Kelly Dwyer

  • The last-minute results are in, and NBA referees are actually quite good at their job

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 hrs ago

    On Wednesday, the NBA’s referee union released a statement that confirmed what we’ve been trying to tell some of you angrier sorts for years: NBA referees actually do a pretty amazing job.

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    Seriously. Stop shouting. They really don’t have it out for your favorite team. I mean, I hate your favorite team, so damn much, but they don’t.

    Earlier in the season the league announced plans to release grade reports for the job the referees do during the final two minutes of contests. Almost immediately, a Clipper (big shocker there) was shot down in the release’s first report, backing up the referees’ technical foul calls during a too-close Los Angeles win over Minnesota.

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  • Larry Brown passed on drafting Paul Pierce because of one bad promise

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 6 hrs ago

    The NBA draft is in seven weeks, prospects are starting to align and teams are beginning to juggle their relative outlooks. Representation will go all in on attempting to secure prime spots for their new clients, either cashing in on or taking out favors with certain teams and general managers as the backs get scratched, slapped, and sometimes stabbed.

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    Larry Brown used to be one of those general managers, perhaps not in title but it role, with the Philadelphia 76ers. As he approached his second draft with the team in 1998, the notoriously impatient coach/executive needed to make a splash – he needed an immediate contributor, especially with Allen Iverson set to hit unrestricted free agency in 1999.

    "We took Larry Hughes because (with the eighth pick) because we thought we had a need," he said. "But the reason we took Larry is I promised him when we interviewed him -- we knew we were getting the eighth pick -- I promised him if he was there at (No.) 8 we would take him."


    (Brown also passed on selecting Dirk Nowitzki at the same slot.)

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  • Isiah Thomas is still trying to convince people that he wasn't a terrible GM

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 9 hrs ago

    New New York Liberty president and potential part-owner Isiah Thomas doesn’t want you to know that he made bad basketball trades. And he also knows that hitting up the NFL-obsessed sports talk radio market is the best place to explain things away. We got a little taste of that on Wednesday.

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    In the fall of 2005, frustrated at a fruitless summer’s worth of negotiations, the Chicago Bulls decided to put center Eddy Curry on the trading block. Curry was a restricted free agent, and he was angling for a massive contract extension on the heels of a breakout year with Chicago – one that ended prematurely to his the diagnosis of a heart condition. Teams were both hesitant to commit big money to Curry because of his medical issues, and because of Chicago’s ability to match terms.

    Isiah Thomas discussed the Eddy Curry trade on Boomer & Carton this morning:

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  • The Chicago Bulls declined to celebrate after a needed Game 1 victory (Video)

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    To say that the Chicago Bulls take their direction from coach Tom Thibodeau is an understatement. Whether the team is flying high under MVP-level Derrick Rose, battling it out with a Rose-less batch of scrappers, or the current combination of both routines, the Bulls won’t dance. Don’t ask ‘em.

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    Ask anyone in the Chicago locker room, and they’ll tell you they performed as expected in winning Game 1 of the team’s Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Yes, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving still suit up for the Cavaliers, but the Cavs were without Kevin Love and J.R. Smith and at the very least a competitive go is to be expected.

    Following the win, via Uproxx, they acted as expected:

    Even if Thibodeau doesn’t want to hear any excuses:

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  • James Dolan and Isiah Thomas define entitlement yet again

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    At first, it was funny. Knicks being Knicks. James Dolan being James Dolan. Isiah Thomas, again, thinking he’ll be good at something he’ll most assuredly fail at. Madison Square Garden (read: James Dolan) hired Isiah to run the WNBA’s New York Liberty, despite Thomas having absolutely no experience in women’s basketball in either the pro or collegiate ranks, and despite his well-documented strikeouts suffered while running the Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks.

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    Then, late on Thursday afternoon, it became something to get angry about:

    Clarification: this statement on the Anucha Brown Sanders trial & Isiah Thomas came from Madison Square Garden:

    This is textbook entitlement.

    The unyielding back-slapping and continued entitlement amongst the undeserved elite in this situation is maddening and, depending on your toleration for cynicism, expected.

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  • The San Antonio Spurs? Gone till November.

