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Friday , May , 20 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Tony Parker: Spurs’ championship window is over

Tony Parker says that age has finally caught up with the Spurs. "At the start of the season I said this was our last chance," he said. "Tim and Gino (Manu Ginobili) are getting old. It's going to be tough to regenerate ourselves.

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HoopsVibe`s Very Quick Call: Good. Just not great.

This is how Tony Parker sees his San Antonio Spurs, who, according to the lightning-quick table-setter, are now too old to win an NBA championship.

Parker thinks the Spurs are still relevant, though; however, their days of June victory parades along the San Antonio river-walk are no more.

Going forward, the Spurs` greatest challenge is identity -as in they lost theirs.

For years, Gregg Popovich`s crew were known for air-tight defence. Home or away, they were always competitive because they got-stops.

This season, they shifted to an up-tempo system to create easy hoops for the veterans. It worked during the regular season when games are open.

In the playoffs, the tempo slows. Teams get dirty, especially on defense. And the Spurs couldn`t adjust, which resulted in a, somewhat, surprising loss to the upstart Memphis Grizzlies.

So for the Spurs to stay competitive, they must rediscover their defensive chops. Or, The Alamo could continue falling in the Western Conference.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Apr , 29 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Gary Neal saves the day, and season, for San Antonio Spurs

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: They were down 3-1 in the series. And they were down 3 with seconds remaining.

So, who did the San Antonio Spurs turn to when their season was on-the-line? Tim Duncan? Manu Ginobili? Richard Jefferson? Or even Tony Parker?

No, Coach Gregg Popovich called on rookie Gary Neal to tie the game with a clutch three-pointer. The Spurs then won in overtime.

To be fair, this wasn't a complete shocker because Neal led all rookies in three-point percentage. However, most first year players would find the circumstances overwhelming.

Not Neal, though.

Watch the clip and get at us with thoughts in the comment box below. 

-Oly Sandor.

 
 

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Sunday , Jan , 09 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor Amarè wants Knicks to pass on Carmelo?

"Right now, in New York we have a solid team," Stoudemire said. "We don't really need much. We're playing well. We feel like the team we have can be very successful if we keep improving individually and as a team on the defensive end."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Suddenly, Amar’e Stoudemire is singing a different tune.

When the Standing Tall and Talented Post signed with the New York Knicks, he promised he’d recruit two or three of his superstar buddies –like Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, and possibly Tony Parker.

Well, Paul isn’t leaving New Orleans in the near term, unless the Hornets franchise leaves New Orleans. Parker has re-signed with the rejuvenated San Antonio Spurs.

Knick-nation can probably cross Anthony off the list, too, which doesn’t bother Stoudemire. Not one bit. 

Winning has changed things. After years of dysfunction, disgust, and dreadful basketball, New York is relevant. There’s chemistry. And Stoudemire doesn’t want to blow things up for Anthony.

Anthony, as a volume shooter, has to get his. His demand for touches and shots would surely impact Stoudemire and his supporting cast of Wilson Chandler, Ray Felton, Danillo Gallineri, and the promising Landry Fields.

And that impact could be good or bad. So Stoudemire seems comfortable with the status-quo. Hopefully, that appeases New York and Knick-nation.

--Oly Sandor.


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Sunday , Dec , 12 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Do you care: Danilo Gallinari dating Michelle Trachtenberg?

GOSSIP GIRL actress MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG has sparked rumors of a new romance with New York Knicks basketball star DANILO GALLINARI.

The 25 year old, who was previously linked to bad boy rocker John Mayer, has been spotted out in the Big Apple with 22-year-old Gallinari in recent weeks, and even cheered on the sportsman at a recent Knicks game.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Call me a skeptic but this sounds familiar.

European basketball star plying his craft in the NBA meets up-and-coming actress. They date. They become an item.

Hopefully, New York Knicks forward Danilo Gallinari and Gossip Girl star Michelle Trachtenberg have a better fate than the San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker and Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria.

Hopefully, Gallinari is smart enough to avoid a cell phone text scandal with a teammate’s wife. Time to be honest: I don't really care.

However, if you care about the Gallinari-Trachtenberg pairing then get at us in the comment box below.

--Oly Sandor.
 

 

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Thursday , Dec , 02 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Eva Longoria and Tony Parker Meet for Lunch


We discovered not too long ago that Eva Longoria and Tony Parker were set to split after TP9 allegedly put the naughty on the wife of former Spur Brent Barry. Nasty stuff all-round, and with Eva apparently unwilling to overlook Tony's infidelities it was no surprise that the pair bought a one-way ticket to Splitsville.

