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."

  • The NBA's all-time starting five: Phoenix Suns

    You’re in your second semester of AP Basketball History, you love really good teams, and you love lists. With precious little drama left in the NBA’s 2015 offseason, why don’t we hit the barroom and/or barbershop, pour ourselves a frosty mug of Barbicide, and get to arguin’ over each franchise’s most formidable starting five-man lineup.

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    Because we don’t like making tough decisions, the lineups will reflect the All-NBA line of thinking. There will be no differentiation between separate forward and guard positions, and the squads will be chosen after careful consideration of individual merits only – we don’t really care if your team’s top shooting guard and point guard don’t get along.

    These rankings will roll out based on when each franchise began its NBA life. We continue with the Phoenix Suns, and the Gorilla is ineligible.

    C: Amar’e Stoudemire. Stoudemire was technically listed as a power forward for four of

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  • Whatever your political affiliation is (and please, never have a political affiliation), Thursday’s Republican Presidential Debate was always going to act as a circus. The sheer number of candidates involved, ten at last count, meant that any chance at nuance and a disciplined explanation of platform would be a no-go from the start. Everyone is going to be out for soundbites, pull-quotes, and something to go viral; saving the longer asides for the fall of 2016.

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    The Republican Party’s king of viral soundbites, poll-leading businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump, is also on hand; which will only add to the chaos. This means the moderators behind the debate are going to have to great lengths in order to prevent entitled, well-heeled men from doing something entitled, well-heeled men don’t usually do: Shut the heck up.

    As such, because the event is going to take place in the same home stadium that the Eastern

    Read More »from Fox considered using an NBA buzzer to quiet candidates at the Republican debate
  • You’re in your second semester of AP Basketball History, you love really good teams, and you love lists. With precious little drama left in the NBA’s 2015 offseason, why don’t we hit the barroom and/or barbershop, pour ourselves a frosty mug of Barbicide, and get to arguin’ over each franchise’s most formidable starting five-man lineup.

    [Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball]

    Because we don’t like making tough decisions, the lineups will reflect the All-NBA line of thinking. There will be no differentiation between separate forward and guard positions, and the squads will be chosen after careful consideration of individual merits only – we don’t really care if your team’s top shooting guard and point guard don’t get along.

    These rankings will roll out based on when each franchise began its NBA life. We continue with The Oklahoma City Thunder, who for 41 years were better known as the late and much-missed Seattle SuperSonics.

    C: Jack Sikma. Kankakee’s

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  • Random NBA Players: Tom Gugliotta

    The internet is filled with hundreds of thousands of nostalgic tales, but that’s to be expected. As a wise man once said, “Nostalgia is a mild form of depression,” and everyone can get a little blue when thinking back to 1997. With the summer sun shining, however, we’re in a cheery mood. And with the NBA having settled down after a busy first few weeks of offseason transactions, we thought it best to highlight some random NBA players who may have done their best work a decade or two ago.

    This isn’t a list of your “Top 12 File Sharing Services of 2002” or “27 Ways Britney Ruled the VMAs.” No, this is …

    Random Players, NBA Edition

    We start with Tom Gugliotta.

    The Phoenix Suns were supposed to be great, and Tom Gugliotta wasn’t ever supposed to be anyone’s consolation prize.

    After an incredibly wacky 1996-97 season, the Suns entered 1997-98 with five major assets in hand. They had a warm climate and a gem of a player’s coach in Danny Ainge. They featured Jason Kidd at lead guard, and the

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  • The NBA's all-time starting five: Houston Rockets

    You’re in your second semester of AP Basketball History, you love really good teams, and you love lists. With precious little drama left in the NBA’s 2015 offseason, why don’t we hit the barroom and/or barbershop, pour ourselves a frosty mug of Barbicide, and get to arguin’ over each franchise’s most formidable starting five-man lineup.

    [Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball]

    Because we don’t like making tough decisions, the lineups will reflect the All-NBA line of thinking. There will be no differentiation between separate forward and guard positions, and the squads will be chosen after careful consideration of individual merits only – we don’t really care if your team’s top shooting guard and point guard don’t get along.

    These rankings will roll out based on when each franchise began its NBA life. We continue with the Houston Rockets, who have never been uninteresting.

