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Wednesday , Feb , 08 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

NBA wants to return to Seattle for Chinese market?

“We had heard reports of some interest in Seattle and the name of the person who’s associated with it is not totally unknown to me. I think he came in and I met with him, it must be a year ago. Just a general conversation; he was brought in by a mutual friend,” said Stern, during an exclusive, wide-ranging interview Monday with The Salt Lake Tribune at the league office.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s not about righting a terrible wrong. It’s not about basketball returning to a hoops-mad city.

It’s about money, specifically a multinational company’s desire to profit off the massive Chinese market. This why the NBA is re-considering Seattle.

David Stern and his lackeys at league head office in New York see China, with its huge population, as a gold mine.

Seattle, after all, is a gate-way to China. Stern and the NBA need a team in the Emerald City to fully connect with this market.

Most fans want to believe a new Seattle franchise would be about honouring the legacy of  Tom Chambers, Dale Ellis, Shawn Kemp, Gary Payton, and Jack Sikma.

Some fans want to believe a new Seattle franchise would embarrass Thunder owner Clay Bennett, who bought the Sonics and moved the franchise to Oklahoma City.

Make no mistake about it, the NBA returning to Seattle is first and foremost about money.

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Wednesday , Aug , 17 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Delonte West working at Home Depot during lockout?

It's official.. Pride 2 the side.. just filled out a application at Home Depot.. Lockout aint a game..

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: There's nothing wrong with working at the Home Depot, however, there's something wrong with Delonte West having to work at the big box reno' shop because of the lockout.

West is an active NBA player, and has earned $15 million plying his trade as a combo guard for the Boston Celtics, Seattle Super Sonics (now the Oklahoma City Thunder), and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Yet, West is (supposedly) broke because owners have shut the door on the players. So he's applying for a gig at The Dep'.

If true, this is unexcusable. West should have set money aside for the labour strife, which everyone could see on the horizon. 

Somebody should be looking after West's interests. Like his agent. Or the Players' Union. Remember, West has his issues.

Speaking of the union, West's situation isn't good for negotiations. If other players are living cheque-to-cheque, they may have to settle sooner than they'd like.

There's nothing wrong with working at Home Depot -unless you're West and the Players' Union, and are in the middle of a lockout!

--Oly Sandor.

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The Greatest NBA Playoff Upset Ever
Wednesday , Apr , 06 , 2011 Paul Eide

The Greatest NBA Playoff Upset Ever

 

The year was 1994. Charles Barkley signature “Air Max” shoes, selling for $150 a pair, were king. The world was shocked by the unexpected death of Kurt Cobain. And Seattle Supersonics fans the world over were reeling from a first round playoff loss to the eighth seed Denver Nuggets.
 
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Saturday , Jul , 10 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Johan Petro will defend and dance for New Jersey Nets

The Nets have reached a three-year, $10 million agreement with free-agent center Johan Petro, according to Adrian Wojnarawoski of Yahoo! Sports.

Petro will play behind Brook Lopez after spending two seasons with the Nuggets.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He’s a decent on-court addition.

Johan Petro will bang, rebound, block shots, and defend. And the Frenchman is a serviceable back-up for budding star Brook Lopez.

As usual, the New Jersey Nets signed him for reasonable money, and it’s the latest example of the organization bringing in young, undervalued players.

However, Petro has another skill: dancing.

As a rookie with the Seattle Super Sonics, he busted a serious move at a team event, and even got busy on opening night when introduced over the PA.

Click the video below and watch Petro cut a rug.

 
-- Oly Sandor.

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