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Is this the first summer that will allow us to slough off the San Antonio Spurs? Possibly. Perhaps. You don’t have to shovel dirt on a team to wonder about its future.

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    It really does tumble from the top. It is outrageous that the Spurs had to play the Los Angeles Clippers in a first round series that seemed better suited for late May, but the Spurs also mined their own fortune by understandably resting players throughout the season, losing in the final game of the regular season while falling to the sixth seed, and repeatedly going to an intentional fouling strategy against DeAndre Jordan despite little returns.

    What they are asking for is your time, and possibly a break.

    The Spurs are looking in that direction as they attempt to move forward. The team decided not to formally give a contract extension to Kawhi Leonard during the last offseason, understanding that his cap hold was far preferable to his cap figure as the team looked to either replace a retiring Duncan with Marc Gasol or LaMarcus Aldridge via free agency, or augmenting the team upon learning of Duncan’s return.

  • The Brooklyn Nets? Gone till 2019.

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    It’s hard not to pile on. Trust us, we tried to be nice with this one.

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    The Brooklyn Nets had to recover to win 38 games this season, in a campaign spent working in the lacking Eastern Conference for two-thirds of the schedule. The team, genuinely, shocked everyone by merely acting competent against the struggling Atlanta Hawks in the first round – and yet the squad still wasn’t entertaining enough to let us forget that a 45-win Thunder team featuring Russell Westbrook was left to watch from home.

    Nobody was paid more to play basketball than the Brooklyn Nets this season. The team actually went on a payroll-cutting mission last summer and still ended up with a payroll that neared $88 million. That’s prior to luxury taxes, mind you.

    You know the drill by now. Let’s look over the rubble.

    And the end result was 38 wins. And what’s worst is what could come next.

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  • BDL's 2014-15 NBA Playoff Previews: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    How They Got Here

    Cleveland : It should have been a typical first round series. Hell, had the thing taken place in 1995, we wouldn’t be “here” at all. Boston would have been out in three. Game 4 never would have happened.

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    The Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics engaged in a routine, one-sided blowout sweep that featured a championship contender going up against a young upstart that truly shouldn’t have even made it into the playoff bracket. Most prognosticators seemed to agree that Boston shouldn’t have taken a single game, and though the C’s made it close early in Game 1, the series was neither compelling nor all that threatening to Cleveland’s championship chances.

    Boston did well to not be totally blown out of the water, but the single-digit losses in Games 2, 3 and 4 weren’t really telling. Cleveland owned this series, toying with a game Boston club while biding its time until an over-.500 opponent could show up.

    Chicago : Chicago fans can relate. Crying Time is over, however.


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  • Tony Allen will walk right through your dance routine, children (Video)

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Tony Allen – Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard, sainted King of All Things Gritty and Grindy – will not cede his court-space for anyone.

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    Least of all you punk kids, with all your dancing and bebopping:

    The Golden State Warriors crowd, denied a chance to watch an adorable children’s dance routine, understandably booed heartily:

    Allen, to his credit, seemed to realize his misstep and give one of the kids a bit of dap:

    Nor did the crowd's booing seem to bother him.

    This is what happens when you’re charged with following Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson for 48 minutes. You tend to work in kind of a daze.

    (Hat-tip: CBS Sports and The Score.)

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  • The Washington Wizards steal one on the road, take a 1-0 series lead over Atlanta

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    The Atlanta Hawks, it’s been proven, do not embrace playing from ahead.

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    The East’s top seed gave away home-court advantage in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday, blowing an early double-digit lead while allowing the upstart Washington Wizards to dictate the pace. The Hawks appeared to have learned very little from the team’s too-close 4-2 first-round win over the Brooklyn Nets, falling in a 104-98 loss that felt far more one-sided than the score would indicate.

    This isn’t to take away from the Wizards, who played a decisive and strident form of basketball, led by lead guard John Wall’s 18 points and 13 assists. Third-year guard Bradley Beal paced the team with 28 points, leaving at one point in the fourth quarter with appeared to be a painful badly sprained right ankle prior to returning.

    Beal was crying heading to the locker room.

    Whether this sustains or not is up to the Hawks.

    Credit these Wizards. This just seems to be their time of year. Again.

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