Kelly Dwyer

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

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 15 hrs 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 17 hrs 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

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    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 21 hrs 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 1 day 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 KDonhoops@yahoo.com 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 1 day 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 1 day 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 2 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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  • Brandon Jennings says his Pistons don't shoot straight because 'we don’t shoot in practice'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    For more than a few of us, the addition of Stan Van Gundy to the bench of the Detroit Pistons was supposed to serve as a panacea – and that’s an understandable expectation in the face of the return of a very good coach. Van Gundy is charged with both cleaning up the messes of the previous front office and the team’s former coaches (he’s the team’s tenth since 2001!), but because his basketball brain is so big plenty pegged the Pistons as an Eastern Conference playoff possibility.

    The squad has lost ten of its first 13 games so far this season, however, and it currently boasts the league’s fourth-worst offense. The Pistons are just as miserable to watch under SVG as they were to watch under Maurice Cheeks, or Lawrence Frank, or John Kuester. The team is second to last in two-point field goal percentage, second to last in overall field goal percentage, and second to last in free throw percentage.

    They can’t shoot. We knew this heading into 2014-15, but we didn’t think it would be this bad. Point guard Brandon Jennings thinks he knows why, exactly, the Pistons keep peeling paint.

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    Is it the responsibility of players or coaches to make sure those shooting repetitions happen?

  • Adam Silver thinks an age limit increase to 20 'would make for a better league'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Following sports often forces us to balance how we utilize our own value systems in real life versus what we instinctually want to react to as fans. It’s a tough give and take that often sees people rooting against movements and for decisions that we wouldn’t want applied to us personally.

    For years, the casual NBA fan was told to ready themselves for a killer 2014 NBA draft. Several teams started out the 2013-14 season by dumping personnel in hopes of establishing good position in the league’s draft lottery, in anticipation of a bevy of fantastic young players. Nearly a month into the season, however, the league’s rookie class is more than underwhelming. Nobody is calling the class a bust – far from it – but none of the expected standouts have even put up an average Player Efficiency Rating thus far. The top overall selection, Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins, needed a 29-point, five-rebound game on Saturday just to bump his numbers up to 12.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in just under 29 minutes a contest.

    In a discussion with Chuck Klosterman at GQ, NBA commissioner Adam Silver explained why:

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  • Kobe Bryant on massive deal with the Lakers: 'I really don't care.'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    It will remain a game day staple for the duration of the length of Kobe Bryant’s contract, and (though we hope this isn’t the case) the rest of his stay in the NBA. Kobe will hit a town with his Los Angeles Lakers, and be asked by both local and Los Angeles press alike about his contract – a two-year, $48.5 million deal that just about everyone save for the Buss family (at least on record), Kobe (at least on record), and the more ridiculous of the Kobe defenders (they’re on record) agrees is not commensurate with what Kobe Bryant is currently contributing on the basketball court.

    Bryant has produced when it has come to the Lakers negotiating their own local TV rights, however, and his Pacific cellar-dwelling club will still take in an ungodly amount of national television appearances this year. On top of that, even though Bryant signed maximum extensions with the Lakers in 1999, 2004, and 2010, Bryant has really never made with the Lakers what he would earn in a fully open market – one pitched without a salary cap or maximum salaries.

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    Transparency.

    Unless our name was “Tim,” or “Dirk,” I guess.

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