Traditionally, the interested parties sever all contact and leave it to the suits to divide the marbles and finalize the divorce. This time, however, it seems as if the estranged pair are looking to do things a little more personally, meeting face-to-face in an L.A.-area hotel before the Spurs-Clippers game to talk things over. So what does this mean? It could merely be that Eva and Tony are hoping to separate amicably, with a meeting on neutral ground a commitment to keeping this divorce from becoming unnecessarily messy. It could also be one last effort by TP9 to win back his lady before they reach the point of no return.

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Sunday , Nov , 21 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Eva Longoria and Tony Parker Got ‘Grease’d’ by Erin Barry

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Oh, the irony.

A few years ago, Erin Barry, Eva Longoria, and Tony Parker were involved in a love triangle -they recreated Grease as a promotion for the San Antonio Spurs. 

Barry plays the ‘bad’ girl. She even kicks Longoria, the ‘good’ girl, to get Parker. Oh, the irony.

Did this parody lead to Barry and Parker exchanging illicit texts? Did it play a role in the Barrys and Longorias divorcing? Did San Antonio's marketing department encourage this mess with their video?

Nobody will know. One thing is clear, though: Parker and the Spurs, despite being on the cover of People and US Weekly, are handling their business.

Last night, Parker had a team-high 19 points, as the boys in black-and-silver blew-out the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-92 to improve to 11-1.   

Perhaps irony doesn’t matter on-court.

Watch Barry and Longoria battle for Parker's love and get at us in the comment box below with thoughts. 

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Nov , 19 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Did Tony Parker cheat on Eva Longoria with Brent Barry’s wife?

But now the Barry name is making headlines because of allegations that Erin exchanged hundreds of texts with Eva Longoria's husband, Tony Parker, prior to Longoria filing her own divorce petition this week. The breakup of the two marriages – and the rift between the two couples – is a tragic and seemingly sudden development.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Last summer, it was a certain combo guard allegedly getting involved with a former superstar teammate’s mother.

This fall, it’s a famous point guard and his actress wife divorcing because the famous point guard was ‘sexting’ (and doing god-knows-what-else with) a former teammate and friend’s wife.

Of course, we’re referring to the rumor Delonte West had an affair with LeBron James’ mother when both were members of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

That, as they say, is old news.

The new rumor is that Tony Parker and Eva Longoria are parting ways because Parker had an inappropriate relationship with the wife of retired San Antonio Spurs guard Brent Berry.

While this is more TMZ gossip than basketball news, it’s worth noting the Berry clan didn’t exactly deny an affair occurred when questioned by reporters.

Until someone does deny, or confirms, an affair took place, the speculation about Parker and Brent Barry’s better half will continue.

--Oly Sandor.

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Parker, Longoria to Split
Wednesday , Nov , 17 , 2010 Christopher Sells

Parker, Longoria to Split

On television, Eva Longoria plays a Desperate Housewife. I've never seen the show (for obvious reasons) but I'm told that the women of Wisteria Lane regularly engage in extramarital affairs while their husbands are away. I'm sure that Eva never thought she'd find herself in a similar situation in real life.

But here we are.

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Saturday , Oct , 30 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Surprise, surprise -Tony Parker signs extension with Spurs

On Saturday morning the San Antonio Spurs announced that they have signed point guard Tony Parker to a multi-year contract extension.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Time to be real -this is a surprise.

It seemed unlikely Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs would renew their relationship with an extension.
 
The Spurs have third-year point guard George Hill waiting in the wings; Parker has struggled with injuries; both team and player had hinted at changing directions because their days as a semi-dynasty are over.

Parker, however, is still relatively young. If healthy, he can regain his form as a top point guard and clutch performer.

Also, Parker was likely leery of becoming a free agent next July under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. He probably gave the Spurs a discount.

Depending on the money, term, and circumstances, an extension may work out for TP and the Spurs.

More details to follow ….

--Oly Sandor.
 
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Sunday , Aug , 15 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Could Chris Paul and Tony Parker call New York home?

Stefan Bondy: Asked eva longoria if tony parker wants to play in new york: her answer, "yes"

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: No surprise here.

The Desperate Housewife wants hubby Tony Parker to take his talent to the media capital of the world, New York City. So Parker - a free agent at season's end - could be on the move.

The San Antonio Spurs have young George Hill waiting in the wings at point guard. And Manu Ginobili found his game when Parker was injured during the latter months of the 2010 regular season.

