Kelly Dwyer

  • The NBA's all-time starting five: New York Knicks

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 19 hrs ago

    You’re in your second semester of AP Basketball History, you love really good teams, and you love lists. With precious little drama left in the NBA’s 2015 offseason, why don’t we hit the barroom and/or barbershop, pour ourselves a frosty mug of Barbicide, and get to arguin’ over each franchise’s most formidable starting five-man lineup.

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    Because we don’t like making tough decisions, the lineups will reflect the All-NBA line of thinking. There will be no differentiation between separate forward and guard positions, and the squads will be chosen after careful consideration of individual merits only – we don’t really care if your team’s top shooting guard and point guard don’t get along.

    These rankings will roll out based on when each franchise began its NBA life. We continue with the New York Knicks, a team that nearly traded its spot on the island for some nutmeg, trinkets, and two unprotected first-round picks.

    (I know, I know. I chose Allan Houston over Earl Monroe. I understand if you don’t want to pass to me ever again.)

    This is the five we’re going with. Who would you take?

  • Michael Jordan loses out in a Chinese footwear trademark suit

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 22 hrs ago

    Apparently Michael Jordan doesn’t own the right to the basketball airwaves he once called his own. Not in China, at least

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    The Basketball Hall of Famer and Charlotte Hornets owner lost a lawsuit against a Chinese footwear maker named Qiaodan Sports Co., following a suit he filed in 2012. “Quiodan” apparently is a rough Mandarin translation of the name “Jordan,” and the brand’s logo just happened to feature a dude jumping through the air while holding a basketball.

    From a report culled from Sohu:

    "'Jordan' is not the only possible reference for 'Qiaodan' in the trademark under dispute," it cited a transcript of the verdict as saying.

    "In addition, 'Jordan' is a common surname used by Americans," the court added according to the report Monday, and the logo was in the shape of a person with no facial features, so that it was "hard" for consumers to identify it as Jordan.

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  • The NBA's all-time starting five: Boston Celtics

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    You’re in your second semester of AP Basketball History, you love really good teams, and you love lists. With precious little drama left in the NBA’s 2015 offseason, why don’t we hit the barroom and/or barbershop, pour ourselves a frosty mug of Barbicide, and get to arguin’ over each franchise’s most formidable starting five-man lineup.

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    Because we don’t like making tough decisions, the lineups will reflect the All-NBA line of thinking. There will be no differentiation between separate forward and guard positions, and the squads will be chosen after careful consideration of individual merits only – we don’t really care if your team’s top shooting guard and point guard don’t get along.

    These rankings will roll out based on when each franchise began its NBA life. We continue with the Boston Celtics, who have been so good over the last 60 seasons that they have no numbers left to give you.

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  • The NBA's all-time starting five: Golden State Warriors

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    You’re in your second semester of AP Basketball History, you love really good teams, and you love lists. With precious little drama left in the NBA’s 2015 offseason, why don’t we hit the barroom and/or barbershop, pour ourselves a frosty mug of Barbicide, and get to arguin’ over each franchise’s most formidable starting five-man lineup?

    [Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball]

    Because we don’t like making tough decisions, the lineups will reflect the All-NBA line of thinking. There will be no differentiation between separate forward and guard positions, and the squads will be chosen after careful consideration of individual merits only – we don’t really care if your team’s top shooting guard and point guard don’t get along.

    These rankings will roll out based on when each franchise began its NBA life. As such, we start with the defending champion Golden State Warriors, established in 1946 as the Philadelphia Warriors.

    This is the five we’re going with. Who would you take?

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  • Josh Smith says it will be 'harder' to work on his $6.9 M salary, and he's kind of right

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    New Los Angeles Clipper signee Josh Smith is trying to turn his career around with his fourth team in 26 months. The versatile forward, who finished out 2014-15 with Houston after being waived by the Detroit Pistons midseason, signed on for the veteran’s minimum in Los Angeles at around $1.5 million for 2015-16.

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    He also maybe kinda let a dumb, if completely accurate, thing slip.

    Speaking at the press conference introducing (and, in DeAndre Jordan’s case, re-introducing) new Clipper players on Tuesday, Smith dropped a Latrell Sprewell-like statement that did not go unnoticed by Orlando Sentinel columnist David Whitley:

    You gotta find a better way to put this, though, Josh.

