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Thursday , Dec , 02 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Orlando Magic talking to Washington Wizards about Arenas?

According to sources, talks have resurfaced between the Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards regarding a potential trade for guard Gilbert Arenas.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Like Anthony Robbins, the NBA is all about personal power -or the power of personal relationships. 

The Orlando Magic is the only team interested in controversial Washington Wizards’ guard Gilbert Arenas. The reason: Magic GM Otis Smith is a friend, mentor, and confidante to Arenas. 

In short, he still believes. Smith thinks Arenas, in the right circumstance, can recapture his past form and excel as a co-star next to super-post Dwight Howard.

 Perhaps he’s right. New scenery can do wonders.

However, Arenas has taken a great physical and emotional pounding. The knee surgeries have changed him. So has the fallout and suspension from bringing guns into the Wizards locker room. 

A new team, even one with a chance at a championship, may not be enough. 

But the Magic may have no other choice. Howard needs help if they are to compete with the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, and San Antonio Spurs for a championship.

 Friendship may result in Smith gambling on Arenas.

 --Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Oct , 16 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Gilbert Arenas on faking injury: ‘I screwed up again’

"I screwed up again, so I just want to say sorry," Arenas said.  "I wasn't really thinking that this was going to be another media outburst. It's like everything I do now, someone, tit for tat, tries to blow it out of proportion."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s like Jeff Van Gundy said “at a certain point, you are what you are.”

Like it or not, Gilbert Arenas is a knucklehead. He may mean well. He may be funny. And he’s probably a nice enough dude –the adult version of the class clown.

But Arenas has no concept of boundaries. Maturity and professionalism are just multi-syllable words. Team is something with an 'm' and an 'e' in it.

Remember, the Washington Wizards had his back. They helped him through surgeries. They gave him a maximum contract. And they forgave him for turning their locker room into a Clint Eastwood style standoff.

How does Arenas repay the organization’s loyalty?

He publicly admits to faking an injury, so teammate Nick Young could get more playing time in Tuesday’s preseason match.

Again, Arenas’ intentions may have been good –‘helping’ Young. However, coach Flip Saunders will decide Young’s playing time, not Arenas.

Perhaps Saunders wants Arenas to play during preseason and find his past form. After all, Arenas has missed most of the last four seasons with injuries and a suspension.

Regardless, why brag to the media about faking an injury?

There is one answer: Arenas wants out. He’s trying to force the Wizards into trading him.

Of course, the combo doesn’t get it. The Wizards can’t trade him. No team wants him. He’s damaged goods.

Arenas` me-first, shot-happy game destroys chemistry. And season tickets holders would be weary of bucking up to watch a guy who packs more heat than TI before the BET Awards.

The Wizards and Arenas are stuck with each other. Arenas must deal with it and play.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Sep , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Adam Morrison gets tryout with Washington Wizards?

Adam Morrison, whom Jordan selected with the third pick in 2006, has accepted a training camp invitation on a make-good contract with the Wizards, according to two league sources.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Forget the ‘Three Kings’ joining forces with the Miami Heat. Forget the Boston Celtics inking Shaquille O’Neal. And forget Amar’e Stoudemire signing with the New York Knicks.

Here’s the real news: Brian Cardinal and Adam Morrison have received training camp invites from the Dallas Mavericks and Washington Wizards.

Cardinal may or may not make the Mavericks; however, Morrison – while he will never live up to the hype of being the third overall pick in the 2006 Draft - can still salvage his career. He's hoping to start over with the Washington Wizards.

The Moustache was a pure scorer in college. He also went against Kobe Bryant in practice. Anything is possible. 

--Oly Sandor.

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Rejoice Washington! John Wall is the next GOAT!
Saturday , Sep , 04 , 2010 J.N.

Rejoice Washington! John Wall is the next GOAT!

People are really serious about John Wall. He’s really going to be the next GOAT (Greatest Of All Time). In his prime, he will average 32 points, 11 assists, 8 rebounds, and 4 steals. That’s what the streets are saying. Wall surpasses Magic Johnson and LeBron James. He’s also a certified lock for Hall of Fame. John will accumulate 6 MVP awards and 7 rings. That’s what the streets are saying; you know what I’m saying?

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Saturday , Aug , 28 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Little chance Carmelo Anthony plays for Washington Wizards

The Wizards recently made a call to the Nuggets to check on the availability of Carmelo Anthony, according to a league source. The source added that the same phone call was made by "29 teams. Carmelo is pretty good."

Yahoo! Sports reported Thursday that following a conversation with Denver management, Anthony made it clear that he wants to be traded.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It would be an interesting story –superstar suits up for hometown team.

However, Carmelo Anthony, who actually hails from Baltimore, won’t be playing for the Washington Wizards anytime soon. The Wiz’ lacks the assets to facilitate such a trade with the Denver Nuggets.  