A move to New York is slightly more complicated than Mr. and Mrs. Eva Longoria realize, though.

The Knicks have their eyes on prying superstar Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets. However, the Knicks could add Paul and Parker.

Coach Mike D'Antoni would love the scoring opportunities Paul and Parker would collectively create, and he wouldn't worry about their lack of size on defense.

This isn't such a crazy idea. Remember, Coach Gregg Popovich once considered moving Parker to the two-spot when the Spurs were chasing free agent point guard Jason Kidd.

Now Kidd is bigger than Paul and Parker. He can easily defend opposing two-guards. But Paul and Parker would compensate for their smaller stature by pressuring the ball full court, and they would be protected in D'Antoni's up-tempo system.

Again, it's no surprise Parker has interest in New York. The surprise could be having Paul as his backcourt mate.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Jul , 08 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Foes to friends? Shaq to sign with San Antonio Spurs?

The Spurs are the first choice of free-agent center Shaquille O'Neal, a source told FanHouse. O'Neal is looking to play two more seasons in the NBA. The source said that San Antonio and Atlanta are at the top of O'Neal's list and there is interest from both sides.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: They are complete opposites –like night versus day, sport utility truck versus European race car, and country rock versus glam’ hip hop.

But these former foes are on the verge of becoming friends. And a partnership - however unlikely the possibility seemed, say, five years ago - would work for both sides.

After years of doing battle during the regular season and playoffs, after years of trading insults on-and-off court, Shaquille O’Neal – once the glitzy star of the Los Angeles Lakers - is contemplating signing with the low key San Antonio Spurs.

Three words for Shaq and the Spurs: get it done.

O’Neal needs to join a veteran-laden contender like San Antonio, where he’ll be held accountable by players and the coach.

What attitude could he cope Tim Duncan, a first-ballot Hall of Famer and possibly the greatest power forward of all-time?

How could he talk back to Gregg Popovich, the league’s resident tough guy on the bench and a former military man?

He couldn’t.

And O’Neal would even have to watch how he treats co-stars like Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, who have both won three NBA championships.

However, this isn’t a one-sided arrangement. O’Neal – if healthy and that’s a big if these days – can still draw double-teams down-low and kick for the Spurs.

Best of all, he would provide a moxie; a confidence that it’s his inherent right to play in May and June for the championship.

In other words, exactly what was missing from the Spurs’ line-up when they meekly bowed out to the Phoenix Suns, an opponent they used to own, in the first round of the 2010 post-season.

These two former rivals must join forces. They need each other.

--Oly Sandor.


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Monday , Jul , 05 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

New York fiasco: Stoudemire throws Anthony and Parker under the bus

Amar'e Stoudemire flew into New York yesterday, and he already is recruiting other stars around the league to join him on the Knicks. "I've talked to Carmelo Anthony to come out here, I've talked to Tony Parker," Stoudemire said last night after seeing a Broadway show. "Both those guys are ready to join me if I decide to come here, so I'm gonna see if we can work it out."

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Ah Amare, there are problems with your plan.

First, you haven't officially signed a contract with the New York Knicks. Nothing is on paper; there's no deal. And if LeBron James suddenly decided he wanted to ink a multi-year pact with the NYC, he would get to pick the big he wanted to partner with.

So Chris Bosh or even Carlos Boozer could be in. And you could be out.

Second, say you end up with the Knicks. Well, guess what? You've broken the NBA's tampering laws because Anthony and Parker have contracts with the Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs. They become free agents in July of 2011, and not July of 2010.

Perhaps, you were confused.

Fortunately, James Dolan has a relationship with Corporal Stern and the suits at league head office. He can probably smooth things over for you.

Third, you've thrown Anthony and Parker under the bus. These two may have privately expressed a desire to play in New York, but they expected these conversations to remain private and not end up in the news.

Anthony must now smooth things over with coach George Karl, Chauncey Billups, and Nugget fans, while Parker has to convince Tim Duncan, crazy coach Gregg Popovich, and the San Antonio Spurs that he's committed to winning an NBA Title in 2011.

After this, Anthony and Parker will feel they can't trust you. And if they can't trust you to keep hypothetical texts and private chats at the nightclub quiet, how can they trust you on-court as teammates? 

To be fair, you were probably excited about the possibility of signing in New York. This is understandable. The Knicks are a classic franchise. Madison Square Gardens is The Mecca of basketball. And forty-one evenings a year you'd get to rub shoulders with Spike Lee.

Now is not the time to revert to the immature antics of your past. Keep your cool. Remain a professional.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Jul , 03 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Amar’e Stoudemire recruiting Joe Johnson and Tony Parker to New York?

