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Monday , Dec , 06 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Derrick Rose breaks Tyreke Evans` ankles

 HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Even the other team’s fans went nuts. 

Last week Derrick Rose crossed-over Tyreke Evans with such ferocity that Sacramento Kings fans couldn’t help gasping.

Their collective gasp is being replayed over-and-over again on youtube and internet highlight reels. Check out the clip and get at us with thoughts on Rose breaking Evans’ ankles. 

--Oly Sandor.    

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Monday , Nov , 29 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Giving Thanks for Blake-Zilla

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: I can’t get enough of Blake Griffin. 

Even though this highlight clip is from the Clippers-Kings game on Thanksgiving, the powers that be at HoopsVibe News still had to post it. 

Griffin isn’t just a dunker. He can post, pass, score, rebound, and defend. After missing 2010 with micro fracture surgery, fans should give thanks for Blake-Zilla's recovery.

 So click the link and enjoy folks.

 Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Sep , 11 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Omri Casspi on swastika: ‘I’m not shocked but I’m kind of hurt’

Yet as Casspi spoke to FanHouse by phone from his home on Thursday -- on the celebration of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, no less -- there was no such joy in his voice as he discussed the first painful part of his experience. A swastika that had been painted on a mural of his face in midtown Sacramento was discovered on Wednesday, the act being deemed a hate crime by local authorities who are investigating the matter and looking for the moronic culprit.

"It's all over the news here," Casspi said. "I'm not shocked but I'm kind of hurt, you know. ... It's just crazy that it's 2010 and still there are people who are racist and who hate. That's the only thing that hurts and is a big shock."


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It shouldn’t matter.

Race shouldn’t be an issue in life. And race certainly shouldn’t be an issue in sport.

For instance, the only question on the blacktop is can you play? If the answer is yes, nothing else matters. Race. Religion. Gender. It is all secondary to skill.

Omri Casspi can play. His background as an Israeli citizen shouldn’t matter in life or on-court.

Unfortunately, it does. Race and racism is still a major problem. 

Hopefully, Sacramento rallies behind their second year forward. They need to show this kind of cowardly attitude is the exception, not the norm.

Most importantly, Sacramento must show this won't be tolerated in their community.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sacramento Kings’ Reke and Cousins have work to do.
Saturday , Sep , 04 , 2010 J.N.

Sacramento Kings’ Reke and Cousins have work to do.

Reke Havoc is the talk of the organization. He should be. Tyreke was one of four players (MJ, Oscar, and LeBron) to average 20-5-5 in their rookie campaigns. The Kings were dead last in the Pacific Division going 5-11 and 16-36 against the Western Conference.  Their overall record was 25-57 in 2009-2010 making them the second worst team in the Wild West. That doesn’t inspire any confidence, but Reke is fun to watch, right?

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Wednesday , Aug , 11 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Yao Ming missing World Championship to heal for Houston Rockets?

No chance at all he (Yao Ming) puts on a uniform at the Worlds. He’s coming off the injury. He’s slowly getting back into his individual workouts. He won’t be cleared by then. (Robert Donewald, Chinese national team coach) 

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call:
China’s loss is the Houston Rockets’ gain.

Yao Ming will not suit up for China at the upcoming FIBA World Championship in Turkey because the 7-6 pivot is still recovering from a foot injury which forced him to miss the entire 2010 season.

For China, the loss is obvious. They were manhandled on the low block in an 82-60 loss against an upstart and scrappy Canadian team at the Jack Donahue International Classic in Vancouver, BC.

Bigger, muscular posts will have their way with the slighter Chinese bigs in Turkey.

What`s bad for China is good for Houston. The Rockets re-signed their key free agents this off-season, and are looking forward to a full training camp with scorer Kevin Martin, who was acquired at the trade deadline from the Sacramento Kings.

So Yao is skipping the intense two-week World Championship to try to return for the NBA season.

This is wise. Former Toronto Raptor Jorge Garbajosa compromised his NBA career by going against GM Bryan Colangelo’s wishes and playing for Spain at the European Championship before his ankle had fully healed.

Of course, the stakes are higher for Houston than Toronto. Garbajosa was a useful glue-guy; Yao is an elite center.

Come to think of it, the stakes are high for Yao, too. The perennial All-Star has said he’ll retire if his foot doesn’t heal.

