Kelly Dwyer

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Kelly Dwyer is the editor of Ball Don't Lie. He has written for various websites about the NBA since 1997, he lives in Indiana with his wife, two children, three cats, and yes, Kelly Dwyer is a "he."

  • It’s an intelligent, age-old trick. Any time the whiff of criticism or even worry is in the air, you can attempt to devalue its presence by making a hyper-reach and devoid the issue of any context. NBA commissioner Adam Silver is a very smart man, and he recently did as much in discussing the issue of NBA player “sacrifice” in relation to the camp, exhibition, and FIBA World Cup commitments this summer.

    With Derrick Rose having been shelved due to body fatigue and Paul George already out for what should be the 2014-15 season after badly breaking his leg in a televised scrimmage, Silver addressed reporters on Thursday about growing fears and criticism that points toward what some have criticized as a needless tournament.

    Via Marc Stein at ESPN, here are Silver’s thoughts:

    "It is a big risk without enormous financial reward," Silver said when asked about a sentiment shared by outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban during a "Commitment to Service" news conference to discuss a

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  • Dunk History: Joakim Noah makes Paul Pierce a memory

    As the summer wears on, with training camps and preseason play still off in (what feels like) the distant future, we turn our attention to the past. Join us as we while away a few late-summer moments recalling some of the most scintillating slams of yesteryear, the most thunderous throwdowns ever to sear themselves into our memories. This is Dunk History.

    Today, Kelly Dwyer revisits Joakim Noah making a meal out of Paul Pierce during the first round of the 2009 Eastern Conference playoffs.

    If you stick with the game long enough, and your team long enough, you’re usually rewarded with a couple of different generations’ worth of highlights. If your fandom sustains, the cookin’ ain’t greasy and your squad's on the right side of both luck and execution, the highlights can play out in varying, wonderful contexts.

    Watching Michael Jordan win a couple of Slam Dunk Contests was thrilling in the moment, but they were taken in by a kid who could barely write in cursive at the time. Those 3.9

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  • There has never been anything in the NBA that resembles Kobe Bryant.

    While we’re at it, there’s never been anything in the NBA that resembles Kevin Garnett, or Jermaine O’Neal, or LeBron James, or even Brandon Jennings. The idea that a prep star could jump to the pro ranks is a recent phenomenon, if even that. The NBA allowed high school stars to make themselves draft eligible up until the 2006 selections, but that high-end allowance wasn’t given much consideration until 1995, when Garnett declined to take on the junior college ranks after his grades failed him, and became a top five pick and eventual starter in his rookie year.

    The next season, Bryant and O’Neal followed suit. As did several others over the next nine years, until the NBA created an age limit. As a result, the league’s post-Michael Jordan generation featured scads of top players whose career arc could in no way resemble that of MJ’s. Or Magic’s. Or Larry Bird’s. Or even the movements of Moses Malone, who jumped from

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  • When the Morris twins joined the NBA, their ascension seemed like a dream come true. After playing basketball together in little league, high school and in the NCAAs at Kansas, they were selected back to back in the 2011 NBA draft. It was the NBA’s summation, one could assume, that they considered the Morris twins to be just about inseparable, so much that teams couldn’t even space a pick or two between the twins’ eventual draft status.

    In turns out that the “teams” part of things created a bit of a problem. Both played adequately in Phoenix (Markieff) and Houston (Marcus), but perhaps not to their potential. It wasn’t until Marcus was traded to Phoenix in a benevolent move of sorts in 2013 that both began to take off, with Markieff in particular becoming an absolute standout for the Suns.

    Clearly, they’d like to stick together, but the NBA doesn’t always work that way – teams and players and agents and family decisions irrespective of brotherly concerns don’t always work out that way.

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  • Kyrie Irving comes clean: 'I haven’t been a leader'

    The idea of an obvious NBA leader is a tricky thing.

    Point guards are typically asked to act as a team’s leader because they tend to walk the ball up court and call the plays, but oftentimes the best NBA offenses don’t – or shouldn’t – rely on a point man dominating the ball.

    The top overall pick in a draft is usually added to a team to become its franchise player, but working as a high lottery selection usually means you’re paired with players on a terribly poor team. They could include aging and disinterested vets, youngsters that haven’t gotten their act right, or limited players that no amount of sound leadership can help remake or remodel.

    Acting as the most talented player on the team usually means being burdened with the status/privilege of acting as a leader, but an ability to break down defenses or swat away heaps of shots doesn’t always lend itself to being able to act a right Knute Rockne in the locker room.

