What if: Grizzlies pass on Hasheem Thabeet
Tuesday , Oct , 29 , 2013 Joseph Sobczyk

What if: Grizzlies pass on Hasheem Thabeet

If the Grizzlies never drafted Hasheem Thabeet, where would they be today?

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The outlook for the Grizzlies and Thunder could be nearly reversed.

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Top 5 Reasons Marc  Gasol Is Defensive Player Of The Year.
Thursday , Apr , 25 , 2013 Daniel Henriquez

Top 5 Reasons Marc Gasol Is Defensive Player Of The Year.

Top 5 reasons Marc Gasol won the Defensive Player Of The Year.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The NBA chose wisely this year, didn't listen to the hype, and gave it to a truly deserving player.

Marc Gasol becamse the first Grizzlie player ever to win the Defensive Player of the Year honors receiving 212 points and 30 first-place votes.

"I'm the first European ever to accomplish this," Gasol said Wednesday. "It's really an honor. Now I think my kids will believe me when I tell them I played in the NBA."

#5 Defensive Efficiency: The Grizzlies were 2nd in the NBA in terms of defensive efficiency and their numbers were always improved when Gasol was on the court. This shows that his team is strong defensively; but that they are improved by his presence and even surrounded by great defenders he makes the difference.

#4 Defensive Rebounding: Gasol averaged 5.5 defensive rebounds a game and held opponents to 6.8 points per 100 possessions. 

#3 Steals Solid: Gasol averaged 1.0 steal per game, which is impressive for a big man.

#2 Blocks Impressive. Gasol averaged 1.7 blocks per game, which was 13th in the league.

#1 Getting The Job Done: The Grizzlies take a team approach to defense. They are able to pressure on the wings more because they know they're interior defense is so strong. Gasol in the middle anchors this interior defense. The Grizzlies allowed a league-low 88.7 point per game as a result. 

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Top 5 Biggest Playoff Upsets In NBA History
Wednesday , Apr , 17 , 2013 Paul Eide

Top 5 Biggest Playoff Upsets In NBA History

The NBA's "real season" begins soon, as playoff time is finally almost upon us.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Upsets used to be the exception, now they are the rule.

The following five match-ups all feature an eighth seed upsetting a number one seed, a feat that has only happened five times in NBA history. Of the five times, three of those upsets ocurred in the last six years.

Golden State Warriors Upset Dallas Mavericks - 2007

At the time, the Dallas Mavericks were considered one of the biggest favorite one seeds ever, coming off of a 67-15 regular season record which was the only since legitimate claim to challenge the Bulls 72-10 all-time best NBA season. The Mavericks were also coming off of losing in the Finals to the Heat the previous season, a series many people felt like they should’ve won; expectations were high and facing Golden State in the first round they had every reason to be. The Warriors were a franchise at the time, much like now, that was mired in mediocrity with no real reason to be optimistic. After squeaking into the playoffs at 42-40, they were a complete after-thought. The Warriors qualified for the playoffs that year for the first time since 1994 with the 13 year drought between appearances being the second longest in NBA history. The Warriors beat the Mavs in six games, and this Baron Davis dunk over AK-47 (even though it took place in the following playoff series) shows you the level he and the Warriors were playing at:

Denver Nuggets Upset Seattle Supersonics - 1994

The year was 1994. Charles Barkley signature “Air Max” shoes, selling for $150 a pair, were king. The world was shocked by the unexpected death of Kurt Cobain. And Seattle Supersonics fans the world over were reeling from a first round playoff loss to the eighth seed Denver Nuggets. The Sonics had blown through the regular season going 63-19 which was a franchise record for wins and were the number one seed heading into the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs to face a Denver Nuggets team that no one had expected anything from. And with good reason; to that point in NBA history no eighth seed had ever beaten a number one seed. And no one expected a 42-40 Denver team to pose a legitimate threat, especially after losing the first two games in what was at the time a best of five game first round series. Game five was an epic back and forth game where the intensity never waned and every possession felt like the most important in the game. Kendall Gill’s layup with a half second left on the clock sent the game into overtime. But the Nuggets maintained the momentum throughout the extra frame and escaped with a 98-94 victory, winning the series.

