Kelly Dwyer

  • Carmelo Anthony says he and Kobe Bryant questioned if they really wanted to play together

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 hr ago

    The Los Angeles Lakers visit New York on Sunday afternoon to participate in the saddest of all bowls, with an injured and dispirited 13-34 Laker team ta(n)king on a just-as-dispirited and just-as-intent-on-tanking 9-38 Knicks team. The visiting Lakers are on pace for 23 wins, while the hometown Knicks are defending their famed turf with a winning percentage that would leak out to 18 wins over the course of a full season. That mark would serve as an all-time franchise low for New York, which has worked in pro ball since 1946, and the lowest-ever mark for the “Los Angeles” version of the Lakers, spanning some 55 years.

    And both had a chance to pair up last summer, when Anthony was an unrestricted free agent, and Kobe Bryant was purportedly looking to pair with one other superstar in a quest to get back into the championship picture.

    Or playoffs, even.

    Prior to Sunday’s contest, Marc Berman at the New York Post quoted Anthony recollection of the July 2014 meeting:

    So Carmelo and Kobe both decided that it wasn’t going to work out. This coming on the heels of this:

    Kobe does have a type.

  • The Chicago Bulls are at the crossroads

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Nobody’s winning, here.

    The Chicago Bulls lost again on Thursday, two nights after they’d won again. This is the Jekyll and Hyde nature of a team caught in the midst of both a crisis of conscience and a crisis of confidence. The team fell to the lowly and tanking Los Angeles Lakers, working without Kobe Bryant, 48 hours after downing the mighty Golden State Warriors on GSW’s home floor. That win was far from encouraging, though, and it came on the heels of a loss to Miami that followed two impressive wins over San Antonio and Dallas.

    Meanwhile, Chicago can’t guard anyone, they needed desperate shots toward the end of the Golden State and Los Angeles game just to make things competitive, Derrick Rose is shooting 36 percent over his last four games (while averaging over six turnovers a contest), and the rampaging Cleveland Cavaliers are just 2.5 games in back of the Bulls in the Central Division.

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  • The Lakers will hand out Pau Gasol shirts to fans on Thursday. Pau plays for the Bulls now.

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Nearly seven years ago to the day, Pau Gasol was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers from the Memphis Grizzlies. His presence immediately put the Los Angeles Lakers over the top in a killer Western Conference – the team made it to the Finals in his first half-season, and after a full training camp with the team later in 2008 the Lakers won championship rings in 2009 and 2010.

    Gasol’s brilliance easily melded with the stylings of the great Kobe Bryant and the perfect-for-Pau Phil Jackson, he quickly won the hearts of some of our favorite celebrity NBA fans, and his all-around game was the needed boost that gave Kobe a chance to prove to the world that he hardly needed Shaquille O’Neal to win titles, just another brilliant 7-footer (or two) to help when things got rough.

    That is incredibly classy.

    For once, Byron Scott is right. Put the shirt on, El Lay, and give it up for Pau.

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  • The Timberwolves welcome Mike Miller, and not Kevin Love, back to Minnesota (Video)

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Kevin Love’s Cleveland Cavaliers will visit the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday in what will be the only time all season the Cavs will be billed as “Kevin Love’s Cleveland Cavaliers.” This is because Love will be playing in the Target Center for the first time since being traded to Cleveland from Minnesota, the team that drafted him in 2008.

    Minnesota’s promotional department, long noted for its sterling sense of humor, decided to release this video in anticipation:

    Yes, that’s a clip celebrating the return of Cavalier reserve swingman Mike Miller, who played one eventful (for its unexpected uneventful-ness) season for the Wolves in 2008-09. Miller, who averages 16.4 minutes a game and is shooting just 35 percent from the floor this year with the Cavs, is best known as a Timberwolf for an exchange with NBA.com columnist Steve Aschburner, then writing for Sports Illustrated.

    When asked why he was routinely passing up wide open looks, at times almost looking like he was attempting to throw the game, Miller came through with this bit of snippiness:

  • Phil Jackson confirms that NBA teams have been deflating basketballs for years

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    As with most things related to the NFL, especially around the time of the Super Bowl, discussions centered on the New England Patriots’ role in “Deflategate” turned out to be a pointless and rather stupid exercise. The Pats may have deflated footballs before a playoff game. We think, not sure. And the NFL probably won’t punish the Patriots for breaking the rules because the league’s commissioner is good pals with the New England owner, as if every member of the league’s crew of One Percenters hasn’t already broken bread on a club sandwich lunch together prior to leaving a one percent tip for the server.

    In the NBA, this practice has been going on for years. Teams routinely push the limits of the 7.5 to 8.5 pounds of pressure per square inch mark that the league insists upon. Squads either deaden basketballs or pump them to the limits in hopes that the referees won’t find out, the opposing players won’t complain, and to ensure that the ball suits their particular strengths as a club.

    From there, then we got to chortle on about things that were never proven. Because sports, that’s why.

