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2 NBA Wives Arrested For Fighting And They Got Jacked Up.
Saturday , Dec , 29 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

2 NBA Wives Arrested For Fighting And They Got Jacked Up.

Ben Gordon's fiancé and Tyrus Thomas's wife get their asses beat in a catfight outside a Charlotte night club.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Damn, these two look like they got hit by some dudes. Charlotte girls must really know how to punch.

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Paul Silas and Tyrus Thomas altercation
Thursday , Apr , 19 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

Paul Silas and Tyrus Thomas altercation

Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas and 6-8 forward Tyrus Thomas had a screaming match that erupted into shoving on Sunday. 

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Never pick a fight with someone as old as your dad.

This incident went down in the Bobcats' locker room following their loss to the Boston Celtics, the Bobcat' 17th straight. Thomas had gone 2-5 from the field for 4 points and apparently his buddy-buddy on-the-court behavior with some of the Celtics rubbed Silas the wrong way. Silas confronted Thomas about it and the discussion quickly got heated. Thomas reported stood up and Silas shoved him back into his locker stall. A number of players quickly intervened and the whole thing was over before punches were thrown.

Bobcat president of basketball operations Bob Higgins met with both Silas and Thomas, and levied fines on both. The incident is just another black eye on a program struggling for survival as the Bobcats limp through a 7-53 record this season. The Celtics rested Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen, and still won handedly 94-82.

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Sunday , Jan , 15 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Monta Ellis dunks on Tyrus Thomas

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The Golden State Warriors are 3-8, but Monta Ellis provided a highlight last night by dunking on Tyrus Thomas of the Charlotte Bobcats.

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Tuesday , Jul , 26 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Kareem calls Michael Olowokandi ‘uncoachable’ and a ‘washout’

I have seen this process firsthand. When I coached for the Clippers, I had to deal with Michael Olowokandi, a player who perfectly fit the description "talented but uncoachable." At practice, I would attempt to point out Mr. Olowokandi's faults to him, ones he constantly repeated and resulted in lost possessions for the team or personal fouls that sent him to the bench. His reaction to my attempts to correct his bad habits was to take my input as a personal insult and embarrassment. He told me point-blank that he would not be criticized in front of the team. He stuck to his word and, as a result, had very few successful moments on the court playing the way he wanted to play. He took his place on the list of athletically gifted washouts who have been in and out of the league in the past 10 years.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is right. Michael Olowokandi is one of many ‘athletically, gifted washouts’.

The problems start with the team. Not the players. Too many owners, executives, and coaches pay based on potential.

For instance, how many bigs, like Olowokandi, get $8-10 million per season because they’re big? That’s it. They’ve done nothing. They’ve achieved nothing. But they’re seven-feet, which makes them worthy of a contract that should offend.

Except it doesn’t offend. It’s the norm. Nobody blinks when Andrea Bargnani, Calvin Booth, Kwame Brown, Eddy Curry, Brendan Haywood, Kenyon Martin, Bryant Reeves, Tyrus Thomas, and dozens of other stiffs get theirs.

Or, how about the Washington Wizards bidding against themselves and doling out $111 million over six-years to combo guard Gilbert Arenas, despite The Hibachi having undergone three surgeries on his brittle knees?    

There are other absurd contracts. The money, of course, creates entitlement. It’s why Olowokandi believes he's above being coached, even when that coach is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, a former master in the paint, a world champion, and league MVP.

The ‘Skyhook’ is right. The ‘washout’ era needs to end. Hopefully, the new financial system changes the money and power teams give unproven and undeserving players.

--Oly Sandor.

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