Nick Young to Lakers & Monta Ellis to Mavs
Saturday , Jul , 13 , 2013 Diego Garcia

Nick Young to Lakers & Monta Ellis to Mavs

Nick Young sings a 1-year deal with the Lakers as Monta Ellis inks a 3-year deal with the Mavs. HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Free agents are vanishing fast two more just got scooped. Los Angeles & Dallas can't be thinking these two guys makeup for Howard though.  Read More
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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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Tuesday , Dec , 27 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Andray Blatche to Wizard teammates: ‘I need the ball in the paint’

“He probably was talking about me for the simple fact that I said I need the ball in the paint to be effective,” Blatche said. “You can’t keep having me pick and pop and shooting jumpshots. Gimme the ball in the paint. That’s where I’m most effiective at. I’ve been saying that since training camp. I need the ball in the paint. I don’t wand to be the pick-and-pop guy I used to be because it’s not working for me.”


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It would be oh-so easy to criticize Andray Blatche’s comments, especially when considering his track record.

After all, Blatche, a talented post with the Washington Wizards, has a track record. Consider the following:

1) When he first entered the league, veterans mocked his poor professionalism. 2) He openly feuded with coach Flip Saunders over playing time. 3) He got angry at a teammate for grabbing a rebound that fell in his hands and prevented him from registering a triple-double. 4) And he fought teammate JaValee McGee outside the club.
This time it‘s different, though. Blatche is making sense.

When asked about Coach Flip Saunders’ comments following the Washington Wizards’ season opener, the young forward explained he wanted the ball in the post to balance the offense.

And he’s right. Blatche's ability to attract double-teams in the paint would provide open looks for young point guard John Wall and shooting guards Jordan Crawford and Nick Young.

The Wizards’ perimeter players - like Wall, a former first overall pick trying to make his mark in the NBA - wouldn’t have to force shots down the stretch.

Credit Blatche for taking a measured tone. Perhaps after years of struggles, he's learning.

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Monday , Dec , 19 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Report: Nick Young re-signs with Wizards for $3.7 million

Nick Young is expected to sign with the Wizards on Monday for their $3.7 million qualifying offer. The Wizards had hoped to sign Young to a long-term deal, but the scoring wing was seeking a salary of approximately $9 million per year.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He wanted $9 million. He got a $3.7 million qualifying offer from the Washington Wizards.

Nick Young, welcome to the new NBA, where salaries are only somewhat outrageous and the pay is for production instead of potential.

Young is talented and posted impressive scoring numbers last year (17.4 points per game), however, those numbers came on a poor Wizards side.

The USC product had little leverage as a restricted free agent, as most teams anticipated that the Wizards would match any offer.

Look for Young to have another banner year, and try for a homerun contract in free agency next summer.

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Wednesday , Aug , 03 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Video: Nick Young scores a Durant-like 60 in Drew League

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Anything Kevin Durant can do, Nick Young can do better.

Well, almost.

Durant obviously trumps Young, however, the Washington Wizards swing dropped a Durant-like 60 points in summer action with the Drew League.

(Quick aside: Durant had a mere 41 points yesterday at the Nike Pro City game.)

Anyway, click the link, watch the video, and get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below. 

--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."


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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