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 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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  • Kobe Bryant vows to play in each of his final nine NBA games

    Kobe Bryant wants to walk away on his own terms. (Getty Images)Kobe Bryant wants to walk away on his own terms. (Getty Images)Kobe Bryant won’t be playing NBA basketball in three weeks. If that’s a tough one to process, understand that you’re not alone.

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    The retiring Los Angeles Lakers star has just nine games left entering Monday night, the final tally in what has been a frustrating season in the wake of what has to have been a miserable few years. Bryant, who has seen his last three campaigns finish early due to season-ending surgeries, appears to rounding into home with a clean slate of health for the first time in years.

    As healthy as one can be, we should point out, after over 57,000 career regular season and playoff minutes. After a season spent battling shoulder, knee and finger injuries. After sharing a locker room with Nick Young for two years.

    Following his 13th consecutive appearance in a loss to the Washington Wizards on Sunday, Bryant threw the gauntlet down. From Baxter Holmes at ESPN Los Angeles:

    Nine games remain in Kobe

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  • Let's take a look at the fight for the last few NBA playoff spots

    James Harden and impending mortality. (Getty Images)James Harden and impending mortality. (Getty Images)For the first time since Michael Jordan’s last season as a Chicago Bull, the Eastern Conference playoff picture isn’t a complete embarrassment. The West ain’t bad, either.

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    True to their namesake, the Indiana Pacers haven’t enjoyed/suffered through too many ebbs and flows this season, consistently remaining a few games about .500 while worryingly failing to close a series of close games out. They’ve stuck mostly in their own time zone of late, and the results are about what you’d expect – close losses to the Conference-leading Cavaliers and Raptors, takedowns in Washington, Milwaukee and at home against Boston with a tough blowout defeat in Atlanta mitigated by its role in handing San Antonio just its 11th loss of the season last week.

    The Pacers are a half game up on Detroit for the seventh seed in the East, and Indiana has good reason to think positively about a playoff appearance. The team has several gimmie

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  • Carmelo Anthony cackles at his buddy LeBron James' 'comical' Cavs

    Carmelo and LeBron stir it up! (Getty Images)Carmelo and LeBron stir it up! (Getty Images)Never, ever, let LeBron James act as your general manager. That’s the takeaway right now, at least. Even his best pals think things are getting a little silly in Cleveland.

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    The Cavaliers are as interesting now for their rotation machinations and defensive sets as they are the team’s weird, LeBron-led interactions with social media. James unfollowed his team’s official Twitter account on Monday – nobody cares, team accounts can be terrible – and it should have acted as a non-story. Instead, James made it into a thing by refusing to roll his eyes and say “who cares, I unfollowed a lot of things because I want basketball off of my Twitter feed” in the face of reporters later that night.

    This has LeBron’s buddy Carmelo Anthony, stuck in what is sure to be his team’s third-straight playoff-less season while LeBron leaps his way toward a likely sixth straight Finals appearance, chortling from afar.

    From ESPN New York’s

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  • Kobe Bryant tops Larry Bird in a throwback jersey duel (Photo)

    If this were a state by state count, and not a popular vote or Electoral College election, Larry Bird would have Kobe Bryant licked.

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    As is stands, though, the Kobester is King. He took Ohio.

    Mitchell and Ness revealed their top-selling jerseys for 2015 on Tuesday, and though Larry Bird is the top-ranking jersey in five different states (Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island and, unsurprisingly, Indiana) Bryant remains the company’s top selling jersey overall.

    Via Deadspin, take a look at the map:

    (Courtesy MitchellandNess.com)(Courtesy MitchellandNess.com)

    Not only did Kobe steal Ohio from LeBron James – who has played in several different throwback jerseys, plus his Cleveland Cavalier originals, during his time working in the state – but he ranked highest in Oregon as well.

    You know, “Oregon.”

    The state of the Portland Trail Blazers, the team that lost to Bryant’s Lakers in three consecutive postseasons between 2000 and 2002. Home of the Jerome Kersey,

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  • Dwight Howard on James Harden: 'I would never hate this man'

    The Houston Rockets have been in a nasty place all season.

    Dwight Howard bites his tongue. (Getty Images)Dwight Howard bites his tongue. (Getty Images)The training camp was a mess, former coach Kevin McHale was fired after a 4-7 start, and there have been incessant rumors that star guard James Harden pushed for that firing, wanted center Dwight Howard dealt; and that Howard’s thoughts toward Harden ran along the same lines.

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    Unlike Harden, Howard will have a chance this summer to put his figurative money where his mouth is, possibly giving back literal money to head to yet another team as a free agent in order to chase whatever the heck it is that he’s chasing.

    In the meantime, Dwight still thinks his Rockets can compete for a championship this year, even as it works with a .500 record entering Tuesday. He discussed this and many other things in a wide-ranging interview with USA Today’s Sam Amick:

    “People feel ... like we hate each other,” Howard said. “I have no hate in my blood for this man, you know?

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