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Forbes Magazine’s Top 10 Most Overpaid NBA Players
Tuesday , Oct , 22 , 2013 Matt Formica

Forbes Magazine’s Top 10 Most Overpaid NBA Players

Forbes Magazine released it's report on the Top 10 Most Overpaid NBA Players.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  Aren't most NBA ballers overpaid?  I mean they get paid millions of dollars to do something most people would do for free.

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Tracy McGrady Signs With Spurs. PLayoff Eligible.
Wednesday , Apr , 17 , 2013 HoopsVibe News

Tracy McGrady Signs With Spurs. PLayoff Eligible.

Tracy McGrady signed with the San Antonio Spurs yesterday. He is playoff eligible and SA's ready to make a run.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Scooping up McGrady at this point in the season is genius. The Spurs may win the West after all.

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NBA Players Are Hurting Thanks To Injury Bug Epidemic
Wednesday , Nov , 21 , 2012 Paul Eide

NBA Players Are Hurting Thanks To Injury Bug Epidemic

If your favorite NBA team hasn't suffered a significant injury to one of its players recently, you have something to be "thankful" for.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: The injury bug is on the prowl, looking to strike an NBA player near you.

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S-Jax Mixtape Is Highly Selective
Thursday , Nov , 01 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

S-Jax Mixtape Is Highly Selective

Tim Duncan told he doesn't have the chops to rap with Stephen Jackson, Kevin Durant, and more.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Have we ever heard a good basketball rapper? EVER?

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Sunday , Mar , 18 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Stephen Jackson: I should have never left San Antonio

“Every day, I wish I wouldn’t have ever left,” said Jackson, whom the Spurs acquired Thursday by trading Richard Jefferson to Golden State. “My career has taken me to a lot of places, but it’s good to end up back here where I always felt I belonged. “It’s sweet, man. Great team, great young guys, the organization is still one of the best in the league, if not the best, and I’m just happy to be back where I’ve always been family and somewhere I want to be.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Stephen Jackson finally gets that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

Years ago, Jackson helped the San Antonio Spurs win a championship; however, he left as a free agent after a trivial contract dispute.

The Spurs - with Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker - continued winning, while Jackson became a basketball-nomad, alienating some combination of coaches, teammates, fans, and law enforcement in each of his stops.

Worst of all, ‘Captain Jack’ teased with his talent. Remember, the versatile swing was terrific for the Golden State Warriors before falling-out with coach Don Nelson.

Over the years, one thing never changed: Jackson and the Spurs were good together.

So Thursday’s news that the black-and-silver had acquired Jackson for Richard Jefferson was hardly a surprise. His shooting and toughness could be the difference between the Spurs winning or losing a round in the Western Conference playoffs.

Expect Jackson to shine in this second stint with the Spurs. He’s learned - the hard way - that San Antonio is pretty green.

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Thursday , Mar , 15 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Re-united: Spurs get Stephen Jackson from Warriors for Richard Jefferson

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Did the San Antonio Spurs win the 2012 Trade Deadline with the acquisition of a three-man who had been chained to Scott Skiles’ bench in Milwaukee?

The answer: a resounding yes.

For whatever reason, Richardson Jefferson hasn’t fit with the Spurs. Perhaps he’s too nice. Perhaps he’s too soft. Perhaps he’s to skilled and not gritty enough.

Well, Jefferson is no more. The former All-Star was sent to the Golden State Warriors for Stephen Jackson, who arrived in The Bay as part of the Andrew Bogut-Monta Ellis trade.

The Spurs, specifically coach Gregg Popovich, love Jackson. They love his toughness, defense, and ability to take and make big shots.

And the feeling is mutual. After all, Popovich and Jackson won a championship together.

Best of all, this trade saves the Spurs about $10 million - as Jefferson was scheduled to earn 22 million over the next two seasons, while Jackson is only on the books through 2013 for $10 million.

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Wednesday , Mar , 14 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Warriors trade Monta Ellis to Bucks for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson

The Milwaukee Bucks have traded Bogut and forward Stephen Jackson to the Golden State Warriors for Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown, sources confirmed to ESPN.com.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Suddenly, Andrew Bogut and Monta Ellis have new homes.

The Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors' swap of franchise faces is an admission by both clubs that the status quo wasn't working.

After all, Bogut was often injured, while Ellis was often in trouble. (In fact, Bogut is currently out with an ankle injury, while Ellis is being sued as part of a sexual harassment case involving a former employee of the Warriors.)

