Kelly Dwyer

  • Mark Cuban finalized the Rajon Rondo trade at the 'Colbert Report' finale, per Keith Olbermann

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 hr ago

    In a rather swift and shocking December surprise, the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics moved quickly to negotiate and finalize a deal sending Rajon Rondo from Boston to Dallas. The timing of the transaction, pitched a good two months prior to the NBA’s trade deadline, was telling – Rondo is an odd player, and the Mavericks have forever been an intriguing (and winning) experiment under Dallas owner Mark Cuban; a man who mixes equal amounts basketball know-how and love for tossing himself in front of a television camera.

    Cuban put those two loves together on Thursday night in typically busy and visible fashion. He was one of dozens of celebrities that gathered to sing Stephen Colbert’s “Colbert Report” character off into the televised sunset, but prior to the sing-a-long Cuban was furiously working to sign off on the Rondo deal, which sent Jameer Nelson, Brandan Wright, and a pair of picks to Boston for the mercurial guard.

    ESPN anchor Keith Olbermann, no stranger to the camera himself, noticed as much:

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  • The 10-man rotation, starring Carmelo Anthony's hats

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    A look around the league and the web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.

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    Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops

  • Attempting to understand the method behind Vivek Ranadive's machinations

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive has recently been raked over the coals, and for good reason.

    He fired a very good coach in Michael Malone who had led a significantly improved Kings team to a solid record prior to center DeMarcus Cousins’ bout with viral meningitis. He has hired Tyrone Corbin to coach his team, perhaps for the rest of the season, despite Corbin’s uninspiring recent turn in Utah. Ranadive is also apparently begging Kings consultant Chris Mullin to take over the team, despite Mullin’s inexperience at coaching at any level, and the fact that Mullin would have to learn on the fly without assembling his own staff and without the benefit of a training camp.

    "I like to use a music metaphor. We had a Sousa marching band, which was needed when there was chaos. But now we need to shift to a jazz band, where people can be individually showcased and improvised. What we need is a jazz director. I think that's the kind of leadership moving forward."

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  • Tyson Chandler feels sorry for former teammate Carmelo Anthony

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Tyson Chandler is a good dude. He’s also a smart dude, aware of his station and lot in life after teams in Chicago, New Orleans and Charlotte have essentially given up on Chandler so far in his career, and his denial at a chance to become a member of the Kevin Durant-led Oklahoma City Thunder after failing a physical. As recently as last season, even, he was thought of as a contract albatross in New York.

    Working back in Dallas at the age of 32, however, Chandler is clearly having a career year with the surging Mavs. Those Mavericks visited the sad state that is Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night, and following the team’s 20-point demolishing of the reeling Knicks, Chandler was asked if he had any of the sads for former teammate Carmelo Anthony.

    From the New York Daily News:

    “It’s so tough. He signed a contract coming back here with expectations of doing everything in his power to take his team to the next level.

    “Ultimately, I feel he will with the right pieces.”

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  • Kevin Durant swears that stars would love to play with Kobe Bryant

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    In the summer of 2013, Dwight Howard turned down a significant amount of guaranteed money and a chance to live in sunny Los Angeles for a gig with the Houston Rockets. In the summer of 2014, several prominent free agents chose to pass on the Lakers’ sizable salary cap space in order to play elsewhere. Pau Gasol turned down more money to work with the team he’d won two championships with in order to move to a cold climate and uncertain (if enticing) rotation in Chicago. Many wondered if the Lakers had to overpay just to keep incumbent big man Jordan Hill.

    The Lakers will have salary-cap space again this summer, but all signs point to top level free agents heading elsewhere. The underlying rumor here lists that players want nothing to do with playing with Kobe Bryant, for whatever reason.

    Kevin Durant, a free agent to be in 2016, however, isn’t having any of that. From a talk with USA Today’s Sam Amick on Tuesday:

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    Here’s where things get dicey.

    Take Kobe out of the equation, and all the Lakers free-agent losses seem sensible. Let’s make every excuse we can for the guy.

  • Isaiah Austin, retired from hoops due to Marfan syndrome, is added to the NBA 2K15 roster

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    This time last year, Baylor center Isaiah Austin was in the midst of a terrific sophomore season, one that would eventually lead to his inclusion on the Big 12’s All-Defensive Team. The 7-foot-1 center was listed as a likely lottery pick in the 2014 NBA draft, impressive placement considering the depth of what was thought to be one of the better draft classes in league history.

