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John Wall loves his mom, and that’s awesome
Friday , Aug , 02 , 2013 Matt Formica

John Wall loves his mom, and that’s awesome

John Wall shed some tears in a press conference this week, and he later explained it was all because he saw his mother getting emotional in the audience.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  I love when we get to see elements of humanity in sports.  Moms are awesome.

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Today In NBA History 1999: Michael Jordan Retires Second Time
Tuesday , Jan , 15 , 2013 Paul Eide

Today In NBA History 1999: Michael Jordan Retires Second Time

On 1/13/99, Michael Jordan retired from the NBA for a second time.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: He just kept "playing with our emotions", like Smokey from the movie Friday.

MJ's first retirement took place on on 10/6/93 and was a complete shock. No one could believe that Jordan, at the top of his game (leading the NBA the previous season in both scoring and steals), was serious. But after the murder of his father, he decided to make the move to professional baseball. Jordan famously came back a year later and won the NBA title in three straight seasons for the second time.

Jordan's retirement in 1999 was again surprising considering the level his game was at (leading the league in scoring with 28.7 ppg), but not surprising considering the state the Bulls were in at the time. Jerry Krause was hell bent on tearing apart the team and rebuilding. Phil Jackson's contract was up and everyone knew he wouldn't be renewed, as was the same for Dennis Rodman, while Scottie Pippen forced his way out via trade demand.

But perhaps as impactful as any other factor, the NBA was mired in a lockout, which would limit the upcoming season to just 50 games. So MJ would've had to come back and play without Pippen, Rodman, or Phil Jackson, while also missing several other key components of the championship squad who were either dealt or released. In a lot of ways, Jordan's back was against the wall; it was time for him to do something else.

Eventually, Jordan would return to the NBA almost three years later for his final act and what is potentially his most impressive feat; During the 2002-03 season, Michael Jordan turned  40 years old.

It wasn’t like MJ was only playing 20 minutes a game, hanging on even though his physical skills had disappeared. That season he played 37 mpg, second on the team only to Jerry Stackhouse. He was also second in points to Stackhouse (20.0 ppg), second in rebounding (6.1rpg), fourth in assists (3.8 apg) and first in steals (1.5 spg). He was even fourth on the team in blocks, of all things with 0.5 bpg. He was also the only Wizards player to appear in all 82 games, starting 67 of them.

That season he averaged 18.6 shots per game which was the second lowest of his career and a full four shots less per game than his career average of 22.9. Jordan scored 20 or more points 42 times, 30 or more points nine times, and 40 or more points three times. Though it wasn’t rare for us to see MJ score 40+ throughout his career, the three games of 40+ represent the only times in NBA history a player over 40 years old has ever  scored that many points.

Regardless of how you feel about his time as a Wizard, Jordan's second retirement marked the end of an era for the league because it was a symbolic ending to those great Bulls teams of the 90's.

 

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Wizards Players Slaps Babymam While Breastfeeding
Sunday , Dec , 23 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

Wizards Players Slaps Babymam While Breastfeeding

Wizards player slapped his babymama while she breastfed their 1-day old child.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: I'm not sure what could be worse than slapping a woman while breastfeeding. This is an all time new low for NBA.

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John Wall Could Miss Entire Season
Wednesday , Dec , 19 , 2012 Paul Eide

John Wall Could Miss Entire Season

Without John Wall the Wizards are off to their worst start (3-18) in franchise history.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Which is saying something because they've started 4-17 four times.

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Does John Wall Have the Hottest WAG in the NBA?
Thursday , Oct , 25 , 2012 HoopsVibe News

Does John Wall Have the Hottest WAG in the NBA?

John Wall steps out with some serious arm candy and we have some scandalous pictures of her slamming body.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: If Rosa Acosta isn't the NBA's #1 WAG I don't know who is.

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Friday , Apr , 27 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Antawn Jamison: I won’t re-sign with Cleveland Cavaliers

"I understand the importance of Tristan (Thompson) and these younger guys getting the opportunity to play," he continued. "I’ve taught them so much and it’s been fun teaching them, but it’s time for me to move on as well. I don’t know what the future holds, I don’t know what opportunity might present itself, but I definitely have a great feeling this is probably my last home game and tomorrow will be my last game as a Cav."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Antawn Jamison is done mentoring a bad Cleveland Cavaliers squad and wants to win -even if it costs him millions of dollars.

The veteran forward will become a free agent in July when his $15 million per year contract expires. Expect Jamison to take the Mini Mid Level Exception and join a contender as a second-unit scorer.

Of course, there are the usual concerns when an established player takes a lesser role. In fact, some can’t do it (think Allen Iverson, Steve ’Finer Things’ Francis, and Stephon Marbury).

But Jamison is a different breed. He’s always been a team-first guy, volunteering to come off the bench during his prime with the Dallas Mavericks and conceding the spotlight to a brash Gilbert Arenas with the Washington Wizards.

So Jamison told the inquiring media before the Cavaliers’ final home game that he was likely moving on. The future, however, looks good with Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson.

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Sunday , Mar , 25 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Jamison and Cavs considering extension?

With that being said, it’s not totally out of the question that they re-sign Jamison to a cap-friendly contract starting around $5 million. The Cavs would have to be clear with the 6-foot-9, 235-pounder that they are committed to Tristan Thompson as being the starter at power forward next year.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Cleveland Cavaliers want Antawn Jamison -just at the right price.