    C: Hakeem Olajuwon. Possibly the most versatile center in NBA history, easily

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  • The NBA's all-time starting five: Chicago Bulls

    You’re in your second semester of AP Basketball History, you love really good teams, and you love lists. With precious little drama left in the NBA’s 2015 offseason, why don’t we hit the barroom and/or barbershop, pour ourselves a frosty mug of Barbicide, and get to arguin’ over each franchise’s most formidable starting five-man lineup.

    [Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball]

    Because we don’t like making tough decisions, the lineups will reflect the All-NBA line of thinking. There will be no differentiation between separate forward and guard positions, and the squads will be chosen after careful consideration of individual merits only – we don’t really care if your team’s top shooting guard and point guard don’t get along.

    These rankings will roll out based on when each franchise began its NBA life. We continue with the Chicago Bulls, who most assuredly will have a pretty good backcourt.

    C: Joakim Noah. Joakim Noah may have just given his basketball

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  • The NBA's all-time starting five: Washington Wizards

    You’re in your second semester of AP Basketball History, you love really good teams, and you love lists. With precious little drama left in the NBA’s 2015 offseason, why don’t we hit the barroom and/or barbershop, pour ourselves a frosty mug of Barbicide, and get to arguin’ over each franchise’s most formidable starting five-man lineup.

    [Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball]

    Because we don’t like making tough decisions, the lineups will reflect the All-NBA line of thinking. There will be no differentiation between separate forward and guard positions, and the squads will be chosen after careful consideration of individual merits only – we don’t really care if your team’s top shooting guard and point guard don’t get along.

    These rankings will roll out based on when each franchise began its NBA life. We continue with the Washington Wizards, who have been known by many names.

    C: Wes Unseld. OK, so he probably shouldn’t have won the MVP in his rookie

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  • The NBA's all-time starting five: Philadelphia 76ers

    You’re in your second semester of AP Basketball History, you love really good teams, and you love lists. With precious little drama left in the NBA’s 2015 offseason, why don’t we hit the barroom and/or barbershop, pour ourselves a frosty mug of Barbicide, and get to arguin’ over each franchise’s most formidable starting five-man lineup.

    [Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball]

    Because we don’t like making tough decisions, the lineups will reflect the All-NBA line of thinking. There will be no differentiation between separate forward and guard positions, and the squads will be chosen after careful consideration of individual merits only – we don’t really care if your team’s top shooting guard and point guard don’t get along.

    These rankings will roll out based on when each franchise began its NBA life. We continue with the Philadelphia 76ers, who, once upon a time, were the tank.

    C: Moses Malone. (This is a bit of a cheat, which we’ll defend later.)

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  • The NBA's all-time starting five: Atlanta Hawks

    You’re in your second semester of AP Basketball History, you love really good teams, and you love lists. With precious little drama left in the NBA’s 2015 offseason, why don’t we hit the barroom and/or barbershop, pour ourselves a frosty mug of Barbicide, and get to arguin’ over each franchise’s most formidable starting five-man lineup.

    [Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball]

    Because we don’t like making tough decisions, the lineups will reflect the All-NBA line of thinking. There will be no differentiation between separate forward and guard positions, and the squads will be chosen after careful consideration of individual merits only – we don’t really care if your team’s top shooting guard and point guard don’t get along.

    These rankings will roll out based on when each franchise began its NBA life. We continue with the Atlanta Hawks, who have boasted an incredible amount of talent in three different cities since 1946.

    C: Dikembe Mutombo. Only played

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  • It’s August, and in the days before school starts it’s also time for basketball camps. To sit cross-legged n a hardwood floor while hoping that everyone else notices the shoes that you mortgaged way, way too much of your allowance to buy while watching a shooting drill as presented by an assistant coach you’ve never heard of.

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    Or, if you’re lucky, a fringe NBA player. Or, if you’re really, really lucky, the NBA’s Most Improved Player and the greatest basketball player of all time.

    Watch Chicago’s Jimmy Butler and Bulls legend Michael Jordan wow the kids at Jordan’s camp, with You Know Who winning things as always:

    Unless you have a real soft spot for Ben Gordon’s work off the bench on the 2004-05 Bulls (and, hey, we kind of do), Butler is the best shooting guard the Bulls have had since Jordan retired following the 1997-98 season.

    We’d say that this served as some extra motivation for the current Charlotte

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