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Sunday , Aug , 15 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Did Trevor Ariza and Aaron Brooks clash in Houston?

Trevor Ariza was traded to the Hornets on Wednesday as part of a four-team trade.His departure may help team chemistry, as Ariza reportedly had a 'troubled relationship' with Aaron Brooks.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The Houston Rockets created cap space and a starting position for scorer Kevin Martin, but this may not be the reason Trevor Ariza was traded.
 
Apparently, Ariza and Aaron Brooks had issues, so the Rockets dealt their blue-collar swing to preserve chemistry.
 
Fair enough.
 
Coach Rick Adelman's defensive system depends on effort and trust. Players have to work together. Players have to believe in each other. Players have to put the team first.
 
Ariza and Brooks' issues could have compromised Adelman's entire scheme. So somebody had to go. Brooks is a speedy point guard, while Martin and the inflated payroll made Ariza expendable.
 
The club has done this before. Last year, Tracy McGrady was paid to stay home because his comeback was alienating teammates and coaches. Eventually, he was shipped to the New York Knicks.
 
The Rockets are hoping their team-first approach with Ariza and McGrady is rewarded with playoff success.
 
--Oly Sandor.
 
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Saturday , Aug , 14 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Tracy McGrady on the Pistons: `My game will do all the talking`

``My game this season will do all the talking I need to do now,'' McGrady told FanHouse Friday when reached on his cell phone. "There's no need for me to say anything else at this point.''

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Having a chip on your shoulder is never a bad thing, but Tracy McGrady must channel his emotions.

If McGrady treats the Detroit Pistons’ system like an all-you-can-shoot-buffet, if he believes the season is all about his redemption, if he demands a set amount of minutes, touches, and field goal attempts, then this chip is a negative.

However, if McGrady facilitates for others, if he uses his length, size, and athleticism to defend, if he stuffs the stat-sheet like when he was with the Toronto Raptors, then this chip is a positive.

Bottom line: McGrady may never find his past form. He must accept this. He must move on. He must play a role for Detroit.

If he can do this successfully, a contender may consider him as a sixth-man, game-changer for 2012.

Then his career will have been salvaged. And then the chip on his shoulder will have been a positive.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Aug , 10 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Desperate times, desperate measures: fading Pistons sign fading T-Mac

Seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady has reached agreement on a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Detroit Pistons, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: This situation should work for Tracy McGrady and the Detroit Pistons.

After all, McGrady needs regular minutes, shots, and touches. This opportunity only happens on a mediocre team such as the Pistons.

Meanwhile, Detroit needs to distract fans from the on-court product. It's a mess.

Executive Joe Dumars has been too loyal to his 2004 championship team, hanging on to past their prime pieces like Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, and re-signing Ben Wallace. He also overpaid free agents Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva.

Enter McGrady.

His name and fading star power should keep the masses talking, and not about Dumars' recent failures. Best of all, McGrady has dropped his demand to start; he has agreed to compete for minutes.

So McGrady and the Pistons seem a fit. As they say, desperate times call for desperate measures.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Aug , 08 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Are T-Mac and Pistons a fit in 2011?

Tracy McGrady might be playing in the Central Division next season, but not with the team he was anticipating. The Detroit Pistons are seriously weighing whether to sign the two-time scoring champion after McGrady's recent flirtation with the Chicago Bulls, according to sources with knowledge of Detroit's thinking.

DraftExpress.com's Jonathan Givony reported earlier Saturday that the Pistons have already committed to sign McGrady to a one-year deal at the league's $1.35 million veteran minimum, but one source close to the situation told ESPN.com that Pistons officials were "taking the weekend" to discuss the move.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Will ‘T-Mac’ spend 2011 in Motown?

Currently, there are conflicting reports on the World Wide Web as to the Detroit Pistons’ interest in former superstar Tracy McGrady.

Some reports claim he’s already a Piston. Other reports claim the club only had a 'discussion' about signing him.

Bottom line: this should happen. It’s a fit for the team and player.

The Pistons failed to qualify for the playoffs in 2010, and – as currently constructed - they stand zero chance of qualifying in the revamped Eastern Conference in 2011.

They need to rebuild, but must field a team in the interim. McGrady’s name and previous life as a superstar will keep things somewhat interesting at The Palace in Auburn Hills.

Meanwhile, the mediocre Pistons are ideal for McGrady. He’ll get the shots, minutes, and touches to re-establish his name and prolong his career.