  • Following his twin brother's trade to Detroit, Markieff Morris doesn't appear to be happy

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 6 days ago

    We have no way of getting inside of Markieff Morris’ head, right now. We’re not saying that because he’s a twin. We’re not saying that because of the unfortunate incidents that marked his 2014-15 season, and we’re not saying that because he’s part of a generation that, despite screaming advancements in terms of communication and social media, can swiftly get to pick and choose whom they decide to ignore via smartphone.

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    We’re saying this because different people handle disappointment in different ways, and it’s fair to assume that Markieff Morris is rather disappointed right now. His Phoenix Suns traded away his twin brother Marcus Morris in a bid to secure cap space in the squad’s failed attempt to sign LaMarcus Aldridge, who plays Markieff’s position. Some would be fair in speculating that the Suns also had other motives for breaking up the duo, which had spent two and a half seasons together in Phoenix.

    BG: Have you talked with Markieff since everything that's happened this summer?

    BG: Does he seem like he's doing OK with how everything went about?

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  • Three new Lakers answer their first Kobe Bryant question with a chorus of silence

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 7 days ago

    The Los Angeles Lakers did not sign any All-Stars this summer, franchise-level types like LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love told the team “no” before moving onto championship contenders as free agents, but this wasn’t the worst summer! They signed and traded for former All-Stars! There’s nary a Carlos Boozer or Jeremy Lin acquisition to triumph!

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    Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams and Brandon Bass – these are all really good players! Surely they’d appease the competitive spirit of one Kobe Bryant, reported to be entering the final year of his NBA career in 2015-16.

    If the team’s press conference on Wednesday is any indication … eh, nah:

    This is not unprecedented.

    Perhaps you can kind of understand why Kobe’s a bit cross, and suffering in silence.

    (Video via Dave McMenamin.)

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  • The NBA is set to offer single game and team package options for League Pass

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 7 days ago

    It took way too long for this to happen.

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    The NBA is all about expanding its brand, or whatever. Creating exposure. Mining different markets. Exploring new revenue streams. Also, sometimes, basketball.

    Why it took so long to offer a la carte, single-game League Pass options is beyond our level of comprehension, but here we are. Starting in 2015-16, the league will allow fans to buy either the full League Pass package as usual, but also a single-team package or one game at a time as the season moves along.

    The league announced plans for the move in June, and on Wednesday the NBA announced the pricing. The full package will cost you $199, same as it did last season for new customers. A single-team pass goes for $120, and the single-game feature will set you back $6.99 every time out.

    That sounds like … that sounds like a lot.

    Still, is this the best pricing plan the NBA can give its fans? Or, more importantly, its potential fans?

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  • DeAndre Jordan and Mark Cuban both said really weird things about each other

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 7 days ago

    On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Clippers held a press conference. They showed off their terrible new uniforms and their formidable core of free agent signings, including Paul Pierce, Wesley Johnson, Cole Aldrich, Austin Rivers and Josh Smith. They also re-introduced us to the re-signed DeAndre Jordan, who infamously backed out of an oral agreement to sign with the Dallas Mavericks at the zero hour, choosing instead to return to the Clippers. Clippers coach and basketball el jefe Doc Rivers, who helped re-recruit Jordan back to Los Angeles, beamed throughout.

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    Mark Cuban will be on. You’ll hear this …

    Cuban on DeAndre: "Makeup sex is always the best sex but after it's over you stare at that same face and realize the problems are the same."

    … and you’ll just want to just take that car, park it on the train tracks, and wait.

    Until Wednesday, at least. I guess Colin Cowherd tends to bring this sort of stuff out from people.

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  • Richard Jefferson spurns the Mavericks, signs with Cleveland

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 8 days ago

    Another player left the Dallas Mavericks high and dry. Reneged on his word and split for greener pastures. Damned this doomed franchise to mediocrity on a whim, typifying modern NBA hubris.

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    Nah. Not really.

    Journeyman swingman Richard Jefferson was expected to sign with the Mavs after a solid season with the team in 2014-15, but after DeAndre Jordan went back on his verbal commitment to sign with Dallas earlier in July, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told Jefferson that he wouldn’t hold it against him if he decided to look for gigs elsewhere.

    Cleveland, as is usually the case, is “elsewhere.” From ESPN’s Marc Stein:

    When reached Tuesday, however, Cuban said that he actually spoke to Jefferson about his change of heart and was not blindsided by the decision as Dallas was in Jordan's case.

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