New York Knicks Upset Miami Heat - 1999

The Pat Riley led Heat were the number one seed after posting a 33-17 record during the strike shortened season and the Knicks stumbled to 27-23, barely qualifying as the eighth seed. Both teams had dominant big men from Georgetown University; Alonzo Mourning and Patrick Ewing. Both had flashy offensive weapons that could make plays, Tim Hardaway for the Heat and a still dominant Latrell Sprewell. Down by one with 19.9 seconds left in the deciding game five, the Knicks did everything they could to screw up the possession and struggled to get a shot off. Ultimately after an inbound with 4.4 seconds, Allan Houston launched a running floater from the top of the lane that bounced off the rim and backboard before falling through the hoop securing a one point victory and the series for the Knicks.

Philadelphia 76ers Upset Chicago Bulls - 2012

Game one of the series, the Bulls are coasting right along, up by 12 with 81 seconds left. Then, this happens:

Series over, Philly wins four games to two. That's pretty much it.

Memphis Grizzlies Upset San Antonio Spurs - 2011

I remember at the time watching this series, particularly how slow and old the Spurs looked and thinking, "Man they had a great run, but they are definitely over the hill." Wrong again! The Spurs, essentially with the same core of players, will be the #2 seed in the West this year. The Spurs came into the 2011 playoffs as the #1 seed, with the second-best record in basketball and home court advantage against any Western Conference opponent and were dropped in the first round. Zach Randolph played out of his mind and Marc Gasol wore down Tim Duncan on both ends of the floor.

In this year's playoffs, if the Bucks were to beat the Heat, or the Lakers were able to vanquish the Thunder, would either be a bigger upset than any of the previous upsets on this list?

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Trade Rumor: Grizzlies To Deal Rudy Gay.
Saturday , Jan , 05 , 2013 Featured Guest Journalist

Trade Rumor: Grizzlies To Deal Rudy Gay.

Memphis Grizzlies are rumored to be exploring options for trading Rudy Gay.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: I have no idea why the Grizzlies would want to mess with their team's lineup and chemistry in the midst of a solid 20 - 10 season.

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The NBA’s five highest paid teams
Thursday , Nov , 15 , 2012 Matt Formica

The NBA’s five highest paid teams

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.

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Justin Timberlake To Buy Grizzlies
Friday , Sep , 07 , 2012 Featured Guest Journalist

Justin Timberlake To Buy Grizzlies

Justin Timberlake is rumored to be shopping for an NBA team.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: I can think of worse owners than JT, actually the first one that comes to mind is MJ.

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Friday , Apr , 20 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Ray Allen unlikely to re-sign with Celtics?

In addition to being nearly traded, Allen was relegated to the bench by the emergence of Avery Bradley, a move that has made the Celtics more athletic and more effective defensively. Bradley’s offensive development has been one of the more surprising storylines of the NBA season.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Ray Allen has pride.

So the future member of the Hall of Fame can’t be happy losing his starting position with the Boston Celtics and nearly getting sent to the Memphis Grizzlies at the trade deadline.

Allen, a perennial All-Star and the NBA‘s greatest three-point shooter, helped the green-and-white win a championship in 2008.

He’s also sensitive. Remember, Allen and George Karl clashed several times when the two were together on some competitive Milwaukee teams.

Karl thought Allen was soft. The veteran sideline boss even told the press as much before sending him out west to his former team, the Seattle Super Sonics.

Of course, Allen’s a pro’. He won’t complain publicly. However, revenge could come this summer when the veteran becomes a free agent.

Would he take a massive discount to join the rival Miami Heat and knock down open jump shots when LeBron James and Dwyane Wade get double-teamed? Or, perhaps he’d be open to spending a year or two playing off Derrick Rose and his upstart Chicago Bulls?