    These are the fascinating elements that have long been in place in

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  • The National Basketball Players Association’s leadership, quite frankly, has been downright miserable for the past decade and a half. Under the stewardship of former NBPA executive director Billy Hunter, the union has given in to maximum salaries depending on age, a luxury tax, a minimum age requirement for entering the NBA draft, restricted free agency, and a massive reduction in the percentage of basketball-related income that heads the players’ way. The players have lost income on 48 combined games over that turn, and Hunter was forced out following the NBA’s last lockout after the players tired of his perpetual incompetency, and various other charges.

    Michele Roberts (AP)Michele Roberts (AP)The hope, for the players at least, is that new union head Michele Roberts can right the ship. With team valuations soaring and a lucrative new television contract in the league’s future, the players are lining up behind the former trial lawyer in preparation for what promise to be more league-altering negotiations should either the

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  • Paul Pierce shares a private plane and fresh fruit with Al Pacino (Photo)

    Just about any dorm, apartment, and eventually basement and (*shudders*) man cave of any professional athlete of the last 20 years has featured a ‘Scarface’ poster. It’s a little weird: Brian DePalma’s 1983 remake of the 1932 classic seemed a little too bloated and long-winded for its own sake upon release, but in the years following the Al Pacino-led vehicle has taken on an exalted status.

    Being of a certain age, Paul Pierce more than likely had the same poster affixed to some wall at some point in his career, and while we don’t know why he was on the same private plane with the aforementioned Mr. Pacino recently, it was still kind of The Truth to post a picture of the two to his Instagram account over the weekend:

    Pro Basketball Talk reports that Pacino performed a one man show in Las Vegas over the weekend (no word on whether or not he strayed from the one character he’s played repeatedly over the last 20 years THAT’S RIGHT THAT’S A PACINO BURN), or how Paul (who recently signed on

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  • The Miami Heat “only” won two championships during LeBron James’ four seasons with the team, with the main personnel criticism from that run coming in the form of chiding the team’s front office for only going after big names in its attempts to build a roster.

    Mike Miller seemed obvious. Shane Battier seemed like a pick from straight out of central casting. Ray Allen seemed like a perfect, famous fit. Chris Andersen seemed like the way to go. Even the buy low options – former high end lottery picks like Greg Oden and Michael Beasley – had enough Q rating to make the headlines. We’d heard and seen all of these players before, and in the end there wasn’t a whole lot of home-grown talent to work with.

    The Cleveland Cavaliers, to the dismay of some, are taking the same approach. Veteran forward Shawn Marion has reportedly agreed to terms with the team in the advance of what Shawn hopes will be another championship turn. Marion will join what could turn out to be a star-studded front court,

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  • The 10-man rotation, starring the dapper Chris Bosh

    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.

    C: The Daily Beast. Chris Bosh talks up cool ties, sweet treats, and hot summer nights.
    PF: SBNation. I’m what you’d call a “clueless gamer,” but these new NBA 2K15 screenshots look pretty solid.
    SF: SLAM Magazine. Adam Figman on the growth of Anthony Davis, who seems primed for (yet another) breakout year.
    SG: Time Warner Cable News. The Toronto Raptors are in talks to buy a Premier Basketball League team and turn it into their D-League outfit.
    PG: Denver Post. At the 2013 trade deadline, the Indiana Pacers reportedly offered Roy Hibbert to Denver for JaVale McGee, and apparently the Nuggets turned the offer down.
    6th: Grantland. Beckley Mason got to shoot three-pointers with Stephen Curry, write a great feature about it, and get a free duffel bag and deodorant at the same time!

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  • Paul Pierce saw a ghost, practiced some jump shots

    Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce could have retired after his last contract expired. He could have walked away from the NBA with a championship ring in hand, 10 All-Star games, more than 25,000 points and nearly $184 million in career earnings to his credit. After famously resisting a trade away from the Boston Celtics prior to the exchange that sent him to Brooklyn in 2013, it seemed likely that yet another change at age 36 (and soon to be 37) might be a little too wearying.

    Instead, Pierce decided to join an up-and-comer, moving to Washington to play for the Wizards in 2014-15 and potentially the season after that (should he pick up his player option for 2015-16). Keeping up with the kids means settling into game shape, and lucky for Paul he has some otherworldly influences keeping him in check.

    From his Twitter account, on Tuesday morning:

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