The Warriors are hoping Bogut, a former first overall pick, anchors the middle. Ellis, a terrific scorer, will form an undersized and dynamic backcourt with Bucks table-setter Brandon Jennings.

Bogut and Ellis aren't the biggest wild card in this trade. That distinction belongs to Stephen Jackson, a former Warrior who fell out with management.

Captain Jack, an integral part of the Warriors' 'We Believe' run of 2007, has since made several stops around the league before ending up in Coach Scott Skiles' doghouse.

His return to 'The Bay' will be worth following.

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Thursday , Mar , 08 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Stephen Jackson in ‘Cars and Clothes’

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Stephen Jackson isn't playing much for Scott Skiles' Milwaukee Bucks, so why not drop a new rap single?

Click the video below and tell us your thoughts on Captain Jack's single 'Cars and Clothes'.

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Tuesday , Oct , 04 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Stephen Jackson in ‘What’s a Lockout’

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: NBA players have handled the lockout in different ways.

Heat superstar Dwyane Wade got into a shouting match with Commissioner David Stern at a bargaining session; Nets table-setter Deron Williams is playing in Turkey; Laker great Kobe Bryant has spread his brand and may sign in Italy.

Then there’s Stephen Jackson. The newest edition to the Milwaukee Bucks has released a lockout inspired rap song.

Click the video below, give Captain Jack’s work in the booth a listen, and get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below. 

(By the way, listener discretion is advised.)

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Monday , Sep , 05 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Billups, Randolph, Wall, and other NBA-ers to play in ‘Lockout League’

The site will be the Impact Basketball gymnasium, about two miles from the Strip. The unofficial commissioner will be Joe Abunassar, a longtime trainer of N.B.A. players. More than 40 players, locked out of N.B.A. facilities because of a labor standoff, have committed to play. Chauncey Billups, John Wall, Zach Randolph and Stephen Jackson will be among the headliners.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: You want basketball. You got it. Well, sort of.

Reports indicate up to forty NBA players will suit up for the Impact Basketball League which is set to begin in Las Vegas in mid September.

The big names include Chauncey Billups, Stephen Jackson, Zach Randolph, and John Wall, who will use the Vegas run to prepare for training camp and the upcoming NBA season.

And there’s the catch.

Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee we’ll have a season in 2012. So this, ‘the lockout league’ as some have dubbed it, may be the best we can hope for.

--Oly Sandor.


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Sunday , Sep , 04 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Brandon Jennings thinks Stephen Jackson makes Bucks a top team in the east

“The first day Stephen Jackson walked into the facility, I knew right then and there it was going to be a different year,’’ Jennings said. “And it’s going to be a year that I think we’re going to be successful.

“The thing about the NBA is the league gets better and better every year. It’s never going to be the same, so I think with Stephen Jackson and a healthy Andrew Bogut and Drew Gooden, I think we’ll be talented enough to play with any of the top teams in the East, hands down.’’

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Brandon Jennings is right to suggest Stephen Jackson will impact the Milwaukee Bucks.

Will it be for better or worse, though?

Jennings believes his new teammate will use his talent for good, transforming the Bucks into a contender out east.

There`s evidence to support this view: Jackson was a champion with the San Antonio Spurs; helped the Charlotte Bobcats make their first-ever playoff appearance; and was terrific for the Golden State Warriors in 2007.

And there`s evidence to refute this view: Jackson bolted on those same Spurs, fell out with the Bobcats, and demanded the Warriors trade him months after signing a lucrative extension.

The hope is that Jackson will warm to his new surroundings. When healthy, Jennings and Andrew Bogut are a solid pair. Coach Scott Skiles will appreciate his tenacity as long as Jackson doesn`t become a distraction.

Who can forget the shenanigans that took place with the Indiana Pacers?

Of course, Jackson’s deal expires in 2013, so he’ll have to perform if he wants a contract from the Bucks or another team.

Jennings is right: Jackson will make the Bucks better. For now, it`s in his interests to do so. 

--Oly Sandor.


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Sunday , Aug , 14 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Can Thunder and NBA punish Kendrick Perkins for drunken, Fight Club antics?