Anything is possible. Just don’t expect Allen to retire. He's not done. And he has too much pride.

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Monday , Mar , 19 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Sources: Grizzlies to sign Gilbert Arenas?

The Memphis Grizzlies are on the verge of signing Gilbert Arenas, sources confirm. Arenas will sign one-year deal worth the veteran minimum.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Haven’t we seen this song-and-dance before with the Memphis Grizzlies?

A few years ago, the club signed shot-happy guard Allen Iverson, who was expected to complement the Grizzlies’ young, developing pieces.

Of course, nobody told Iverson this. He was stuck in a time-wrap, thinking he would get unlimited minutes, shots, and touches circa 1999 in Philadelphia.

The experiment last three games.

Now reports are breaking that the club has signed Gilbert Arenas to a one-year contract for the veteran minimum. Wouldn’t it have been better for the Grizzlies to take a pass and for Arenas to sit the year and sign with a team this summer?

Arenas would then have an entire training camp to prove himself to his new team. Now he has a few short games before playoffs begin.

Sadly, this situation sounds all too familiar in Memphis.

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Sunday , Mar , 18 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Ellis to Buy Grizzlies; Move team to San Jose?

Californian Larry Ellison, ranked as the third-richest person in the U.S., has inquired about buying the Memphis Grizzlies with apparent hopes of moving the team to San Jose. But team owner Michael Heisley on Saturday downplayed the possibility of a sale — and of a relocation, citing a lease that ties the franchise to Memphis and FedExForum until 2021. “I can’t downplay it enough. If it happens I’ll be surprised,” said Heisley, a Chicago-based billionaire who added that talks had not become serious.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Be afraid Memphis.

Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley will say one thing and do the opposite -especially if he can make a profit.

Consider his track record.

Years ago, the Chicago businessman promised to keep the Grizzlies in Vancouver, even singing the Canadian national anthem at the season opener as a show of good faith.

Privately, behind closed doors, Heisley was sabotaging things so he could move the franchise as soon as possible.

He stopped selling season tickets so attendance would fall. He cut ties with the community. He alienated sponsors. And he stopped communicating with fans.

The reason? Heisley could justify the move to Memphis if he could kill the Vancouver market.

At the time, Vancouver was an average NBA market. The Canadian dollar was low; the area’s economy was in recession. On-court, the team was an unmitigated disaster because of GM Stu Jackson. Not surprisingly, the team only drew about 15 thousand fans per game.

Ironically, the situation improved once Heisley left. Today, the Canadian dollar sits at par; Vancouver’s economy is strong because of oil, gas, and an influx of Chinese money. Fans would support a decent product -the city’s NHL team has a string of 380 straight sell-outs.

Heisley was too narrow-minded to see the light, though. He took the tax breaks and ran to small, poor Memphis, where he has lost millions of dollars.

And Heisley will show no loyalty to Memphis if Larry Ellison’s offer is high enough. He won’t care if selling the team to the Oracle CEO results in the Grizzles leaving for San Jose.

Once a jerk, always a jerk. Just ask Vancouver.

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Thursday , Mar , 15 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

76ers get Sam Young from Grizzlies for rights to Ricky Sanchez

So the Sixers decided to do something about that and acquired guard/forward Sam Young from the Memphis Grizzlies today, the Daily News has learned. The Sixers have given up the rights to guard Ricky Sanchez, who was acquired in a 2007 trade with Denver. Sanchez was originally drafted in the second round by Portland in 2005. The Sixers acquired Sanchez’s rights from Denver, along with Reggie Evans, in exchange for Steven Hunter and Bobby Jones.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Bench help comes cheap.

The Philadelphia 76ers bolstered their second unit with today's acquisition of Sam Young. The guard/forward is a decent scorer, who will provide defensive help and size off the bench.