The Nuggets want a combination of expiring contracts, draft picks, and blue-chip talent. The Wizards aren’t trading first overall pick John Wall, so they can’t meet any of these requirements.

Also, Anthony’s wife, LaLa Vasquez, is a former MTV personality. She’d prefer a larger market to further her entertainment career, meaning the New York Knicks and even Los Angeles Clippers would seem a better fit.
 
While Anthony playing for Washington would be interesting, it’s unlikely.
 
-Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Aug , 23 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Kwame Brown and Michael Jordan reunite with Charlotte Bobcats

The Bobcats have agreed to terms on a contract with Kwame Brown. Brown will earn the league-minimum under a one-year deal that will reunite him with Michael Jordan, who drafted him first overall in Washington.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Kwame and Mike together again?
 
Years ago, Michael Jordan selected Brown first overall for the Washington Wizards, and then traumatized the teenager from the executive suite and on-court.
 
Things should be somewhat different. Expectations are realistic. Brown and Jordan are both older.
 
However, you can't completely change your stripes. Brown remains an underachieving post. And Larry Brown, the coach, and Jordan, now Charlotte's majority owner, are both competitive and perfectionists.
 
So this should be an interesting storyline for the Bobcats.
 
--Oly Sandor.
 
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Wednesday , Jul , 28 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Howard must find old form with Arenas, Wall, and Wizards

The Wizards will re-sign forward Josh Howard, according to a source. Washington acquired Howard along with Drew Gooden, James Singleton and Quinton Ross in a February trade with Dallas.

Howard will sign a one-year worth close to $4 million deal with the Wizards, Howard's consultant Derek Lafayette told Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The mighty have fallen. Hard.
 
Not long ago, Josh Howard was the second best player on a Dallas Mavericks squad that was favoured to win a championship. Team Cuban relied on Howard to score early and often before former MVP Dirk Nowitzki closed things out.
 
Both team and player had their share of stumbles. The Mavericks never won that championship. Howard's play suffered.
 
He battled injuries. His focus waned. And he got caught up in a series of bizarre off-court incidents.
 
With his reputation tarnished, Howard - no longer a top second star - signed a one year, $4 million contract to stay with the rebuilding Washington Wizards.
 
He is starting over. If he gets his game together, if he replicates his past, and if he again resembles a poor man's Scottie Pippen, the Wizards will have done well.
 
That is a lot of ifs. He'll have help with combo guard Gilbert Arenas and first overall pick John Wall. And Howard has the talent to rise again.
 
Oly Sandor.
 
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Thursday , Jul , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Derrick Rose: ‘I’m never leaving’ the Chicago Bulls. ‘Never’

Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has no plans of ever leaving Chicago. "I'm never [leaving]," he said, before punctuating that statement. "Never."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call:  The theory sounds good. Staying with one team, swearing loyalty to the city you grew up in.

Derrick Rose knows his Chicago Bulls are on the verge of contending. He also knows his stock as a superstar is rising.

Chicago is his hometown; his native turf. His comments are endearing when compared to LeBron James leaving the state that raised him, Ohio, for the Miami Heat.

Now for reality: the NBA is a cold, heartless business. Players get traded, cut, and leave as free agents.

Rose should know this. Michael Jordan – the greatest basketball player of all time and a former Bull – left Chicago for the lowly Washington Wizards.

Sure, there were circumstances. Jordan had retired from pro basketball, became a part owner/executive with the Wiz’, and then un-retired when he realized his first overall pick Kwame Brown was a bust.

Still, Athletes should avoid ‘never’. It creates problems. It limits options. It reduces leverage in negotiations.  For instance, the Bulls could ask Rose for a hometown discount in contract negotiations.

Things change quickly in the ‘what-have-you-done-for-me –lately’, win-now world of pro sports. So Rose should keep his cards a little closer to his chest.

Even if we respect the theory and Rose`s intetions. The reality of the NBA is very different.

--Oly Sandor.


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Thursday , Jul , 08 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Mavericks and Haywood agree to six-year, $55 million contract

The Mavericks have agreed to terms on a six-year, $55 million contract with free-agent center Brendan Haywood, league sources have told Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

Dallas acquired Haywood at midseason in a trade with Washington.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Forget their 2010 post-season flameout.

Brendan Haywood provided size, length, and toughness during his half season audtion for the Dallas Mavericks, so it's little surprise Team Cuban rewarded the seven-footer with a multi-year deal.

After all, Haywood scrapped teammate Etan Thomas several times in practice when both were competing for the Washington Wizards' starting center position.

He'll continue to compete with the Mavericks in 2011, and won't get fat and/or happy with the security of a long-term contract.

Expect him to anchor the defense, as Dallas regroups after last year's playoff failure.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Jul , 08 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Mike Miller to join Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and maybe LeBron James in Miami?

