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."

  • Tony Parker on the Spurs/Warriors games: 'Everybody's playing now'

    Tony Parker brings it up. (Getty Images)Tony Parker brings it up. (Getty Images)In spite of the brilliant seasons shared by both teams, since last fall it had become apparent that the pair of April showdowns between the pace-setting Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs would act as a bit of a letdown.

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    The Warriors were ahead of the pack, however slightly, and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is notorious for resting players throughout the regular season. Even Tony Parker admitted toward the end of March that you might not want to elbow into a prime seat at your local wing joint in order to watch the two championship favorites go at it – the Spurs (and possibly Warriors) were going to rest their stars.

    Even Tony Parker admits he can change his mind.

    The Spurs guard gave the whole of NBA fandom a bit of hope, as it limps toward the regular season’s end, that the Spurs and Warriors could go at full strength when they meet up on Thursday, and again on Sunday.

    From the minutes following the

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  • Thabo Sefolosha sues five NYPD arresting officers, New York City

    Thabo Sefolosha is in his 10th NBA season. (Getty Images)Thabo Sefolosha is in his 10th NBA season. (Getty Images)Atlanta Hawks swingman Thabo Sefolosha, as expected, is filing suit against the New York City Police Department, and the city.

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    The NBA veteran was arrested a year ago following an altercation outside an NYC nightclub. In the wee hours, former Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland was stabbed in an unrelated incident. Sefolosha and former teammate Pero Antic, who were not out with Copeland that night, were then detained while milling amongst the crowd curious to see what had happened to Copeland.

    In the ensuing melee, an exchange between Sefolosha and the officers resulted in a broken fibula and torn ankle ligaments for Thabo. Refusing a plea deal in the wake of his arrest, Sefolosha relied on common sense and some brief cell phone camera videos to beat the charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

    Now, in concert with Antic (who filed suit earlier this year), Sefolosha is firing back. From ESPN’s Kevin

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  • Shaquille O'Neal and Allen Iverson are in the Basketball Hall of Fame

    Pound for pound, the best player of his era has been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Allen Iverson also got in as well.

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    Shaquille O’Neal joined Yao Ming and Iverson in being named to the Hall of Fame on Monday. Iverson worked in stark contrast to both Shaq and Yao, a 6-foot (maybe) waterbug taking on all comers in the last NBA era to feature low post behemoths.

    O’Neal won three titles while manning the paint as a Los Angeles Laker. Starting his career in Orlando, the center made it to the Finals in just his third year as a pro before moving on to California. He paired with Kobe Bryant to take Los Angeles to four Finals overall prior to being traded to Miami. Teaming with Dwyane Wade, O’Neal won a title in 2006. His time in Phoenix, Cleveland and Boston was less successful, but he did work on teams that made it deep into the playoffs before hanging things up in 2011.

    Iverson’s career was a little more

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  • Detroit, Indy evade disaster in the 'race' for the East playoffs

    Same. (Getty Images)Same. (Getty Images)It seems that at this point, if you put in a small down payment and some form of tradeable asset (anyone have a Gregg Jeffries rookie card?) you could have yourself one of the final two spots in the Eastern Conference playoff bracket. No team seems to want it.

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    While the rest of the sporting world was off watching the NCAA Final Four, the Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls did their best to eliminate themselves from playoff contention on Saturday night. After all the non-fetti fell, the song remained the same: Detroit still owns the East’s seventh seed, Indiana the eighth, and Chicago is a stone’s throw away at two games behind Indiana.

    The Bulls would be advised not to hurl that stone, lest it suffer yet another injury. Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson sat out Saturday’s loss to Detroit, while a clearly gimpy Pau Gasol and Jimmy Butler worked through knee injuries in the 94-90 loss. Butler notched his

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  • The 76ers could still set a record for NBA futility

    Poor Brett Brown. (Getty Images)Poor Brett Brown. (Getty Images)Don’t look now – seriously, don’t look now or at any other time between now and April 13 – but the Philadelphia 76ers still have a chance to set an NBA record for futility.

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    The team enters Friday night with a 9-66 record, worst in the NBA. If the team loses its next seven contests, something that statistically is a likely scenario for a squad that has gone 1-23 since Feb. 6, the team will tie the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers for the worst record in NBA history.

    They’ll manage to outrank the former Charlotte Bobcats in season-worst winning percentage under this scenario, Charlotte lost 59 of 66 games in 2011-12 to finish with a .106 season-long percentage, but there was at least a chance that those plucky, Tyrus Thomas-led Bobcats could have made a small run had that season not been shortened by a lockout.

    Currently, the Sixers are working with players that, frankly, aren’t long for this league. Starters like Ish

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  • The Sacramento Kings are a silly, sarcastic mess. Again.

