Kelly Dwyer

  • Former Knick coach Mike Woodson brought the heat when asked about his ex-team

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Assistant coaches rarely speak on record to members of the media, partially because it’s discouraged by most teams but mostly because assistant coaches don’t have to and they’d rather do anything else in the world besides spending time in front of a reporter’s recorder.

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    Special occasions do allow for assistants to bend the rules a bit, such as the setup we saw in New York on Wednesday night when the Los Angeles Clippers visited the Knicks. Former Knicks head coach Mike Woodson was fired by Knicks president Phil Jackson last spring, and Woodson is currently an assistant on Doc Rivers’ Clippers staff. Woodson decided to go on record with a few statements about the current state of the Knicks – only after Rivers asked Woodson to act as the Clippers' spokesman in the face of the media following the Clippers' win.

    "They've had a tough season so far and hopefully they can rebound this summer and put some pieces together and get back to winning basketball games."

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  • Bob Cousy saves his first Bill Russell comparison in 40 years for Hassan Whiteside

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Since retiring from the NBA in 1963 and again after a brief return to action in 1970, Bob Cousy has seen plenty of incredible defensive-minded big men. The 86-year old, who winters in Florida, doesn’t have to hover over NBA League Pass every night to see all manner of rim protectors cabled to him on either national TV, or through local Miami Heat broadcasts.

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    Those Heat have had an up and down year, as partially exemplified by the ascension or former journeyman center Hassan Whiteside. And just 41 games into Whiteside’s career with the Heat – that’s half an NBA season – Bob Cousy has seen enough.

    In a good way. He's now comparing Whiteside to the legendary Bill Russell. From Bill Doyle at the Telegram & Gazette:

    What.

    "I don't get excited too often about these guys," Cousy said, "but this kid looks to me like a turn-around guy.

    Cousy paused for a moment and added, "Maybe I'm overreacting."

    Still, Bill Russell ?

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  • Randy Wittman and the Washington Wizards seem to be sick of one another

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Over a four-day stretch that began last Friday, the Washington Wizards lost road games to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Sacramento Kings, and the Golden State Warriors by a combined 68 points, and the NBA barely blinked. The team’s coaching staff and players may have gone sullen, and the team’s fan base may have lost its collective mind, but the league as a whole chalked it up to just another case of Wizards going Wizard.

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    Wednesday was supposed to change that. A seemingly alert and angry Wizards team lined up against the only other Eastern Conference playoff contender struggling just as much as the Wizards were (and, spoiler alert, are ) – an Indiana team that had lost six straight games. The Pacers then proceeded slap the Pacers around in their own building for three quarters before John Wall’s 24-point second half dragged an unwilling Washington squad back into a tie game during the final stages.

    With under ten seconds left, as he’s done for most of the season, George Hill went to work:

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  • Report: John Calipari 'desperately wants' to return to the NBA

    Kelly Dwyer at The Dagger 2 days ago

    This will always and forever be a yearly thing, so as long as Kentucky Wildcat head coach John Calipari decides to stay at the University atop his perch as coach of the best team in college basketball, while thought by some to be the best coach in college basketball. Of course John Calipari wants a chance to prove himself in the NBA, so says Unnamed and Anonymous NBA Guy, because it’s the supposed logical next step and because he failed badly in his lone NBA attempt as head coach. Because who could possibly be happy making millions as the head coach of college basketball’s great destination team?

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    The one name that could return the Nets to all of those things they thought they could be, that they seemed primed to be, is currently guiding the best college basketball team in the nation, a coach who crashed and burned with the Nets once already. The Nets can be saved by John Calipari.

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  • Dwight Howard is set to return to the Rockets, but he won't solve all Houston's woes

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    The Houston Rockets, as it is with just about every single NBA team of record, are full of comings and goings. Thanks a lot, injuries.

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    The team confirmed on Wednesday morning that star center Dwight Howard would indeed be returning on Wednesday night, as the Rockets gear up for their playoff push:

    McHale confirms: Dwight Howard will return tonight in New Orleans. He will start and be on a minutes restriction. pic.twitter.com/ccwTpDtpNV

    The minutes restriction has not been set, but Dwight has a solid guess:

    McHale said he would keep Dwight Howard on a minutes restriction tonight. Howard thought he might play around 16 minutes in his return.

    If anyone has a solid guess as to what happens to the Houston Rockets from here on out, with 12 games to go in the regular season, go right ahead and shout it out.

