Kelly Dwyer

  • Russell Westbrook drops fourth straight triple-double four days after facial surgery

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Russell Westbrook didn’t have to return this early, but Russell Westbrook couldn’t seem to help himself on his way toward making a very Russell Westbrook-like return.

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    The Oklahoma City Thunder guard came back just four days after undergoing surgery to repair a fracture in his right cheek to score a career-high 49 points, nab a career-high 16 rebounds and dish 10 assists alongside three steals in OKC’s 123-118 overtime win over Philadelphia. He became the first player to have four consecutive triple-doubles since Michael Jordan had seven in a row in 1989. The only other players in NBA history to have four straight triple-doubles are Magic Johnson, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson and Maurice Stokes.

    Westbrook's 49 also tied one Larry Joe Bird for the most points in a triple-double in the past 30 seasons.

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  • Kevin Durant on his injury-plagued 2014-15: 'I’m not packing it in at all'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Kevin Durant cannot return too early from treatment on his right foot. He is absolutely putting his career in danger if he rushes back to play on a foot that is causing him pain, as the sort of fracture that Durant suffered last fall could line him up for a lifetime of pain and endless breaks if he takes shortcuts with his recovery. Other NBA players as disparate as Michael Jordan, Pau Gasol and Zydrunas Ilgauskas have managed to enjoy lengthy NBA careers after breaking the same bone Durant broke in October, but All-Star types like Bill Walton and Yao Ming have also seen their fortunes crumble because of the condition.

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    With the potential severity of the injury in place, and with a recent re-evaluation of his health leading to Durant’s return to the bench, NewsOK.com’s Anthony Slater wasn’t out of line in the slightest when he asked Durant if the reigning MVP had considered a worst-case scenario for 2014-15:

    You feel very confident you will return this season?

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  • Report: Wilt Chamberlain may have fathered a child in 1964

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    That Wilt Chamberlain passed away in 1999 without ever marrying is understandable. Wilt’s ascension as a basketball star came just as the culture began a sexual revolution of sorts, and he enjoyed his status as a bachelor with no spouse to answer to. That he passed in 1999 having never fathered a child is far less believable, especially in light of Chamberlain’s 1991 boast that he’d slept with 20,000 women between the ages of 15 and the publication of his book ‘A View From Above.’

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    That admission or boast (depending on whom you believe) made Chamberlain a national punchline for years. A recent update from Sports Illustrated, however, makes the legendary figure seem all the more human.

    From Pomerantz’s piece:

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  • The NBA's referee review policy claims its first victim: J.J. Redick's wallet

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick was ejected towards the end of his team’s close win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday evening, in an odd display that surprised both teams.

    Redick wasn’t involved in the previous play, he seemingly had no beef with the refereeing crew due to a series of calls or non-calls, and he apparently does not have a history with Josh Tiven – the official that whistled him for two quick Ts down the stretch of a two-possession game that wasn’t decided until the game’s final minute.

    To hear Redick tell it, the referees were overstepping their bounds when J.J. tossed out some innocuous comments, and Minnesota coach Flip Saunders (who also received a technical) was just as out of bounds for using both poor language, and literally not staying out of bounds.

    This unsportsmanlike technical foul is Redick's (LAC) second and results in an ejection.

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  • The Nuggets have fired Brian Shaw as head coach, which won't help much

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    The Denver Nuggets have apparently decided that six weeks is too long to wait. Brian Shaw is out as the team’s head coach, according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, following a disastrous 2-19 stretch of play. That stretch became infamous on Friday night, when several Nuggets reportedly broke a team huddle by chanting “six weeks,” an apparent reference to the time left in the 2014-15 NBA season. Respected assistant Melvin Hunt will take over this mess on an interim basis.

    The former championship guard and Los Angeles Lakers assistant did himself no favors by attempting an offensive approach that included multiple post-ups for a team lacking a low-post scorer for a goodly chunk of his initial season. Though Shaw led the Nuggets to an 18-20 start in this campaign, the team’s recent swoon and the widely-reported huddle break made the gulf between players and coach too large to ignore.

    On Monday, while Shaw spoke with local media, Nuggets players peered over to media while they huddled up and gave the "1, 2, 3, six weeks!" to make sure the media heard them.

    OK, guys.

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

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days 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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  • If their team huddles are any indication, the Nuggets can't wait for the season to end

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days 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 4 days 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 4 days 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 4 days 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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