Kelly Dwyer

  • Hulk Hogan owns quite a few Air Jordan sneakers (Video)

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 10 hrs ago

    There is absolutely nothing to add to this beyond the fact that professional wrestler Terry “Hulk” Hogan has quite a few pairs of Air Jordan sneakers.

    If you just want to push back from your office chair and watch this over and over again for the next few minutes, we’ll understand.

    Via Sole Collector.

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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

  • Memphis' GM on suitors chasing after Marc Gasol: 'Teams are going to have to find another player'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 11 hrs ago

    So, the Memphis Grizzlies have the NBA’s best record. The team’s best player, Marc Gasol, spent his teenage years in Memphis, and the Grizzlies were the first team to give him an NBA chance. That franchise can also pay him more money than any other squad in the NBA when Marc becomes a free agent this upcoming July.

    So, Marc Gasol seems like the perfect fit to want to flee from the Memphis Grizzlies this summer, right?

    So, Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace wants you to step off. From an interview with Larry H. Russell at CLNS Radio:

    “We have every intention of re-signing Marc Gasol. So those teams are going to have to find another player.”

    Yeah, man. Dude’s staying. MARC IS STAYING.

    (He’s staying, right?)

    “What they once were” may not be around next season, though. Much less the next few seasons after that, should Gasol stick around.

    Those two teams aren’t ready-made champions, though, and the Grizzlies will have options of their own.

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  • Tom Thibodeau on Derrick Rose's unending injury worries: 'He's got to get out there and play'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 12 hrs ago

    Derrick Rose played NBA basketball on Monday night. He suited up for his Chicago Bulls and took part in the team’s too-close 97-95 road win over the Utah Jazz. Rose was far from his MVP-level self, but his performance was 2014-era typical – he scored 18 points on 10 shots, dished five assists, showed some flashes while penetrating in transition but also relied on his 3-of-5 mark from behind the three-point arc to score.

    It was Rose’s first game back in 11 days, a week and a half after pulling a hamstring in a win over the Toronto Raptors. Rose has played in just six of his team’s 14 games, dealing with both that hamstring malady and two sprained ankles. This comes on the heels of him missing just about all of the 2012 playoffs, the entire 2012-13 season due to a torn ACL, and all but 10 games of 2013-14 after suffering a torn meniscus.

    He doesn’t suffer from recurring injuries, none of these setbacks stems from the same knee, ankle, or hamstring, but he does get injured quite a bit. It’s wearying, whether you’re a Bulls fan or just your typical NBA follower.

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  • Eric Gordon tears his labrum, is out indefinitely

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    On Saturday, New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon left his team’s contest with the Utah Jazz with what appeared to be a separated shoulder. He had already dropped eight points in 13 minutes in what was probably shaping up to be his best game of the season.

    On Monday afternoon, the Pelicans released a statement to the press:

    The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that guard Eric Gordon will be out indefinitely with a left shoulder injury. An MRI revealed Gordon suffered a torn labrum as a result of the left shoulder subluxation injury that occurred Saturday night at Utah.

    Gordon will undergo further evaluation throughout this week by the team's medical staff to determine the best course of action moving forward. More details will be released as they become available.

    The details are more or less in place. Gordon may return this season to play with the Pelicans, but these are the sorts of injuries that tend to linger. Gordon’s injury history has tended to linger, if we’re honest.

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  • Brandon Jennings says his Pistons don't shoot straight because 'we don’t shoot in practice'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    For more than a few of us, the addition of Stan Van Gundy to the bench of the Detroit Pistons was supposed to serve as a panacea – and that’s an understandable expectation in the face of the return of a very good coach. Van Gundy is charged with both cleaning up the messes of the previous front office and the team’s former coaches (he’s the team’s tenth since 2001!), but because his basketball brain is so big plenty pegged the Pistons as an Eastern Conference playoff possibility.

    The squad has lost ten of its first 13 games so far this season, however, and it currently boasts the league’s fourth-worst offense. The Pistons are just as miserable to watch under SVG as they were to watch under Maurice Cheeks, or Lawrence Frank, or John Kuester. The team is second to last in two-point field goal percentage, second to last in overall field goal percentage, and second to last in free throw percentage.

    They can’t shoot. We knew this heading into 2014-15, but we didn’t think it would be this bad. Point guard Brandon Jennings thinks he knows why, exactly, the Pistons keep peeling paint.

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    Is it the responsibility of players or coaches to make sure those shooting repetitions happen?

