Kelly Dwyer

  • Josh Smith says it will be 'harder' to work on his $6.9 M salary, and he's kind of right

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    New Los Angeles Clipper signee Josh Smith is trying to turn his career around with his fourth team in 26 months. The versatile forward, who finished out 2014-15 with Houston after being waived by the Detroit Pistons midseason, signed on for the veteran’s minimum in Los Angeles at around $1.5 million for 2015-16.

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    He also maybe kinda let a dumb, if completely accurate, thing slip.

    Speaking at the press conference introducing (and, in DeAndre Jordan’s case, re-introducing) new Clipper players on Tuesday, Smith dropped a Latrell Sprewell-like statement that did not go unnoticed by Orlando Sentinel columnist David Whitley:

    You gotta find a better way to put this, though, Josh.

  • Following his twin brother's trade to Detroit, Markieff Morris doesn't appear to be happy

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    We have no way of getting inside of Markieff Morris’ head, right now. We’re not saying that because he’s a twin. We’re not saying that because of the unfortunate incidents that marked his 2014-15 season, and we’re not saying that because he’s part of a generation that, despite screaming advancements in terms of communication and social media, can swiftly get to pick and choose whom they decide to ignore via smartphone.

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    We’re saying this because different people handle disappointment in different ways, and it’s fair to assume that Markieff Morris is rather disappointed right now. His Phoenix Suns traded away his twin brother Marcus Morris in a bid to secure cap space in the squad’s failed attempt to sign LaMarcus Aldridge, who plays Markieff’s position. Some would be fair in speculating that the Suns also had other motives for breaking up the duo, which had spent two and a half seasons together in Phoenix.

    BG: Have you talked with Markieff since everything that's happened this summer?

    BG: Does he seem like he's doing OK with how everything went about?

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  • Three new Lakers answer their first Kobe Bryant question with a chorus of silence

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    The Los Angeles Lakers did not sign any All-Stars this summer, franchise-level types like LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love told the team “no” before moving onto championship contenders as free agents, but this wasn’t the worst summer! They signed and traded for former All-Stars! There’s nary a Carlos Boozer or Jeremy Lin acquisition to triumph!

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    Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams and Brandon Bass – these are all really good players! Surely they’d appease the competitive spirit of one Kobe Bryant, reported to be entering the final year of his NBA career in 2015-16.

    If the team’s press conference on Wednesday is any indication … eh, nah:

    This is not unprecedented.

    Perhaps you can kind of understand why Kobe’s a bit cross, and suffering in silence.

    (Video via Dave McMenamin.)

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  • The NBA is set to offer single game and team package options for League Pass

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    It took way too long for this to happen.

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    The NBA is all about expanding its brand, or whatever. Creating exposure. Mining different markets. Exploring new revenue streams. Also, sometimes, basketball.

    Why it took so long to offer a la carte, single-game League Pass options is beyond our level of comprehension, but here we are. Starting in 2015-16, the league will allow fans to buy either the full League Pass package as usual, but also a single-team package or one game at a time as the season moves along.

    The league announced plans for the move in June, and on Wednesday the NBA announced the pricing. The full package will cost you $199, same as it did last season for new customers. A single-team pass goes for $120, and the single-game feature will set you back $6.99 every time out.

    That sounds like … that sounds like a lot.

    Still, is this the best pricing plan the NBA can give its fans? Or, more importantly, its potential fans?

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  • DeAndre Jordan and Mark Cuban both said really weird things about each other

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Clippers held a press conference. They showed off their terrible new uniforms and their formidable core of free agent signings, including Paul Pierce, Wesley Johnson, Cole Aldrich, Austin Rivers and Josh Smith. They also re-introduced us to the re-signed DeAndre Jordan, who infamously backed out of an oral agreement to sign with the Dallas Mavericks at the zero hour, choosing instead to return to the Clippers. Clippers coach and basketball el jefe Doc Rivers, who helped re-recruit Jordan back to Los Angeles, beamed throughout.

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    Mark Cuban will be on. You’ll hear this …

    Cuban on DeAndre: "Makeup sex is always the best sex but after it's over you stare at that same face and realize the problems are the same."

    … and you’ll just want to just take that car, park it on the train tracks, and wait.

    Until Wednesday, at least. I guess Colin Cowherd tends to bring this sort of stuff out from people.

