Double Dribble

An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett

Report: Bobcats shopping No. 2 pick, Harden in play

Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden gestures during

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According to a report in CBSSports' Eye on Basketball blog, the Bobcats are exploring the possibility of trading the No. 2 pick in the upcoming NBA draft.

One scenario, according to the report, has Charlotte sending the pick to Oklahoma City for James Harden.

The Bobcats set the NBA mark for futility last year, finishing with an all-time worst record of 7-59. However, they lost out on...

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Reports: Gerald Wallace to opt out of contract, test free agency

New Jersey Nets' Gerald Wallace (45) goes up

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Brooklyn Nets trade-deadline acquisiton Gerald Wallace will opt out of the final year of his contract according to a pair of reports, though it doesn't necessarily mean Wallace won't return for the Nets' inaugural season in Brooklyn.

MySportsLegion.com first reported the news, which was later confirmed by Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.

In what was viewed by many as a major reach,...

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Game 1 tale of the tape: LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant

Miami Heat's LeBron James puts pressure on Oklahoma

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The big story surrounding this year's NBA Finals? No, not how many dunks Nick Collison will finish the series with, after throwing down a pair in the final 90 seconds of Oklahoma City's Game 1 win. Rather, the match-up between LeBron James and Kevin Durant, the game's two biggest stars.

So, starting today and following each game of the NBA finals, check the Drib for a table showing the stats...

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Hey, OKC fans: Chris Bosh isn't impressed

Thabo Sefolosha #2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder

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Whether still bothered by an abdominal strain, rusty from missing time, or just plagued by an off night, Chris Bosh struggled in the opener of the NBA Finals.

The third piece of Miami's "Big Three" finished with just 10 points on 4-for-11 shooting, pulled down an unimpressive five rebounds, and for most of the game, was invisible in the Heat offense.

That didn't stop Bosh from...

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Mike Tyson performs song about LeBron James

MIKE TYSON ?The Hangover? Tyson air drums to

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With his his rendition of "One Night in Bangkok" in "Hangover: Part II," Mike Tyson showed he's not afraid to grab the mic and put his pipes on display.

Well, earlier this week on the "Jimmy Kimmel Show," Tyson made his return to the stage, singing an ode to LeBron James.

Tyson made reference to James' hometown in the song -- "LeBron James is great,...

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Pat Riley and Alonzo Mourning had a bad night

Alonzo Mourning and Pat Riley during the Heat-Thunder

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There were several times during last night's NBA Finals opener when ABC's cameras showed Pat Riley and Alonzo Mourning in the crowd. The Heat executive and all-time great stood out like sore thumbs in the Thunder crowd, donning black suits while the rest of the Oklahoma City faithful wore blue t-shirts.

The best shots of Riley and Mourning came in the second half, when the Thunder surged to...

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Video: Sonics fans on Thunder-Heat finals

Seattle SuperSonics head coach P.J. Carlemiso, right, talks

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One city that will have a particularly hard time deciding which team to root for in the 2012 NBA Finals is Seattle.

In 2008, the Seattle SuperSonics' new ownership group opted to transplant the team to Oklahoma City, renaming the team the "Thunder" in the process. The events surrounding the team's move were recently portrayed in the movie "Sonicsgate."

Adam Brown...

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Newsday's NBA Finals predictions

Kevin Durant (left) and LeBron James square off

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In a match-up that seemed inevitable prior to the season, unlikely at points during the season, and then improbable with the late-season ascent of the Spurs and demise of the Heat, Miami and Oklahoma City square off in the dream Finals match-up for the NBA. Newsday writers predicted the series' winner, giving some insight into key match-ups and story lines. Review the predictions, then share your...

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Report: Ray Allen to undergo ankle surgery Wednesday

Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen (20) shoots a

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Ray Allen will take care of the right ankle that made the NBA's best three-point shooter of all-time look frighteningly human from beyond the arc.

According to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald, Allen will have surgery to remove bone spurs from his right anle on Wednesday. Murphy cites a source in the report.

Allen missed 17 games during the season -- 15 in the regular season, two in...

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New York Times breaks down Heat, Thunder shot charts

New York Times interactive project featuring shot charts

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If you're a basketball geek and you're looking to burn about three hours this morning, the New York Times and Michigan State geography professor Kirk Goldsberry have the toy for you.

The Times, partnered with Goldsberry, produced an interactive project that breaks down, in heat maps, shot charts for the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, and key players on each team.

You can see...

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