Kelly Dwyer

  • NBPA chief Michele Roberts is 'adamantly opposed to' raising the NBA age limit

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 hrs ago

    Recently, new’ish NBA commissioner Adam Silver mused aloud in an interview with Gentleman’s Quarterly about the potential for raising the league’s age limit from 19 to either 20 or 21 years of age. The change would come when the league’s owners and players attempt to hammer out a collective bargaining agreement in 2017, as Silver noted that the league’s owners only shelved previous plans to raise the age limit (which was agreed upon in 2005) because it wanted to resolve the ongoing lockout with alacrity.

    (After wasting nearly five months’ worth of time with failed negotiations, but, whatever.)

    To Roberts, who spoke with Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix even before the GQ interview came out, the age minimum talking point is completely and utterly off the table:

    Thank goodness for that.

    The question is, why would they want to?

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  • Gregg Popovich repeatedly checked in on Craig Sager's health during the playoffs

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 hrs ago

    Famed Turner Sports sideline reporter Craig Sager’s leukemia is in full remission, which is why doctors have given him the go-ahead to return to his role as TNT’s lead in-game reporter this February. The popular Sager missed the 2014 NBA playoffs and he’ll miss half of this season along the way, and it’s more than fair to say Sager is universally missed by players, coaches, his co-workers, and especially the scores of fans that have been following him on-air for decades.

    During last year’s postseason, you’ll recall, San Antonio Spurs coach was interviewed mid-game by Sager’s son Craig Jr., a son that has been faithfully documenting his father’s return to health for those of us desperate for information about the NBA mainstay.

    Popovich used the platform to send the sort of message that we all wanted to send Sager’s way:

    But Popovich just ... wouldn't ... leave ... the Sagers ... alone.

    "Everything OK?" asked Pop.

    "Well, come to think of it ..." replied Junior.

  • Two years later, Mark Cuban is still smarting at Derek Fisher

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 hrs ago

    It’s something that, years later, we still don’t get. Why did two different NBA teams become upset when either an overpaid (Utah Jazz) or terribly performing (Dallas Mavericks) Derek Fisher decide to leave their squad under shaky circumstances? Two times in Fisher’s playing career he has begged out of a contract under the auspices of wanting to be around his family, leaving money on the table, only to resurface later on a championship contender.

    When Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was asked about Fisher’s return to Dallas as a New York Knick head coach on Wednesday evening, Mark still decided to a jab at someone who so terribly wronged him in 2012-13. From Ian Begley at ESPN New York:

    Cuban was asked if he was concerned about Fisher’s commitment to the struggling Knicks, who have dropped 10 of 12.

    “It's not so much what he did, but how he did it.”

    Fisher’s Knicks have lost 12 of 16 to start the season.

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  • Bulls fan clearly appears to be vaping *something* at a game (Video)

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Many of us noticed this last night, but we’d forgotten about it until Uproxx reminded us. Perhaps we were affected by the second hand smoke of a Chicago Bulls fan that clearly appears to be vaping some sort of smokable substance during Tuesday night’s Bulls/Nuggets game:

    As a Bulls fan and non-smoker, I can still understand the motivation to inhale such a substance after watching Derrick Rose sit out yet another half due to injury.

    So, yes, our man was doing something illegal. Big deal. Considering that the people surrounding him were either sad Bulls fans or, um, Colorado natives (sorry, Denver, I know you’re sick of these jokes), nobody seemed to mind.

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  • It's no fun being a Philadelphia 76ers fan these days

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    The Philadelphia 76ers haven’t won this season in 14 tries. They probably won’t win on Wednesday night even in the face of a disappointing Brooklyn Nets squad, and without getting into histrionics or hyperbole it is fair to wonder if the 76ers will win a single game before the year 2015 starts up.

    Or by the time 2014-15 ends. Seriously. The coin flip could land on the wrong side 82 times, and the ridiculous could happen. We’re going there.

    Betting outlets are getting close to going there:

    Special #Philadelphia #NBA & #NFL Prop: Who will record more wins in their respective Regular Season? #Eagles (+150) #76ers (-200)

    And here:

    Your weekly @numberFire update: Sixers favored in ZERO of remaining 69 games. Best win odds are 44.6% on March 30 at home against ... Lakers


    An elderly man has the floor.

