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."

  • Tom Thibodeau keeps players on point in Thursday night (Getty Images)

    Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau can’t win, even when he’s winning. His team topped the Boston Celtics at home on Thursday night, winning for just the fourth time in 10 tries – hardly the sort of success rate he predicted prior to the season, when many expected the Bulls to challenge the Miami Heat for the best record in the East, since they’d topped the team in 2011 and 2012 regular seasons with a healthy Derrick Rose.

    Rose is obviously out, now, but supporting All-Stars Joakim Noah and Luol Deng are in the lineup, alongside Jimmy Butler and Rose replacement Kirk Hinrich. All four are dealing with nagging injuries, but they were healthy enough to play in the win. Noah in particular shined with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks, just missing out on a triple-double while finishing with nine assists in 34 minutes. Noah played the entire fourth quarter in a 12-point win, though, obviously gunning for that triple-double with the recovering Butler, Deng and Hinrich all on the floor to end a game that the Bulls led in the fourth by 19 points with four minutes to go.

    Following the contest, both Noah and Thibodeau had to answer to criticism for alternately shooting for that pointless statistical hallmark, and for potential overuse of the still-not-quite-100-percent players. From Aggrey Sam at CSN Chicago:

    Read More »from Joakim Noah and Tom Thibodeau respond to questions about Noah’s chase for a triple-double
  • Keith Bogans and Rajon Rondo put on their happy faces (Getty Images)

    Boston Celtics swingman Keith Bogans says it’s “not [his] personality” to complain, and we agree with him. He technically didn’t complain in the slightest in talking with HoopsWorld’s Jessica Camerato recently, only revealing how miserable it must be to suit up for the Boston Celtics night after night prior to the games, and still not receiving even token minutes for a 13-19 team that would at times seem to need his combination of stout defense and sometimes-there three-point shooting.

    Bogans has played just 28 minutes this year, in four games total, racking up “Did Not Play – Coach’s Decision” marks again and again as rookie Celtics coach Brad Stevens rightfully works to develop young talent. The 33-year old Bogans is technically lucky to just be on the Celtics, only joining the team last summer to make a massive deal with the Brooklyn Nets work under the NBA’s salary cap rules, but that doesn’t take away from the frustration. From Camerato’s piece:

    Read More »from Keith Bogans details the frustrating life of a well-compensated trade thrown-in that never plays
  • Ron Adams confers with a recovering Derrick Rose in January, 2013 (Getty Images)

    The Boston Celtics are in Chicago to face the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night, marking the return of former Bulls assistant coach and current Celtics assistant Ron Adams, widely regarded as one of the best if not the finest assistant coach in the NBA. Adams’ contract was not renewed last summer by the Bulls, for reasons the team did not fully elaborate on, reportedly angering both the coaching staff and (more importantly) the players along the way.

    Adams was also not given a reason for not being offered a new contract after a rough 2012-13 season, a campaign that saw the Bulls work without Derrick Rose for the entire year, but one that saw the team also grit out 45 wins and reach the second round before falling to the eventual champion Miami Heat.

    Adrian Wojnarowski reported in October that Adams was not brought back because of a contentious relationship he shared with Bulls general manager Gar Forman, who didn’t like assistant coach carping about personnel moves that cost Chicago Kyle Korver and C.J. Watson (while bringing in Kirk Hinrich on a much-criticized contract) over the 2012 offseason. Adams didn’t exactly confirm all of this while talking to the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson recently, but he did confirm at least one carp in the rare instance of an assistant coach going on record with the media.

    Read More »from Former assistant coach Ron Adams calls his departure from Chicago ‘mystifying’ and ‘hurtful’
  • Hedo Turkoglu is attempting a comeback to prove all the Hedo-haters wrong

    Hedo Turkoglu in street clothes. We think. (Getty Images)

    Hedo Turkoglu wants to play basketball again. The journeyman forward, currently with the Orlando Magic, hasn’t played a single NBA minute since the first week of February in 2013, but he’s apparently champing at the bit to return to live action in order to stick it to a Magic team that has benched him while they work on their slow rebuilding plan.