Perhaps, China’s loss is Houston and Yao’s gain.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Aug , 01 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Watch Video: Tyreke Evans arrested for reckless driving

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Call us crazy, but getting arrested is not good.

Getting arrested for reckless driving when you're the NBA's Rookie of the Year is really not good.

And getting arrested for reckless driving when you're the NBA's Rookie of the Year and discovering there's a video of the ordeal making the rounds on youtube is really, really not good.

Such is life for Tyreke Evans, David Stern's premier freshman in 2010.

Evans - who supposedly has a team of mentors and advisors - was arrested after getting spotted by a police plane racing a friend through Sacramento like he was the star of 2 Fast 2 Furious, and not an NBA team.

Evans only wishes this nightmare was a movie.

Click the video below and get at us with thoughts on Evans' arrest.  

--Oly Sandor.


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Friday , Jul , 23 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Sacramento Kings get a mentor in Antoine Wright

The Kings are expected to sign Antoine Wright to a one-year deal on Friday, according to Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News. Wright averaged 6.5 points and 2.8 rebounds in 67 games with the Raptors during the 2009-10 season.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: He's the ideal mentor.

Last year, Antoine Wright was a bright spot for the disappointing Toronto Raptors. He consistently defended, knocked down a few jump shots, and won Coach Jay Triano over with his toughness and work ethic.

Wright will do the same for a young, talented Sacramento squad. He'll model professionalism and contribute on-court, too.

At one year for what was the veteran's minimum, this was a smart pick-up for the Kings.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Jun , 17 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Philadelphia trades Sam Dalembert to Sacramento for Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes

Samuel Dalembert got his wish. The Philadelphia 76ers traded Dalembert to the Sacramento Kings on Thursday for Andres Nocioni and Spencer Hawes. Dalembert asked for a trade last year because he was unhappy with his role. Now, he got it.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: On the surface, this looks like two rebuilding teams exchanging spare parts. 

After all, Samuel Dalembert - a decent big man, who often came late to practice and reportedly had a questionable attitude - wanted out of Philadelphia and he'll plug the middle in 2010-11 for Sacramento. 

Dalembert's greatest attribute may be his contract: his $10 million per year salary comes off the books in July 2011, so the Kings will get some financial flexibility.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia gets deeper in the frontcourt. Nocioni is a blue-collar veteran; Hawes - a young and skilled seven-footer - has shown flashes, but also struggled with injuries.

However, Chad Ford of ESPN believes this deal will alter who the Kings and 76ers draft this June. With Nocioni in the mix, Ford argues that the 76ers will likely select Derrick Favors, while the Kings will now look to draft a small forward.

So the full implications of this deal won't really be felt until the draft on June 24th.

Got thoughts? Get at us in the comment box below.    



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Tuesday , Jun , 15 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Should Sacramento trade for Hedo Turkoglu or Tayshaun Prince?

The Kings are looking for a small forward and Detroit's Tayshaun Prince could be a viable option.

The Pistons are looking to make some changes and it is believed that either Richard Hamilton or Prince will be dealt.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: This is more like it.
For weeks, reports have tied the rebuilding Sacramento Kings to Hedo Turkoglu, the disgruntled three-man with the Toronto Raptors.
Turkoglu had a poor year in Toronto: he arrived out of shape; had little interest in playing basketball; displayed a lack of professionalism; and demanded a trade.
The Kings - despite having the Turkish swing for the first five years of his career - are probably hesitant to deal for Turkoglu. His attitude leaves something to be desired. And he has four years and over $40 million remaining on his contract.
Prince would be a better fit. The lanky wing has credibility after winning an NBA championship with Detroit and helping the Pistons become a model franchise. And Sacramento's youngsters will respect Prince's experience, work ethic, and quiet, statesmanlike approach.
Best of all, he's an affordable mentor. His $12 million per year salary expires at season's end. 
For many reasons, the Kings would be better off with a 'Prince'.
Got thoughts on this?        
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Thursday , Jun , 10 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Nocioni for Turkoglu?

"I openly told the Kings that I wasn't going to stay. They told me they were OK with it and that they were going to try to trade me to a competitive team, probably on draft day ... I have to wait. Toronto is not a bad option, but I don't want to talk about rumors." -Andres Nocioni, Sacramento Kings.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Andres Nocioni for Hedo Turkoglu?

