Kelly Dwyer

  • Phil Jackson says the Knicks are 'not concerned' about Derrick Rose's trial

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 10 hrs ago

    The civil suit against then-Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose, alleging that the former NBA MVP (working with two other friends) broke into an ex-girlfriend’s apartment after drugging her before gang-raping her, became public knowledge last year.

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    The New York Knicks dealt for Rose in late June, months after the depth of the sordid allegations against Rose became very public knowledge. At the time of the deal, and in the months that followed, both the Knicks and Rose have doggedly attempted to keep their on-record focus solely devoted to basketball matters, in spite of the fact that Rose – hampered by two different knee surgeries, working in a diminished capacity as a result – is better known these days for the civil suit brought against him than he is any All-Star capability.

    “We’re just going to let the process work itself out,” Jackson said during a news conference at the team’s practice facility.

    “So we’re going with that, okay?”

  • Chris Bosh, following the failed physical: 'Everything's going to be all right'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 11 hrs ago

    Expectedly, and thankfully, Chris Bosh has released a statement regarding his failed physical.

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    The Miami Heat star’s career with the franchise may be in jeopardy due to the complications from blood clots that appear to be ongoing, and the Heat’s declaration that he is unfit to play for the team following that failed physical. Rather than reeling from the impediment, Bosh continued to engage with his fans via video messages sent out through his Twitter feed.

    He released one late Friday:

    Setbacks may happen, but my intentions remain the same. Thank you all for the warm wishes and support. #BoshRebuilt https://t.co/D1m9i7BOEe

    From the clip:

    The “all right” designation is what the Heat has been after all along.

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  • BDL 25: Russell Westbrook is going to absolutely go nuts this year

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    The NBA offseason has brought many changes to rosters, coaching staffs, and the list of championship contenders. As we draw closer to opening night, it’s time to move our focus from the potential impact of each offseason event and onto the broader issues that figure to define this season. The BDL 25 takes stock of, uh, 25 key storylines to get you up to speed on where the most fascinating teams, players, and people stand on the brink of 2016-17.

    In 1989, Doug Collins just kinda said “eff it.”

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    Not really. He’s from Benton. Speaking from personal experience, they don’t say “eff” down there, and anyone who was within earshot of the then-Chicago Bulls coach’s work on the sidelines during 1988-89 will tell you that his sideline patter was replete with all manner of words you couldn’t even squeeze into a family website some 27 years later.

    All while scoring at a league-leading rate, and contributing 47 steals during that 20-game run. It was glorious.

    Into the vacuum, yet again, steps Westbrook.

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  • Steve Kerr 'disgusted' by police shootings, encouraging dialogue regarding team protests

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Steve Kerr is just one of 30 NBA coaches that will enter this season’s training camp with a new, possibly daunting, task. The league’s players will no doubt feel compelled to emulate the precedent set by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, as an extension of their First Amendment rights, and either sit through or kneel during the rendition of the ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ that plays before each NBA game.

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    Though the initial discussions as to how to handle such a league-wide protest may indeed prove taxing in the interim for coaches, the end result should hopefully prove to be freeing and worthwhile, as more and more discussion takes place regarding the impetus behind the wave of protests sprouting up in the wake of the shooting deaths of black men at the hands of local law enforcement.

    From Marc J. Spears at The Undefeated:

    Indeed.

    — Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) September 22, 2016

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  • Sacramento mayor and ex-NBA'er Kevin Johnson involved in alleged pie assault

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson’s infamous political career dove headfirst into the theatre of the absurd on Wednesday, when the former NBA legend allegedly pummeled a protestor who threw a pie in his face at a local farm-to-table function.

    (The preceding paragraph has been re-read and re-written, edited for accuracy, and yeah; all of this apparently happened.)

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    From Nick Miller at the East Bay Express:

    Sources in attendance have told the Express that, during the meal, a protester ran at the mayor and threw a store-bought pie in his face.

    A different witness said that the pie had whipped cream as a topping.

    After this, the protester reportedly said something to Johnson. This prompted the mayor to allegedly tackle the protester and punch him in the face “repeatedly,” more than half a dozen times, landing “five to 10” blows.

    Ambulances and fire department arrived at the scene.

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  • D'Angelo Russell: Kobe Bryant's 'farewell tour' put the Lakers happily 'on hold'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Shockingly, on a team coached by Byron Scott and led by Kobe Bryant in his retirement year, D’Angelo Russell saw his rookie year somewhat overshadowed by the hubbub of what became a calamitous coronation season for the franchise.

