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Sunday , Sep , 11 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Gordon Hayward`s Fails at Parodying LeBron and The Decision

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Memo to NBA players. Stop parodying The Decision, especially if you`re not funny.

Case in point Gordon Hayward, of the Utah Jazz. The second-year pro spoofed the LeBron James showcase in attempt to create publicity for his new job as a professional video game player.

Click the video, watch Hayward’s awful and awkward attempt at humor, and get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Aug , 15 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Chris Bosh on The Decision: ‘We all Make Mistakes’

Looking back on last year’s free agency and “The Decision,” do you look back and think it could have been done differently or do you just own up to it? Chris Bosh: “I say you own up to it. We all make mistakes. I think anybody would be kidding themselves if they thought they were perfect at anything.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call:
So, Chris Bosh believes LeBron James made a mistake with The Decision.

Well, left-handed power forwards in glass houses shouldn`t throw stones, right Bosh?

In an interview, Bosh indirectly said James slipped up last summer by announcing on ESPN he was ‘taking his talent to South Beach’ and leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat.

James admitted as much last year, although he couldn’t, or wouldn’t, say what he’d have done differently.

Equally as damaging to the Heat was Bosh, James, and Dwyane Wade’s collective decision to announce their arrival the way teams celebrate a championship.

The Three Kings held a massive party, and acted more like rock stars than NBA superstars. A sold out stadium of Heat faithful cheered. To be fair, James was the one who predicted multiple championships.

Bosh`s arrogance at this pre-emeptive celebration - along with James and Wade’s surliness -  turned off  fans outside Florida and solidified the Heat’s status as villains.

From that moment the Heat was public enemy number one. And they have yet to get the bulls-eye off their back.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Aug , 02 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Kobe Bryant to LeBron Haters: ‘Lay off’

I think people need to lay off that kid, that’s what I think. I’ve gotten to know him pretty well playing on the Olympic team, and I think they just need to back up off him and just let him play and let him live his life. Let him make his decisions, let him mature as a player. “It’s tough to be under a microscope like that all the time. So I would like everyone to just back off him and let him play.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: First The Custodian. Now The Black Mamba.

Kobe Bryant has joined Brian Cardinal in the ‘LeBron James Apologists Club’, telling the world to ‘lay off’ and let the Miami Heat superstar live.

Sorry Kobe. LeBron is not a victim. Whatever pressure, scrutiny, and criticism he has endured over the last year has been mostly self-induced.

After all, James announced on national television he was leaving his home of Ohio to sign with the star-studded Miami Heat as a free agent.

Then James and the Heat held the 2011 championship celebration -eleven months before the NBA Finals were to be played. At this pre-emptive party James declared that his new team would win multiple championships.

Naturally, there was a backlash. Was the backlash fair? Was the backlash justified? Who knows?

However, it was predictable. A first year PR intern could have seen stormy times coming for James during the 2010-11 season.

Yet James refused to hire a PR firm to help his buddy from his AAU team that was clearly (mis)handling communications.

Kobe can have his opinion. He can even tell us his opinion. It won’t change James' predicament. Only James can do that.

--Oly Sandor.


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Friday , Jul , 22 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

LeBron James’ best decision since before ‘The Decision’

One superstar who, at least for now, is not looking into playing elsewhere is LeBron James, according to sources.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: This is LeBron James’ best decision since before ‘The Decision’.

Reports indicate that James, unlike many of his fellow superstars, has no desire to ‘take his talents’ overseas during what will be a long, drawn-out NBA lockout.

Europe isn’t the exotic-other of basketball locales. Players usually get paid late –if at all. This was before the issues in the P.I.G.S. –Portugal, Italy, Greece, and Spain are teetering on the verge of bankruptcy.

The facilities are often run-down. Training is harsh. Teams control a player’s life –like when and where they eat meals.

James gets it –and wants no part of it. He’d rather stay state-side, train on his own, run his businesses, and hope for a resolution to the lockout.

The risk of heading to Europe is greater than the reward. One superstar get this. Surprisingly, that superstar is James. 

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Jul , 15 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Shaq on LeBron backlash: ‘it happened’ to Jordan, Rodman, Barkley, and Magic

“I would not characterize it as unfair because like I said, it happened to everyone. It happened to (Michael) Jordan when he went to Atlantic City to get away from the game. It happened to Barkley. It happened to (Dennis) Rodman. It happened to Magic (Johnson). It happens to everybody. If it just started this year I would call it unfair, but I’ve been in the game for 20 years and I’ve seen similar stories.” (Shaquille O'Neal on CNNSI podcast)

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Shaquille O’Neal has offered his first pearl of wisdom while gainfully employed as a TNT analyst.

‘The Big Broadcaster’ weighed-in on the scrutiny LeBron James faced after announcing he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers on national television last July.  

One the one hand, Shaq is right. Almost every superstar learned to win by losing. And almost every superstar faced a backlash for decisions on-or-off court.

On the other hand, Shaq is underestimating what James went through. Last season, he and the Miami Heat had a bulls-eye on their backs the size of, well, Shaq.

Yes, Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, Charles Barkley, and Magic Johnson dealt with criticism. But no, it was nothing compared to the burnt jerseys, backstabbing, and letter from a former owner that were thrown James' way.

Of course, James dug his grave. He empowered friends who had little business being empowered. He isolated himself. And he, or his wrongfully empowered friends, approved The Decision and The Pre-Emptive Championship Party.

Rather than learn, change, and hire a PR firm, he spent the 2010-11 season fighting upstream against the media. And he seems determined to continue putting himself out there, regardless of the consequences.

Shaq’s first take on James is open to interpretation. He did, however, succeed in getting us to talk, debate, and discuss.

And isn’t that the job of a broadcaster?

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Jul , 09 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Remix of LeBron James and The Decision

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s the first anniversary of ‘The Decision’.

You remember the awkward and awful TV production where LeBron James announced to ‘reporter’ Jim Gray that he was ‘taking his talent’ to South Beach.

To mark the occasion, DJ Steve Porter produced a remix of ‘The Decision’. Watch the video clip below and get at HoopsVibe News with thoughts in the comment box below.

 

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Mar , 30 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: LeBron skips pre-game introductions in Cleveland

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: First, his entourage was denied access to a stadium they once ran. Then he skipped the pre-game warm-up and introductions to avoid the boo-birds. And finally, his new squad got routed by his old squad.

Despite posting a triple-double in a 102-90 loss, LeBron James’ second trip back to Cleveland has to be considered a bust. Cavalier-nation got revenge on their former hero for leaving them in the lurch with ‘The Decision’.

However, the real story was James going MIA during warm-up and introductions. Click the video below and watch the awkwardness at Quicken Loans Arena. 


--Oly Sandor.

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