Double Dribble

An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett

Jeremy Lin wins 'The Epic Award'

Injured Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin talks to

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The offseason awards keep piling up for point guard Jeremy Lin.

A breakout star in 2011-12, Lin was presented with "The Epic Award" at Wednesday night's NBA TV Social Media Awards for his 38-point performance against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers on Feb. 12, 2012.

"The Epic Award" was given to the game that fans voted to be the best of the regular season.

Lin also...

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Internationally, everyone wants to be like Kobe

Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers

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The NBA announced Thursday that Kobe Bryant's jersey is the best-selling internationally.

It was the first time the NBA released a comprehensive list naming the most popular jerseys outside of the United States, according to the league.

Bryant edged out Derrick Rose for the top selling jersey outside of the United States. Rose had the best-selling jersey in the U.S. this past year.

Following...

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Russell Westbrook's rare night

Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder

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Russell Westbrook had a signature game Tuesday night against the Miami Heat. Unfortunately for Westbrook and the Thunder, it came in a loss.

The fourth-year point guard led all scorers with 43 points, connecting on 20 of 32 shots. He added seven rebounds and five assists, turning the ball over just three times.

As noted by @NBAHistory, Westbrook was the first player to connect on 20...

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Game 4 tale of the tape: LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder

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We may be just 40 hours away from the end of the "LeBron James has no rings" memes.

Despite debilitating leg cramps, James nearly finished with a triple-double in Miami's 104-98 Game 4 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. James totaled 26 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds to lead the Heat to a 3-1 series lead.

On the opposite sideline, Kevin Durant was overshadowed by a masterful...

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LeBron James the highest-paid player in the league

Miami Heat small forward LeBron James listens to

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Forbes released its list of the highest-paid athletes in the world over the past year, including 13 NBA players in the top 100.

LeBron James led the way among NBAers, coming in fourth on the list. According to Forbes, James earned $53 million last year; $13 million in salary, and $40 million in endorsements.

Among James' endorsement deals, according to Forbes, were Nike, McDonald's,...

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Serge Ibaka disses LeBron's 'D'

Miami Heat small forward LeBron James is defended

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Serge Ibaka had some big trash talk for LeBron James, arguably the league's best defender:

Step up your game.

Ibaka told the Palm Beach Post's Tom D'Angelo that "LeBron is not a good defender."

Can he play tight defense in spurts? Sure, Ibaka told D'Angelo, "but not [for] 48 minutes."

Ibaka took it a step further, too, saying that teammate Kevin Durant...

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Jimmy Kimmel's 'Guillermo' insults basically every superstar at the Finals

Guillermo and Dwyane Wade.

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Forget rubbing elbows: Guillermo from "Jimmy Kimmel Live" managed to rub facial hair with Dwyane Wayne . . . err, Wade.

The sports correspondent was let loose at NBA Media Day, interviewing (and insulting) several stars, including Wade, Derek Fisher, Mario Chalmers, Chris Bosh, Kevin Durant, James Harden and LeBron James.

Guillermo had an "exclusive" interview with...

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Phil Jackson on returning: 'I don't have an answer for that'

Phil Jackson.

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Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson told Andrea Kramer of HBO's Real Sports that he still "doesn't have an answer" on whether he plans on returning to the sidelines as an NBA coach again.

Jackson, who retired following the 2010-11 season, won 11 championships in 20 years as a head coach. Recently, his name has been the subject of rumors surrounding head coaching vacancies, including...

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Game 3 tale of the tape: LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant

LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks

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Remember back to Game 1, when a Miami Heat loss had detractors talking about LeBron James again not doing enough to grab an NBA title?

That might as well be ancient history.

James dropped 29 points and grabbed 14 rebounds Sunday night, leading the Heat to a 91-85 win over the Thunder and a 2-1 series lead. And now, instead of looking overmatched as they did after a series-opening loss,...

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Game 2 tale of the tape: LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant

LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat posts

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Oklahoma City's comeback attempt against the Heat fell short in Game 2 of the NBA Finals last night, as Miami managed to even the series at one game apiece.

Kevin Durant had an opportunity to tie the game with under 10 seconds left, but missed a seven-footer. LeBron James grabbed the rebound, was fouled, and drilled his two free throws to put the game away.

Here's a look at the tale...

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