Kelly Dwyer

  • The Bulls can survive without Jimmy Butler, but just barely

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 51 mins ago

    Jimmy Butler has joined the perpetually revolving crew of Chicago Bull contributors that are working through nasty injuries. Butler, typically a workhorse, left Sunday’s Chicago loss to the Los Angeles Clippers with a sprained left elbow. On Monday, his team learned the full extent of his injury:

    Chicago's Jimmy Butler could miss 3-4 weeks with elbow sprain, but won't need surgery, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.

    A later Bulls press release pegged the ulnar ligament sprain as possibly keeping Butler out for three to six weeks.

    Due to his new batch of offensive responsibilities, Butler isn’t quite the dominant defender that we saw last year, when the third-year player managed to make the NBA’s All-Defensive Second Team. He’s still as good as they come defensively at the swingman spot, however, and the Bulls will badly miss him on both ends of the court.

    Of course, because these are the Bulls, they will try to chip away at that “three to six week”-diagnosis:

    Source said Butler will be evaluated on a weekly basis and could be back before 3 weeks. But definitely out extended period.

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  • The 76ers are the latest team to cut ties with JaVale McGee, making him a free agent

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 hrs ago

    Remember all the way back in the great month of February, when JaVale McGee swore up and down that he wanted to be part of the Philadelphia 76ers’ rebuilding plan? That he wanted to mentor the team’s young big men, and that he wasn’t the type to go chasing for a ring?

    Confronted with the ability to make all the money he is owed – the rest of the $11.25 million he’s set to take in this year, and $12 million in 2015-16 – while being afforded the luxury to hop to whatever team will have him, McGee has now decided to leave those poor and mentor-less Sixer bigs to the wolves.

    Philadelphia officially bought him out on Monday afternoon, after Sam Amick of USA Today first reported that the two sides were looking to officially part ways. From Amick:

    Ten teams, mostly playoff contenders, have already expressed interest in free agent to be center JaVale McGee, a source told Yahoo Sports.

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  • Russell Westbrook undergoes a procedure to repair a cheek fracture

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    After a frightening incident on Friday night that left Russell Westbrook with a literal crater in his right cheek, Westbrook’s immediate future with his team seemed in question. Players break noses or damage parts of their faces all the time in this contact sport, but few of these injuries looked as disturbing as Russell’s.

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    After some damage control, however, it appears as if the long-term implications of Westbrook’s Friday collision may not be all that lasting. From a Thunder press release:

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook underwent a successful procedure today to address a fracture to the zygomatic arch of his right cheek, Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced.

    Russ has a dent in his head from Roberson's knee pic.twitter.com/NxR3u2IOpP

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  • The Lakers are either way behind the rest of the NBA, or secretly way ahead of it

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    At some point, we might have to start wondering if the Los Angeles Lakers are playing the NBA’s sneakiest game of possum.

    The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference strikes up again this weekend, a gathering that the Lakers infamously skipped in 2013. Between a few published reports decrying the team’s prevailing sense of apathy toward advanced statistics, coach Byron Scott’s proud parroting of acting “old school” as opposed to acting a “capable coach,” Kobe Bryant’s understandable interest in promoting anything but the team that is paying him $23.5 million this year, and a possible disconnect between Bryant and general manager Mitch Kupchak, we seem to have quite a bit of turmoil surrounding a team with the fourth-worst record in the NBA.

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    Here comes the possum.

  • Michael Carter-Williams doesn't think he 'would have been moved' if Brett Brown were running the Sixers

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    On Wednesday, Michael Carter-Williams managed a tidy seven points and eight assists in only 17 minutes in his debut with the Milwaukee Bucks. The reigning Rookie of the Year started in his first game with his new team, which co-incidentally was pitched against the franchise that dealt him at the trade deadline – the perpetually rebuilding Philadelphia 76ers.

    There is precedent for Rookies of the Year to be dealt in their second seasons, as recently as 2002 Mike Miller was sent to Memphis after taking in the trophy just nine months before, but the 76ers’ version of this rare type of move befuddled many. Miller was dealt for what appeared to be a sturdy big forward with promise in Drew Gooden and a starting-level shooting guard replacement in Gordan Giricek.

    MCW? He was essentially dealt for a first-round pick that the Sixers probably won’t be able to use until 2016. And that prospect may not pay immediate dividends, as Carter-Williams did in his first award-winning season with Philadelphia. This is why Sixers coach Brett Brown probably wasn’t a huge fan of the deal, in the interim at least.