After all, the Houston Rockets told McGrady to take a hike. And the New York Knicks took a pass after providing an end of year audition in 2010.

So the Pistons would get a distraction. And McGrady would get an opportunity. Sounds like a win-win for all involved.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Aug , 06 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Bogans in, Fernandez and McGrady out with Chicago Bulls?

The Bulls have reached agreement with Keith Bogans on a two-year contract. The second season will be partially guaranteed.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Adding Keith Bogans doesn’t mean the Chicago Bulls won’t get Rudy Fernandez or Tracy McGrady.

It does mean the club wants role players, not scorers. Translation: lockdown defenders, like Bogans, and shooters, like disgruntled Portland Trail Blazer Rudy Fernandez, get preference over Tracy McGrady.

Bogans can slow opponents’ top perimeter player, while Fernandez, if the Bulls successfully land him, could use his shot to punish defences for double-teaming Derrick Rose and Carlos Boozer.

What role would McGrady play?

Rookie coach Tom Thibodeau must show T-Mac video of his time with the Toronto Raptors. Back then, he stuffed the stat-sheet, with points, blocks, steals, rebounds, and assists. Oh, and he defended, too.

Over the years, McGrady has become little more than a fragile scorer. And this doesn’t seem a fit for Chicago.

--Oly Sandor?

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Wednesday , Aug , 04 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Celtics and Shaq will work because of clarity

Celtics fans may get the chance to see how well Shaquille O'Neal's hyperbole or ego mix with a bench role. The Celtics, [a] source said, have told O'Neal that he has to come off the bench next season, and that O'Neal said he could accept a reserve role for the first time in his career.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Clarity is the key.

Credit the Boston Celtics for telling Shaquille O'Neal - one of the NBA's top 50 players of all time - that he would play a role for the green-and-white.

O'Neal also deserves credit -if he signs with the Celtics and comes off the bench. After all, how many aging superstars have killed their careers by making unrealistic demands?

Last I checked, Allen Iverson and Stephon Marbury are out the league because they had to start. Tracy McGrady's career is almost over, in part, because he doesn't want to become a reserve.

Signing with the Celtics will prolong O'Neal's career and give him a chance at a fifth NBA Title. All he had to do was swallow his ego.

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Jul , 30 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

No ‘different’: Bosh treated Toronto like Carter, McGrady, and Stoudamire

Bosh, who left for the Heat earlier this month, responded to allegations made by Colangelo on Toronto radio station FAN 590 that claimed the All-Star was "checked out" late last season and chose not to play some of the Raptors' final games.

"I play this game as hard as I can every time I step on the court," Bosh said. "On the back of my jersey it says 'Bosh' ... The Boshes are hard workers. We have a lot of pride in what we do, in our jobs and in life."

"Everybody thinks, 'Oh, he was gone as soon as the season was over,' " he said. "It was the hardest decision I ever had to make. As different as another country is, it was still home for me. I had been there for seven years."

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: You'll forgive Toronto Raptor fans for rolling their eyes after reading Chris Bosh's latest comments.

Bosh tried to clarify a few things in an interview with ESPN: he denied GM Bryan Colangelo's claim he went Vince Carter on the Raptors and quit; he also denied accusations he was always going to leave as a free agent; and, most importantly, he swears nothing was meant by calling Toronto 'different'.

The power forward told ESPN he, like Toronto, was 'different'.  How could that be bad, right?

Raptor-nation will agree Bosh is 'different'. The tune he's now singing is indeed 'different' than the mood and attitude he projected in late June and early July.

A month ago, Bosh – like a kid on Christmas Eve - couldn't wait for free agency. He had no reservations, concerns, or second thoughts about ditching Toronto to join free agent buddies LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in a big American market.

For instance, his constant tweets, documentary film making aspirations, and regular television appearances with Wade and then James rubbed salt in a stinging wound for Raptor fans.

Only after his signing, only after the smoke had cleared and the backlash had begun, did Bosh reach out to the city that embraced him for seven years.

The most disappointing part is that Bosh was supposed to be 'different'. He was supposed to be 'different' than superstars Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, and Damon Stoudamire, who crapped on Toronto when leaving.

In the end, Bosh wasn't different'.  Sure, his words were 'different' than the tone VC, T-Mac, and Stoudamire struck when exiting, but his actions were, unfortunately, the same.