EARLIER SATURDAY-KFDM has confirmed that NBA star Kendrick Perkins was booked and released early Saturday morning into the Jefferson County jail around 4:00a.m. on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct. The charges are a class C misdemeanor. Per Texas penal code 12.23, an individual guilty of a class C misdemeanor shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $500. Perkins posted bond of $150 shortly after being booked and was released.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Perhaps he’s secretly a member of Fight Club (but he won‘t talk about it). Perhaps he just saw Patrick Swayze’s cult classic Roadhouse. Perhaps he’s practicing for an upcoming MMA bout with Shaq.

The truth: the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kendrick Perkins was arrested for being drunk, belligerent, and causing a scene/brawl at a club in Beaumont, Texas.

Worst of all, Perkins had to cancel today’s charitable event in Beaumont -which he organized and was to feature fellow stars like Kevin Durant, Stephen Jackson, and Rajon Rondo.
 
Way to go Perk'!
 
The Thunder can’t be impressed. These incidents are never good, but are especially damaging when the player represents a small market like Oklahoma City.

What can be done? The team and league have no power to disciplin during the lockout. And the Thunder just signed Perkins to a 4-year, $32 million extension this spring.

Perkins will take a hit in the media. That, however, seems to be it.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Jul , 16 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Don Nelson: ‘I love Minnesota’

Don Nelson will gladly trade those breezy Hawaiian trade winds for Minnesota winters and the chance to coach again, this time with the Timberwolves. "I think it'd be a great fit," he said. "I love Minnesota."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: I have two words for Minnesota Executive David Kahn –‘do not’.

Do not let him charm you. Do not let him fill your head with thoughts and ideas. Do not overlook his past. Most importantly, do not hire Don Nelson to coach your Timberwolves.

After all, ‘Nellie’ is the NBA’s version of scorched earth. He sets fire to, burns, and destroys everything he touches.

In the 1990s, he sued Chris Cohan and the Warriors. He walked on the New York Knicks. He went back to court and sued Mark Cuban and the Mavericks. And his second go-around with the Warriors wasn’t much better.

Most troubling, Nelson has an odd relationship with his players. For instance, he clashed with Chris Webber, struggled with Monta Ellis, and flip-flopped on Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington. In no time, Nelson would alienate, aggravate, and annoy Mike Beasley, Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, and/or Derrick Williams

This must worry Kahn. After years of being an oddball outpost, the Wolves have young assets. Hiring the wrong coach, like Nelson, would compromise those young assets.   

If Kahn wants a veteran sideline boss, he should consider Rick Adelman, Lawrence Frank, or even try pulling Hubie Brown out the broadcast booth to recreate his Memphis-magic in Minnesota.

Point blank: Nelson is done. The game has passed him by. He needs to cash his coaching 501K plan and spend his days walking the beaches of Maui and not an NBA sideline.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Jan , 23 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Charlotte to deal ‘happy’ Stephen Jackson?

If they're not, adding Jackson and the $19.3 million he is owed over the next two seasons wouldn't make sense for either party. "He's happy there," a confidant said of Jackson. "He loves the city of Charlotte, and he loves to play for one of the greatest players to play the game, Michael Jordan."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Well hallelujah. Stephen Jackson is ‘happy’ in Charlotte.

Apparently, the talented swing ‘loves’ the city of Charlotte and having Michael Jordan, the Bobcats’ owner, as his boss. So he wants to stay and fulfill the remaining two years and approximately $19 million on his contract.

There may not be a ‘happily ever after’, though.

Jackson often resmebles an impulsive teenager, changing his mind and word. Years ago, he turned down an extension from the world champion San Antonio Spurs to test the market and ended up with the lowly Atlanta Hawks.

More recently, he was enamoured with the Golden State Warriors and mad-scientist sideline boss Don Nelson. Then, like ‘Radio Raheem’ in Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, the 'love became hate' and Jackson split from the Warriors and ‘Nellie’.

Of course, there’s another party in this relationship, the Bobcats. Jackson will become available if the club falls from the playoff race or if Jordan opts for long-term financial flexibility.

And Jackson's happiness won’t matter. Not one bit.

--Oly Sandor.


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Monday , Jan , 10 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Stephen Jackson on Larry Brown: ‘we needed a change’

"It's kind of like losing a team. Nobody wanted to play no more," Jackson said. "Everybody wanted to play a different style than we were playing. We didn't agree with what was going on. Obviously, it wasn't working, so we needed a change. We had to figure something out."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He’s a gem this Stephen Jackson.

Instead of letting the past go and focusing on the present, the Charlotte Bobcats swing had to throw a dart at recently overthrown coach Larry Brown.

