Kelly Dwyer

  • John Paxson: Jeff Van Gundy's criticism of Bulls 'pretty pathetic'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 19 hrs ago

    Nestled deep in the broadcast of Friday evening’s Dallas Mavericks/Chicago Bulls game was a Jeff Van Gundy rant. The ABC/ESPN color analyst’s rants are nothing new, oftentimes he likes to deviate from calling the action on hand in order to take on the most notable sports talk radio riff of the day, and the presence of Tom Thibodeau’s Chicago Bulls on the schedule allowed for this:

    In case you can’t listen to the clip, Mike McGraw at the Arlington Heights Daily Herald has some of the quotes:

    “He has done such a good job here," Van Gundy said during the broadcast. "First two years had the best record in the league. Unfortunately, these last three playoffs have been disrupted by injury. But he came to the Bulls at a time where mediocrity reigned. They had struggled for a long time, they were basically a .500 team. Along with the emergence of some players, he's taken it to elite status.

    “I think it's wrong. It's wrong for the town, wrong for the team and it certainly has not been fair to Tom Thibodeau."

    Van Gundy went on to spread his criticism to the Chicago media.

    OK, then.

    Even Coach Pop. Sigh.

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  • The NBA postponed two games, and improves Sacramento's lottery odds

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 22 hrs ago

    The NBA and the forces of Mother Nature may have just banded together to help Sacramento’s NBA draft status.

    As expected, the league postponed Monday night’s Brooklyn Nets/Portland Trail Blazers and New York Knicks/Sacramento Kings games due to the blizzard that is due to wreak havoc on the East Coast. The makeup dates will take place later in the season, but as Pro Basketball Talk’s Dan Feldman noticed, the night off for the Kings on Monday comes with a nasty early-March aftereffect.

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    That is a rough, rough half-month of basketball. All for a team that is currently 16-27, well out of the playoff picture, working under a coach in Tyrone Corbin that all assume to be a walking lame duck.

    All of this, however, goes a long way toward ensuring that the Kings will get to keep their lottery pick in this year’s draft.

  • Kobe Bryant confirms that he wanted to join Michael Jordan and the Wizards

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    When Michael Jordan’s two-year contract to play basketball for the Washington Wizards expired at the end of the 2002-03 season, it was assumed by many that Jordan would be asked to return to his role as the Wizards’ president of basketball operations and de facto general manager – a position he held for a season and a half prior to returning to the court. Instead, then-Wizards owner Abe Pollin informed Jordan that he would not be returning to that post with the franchise. Feeling used, Jordan literally sped away from the Wizards in his Corvette, never to return to the league as an active player.

    According to two people with knowledge of the situation, after Jordan decided to sell his minority ownership stake to resume his playing career with the Wizards, Bryant informed him several times he wanted to play for the Wizards — under the assumption that Jordan would return to the front office once his playing days were over.

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    “That’s true,” Bryant confirmed recently. “A long time ago? Yeah.”                           

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  • Mark Cuban: Fan-led All-Star voting system 'positively broken'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    The NBA All-Star Game is an exhibition contest. It has absolutely no relevance in the overall championship race. It is designed purely for entertainment purposes, a mid-February distraction pitched on basic cable television. It’s important to remember that.

    All-Star appearances, however, are often used as negotiating tools when it comes time for players and teams to cobble together contracts. Even by those that understand that All-Star appearances shouldn’t count much as a way to tally up a player’s career accomplishments, the amount of All-Star nods are still treated like currency when it comes time to discuss a player’s Basketball Hall of Fame viability. On top of that, even the most even-keeled of NBA media types still like to hammer out arguments over who should start over whom. Even if they don’t deign to a write a haughty column over it, they’ll still think about it in passing while washing dishes or talk back to the radio or TV when others put their picks on the line.

    For some reason, these things matter; and yet All-Star voting is left in the hands of fans that will typically turn the process into a popularity contest.

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  • Seattle mayor: NBA is 'being straightforward with me,' no plans for a team in Seattle

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    The NBA hasn’t had a team in Seattle since 2007-08, and the city won’t figure to have a team in its grasp any time soon. The fact that this is a sustained point of knowledge as opposed to breaking news doesn’t make it any less frustrating.

