Summer Trade Review: Eastern Conference

by Andrew Flint

Who were the winners and losers this off-season. Who thought the Cavs and Pistons wanted to win?

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: This is the cheat sheet you need to know before the season starts.


Breaking Bad NBA Style

by Andrew Flint

With the final episode of AMC’s Breaking Bad upon us, we decided to break down the NBA Breaking Bad Style.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Who would you say is the Walter White of the NBA?


Top 5 Most Exciting NBA Teams to Watch in 2014

by Elijah Abramson

The Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder will be contenders in 2014, but which team has the best player and coach personnel to be a new and exciting NBA team?

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Everybody likes an underdog and here are five teams best poised to fill that very role in the 2013-14 NBA season.


Top 10 Dirtiest Players in NBA History

by Andrew Flint

These 10 guys don’t just play rough. They play dirty.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: These are the guys known for cheap shots, elbows to the face, and intentionally tripping you when no one’s looking.


Chris Paul Talks To HoopsVibe About Trade Rumors, Championships, and Gregg Popovich.

by Basketball John

Chris Paul chats with HoopsVibe after practice about trade rumors, championships, and Gregg Popovich.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: When CP3 answers a question you should pay attention.

Chris Paul talks candidly about what is next for the Los Angeles Clippers and CP3. Humble as always, Paul deflects any individual accolades and instead focuses on the task ahead. Now that the Clippers are finally healthy with Chauncey Billups back, could they be a championship team? They’ve beaten the Spurs 2 out of 3 games this season and are looking to make the leap to the next level. 

Fresh off his MVP performance at All Star Weekend, Paul remains calm, confident, and focused when looking ahead. He knows there is a lot of basketball left in the season and that the Clippers have a long way to go. He also doesn’t pay much attention to any of the trade rumors surrounding the Clippers. These include rumors that Boston Celtic big-man Kevin Garnett could be coming to LA or that fellow point guard Eric Bledsoe may be headed out of town.

CP3 remains positive about the chemistry on his team and their outlook for the second half of the season.

For more info, updates, and dirty filthy NBA gossip follow @HoopsVibe.


Trade Rumor: Kevin Garnett To Clippers

by Paul Eide

With the trade deadline just over two weeks away, get ready to watch the rumor mill spin out of control.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: The latest trade rumor involving Kevin Garnett is one that would send him from Boston to the LA Clippers in exchange for DeAndre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe.


Today In NBA History 1954: First Overtime All-Star Game Ever

by Paul Eide

59 years ago today, the NBA All-Star game had the first overtime game in its history.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Bob Cousy stepped up and delivered.

The legendary Boston Celtics guard poured in 10 points during the overtime period and gave the East a 98-93 victory, also garnering All-Star MVP honors in the process.

This game was so long ago that George Mikan, the original "big man", played in it, going just six of 18 from the field and nearly fouling out. Dolph Schayes is the only other name I could recognize besides the aforementioned Cousy and Mikan. But what’s interesting about that is that even the average NBA fan knows those names, which shows you the kind of impact they made on the game and the league. 

In hindsight though, it’s pretty sad that in an All-Star game with an extra period, the teams combined for just 191 points. 26 years later, the second OT All-Star game occurred with the West pulling out an eight point victory and the two teams combined for 280 points. The game had changed.

Aside from those two OT games, there have been four others, occurring in 1984, 1987, 1993 and 2003.

In ’84, Isiah Thomas took home MVP honors after a 21 point, 15 assist, five rebound game. In ’87, Seattle’s Tom Chambers won the award while he was playing for the Supersonics, accumulating 34 points as the games leading scorer.

In ’93, with the game held in Utah, John Stockton and Karl Malone were named co-MVP’s of the game, which was as absurd and partial as it sounds.

In ’03, the first double OT game in history occurred. Kevin Garnett was named the MVP after scoring a game high 37, making three straight baskets in the second OT. Interestingly, this was Michael Jordan’s last All-Star game.

As the years have gone on, the games have become more and more competitive, with the last three games being decided by a total of 10 points. But it all began back in 1954.

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.


Was Garnett snubbing Allen justified?

by Matt Formica

Kevin Garnett had no love for Ray Allen last night in the Miami Heat’s 120-107 victory over the Boston Celtics.
Hoopsvibe’s quick call:  Both Garnett and Allen stayed true to who they are.


Garnett, Rondo, and Allen Feud Set To Explode

by Andrew Flint

Garnett, Rondo, and Allen feud looks explosive.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: I predict a few flying elbows the first time Allen drives the lane in Bean Town.

Garnett struck first saying he no longer has former friend and teammate, Ray Allen’s, phone number in his phone. Ouch, that doesn’t sound like the type of lifelong friendships everyone in Boston was talking about just a few years ago when the Big Three hung another banner? Rondo followed suit in a similar interview stating he and Allen hadn’t always gotten along. Rondo told Yahoo Sports “It’s just life. If you look at your job, everyone doesn’t always get along with every co-worker they work with. It’s just part of life.” Rondo also admitted to not having spoken to Allen since his decision to go to Boston’s biggest rival in the East, the Miami Heat. 

Allen responded to Garnett’s comments saying, “That’s a shame … I’m not really worried about it.” Looks like these “friends” are now bitter enemies. Allen crossed a scared line in Garnett and Rondo’s minds. It isn’t simply that he left the Celtics. It’s that he left the Celtics and went to their bitter rival. Boston and Miami met in the Eastern Conference Finals last year and although most people thought Boston was over-matched, it was still a hell of a battle.

This has all the makings of adding series kerosene the this already explosive fire. I predict the Celtics vs. Heat games this year will be especially chippy and look for Garnett, a noted hot-head and capable of a questionable cheap shot from time to time, to dish out at least a couple hard hits when Allen returns to Boston in a Heat uniform.

The only saving grace for Allen is he only drives to the basket these days if on one is on his half of the court. He’s much more content to camp out behind the arch and wait for hit opportunity to show what a lifetime 40% 3-point shooter looks like in action.


Miami Choke Again

by Andrew Flint

Boston take a 3-2 lead in the series as Miami can’t hold on.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Miami looked tight in the loss. Boston most unlikely of Eastern Conference Champs.

Miami Choke Again


Rumor: Kevin Garnett to Nets this summer?

by Hoopsvibe

What the Nets are thinking— reportedly — is that they need to upgrade the roster and power forward is one place they feel they can do better. The team reportedly plans to chase after Boston’s Kevin Garnett as they try to add star power for when they move into the Barclays Center.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: No way. No how. Not possible.

Kevin Garnett will not sign with the New Jersey Nets as a free agent this summer because he likes to, you know, win.

Sure, playing in Brooklyn, New York would be nice. Sure, playing in the new $1 billion Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York would be really nice. And sure, getting an amount well over market value from Mikhail Prokhorov – also known as Russia’s richest man, Vladimir Putin’s opponent in a corrupt election, and the Nets’ majority owner – would be really, really nice.

None of that translates to a second championship, though. And Garnett likes to win. Joining a rebuilding Nets team without Deron Williams, who’ll likely sign with the Dallas Mavericks this summer, makes no sense.

Garnett may or may not re-up with the Celtics. One thing is clear: he’ll go where he has a chance at a championship.

The 36-year old and future member of the Hall of Fame doesn’t have the time or temperament for anything else.

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