  • NBPA head Michele Roberts to loitering media: 'If you don't have a [bleeping] question, leave'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    After years of dealing with questions surrounding his future in Oklahoma City, ridiculous queries about his supposedly antagonistic relationships with either Russell Westbrook or Thunder coach Scott Brooks, comparisons to Greg Oden, Carmelo Anthony, and LeBron James and his inability to drag an often-injured Thunder team to a championship, Kevin Durant kind of lost it over the All-Star weekend.

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    Asked by ESPN’s Kate Fagan about her reaction to Durant’s frustrated approach, new’ish National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts pulled no punches when discussing the day to day interactions between players and media:

    "Discuss with Rick.”

    Understand that we don’t like this, either.

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  • Mark Cuban would like to see the NBA 'go later in the season into July'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    The NBA is nearing the end of the most compressed 82-game season in its history. The league, in a long-overdue move, decided to finally extend the All-Star break this season in order to give its athletes a chance to rest a few weeks past the midpoint of a campaign that could see some players work in excess of 100 games from the exhibition season in mid-October to the NBA Finals in July.

    The drawback to that sort of break, which still didn’t do a whole heck of a lot for some of the league’s top stars (LeBron James, between contests and practices with the Cavaliers, the All-Star Game, and travel, really only got Feb. 17 off), was that the NBA had to squeeze its long schedule into a shortened time frame. It decided against upsetting the recent tradition of starting the season in the last week of October, and as a result 2014-15 will feature more back-to-backs and four-game-in-five-night runs than ever.

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    What, exactly, is wrong with that?

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  • Looking at Chicago's future, as Derrick Rose weighs his recovery options

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    When Derrick Rose tore the medial meniscus in his right knee in November 2013, longtime followers of the NBA set to gnashing their collective teeth, and not just because Rose would be sure to miss, in effect, his second full season of basketball in two years.

    Rather, those who were familiar with meniscus tears were worried not only about the possibility of further surgery beyond the initial operation, but also about an athlete’s propensity for future tears. Even though Rose’s 2012 anterior cruciate ligament tear was technically the more serious injury, the fallout of a meniscus tear can be far more lasting.

    Rose could either have the meniscus removed, a path he smartly declined to take in 2013, or he could once again have it repaired. The latter would lead to a recovery time that would likely bleed into the 2015-16 season, but it would also help limit future nagging injuries, as the meniscus is put in place to help alleviate the painful stress athletic activity could put on the knee.

    And, sometimes, not even then:

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  • Steve Nash hilariously tells a Twitter troll to either watch his mouth 'or Temecula'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    Nearly retired Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash emerged from a bit of a Twitter hibernation to live-tweet the Barcelona/Man City match on Tuesday. Because Nash is a public figure, a Laker, and someone who has ticked off Laker fans by refusing to retire, he also took in quite a few nasty Twitter responses while chatting up the soccer match.

    The one that sparked Nash’s ire the most? Well, we can’t exactly embed here, due to its (typically) awful language. What we can do is embed a few other messages that this Laker fan sent the future Basketball Hall of Famer:

    YEah right your trash and washed up. You got injured in the offseason your bones are made of glass. @SteveNash

    Sorry ass excuse for a PG. @SteveNash

    You hurt your back caring bag not playing ball. Your Frail you and Bynum are on the same list. @SteveNash

    “I'm the hardest 41 yr old you know Brodie. Watch your mouth or temecula”

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  • Kevin Garnett returns to Minnesota amid a wave of KG-ishness

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    The Minnesota Timberwolves knew exactly what they were getting when they re-acquired the Minnesota legend earlier in February, so Garnett’s first day in his return to the franchise shouldn’t have taken anyone by surprise.

    Garnett was ebullient and playful with assembled media in his first news conference on Tuesday, decisive in his remarks about his prospects as a future Wolves coach, and combative with his new teammates as he observed Minnesota’s practice on Tuesday. It was typical KG.

    The future Basketball Hall of Famer, who will play his first game in nearly eight years a member of the Timberwolves on Wednesday, began his day with some typical KG-like poses in his new/old uniform:

    He then made a point to rouse a little rabble at Wolves practice:

    Rubio on KG's 1st practice: "he already yelled at Pek twice to get back on defense. I don't think Pek has been yelled at his entire career"

    Ricky says he hopes Garnett teaches him "the bad side." Ricky says he's "too nice."

    Come on, really?

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