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Top 20 Vertical Leapers in NBA History
Monday , Sep , 16 , 2013 Hoopsvibe

Top 20 Vertical Leapers in NBA History

Do you believe Dominique Wilkins and Julius  Erving aren't in the Top 10?

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The number of no-name players on this list demonstrates how leaping is only one part of the game.

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Thursday , Apr , 26 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Steve Francis’ ‘Finer Things’ won’t win Grammy

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The NBA’s version of ‘Where’s Waldo’ has resurfaced as, you guessed it, a rapper.

Steve Francis disappeared from the public eye after getting released by a Chinese club. The only news was that the one-time Franchise had started a record label and ran into, well, trouble with an employee.

Well, Francis is back. Unfortunately. He’s another baller trying his luck as a lyricist and the early returns aren’t good -even by professional athlete standards.


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Monday , Aug , 01 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Steve Francis on ‘Groping’ Allegations: ‘It Is What It Is’

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: If they’re worried, neither are showing it.

Steve Francis and his wife don’t appear troubled by allegations he groped a female singer signed to his record label.

When asked about the situation, the former NBA All-Star responded with the insightful, deep, and thoughtful ‘it is what it is’ and continued strolling through Beverly Hills.

Click the link, watch the video, and tell HoopsVibe News your thoughts on the fallen ’franchise’.

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Sunday , Jul , 24 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Steve Francis Accused of ‘Groping’ 20-year old singer

According to the police report, obtained by TMZ, Francis allegedly "groped" a 20-year-old woman through her clothing in May 2010 ... and the woman immediately went to the cops to file a complaint. The alleged victim tells TMZ ... she is a singer who was signed to Steve's record label and on the day of the alleged incident, she had met Steve at an office to discuss her contract.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Ever wondered what happened to Steve Francis, the former All-Star combo guard who seemed to fall off the face of the earth?

Well, now you know.

Francis, it seems, has got himself into trouble with the law after he allegedly groped a singer signed to his record label during a meeting in 2010.

Of course, it’s an open investigation, which means police could still charge Francis or perhaps he cuts the victim a cheque and this thing disappears from the authority‘s radar.

Either way, the damage to Francis’ rep’ is done. These accusations will never disappear from the public radar and will stick to him no matter what he does or where he goes.

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Is Yao Ming a Hall of Famer?
Wednesday , Jul , 20 , 2011 J.N.

Is Yao Ming a Hall of Famer?

The Great Wall of Houston officially retired from the NBA. Most of us were waiting for the past three years now. Yao was obviously trying his hardest to get back, but the mind finally gave in. He finally accepted it after all this time. Houston moved on a long time ago, but we will never forget what Yao brought to the NBA (besides injuries) such as his skills and the gates opening up for China. 

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Saturday , Oct , 09 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Franchise Falling: Steve Francis arrested at LAX

Former NBA star Steve Francis was arrested Thursday night at Los Angeles International Airport, officials said. Francis was taken into custody about 10 p.m. by airport police for resisting arrest, officials said. He appeared intoxicated and became boisterous at one of the ticket counters, officials said. He was released after posting $10,000 bail early Friday.
 

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Oh, how The Franchise has fallen.

Steve Francis, a three-time NBA All-Star, is now out the league and catching flack from the law for sipping a little something, something at the Los Angeles International Airport.

Perhaps this is Karma. After all, Francis was a Prima Donna in Vancouver, Houston, and Orlando. His time in New York and Memphis was laughable.

Hopefully, Francis gets it together. He’s only 33. And has the resources to do anything he wants.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Jul , 11 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Gone Mad: Knicks want Isiah Thomas to replace Donnie Walsh?

But if the job becomes available, Thomas looms as a serious contender to make an improbable return to the Knicks' front office.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Perhaps it’s a cruel joke – sort of like April Fools Day in July. Perhaps the media got the story wrong, which – believe it or not – happens. Perhaps the club’s PR department are floating this thing to distract fans from the club’s failure to land some combination of Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade.

Or, perhaps the New York Knicks really are mad - as in 100% certifiable and need a stray jacket to prevent further self mutilation, harm, and pain.

There is no easy way to explain the news that the Knicks would consider re-hiring Isiah Thomas as a replacement for Donnie Walsh. Forget easy. There’s no way to explain it.

Thomas was named MSG head honcho on December 22, 2003. What followed were five-years of boondoggles, tomfoolery, and shenanigans.

Consider his track record in the front office: fat and happy Vin Baker was signed –despite weighing close to 300 pounds; Jerome James received the full mid-level exception for five or six decent playoff games with the Seattle Super Sonics; Lenny Wilkins was hired and fired; and Steve Francis and Stephon Marbury were both brought in to save the franchise and left as scapegoats.

Of course, there was also Jarred Jeffries` ridiculous contract, the Eddy Curry saga and the Larry Brown affair. Speaking of affairs, there was that tiny issue of a sexual harassment case against a team employee.

To be fair, Thomas has his positives. He can evaluate talent, drafts well,  and builds relationships with players. But he has to have guidance.

Giving him absolute power corrupts him absolutely. When left to his own devices, when given the keys to the house, garage, and safety deposit box, Thomas fails.

In fact, the Hall of Fame point guard doesn’t just fail -he implodes, self destructs, and scorches whatever he touches.

For instance, Thomas owned and then single-handedly destroyed the CBA, which served as a quasi-minor league for the NBA. And Thomas left the Toronto Raptors in shambles, walking on his first gig as an NBA executive. 

Re-hiring Thomas would show nothing has changed since Walsh took over. This is a Pandora’s Box the Knicks can’t re-open. Not under any circumstances. And not ever.

--Oly Sandor.

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