Best of all, the 76ers only had to give the Memphis Grizzlies the rights to a South American club player, Ricky Sanchez.

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Wednesday , Mar , 14 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Bulls want Pau Gasol?

The Chicago Bulls are exploring avenues to acquire Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol before Thursday's trade deadline, according to sources close to the situation.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Years ago, the Los Angeles Lakers acquired Pau Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies and then went on to win consecutive championships.

Perhaps the Spanish post will be the missing piece for the impressive Chicago Bulls. The Bulls reportedly want the skilled Gasol to complement 2011 MVP Derrick Rose.

And they’d be willing to sacrifice Carlos Boozer to get the perennial All-Star. But what’s in this trade for the Lakers?

Well, the Lakers aren’t interested in a straight Gasol for Boozer swap, so the Bulls are calling the league trying to find a third team to involve.

Of course, the clock is ticking. Thursday at noon eastern is the trade deadline.

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Sunday , Feb , 19 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Allen Iverson almost signed with club in Venezuela

Jorge Hernandez was certain Allen Iverson would put basketball on the map in Venezuela—up until this morning. Hernandez, co-owner of Guaros de Lara in the Venezuelan League, was to introduce Iverson today as the team’s new point guard. Playing alongside Smush Parker, Iverson would bring unprecedented attention to Guaros.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Can’t play in the United States; can’t play outside of the United States. What a predicament.

Right now, for a variety of reasons, Allen Iverson isn’t playing basketball. No NBA team will sign the former MVP because he won’t report to the D-League, while legal problems are preventing him from leaving the U.S. to play abroad.

This is sad. However, Iverson only has himself to blame.

Years ago, Iverson should have reinvented himself as a second-unit game-changer. His pride and ego were too great for such a change.

For instance, he sulked in Detroit and Memphis when they asked him to come off the bench. And his return to Philadelphia was a flop, too.

So Iverson is in limbo. Who knows if he ever plays again.

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Sunday , Feb , 12 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Allen Iverson ‘The Answer’ for Lakers?

Allen Iverson, who sources indicated the Lakers had some interest in as long as he was willing to go to the NBA Developmental League for a few weeks first, is not the answer. He's simply not a point guard. The Lakers are also said to be interested in former Toronto Raptors point guard Rafer Alsotn, who helped the Orlando Magic reach the NBA Finals in 2009. But who knows if that will materialize into anything?


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: According to the rumor mill, Gilbert Arenas is no longer ‘The Answer’ to the Los Angeles Lakers’ point guard woes.

Reports indicate the purple-and-gold may think Allen Iverson is ‘The Answer’ -if he`ll report to their D-League affiliate for a conditioning stint.

A few things worth noting:

First, Iverson to the Lakers was first reported by ESPN scribe Stephen A. Smith, who has a personal and professional relationship with the former MVP from their time in Philadelphia.

So consider the source, and ask if Stephen A. is tossing Iverson a solid and keeping him relevant by even suggesting the Lakers had interest?

Second, Iverson always refused a bench role. He wouldn’t do it for Detroit. And he wouldn’t do it for Memphis. Worst of all, he wouldn’t do it for a contender.

It’s hard to believe he’d report to the D-League under any circumstances -even if there was the chance of joining the Lakers.

Third, Smith is right. Kobe and company need a pass-first point guard, not a shooting guard in a point guard’s body and big personality like Iverson.

The Answer’ isn’t the answer for the Lakers’ woes.   

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Marc Vs. Pau: Who Has Better 2011-2012 Season?
Tuesday , Jan , 24 , 2012 Paul Eide

Marc Vs. Pau: Who Has Better 2011-2012 Season?

Marc and Pau Gasol’s respective starts to the 2011-2012 season have gone in completely opposite directions so far; but can it last for the duration of the year? Is Marc suddenly the best Gasol in the NBA?

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Sunday , Jan , 15 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Nets want OJ Mayo to appease Deron Williams?