Sure, Brown, the nomad coach, is a pain; his message of Play The Right Way wears thin like his grinding personality; and the Bobcats were struggling with a deplorable 9-19 record.

But Jackson shouldn’t have slammed his coach. He should have answered the reporter’s question differently. After all, the proof is in the pudding. And the Bobcats are 4-2 since Paul Silas took over on the sideline.

So he could’ve kept quiet. No need to utter a word, especially since he reportedly wants out of Charlotte. Brown, for all his warts, has friends around the league. They’ll shy away from the outspoken Jackson.

Even if Jackson's comments were right, the timing was wrong.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Aug , 16 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Will Pacers re-evaluate Stephenson after assault charge?

Lance Stephenson was charged with pushing his girlfriend down a flight of stairs, police said. Stephenson roughed up Jasmine Williams, 21, in the stairwell of her Brooklyn apartment building at about 5 a.m., according to police.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call:  Lance Stephenson, Indiana's second round pick in the 2010 Draft, hasn't be found guilty of anything; however, an assault charge on a girlfriend is worrying.

Domestic violence is wrong and troubling. Regradless of what happens in the courts, Stephenson and his girlfriend should seek professional help.

On a lesser note, this changes things for Stephenson and the Pacers. The Coney Island native had an excellent summer league and figured prominently into the club's rebuilding plans.

After several off-court incidents involving players, the Pacers have placed a premium on character. Executive Larry Bird traded or released Ron Artest,  Stephen Jackson, and Jamaal Tinsley for various infractions, so he'll surely re-evaluate Stephenson's standing.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , May , 31 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Ron Artest’s greatest regret: ‘bailing out on that Pacer team’

"The biggest regret of my life, really, is bailing out on that Pacer team," Artest said. "I mean, outside not going to church every single Sunday, bailing out on that Pacer team is my biggest regret. Every time I see Jermaine, every time I see Steve [Jackson] and Jamaal [Tinsley] ... I get a little bit of a feeling when I see Bird, because he was such a great player and I respect him so much. So I get that feeling when I see Bird. I feel like a coward. I feel like I don't even belong in their presence, really."

"When I saw Jermaine [this season], I felt like I didn't even belong in the same room as him," Artest said. "I felt like a coward. I don't like feeling like a coward, and I feel like a coward. That's the biggest regret of my life. Steve Jackson, Jermaine, Jamaal, even Jeff [Foster] -- a blue-collar guy like him, put his life on the line for us on the court, and I totally disrespected him. And of course Reggie. I was in a position to win a championship, Reggie was in position, and I bailed out on Reggie. I feel like a coward. A big-time coward. It's hard for me to even speak to them, hard for me to see them."

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HoopsVibe's Quick Call: Love him or hate him, Ron Artest is honest and his heart seems to be in the right place.

After all, few athletes in the cut throat, macho world of pro sports would publicly admit to such feelings, especially about an incident that took place years ago with the Indiana Pacers.

Still, it's great Artest understands the impact his actions have on others. And, in some strange way, it's hard not to cheer for him -regardless of what you think about the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Wednesday , May , 19 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Could Larry Ellison save the Golden State Warriors?

Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison is among "more than a dozen" suitors who have submitted non-binding bids for the Warriors, a source close to the negotiations said Tuesday.

"He is a part of it," the source said.

According to another source, so are the San Francisco Giants, 24 Hour Fitness owner Mark Mastrov, an NFL owner, a former Lakers star and a group of prominent Chinese businesspeople, among others. Galatioto Sports Partners and Warriors owner Chris Cohan will choose the best prospects in the next week.

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HoopsVibe's Call: Give Larry Ellison a cape, tights, and Dwight Howard/Shaquille O'Neal's phone booth because he could be Superman and save the sorry Golden State Warriors.

Ellison, if approved as Golden State's owner, would bring something to The Bay that has been in short supply: sanity. Simply put, Cohan and Coach Don Nelson have ruined the Warriors. There's zero plan. Players, both past and present, have had significant issues with the club (see Baron Davis, Monta Ellis, Stephen Jackson, and Al Harrington). Even their loyal fans are disgusted.

The right owner, Ellison, would surely hire the right basketball people -not Nelson and his group of faithful lackeys on the bench and in the front office. Talented youngsters like Andris Biedrins, Stephen Curry, and Ellis could then blossom with proper mentorship.

A change at the top would do Golden State good. It starts with Cohan cashing out as owner and being replaced with someone such as Ellison.

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