Kelly Dwyer

  • Dwight Howard is shooting 19-footers to better his free throws (Video)

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 8 hrs ago

    Dwight Howard hit a career-low 48.9 percent from the free throw line in 2015-16, a pretty significant mill milestone for someone who entered the league in 2004, and someone whose free throw work has been endlessly scrutinized for over a decade.

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    Howard, then working for the Houston Rockets, was also a repeated target of the ‘Hack-a-Shaq’ defensive philosophy, fouled purposely throughout contests in order to send his sub-standard stroke to the charity stripe in hopes for a pair of clangs. Though the NBA put in some rule changes regarding that strategy over the offseason, this strategy figures to sustain in 2016-17 when Howard suits up for his hometown Atlanta Hawks.

    Dwight Howard working on his muscle memory shooting from 19ft. This leads to confidence at the free throw line???? #NBA pic.twitter.com/Jtjutv1ObL

    … every bit of shooting practice helps.

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  • Former preps-to-pros star Eddy Curry regrets skipping college

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 9 hrs ago

    Eddy Curry was basketball-famous when he was 16, he was a franchise cornerstone of one of the NBA’s marquee teams when he was 18, and an NBA washout by 25. Drafted directly out of high school to his hometown Chicago Bulls in 2001, Curry showed flashes of All-Star promise at times during his too-brief career, but his role as an everyday player was just about done by 2008, as he played just 26 games between 2007-08 and his last stint with the NBA in 2012.

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    Chaos and off-the-court woes followed Curry from his peak as a pro in late 2004-05 until the end of his run, with a since-dismissed sexual harassment suit, the frightening murder of the mother of one of his seven children, and all manner of on-court frustration regarding his underachieving play in the pivot for (mostly) Chicago and New York.

    From Suzanne Baker at the Naperville Times:

    “It would be super dope to have a college diploma,” Curry said.

    […]

    Could college have changed any of this?

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  • John Salley advocates marijuana use for pro athletes (Video)

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Former NBA big man and current radio host and “wellness advocate” John Salley is really, really into getting you to put good things in your body.

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    His personal website, Twitter and Instagram accounts are replete with suggestions about how to live the good, healthy life. Salley, a vegetarian and four-time NBA champion, also promotes a “Vegan Vine” brand of wine and a “Vegetarian Starter’s Kit” for those looking to make the jump into a meatless existence and, presumably, a more salubrious lifestyle.

    Until the laws do change universally, however, there is always that glass of Vegan Vine to behold. It goes marvelously with that mushroom risotto room service just sent up.

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  • John Wall isn't 'watching' the money Bradley Beal and James Harden make

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    NBA players have always chafed at either perceived or legitimate inequalities in yearly payroll. The only ways in which an NBA veteran can be anything less than well off is to become the victim of massive theft, or to carelessly mishandle one’s savings; yet that doesn’t stop those making seven or eight figures yearly from glancing sideways at former friends, teammates, or even some of the league’s most beloved (and well-heeled) superstars.

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    This brand of griping, however, has toned down a bit since the signing of the 1995 and 1999 league Collective Bargaining Agreements. With that in place, the recent massive uptick in salary cap room due to the league’s new national television deal could and probably should be causing quite a bit of intrigue, as those that signed giant contracts prior to the $24 million rise in cap space have good reason to curse their timing.

    And, perhaps, any teammate that signed a new deal during the 2016 offseason.

    “If I do what John Wall is supposed to do and the Washington Wizards win, I will make my money down the road.”

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  • Presidential candidate Donald Trump politicizes Dwyane Wade's loss

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Ball Don’t Lie’s Eric Freeman recently relayed the sad news about Nykea Aldridge, a mother of four who was shot and killed outside the Parkway Garden Homes on Chicago’s South Side on Friday. Aldridge, who is the cousin of Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade, was apparently an innocent bystander caught in the middle of a gunfight.

