Kelly Dwyer

  • Miami Heat fans warmly welcome LeBron James back to South Beach (Video)

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 hrs ago

    Even though LeBron James is just two months into his first season with this year’s version of the Cleveland Cavaliers, it feels as if James never left Ohio. LeBron may have won two titles with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013, but his 2010-14 run with that franchise seems like more the work of a basketball mercenary than anything else.

    That wouldn’t seem to stop the Miami faithful from giving him the business upon his first return to South Beach. James and the Cavaliers hit the Heat’s home on Thursday afternoon as part of the NBA’s Christmas Day showcase, and here is the response from the Heat from James’ former hometown crowd:

    Not too much vitriol, if we’re honest. At the very worst, the cheers and boos were mixed in equal parts. Certainly nothing like the reception LeBron took in when he played his first game as a member of the Heat when they visited Cleveland for the first time in 2010.

    The lack of enmity was in clear display just prior to Thursday’s tip-off. Watch:

  • Quincy Acy ruins Christmas with his hard foul and half-punch on John Wall (Video)

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 6 hrs ago

    It’s been a long and enervating year for the New York Knicks so far this season, so one can’t blame the members of this squad for being a little huffy at having to work at noon on Christmas Day before a nationally televised audience.

    Still, there’s no excuse for what Quincy Acy did in the fourth quarter of New York’s one-sided loss to the Washington Wizards on Thursday. With the Knicks working in the midst of their best run of what could have been a blowout, Acy decided to ruin every bit of momentum his team had with this needless foul on John Wall and eventual half-punch.

    Watch:

    Acy may have a reputation as New York’s resident enforcer, presuming the Knicks have such a thing, but he is a genuinely good dude. This was an odd, out-of-character moment that seemed out of place, but apparently this is the sort of thing that happens when you’re mired in a 5-26 season, one on national display on a holiday.

    Though Acy didn’t completely follow through with the punch, the national setting and his hard foul prior to the skirmish will likely result in a suspension.

  • Did Beach Boy Mike Love once give Kevin Love a stapler for Christmas? (Video)

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    A recently released credit card ad features interviews with three NBA players – Cleveland’s Kevin Love, Washington’s John Wall, and Oklahoma City’s Stephen Adams – and asked them what their worst Christmas present ever turned out to be.

    It’s a pretty funny clip, with all manner of dry humor, but the initial portion of it got us to pondering. Was Beach Boys founder Mike Love the “uncle on my dad’s side” that gave Kevin Love his worst Christmas gift ever?

    Watch:

    A quick bit of internet research reveals that Kevin’s father, former NBA and ABA forward and all-around mensch Stan Love (who spent a chunk of his post-playing career trying to protect his cousin Brian Wilson from assorted hangers-on), only has one brother.

    That brother’s name is Mike Love, whom you might know as the guy in the hat from the Beach Boys.

    You also might know him as a bit of a prickly pear.

    This seems perfectly in line with something that Mike Love – who rightfully fought for and won significant songwriting royalties on endless Beach Boys hits during Kevin Love’s youth – would do.

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  • Nick Young compares the Kobe-less Lakers to ‘Django Unchained' and 'Driving Miss Daisy'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Tuesday night should have been another pile-on for the hapless Los Angeles Lakers.

    Lakers coach Byron Scott decided to rest Kobe Bryant in anticipation of a trip to Chicago to play the Bulls on national television on Christmas Day, the visiting Golden State Warriors had already beaten the Lakers by a combined 44 points spread out over two contests, and the NBA’s best team seemed primed to destroy the Lakers on Los Angeles’ home floor.

    Because the NBA is the NBA, though, the obvious storyline took shape.

    Los Angeles moved the ball, it ran a semblance of a structured offense, and it downed the Warriors by a 115-105 score. Seven players scored in double digits against the NBA’s best defense so far this season, as the rest of the league rolled its eyes. What a tidy package to behold.

    “Some guys just played like ‘Django Unchained' -- they were free tonight,” he said.

    And what would Young tell Bryant?

    Such as?

    "I think we learned --”

    So pile on, righto?

    Eh, perhaps.

  • Andrew Wiggins dunked on Kevin Love, which is not symbolic (Video)

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Pretty sweet dunk, right?

    Let’s stop for a minute to remind ourselves the Kevin Love for Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett trade was a fantastic move for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Love may be struggling this season, relative to his previous All-Star play, but he tossed in as many points on Tuesday (20) as Wiggins and Bennett combine to average per game.

    That dunk wasn’t technically on Love, I suppose, but that’s only because Kevin didn’t bother to jump up to defend the toss-in against his former Minnesota Timberwolves team. A very Kevin Love-like move, and a very Cleveland Cavaliers-like move.