  • Adam Silver thinks an age limit increase to 20 'would make for a better league'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Following sports often forces us to balance how we utilize our own value systems in real life versus what we instinctually want to react to as fans. It’s a tough give and take that often sees people rooting against movements and for decisions that we wouldn’t want applied to us personally.

    For years, the casual NBA fan was told to ready themselves for a killer 2014 NBA draft. Several teams started out the 2013-14 season by dumping personnel in hopes of establishing good position in the league’s draft lottery, in anticipation of a bevy of fantastic young players. Nearly a month into the season, however, the league’s rookie class is more than underwhelming. Nobody is calling the class a bust – far from it – but none of the expected standouts have even put up an average Player Efficiency Rating thus far. The top overall selection, Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins, needed a 29-point, five-rebound game on Saturday just to bump his numbers up to 12.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in just under 29 minutes a contest.

    In a discussion with Chuck Klosterman at GQ, NBA commissioner Adam Silver explained why:

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  • Kobe Bryant on massive deal with the Lakers: 'I really don't care.'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    It will remain a game day staple for the duration of the length of Kobe Bryant’s contract, and (though we hope this isn’t the case) the rest of his stay in the NBA. Kobe will hit a town with his Los Angeles Lakers, and be asked by both local and Los Angeles press alike about his contract – a two-year, $48.5 million deal that just about everyone save for the Buss family (at least on record), Kobe (at least on record), and the more ridiculous of the Kobe defenders (they’re on record) agrees is not commensurate with what Kobe Bryant is currently contributing on the basketball court.

    Bryant has produced when it has come to the Lakers negotiating their own local TV rights, however, and his Pacific cellar-dwelling club will still take in an ungodly amount of national television appearances this year. On top of that, even though Bryant signed maximum extensions with the Lakers in 1999, 2004, and 2010, Bryant has really never made with the Lakers what he would earn in a fully open market – one pitched without a salary cap or maximum salaries.

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    Transparency.

    Unless our name was “Tim,” or “Dirk,” I guess.

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  • Andrei Kirilenko has left the Nets, and may not be coming back

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    When versatile forward Andrei Kirilenko took what felt like a massive pay cut to join the Brooklyn Nets in 2013, many cried shenanigans. AK had just come off of a very good year with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and he was a few weeks removed from declining the option on the second year of his two-year contract that would have paid him $10 million to stay in Minnesota during 2013-14. When Kirilenko signed for nearly $7 million less per year to play with the Nets, most rightfully assumed that the Mikhail Prokhorov-owned team had sneakily provided him with a cruise ship or two that would stay docked until his two-year, $6.5 million contract ran out.

    Sadly, it appears as if AK might be headed toward those calmer waters midseason, because he could be finished with the Nets. The team announced on Friday that Andrei would stay behind on the team’s road trip …

     And the Nets?

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  • Shelly Sterling wants her Los Angeles Clippers to win so that she can get a championship ring

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    The Sterling family continues to be the NBA’s great shame.

    The league can argue away using Donald Sterling’s wife Shelly Sterling as a means to an end to oust the former Clippers owner that they should have ousted years ago, but it will never be able to step down from the fact that the league sold out in letting Shelly Sterling remain a technical member of the Los Angeles Clippers as its bogus “Number One Fan” – and by extension a member of the NBA family. The league failed in that regard.

    Because Los Angeles is Los Angeles, and because the Sterlings are still the Sterlings, TMZ decided to stake out Donald and Shelly Sterling after a dinner date out on Wednesday night in order to ask how the “couple” is handling their half-estrangement from the NBA.

    “I pray they do good,” she said smiling. “I want to get rings. We just want to see ‘em win.”

    And the NBA should be ashamed about that.

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  • The NBPA, doing its job, will appeal Jeff Taylor's 24-game domestic violence suspension

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    When the NBA suspended Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor an unprecedented 24 games after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic abuse charges, it was quite obvious what new’ish NBA commissioner Adam Silver was doing. In the wake of the NFL’s shameful handling of its own domestic violence problems, a harsh penalty was needed in order to reinforce the message that We’re. Not. Putting. Up. With. This. Stuff. Anymore.

    Even Silver himself admitted that the penalty, which will lapse after Taylor sits out 13 more games following the 11 he’s missed already, is unprecedented:

    The NBA is committed to vigilance with respect to domestic violence. We will continue to work closely with the Players Association to provide education, awareness training, and appropriate resources to NBA players and their families. We recognize our responsibility to do all that we can to prevent this destructive and unacceptable conduct from happening in the future.

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