Kelly Dwyer

  • Jim Buss on Kobe Bryant playing past 2016: 'It's his decision'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 16 hrs ago

    Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has been the most vocal amongst the team’s brain trust about 2015-16 possibly being Kobe Bryant’s last year in the NBA. Bryant’s two-year, $48.5 million contract extension is up at the end of 2016, at the same time that the NBA’s salary cap rises and the team can offer huge heaps of money to free agents to help the Laker franchise turn it over.

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    Co-owners and business and basketball chief operators Jeannie and Jim Buss haven’t been as direct. In fact, if anything, Jim Buss was as direct as he could be in a recent interview in pointing out that Bryant’s 2016 retirement isn’t a fait accompli.

    From a talk with Eric Pincus at the Los Angeles Times, when asked if this was Kobe Bryant’s final season:

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    So is this Bryant's final year with the team? "My arms are like this," Buss said, holding his arms wide open, about Bryant's future.

    The hedging at the end is important.

    The question, here, is “his decision”

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  • Shaq and Kobe say they regret their past actions. Some of them, at least.

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    There have been little fissures in the ice dividing former Los Angeles Lakers teammates Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal through the years. The two feuded heavily in both times good (those three NBA championships) and bad (embarrassing playoff ousters to Utah, San Antonio, and Detroit that saw the duo just manage a combined 4-20 record), and they’ve had their moments in the days since Kobe forced a trade that sent O’Neal (happily) to Miami.

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    Well, Shaq has a podcast now; hosted by John Kincade. And in the great Marc Maron tradition of righting past wrongs with his guests, he’s decided to bring Kobe on for a discussion that will clear the air while positing (as Shaq has in the past, while Kobe demurred) that the relationship wasn’t all that bad to begin with.

    John Kincade: Is there anything, Shaq, that you would like to take back in the give and take over the years?

    Kincade: Anything you want to take back Kobe?

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  • Stephanie Ready will become the NBA's first full-time female local TV commentator

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Stephanie Ready won’t be the first female analyst to work NBA games. Ann Meyers, Nancy Lieberman, and Ready have all worked occasionally on the local level, while Doris Burke routinely works nationally televised games for ESPN.

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    She will, however, become the first full-time local NBA game analyst and color commentator in 2015-16. The Charlotte Hornets announced as much on Thursday:

    FOX Sports Southeast , entering its eighth year as the Charlotte Hornets regional television partner, announced today it will have a three-person telecast team for the Hornets upcoming 2015-16 regular season. Broadcasting veteran Eric Collins joins the FOX Sports Southeast telecast team as the new Hornets play-by-play announcer. He will be partnered with Stephanie Ready , who will become the first full-time female NBA game analyst and former Hornets standout  Dell Curry , who returns to FOX Sports Southeast as a game analyst.

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  • Random NBA Players: John 'Hot Rod' Williams

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    The NBA is a smarter league now. Even if things are about to get silly.

    The league’s salary cap, benefiting from an influx of new television money, is set to hit around the $90 million mark (and possibly more) in 2016. It will shoot well over the nine-figure in 2017, and the league’s players, executives, owners, media and fans are all well aware of this.

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    News about the impending TV money has been around since the 2014 offseason, and this is why the outrage of a then-so-so player like Gordon Hayward signing a four-year, $63 million contract that summer was so brief. It’s why the four-years and $52 million handed to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, a small forward who didn’t take a single three-pointer last season, was referred to in many circles as the bargain of the 2015 offseason.

    That wasn’t the case in 1989, when the Cleveland Cavaliers signed John “Hot Rod” Williams to a contract that genuinely infuriated just about everyone involved.

    What they offered blew everyone away.

    So they did, making Hot Rod the second-highest paid player in the first year of the deal.

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  • Reminder: NBA cheerleaders aren't paid nearly enough

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    The NBA is a multi-billion league featuring a legion of teams that are worth anywhere from half a billion to $2 billion apiece, run by owners who are mostly billionaries at this point.

    And they pay their cheerleaders what essentially amounts to a stipend.

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    We’ve discussed this before, when the New York Post relayed that a cheerleader’s seemingly solid per-game take dissipates quickly once the hours of expected practice, the unpaid promotional work for the team on off-days, and massive personal upkeep that it takes to act as the prettiest person in the arena are factored in. To say nothing of no health insurance, for most.

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    That’s how most internships go, though. The difference here is that this is an internship without a future.

    Hell, I’m sure they’d even settle for 77 cents on Kobe’s dollar.