The Knicks are expected to try and pry Tony Parker away from the Spurs in order to pair him with Amar'e Stoudemire.A person close to both players told the New York Daily News that Parker and Stoudemire have talked about playing together in either New York or Miami.

"It's perfect for Tony because he wants to be in New York and he wants to play with Amar'e," said the source.


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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Amar'e Stoudemire hasn't even signed with the New York Knicks, but he's already playing recruiter.

Or he is trying to.

Reports indicate the power forward is trying to get Joe Johnson and Tony Parker to join him in the NYC. There's a hitch, though. In fact, there`s a couple.

Johnson - despite being friends with Stoudemire and Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni - is considering a $119 million offer from the Atlanta Hawks, and is still listening to the Chicago Bulls.

Parker has a valid contract with the San Antonio Spurs; however, the team could be open to a trade because they have a young point guard in George Hill.

Of course, Stoudemire is also texting the big-ticket free agents: LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Expect James and Wade to sign elsewhere, though.

Nevertheless, things are getting interesting with The Great Free Agent Chase of 2010.

-- Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jun , 02 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Tony Parker to Pacers for Troy Murphy, Brandon Rush, and draft pick

With only two teams left playing ball, the rumors are starting to fly. Yesterday on his weekly ESPN.com chat, Chad Ford mentioned that one scenario floating out there is San Antonio sending Tony Parker to Indiana for the No. 10 pick, Troy Murphy and Brandon Rush.

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HoopsVibe's Quick Call: After their first round loss to the Phoenix Suns, the San Antonio Spurs are looking to shake things up.

And Tony Parker is the prime candidate to be moved because he has value on-court and on-the-books. After all, Parker can play. The jitterbug point guard still has the 'quicks' to get to the basket at will and can keep opposing defenses honest with his improving range.

Best of all, his $10 million contract expires next July, so whoever acquires him will also get some financial flexibility.

This specific deal with the Indiana Pacers is unlikely since they'd be giving up Rush, an athletic youngster, plus a lottery pick for one year with the Frenchman. Also, Murphy's contract matches Parker's with respect to term and money, killing any potential savings for Larry Bird's squad.

Parker could well be dealt. It won't be to the Pacers, though. By the way, what would Hollywood diva Eva Longoria, who is married to Parker, think of Indiana?

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Here’s why Carmelo Anthony and Tony Parker are great for New York Knicks.
Saturday , May , 29 , 2010 J.N.

Here’s why Carmelo Anthony and Tony Parker are great for New York Knicks.

The two men have openly stated that they would like to play for the New York Knicks. I do not know why the New York media machine has opened their playbooks for the world to see in acquiring potential future employee number 6. While I admire their ways of applying their resources to the test for these free agents, one has to ponder that they’re probably going after the wrong guys.

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Wednesday , May , 12 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Tony Parker Eyeing New York Knicks?

With Donnie Walsh in the market for a point guard, there are reports that San Antonio would consider trading Tony Parker, who lost his starting job to Hill and has told close friends he and his actress wife, Eva Longoria, would love to relocate to New York.

"Pop loves George and I could see a scenario where he would trade Tony," said a Spurs source, referring to San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich. "Tony will be looking for a max deal and New York may pay him."

Parker, who turns 28 this week, is under contract through next season and there are several factors that could prevent a trade from  happening. With the Knicks having traded away their first-round picks for the next two years, they don't have many assets to trade unless they are willing to part with Danilo Gallinari or Wilson Chandler, the latter of whom is recovering from offseason ankle surgery for the second time in two years. Of course, if the Knicks are willing to take on Spurs forward Richard Jefferson's salary, they would increase their chances of acquiring Parker.
 
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Monday , May , 10 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Could Spurs Trade Tony Parker?

Sources with knowledge of the team's thinking say the Spurs are increasingly optimistic about their ability to inject their front line with some new blood by convincing Brazilian forward Tiago Splitter -- whom they drafted in 2007 -- to leave the European game to come to the NBA starting next season. Yet it remains to be seen how aggressive San Antonio feels it'll have to be about reshaping the rest of the roster after Jefferson's season of struggle, with Parker -- unpalatable as it sounds -- ranking as its best trade asset. The Frenchman has only one season left on his contract ($13.5 million) after this season and, according to a recent report in the San Antonio Express-News, has told friends that he's unsure about his future in town after the contract extension recently bestowed upon Ginobili and with second-year guard George Hill capable of playing the same position.

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