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  • Richard Jefferson spurns the Mavericks, signs with Cleveland

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 6 days ago

    Another player left the Dallas Mavericks high and dry. Reneged on his word and split for greener pastures. Damned this doomed franchise to mediocrity on a whim, typifying modern NBA hubris.

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    Nah. Not really.

    Journeyman swingman Richard Jefferson was expected to sign with the Mavs after a solid season with the team in 2014-15, but after DeAndre Jordan went back on his verbal commitment to sign with Dallas earlier in July, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told Jefferson that he wouldn’t hold it against him if he decided to look for gigs elsewhere.

    Cleveland, as is usually the case, is “elsewhere.” From ESPN’s Marc Stein:

    When reached Tuesday, however, Cuban said that he actually spoke to Jefferson about his change of heart and was not blindsided by the decision as Dallas was in Jordan's case.

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  • Phil Jackson talks up free agent J.R. Smith's 'delinquent behavior' as a Knick

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 6 days ago

    It’s kind of hard to remember the last time a sitting chief of a pro basketball team basically came out and told the press that a potential free agent signee was bunko.

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    It has happened this summer, though, and of course it was Phil Jackson that decided to make the call. In a very Phil Jackson-y way.

    The New York Knicks president has allowed author and good buddy Charley Rosen to print his on-record musings from the 2014-15 season at ESPN, and in the latest installment Phil didn’t really hold much back in discussing J.R. Smith’s half-season impact on what turned into the Worst Knicks Team of All Time. Smith, whom Jackson traded to Cleveland midway through 2014-15, was discussed in less than glowing terms by the 13-time champion.

    Via Rosen:

    Smith, after an up and down half-season with Cleveland, remains unsigned. This might not be due to basketball reasons …

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  • Becky Hammon is ready to be a head coach in the NBA

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 6 days ago

    Shockingly, the San Antonio Spurs’ entrant into this year’s Las Vegas Summer League was a joy to watch.

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    Weird, right? The same organization that gave us perhaps the most aesthetically-pleasing entrant into the 2012, 2013 and 2014 NBA playoffs managed to trickle its wily ways down into a prospect tournament. Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon, after just one official year on the San Antonio bench – following two years as a regular staple at Spurs’ practices – led a team as head coach featuring the super-slow but ultra-effective Kyle Anderson to a tourney win.

    And, following that win, she earned the fawning praise of both her players …

    … and league observers:

    Hammon is as qualified as any current assistant coach in the NBA. She is paying her dues and working from the bottom up.

  • NBPA chief Michele Roberts disputes Adam Silver's gloom: 'Our business is thriving'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 11 days ago

    The next NBA lockout is two years away. As a result some very smart people are going to do some very dumb things for the reason many smart people usually do dumb things – preserving their financial interests. This is where the rhetoric and posturing comes in.

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    On Tuesday evening, NBA commissioner Adam Silver (a very smart man) did well by his constituency (30 NBA owners) to say some dumb things that only dumb people would believe. “A significant amount of NBA teams” are losing money, he swears, and something needs to be done about it when the NBA Players Association opts out of the current collective bargaining agreement in December 2016.

    NBPA chief Michele Roberts, a very smart person, decided to say some very smart things in response on Thursday afternoon.

    From a statement:

    (Which, if this were feasible in any way, is what the players actually should do.)

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  • Julius Erving says it should take 'seven years' for the 76ers to become 'formidable'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 11 days ago

    Seven years ago, the Philadelphia 76ers won 40 games. Andre Miller was the team’s lead point guard, and Kyle Korver was still on the roster. Willie Green was the team’s third-leading scorer, and Gordon Giricek actually played minutes for the Maurice Cheeks-led team. Kevin Ollie, decorated NCAA coach, was the backup point guard. Calvin Booth was around.

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    That’s how long ago seven years ago, um, was. Just a heads-up for Philadelphia 76ers fans, as they look forward to what might be another four (at best) years of misery if Julius “Dr. J” Erving is to be believed.

    Erving, who served as the team’s uncomfortable representative at the 2014 NBA lottery, recently told Sirius XM that the Sixers ownership group is taking patience to new levels as it attempts to rebuild the franchise.

    As transcribed by Pro Basketball Talk:

    When they acquired the team in 2012 maybe, I think the talk was about seven years. Seven years. So, I think it’s still on that same timeline.