For days, this rumor has been making rounds in Sacramento and Toronto. Nocioni and Turkoglu both requested a trade, so the Kings and Raptors should consider swapping problems.

On the one hand, this would make sense. After all, the money is close. Both Nocioni and Turkoglu have long-term pacts, but the Raptors would need to take back another role player to match up contracts.

The Kings might have interest in Turkgolu -if he turns back the clock to 2009, while the Raptors could use the Argentine's aggression,

On the other hand, things are complicated for both teams. The Kings are young and may be weary of adding the Turkish swing's big ticket and attitude. Of course, the Raptors want to cut ties with Turkoglu, but are unsure of what assets to seek with Chris Bosh's pending free agency. For instance, if Bosh leaves, GM Bryant Colangelo may want pieces to rebuild with. If Bosh re-signs, Colangelo may prefer a veteran, perhaps, like Nocioni.

Nocioni is right: 'Toronto is not a bad option', but he'll have to wait and see if a trade materializes.

What do you think of Nocioni for Turkoglu? 

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Tuesday , Jun , 08 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Toronto sending Turkoglu to Sacramento?

The Kings need a small forward with an ability to put the ball on the floor and general manager Geoff Petrie drafted Turkoglu and shepherded his development into one of the NBA’s more versatile players. League executives believe Sacramento would need Toronto to minimally take forward Andres Nocioni and the two years, $13.5 million left on his contract.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Oh, how times have changed.

Last year, Hedo Turkoglu was the best player on the Eastern Conference champion Orlando Magic. Around the league, his stock was sky high. And with free agency pending, he had more suitors than Brett Michaels on Rock of Love.

Like Michaels, Turkoglu cashed in, signing a five-year, $53 million contract with the Toronto Raptors.   

However, 2010 was a disaster. To recap: Turkoglu came fat and happy to training camp, struggled all year, and, on several occasions, displayed poor professionalism.

Now he wants out, requesting a trade via the media. And the Toronto Raptors would be happy to accommodate him. Is Sacramento a fit, though?

Well, the Kings drafted and nurtured Turkoglu, so both sides know each other well. And the Kings - after spending years stockpiling good, young talent - have cap space to burn.

But would financially prudent Sacramento want the remaining four years and $40 million on Turkoglu's big ticket? And would they want a veteran with a questionable work ethic influencing their youngsters?

Yes, times have changed for Turkoglu. And moving him will be difficult.

Would the Kings want Turkoglu? Let us know in the comment box below.

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Friday , Apr , 30 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

NBA Names Tyreke Evans Rookie of the Year

Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings is the recipient of the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy as the 2009-10 T-Mobile NBA Rookie of the Year, the NBA announced today.

Evans received 67 first-place votes (491 points) from a panel of 123 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Golden State’s Stephen Curry finished second with 391 points and Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings finished third with 204 points. Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.


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Thursday , Apr , 29 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Scott Skiles: Brandon Jennings Should Have Been RoY

The Rookie of the Year Award will be given to Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings later this week.

Milwaukee Bucks Head Coach Scott Skiles believes his rookie point guard, Brandon Jennings, should have won the award. However, Skiles was more than understanding on why the voters chose Evans.

"Those [Jennings, Evans, Stephen Curry] were the three guys that stood out," Skiles said prior to Game 5 against the Hawks. "Each person that votes has their own criteria. All I can say is, I find it hard to believe there's any rookie that has been more valuable to their team than Brandon has been."

"But how can you argue with what Tyreke did or what Curry did," he said. "Those guys had great years as well."
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Wednesday , Apr , 14 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Dell Curry Not Allowed to Vote in RoY Ballot

The NBA has taken away Charlotte Bobcats broadcaster Dell Curry's rookie of the year vote because his son is among the leading candidates for the award.

Curry's son, Stephen Curry, is averaging 17.2 points and 5.9 assists per game for Golden State. He and Kings guard Tyreke Evans, who is averaging 20.3 points and 5.8 assists, are considered the front-runners to be top rookie.

"Oh, he's voting for Tyreke," Stephen Curry joked after his team's 103-94 loss to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night. "That's good for me then. ... Just to be in that conversation is great for me."

NBA spokesman Tim Frank says Dell Curry will be allowed to vote for all the other postseason awards, but the league did not want to put him in an awkward position with the rookie award.