Aren't actions, not words, what really matter? Aren't actions what people should be judged by?
 
So forgive Raptor-nation for rightfully rolling their eyes at Bosh.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Jul , 26 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Sources: Chicago expected to sign McGrady this week

The Bulls are prepared to sign free-agent Tracy McGrady if he proves to be healthy and willing to accept a bench role, according to a source. McGrady is scheduled to workout for Chicago on Monday.

"Nothing is done until it's done, but I expect the Bulls to sign McGrady later this week," the source said. The length and value of the contract McGrady could sign is yet to be determined.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: His role must be clearly defined before both parties sign a contract.

In other words, the Chicago Bulls must politely tell Tracy McGrady he'll complement stars Derrick Rose and Carlos Boozer, not vice-versa.

The Bulls should also call 'RaptorsTV' and ask for video of McGrady's final season in Toronto. They should then remind him how effective he was when using his length and athleticism to defend and facilitate for others.

If these expectations aren't laid out, McGrady and the Bulls could be a difficult pairing.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Jul , 24 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Derrick Rose on Chicago signing T-Mac: ‘he’ll help us’

I think that if he comes along he can help our team," Rose said Friday. "A player like him, with his experience and how he plays, I think he'll help us."

McGrady's effectiveness will depend on his left knee. He had microfracture surgery about a year and a half ago.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Derrick Rose is reminiscing on the old 'T-Mac'.

Yes, Tracy McGrady was once a superstar. His length, athleticism, and skill-set made him an All-NBA scorer for the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets.

Age, injury, and ego have ruined him.

Today, McGrady is past-his-prime. He's on the other side of thirty. His always brittle body has endured micro fracture surgery. Yet, he still demands first-option minutes, shots, and touches.

After missing nine months with knee problems, McGrady's desire for a significant role was an issue with the Houston Rockets last year.

So the club paid him to disappear, eventually trading their former franchise player to the New York Knicks at the trade deadline.

McGrady, of course, refused to change for the Knicks. Instead of using his length and basketball IQ to re-brand himself as a defender and facilitator, he tried being a scorer –and failed.

Despite falling short in free agency, New York has no interest in re-signing him this summer.

McGrady could help the Chicago Bulls –if he accepted a role. The swing would be an ideal sixth-man, serving as a second-unit game-changer on both ends of the floor.

Problem is, McGrady won’t defer. Much like Allen Iverson with the Memphis Grizzlies, he wants to start. Not come off the bench.

And much like Iverson with the Grizzlies, he still wants star treatment. Not blend with point guard Rose and post scorer Carlos Boozer.

This is why Rose reminiscing is dangerous. His Bulls should pass on McGrady.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Jul , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Desperate T-Mac taking physical for desperate Clippers

Tracy McGrady underwent a physical with the Clippers on Tuesday and was scheduled to work out for the team on Wednesday. It was reported last week that McGrady would work out for the Clippers on Tuesday.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Instead of developing their young pieces, the Los Angeles Clippers are clinging to the hope that Tracy McGrady can help.
 
He can't.
 
McGrady isn't T-Mac. He hasn't been for years. The Houston Rockets, who didn't even make the playoffs in 2010, couldn't get rid of him fast enough. 
 
The New York Knicks acquired him for one reason: his expiring contract. And despite striking out on most free agents this summer, the Knicks had zero interest in re-signing McGrady.
 
Yet, the Clippers - the league's perpetual laughingstock - are flirting with the former All-Star.
 
It doesn't matter that he was brittle and a shade of his former self before microfracture surgery. It doesn't matter that his defense is now non-existent. It doesn't matter that his demand for touches, shots, and minutes would stunt the development of their young players.    
 
Los Angeles' other team is desperate. So is McGrady. Sounds like a match made in heaven.
 
--Oly Sandor
 
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Thursday , Jul , 15 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Desperate Clippers considering desperate T-Mac

The Clippers will bring in Tracy McGrady for a workout next week, Neil Olshey confirmed. The market for McGrady has yet to materialize after he had a mixed performance for the Knicks.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: You have your answer to why the Los Angeles Clippers are, well, the Los Angeles Clippers.

Instead of rebuilding through the draft, instead of developing those draft picks by providing legitimate mentors, instead of operating with a sense of sanity and purpose, instead of doing what’s right, they do this.