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  • The NBA's all-time starting five: New Orleans Pelicans

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    You’re in your second semester of AP Basketball History, you love really good teams, and you love lists. With precious little drama left in the NBA’s 2015 offseason, why don’t we hit the barroom and/or barbershop, pour ourselves a frosty mug of Barbicide, and get to arguin’ over each franchise’s most formidable starting five-man lineup.

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    Because we don’t like making tough decisions, the lineups will reflect the All-NBA line of thinking. There will be no differentiation between separate forward and guard positions, and the squads will be chosen after careful consideration of individual merits only – we don’t really care if your team’s top shooting guard and point guard don’t get along.

    These rankings will roll out based on when each franchise began its NBA life. We continue with the New Orleans Pelicans, who will soon have a league MVP on their hands.

    ***

    This means that, effectively, the NBA’s most recent expansion team, the former New Orleans Hornets, was born in 2002.

    And that this effectively ends this series. Thank you for reading.

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    That’s our five. Who are you going with?

  • The NBA's all-time starting five: Memphis Grizzlies

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    You’re in your second semester of AP Basketball History, you love really good teams, and you love lists. With precious little drama left in the NBA’s 2015 offseason, why don’t we hit the barroom and/or barbershop, pour ourselves a frosty mug of Barbicide, and get to arguin’ over each franchise’s most formidable starting five-man lineup.

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    Because we don’t like making tough decisions, the lineups will reflect the All-NBA line of thinking. There will be no differentiation between separate forward and guard positions, and the squads will be chosen after careful consideration of individual merits only – we don’t really care if your team’s top shooting guard and point guard don’t get along.

    These rankings will roll out based on when each franchise began its NBA life. We continue with the Memphis Grizzlies, a team that has played in two of North America’s most spectacular cities.

    That’s our five. Who are you going with?

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  • The NBA's all-time starting five: Toronto Raptors

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 6 days ago

    You’re in your second semester of AP Basketball History, you love really good teams, and you love lists. With precious little drama left in the NBA’s 2015 offseason, why don’t we hit the barroom and/or barbershop, pour ourselves a frosty mug of Barbicide, and get to arguin’ over each franchise’s most formidable starting five-man lineup.

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    Because we don’t like making tough decisions, the lineups will reflect the All-NBA line of thinking. There will be no differentiation between separate forward and guard positions, and the squads will be chosen after careful consideration of individual merits only – we don’t really care if your team’s top shooting guard and point guard don’t get along.

    These rankings will roll out based on when each franchise began its NBA life. We continue with the Toronto Raptors, a team with a rather boisterous fan base.

    That’s our five. Who are you going with?

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  • Ball Don't Five: Top 5 Great Teams That Never Won a Title

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 7 days ago

    As we continue to work our way through the endless summer between the Finals and Opening Night, we'll pause each Friday to briefly consider and count down some NBA-related topic of note. We like starting lineups and round numbers, so we'll run through a handful of items each week. With a nod to our friends at Dr. Saturday, welcome to Ball Don't Five .

    This week's installment: The Top Five Great Teams That Never Won a Title

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    5. Jerry West’s Los Angeles Lakers

    4. 1996 Seattle SuperSonics

    We had to limit our list to include just one team that fell at the hands of Michael Jordan’s Bulls, otherwise this list might be made up entirely of those that were denied a championship mostly because of No. 23. We selected the 64-win SuperSonics as the best of the bunch, though arguments can be made for the 64-win 1997 Utah Jazz, the 62-win 1992-93 Phoenix Suns, or the 60-win New York Knicks team from the same season.

  • The NBA's all-time starting five: Orlando Magic

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 7 days ago

    You’re in your second semester of AP Basketball History, you love really good teams, and you love lists. With precious little drama left in the NBA’s 2015 offseason, why don’t we hit the barroom and/or barbershop, pour ourselves a frosty mug of Barbicide, and get to arguin’ over each franchise’s most formidable starting five-man lineup.

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    Because we don’t like making tough decisions, the lineups will reflect the All-NBA line of thinking. There will be no differentiation between separate forward and guard positions, and the squads will be chosen after careful consideration of individual merits only – we don’t really care if your team’s top shooting guard and point guard don’t get along.

    These rankings will roll out based on when each franchise began its NBA life. We continue with the Orlando Magic, a star and pinstripe-crossed outfit if we ever saw one.

    Horace Grant and Hedo Turkoglu also performed well during their time as Magic forwards.

    That’s our five. Who are you going with?

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