    The NBA community, including Wade, reacted in measured tones about the murder:

    My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough

    — DWade (@DwyaneWade) August 27, 2016

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, however, waited an entire day to politicize the tragedy as a sort of stump speech-cum-declaration on Saturday morning:

    Trump, hours after originally posting it, deleted the original tweet. Not to change the content of his character tone, but the spelling of Wade’s first name:

    Chicago murder:

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  • Jim Boeheim calls a championship run for Carmelo Anthony 'unlikely'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 6 days ago

    Wes Unseld was 32 when he won his first NBA championship, as was Oscar Robertson. Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen were 31, 32 and (about to turn) 33 when they won their first title. Dirk Nowitzki was a week away from turning 33 when he won his first ring. Clyde Drexler was a week away from turning 33 when he won his. David Robinson, who recently warned the Golden State Warriors to enjoy what they have (before they’ve taken in a title with Kevin Durant) was a few months away from turning 34. Jerry West had just turned 34 when he won his.

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    As such, the idea is that Carmelo Anthony, already past his prime, will never win an NBA title because … y’know, Knicks .

    Anthony’s one-year NCAA coach, Syracuse talker Jim Boeheim, is already just about writing off Carmelo’s chances at an NBA championship. Not because his one-year unpaid star has done anything wrong with his career, but because his series of NBA general managers has failed ‘Melo.

  • After falling in Olympic play, Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic is A-OK

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 7 days ago

    Luckily for all involved, the 2016 Olympics passed without any major injuries in the Men’s Basketball realm. There will be a bit of fatigue – San Antonio Spurs fans were no doubt fretting over every bead of sweat Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and especially Pau Gasol dropped mid-August – but once again returning NBA players managed to escape the Olympic turn without a significant malady.

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    The streak of good luck seemed to run out early on the Olympiad’s final day on Sunday, though, when Team Spain’s Nikola Mirotic went crashing to the floor following an entanglement during his team’s (infamous) bronze medal win over Australia. The Chicago Bulls forward stayed behind in the play while crutching his right knee in pain on the floor for several minutes after a collision, leading some to fear that he had torn ligaments in that knee in the penultimate game of the 2016 tournament after working unscathed through seven prior contests.

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  • The Lakers and the NBA are taking another chance on Yi Jianlian

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 7 days ago

    After a few frustrating free agent chase-downs with Kobe Bryant around, and a 2016 offseason without Bryant on board, the Los Angeles Lakers have mostly committed to the idea of a full-on rebuilding project. New, “rookie” head coach Luke Walton is the team’s biggest free agent signing, there won’t be any agent-favoring vet acquisitions like Carlos Boozer and Roy Hibbert to help fill out the roster, and the team seems fully bent on working with the young prospects it has alongside the 2017 NBA draft pick it will hopefully get to keep next spring.

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    On Monday, the Lakers made what was long suspected official. They signed Yi:

    Inking the deal ✍ pic.twitter.com/xo7w0JeL3v

    — Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) August 22, 2016

    … and touted some modest goals for the forward:

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  • Klay Thompson is already sick of questions about the 2016-17 Warriors

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 8 days ago

    One of the benefits of growing up as a basketball fan in the era of the well-publicized “superteam” would seemingly be, if our antennas are pointed in the right direction, the ability to discuss reasonable expectations for the superteams prior to their ever playing a game.

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    (I realize that, for those of us that have actually had to use antennas on the top of our TVs, the idea of a “superteam” isn’t anything new. And that Magic, Bird, Dr. J and to a lesser extent MJ and Hakeem and Kobe and Shaq played with their fair share of Hall of Famers. Still, the attention shown toward the most recent batches pales in comparison to, say, “ooh, the Celtics are going to start Kevin McHale over Cedric Maxwell this year.” )

    Since the 2003-04 Lakers’ attempts to win with Karl Malone and Gary Payton failed, and in the years since we watched LeBron James’ first 185 games with the Miami Heat hardly go according to plan, we’ve been afforded the ability to concurrently learn from and derive more and more talking points from the creation of these sorts of planned out super squads.

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  • In grabbing the gold, Team USA Men's Basketball steadied its ship

    Kelly Dwyer at Fourth-Place Medal 9 days ago

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    You couldn’t be blamed for feeling a little frustrated at Team USA on Sunday, even after it dominated Serbia by 30 points on its way toward a third consecutive gold medal in men’s basketball.

    Where was this sort of showing in pool play? Where was that defense, that movement offensively, those snap decisions made so expertly when it came time to decide when to lunge for the steal or to mind the backdoor cuts that have haunted the team throughout its Olympiad run?

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    And that’s exactly what this squad came through with. They beat the silver medalists by 30 points on Sunday.

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