Kelly Dwyer

  • Kevin Durant posts a post-surgery picture from his hospital bed

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 54 mins ago

    March turns into April on Wednesday, the month that the NBA playoffs begin. The days are getting longer, and warmer, and the NBA is gearing up for what could be a killer postseason that will once again feature the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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    Oklahoma City Thunder fans were hoping not to see Instagram like this on March 31:

     

    Here are Kevin Durant’s thoughts, from the same Instagram page:

    Kevin Durant underwent surgery this week to repair the Jones fracture that more or less ruined the Thunder’s season. He will be out for another four to six months after his third surgery in six months, just in time for Oklahoma City’s training camp.

    Here part of the press release, from Oklahoma City’s official website:

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  • The NBA has a tanking problem because the NBA used to employ a lot of problems

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 hrs ago

    On Monday evening, the Los Angeles Lakers downed the Philadelphia 76ers on a last-second shot from rookie Jordan Clarkson. Hands were rung and eyes rolled, as a significant portion of NBA fandom could hardly recall what number Clarkson wore prior to this professional event, and yet they could recite the two teams’ 2015 NBA draft odds by rote: Los Angeles keeps its pick unless it either continues to win, or in case bad lottery luck pushes the team out of the top five. If it falls out of the top five, the lowly Sixers takes in its own high end lottery pick, and the Lakers’ selection.

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    This is where the hand-wringing comes in. The NBA could do away with the weighted lottery. It could fine teams for blatantly sitting winning prospects. Khrushchev's shoe, on the table, Mark Madsen shooting three-pointers, all that fun stuff.

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  • Joe Dumars' replacements in Detroit have really nice things to say about Joe Dumars

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Joe Dumars is the guy that put together a championship team. He sustained a winner in Detroit that made it to six consecutive Eastern Conference finals. He worked as an executive for 14 years, and as the head honcho for 14.

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    He’s also the man that drafted Darko Milicic. He extended Rip Hamilton, twice, crippling the Pistons’ salary cap potential. He spent gobs of money on Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva, and Josh Smith – all major free agents signings, and three guys the Pistons had to pay to get rid of.

    Joe Dumars contains multitudes. Could the better half of Dumars’ executive career earn him another job running a team?

    Detroit coach and president Stan Van Gundy, the man who essentially replaced Dumars with the Pistons, thinks so:

    Forward Greg Monroe believes Dumars deserves a second chance.

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  • Byron Scott swears opposing players have approached him about becoming Lakers

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Byron Scott has had to talk himself into quite a bit this season, working with a Los Angeles Lakers team that was built to lose, but his particular brand of delusion may have hit its peak over the weekend.

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    The Laker coach, working with a 19-53 record in the months following a misspent 2014 offseason, claimed on Sunday that player have openly approached Scott during games to express their interest in moving to Los Angeles in order to take advantage of the Lakers’ significant 2015 salary cap space. He’s seriously pushing that as something that has actually happened.

    From the Los Angeles Daily News’ Mark Medina:

    Again, that’s during a game in full view of all manner of cameras, fans and media personnel. Players openly reaching out to Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott in order to express their interest in leaving their incumbent team as a free agent in order to play for the Lakers.

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  • Michael Jordan plays basketball with Tom Brady, talks trash, does his thing (Video)

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    You guys have the YouTube? No?

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    OK, how about the Instagram?

    Yes, that’s Michael Jordan nailing a step-back jumper in low-tops in the Bahamas while working on the same pickup team as Tom Brady – talking trash, calling for the foul, demanding that his defender look up “Michael Jordan career” on the internet dot com.

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    Brady, thankfully for New England Patriots fans, is taking a less frightening approach to his extended holiday, while Jordan is no doubt pondering just how much he’d be able to help his middling and injury-plagued Charlotte Hornets as they attempt one last playoff push. Also, pro golfer Keegan Bradley was involved. Lots of khaki going on, ‘ere.

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  • NBA Playoff Picture Update: Oklahoma City comes back to ruin the Suns' season

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    With just a few weeks remaining until the NBA postseason, every night can impact the standings. NBA Playoff Picture keeps you up to date on all the most important news for all 16 berths and seeds.

