HoopsHype Mike Bibby rumors


December 10, 2011 Updates

Mike D’Antoni believes the Knicks will be OK at point guard with Toney Douglas, but the club is making a strong pitch for free-agent Mike Bibby as a potential backup. The Post reported in yesterday’s editions Bibby was a D’Antoni favorite and would be a likely target once starting point guard Chauncey Billups is waived via the amnesty clause. Last night, the Knicks were in talks with Bibby’s agent David Falk, who ironically is also the representative for Douglas. Bibby could actually find himself in a bench role, according to a source, because of the Knicks’ new emphasis on defense. Douglas is a tenacious defender and prides himself on that end of the court. Falk wouldn’t mind Bibby having a backup role to Douglas, who has a team option next season. New York Post

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The Lakers swept the Nets to win the title. The Kings believed they would have done the same. “Everybody looked at it like we could have won it,” Bibby said. Asked how long that Game 7 loss stayed with him, Bibby said, “The games before that stayed with me longer than Game 7.” Because of the officiating, presumably. “I didn’t say anything about the refs,” he said. “Just, heartbreaking losses.” New York Times

June 6, 2011 Updates

Mike Bibby: Our main goal when we were in Sacramento was to stop Shaq. We knew Kobe was going to do what he had to do, but our main thing was to stop Shaq. Getting there, double-teaming, making sure he didn't have no easy looks and just trying to make it tough for him. His presence out there is just ... I remember like it was yesterday, going out there and seeing how big of a person he was, and stuff like that. NBA.com

Mike Bibby: I think it was all a ploy. You see the way he talks, and his personality and stuff. I don't think he meant any of it. That's just the way he is. Chris Webber: I don't want to start nothing with him, but I always felt I played Shaq good. Because I had long arms and I went for the low block. So what I wanted to do was to keep my arm out in front of him, on his back, dig at his dribbles, tell the people to come help me if I needed help. I learned a lot from Scottie Pippen, checking me that way. You never got comfortable. So I didn't want to give him a comfort zone. And, you want to move out of the way because you don't want to flop. Because you really can't; he's that strong. I didn't want to front him because he was taller than me, and I didn't trust the help on the other side... NBA.com

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Pretty deeply rooted, even on the left coast. Leaving Cleveland was sad for Cavs fans, but sorry, folks, completely understandable. The organization had years to build a dynasty around the game's best player. That's on them. But then there was LeBron's ESPN debacle, the party before there was any reason to party, the bump-and-grind with classy Erik Spoelstra, and you can see where this is going. "Ah, I just hope I get a ring before Peja does," Bibby said Saturday when asked about all the drama, evading the issues and punctuating his remarks with his throaty, one -syllable laugh. "I just want to win. When I saw him awhile ago and asked him, 'So, how many teams have you played for since the Kings?' I made fun of him. I told him I had him beat because this is only my third team. He laughed. We talked a bit, caught up on stuff." Sacramento Bee

That was the plan anyway. That's still the plan, though his jump shot isn't cooperating. In 15 playoff starts, Bibby has made only 26.3 percent of his attempts (and 24.5 percent from three-point range) while averaging 22 minutes. "I'm getting looks," he said. "They're right there. I've lost a little bit of confidence, but I'll get it back. I'm still getting to know the team, figure out how I can help out. Everybody is so athletic, and the defense is just … just amazing. It's so intense, all about moving together and helping each other out. It's like everybody is on a string." Sacramento Bee

May 25, 2011 Updates

Chris Tomasson: Mike Bibby wants to re-sign with the Heat next season as free agent. “Yeah, definitely. As long as they want to keep me.’’ Twitter

When point guard Mike Bibby gave up his $6.2 million salary for next season last February to escape lowly Washington and get to title-contending Miami, many wondered what the heck he was doing. That even included his biggest supporter. "She didn't think I should," Bibby said during a one-on-one interview about his mother, Virginia, not wanting him to do it. SB Nation

Miami has a 3-1 lead over Chicago entering Thursday's Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. But Bibby, who on Feb. 28 agreed to buyout in which his Wizards contract for next season was voided and then signed for the prorated minimum as a free agent with Miami on March 2, has heard plenty of naysayers. "A lot of people were kind of negative about it and can't believe I gave it up," said Bibby, in the conference finals for the first time since his Sacramento Kings' crushing 4-3 defeat by the Lakers in 2002. "There might be a lockout next year anyway. So either way you look at it, you weren't going to get paid anyway ... I've been in this league long enough to where it wasn't going to make me or break me money wise." SB Nation

The Mavericks lead Oklahoma City 3-1 entering Wednesday's Game 5 of the West final. Bibby said he's happy for Stojakovic, whom he could face in the Finals. Bibby said it "feels good to have another chance, a good crack" at a title. While Bibby won't say bitter memories of 2002 played a significant role in his decision to give up so much money to get to the title-contending Heat, Wade believes it did. "He wanted to win," Wade said. "He wanted to be part of an organization that can win. And Mike hasn't been in this position, in these conference finals, since the Sacramento days when they had a big lead and lost it to the Lakers. I think he wanted to put himself back in that position again." SB Nation

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Bibby, now 33, starts for the Eastern Conference finalist Heat. But before he teamed up with LeBron, Wade and Bosh, he was first and foremost a Grizzly. An All-American and NCAA champion at the University of Arizona, Vancouver quickly snagged the 6-foot-2 floor general with the second pick in the 1998 NBA Draft. Vancouver Sun

He was named to the All-Rookie team after averaging 13.2 points and 6.5 assists during the lockout-shortened 1999 season. His stats improved every year he was here and during his third and final season (2000-01) with the Grizz, he was fourth in the league in assists at 8.4 per game. "He was always the consummate point guard when he was down here," says Jay Triano, the former radio voice for the Grizzlies and current head coach of the Toronto Raptors. "He was good enough at distributing the basketball, but he was talented enough to find a way to score as well," said Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Bibby's Grizzlies teammate from 1999-2001. "Mike was a very good teammate, a lot quieter and more reserved when he was younger. But I always thought he was a tough competitor." Vancouver Sun

May 14, 2011 Updates

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