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    By Russell’s own admission, mind you. Speaking to the media in the days before his second NBA training camp, the Laker guard admitted that his initial NBA offseason “was Looney Toons,” and that he “didn’t get nothing out of it.”

    Hardly the nicest reflection on the Lakers – or, hopefully, former Lakers – support system.

    Russell went on to say that he understood why the team’s rebuilding process had to take a backseat to Kobe Bryant’s farewell tour, even if it meant staving off needed development time. From a talk with Tania Ganguli at the Los Angeles Times:

    One can only hope, as his star rises, that he’ll continue to throw shade on the record.

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  • Robert Swift, following incarceration and addiction, wants a basketball comeback

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Former NBA lottery pick Robert Swift is attempting a comeback in pro basketball, which is about the best possible news one could hope for regarding the former Seattle SuperSonics and Oklahoma City Thunder big man.

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    The 7-1 former center, who has battled addiction to opiates and methamphetamines, spent a month in prison following his initial arrest, on a felony charge that was eventually bargained down toward a sentence of served time and a $600 fine.

    Sports Illustrated’s Chris Ballard, in a typical must-read feature, recently spent some time with Swift as he rehabilitates through the Woo Pro-Am League:

    During the first of his two games on this night, at a fitness club, Swift towers over his teammates, who include former overseas players and a young woman with a deadeye shot. His primary defender is a 6’5″ man whose graying hair and ample gut make him look older than his 43 years. The man does what many might: Fouls the crap out of Swift.

    Until now, Swift hopes.

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  • Stephen Curry on his Finals near-miss: 'I still haven’t gotten over Game 7'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    A lot of things could have stuck in the back of the Golden State Warriors’ minds during their expectedly giddy July 4th party.

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    Even with Kevin Durant having announced his decision to sign with the team on that particular holiday, coach Steve Kerr may have been left wondering if he’d grabbed enough ice bags to keep the kegs cold. General manager Bob Myers may have been eyeing the ceviche he made for his guests, wondering if it was starting to turn in the muggy summer air. Jerry West, sympathetic to the needs of the small cadre of vegetarians that were invited to the get-together, could have fretted about the paucity of meatless options beyond those tired grilled portabella mushroom caps.

    Andre Iguodala wondered about staying too late, what with his dogs cooped up back in his house with the fireworks raging above. Draymond Green hoped that nobody was getting into the bottle that he stashed for himself in the freezer. And Stephen Curry?

    “I still haven’t gotten over Game 7.”

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  • James Harden admits the Rockets' 2015-16 season 'wasn't great at all'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    The Houston Rockets were a hot mess last season.

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    Actually, no. The Houston Rockets were a boring mess. By and large, they weren’t that entertaining as they Martyr Ball’d their way through two head coaches and 41 wins in 82 tries prior to what should have been an embarrassing first round defeat at the hands of the mostly Stephen Curry-less Golden State Warriors. The team entered 2015-16 with legitimate championship hopes after sneaking into the 2015 Western Conference finals, yet frittered away the entire season with listless play that seemed to act as a season-long tribute to the offseason of 2016.

    For the first time, James Harden will get to lord over his own training camp. And, unsurprisingly, he’s speaking as if something is in the air. From Jonathan Feigen at the Houston Chronicle:

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  • BDL 25: On the final 'couple of years' of Dirk Nowitzki in the NBA

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 days ago

    The NBA offseason has brought many changes to rosters, coaching staffs, and the list of championship contenders. As we draw closer to opening night, it’s time to move our focus from the potential impact of each offseason event and onto the broader issues that figure to define this season. The BDL 25 takes stock of, uh, 25 key storylines to get you up to speed on where the most fascinating teams, players, and people stand on the brink of 2016-17.

    Dirk Nowitzki is a machine. There really is no other way around it.

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    He turned 38 in June, and outside of the idea that 38-year olds shouldn’t be playing NBA basketball at a high level, there is no bankable reason to think that Dirk Nowitzki can’t keep up to his recent, post-championship standards. Big scoring in diminished, but not middling amounts of, minutes per game. Step-slow rebounding and defense, but footwork sound enough to leave him well above the millstone mark. A legendary aversion to turnovers. Trickiness without compare, and an unrelenting knack for securing what is to him a “clean” look off.

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