Kelly Dwyer

  • Seattle mayor: NBA is 'being straightforward with me,' no plans for a team in Seattle

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    The NBA hasn’t had a team in Seattle since 2007-08, and the city won’t figure to have a team in its grasp any time soon. The fact that this is a sustained point of knowledge as opposed to breaking news doesn’t make it any less frustrating.

    Seattle mayor Ed Murray met with NBA commissioner Adam Silver on Monday to discuss the viability of the league either expanding by one team or the possibility that another franchise could relocate to Seattle prior to the expiration of an established funding agreement between the city and hoped-for team owner Chris Hansen.

    In no uncertain terms, apparently, Silver told Murray that the league has no plans to either spark up a new team or re-locate an existing one to Seattle. From Geoff Baker at the Seattle Times:

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    An NBA source, who asked not to be named, confirmed Murray’s version of the meeting.

    “I worry that it may not happen,’’ Murray said. “I worry that both councils will not go the full way toward approving this (arena) if there is no team. If it’s two or three years away, this will run out in 2017 and the whole thing will have to start over again.’’

    Sigh.

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  • The 10-man rotation, starring the growing pains in Minnesota

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.

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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

  • Kobe Bryant blames his shoulder injury on passing 'too much'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    In his first public comments since the Los Angeles Lakers announced that he had suffered a torn right rotator cuff, Kobe Bryant went peak Kobe Bryant with his Twitter response:

    This is what happens when I pass too much! #ShoulderShock thank u all for ur thoughts and prayers #team @DrinkBODYARMOR @Lakers #oneluv

    That is brilliant. And perfect Kobe – a self-aware joke, an endorsement, hashtags and thanks.

    More telling? No dour notes, no blacked-out Twitter avatar (as he did during his 2013 rehab from an Achilles tear), no complaints about the struggle being real, nothing for us to chomp down on in wondering if Kobe was game to retire after a third consecutive season was ended by a major injury.

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  • Nets forward Mirza Teletovic will miss the season due to blood clots in his lungs

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Nearly midway through Brooklyn’s blowout loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night, after missing all three of his shots from the field and turning the ball over once, Nets forward Mirza Teletovic left the game and Staples Center on his own two feet to venture off to a local hospital. The Bosnian forward was complaining of shortness of breath, but following a battery of tests he assured media …

    Saw Mirza in lobby of team hotel last night. Looked to be in good spirits after getting checked out at hospital for shortness of breath.

    … and his Twitter followers alike …

    I had a small problem, but now everything is ok... Thx all fans from Bosnia, Spain and USA for support

    … that he was just fine.

    Sadly, on Friday, we’ve found out that this is far from the case. Teletovic will miss the rest of Brooklyn’s season as he recovers from blood clots in his lung. The Nets released a statement announcing as much:

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  • Derrick Rose has been cleared to play as many minutes as he wants to

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    The Chicago Bulls have been working up a pretty trashy brand of basketball recently, watching as their offense goes flat while pairing that putrid play with absolutely terrible defense. The squad has lost six of eight since an impressive home win over the Houston Rockets on Jan. 5, and the team’s schedule only gets worse from here on out: Chicago is set to take on the Spurs, Mavericks, Heat and Warriors over a six-day stretch that takes them from Chicago to Texas, back to Chicago and then out to the Bay Area.

    The Bulls are already without Joakim Noah, suffering from an ankle injury and the aftereffects of a knee surgery that the team’s not-to-be-trusted medical staff diagnosed as “minor” some eight and a half months ago. Injured swingmen Mike Dunleavy Jr. and Doug McDermott might be pushed back into the rotation during this stretch of games far earlier than they should, Dunleavy couldn’t run last week and it took a month for the Bulls to relent and submit that McDermott needed knee surgery after he was seen limping around with a knee sleeve to start the season.

    "I feel great," Rose said recently of his health.

