Kelly Dwyer

  • The 10-man rotation, starring DeAndre Jordan's Defensive Player of the Year candidacy

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 11 hrs 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

  • If their team huddles are any indication, the Nuggets can't wait for the season to end

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 12 hrs ago

    This is why sportswriters need to be given floor-level “press-row” seats again.

    In the hours after a blowout home loss to the Utah Jazz on Friday evening, Denver Post columnist Chris Dempsey dropped this little nugget about the National Basketball Association team that plays in Denver:

    A fourth-quarter huddle late in the Nuggets' 104-82 loss to the Utah Jazz on Friday broke with this phrase: "1-2-3 ... six weeks!"

    As in six weeks to go until the end of the season. That's 24 games, 46 days and 1,152 minutes away.

    Tax day, April 15, is getaway day: the last day of the Nuggets' season. Rest assured, there are players who are already counting.

    There are Nuggets fans who are already counting. I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that I’m also looking forward to the day when Nugget games aren’t located just one channel over when I flip around on League Pass from night to night. They are a dreary, dreadful watch.

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    I wouldn’t want to hang around, either. Just 44 more days, everyone.

  • Wizards owner Ted Leonsis created an off-putting tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 14 hrs ago

    The NBA and its owners tend to rate very highly when it comes to encouraging diversity amongst its workforce, and the league itself routinely promotes Black History Month amongst many other inclusive endeavors.

    Sure, there have been some notable step-backs, but usually this group of 1-percenters seems to act properly when faced with what could be sensitive topics.

    I’ll let the readers decide if Ted Leonsis’ decision to pair his face with that of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s visage, in some ham-hock attempt at celebrating Black History Month, would rank amongst those proper acts.

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    At best, Leonsis is aligning his thoughts with that of Dr. King. That’s passable – his words are usually ones worth riding with.

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  • The Bulls can survive without Jimmy Butler, but just barely

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 15 hrs ago

    Jimmy Butler has joined the perpetually revolving crew of Chicago Bull contributors that are working through nasty injuries. Butler, typically a workhorse, left Sunday’s Chicago loss to the Los Angeles Clippers with a sprained left elbow. On Monday, his team learned the full extent of his injury:

    Chicago's Jimmy Butler could miss 3-4 weeks with elbow sprain, but won't need surgery, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.

    A later Bulls press release pegged the ulnar ligament sprain as possibly keeping Butler out for three to six weeks.

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    Due to his new batch of offensive responsibilities, Butler isn’t quite the dominant defender that we saw last year, when the third-year player managed to make the NBA’s All-Defensive Second Team. He’s still as good as they come defensively at the swingman spot, however, and the Bulls will badly miss him on both ends of the court.

    Of course, because these are the Bulls, they will try to chip away at that “three to six week”-diagnosis:

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  • The 76ers are the latest team to cut ties with JaVale McGee, making him a free agent

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 17 hrs ago

    Remember all the way back in the great month of February, when JaVale McGee swore up and down that he wanted to be part of the Philadelphia 76ers’ rebuilding plan? That he wanted to mentor the team’s young big men, and that he wasn’t the type to go chasing for a ring?

    Confronted with the ability to make all the money he is owed – the rest of the $11.25 million he’s set to take in this year, and $12 million in 2015-16 – while being afforded the luxury to hop to whatever team will have him, McGee has now decided to leave those poor and mentor-less Sixer bigs to the wolves.

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    Philadelphia officially bought him out on Monday afternoon, after Sam Amick of USA Today first reported that the two sides were looking to officially part ways. From Amick:

    As always, good luck to both sides.

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  • Russell Westbrook undergoes a procedure to repair a cheek fracture

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    After a frightening incident on Friday night that left Russell Westbrook with a literal crater in his right cheek, Westbrook’s immediate future with his team seemed in question. Players break noses or damage parts of their faces all the time in this contact sport, but few of these injuries looked as disturbing as Russell’s.

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    After some damage control, however, it appears as if the long-term implications of Westbrook’s Friday collision may not be all that lasting. From a Thunder press release:

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook underwent a successful procedure today to address a fracture to the zygomatic arch of his right cheek, Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced.

    Russ has a dent in his head from Roberson's knee pic.twitter.com/NxR3u2IOpP

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  • The Lakers are either way behind the rest of the NBA, or secretly way ahead of it

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    At some point, we might have to start wondering if the Los Angeles Lakers are playing the NBA’s sneakiest game of possum.

    The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference strikes up again this weekend, a gathering that the Lakers infamously skipped in 2013. Between a few published reports decrying the team’s prevailing sense of apathy toward advanced statistics, coach Byron Scott’s proud parroting of acting “old school” as opposed to acting a “capable coach,” Kobe Bryant’s understandable interest in promoting anything but the team that is paying him $23.5 million this year, and a possible disconnect between Bryant and general manager Mitch Kupchak, we seem to have quite a bit of turmoil surrounding a team with the fourth-worst record in the NBA.

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    Here comes the possum.

  • Michael Carter-Williams doesn't think he 'would have been moved' if Brett Brown were running the Sixers

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    On Wednesday, Michael Carter-Williams managed a tidy seven points and eight assists in only 17 minutes in his debut with the Milwaukee Bucks. The reigning Rookie of the Year started in his first game with his new team, which co-incidentally was pitched against the franchise that dealt him at the trade deadline – the perpetually rebuilding Philadelphia 76ers.

    There is precedent for Rookies of the Year to be dealt in their second seasons, as recently as 2002 Mike Miller was sent to Memphis after taking in the trophy just nine months before, but the 76ers’ version of this rare type of move befuddled many. Miller was dealt for what appeared to be a sturdy big forward with promise in Drew Gooden and a starting-level shooting guard replacement in Gordan Giricek.

    MCW? He was essentially dealt for a first-round pick that the Sixers probably won’t be able to use until 2016. And that prospect may not pay immediate dividends, as Carter-Williams did in his first award-winning season with Philadelphia. This is why Sixers coach Brett Brown probably wasn’t a huge fan of the deal, in the interim at least.

  • NBPA head Michele Roberts to loitering media: 'If you don't have a [bleeping] question, leave'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    After years of dealing with questions surrounding his future in Oklahoma City, ridiculous queries about his supposedly antagonistic relationships with either Russell Westbrook or Thunder coach Scott Brooks, comparisons to Greg Oden, Carmelo Anthony, and LeBron James and his inability to drag an often-injured Thunder team to a championship, Kevin Durant kind of lost it over the All-Star weekend.

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    Asked by ESPN’s Kate Fagan about her reaction to Durant’s frustrated approach, new’ish National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts pulled no punches when discussing the day to day interactions between players and media:

    "Discuss with Rick.”

    Understand that we don’t like this, either.

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  • Mark Cuban would like to see the NBA 'go later in the season into July'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    The NBA is nearing the end of the most compressed 82-game season in its history. The league, in a long-overdue move, decided to finally extend the All-Star break this season in order to give its athletes a chance to rest a few weeks past the midpoint of a campaign that could see some players work in excess of 100 games from the exhibition season in mid-October to the NBA Finals in July.

    The drawback to that sort of break, which still didn’t do a whole heck of a lot for some of the league’s top stars (LeBron James, between contests and practices with the Cavaliers, the All-Star Game, and travel, really only got Feb. 17 off), was that the NBA had to squeeze its long schedule into a shortened time frame. It decided against upsetting the recent tradition of starting the season in the last week of October, and as a result 2014-15 will feature more back-to-backs and four-game-in-five-night runs than ever.

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    What, exactly, is wrong with that?

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