    “He is going to meet more people [Wednesday] and get a final determination as to what is going to happen,” McHale said. “There probably won’t be any major decisions made for a week-10 days, see what happens.”

  • Joel Embiid won't play NBA hoops until the Summer League, as the 76ers do

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    In late June, NBA prospect Joel Embiid underwent surgery to repair the broken navicular bone in his right foot. The initial prognosis, in the days before the 2014 NBA Draft, stated that he’d be out four-to-six months. Depending on the team that selected him, Embiid could theoretically have returned in time for the opening week of the 2014-15 season.

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    Then the Philadelphia 76ers selected him.

    From Dei Lynam at CSN Philly:

    "He is feeling better without a doubt," Brown said. "He is ticking boxes with regards to increased time on the court and reduced weight."

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    Whether or not any of this works, as is always the case with the Philadelphia 76ers, will take a long time to determine.

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    Wouldn’t a few late season reps with Noel help Embiid, in this regard?

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  • DeMarcus Cousins is frustrated as he works through a 'circus' of a season

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Towards the end of another crushing season, these last few days should have acted as a respite of sorts for Sacramento Kings fans.

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    The team came through with an impressive win over a tough Charlotte Hornets team on Friday, prior to a one-sided beat down of a reeling Washington Wizards club on Sunday evening. A game against the lowly Philadelphia 76ers and a chance at a three-game winning streak awaits on Monday evening.

    The 23-point win over Washington allowed Kings center DeMarcus Cousins to play the third-fewest minutes he’s played all season, just under 23 in the contest, and it also allowed for Washington Post NBA scribe Michael Lee to sit down with Cousins to allow the All-Star to give his take on a season gone wrong.

    Cousins, as he should be doing, did not hold back:

    And none of them are the most famous name in the room, and for good reason.

    He’s not wrong.

  • Flip Saunders calls a Utah broadcaster's insinuation that the Wolves are tanking 'irresponsible'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Ask many NBA League Pass obsessives who their favorite local broadcasting crew is, and those of us that love to work over an 11-game Wednesday schedule will probably rank the Minnesota Timberwolves crew of Dave Benz and Jim Petersen at the top of their list. In spite of the Wolves’ decade of woes, the two remain impartial, well-studied, and an engaging listen.

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    Those two weren’t behind the microphone for Monday’s rather exciting Timberwolves win over the Utah Jazz, however. Minnesota and NBA fans in general had to turn into the Jazz broadcast on League Pass in order to watch the game, a broadcast helmed by a color analyst in Matt Harpring that is, to be kind, is not as highly regarded by many coast-to-coast followers as his Minnesota counterpart in Jim Petersen.

    From Jerry Zgoda at the Star-Tribune:

    Harpring later hopped on Twitter in an attempt to brighten and clarify:

    And now, our particular tanking boilerplate:

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  • Nikola Mirotic might be the rookie of the year, but not the Rookie of the Year

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    His Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month award for March all but wrapped up, Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic seems to be well on his way toward the Eastern Conference Player of the Month designation. Sound work for a guy that averaged just 14.3 minutes per game in February.

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    It was that minutes mark that has Mirotic as a distant second or even third in the Rookie of the Year race, as other younger candidates have taken advantage of crummier teams and more opportunities per contest to ring up consistent stats night in and night out. Mirotic is making a case for himself with his standout play in March, however, play that includes a killer 28-point outing against the Charlotte Hornets from Monday night.

    That performance included the nasty dunk you see above, and this ridiculous step-back jumper from just a few minutes before:

    (Assuming the NBA doesn’t just completely live on the perimeter in 2012, and that Anthony Davis wouldn’t be working as point guard by then for the Mizar-5 Space Rats.)

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  • The Golden State Warriors think a new Portland T-shirt looks awfully familiar

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

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     This is interesting:

    Tomorrow's Item of the Game vs. the @Warriors. Available in-arena only for $15! #PORvsGSW pic.twitter.com/aRD7ZHGeYn

    What you see above is a T-shirt that the Portland Trail Blazers will put on sale during Portland’s Tuesday evening contest between the Blazers and the visiting Golden State Warriors. The shirt references “Rip City,” PDX’s decades-old nickname for its beloved team, and features a silhouette of the locally-famed White Stag sign.

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    It also, well, look:

    And:

    Golden State?

    Portland’s reply?

    @warriors ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    A take from afar?

    Portland’s inferiority complex officer, call your office.

    Your thoughts?

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