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    Oklahoma City Downs a Dream: The Phoenix Suns aren’t entirely out of the playoff picture at this point, but it will be hard to recover from what the Thunder managed to do to them in 24 swift minutes on Sunday evening.

    Down 20 early in the offering, the Thunder utilized small lineups and desperate chances on its way to a borderline stunning 109-97 win. The team outscored Phoenix by 20 over the game’s final 24 minutes, with Russell Westbrook nearing yet another triple-double (33 points on 27 shots, nine rebounds, seven assists), Dion Waiters offering his bi-weekly “this is why we still take chances on him” contribution of 18 points on 20 shots, and bench performers D.J. Augustin and Anthony Morrow combined for 30 points on only 15 attempts from the field.

  • Craig Sager's leukemia has returned, according to his son

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Craig Sager, the famed sideline reporter beloved by fans and athletes alike, is suffering once again from leukemia. The Turner Sports legend, who returned to airwaves earlier in March to much deserved fanfare, recently had to cancel plans to call several NCAA tournament games for TNT and TBS.

    Sager’s son Craig Sager Jr. released the news via Twitter on Sunday.

    We wanted to ensure he was taken care of & that we knew what the next steps were before we shared this #SagerStrong pic.twitter.com/IhUM2nK8yl

    It nearly goes without saying that the NBA is a poorer place without Craig Sager on the sidelines. Last season’s playoff run and the first chunk of the 2014-15 season just didn’t feel the same without Sager’s mid- and postgame interviews. Everyone at Yahoo Sports wishes Mr. Sager a full and speedy recovery.

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  • Former Knick coach Mike Woodson brought the heat when asked about his ex-team

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    Assistant coaches rarely speak on record to members of the media, partially because it’s discouraged by most teams but mostly because assistant coaches don’t have to and they’d rather do anything else in the world besides spending time in front of a reporter’s recorder.

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    Special occasions do allow for assistants to bend the rules a bit, such as the setup we saw in New York on Wednesday night when the Los Angeles Clippers visited the Knicks. Former Knicks head coach Mike Woodson was fired by Knicks president Phil Jackson last spring, and Woodson is currently an assistant on Doc Rivers’ Clippers staff. Woodson decided to go on record with a few statements about the current state of the Knicks – only after Rivers asked Woodson to act as the Clippers' spokesman in the face of the media following the Clippers' win.

    "They've had a tough season so far and hopefully they can rebound this summer and put some pieces together and get back to winning basketball games."

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  • Bob Cousy saves his first Bill Russell comparison in 40 years for Hassan Whiteside

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    Since retiring from the NBA in 1963 and again after a brief return to action in 1970, Bob Cousy has seen plenty of incredible defensive-minded big men. The 86-year old, who winters in Florida, doesn’t have to hover over NBA League Pass every night to see all manner of rim protectors cabled to him on either national TV, or through local Miami Heat broadcasts.

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    Those Heat have had an up and down year, as partially exemplified by the ascension or former journeyman center Hassan Whiteside. And just 41 games into Whiteside’s career with the Heat – that’s half an NBA season – Bob Cousy has seen enough.

    In a good way. He's now comparing Whiteside to the legendary Bill Russell. From Bill Doyle at the Telegram & Gazette:

    What.

    "I don't get excited too often about these guys," Cousy said, "but this kid looks to me like a turn-around guy.

    Cousy paused for a moment and added, "Maybe I'm overreacting."

    Still, Bill Russell ?

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  • Randy Wittman and the Washington Wizards seem to be sick of one another

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    Over a four-day stretch that began last Friday, the Washington Wizards lost road games to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Sacramento Kings, and the Golden State Warriors by a combined 68 points, and the NBA barely blinked. The team’s coaching staff and players may have gone sullen, and the team’s fan base may have lost its collective mind, but the league as a whole chalked it up to just another case of Wizards going Wizard.

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    Wednesday was supposed to change that. A seemingly alert and angry Wizards team lined up against the only other Eastern Conference playoff contender struggling just as much as the Wizards were (and, spoiler alert, are ) – an Indiana team that had lost six straight games. The Pacers then proceeded slap the Pacers around in their own building for three quarters before John Wall’s 24-point second half dragged an unwilling Washington squad back into a tie game during the final stages.

    With under ten seconds left, as he’s done for most of the season, George Hill went to work:

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