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The NBA made better, a plethora of features, insights, and cultural oddities from veteran hoops writer Kelly Dwyer.

Who is Kelly Dwyer?

Kelly is a sportswriter from the American Midwest whose work appeared at Yahoo, ESPN, and Sports Illustrated’s website. He’s been at this since 1997, when he began writing about the NBA for a website called OnHoops. Dwyer appeared on ESPN’s Outside the Lines, NPR, dozens of local TV and radio shows, and giggled through a decade and a half of podcast appearances.

Fellow sportswriter Eric Freeman recently asserted that Kelly “basically invented the dominant mode of internet basketball writing” and Woj called him “one of the most talented people I’ve ever worked with.”

Follow him on Twitter @KDonhoops.

From the subscribers

Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN: “Kelly Dwyer was a pioneer in the NBA blogosphere and remains the soul of basketball writing. It's impossible to read anything Kelly writes about the NBA without breathing in his style, knowledge and sheer passion for the league he loves.”

Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports: “There are so many different kinds of people who do so many things to cover the NBA – newsbreakers, talking heads, columnists, bloggers, screaming heads, podcasters, exploding heads. There isn't anybody who does what Kelly Dwyer does, though. He is singular, and irreplaceable, and inarguable. I'm one of the many (many, many) fans and writers whose understanding of, and love for, the NBA was aided and augmented by Kelly's work. Give him a read, and soon you'll be one of us, too.”

Trey Kerby, ‘The Starters,’ NBA TV: “We all watch games differently, but no one watches them anything like Kelly Dwyer. Just like [semi-obscure English guitar player with tall hair], Kelly reads the game on a different wavelength, then is able to synthesize it for the rest of us like [keyboardist from a Michael McDonald-affiliated soft rock project]. Plus, at The Second Arrangement, you’ll actually get those references properly filled in.”

J.E. Skeets, ‘The Starters,’ NBA TV: “For 10 years running, Behind The Boxscore has been a part of my daily morning routine. I get up, grab a coffee, and read KD's insightful (and often hilarious) takes on basketball, music, comedy, and cats. It's bloody perfect. He once used Jeff Ruland as a verb and, yep, I'm still laughing. Seriously. Google that dude sometime. What a look.”

Curtis Harris, basketball historian: “No one combines pop culture asides, musical tangents, and basketball analysis with the sarcastic sincerity of Kelly Dwyer. Where else can I hope to find Joel Embiid and Michael McDonald cogently compared than within the confines of Dwyer's mind and digital realm of The Second Arrangement?”

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