The Clippers – after striking out on every major free agent, which was as predictable as full time party girl and part time actress Lindsay Lohan ending up in the slammer – are desperate.

They’ve reached out to a desperate, past-his prime veteran. They’ve invited Tracy McGrady for a tryout.

Let’s be real. He’s not that McGrady. He’s not an All-Star. He’s not dominating on offense. And he’s not the guy we once compared to Kobe Bryant.

He hasn’t been for years. So wipe those romanticized memories of T-Mac from your mind.

Face reality: he’s injury prone, especially after coming off micro-fracture surgery; he wasn’t good enough for the Rockets or lowly Knicks; he’s become irrelevant, surviving off his name.

McGrady makes little sense for the Clippers. They must build around their youngsters. Not flirt with a superstar who is hanging on and, if he made the team, would demand first option status.

Of course, these shenanigans are par for the course with the Clippers. And it’s why they’ll always be second fiddle in their city, and a league laughingstock.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Apr , 15 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Tracy McGrady: I Might Retire

Tracy McGrady is at a career crossroads, and he knows it.

The New York Knicks' swingman remains optimistic that an extensive training program this summer can help him regain the form that made him an NBA All-Star. But if his game doesn't return, he'll retire, he said Wednesday.

"If it don't happen this summer, I'll ride off into the sunset," McGrady told reporters before sitting out the Knicks' season finale, a 131-113 loss at Toronto.

"If I could go through another offseason of working my [butt] off, and I don't feel I'm getting any better, I can't see myself coming back playing the way I'm playing right now. I just don't see it happening," he said. 

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Tracy McGrady should learn from Allen Iverson’s mistakes, not repeat them
Tuesday , Apr , 13 , 2010 Oly Sandor

Tracy McGrady should learn from Allen Iverson’s mistakes, not repeat them

The Quick Hit: Recently, former superstar Tracy McGrady told reporters, despite his lacklustre play and mediocre health, he wouldn’t sign with a team this summer that asked him to serve as sixth-man.

McGrady, of course, believes he’s a still starter. And McGrady also believes he hasn’t ‘fallen off’ to where he's a reserve.  

Forgive me, but didn’t we just see this song and dance? Didn’t we just see first ballot Hall of Fame guard Allen Iverson commit career suicide by refusing a lesser role for the Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies?

 

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Sunday , Apr , 11 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Tracy McGrady: I’m Not a Sixth Man

"Sixth man? I don't see myself being a sixth man," McGrady said when someone broached that role before the Knicks were hammered, 118-103, by his former team, the Orlando Magic, Friday night at Amway Arena.

"I mean, I haven't fallen off that --- much," he said. "I've been hurt the last two years. But I ain't fallen off that much."

As he continues to work his way back from microfracture knee surgery, McGrady's struggles during his brief time with the Knicks might give teams second thoughts about signing him. But he says he won't visit a team this summer that has interest and audition to show how far he's come - and still has to go. "I don't think I have to do that," he said.

McGrady, who turns 31 in May, says he's interested in playing four or five more years. Since he has never gotten out of the first round of the playoffs, he knows his time is running out for getting a ring. So he's not interested in playing for teams that have no chance of winning.

"I'm interested to go to a team where I can win," he said. 

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The NBA’s 50 Worst Tattoos
Sunday , Apr , 11 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

The NBA’s 50 Worst Tattoos

You wouldn't believe the number of inky abominations etched into the pelts of pro ballers.  I'd originally planned a simple list of the league's ten worst tats, but when my dishonourable mention section hit double digits I realised I'd need to expand the scope of the project a little.  Even when I elongated the list to twenty-five terrible tattoos, I still found that I had to exclude some real atrocities.  In the end it took a full fifty spots to showcase the shittiest skin art in the L.

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Saturday , Apr , 03 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

D’Antoni: There’s No Room Here for T-Mac Next Year

Though the final decision belongs to Knicks team president Donnie Walsh, coach Mike D'Antoni feels it would be prudent to move on without Tracy McGrady next season, according to team sources.

D'Antoni has seen McGrady labor for 21 games, averaging 8.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

And last night McGrady, who said he experienced swelling in his left knee for the first time this season, was shut down by the medical staff at halftime after looking miserable -- 1-for-4, three points -- in the Knicks' 128-117 loss to the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena.

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The team source said D'Antoni feels McGrady has too far to go in his comeback to be counted on next season as an important piece of a rotation the coach expects to be massively improved.