    The Magic have a chance to deal Hedo to a lesser team in order to game an asset in return for Turkoglu's expiring contract this week, and like similarly benched Cleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum, Turkoglu could fetch a fair price from a team looking to shave millions off their payroll and/or luxury tax bill.

    There are two significant issues here, though. For one, the Magic and Turkoglu have to go through quite a bit before he can be freed back into the free agent stream. Like Bynum, Turkoglu will be waived on Jan. 7 in order to lop an unguaranteed $6 million off of his current $12 million deal – the final season in a five-year contract that former Toronto Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo signed him to in 2009.

    Secondly, there’s that nagging idea that tells you that Hedo may not have a lot left in the tank. Sure, he’s had ample time to rest his legs while playing just 11 games in 2012-13 and zero thus far this season. Turk also turns 35 in March, though, he’s coming off of a league-mandated drug suspension for (to hear him tell it, unknowingly) stacking his gun show with a type of performance-enhancing drug last March, and the last three teams that paid for his services weren’t exactly keen on the returns. To say the least.

    Read More »from Hedo Turkoglu is attempting a comeback to prove all the Hedo-haters wrong
  • Gregg Popovich and Jason Kidd discuss strict adherence to the rules (Getty Images)

    The Brooklyn Nets’ 2013 calendar year was a 12-month spin they’d like to forget, one that saw the team lose in embarrassing fashion to an undermanned Chicago Bulls team in the first round of the playoffs, followed by a future-destroying trade for veterans Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry, topped off by the strange hire of Jason Kidd as a rookie head coach and a 10-20 start to 2013-14. With the defending Western Conference champion Spurs set to host Brooklyn in the final game of 2013, things weren’t expected to get much better for the $180 million team, what with Brook Lopez out for the season, and the team’s triptych of Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce going through the motions.

    This is why you can understand if the Nets, despite the massive amount of compensation they get to sleepwalk through these games, can’t even be bothered to stay on the court for a full 48 minute term. The Spurs were up 113-92 heading into the final 24.2 seconds of their blowout win over the Nets on Tuesday, and with the team’s record set to turn over to 10-21, the Nets decided to bail early after giving some midcourt handshakes – even though it was clear that the Nets would have the final possession of the game unless the Spurs decided to shoot it and then crash the offensive glass.

    They didn’t, dribbling the 24-second shot clock out instead, necessitating that the Nets would get the ball back with two-tenths of a second left in the game. The problem was that no Net was around to end this monstrosity under league rules. Watch:

    Read More »from Jason Kidd has to ask the Nets to come back on the court to finish a loss after they leave early (Video)
  • Kyle Lowry sports the desirable duds (Getty Images)

    It’s tough out there for a Chicago Bulls fan. Derrick Rose is out for the rest of the year after yet another worrying knee surgery, the team has suffered through injuries to exhibition season and regular season injuries to Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Jimmy Butler and Kirk Hinrich on their way to a 12-18 record after a perfect preseason. On top of that, fears about tensions between the squad’s coaching staff (who is to share some blame for overusing players) and the front office (don’t get us Bulls fans started) add to a general air of despair. There’s potential, down the line, but a lot has to go right for this to turn around.

    In the meantime, we Bulls fans focus on the little things to get us through. Anything you could do, after a rough New Year’s Eve loss to the improving Toronto Raptors at home, to make you forget that the last 20 months ever happened.

    Like, stealing an opposing player’s shoes that you really have no right to grab. Watch:

    Read More »from Kyle Lowry tosses his shoes to a Raptors fan, intercepting Bulls fan has other ideas (Video)
  • Gregg Popovich and Jason Kidd discuss strict adherence to the rules (Getty Images)

    The Brooklyn Nets’ 2013 calendar year was a 12-month spin they’d like to forget, one that saw the team lose in embarrassing fashion to an undermanned Chicago Bulls team in the first round of the playoffs, followed by a future-destroying trade for veterans Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry, topped off by the strange hire of Jason Kidd as a rookie head coach and a 10-20 start to 2013-14. With the defending Western Conference champion Spurs set to host Brooklyn in the final game of 2013, things weren’t expected to get much better for the $180 million team, what with Brook Lopez out for the season, and the team’s triptych of Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce going through the motions.

