Kelly Dwyer

  • Phil Jackson confirms that NBA teams have been deflating basketballs for years

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 15 hrs ago

    As with most things related to the NFL, especially around the time of the Super Bowl, discussions centered on the New England Patriots’ role in “Deflategate” turned out to be a pointless and rather stupid exercise. The Pats may have deflated footballs before a playoff game. We think, not sure. And the NFL probably won’t punish the Patriots for breaking the rules because the league’s commissioner is good pals with the New England owner, as if every member of the league’s crew of One Percenters hasn’t already broken bread on a club sandwich lunch together prior to leaving a one percent tip for the server.

    In the NBA, this practice has been going on for years. Teams routinely push the limits of the 7.5 to 8.5 pounds of pressure per square inch mark that the league insists upon. Squads either deaden basketballs or pump them to the limits in hopes that the referees won’t find out, the opposing players won’t complain, and to ensure that the ball suits their particular strengths as a club.

    From there, then we got to chortle on about things that were never proven. Because sports, that’s why.

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  • Phil Jackson confirms that NBA teams have been deflating basketballs for decades

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 16 hrs ago

    As with most things related to the NFL, especially around the time of the Super Bowl, discussions centered on the New England Patriots’ role in “Deflategate” turned out to be a pointless and rather stupid exercise. The Pats may have deflated footballs before a playoff game. We think, not sure. And the NFL probably won’t punish the Patriots for breaking the rules because the league’s commissioner is good pals with the New England owner, as if every member of the league’s crew of One Percenters hasn’t already broken bread on a club sandwich lunch together prior to leaving a one percent tip for the server.

    In the NBA, this practice has been going on for years. Teams routinely push the limits of the 7.5 to 8.5 pounds of pressure per square inch mark that the league insists upon. Squads either deaden basketballs or pump them to the limits in hopes that the referees won’t find out, the opposing players won’t complain, and to ensure that the ball suits their particular strengths as a club.

     

    From there, then we got to chortle on about things that were never proven. Because sports, that’s why.

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  • J.R. Smith thinks he's successful as a Cav because 'there's no going out' in Cleveland

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 17 hrs ago

    The flashy New York Knicks dealing noted nightlife enthusiast J.R. Smith into the dreary Cleveland winter is a script idea so hacky that it would have been laughed off of the table two decades ago. Starting with the unfortunate move that sent Knicks legend Walt Frazier to Cleveland in 1977, the idea gained silver screen immortality when the "Major League" franchise gave credibility to the trope that Cleveland was the major league city that no athlete wanted to work in.

    J.R. Smith actual life, it turns out, is a living and breathing B-movie idea. Traded from the Knicks to the Cavaliers on Jan. 7, he has indirectly aligned his nightlife-less existence in Cleveland with his solid start to a career as a Cavalier.

    From an interview with NBA.com’s David Aldridge, who asked what Smith felt he needed to work on upon coming to Cleveland:

    (Knicks fans? They would say that Smith lacked consistency.)

    J.R. Smith, the NBA’s second-biggest partier over the last 41 years!

    Right?

  • Was Matt Barnes' $25K fine culled from a curse-fest with Suns owner Robert Sarver?

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Partway through the second quarter of his team’s game against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday, Los Angeles Clippers swingman Matt Barnes directed some inappropriate language at a fan that was sitting courtside on the baseline. For Barnes, who had a rough 1-9 shooting night in Los Angeles’ impressive 20-point win, the outburst was well within his repertoire. We’re not judging nor shaming Barnes when we say that microphones tend to catch him using rude words more than just about any other player.

    Most of those flights of fancy, however, go unnoticed. For whatever reason, though, the NBA fined Barnes $25,000 on Tuesday for this efficient, three-word take down:

    The NBA fined Matt Barnes $25K for swearing at a fan after getting a T in Sunday's #SunsVsClippers game. He said 3 words and 2 were profane.

    This is Matt Barnes, though. And this is where it gets interesting.

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  • Charlotte, Brooklyn and Detroit are all fighting for the Worst Playoff Seed Ever

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    For whatever reason, the “contenders” that are “fightin’” for the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference’s pathetic playoff bracket want us to notice them. Be it by trade discussions, terribly unfortunate injuries, or coaching intrigue, the below-.500 Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets and Detroit Pistons have wormed their way into our browser windows.

    Those jerks. Why can’t they just go away so that we can go back to swooning over the Hawks and Warriors?

    The Hornets currently own the prize of the eighth and final playoff spot out in the Conference, a game and a half in back of a Miami Heat team that figures to improve as health (hopefully) settles in. The team earned its position by winning eight of nine in impressive fashion earlier in January, but the last two contests included a 39-point defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers that somehow felt worse than the score would indicate, and a close 76-71 win over the New York Knicks that I hoped none of you stayed home to watch on Saturday night.

    Still, Joe Johnson at age 33 with over 40,000 career regular season and postseason minutes under his belt? Seems like a Michael Jordan-type move, and those are rarely good.

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

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days 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 2 days 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 2 days 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 2 days 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 5 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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