    DeMarcus Cousins makes the face. (Getty Images)DeMarcus Cousins makes the face. (Getty Images)The Sacramento Kings’ latest bit of ha-ha came late in the team’s win over the similarly embarrassing Washington Wizards on Wednesday.

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    With the win in hand, DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo were both called for technical fouls by introducing a little Synchronized Sarcastic Clapping into the contest. The Wizards added a few points via free throw that hardly mattered; everyone made their jokes, Boogie earned a suspension, and the league went back to paying attention to teams that matter.

    This is symbolic, though. And you’re allowed to get haughty over it.

    The Kings are a bad stereotype, like the ones from 40 years ago that we read oral histories of and laugh at how these ridiculous teams could ever be so silly. Ones we thought the NBA outgrew as owners, front offices, the league’s office and the league’s players all became smarter and more self-aware.

    The franchise is led by an owner in Vivek Ranadive that has

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  • Phil Jackson had the best spring break ever in Woodstock

    Over last weekend, the New York Knicks were mathematically eliminated from the NBA playoffs. Over the same weekend, the NCAA tournament limited its last teams to four, leaving any remaining scouting rather reasonable and very accessible – every corner bar in the country will be showcasing the last three NCAA basketball games of the season.

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    Perhaps this is why Phil Jackson, the highest-paid personnel chief in the NBA, decided to go troppo recently, as he sees fit:

    (You would not be surprised to learn that the description for the Woodstock Inn on the Millstream includes a reference to “Karen’s homemade granola.” Short of clips of an impromptu acoustic performance from Hot Tuna, this tweet and the Inn’s site are as good and appropriate as it gets.)

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  • Report: Lakers angry at D'Angelo Russell for taping convo with Nick Young

    D'Angelo Russell dribbles the basketball. (Getty Images)D'Angelo Russell dribbles the basketball. (Getty Images)Teenagers have always done dumb things. And now that just about all of them are outfitted with cell phones featuring cameras, we’re reminded of as much just about daily.

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    And, because teenagers are capable of being good NBA players, they will (rightfully) earn employment in this league. As a result, the league and its older players will have to sit through the same sort of growing pains that come from having to mind a kid that is about to turn 19 into 20. A report from ESPN early on Wednesday reminded us of that.

    Allegedly, newly turned-20 Lakers rookie D’Angelo Russell reportedly filmed a conversation with teammate Nick Young, who is famously engaged to rapper Iggy Azalea, without Young’s knowledge. The clip somehow found its way online recently, and as a result Russell has become a bit of a pariah inside the Lakers' locker room.

    From Marc Stein and Baxter Holmes:

    "It's bad," one team source told ESPN.com's

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  • Alvin Gentry looks back on the Pelicans' lost year with sarcasm

    Alvin Gentry watches another one bite the dust. (Getty Images)Alvin Gentry watches another one bite the dust. (Getty Images)The New Orleans Pelicans started the season as likely playoff participants, coming off of the team’s first postseason appearance of the Anthony Davis era. Davis, due to his brilliant play and ungodly Player Efficiency Rating from 2014-15, was even considered an MVP candidate. A full-on player in a race featuring Stephen Curry and LeBron James, and for various good reasons.

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    The team encountered heaps of injuries to start the year, however, and a schedule that paired them against nine playoff teams in its first 12 contests. The squad lost 11 of those 12 matchups to begin the year, but even after three consecutive wins left them at just seven games under .500 by Thanksgiving, the Pelicans never drew closer to the break-even mark.

    On Monday, following a win to the New York Knicks in NOLA, the team was officially sent packing from the playoff picture. When informed of this, coach Alvin Gentry responded with a healthy

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  • Chris Paul bows out of Team USA consideration

    Chris Paul calls one out. (Getty Images)Chris Paul calls one out. (Getty Images)Chris Paul will not participate in this year’s Olympic Games, Sports Illustrated is reporting.

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    The soon-to-be 31-year old point guard is withdrawing his name from pool consideration for the contests in Rio, an understandable move considering his age and history with Team USA.

    Paul is currently averaging just under 20 points, two steals and 10 assists for his Los Angeles Clippers, in what has been a remarkable if not frustrating career year. Teammate Blake Griffin has been out since Christmas with a quadriceps injury that was followed by a broken hand suffered in a fight, he won’t return until April 3, and Paul has had to shoulder a heavy load in response. The Clippers will comfortably enter April with the West’s fourth-best record, but CP3’s work in securing the team’s first round home court fortune couldn’t have been anything less than wearying.

    SI’s Lee Jenkins has the report of Paul’s decision:

    After more

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