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  • Kobe Bryant tears right rotator cuff, could be out for the season

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Nine years ago today, Kobe Bryant put on a performance for the ages, scoring 81 points in a win over the Toronto Raptors, an effort that in a lot of ways is more impressive than Wilt Chamberlain’s NBA record of 100 points in a game.

    Thursday’s anniversary of that showcase came with more somber news, as an MRI revealed Bryant has suffered a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. The injury, usually associated with baseball pitchers, occurred during Wednesday’s Lakers loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.

    The team announced the injury on Twitter …

    Update: Kobe Bryant had an MRI exam, preliminary results show a tear of the rotator cuff. He will fly back to LA. pic.twitter.com/EOZTuuKjoL

    and on its website:

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  • Even when losing, Pistons owner Tom Gores 'never' questioned his hiring of Stan Van Gundy

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    It was assumed by most that this was always going to be somewhat of a lost year for the Detroit Pistons. Nobody expected them to tank, or vie for the worst record in their conference, but because the soil was so salted in the wake of Joe Dumars’ disastrous final half-decade with the team, it was going to take new Pistons coach and overall el jefe Stan Van Gundy at least a year to create the team as he saw fit.

    The Pistons, technically, are a mediocre squad right now, fighting for a lower-rung playoff berth as that previously referred to “most” expected. What wasn’t expected was how the team got here: Detroit started the season by tossing itself into the dregs of the Eastern Conference, before righting itself and winning 12 of 15 games. Everyone expected sub-average from the Pistons this year, and that’s exactly where they’re ranked at 17-26; but in ranging from “terrible” to “fantastic” on the way toward sub-average, the Pistons have shocked us all.

    "There was no trepidation at all."

    "We weren't delivering. We weren't winning. It was a process."

    We kind of think he would.

    What we need to figure out from here is if Stan Van Gundy is a 5-23-type of president.

  • Michael Jordan tearfully accepts a local Charlotte 'Business Person of the Year' (Video)

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Michael Jordan, famously, turned a celebration centered on his legendary basketball career into a petty, spite-heavy, and ultimately cruel affair designed on taking down those who Jordan says wronged him.

    Michael Jordan, famously, does not talk to one-time good friend Charles Barkley because Barkley accurately referred to the Jordan-owned former-Charlotte Bobcats as a terrible team.

    Michael Jordan, tellingly, broke down as he accepted a relatively minor local Charlotte business award on Tuesday, in an affair that was only caught by cell phone cameras. To see the entire 9:00 acceptance speech, click here.

    Take a look:

    None of that got in the way of Jordan being drawn to tears on Tuesday night. From Charlotte Business Journal:

  • Former lottery pick Joe Alexander calls the old Milwaukee Bucks a 'bust' of a franchise

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Joe Alexander has an internet connection, and he’s not happy.

    Alexander, you’ll recall, was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks eighth overall in the 2008 NBA draft. After an unremarkable but not entirely awful rookie season, the Bucks declined to option the third year of his (quite affordable, at under $3 million a season) rookie contract. Alexander didn’t play for the Bucks in 2009-10, under coach Scott Skiles, instead spending time on the injured list with a hamstring pull and working in the D-League. In February, he was traded to Chicago. Eight Bulls games and five years later, Alexander has yet to play another NBA minute.

    And he’s not quite chill with being called a “bust,” even if by the oft-used NBA definition of the term, he can certainly be classified as one.

    From an interview with Basketball Insiders:

    At one point in Alexander’s career, though, would every NBA team have “died to have” him? That’s hard to say. Especially when seven other teams decided they were just fine in that year’s draft in passing on Alexander.

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  • Shawn Marion plans to retire at the end of 2014-15

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Shawn Marion will retire after this season, as first reported by Paul Caro of the Arizona Republic. The Cleveland Cavaliers forward will end up calling it quits after 16 years of unique, at times astonishing, and consistently superb play.

    Marion signed a one-year contract with Cleveland last summer, teaming up with LeBron James for another shot at a championship ring, and just a few months after hinting that the 2013-14 season could be his last.

    From Coro’s report:

    The owner of this finger: