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."

  • Bobby Jackson: I can do a 'better coaching job' than George Karl

    The narrative comes easy. The Sacramento Kings will play a terrible Philadelphia 76ers team on Wednesday, and they might lose to a Sixers squad that is trying to lose. The road trip that started with DeMarcus Cousins saying his team “had to get three” wins in four tries will probably end in “nil,” and the team will fire head coach George Karl. The Kings will play at home against Denver on Friday, try really hard and probably win, and re-take to a run at the playoffs after digging itself a 22-32 hole.

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    Last weekend began with former King Bobby Jackson, an integral member of the championship-contending Sacramento squads from the early aughts, diving into Karl on local TV:

    … and it continued with the embarrassment of fielding an

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  • Gregg Popovich, up 21 points, laughs off some trash talk (Video)

    The San Antonio Spurs got out to a ridiculous start to the proceedings on Friday night. After 24 minutes of play, the team had more than doubled up the Dallas Mavericks – they straight up reversed them. The contest was locked at a 62-26 score when the two teams went into the locker rooms for halftime, even with Spurs star Tim Duncan sitting out his sixth straight game with right knee soreness.

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    Duncan, however, had a front row seat for a very Gregg Popovich-like moment when Mavs reserve big man Salah Mejri decided to talk a little smack to the Spurs bench after scoring with his team already down 21 points. Via SB Nation, watch:

    We’re not sure which is best: Pop being Pop, or Duncan wearing a 1997-styled blazer.

    The Spurs relented a bit in the second half, only winning by a 26-point margin, but not

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  • Oklahoma City is the NBA's next contender to take on Golden State

    In June 2012, the Oklahoma City Thunder bowed out of the NBA Finals in rather respectable fashion. It was assumed that OKC was in its first of what would be several consecutive pairings with the LeBron James-led Miami Heat, and that this league had its next Lakers/Celtics-styled Finals rivalry on its hands.

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    Kevin Durant 27.4 points per game. (Getty Images)Kevin Durant 27.4 points per game. (Getty Images)

    A million miles away, the Golden State Warriors were a few months removed from watching as their team’s new owner was booed on the squad’s home court, while Rick Barry had to act as the chastising dad telling a sold-out crowd to not chew with their mouths open. The team’s core, Stephen Curry and newly-acquired Andrew Bogut, had zero working ankles between them. Mark Jackson was still the team’s coach. Draymond Green, then at Michigan State, still played basketball for free.

    Though everyone should be enjoying the Warriors’ rise to prominence, things have changed since then in ways that should deaden

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  • Jimmy Butler leaves game on a stretcher after a hard fall (Video)

    Jimmy Butler was in the middle of dominating Friday night’s Chicago Bulls/Denver Nuggets game, working with 18 points and five assists, mostly culled off of fearless drives to the hoop. With just over a minute left in the half, however, he took yet another foul and fell down hard:

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    A combination stretcher/wheelchair was brought out from the back hallways of the arena, which Butler initially got into, then waved off prior making his way back to the free throw line. Archaic NBA rules dictate that if a player is unable to shoot free throws due to injury, he must be ruled out of the game.

    Butler made one of two to bring his point total to 19, then asked for the wheelchair’s return prior to being carted off.

    The two-time All-Star and 2015 NBA Most Improved Player missed Wednesday’s Chicago win over Sacramento with left knee soreness, but he’s easily been the healthiest member of his team both this year and in years

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  • Should the Knicks attempt to move Carmelo Anthony?

    Carmelo Anthony brings it up. (Getty Images)Carmelo Anthony brings it up. (Getty Images)As is often the case, even just two weeks removed from it, the NBA seems to have no clue as to how busy or impactful its trade deadline is going to be. We could have another deadline starring Anthony Johnson as its top transaction, or a February surprise that involves Deron Williams (then, a franchise player) being shipped unexpectedly to the Nets.

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    All it takes is the first domino to fall, with the rest of the league reacting as they pursue their various motivations. A shot at the Warriors. Cap space for this summer. More draft picks for a brighter future. Team chemistry improvements. A bright, shining, star.

    Could New York’s Carmelo Anthony act as that first domino? He isn’t struggling with the Knicks, and the team has acted as a pleasant surprise in 2015-16, but his presence does seem rather incongruous. This is why the New York Daily News’ Frank Isola is correct in wondering if there should be a parting of

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  • Larry Bird: Not 'many 7-footers walking around at the age of 75'

    Larry Bird takes in his Pacers. (Getty Images)Larry Bird takes in his Pacers. (Getty Images)The NBA, relative to its counterparts in pro baseball and football, is a young league. This is why the ‘In Memoriam’ reel that NBA TV played in its 2015 year-end wrap-up show was so heartbreaking.

    The league, which typically can reliably call up any number of retired legends to judge a Slam Dunk Contest or swap stories in league-run documentaries, lost far too many from its ranks last year.

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    In the wake of the passing of several big men came the good news of the encouraged free medical screenings, funded by the Players Association.

    More saddening, however, are the comments from NBA legend Larry Bird in a recent and typically-brilliant Jackie MacMullan feature:

    "I tell my wife all the time, 'You don't see many 7-footers walking around at the age of 75,'" says Bird, who's 6-foot-9. "She hates it when I say that. I know there are a few of us who live a long time, but most of us big guys don't seem to last too long.

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  • DeMarcus Cousins jaws with Bulls assistant Randy Brown (Video)

    Following a typical DeMarcus Cousins game (stat sheet? Stuffed.), the Sacramento Kings big man weirdly decided to spark up something with Chicago Bulls assistant coach Randy Brown. Just after Sacramento’s 107-102 loss, this odd incident took place:

    Following the contest DMC chalked the back and forth up to “trash talk,” though it’s hard to fathom how much ammunition Cousins would have had following his team’s loss.

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    As noted, Boogie filled up the box score. It was another 30-point night, his 17th on the season, with 11 rebounds, four assists, three steals, and two blocks (also six turnovers, but sometimes you have to break some eggs). The Kings competed with the visiting Bulls, who were playing without All-Star Jimmy Butler, but the squad just couldn’t turn

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  • Are the Timberwolves getting rebuilding all wrong, again?

    Sam Mitchell calls one out. (Getty Images)Sam Mitchell calls one out. (Getty Images)You’re probably supposed to take it easy on the Minnesota Timberwolves. The team was picked, after drafting yet another teenager at the top of the draft, by many to act as the worst team in the Western Conference. Of sadder concern was the loss of team president and head coach Flip Saunders after his battle with Hodgkin lymphoma right before the season started.

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    The team rallied under interim head coach Sam Mitchell to begin 2015-16, though, working up an 8-8 record to start the season; conquests that included quality wins against the Hawks (twice) and Bulls. Since then, however, the squad has lost 26 of 32, with only the incompetency of the Byron Scott-led Lakers keeping them out of the cellar in the West.

    As it is with Scott’s Lakers, though, there are fears that the coaching staff is acting similarly pound-foolish. That the Wolves could lose with abandon – sweet, another chance at a No. 1 overall pick – but not

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  • The NBA bans sideline floor cameras due to safety reasons

    NBA camera operators do fantastic work from all areas on, beside, in back of and on top of the court, supplying fans with angles that most will never have the luxury to see in real time. Over the last decade or so, however, the NBA has had to address the issues of camera workers and potentially-dangerous camera equipment lingering just feet away from where players run and jump at full speed.

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    The league has apparently decided to remove one instance of such from its courts. The sideline camera operator, usually relegated to capturing entering players, barking coaches, and the odd three-point swish, is off the map. The league smartly decided that, yeah, we don’t need that thing there.

    Via Zach Harper at CBS Sports, here is a statement released by the NBA’s Referees Association:

    In an effort to protect players and referees, the NBA has banned midcourt sideline television cameras, effective immediately, sources said.

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  • Greg Oden and Tyrus Thomas still battle it out on overseas teams

    Greg Oden on the bench. (Getty Images)Greg Oden on the bench. (Getty Images)It’s interesting to note that Greg Oden and Tyrus Thomas, two very tall, very talented people that, sadly, fell out of the NBA’s favor due to injury (Oden) and indifference (Thomas), are still hoofing it in international leagues overseas. After making millions, both would have every reason to want to hang it up at this stage in their lives, especially after noting that neither really entered the NBA riding on a wave of anecdotes about them dribbling a tennis ball around their high school hallways in appreciation of their love of the game.

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    Both aren’t exactly flourishing out of the league, but we would be remiss in not passing along two updates as to their current, apparently contented, status. Oden just wrapped up a season in the China Basketball Association, while Thomas is enjoying the stability of his current gig in Germany.

    Reddit user ‘frankeyfang’ was kind enough to share details regarding the final outcome

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