Forbes Magazine’s Top 10 Most Overpaid NBA Players

by Matt Formica

Forbes Magazine released it's report on the Top 10 Most Overpaid NBA Players.

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  Aren't most NBA ballers overpaid?  I mean they get paid millions of dollars to do something most people would do for free.


Top 5 NBA Grudge Matches of 2014

by Elijah Abramson

The NBA is full of grudge matches and 2014 will be no different.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: These are the games in the 2013-14 NBA season that you absolutely have to tune it to.


Lebron and Carmelo to the Lakers?

by Matt Formica

New reports are saying that the Lakers front office has told ESPN that they are looking to bring either Carmelo Anthony or Lebron James to Hollywood in 2014.

Hoopsvibe's quick call: The Lakers have a lot of rebuilding to do, and will need to make a big move in 2014.


Jordan Melo 1.5 Retro’s Drop In July

by Jahfree Duncan

Here's a peak at the Jordan Melo 1.5 Retro's that are set to be released in July

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The future is the past with a twist. These kicks are both a throwback and a look forward.



Durant concedes scoring title through Instagram

by Matt Formica

If you thought Kevin Durant was cool before, you’re probably going to think he’s even cooler now.

Hoopsvibe’s quick call:  The Durantula announced he was conceding the NBA scoring title to Carmelo Anthony via his Instagram account.


The top 5 most popular NBA jerseys

by Matt Formica

In the most recent data gathered, Lebron James topped the list of the NBA’s most popular jerseys.

Hoopsvibe’s quick call:  Here is the list of the top 5 most popular NBA jerseys.


Top 5 Scorers To Never Lead NBA In Scoring

by Paul Eide

For as great as these players were at scoring, they never led the league in per game average at any time in their career.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: The players on this list are surprising.


5. David Thompson

One of the games early high flyers, Thompson could really fill it up. In his lone ABA season he averaged 26.0 ppg (third best) before moving to the NBA and averaging 25.9 in 1976-77 (fourth most) and 27.1 in 1977-78 (second most).

4. Carmelo Anthony

With a 2012-13 average of 28.7, Anthony is currently second in the league in scoring behind Kevin Durant by a mere .4 points per game. Anthony has been one of the most consistent scorers in the league since he was drafted nine years ago. Melo’s his career average is 24.9 and he has finished second in scoring once with 28.9 in 2006-07 and third in 2009-10.

3. Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk and his gaudy 22.7 career average has never been higher in a single season than it was in 2005-06 when he scored 26.6 a game, but that was only seventh best in the league.  He has finished in fourth a couple of times, but other than that, he has never finished higher that sixth in any single season, which is also where he ranks amongst current players in terms of highest ppg.

2. Karl Malone

If he wanted to lead the league in scoring, Malone picked the wrong time to be a productive scorer. The Mailman finished second an amazing five times, third three times, fourth twice and fifth three times. All of those were over a span of 13 consecutive years. His career average of 25.0 is 12th best in NBA history.

1. Elgin Baylor

Even though Baylor is fourth all-time in per game scoring average (27.3) he never lead the league in scoring. He finished second in scoring two separate times (both behind Wilt Chamberlain) with impressive averages of 34.8 in 1960-61 and 34.0 in 1962-63. He also finished third twice and fourth four separate times. For as prolific as Baylor was in all aspects of the game (13.5 rpg, 4.3 apg), his scoring production is incredible.



2013 All-Star Game starting lineups

by Matt Formica

The fans have spoken.  Here are the East and West starting lineups for the 2013 NBA All-Star game.

Hoopsvibe’s quick call:  Most of these ballers deserved it, but a few are questionable.


Today In NBA History: Christmas Day Owned By Knicks, Lakers

by Paul Eide

The NBA season really doesn’t begin until Christmas Day.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: But what you may not know is that the tradition of the NBA on Christmas started all the way back in 1947.


The current format of five games on Christmas Day started in 2008- prior to then, the most ever played was three on Christmas Day. Tomorrow when the Knicks play the Lakers, it will be the 48th time the Knicks play on Christmas which is the most of any NBA franchise. The game will be the 39th all-time for the Lakers (second most). When the Celtics visit Brooklyn to play the Nets, it will be their 29th appearance on Chrsitmas, third most all-time.

The Knicks have played in nine more games than any other franchise and have also won the most Christmas Day games, by a margin of 22 to 20 over the Lakers.