    This was also tossed around:

  • Phil Jackson confirms that NBA teams have been deflating basketballs for decades

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    As with most things related to the NFL, especially around the time of the Super Bowl, discussions centered on the New England Patriots’ role in “Deflategate” turned out to be a pointless and rather stupid exercise. The Pats may have deflated footballs before a playoff game. We think, not sure. And the NFL probably won’t punish the Patriots for breaking the rules because the league’s commissioner is good pals with the New England owner, as if every member of the league’s crew of One Percenters hasn’t already broken bread on a club sandwich lunch together prior to leaving a one percent tip for the server.

    In the NBA, this practice has been going on for years. Teams routinely push the limits of the 7.5 to 8.5 pounds of pressure per square inch mark that the league insists upon. Squads either deaden basketballs or pump them to the limits in hopes that the referees won’t find out, the opposing players won’t complain, and to ensure that the ball suits their particular strengths as a club.

     

    From there, then we got to chortle on about things that were never proven. Because sports, that’s why.

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  • J.R. Smith thinks he's successful as a Cav because 'there's no going out' in Cleveland

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    The flashy New York Knicks dealing noted nightlife enthusiast J.R. Smith into the dreary Cleveland winter is a script idea so hacky that it would have been laughed off of the table two decades ago. Starting with the unfortunate move that sent Knicks legend Walt Frazier to Cleveland in 1977, the idea gained silver screen immortality when the "Major League" franchise gave credibility to the trope that Cleveland was the major league city that no athlete wanted to work in.

    J.R. Smith actual life, it turns out, is a living and breathing B-movie idea. Traded from the Knicks to the Cavaliers on Jan. 7, he has indirectly aligned his nightlife-less existence in Cleveland with his solid start to a career as a Cavalier.

    From an interview with NBA.com’s David Aldridge, who asked what Smith felt he needed to work on upon coming to Cleveland:

    (Knicks fans? They would say that Smith lacked consistency.)

    J.R. Smith, the NBA’s second-biggest partier over the last 41 years!

    Right?

  • Was Matt Barnes' $25K fine culled from a curse-fest with Suns owner Robert Sarver?

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    Partway through the second quarter of his team’s game against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday, Los Angeles Clippers swingman Matt Barnes directed some inappropriate language at a fan that was sitting courtside on the baseline. For Barnes, who had a rough 1-9 shooting night in Los Angeles’ impressive 20-point win, the outburst was well within his repertoire. We’re not judging nor shaming Barnes when we say that microphones tend to catch him using rude words more than just about any other player.

    Most of those flights of fancy, however, go unnoticed. For whatever reason, though, the NBA fined Barnes $25,000 on Tuesday for this efficient, three-word take down:

    The NBA fined Matt Barnes $25K for swearing at a fan after getting a T in Sunday's #SunsVsClippers game. He said 3 words and 2 were profane.

    This is Matt Barnes, though. And this is where it gets interesting.

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  • Charlotte, Brooklyn and Detroit are all fighting for the Worst Playoff Seed Ever

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    For whatever reason, the “contenders” that are “fightin’” for the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference’s pathetic playoff bracket want us to notice them. Be it by trade discussions, terribly unfortunate injuries, or coaching intrigue, the below-.500 Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets and Detroit Pistons have wormed their way into our browser windows.

    Those jerks. Why can’t they just go away so that we can go back to swooning over the Hawks and Warriors?

    The Hornets currently own the prize of the eighth and final playoff spot out in the Conference, a game and a half in back of a Miami Heat team that figures to improve as health (hopefully) settles in. The team earned its position by winning eight of nine in impressive fashion earlier in January, but the last two contests included a 39-point defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers that somehow felt worse than the score would indicate, and a close 76-71 win over the New York Knicks that I hoped none of you stayed home to watch on Saturday night.

    Still, Joe Johnson at age 33 with over 40,000 career regular season and postseason minutes under his belt? Seems like a Michael Jordan-type move, and those are rarely good.

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  • John Paxson: Jeff Van Gundy's criticism of Bulls 'pretty pathetic'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    Nestled deep in the broadcast of Friday evening’s Dallas Mavericks/Chicago Bulls game was a Jeff Van Gundy rant. The ABC/ESPN color analyst’s rants are nothing new, oftentimes he likes to deviate from calling the action on hand in order to take on the most notable sports talk radio riff of the day, and the presence of Tom Thibodeau’s Chicago Bulls on the schedule allowed for this:

    In case you can’t listen to the clip, Mike McGraw at the Arlington Heights Daily Herald has some of the quotes:

    “He has done such a good job here," Van Gundy said during the broadcast. "First two years had the best record in the league. Unfortunately, these last three playoffs have been disrupted by injury. But he came to the Bulls at a time where mediocrity reigned. They had struggled for a long time, they were basically a .500 team. Along with the emergence of some players, he's taken it to elite status.

    “I think it's wrong. It's wrong for the town, wrong for the team and it certainly has not been fair to Tom Thibodeau."

    Van Gundy went on to spread his criticism to the Chicago media.

    OK, then.

    Even Coach Pop. Sigh.

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