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."

  • Suns' Robert Sarver: 'Millennial culture' can't handle 'setbacks'

    HOW DO YOU CAGE AN ELEPHANT?? (Getty Images)HOW DO YOU CAGE AN ELEPHANT?? (Getty Images)The Phoenix Suns, in two consecutive games over the weekend, lost to the hilarious Sacramento Kings and the knee-slappin’ Los Angeles Lakers by a combined 43 points. The Kings and Lakers, holy lord!

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    Oddly, Suns owner Robert Sarver decided to pin his team’s woes on an entire generation of young men and women, blaming “millennial culture” for the issues that seemed to hit the team when Eric Bledsoe tore his meniscus and forward Markieff Morris lost his wits when the franchise decided to deal his twin brother Marcus to Detroit.

    You know – the same brother that Phoenix traded for because they knew Markieff and Marcus Morris would happily play so well alongside each other.

    From Dan Bickley at the Arizona Republic:

    “I’m not sure it’s just the NBA,” Sarver said. “My whole view of the millennial culture is that they have a tough time dealing with setbacks, and Markieff Morris is the perfect example. He had a setback

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  • 2016 New Year's resolutions for all 30 NBA teams

    Kyrie Irving and LeBron James watch the ball drop. (Getty Images)Kyrie Irving and LeBron James watch the ball drop. (Getty Images)It’s 2016! Happy New Year! Time to load up on a bunch of resolutions you’ll completely forget about until you find that can of steel-cut oatmeal in the back of the cupboard next August.

    As such, what should all 30 NBA teams be telling themselves right now?

    Atlanta Hawks: Find new ways to spring Kyle Korver

    Korver is hitting for just above the league average from long range a year removed from leading the league with a 49 percent mark. Maybe this is just due to age (he’s 34) and injury (Kyle is coming off of an ankle injury that knocked him out of last year’s playoffs), but defenses are doing a far better job of closing out on the shooter in 2015-16, and the Hawk offense has dimmed.

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    Boston Celtics: Go easy with the DeMarcus Cousins talk

    After two owners, three general managers, five coaches and unending disappointment, perhaps it’s still not Cousins’ fault that he acts like a prat. Still, there’s a very good

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  • Matt Barnes types a lengthy Instagram rant about his 'worst year'

    Matt Barnes decided to ring in 2016 with a Matt Barnes-styled airing of grievances. He’s got a lot of problems with you people, per usual.

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    The Memphis Grizzlies swingman hopped on Instagram on New Year’s Eve to take on “the worst year of my life,” again detailing his frustrations with former teammate and current New York Knick coach Derek Fisher’s “snitch” work in the wake of their altercation surrounding Fisher’s relationship with Barnes’ estranged wife, while apparently ripping pop star Rihanna for denying the two ever had a relationship of their own.

    Here’s the gem:

    Thank God For 2016! 2015 hands down was the worst year of my life! * *Lost the women I loved,the mother of my kids, my Dogg.. I had to walk away from the only thing I've wanted, MY OWN FAMILY! "They call that karma" *To being traded away from a team & city I love! "They call that the business" *Lied on by a pop star Who's lucky I stuck to the
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  • Eric Bledsoe, due to a torn left meniscus, is out for the season

    Eric Bledsoe during better times. (Getty Images)Eric Bledsoe during better times. (Getty Images)Eric Bledsoe tore the meniscus in his left knee on Saturday evening, and the resulting surgical repair will leave him out for the remainder of the 2015-16 season. His Phoenix Suns announced as much on Tuesday afternoon:

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    Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe today underwent successful surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the 2015-16 season. His prognosis is for a return to full playing status for the start of training camp next fall.

    Bledsoe, who has worked through two previous surgeries in attempts to recover from a previous tear to his right meniscus, tore the cartilage in the left knee after a collision with Philadelphia 76ers big man Robert Covington. After being carried off the court, the Suns lost that contest to the lowly Sixers, Philadelphia’s second win in 33 tries this season.

    The Suns, after a game showing against Cleveland on Monday night, now stand at 12-21. If

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  • Pau Gasol got it all wrong about 'Chicago-style pizza'

    Pau Gasol drowns in a sea of red. (Getty Images)Pau Gasol drowns in a sea of red. (Getty Images)Pau Gasol chose to come to the Chicago in the summer of 2014 because the city’s diverse culture appealed to him. He turned down more money from other franchises. He turned down more palatable offers from potentially better teams – though it could be argued that a healthy, well-coached and engaged Bulls squad was as good as any championship contender heading into 2014-15.

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    He wanted to come to Chicago, and considering the caliber of person Pau is, even the Greatest City in the World (admittedly, this Chicago native is biased), this is something the city should be proud of. Another star in that gorgeous flag.

    A year and a half in, though, it appears that Gasol is not as big a fan of something that far, far too many people think is a Chicago staple. “Chicago-style” pizza, ugh.