    "Win," O'Neil says.

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  • Derrick Rose and his coach agree to rest his hamstring, people go bonkers

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Every Derrick Rose Injury Update is written and eventually read by those who hope that this will be the last Derrick Rose Injury Update we’ll ever have to take in. At some point, however, we’re going to have to learn that we shouldn’t expect such things.

    And that’s just fine. Even Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, the man who sees no problem with playing men working on broken legs, understands this.

    Rose left Tuesday’s loss to the Denver Nuggets after 10 minutes of playing time after his hamstring tightened up. Rose returned to action the night before against Utah to cobble together a solid 18-point performance, though he played in just more than half of what turned out to be a tight contest, his first in 11 days.

    “They’ll re-examine him but there was really nothing that happened other than I didn’t want to take any chances with him,” Thibodeau said. “The way the game was going, the way we were going, I just felt at that point I wanted to go a different way. He didn’t re-injure himself or anything like that.”

    Two points need to be driven home, ‘ere.

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  • Hulk Hogan owns quite a few Air Jordan sneakers (Video)

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    There is absolutely nothing to add to this beyond the fact that professional wrestler Terry “Hulk” Hogan has quite a few pairs of Air Jordan sneakers.

    If you just want to push back from your office chair and watch this over and over again for the next few minutes, we’ll understand.

    Via Sole Collector.

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

  • Memphis' GM on suitors chasing after Marc Gasol: 'Teams are going to have to find another player'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    So, the Memphis Grizzlies have the NBA’s best record. The team’s best player, Marc Gasol, spent his teenage years in Memphis, and the Grizzlies were the first team to give him an NBA chance. That franchise can also pay him more money than any other squad in the NBA when Marc becomes a free agent this upcoming July.

    So, Marc Gasol seems like the perfect fit to want to flee from the Memphis Grizzlies this summer, right?

    So, Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace wants you to step off. From an interview with Larry H. Russell at CLNS Radio:

    “We have every intention of re-signing Marc Gasol. So those teams are going to have to find another player.”

    Yeah, man. Dude’s staying. MARC IS STAYING.

    (He’s staying, right?)

    “What they once were” may not be around next season, though. Much less the next few seasons after that, should Gasol stick around.

    Those two teams aren’t ready-made champions, though, and the Grizzlies will have options of their own.

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  • Tom Thibodeau on Derrick Rose's unending injury worries: 'He's got to get out there and play'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Derrick Rose played NBA basketball on Monday night. He suited up for his Chicago Bulls and took part in the team’s too-close 97-95 road win over the Utah Jazz. Rose was far from his MVP-level self, but his performance was 2014-era typical – he scored 18 points on 10 shots, dished five assists, showed some flashes while penetrating in transition but also relied on his 3-of-5 mark from behind the three-point arc to score.

    It was Rose’s first game back in 11 days, a week and a half after pulling a hamstring in a win over the Toronto Raptors. Rose has played in just six of his team’s 14 games, dealing with both that hamstring malady and two sprained ankles. This comes on the heels of him missing just about all of the 2012 playoffs, the entire 2012-13 season due to a torn ACL, and all but 10 games of 2013-14 after suffering a torn meniscus.

    He doesn’t suffer from recurring injuries, none of these setbacks stems from the same knee, ankle, or hamstring, but he does get injured quite a bit. It’s wearying, whether you’re a Bulls fan or just your typical NBA follower.

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  • Eric Gordon tears his labrum, is out indefinitely

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    On Saturday, New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon left his team’s contest with the Utah Jazz with what appeared to be a separated shoulder. He had already dropped eight points in 13 minutes in what was probably shaping up to be his best game of the season.

    On Monday afternoon, the Pelicans released a statement to the press:

    The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that guard Eric Gordon will be out indefinitely with a left shoulder injury. An MRI revealed Gordon suffered a torn labrum as a result of the left shoulder subluxation injury that occurred Saturday night at Utah.

    Gordon will undergo further evaluation throughout this week by the team's medical staff to determine the best course of action moving forward. More details will be released as they become available.

    The details are more or less in place. Gordon may return this season to play with the Pelicans, but these are the sorts of injuries that tend to linger. Gordon’s injury history has tended to linger, if we’re honest.

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