The veteran forward has done an admirable job mentoring Cleveland’s young stars like Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson, while still producing on-court as a combo forward.

This is no surprise.

Jamison has always been a professional, displaying leadership with some crazy Washington Wizards teams and coming off the bench during his prime for the Dallas Mavericks.

Of course, he can still play. Jamison’s length and ability to score around the hoop means he  has a few productive seasons left.

Sounds good, right? Well, not so fast.

Returning to the Cavaliers would likely mean a $10 million pay cut (Jamison is earning $15 million this year, and he’d probably get the $5 million mid level exception when he hits free agency in July.)

Would Jamison take the mid level exception on an improving team like Cleveland or discount his services even further to join, say Miami or Chicago, for a shot at a championship?

This is the dilemma Jamison will face. And it could see him leave Cleveland no matter how comfortable he is.

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Sunday , Feb , 12 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: LeBron threatens fan for mentioning his mom and Delonte West?

Former Deadspin contributor Sarah Kogod overheard what she called a "heated conversation" between LeBron James and a Wizards fan last night. She then spoke to the fan, got his take, and tweeted what he had to say, which included a threat from LeBron:

    …LeBron was waiting alone in the backcourt when fan Bob Moore made a comment to LeBron about Delonte West and LeBron's mom…

    …According to Moore, LeBron said "The only reason you talk shit is because you know I can't come off the court right now and beat your ass"...

    …Also according to Moore, LeBron continued "But if I had a free pass, I'd kick your ass right now."...

    …Moore replied "I'm right here baby. Let's go" before security stepped in.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: LeBron James should stand up for himself when a fan harasses him about Delonte West’s alleged ‘relationship’ with his mother.

James is right: the fan can only say such things because of the barrier, security, and fallout James would face from an altercation.

The fan is in the wrong. So is James, though.

The veteran should've responded by having security remove the fan because threats only bring negative attention. Ideally, Wizard fans and/or security would take the initiative to ‘ask’ the fan to settle down.

James must react rationally, while fans must realize purchasing a ticket doesn’t give you the right to say anything you like.

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Sunday , Feb , 12 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Kobe Bryant supports Lakers signing Gilbert Arenas?

Kobe Bryant would give his approval for the signing of Gilbert Arenas, according to two people familiar with the situation. Bryant reportedly reached out to Arenas recently to let him know he’s on board with Arenas joining the Lakers.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: 'The Man' has given his approval.

Word is Kobe Bryant will support the Los Angeles Lakers if they sign Gilbert Arenas, the controversial shooting guard who was recently released via the amnesty clause by the Orlando Magic.

On the surface, this doesn’t look like a big deal. Arenas is a free agent. The Lakers are struggling. Seems a match, right?

Well, consider the context. Bryant, despite his recent denials, met Dwight Howard this summer to tell the All-Star post he’d be the third option if he joined the Lakers.

Translation: the purple and gold are Bryant’s team until he retires. There will be no passing of the baton under the Black Mamba's watch.

So Bryant likely relayed a similar message to Arenas and his people when he reached out to the former Washington Wizard.

After all, Arenas will see whatever team he signs with as an opportunity to salvage his career and reputation. And such an approach won’t help the Lakers climb the Western Conference standings.

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Sunday , Feb , 12 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: LeBron and Wade’s one-handed pass and alley-oop

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick: LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are astonishingly good and entertaining in the open court.

If the Heat continue playing strong half-court defence then these two will get fast break opportunities, which means highlights for you and me.

Click the video and watch Wade toss James an epic alley-oop against the lowly Wizards.

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Thursday , Feb , 09 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Jeremy Lin crosses-up John Wall, posterizes Wizards

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The Jeremy Lin world tour continues with much fanfare.

Yesterday, the Harvard alum' crossed-up former first overall pick John Wall, threw down a fierce jam, and hit Knick teammate Tyson Chandler with a chest bump that was more Rucker Park than Ivy League.

Watch the video and tell us if you believe in Lin.

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Wednesday , Feb , 08 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Javale McGee proves, again, why Wizards are a mess

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Ever wondered why the Washington Wizards are a mess?

Well, Javale McGee provides another example by running down court after missing a poor shot attempt, even though his team grabbed the offensive rebound.

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Wednesday , Jan , 18 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

JaVale McGee’s alley-oop: showboating or enthusiasm?

HoopsVibe's very Quick Call: Showboating or enthusiasm?

This is the debate surrounding the Washington Wizards' JaVale McGee, who's off-the-glass alley-oop in the third quarter of a recent game drew much reaction.

Wizards' coach Flip Saunders thought it was inappropriate, especially since his squad is 1-11 and needs wins not highlights.

For instance, Saunders thought McGee was trying to garner support for a return to the Slam Dunk Contest (you remember McGee's mom smoching Dr. J, right?). Youngster John Wall and veteran Mo Evans agreed with Saunders that the dunk, while successful, was ill-timed.

Meanwhile McGee justified the play by saying he was simply trying to pump-up the Wizards, and one teammate, Nick Young, agreed.

What do you think? Showboating or enthusiasm? Watch the video, and get at us in the comment box below.

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Saturday , Jan , 14 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Jrue Holiday posterizes Jan Vesely, Spencer Hawes takes picture

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Last night, Jrue Holiday welcomed Jan Vesely to the NBA by postering the Washington Wizards rookie, prompting teammate Spencer Hawes to take a mock picture. 

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