Love him or hate him, Kobe Bryant has made as significant impact to Christmas Day games as any player in history. Tomorrow will be his record extending 15th Christmas game. Dolph Schayes, Shaq and Earl "The Pearl" Monroe all played in a total of 13.

"The Big O" Oscar Robertson is the all-time leading Christmas Day scorer with a total of 377 points. Kobe, who is in second with 349, could eclipse this record tomorrow. The highest all time individual performance? Bernard King’s 60 point perfromance in 1984.

Like King’s 60 point game, there have been some other memorable performances on Christmas Day.

In 1992, Michael Jordan scored 42 points against a Patrick Ewing led Knicks squad en route to a 89-77 victory. 40 years ago, Tiny Archibald set a Chrstmas Day record with 18 assists. That same year he would be teh first player to ever lead the NBA in scoring and assists in the same season. 25 years ago Dominique Wilkins had 45 points, nine rebounds and three assists in a 106-100 Hawks victory over the 76ers.

As the popularity of the NBA has grown, so has the interest worldwide. Tomorrow’s games will be broadcast in 215 countries in 47 languages and will feature 23 playes from 16 countries.

Merry Christmas to everyone! Hopefully Santa doesn’t fill your stockings with coal, homeboy! In the spirt of that, here’s a classic Chrstmas joint from Run-DMC that I’m sure we will hear during the games tomorrow:



College player scores 138 points in a game

by Matt Formica

If you’re still reading the title of this article thinking it’s a misprint and you must be crazy, you’re not.

Hoopsvibe’s quick call:  It’s not a rumor.  Jack Taylor of Grinnell College scored 138 points in a game last night.

It all went down in Grinnell, Iowa, during a Division III regular season matchup between Grinnell College and Faith Baptist Bible.  The final score of the game was Grinnell College 179, Faith Baptist Bible 104, and Taylor’s 138 points crushed the 58-year old record of points by a single player in a college game.

The previous record was set by Bevo Francis, who scored 113 points against Hillsdale in 1954.  (Note:  Francis had 116 in a game against a junior college but that’s technically not the same level.)  The only other player to score in the triple digits in college basketball history is Frank Selvy, who scored 100 in 1954, the same year Francis had his 113 point game.

By the end of the night, Taylor had shot the ball 108 times (what?!), 71 of which were threes.  He finished the game 52-for-108 from the field, scoring 77% of his team’s total points, which as you can see by the graphic above, is a higher percentage than both Wilt Chamberlain and Kobe Bryant scored in their career-high scoring games.

“There was a point during the second half where I hit a number of threes in a row — maybe seven or eight — I felt like anything I threw up was going in,” Taylor said.  “I’ve been in the zone before but I’ve never taken so many shots.”

Let’s hope he’s never taken that many shots before.  I didn’t think it was even possible to shoot that many times in a game.  And I’m not the only one.  Knicks superstar, Carmelo Anthony, had this to say when he heard about Taylor’s ridiculous game:

“I never heard of nothing like that.  That’s like a video game.  How can you shoot 100 times, though?”

I guess you can shoot 108 times when the most shots another member of your team took was 6.

Taylor played 36 minutes of the game.  When you do the math, the 108 shots he took was equal to one shot every 20 seconds.

The funny things is, David Larson, a player on the losing team, scored 70 in the game!  He shot an incredible 34-44 from the field and no one even knows his name today.

But everyone now knows Jack Taylor, including NBA legend Kobe Bryant.  Kobe reportedly found out about Taylor’s scoring spree last night and made some pretty funny commentary to Lakers correspondent, Dave Mcmenamin.

“That’s amazing,” Bryant said.  “He must have been wearing the Mambas, man.  Only Mambas have no conscious [sic] to shoot the ball like that.  If you score 138 points, you kind of have a license to tell people to f— off.”

Even NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant tweeted, “Jack Taylor you deserve a shot of Jack Daniels after that performance lol…wow.”

In that case, congratulations from Hoopsvibe on getting your license, Jack Taylor.  Now listen to KD and go enjoy yourself a shot of Jack Daniels.


The NBA’s five highest paid teams

by Matt Formica

The following is a list of the NBA’s top five highest salaried teams.  (And thanks to for providing the data).

Hoopsvibe’s quick call:  This list proves that the best team isn’t always the one that spends the most money.