The Heat have offered Mike Miller a five-year deal, worth approximately $27 million-$30 million. Miami has given Miller a deadline of Thursday night to decide. Miller has been told by the Heat that they are 'confident' LeBron James will be joining the Heat.

 
HoopsVibe's very Quick Call: Catch and shoot. That's all he'd have to do.
 
With or without James, Mike Miller would be ideal for the Miami Heat. The former Rookie of the Year would feast off the open looks he'd get playing next to a plethora of superstars. And his jumper would keep opposing defenses relatively honest.
 
Best of all, Miller - who spent years losing with the Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Washington Wizards - would surely appreciate the opportunity to be on a contender.
 
-- Oly Sandor.
 
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Tuesday , Jun , 29 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Nets save $3 million by trading Yi to Wizards for Ross

The New Jersey Nets traded Yi Jianlian to the Washington Wizards for Quinton Ross on Tuesday.

The Nets sent the Wizards $3 million to complete the deal and also received the Wizards' trade exception, according to league sources.

The move allows the Nets to clear another $3 million in cap space to spend on free agency this summer.

Yi is scheduled to make $4 million next season. Ross is set to make $1.1 million. The Nets should now have roughly $30 million in cap space to spend after the move, according to sources.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: One team's junk is another team's treasure.

Cap space is king for the New Jersey Nets, as the club needs financial flexibility to sign free agents this summer. And trading Yi Jianlian saves the Nets $3 million and puts them on equal footing with the Chicago Bulls.

Instead of conserving cap space to take a run at a big ticket free agent, the Washington Wizards are taking a different approach. The Wizards are acquiring assets on the cheap from teams who need to cut payroll to compete in the Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and/or Dwyane Wade sweepstakes.

For instance, the Wizards scored Kirk Hinrich on draft day. The cost: assuming the combo guard's $9 million per season salary.

Hinrich can back-up both guard spots and mentor first overall pick John Wall, while Yi will fill in for - and hopefully replace - injured four-man Andray Blatche.

Expect a few more of these deals before the July 1st free agent market opens.

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Monday , Jun , 28 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Mike Miller to replace Ray Allen in Boston?

The Celtics will be equipped on Thursday with their mid-level exception and all of the veteran minimum deals they can throw at people. Expect Mike Miller - the talented wing for the Washington Wizards who once played for Rivers - to be a target.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Could Mike Miller replace Ray Allen?

After years with Minnesota and Washington, Miller is desperate to join a contender like Boston. If healthy, the former Rookie of the Year will spread the floor with his shot, fit in on defense, and act like a professional.

In the words of Bob Barker, 'The Price is Right', too.

Miller, at best, will command mid-level exception money instead of the $10 million he earned last year.

Of course, re-signing Allen, also a free-agent, will be a priority for the Celtics. However, the green-and-white has concerns about offering a long-term deal because he turns 35 in July. Another team could a multi-year pact, though.

If Allen and Boston can't agree on term, Miller could start at shooting guard for the Eastern Conference champions.

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Sunday , Jun , 27 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Is Andre Blatche’s injury good for John Wall and the Wizards?

Wizards forward Andray Blatche underwent successful surgery this evening to repair a fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. The procedure was performed by Dr. Ed Magur at Sibley Hospital in Washington, D.C. Blatche is expected to take approximately three months to return to basketball-related activities.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: John Wall is in. Andray Blatche is out –at least for three months.

Days after selecting Wall first overall in the 2010 NBA draft, the Washington Wizards announced that Blatche, their young power forward, is undergoing foot surgery.

Opinions are mixed on this. Blatche is talented, but troubled.

For instance, he averaged impressive numbers – 20 points and 8 rebounds per game –after replacing the departed Antawn Jamison in the starting line-up.

Blatche also showed that numbers –as in his individual numbers – were all he was concerned with.

The Wizards rarely won with him starting. He clashed with Coach Flip Saunders and, worst of all, exonerated Ricky Davis with his selfish quest for a triple-double. Perhaps, the less Blatche is around a rebuilding squad, the better.

Still, maybe Blatche has matured this summer. Maybe not.

Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see how he fits with Wall in DC later this season.

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Thursday , Jun , 24 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Gilbert Arenas for Vince Carter?

The Washington Wizards spoke with the Orlando Magic recently about a potential swap of Gilbert Arenas for Vince Carter, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: It's not happening.

Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith is close friends with Gilbert Arenas, and he advised the 'sharpshooter' during his recent issues stemming from bringing guns into the Washington Wizards' locker room.  

However, Smith doesn't want to mix their personal and professional relationship. This is wise. After all, Carter's contract is only guaranteed for one season. Then his $17 million salary comes off the books, while Arenas is still owed over $80 million.