    This is why you can understand if the Nets, despite the massive amount of compensation they get to sleepwalk through these games, can’t even be bothered to stay on the court for a full 48 minute term. The Spurs were up 113-92 heading into the final 24.2 seconds of their blowout win over the Nets on Tuesday, and with the team’s record set to turn over to 10-21, the Nets decided to bail early after giving some midcourt handshakes – even though it was clear that the Nets would have the final possession of the game unless the Spurs decided to shoot it and then crash the offensive glass.

    They didn’t, dribbling the 24-second shot clock out instead, necessitating that the Nets would get the ball back with two-tenths of a second left in the game. The problem was that no Net was around to end this monstrosity under league rules. Watch:

    Read More »from The Brooklyn Nets leave the court early after a loss, leave coach Jason Kidd hanging (Video)
  • Josh Smith doles out some Christmas cheer. (Getty Images)

    It’s true that Detroit Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks and starting small forward Josh Smith may be “fine.” They may have a jovial, sound relationship. They probably say “hi” to each other in the hallway, they’re likely not barking at each other just 32 games into their relationship, and we may not hear a peep from those two in terms of one-on-one combat between now and the end of the season.

    It is one thing to be “fine” personally, though, and another to be at odds professional. Smith has struggled quite a bit on both ends this season, his first with Detroit after signing a four-year, $54 million deal with the team last summer. Forced to play small forward in a big lineup, his numbers have tumbled across the board, he’s shooting a career-low 40 percent just four years after making half his shots in 2009-10, and the Pistons are a terrible defensive team when he’s on the floor.

    This is part of the reason why Cheeks benched Smith for the second half of Saturday’s Detroit loss to Washington, the second such time this has happened in 2013-14. Smith told the media that he took “real offense” to having his work ethic and energy level criticized by Cheeks. Since then, the two have hashed it out and are on the same page.

    Read More »from Maurice Cheeks says he and Josh Smith are ‘fine,’ but things don’t really sound ‘fine’
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tells Andrew Bynum that 'it's all about the temples.' (Getty Images)

    It wasn’t surprising to hear that the Cleveland Cavaliers were set to part ways with Andrew Bynum on Saturday morning, the oft-injured center has been up and down during his cameo appearances with the team, and Cleveland plays far better without him on the court. What was surprising was the news that Bynum had been suspended with pay indefinitely for “conduct detrimental to the team,” with one source telling Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski that Bynum “doesn’t want to play basketball anymore.”

    The Cavs are no doubt shopping Bynum, aware that his large contract (over $12 million) could bring back some significant talent from a team looking to cut payroll, as a team can send out a batch of salaries that approximate Bynum’s year-long total and then release Bynum prior to Jan. 7, only having to pay about half of his yearly salary and cutting free the final year of his 2014-15 deal.

    No teams are looking to add Bynum as a go-to rock in the low post, as he was in Los Angeles with the Lakers, and was expected to be by the Philadelphia 76ers last season. The fact that Bynum has played just 480 inconsistent NBA minutes since the spring of 2012 is giving credibility to the idea that Andrew Bynum just doesn’t like the game of basketball.

    Read More »from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Phil Jackson have differing opinions regarding Andrew Bynum’s love of the game
  • Tony Parker, earlier in December (Getty Images)

    San Antonio Spurs All-Star Tony Parker could be in some damning trouble for recently posing with controversial French comedian Dieudonne while posing with what many construe to be an anti-Semitic gesture. Parker, the French-born guard who was the 2007 NBA Finals MVP, made what is called a “quenelle,” a gesture that is ascribed by some merely to be anti-establishment, but described by others as modern take on the infamous Nazi party salute.

    One report states that Parker was photographed giving the quenelle alongside the comic before the season started. If such a gesture offends you, you’ve been warned that it follows below the jump:

    (Courtesy Twitter.com/martin76130)

    Neither Parker nor the Spurs commented initially, merely telling the media that they were observing the situation and figuring out a course of action:

    Some reports have also suggested that the photo Parker took with Dieudonne was taken some years before, and that the

    Read More »from Tony Parker in hot water after a photo is released of him posing with a reportedly anti-Semitic gesture

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