The Grizzlies are again discussing whether to deal reserve guard O.J. Mayo. This time, Memphis has explored at least two trade scenarios with the New Jersey Nets over the past couple of weeks, according to two NBA sources.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: This is about appeasement.

The New Jersey Nets are trying to land OJ Mayo from the Memphis Grizzlies to keep franchise face Deron Williams happy.

After all, Williams can opt-out of his contract and leave the Nets and their soon to be built Brooklyn stadium as a free agent in July. Fortunately, club executives can spin a Mayo trade in many ways:

1) They can tell Williams they’ve been active, have upgraded his supporting cast, and are committed to winning now.

2) They can tell Williams they won’t qualify Mayo, and will use the available cap space to sign Dwight Howard -provided the Orlando Magic center opts-out this summer

3) They can tell Williams the Nets won’t wait for the summer for Howard, and that Mayo will be included in sign-and-trade offers for Superman.

There's one certainty: the Nets lose Williams if they do nothing. Expect a move -and soon.

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Thursday , Jan , 05 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Memphis trading for Marreese Speights?

The Memphis Grizzlies will try to get through the loss of Zach Randolph for up to two months by acquiring Philadelphia 76ers big man Marreese Speights. After learning that Randolph with miss six to eight weeks with a torn medial collateral ligament, suffered Sunday in Chicago, the Grizzlies on Wednesday completed a three-team trade with Philadelphia and New Orleans.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s a stop-gap measure, but the Memphis Grizzlies have no choice.

With Darrell Arthur and Zach Randolph out long-term, the Grizzlies acquired Marreese Speights from the Philadelphia 76ers for a pair of second round draft picks.

This, after all, is Memphis’ year. They nearly advanced to the Western Conference Finals last year, and have to build on that momentum to solidify the market.

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Monday , Dec , 12 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Report: Grizzlies to match Rockets’ offer sheet to Marc Gasol?

The Grizzlies are expected to match the four-year, $55 million offer sheet that Marc Gasol has agreed to with the Rockets. Gasol is a restricted free agent and Memphis would have three days to match.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: I get the sense new Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale wants to establish an inside presence.

Yao Ming retired this past summer, so McHale, a Hall of Fame post for the Boston Celtics, is looking for a replacement.

His search started and failed with the Gasol brothers. The Rockets twice attempted to acquire Pau Gasol from the Los Angeles Lakers in a three-team deal for Chris Paul, but was denied by the NBA-owned New Orleans Hornets.

McHale then turned his attention to signing Marc Gasol, Pau’s younger brother. Marc, a highly coveted restricted free agent with the Memphis Grizzlies, received a four-year, $55 million offer sheet from the Rockets.

However, the Grizzlies, not wanting to kill the momentum of last season’s playoff run, will likely match the offer.

So perhaps third times a charm for McHale and the Rockets. The only question is which post they'll go after next.

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Wednesday , Dec , 07 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Lakers want Dwight Howard and Chris Paul?

Hoping to pull off a pair of blockbuster moves that would rock the NBA, the Lakers are willing to trade anyone on their roster outside of Kobe Bryant to bring Howard and Paul to Los Angeles, two sources said.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: These are the Los Angeles Lakers. They go big. Or they don’t go.

It’s no surprise the storied purple-and-gold want to land both Dwight Howard and Chris Paul. These are the Lakers; their arrogance and deep pockets make anything possible.

Remember, fifteen years ago they cleared a mountain of cap space and signed Shaquille O’Neal, while also swapping veteran center Vlade Divac for some kid called Kobe Bryant.

A few years ago they stole Pau Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies and ended up with two consecutive Larry O’Brien trophies.

Of course, this scenario wasn’t supposed to happen anymore.

The lockout was supposedly about, in part, preventing major markets from landing all the league’s premier talent. The owners caved, failing to get franchise tags or a hard cap in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

So the Lakers will continue to chase the best talent. After all, there’s no system stopping them.

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