Reports have Smith dangling Carter's expiring contract in front of the cash-strapped New Orleans Hornets. And he wants to get back superstar point guard Chris Paul.  

Also, new Wizards owner Ted Leonsis is pushing the organization and fans to re-embrace Arenas. The businessman who brought much life to a morbid Capitals franchise is excited about pairing Arenas with first overall pick John Wall. 

An interesting idea, however, The Hibachi and VC aren't trading places.

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Monday , Jun , 21 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Beyond Wall and Turner: 2010 NBA draft has many great guards

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Before The Great Free Agent Chase of 2010 begins on July 1st, there's this thing called the NBA draft on Thursday.

Reports indicate this year's class is stacked with talented guards. Of course, John Wall is the consensus first overall pick and will likely wind up at the one-spot for the Washington Wizards. And word is the Philadelphia 76ers want athletic swing Evan Turner.

However, other great perimeter players are available and CNNSI has a video breakdown of the guards who'll be waiting in the green room for their names to be called by Commissioner David Stern.

So watch the clip and tell us what guard you like in the comment box below. 

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Saturday , Jun , 19 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Remembering Manute Bol: shot-blocker, entertainer, and humanitarian

An associate of former NBA player Manute Bol says Bol has died at a Virginia hospital, where he was being treated for severe kidney trouble and a painful skin condition known as Stevens-Johnsons Syndrome.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Manute Bol was a lovely character.

Tall, lanky, and personable, the 7-6 Bol was a favorite of teammates and fans for his shot blocking and unique form on his three point shot.

A fringe player for most of his 10 seasons with Golden State, Miami, Philadelphia, and Washington, Bol sits at 14th on the all-time blocks list.

However, Bol was an MVP in his native Sudan for his humanitarian work which promoted reconciliation in the war-torn African nation. And Bol was also part of the league going global, where teams started looking outside the United States for talent.

Rest In Peace to the lovable Manute.

(Manute Bol: One of a kind.)

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Wednesday , May , 19 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Washington Wizards win draft lottery, could play John Wall with Gilbert Arenas

Today, the NBA held their annual draft lottery in New Jersey. Below is the order those little white ping pong balls were pulled by some suit from league head office who wasn’t Commissioner/Corporal Stern.  

14: Houston Rockets.
13: Toronto Raptors.
12: Memphis Grizzlies.
11: New Orleans Hornets.
10: Indiana Pacers.
9: Utah Jazz.
8: Los Angeles Clippers.
7: Detroit Pistons.
6: Golden State Warriors.
5: Sacramento Kings.
4: Minnesota Timberwolves.
3: New Jersey Nets.
2: Philadelphia 76ers.
1: Washington Wizards.

HoopsVibe’s Quick Call: The Washington Wizards wanted a chance to rebuild and they’ll get it, courtesy of the NBA draft lottery.

The Wizards won the first overall pick and the right to select Kentucky point guard John Wall. Wall seems to have it all: athleticism, skill, and size.

Best of all, with Wall in the fold, the club now has the option to slide Gilbert Arenas to the two-spot when the controversial guard returns from suspension for turning the locker room into a good old fashion stand off.   

After all, there will be no trade market for Arenas. And buying him out would be an expensive proposition in this troubled economy.

So look for an Arenas-Wall backcourt in the nation’s capital next season, which should certainly be both interesting and entertaining.

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Friday , May , 07 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Gilbert Arenas Released from Halfway House, Returns Home

Gilbert Arenas arrived home from a halfway house Friday morning, having completed one part of his punishment for bringing guns into the Washington Wizards locker room.

Arenas drove up to his house in the Virginia suburbs of Washington in a tan Mercedes SUV at about 8:30 a.m.

He tried several times to punch the combination on the keypad to enter his gated driveway. After several failed attempts, he muttered "Alrighty," got out of his car and yelled toward the house for help. A woman inside the house yelled out the code. Arenas punched it in and drove into his driveway.

Arenas was asked several times for comment about his stay at the halfway house. Each time he shrugged and indicated he had nothing to say.

A few minutes later, he re-emerged in a long-sleeve black T-shirt with a hood pulled low over his forehead. He hopped into a white Range Rover and drove off. 

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The 2009-2010 NBA Year End Awards AKA The Hoopties
Sunday , Apr , 25 , 2010 J.N.

The 2009-2010 NBA Year End Awards AKA The Hoopties

The regular has ended some time ago and it’s time to touch on the players and moments that made this season memorable. The playoffs just started and it is going to take awhile to determine the champion, but I’d like take this time to look back at stuff that impacted the season and future to come. Hold up. There will be some moments that did not impact the season. It was just funny to point out.  Dwight Howard wins another Defensive Player of the Year, Scott Brooks wins Coach of the Year, and Aaron Brooks won Most Improved Player. We can safely assume that LeBron James won Most Valuable Player.

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