Kelly Dwyer

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar undergoes quadruple coronary bypass surgery, is expected to recover

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 16 hrs ago

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery on Thursday. The longtime Laker and all-time NBA leading scorer is expected to fully recover from the operation.

    Abdul-Jabbar underwent the surgery after being admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center earlier in the week. From a UCLA spokesman:

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center this week with cardiovascular disease, and he underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery on April 16. The operation was performed by Dr. Richard Shemin, UCLA’s chief of cardiac surgery.

    Shemin said the surgery was successful and he expects Abdul-Jabbar to make a full recovery.

    At this time, Abdul-Jabbar would like to thank his surgical team and the medical staff at UCLA, his alma mater, for the excellent care he has received. He is looking forward to getting back to his normal activities soon.

    He asks that you keep him in your thoughts and, most importantly, cherish and live each day to its fullest.

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  • Mark Cuban on his beloved Rockets, save James Harden: 'That’s not a very good team'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 17 hrs ago

    As it always is with Mark Cuban, there is a little bit of truth here, there’s a bit of bluster and there’s a righteous, knowing dig.

    Just in time for the 2015 playoffs, with Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks set to take on the James Harden-led Houston Rockets, Cuban was asked to give his personal scouting report on Harden and his teammates by Grantland’s Kirk Goldsberry:

    “[The biggest difference is] practice time. There’s no more predictable team than the Rockets. You know exactly what they’re gonna do,” he says. “But James Harden is so good. That’s what analytics have begot. Right? Predictability. If you know what the percentages are, in the playoffs, you have time to counter them. Whether you’re good enough to do it is another question. Because they are very talented, and James Harden, I think, is the MVP. Because that’s not a very good team over there.”

    Also, Mark Cuban hates the Houston Rockets. And the feeling is mutual, pal.

    For once.

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  • BDL’s 2014-15 Playoff Previews: Los Angeles Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    How They Got Here

    Los Angeles : Unburned from having to be known as the team that works for the NBA’s most onerous executive, the Clippers overcame depth and injury issues per usual to wrest the three seed out of the wicked Western Conference. Lumped in with several other Western championship contenders to start the year, the Clippers managed to overcome Blake Griffin’s rather frightening staph infection in his right elbow, one that forced him to undergo surgery and leave the Clipper lineup for 15 games.

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    We’ve also made it this far without mentioning Tim Duncan, who turned in a superior defensive season while providing All-Star level per-minute production at age 38. The man is an absolute marvel, and he has as good a chance as any NBA superstar in leading his team to a title this year.

    Head to Head

    Likely Starting Lineups

    Key Matchups

    Kawhi Leonard vs. Chris Paul

    DeAndre Jordan vs. Gregg Popovich

    Time vs. Time

  • BDL's 2014-15 NBA Playoff Previews: Atlanta Hawks vs. Brooklyn Nets

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    How They Got Here

    • Atlanta : Well, in 2012, the Atlanta Hawks traded Joe Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets for …

    If you think that’s a bit of snark, you’re right, but Atlanta’s startling turnaround began then. It needed a season in purgatory under Larry Drew in 2012-13 to expire a few contracts and a meet-and-greet session with then-rookie coach Mike Budenholzer in 2013-14 to iron out the kinks. Then the franchise had to withstand the (ongoing) controversy regarding current general manager Danny Ferry’s pointless relaying of insensitive comments about potential Hawk Luol Deng over the 2014 offseason.

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    Head-to-Head

    Likely Starting Lineups

    Matchups to Watch

    How Atlanta Can Win

     

  • Chauncey Billups could have been the Timberwolves' coach, and declined

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Around the time Chauncey Billups led the Detroit Pistons to the 2004 NBA title, because he was a heady point guard and because this is the NBA, he was unofficially anointed as The NBA’s Next Great Coach. Billups, who was the lead guard on a Pistons team that would make the next four Eastern Conference finals following that championship, parlayed his knack for getting everything right into a lasting NBA career that ended last season at age 37.

    Chauncey’s lain low since then, but according to a report from the Denver Post, the 2004 Finals MVP could have had a choice seat on the Minnesota Timberwolves bench this season, with the assurance that he’d be able to lead those same Timberwolves as head coach starting in 2015-16.

