little interest in moving Cousins. Putting him out on the trading block would result in opposing GMs  lowballing the Kings.

Expect the Kings and Cousins to play nice until another GM makes that fair offer.

Of course, there's a twist. Cousins' main issue is with coach Paul Westphal, who is a lame-duck sideline boss in the final year of his contract.

Westphal is on shaky ground, and perhaps he leaves before Cousins. 

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Monday , Jan , 02 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: DeMarcus Cousins asks Sacramento Kings for trade?

“He can only have so many chances and something has to be done.  And it’s time something has to be done.”  Westphal is not sure if Cousins will travel with the team on their two game road trip that begins on Tuesday in Memphis.  He did say that Cousins needed to do some “soul searching” and that he hopes that, “DeMarcus has a change of heart and joins up with full reinstatement, that’s really up to him and I hope that.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: There are conflicting reports on whether DeMarcus Cousins demanded a trade.

However, there’s little doubt the young big does not fit with the Sacramento Kings. Cousins, who is not with the team, has a longstanding feud with coach Paul Westphal and doesn’t gel with guard Tyreke Evans.

Last year, he was suspended, reprimanded, and told by management to change. And the second year post supposedly came into the season in better spirits.

Until this.

Unfortunately, GM Geoff Petrie is in a bind. Teams will lowball the Kings with trade offers, knowing they want to move Cousins and minimize the distraction.

Of course, Cousins is young, skilled, and was taken with a high lottery pick, so the Kings have much invested in him and will want something back.

Bottom line: this dispute could continue for some time.

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Monday , Nov , 28 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Samuel Dalembert: Joining Heat ‘would be fantastic’

Joining the Heat "would be fantastic," Dalembert said Sunday night from Haiti in an interview with FOX Sports Florida. Miami is where more than 50 of his relatives live and is about one hour south of his home in Boca Raton. As for the volunteering part, Dalembert likely would require a big pay cut to join the Heat, which will be over the salary cap. Dalembert, who made $13.43 million last season for Sacramento, might have to sign for the $5 million mid-level exception.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Miami Heat nearly won a championship in 2011 with an ozone-sized hole at center.

Free agent center Samuel Dalembert wants to sign with the Miami Heat, plug that hole, and help Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade take the final step in 2012.

Dalembert, who spent last year in Sacramento, has a considerable size advantage over Joel Anthony and Udonis Haslem, the posts currently on the Heat’s roster.

On some level, Dalembert could fit. However, it’s worth noting that the lanky five was kicked off the Canadian national team and criticized for his work ethic and attitude in Philadelphia.

So the Heat may look elsewhere for reinforcements down-low.

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The MOST Underrated Player from the 1990s. Who is this guy?
Sunday , Oct , 02 , 2011 J.N.

The MOST Underrated Player from the 1990s. Who is this guy?

It’s tough being quiet. Most of the time, you just do not think you need to say anything. It’s hard work to move the mouth to talk. Actions say more. In reality, we want to be recognized. We want the credit. Once we speak up, people feel that we’re douche bags. That is why it is better not to comment, but we choose to speak when necessary. 

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Sunday , Sep , 04 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Tyreke Evans on Jimmer Fredette: He`ll take pressure off me

“He’s definitely going to take pressure off of me,’’ said Evans. “There’s a lot of attention drawn on me, so now, with him on the floor, he can shoot from anywhere.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s the difference between being good and average in the NBA.

Good players want to play with other good players and aren`t concerned with positions, while average players will avoid good players if they anticipate a clash at a position.

So, the Sacramento Kings must be breathing a massive sigh of relief when reading Tyreke Evans’ comments that he’s excited to play with lottery pick Jimmer Fredette.

It wasn’t always this way.

A month or so ago, Evans appeared puzzled by the selection of Fredette as the two are hybrid guards and the pairing, at least on paper, seemed awkward.

Evans has had a change of heart. Instead of getting caught up on what these two can’t do and positions, he’s now thinking of what they can do.

For instance, Fredette’s jump shot will punish opposing defences when they double-team Evans or any King.

Evans also realizes Fredette’s cult-hero status will help the Kings re-connect with Sacramento after nearly moving to Anaheim last spring.

--Oly Sandor.

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