    Just a week before the draft, however, Austin was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, an inherited disease that affects the connective tissue. Citing worries about his health, and the strain on one’s heart when working at basketball speed with the disease, Austin retired from basketball. The NBA still invited him to the draft as a guest, and symbolically chose him in the middle of the first round, a move that left more than a few of us drying our eyes.

    From Gamespot:

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  • Bucks rookie Jabari Parker tears ACL, is out for the season

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    The Milwaukee Bucks have been a pleasant surprise this season, nearly matching the team’s 2013-14 win total of 15 within the first month and a half of the season, working up an entertaining brand of ball under first-year coach Jason Kidd. The good vibes behind that turnaround were diminished a bit on Tuesday evening, when word leaked out that rookie star-in-waiting Jabari Parker would miss the rest of the season with an ACL tear to his left knee:

    Jabari Parker has informed teammates he has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season, sources tell Yahoo.

    Conversations underway with Bucks and Parker's reps on surgery sked to repair ACL. Parker informed teammates via text message tonight.

    ESPN’s Marc Stein first reported the news.

    Parker first concerned onlookers after leaving his team’s win over Phoenix after twisting the knee. Watch:

    Still, this will be hard to get over. Just when things were starting to turn around for the long-beleaguered franchise, the crew will have to take a major step back.

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  • Evan Turner doesn't mind being booed; 'Jesus was hated too'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    This is an odd one.

    Players have to answer to the media before and after every game, a responsibility they understandably sometimes dodge prior to a contest by ducking out of the locker room and into the trainer’s room to get “treatment.” This means these guys have to toss out quite a few words over the course of an 82-game season, often in the minutes following running up and down the court during a professional basketball game, while changing back into street clothes while strangers mill about with recorders and cameras.

    That is to say, we understand why players could get weird with things, following a game.

    Evan Turner, however, got super, super weird with things in the minutes following his return to Philadelphia on Monday night. Turner, who was a 76er from 2010 until last February, was booed upon checking into Monday night’s contest. The current Boston Celtic then made a strange comparison when Boston media asked him about his reaction to the Philly fans. From CSN New England:

    Jesus Christ, if one believes that he did once walk the earth and is not a composite character, was indeed hated by many.

  • The Sacramento Kings may have just done a really, really dumb thing

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    If you want to pile on, you can.

    This has all the hallmarks of an easy read. The Sacramento Kings surprised everyone this season by racing out to 9-5 record. The team then lost its out and out superstar, the ever-improving DeMarcus Cousins, to a debilitating bout of viral meningitis. The Kings lost their last game with DMC, and expectedly whiffed on seven of nine contests with Cousins recovering (mostly) away from the team. The Sacramento Kings also feature a new’ish owner that sometimes embarrasses the team’s fan base with his musings on how the sport should be played, and they boast a general manager and influential consultant that were hired after the team’s coach was hired – a rare NBA move.

    That coach was fired, late on Sunday, as first reported by Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski. Michael Malone was dumped after just 24 games this season, following the first year of a three-year deal with a team option for a fourth year. Clashes in basketball philosophy were cited as the reason for the dismissal.

    The NBA cognoscenti, as you’d expect, was gobsmacked.

    Toss this in …

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  • Kobe Bryant seems unimpressed with the little party the Lakers threw him

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Kobe Bryant and his teammates have an odd relationship. That makes sense: Kobe Bryant is an odd guy, and the Los Angeles Lakers are an odd team.

    They’re also, for the first time this season, the proud owners of a three-game winning streak. On top of that, you may have heard, Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan on Sunday evening to move into third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. The Kobester struggled from the field in that contest against the Minnesota Timberwolves, missing 13 of 20 shots, but he routinely earned trips to the free throw line and finished with a stellar 26 points.

    In celebration, the Lakers decided to outfit the team plane with accessories one might buy for, say, Sheila the bank teller’s 47th birthday. Watch:

    Kobe’s reaction is … um, Kobe-ish.

    In terms of celebrations, only Kirk Cameron’s seems sadder.

    What might impress the Kobester is this:

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