    Anyone calling this move symbolic, though, is just trolling for hits.

    According to the Flip, he ain’t allowed to talk about Love a no-mo:

    For some reason, T-Wolves coach Flip Saunders said he wasn't at liberty to talk about #Cavs F Kevin Love. Says the league gave him a call.

    Per league official Flip Saunders was not asked to refrain from speaking about Kevin Love. Guess it's Flip's way of giving Love The Heisman.

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  • Listen to Joe Cocker remind us that the NBA is fan-tastic (Video)

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Joe Cocker passed away on Monday. The first band he was ever in was called 'The Cavaliers,' and he played a big part in one of the greatest NBA commercials of all time.

    Watch:

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    Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops

  • David Lee offers a typically tactful response to coming off the Golden State bench

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    The David Lee Debacle That Isn’t will look rather silly in a few months.

    For the duration of the early part of the 2014-15 season, many outside the Golden State Warriors’ camp have wondered if the team’s highest-paid player would submit to coming off of the bench. Lee, sidelined for all but one of the season’s first 25 games with a hamstring injury, seemed to be the odd man out as former reserve Draymond Green shot his way into everyone’s hearts from the stretch four position. The Warriors boast the league’s best defense and the team nearly has a top five offense despite a slippery start, and they don’t want to mess with chemistry.

    Finally healthy, does Lee understand why rookie coach Steve Kerr would want to bring the former All-Star in off of the bench? From Diamond Leung at Bay Area News Group:

    "Absolutely," Lee said Monday. "Whether I start tomorrow, or I get a DNP or anything in between, I trust Coach (Steve Kerr) that he's doing this to help our team win games, and that's his only agenda.

    We shouldn’t have expected anything less from Lee, and for various reasons.

  • Your 2014 'San Antonian of the Year' is Phil Collins; not a Spur

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    It was a fantastic year for San Antonio. The city enjoyed the fifth championship of the Gregg Popovich/Tim Duncan era, routing the Miami Heat in a five-game NBA Finals win and showcasing perhaps the most gorgeous brand of basketball since Michael Jordan’s dynastic turn in Chicago.

    Popovich (who has been in San Antonio since 1993) and Tim Duncan (1997) have routinely made their adopted hometown proud. The duo combines artistry with dogged competitiveness, a furious tone with a touch of class, and the Spurs' rebound from what should have been an enervating 2013 Finals loss is one of the more compelling comeback stories in NBA history.

    As a result, San Antonio radio station WOAI 1200 has decided to award its “2014 San Antonian of the Year Award” to …

    Phil Collins!

    Yeah, this guy:

    From the station’s website:

    Gregg Popovich? WOAI has him tied for second place. Time for yet another comeback after a chilling defeat, I suppose.

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  • Flip Saunders: Wolves fans won't forgive Love after ‘turn(ing) on’ them

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    On Tuesday, Kevin Love, a fully-fledged member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, plays his first contest against the same Minnesota Timberwolves team he worked for from 2008 until last spring. Those springs never included any trips to the playoffs for the Timberwolves, who are currently working through a playoff drought that dates back to the team’s 2004 trip to the Western Conference finals, and Love pushed for a trade out of the city last summer as a result.

    The Wolves took back the top two overall picks in the last two NBA drafts in the deal, an unprecedented trade haul, but that won’t matter to one Wolves know-all:

    Fella by the name of “Flip Saunders,” who remains the coach, president, and general-manager-in-everything-but-name for the Timberwolves. From a Monday discussion with the Associated Press’ Jon Krawczynski 

    Asked Flip if he thinks fans will forgive Love: "no. Minnesota people are pretty loyal. When you turn on MN they don't forgive you."

    So, let’s review.

    The guy that was given either incompetent or uninspired coaches throughout his NBA career in Minnesota, somehow “turned” on the state.

    Flip also offered this:

    Oh, well, good for Flip.

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  • Why the Pistons waived Josh Smith, and what could happen next

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    It was a massive surprise until you truly thought it out. The Detroit Pistons waived Josh Smith on Monday using the NBA’s stretch provision, a collective bargaining agreement complement that allows you to dump a player without having to see the full amount of his salary weighted against your salary-cap totals at the originally signed-for yearly rates.

    Smith had disappointed terribly in his two seasons with the Pistons, as was his gradual decline over his last season in Atlanta. Former Pistons general manager Joe Dumars, in last-ditch attempt to turn around his team’s lacking fortunes via the free agent market, whiffed on signing Smith to a four-year, $54 million contract in the summer of 2013 despite scads of information that would tell you that a giant frontcourt featuring Smith, power forward Greg Monroe, and center Andre Drummond absolutely would not work.

    From the Pistons’ press release:

    I mean, look:

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