1.)  The Los Angeles Lakers – $102,256,438

Point and case.  The Lakers may have the largest payroll in the league but their current record is the worst on this list.  The organization kept busy this offseason and when they acquired both Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, it was looking like the purple and gold were the team to beat.  And indeed, they have been the team to beat.  Yes, it’s still early in the season, but having won only three games with their expensive lineup is pretty embarrassing. Let’s hope the recent hiring of Mike D’Antoni turns things around.

2.)  The Miami Heat – $87,595,822

It shouldn’t come as much of a shock that the Heat are number 2 on this list.  They pretty much cleared out their books a few years ago to make sure there was enough cap space for Lebron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade to be on the roster.  And as it turns out, that was a good idea.  Micky Arison, Pat Riley and company made a good decision in doing so seeing that the Heat are the defending NBA Champions and are currently sitting at the top of their division.

3.)  The New York Knicks – $82,010,527

The Knicks could quite possibly be the surprise of the season so far.  J.R. Smith is posting career numbers, averaging 18.2 points per game.  Raymond Felton is averaging 14 points and 6.2 assists while Carmelo Anthony’s 26.8 ppg leads the league in scoring.  As a result, they’re 5-0; all the while Amare Staudemire has been on the bench with knee injury.  Who knows if they’ll keep it up, but it will certainly be interesting to see how they play with Amare back in the lineup.

4.)  The Brookyln Nets – $83,511,726

The NBA’s newest team are 4-2 to start the season.  They have a new stadium in the Barclays Center and with Deron Williams, Brooks Lopez, Kris Humphries and Joe Johnson on their payroll, they certainly have a few expenses.  But if they continue to win games, those expenses most likely won’t be much of an issue.

5.)  The Memphis Grizzlies – $77,098,154

I was pretty surprised when Memphis came in at #5 on this list.  I would have thought Boston, or San Antonio, or even Oklahoma City would have been ahead of the Grizz.  Then again, they do have Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol on their roster.  Those three guys alone take up about $47 million of the payroll.  And for good reason; they combine for over 51 points per game.


Marbury Talks Smack About Melo & Amare

by Andrew Flint

Stephon Marbuy blasts Melo & Amar’e as a horrible combo destined to lose.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Who is Marbury to comment on being a team player?


Argentina Takes Cheap Shot At Carmelo Anthony

by Andrew Flint

Argentina’s Campazzo cheap shots Carmelo Anthony and we got the video.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Careful what you ask for Argentina. Melo might just drop 37 points on you to shut you up.

The incident happened at the end of the 3rd quarter with the U.S. leading Argentina 102-76. The game was likely out of reach, although Argentina had come back from a 20 point deficit on the U.S. in an earlier game just weaks before to only lose by 4. 

Carmelo Anthony was squaring up to take a transition 3-pointer when Argentina’s smallest player Facundo Campazzo, their feisty reserve point guard, decided to punch Anthony in the groin. Anthony immediately fell the to floor in pain. Note, the shot went it. Just goes to show you punching Melo in the family jewels won’t throw off his shot. You’d have better luck simply talking trash about his inability to win a ring or play selfishly. (Just an idea)

The incident immediately resulted in a possible serious situation and team U.S.A. players came over to defend their attacked teammate and Argentine players ran over to make sure someone didn’t decide to make tiny little Campazzo into a hood ornament on their Bentley. 

Mike Krzyzweski former-Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni both saw the cheap shot and erupted off the bench screaming at both the referee and the player, but the international refs somehow missed it. This is actually completely believable because these refs have managed to miss a lot of fouls. They appear to be watching more games than reffing them.

“He got hit in the groin,” said coach K. “”That’s why he buckled over. He wasn’t celebrating the shot.”

“We saw it all,” said Anthony’s Knick teammate, Tyson Chandler. “It was a cheap shot. He hit him in an area where you don’t want to get hit. We all represent our countries. This is the Olympics. You never want to go like that.”

After the game Campazzo insisted he didn’t intentionally hit Anthony in the groin. Yeah, good luck selling that one. Oh, he made himself look even more innocent by then insisting Chris Paul had hit him earlier in the game. So then I guess you did intentionally hit Anthony. He can’t have it both ways. He can’t say, he didn’t intentionally hit Anthony AND Chris Paul hit him earlier so it’s justified.

Anyway, it was silly because the game meant nothing to either team’s standing. Team U.S.A. were already a lock to finish their grouping in first place and team Argentina was locked to finish 3rd. These two teams could meat again and if they do, it should be a chippy affair.

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