    From a fantastic talk with the great Alex Wong at GQ:

    What about Chicago-style deep dish pizza?
    I’ve tried it. I’m not a fan of this deep

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  • John Wall on All-Star Game voting: 'It's a joke'

     John Wall remembers the one about Raquel Welch and the buoys. (Getty Images) John Wall remembers the one about Raquel Welch and the buoys. (Getty Images)John Wall will be the first to admit that he’s had an up and down year. With that in place, he’d also like to be the first to shout out that Cleveland Cavalier guard Kyrie Irving has played fewer minutes all season than Wall played in October.

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    Wall is fifth in NBA All-Star Game voting amongst Eastern guards, whilst Kyrie Irving is second. This no doubt rankles the Washington point man, and he didn’t hold back after being informed about his still-pending status when it came to the fans’ vote for the NBA’s midseason sometimes-classic.

    From CSN Mid Atlantic’s J. Michael:

    "It's a joke" Wall, who didn't make one mention of his strained right ligament in his knee, bruise on the same knee, high right ankle sprain and bone spur, told CSNmidatlantic.com after his 15th double-double. "I played like horse[diddley-poo] the first month and a half but I still was averaging like 16 and eight. That's not bad numbers."

    They are

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  • J.B. Bickerstaff on his Rockets: 'We’ve disrespected the game'

    J.B. Bickerstaff has the appropriate reaction. (Getty Images)J.B. Bickerstaff has the appropriate reaction. (Getty Images)Houston Rockets interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff went on a clichéd, tough guy sports talk radio-styled rant following his team’s loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night. His team lost by just two points, on the second night of a back-to-back on the road, to what was considered a potential 50-game winner prior to the season. The diatribe was similar to too many coaching overreactions we’ve seen over the NBA years, placed following a late-December game well before the season’s midpoint.

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    The problem here is that this reaction was the correct one. The Rockets, who should be desperately trying to save their season, slept their way through too many possessions in the loss, and following the game Bickerstaff accurately went off.

    From ClutchFans.net:

    “We come out here tonight, things aren’t easy, things don’t go our way and we turn into the ugly Rockets again. It’s frustrating for me, it’s frustrating for

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  • Philadelphia shocks Phoenix, improves to 2-30 on the season

    Brett Brown led his Sixers to their second win of the season. (Getty Images)Brett Brown led his Sixers to their second win of the season. (Getty Images)Anyone who has taken the time to scan the Philadelphia 76ers’ roster this season has to have wondered how, exactly, this team would manage to win a game. Somehow, in 32 tries, they’ve managed to win two!

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    As the NBA world laughed on during Saturday night, the Phoenix Suns fell to the Sixers while playing in Arizona by a 114-111 score. The Sixers were without potent rookie Jahlil Okafor (out with right knee soreness), but managed to win due to – and we’re not sure if general manager Sam Hinkie is into this – competent guard play from Ish Smith and Isaiah Canaan.

    Hinkie, infamously, decided to tear down what was a mediocre Sixers team in 2013 and rebuild the franchise via tanking games and asset hoarding. He succeeded in all three pursuits, but the NBA and the team’s ownership lost its nerve midway through the third lost season and decided to bring in basketball lifer Jerry Colangelo to help make The Process a

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  • Carmelo Anthony on his Knicks: 'We should’ve been on Christmas'

     Carmelo Anthony and unidentified date. (Getty Images) Carmelo Anthony and unidentified date. (Getty Images)For years, even the NBA’s top commentators have complained about the abundance of nationally televised New York Knick games. The team hasn’t been a championship contender since the fin de siècle and only once acted as a credible playoff participant since then, and yet they remained a staple on your television’s dial.

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    This also included Christmas Day games, much to the consternation of most NBA fans. The league put an end to part of this in 2015-16, however, as no Knick game will be featured on Christmas Day’s slate of games.

    This rankles Knick forward Carmelo Anthony. From Marc Berman at the New York Post:

    “We should’ve been on Christmas. Christmas in New York. That’s what it should’ve been.’’

    […]

    “Of course we want to play on Christmas,’’ Anthony said. “I love that. That’s showtime, especially in New York. But we’ll get our shot at it. They’ll come back to us. I don’t know what they were looking at. The

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  • Glenn Robinson III surprises his mom with a brand new car (Video)

    Glenn Robinson III is living the dream. A native of Indiana, he’s playing as a rotation worker on his state’s NBA team, the Pacers, and though the Pacers are kicking some early season tail at 16-12 right now, they remain a little under the radar.

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    As such, the Pacers won’t have to play any Christmas Day games on Friday, which allowed Robinson to spend time at home with his family. The 21-year seemed to make the most of it:

    Nice. A brand new Mercedes for his mother Shantelle, who delivered Glenn when she was 18 as a Purdue University freshman. Glenn (who is the son of former Purdue and Milwaukee Bucks star Glenn Robinson) was born premature and had to spend the first few weeks of his life in an incubator, but he’s grown to become a well-regarded hybrid guard and NBA pro.

    And, as we can see, a pretty

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