    Seattle mayor Ed Murray met with NBA commissioner Adam Silver on Monday to discuss the viability of the league either expanding by one team or the possibility that another franchise could relocate to Seattle prior to the expiration of an established funding agreement between the city and hoped-for team owner Chris Hansen.

    In no uncertain terms, apparently, Silver told Murray that the league has no plans to either spark up a new team or re-locate an existing one to Seattle. From Geoff Baker at the Seattle Times:

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    An NBA source, who asked not to be named, confirmed Murray’s version of the meeting.

    “I worry that it may not happen,’’ Murray said. “I worry that both councils will not go the full way toward approving this (arena) if there is no team. If it’s two or three years away, this will run out in 2017 and the whole thing will have to start over again.’’

    Sigh.

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  • The 10-man rotation, starring the growing pains in Minnesota

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days 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

  • Kobe Bryant blames his shoulder injury on passing 'too much'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    In his first public comments since the Los Angeles Lakers announced that he had suffered a torn right rotator cuff, Kobe Bryant went peak Kobe Bryant with his Twitter response:

    This is what happens when I pass too much! #ShoulderShock thank u all for ur thoughts and prayers #team @DrinkBODYARMOR @Lakers #oneluv

    That is brilliant. And perfect Kobe – a self-aware joke, an endorsement, hashtags and thanks.

    More telling? No dour notes, no blacked-out Twitter avatar (as he did during his 2013 rehab from an Achilles tear), no complaints about the struggle being real, nothing for us to chomp down on in wondering if Kobe was game to retire after a third consecutive season was ended by a major injury.

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  • Nets forward Mirza Teletovic will miss the season due to blood clots in his lungs

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    Nearly midway through Brooklyn’s blowout loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night, after missing all three of his shots from the field and turning the ball over once, Nets forward Mirza Teletovic left the game and Staples Center on his own two feet to venture off to a local hospital. The Bosnian forward was complaining of shortness of breath, but following a battery of tests he assured media …

    Saw Mirza in lobby of team hotel last night. Looked to be in good spirits after getting checked out at hospital for shortness of breath.

    … and his Twitter followers alike …

    I had a small problem, but now everything is ok... Thx all fans from Bosnia, Spain and USA for support

    … that he was just fine.

    Sadly, on Friday, we’ve found out that this is far from the case. Teletovic will miss the rest of Brooklyn’s season as he recovers from blood clots in his lung. The Nets released a statement announcing as much:

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  • Derrick Rose has been cleared to play as many minutes as he wants to

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    The Chicago Bulls have been working up a pretty trashy brand of basketball recently, watching as their offense goes flat while pairing that putrid play with absolutely terrible defense. The squad has lost six of eight since an impressive home win over the Houston Rockets on Jan. 5, and the team’s schedule only gets worse from here on out: Chicago is set to take on the Spurs, Mavericks, Heat and Warriors over a six-day stretch that takes them from Chicago to Texas, back to Chicago and then out to the Bay Area.

    The Bulls are already without Joakim Noah, suffering from an ankle injury and the aftereffects of a knee surgery that the team’s not-to-be-trusted medical staff diagnosed as “minor” some eight and a half months ago. Injured swingmen Mike Dunleavy Jr. and Doug McDermott might be pushed back into the rotation during this stretch of games far earlier than they should, Dunleavy couldn’t run last week and it took a month for the Bulls to relent and submit that McDermott needed knee surgery after he was seen limping around with a knee sleeve to start the season.

    "I feel great," Rose said recently of his health.

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  • Kobe Bryant tears right rotator cuff, could be out for the season

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    Nine years ago today, Kobe Bryant put on a performance for the ages, scoring 81 points in a win over the Toronto Raptors, an effort that in a lot of ways is more impressive than Wilt Chamberlain’s NBA record of 100 points in a game.

    Thursday’s anniversary of that showcase came with more somber news, as an MRI revealed Bryant has suffered a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. The injury, usually associated with baseball pitchers, occurred during Wednesday’s Lakers loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.

    The team announced the injury on Twitter …

    Update: Kobe Bryant had an MRI exam, preliminary results show a tear of the rotator cuff. He will fly back to LA. pic.twitter.com/EOZTuuKjoL

    and on its website:

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