The Miami Heat celebrated their NBA Championship South Beach style at Club Story with Drake.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Club Story in South Beach was definitely THE spot to be at last night as the bottles were popping.
Tony Allen fakes a head injury, baits refs, and changes the course of the game (video)
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The refs should be ashamed and Tony Allen should win an Oscar.
Reggie Evans has his tooth knocked out as Popovich and Bosh are robbed in the same week.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Life in the NBA's not just physical, but dangerous.
"Big Shot Bob" wants YOU to buy his house.
HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: For just over a cool two million, you can pretend to be a 6-10, 16 year NBA vet.
David Stern promises substantial sanctions against the Spurs for not playing Duncan, Ginobili, & Parker.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: David Stern is a dictator that needs to be put in his place. Oh, and the Spurs almost won.
Top 10 biggest surprises of the 2013 NBA Season.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Lakers Suck, Chicago's Legit, Who's Gortat, and Harden's unstoppable.
#10 Marcin Gortat blocks a ton of shots.
I don't think you would have found too many NBA analysts picking Marcin Gortat as the shot block leader, but after one week of games he sits atop the standings with 3.5 blocks per game. He beat out big name guys like Roy Hibbert 3.25 blocks per game and Josh Smith 3.0 blocks per game, but can Gortat keep this up or is he simply on a lucky streak?
#9 Brandon Jennings lights up the league.
After one week of NBA ball, Brandon Jennings leads the league in both assists with 13 per game and steals with 4 per game. This may be the year Jennings fully comes into his own and shows the NBA he is not simply a solid player, but a star in the league.
#8 Houston Rockets can compete.
Starting off the season 2-1 is encouraging for the Rockets. This is especially true because their new guard combo of James Harden and Jeremy Lyn appears to be clicking on all cylinders. Harden at marched out to an amazing first week and Lyn as put up rock solid numbers too. Lyn's put up 15.8 points per game, 7.3 assists per game, and 5.7 assists per game. More on Harden's numbers below.
#7 Clippers beat Lakers.
With the Lakers grabbing Dwight Howard and Steve Nash this off-season, it appeared Los Angeles was safely in the grips of the Lakers. Yet, when these two teams met for their first inter-city competition this year it was the Clippers that looked faster, strong, and more dominant. They handed the Lakers their 3rd straight loss of the season.
#6 Knicks destroy Miami.
The Knicks put a whooping on the defending NBA champions 104-84 the first week of the season. They also marched out to a 3-0 start in the first week. It looks like New York might have just figured out how to make all these pieces fit together and the answer much just be the great facilitator Jason Kidd.
#5 Milwaukee Bucks got game.
The Bucks are out to a 2-0 start and are showing they are no pushover this year. Lead by feisty point guard Brandon Jennings who leads the NBA in both assists and steals, the Bucks have quickly become a team to watch out for. They might just be the sleeper team of 2013.
#4 Spurs aren't that old.
Everyone always seems to count the Spurs out even though they had the best record in the NBA both of the last two years. They started of this season hot again going 4-0. So much for too old, too slow, and not enough talent. With the Lakers struggling and the Thunder figuring out how to win without Harden, this could the the Spurs year to take the West.
#3 Chicago Bulls are legit without Rose.
Everyone figured this season was a bust with Derek Rose out, but Joakim Noah and Luol Deng are picking up the slack and have Chicago 3-1. This team still maintains a great defense and ability to shutdown opposing teams. If they can keep their offensive production solid, they just might make a run at the East.
#2 James Harden is an animal.
James Harden has singe-handedly taken the NBA by storm this year. Who knew putting Harden in the starting lineup would result in a 35.3 point per game average over the first week of the season. Harden has shown why at 6 foot 5 inches tall and a quick 220 lbs. he is so difficult to guard. Everyone knew he was good, but so far this year his numbers are amazing.
#1 Lakers Suck.
The Lakers were supposed to tear the Western Conference apart this year. They signed the best center in the league and a perennial NBA All Star at point guard to go with already impressive lineup of one of the best shooting guards in the history of the NBA and two other regular NBA All Stars in Gasol and World Peace. This was going to be a Dream Team of sorts. People were predicting a 72-win season and yet they started 0-3! They eventually won a game and now stand embarrassingly tied for last place in the Pacific Western Conference.Read More
Remember the Alamo, er, Admiral.
HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: What makes Robinson’s 71 points special is that he was the third player to score 70+ in an NBA game.
Spurs' Tony Parkes sues Club W.I.P. over Chris Brown and Drake Fight.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Drake, Chris Brown, and Rihanna all roll their eyes somewhere when they read Tony Parker's lawsuit.
As you might have heard, Tony Parker got some glass in his eye when Chris Brown and Drake got into a fight in New York last week. The fight went down at a nightclub in Manhattan called Club W.I.P.
Well, this week Parker filed suit again club W.I.P. for $20 million. The lawsuit states W.I.P. operators were negligent in security and supervision for allowing the fight between Chris Brown (and entourage) and Drake (and entourage), since they had a known history. This history mostly revolves around Drake sleeping with Chris Brown's ex girlfriend Rihanna and rubbing it in Chris Browns face.
The suit does not blame Drake or Chris Brown as defendants, but comes after the club for negligence. It goes on to state, "The defendants were reckless, careless, and negligent in permitting Drake's entourage and Brown's entourage to be in the club at the same time despite known tension between the two."
Matt Bonner, really son?
Brooks has never subscribed to sitting players. He has likened the strategy to “cheating the game” and the fans. And on Sunday, he confessed that his team's youth plays a part as well. “If we had a bunch of veteran guys in their 30s, there's no question things would be different,” Brooks said. “But our guys, if you take out some of the guys, they'll think I'm benching them twice a game. They want to play every minute. They love to play and they want to keep playing. It's like pulling teeth to get five or six minutes out of them per half.”
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Scott Brooks may be right. But it doesn’t matter.
In a way, resting players for the playoffs is cheating fans and, in turn, the game. Still, Brooks, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s head coach, isn’t a caretaker or advocate for basketball.
He has one job: to win. He is accountable to Clay Bennett and the other owners of the Thunder, who want to win.
So Brooks -- although his intentions are good -- should focus on getting the most from his players and beating the Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, and all other foes in the Western Conference.
Simply put, nothing else matters -like the good of the game.
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"Our goal is to win a championship. Tim Duncan and I haven’t got a lot of time left. The Spurs made the right moves by signing Stephen Jackson, Boris Diaw and Patty Mills. We have a complete team now. We know we can beat everybody in the West, we proved it by beating OKC two times already. Winning another title is something we can do this year. (…)
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: In the last month, the San Antonio Spurs have added Boris Diaw, Stephen Jackson, and Patty Mills to take, perhaps, their final run at an NBA championship.
This has All-Star point guard Tony Parker excited -and with good reason.
The black-and-silver has accumulated a potentially potent mix of youth and experience. They still have their ‘Big Three’ in Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker, while DeJuan Blair, Kwahi Leonard, Gary Neal, and Tiago Splitter are all young and athletic.
The key could be Jackson. If he finds his past form -something that shouldn’t be too difficult as he won a championship with the Spurs in 2003- then Gregg Popovich’s crew could give the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers competition out west.
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