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    The Timberwolves are 16-65 heading into the last night of the regular season, and in spite of the team’s potential to add the third consecutive top overall NBA draft pick this June, they most certainly will figure to be another lottery participant in 2016. This is what happens with young, rebuilding rosters.

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  • The awful 2014-15 New York Knicks, set to 'One Shining Moment' (Video)

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    The 2014-15 New York Knicks, thankfully, play their last game of the season on Wednesday night. In tribute, a Twitter user by the handle of “World_Wide_Wob” has decided to cobble together a series of Knick highlights from this season, set to the tune of “One Shining Moment.”

    It is both very sad and very funny. This video is not hi-definition. As no 2014-15 Knick highlight video should be:

    Sigh.

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    And they may not even finish with the worst record in the NBA. Bloody hell.

    (Hat-tip to Matt Moore at CBS Sports for making us giggle.)

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  • The Washington Wizards' new logo comes without a Wizard in it

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    The Washington Wizards are attempting to distance themselves with what is pictured above. The Washington Wizards new logo, as pictured below, does not figure an actual Wizard:

    The team admitted as much in a press release on Wednesday:

    The new primary logo incorporates the "monument ball" design that has been in place since 2011 in combination with the iconic striping from the team's uniforms, the three stars that represent D.C., Maryland and Virginia (which are also featured on the apron of center court at Verizon Center) and the team's wordmarks.

    The Wizards will continue to prominently use both the monument ball and "DC hands" logos in all collateral materials and will discontinue the use of the "wizard/partial moon" logo that was introduced in 1997 and revamped in 2011.

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    This is the former logo:

    That’s over half the league. So why are things different with Washington?

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  • Stephen Curry reportedly made 77 three-pointers in a row at practice, natch

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Sometimes, after watching these guys play for so long, you forget that it’s pretty tough to throw a round ball into a flat goal that is perched ten feet off the ground. It’s even tougher to toss it in from around 24 feet away, just inches past the NBA’s three-point line.

    For Golden State Warrior guard and MVP candidate Stephen Curry, apparently this is no such trifle. From the Associated Press:

    ESPN reports that Curry made 77 consecutive 3-pointers following Tuesday's practice. Curry says it's the most 3s in a row he has ever made. He also says he made 94 of 100 shots during the session.

    Via Pro Basketball Talk, here is a bit of video:

    From ESPN:

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  • The NBA prepares to tank one final time in 2014-15

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    There we were, thinking that we were done with talking about tanking for a while. Ready for the playoffs. Ready for spring. Ready for the NBA’s draft lottery to remind us that there are no guarantees after losing games on purpose.

    Then Joseph Goodman had to go and remind us of this on Tuesday night:

    I hope people fully understand the weirdness of tomorrow’s game between Heat and Sixers. Both teams want to lose for the same draft pick.

    Thanks a lot, pal.

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    In 2010, Heat president Pat Riley happily sent a future first-round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers for in the sign-and-trade deal for LeBron James. Riley didn’t have to, but the move made it easier for James to make a specific amount of money and for Cleveland to earn a trade exemption. LeBron helped gift Miami with four straight Finals trips, four seasons of MVP-level play, and two NBA titles before leaving the adoring thousands that bothered to show up for the first quarter high and dry in his return to Cleveland.

    Falk’s sentiment suggested the Knicks have a legitimate shot.

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  • George Karl says he has never had an 'untradeable' player

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Probably 29 other NBA teams would fall over themselves for the chance to put together a deal for Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins is averaging over 24 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.7 blocks this year for another terrible Kings team, and his attitude and all-around play have improved quite a bit since Sacramento hired coach Michael Malone in 2013.

    Malone isn’t coaching the team any more, and neither is his replacement Tyrone (“he’s here for the rest of the season!”) Corbin. Respected NBA lifer George Karl is Sacramento’s top coach, he’s coached the Kings for all over 29 games and Cousins for 19, and he’s open to all suggestions as to how to fix a Kings team that is in danger of missing the playoffs for the tenth straight season next year.

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    Maybe.