Double Dribble

An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett

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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Video: Melo talks nutrition, Jeremy Lin

Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, right, and Jeremy Lin, left,

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Carmelo Anthony, the new EVP of PowerCoco sports drink, spoke recently about how highly he values nutrition and what prompted him to eat healthier.

"There's a lot of products that are being made for kids that, believe it or not, are not really right for them," Anthony said. "For me, being an athlete, I can relate to that. There are certain things I don't want to eat, there's...

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LeBron, Dwight named to All-NBA First Team

LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat posts

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NBA MVP LeBron James and the man who may have replaced him as the league's most polarizing player, Dwight Howard, were both named to the All-NBA First Team, the league announced today.

Joining James and Howard on the first team were Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul.

James averaged 27.1 points, 6.2 assists and 7.9 rebounds en route to his third MVP award. This year also marks...

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The few things the Knicks did well were highlight-worthy

New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith (8) dunks

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There wasn't much the Knicks did well in their 13th straight postseason loss. But they did manage to dominate the NBA's top five from last night.

Tyson Chandler's stuff on LeBron James in the opening seconds of the game was No. 5, Carmelo Anthony's and-1 in the third quarter was fourth, and JR Smith's emphatic jam in the final quarter topped the list.

(For those keeping track, the Melo...

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Five dunks to go with your morning coffee

Paul George #24 of the Indiana Pacers gets

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If you had chalk last night in the NBA playoffs, you were in good shape. The Heat, Thunder and Pacers all won on their home court, with Miami and OKC going up 2-0, and Indiana evening their series with Orlando at one apiece.

There was also a whole lot of dunking in the three games. So much so that the NBA managed a top five countdown exclusively consisting of throwdowns.

The best of...

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Derrick Rose leads jersey sales; Lin second

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) stands in

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Chicago Bulls point guard and 2011 MVP Derrick Rose had the best-selling NBA jersey from April 2011-2012.

Rose overtook LeBron James as the league's most popular jersey.

Last season, Rose played in 81 games for the Bulls, averaging 25.0 points and 7.7 assists per game en route to the MVP. This year, though, Rose battled injuries; he appeared in just 39 games, and averaged 21.8 points...

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Dahntay Jones dunked on the Sixers last night

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It wasn't enough that the Pacers delivered the Sixers another major loss in Philly's final home game. Indiana had to be featured not once, but twice in the NBA's top 10 plays of the night.

Tyler Hansbrough's volleyball-style spike of a Lou Williams shot came in at No. 4, and Dahntay Jones' put-back jam over seemingly the entire Sixers front court was one spot higher, in third.

The...

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Dunks for everyone in NBA top 10

Dallas Mavericks' Vince Carter (25) dunks against the

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If you like peanut butter and JAM, you'll enjoy last night's top 10 NBA plays.

Seven dunks -- and one layup -- highlighted the countdown, including one from Vinsanity.

Carter, as part of the Mavericks' 110-100 win over the Kings, went baseline and threw down a big dunk, good for No. 4 on the countdown. The wily vet finished with seven points, seven boards, five dimes and three blocks...

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Ben Wallace leads Pistons past Wizards

Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace (6) reacts to

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Washington attempted to use, as Washington Post writer Michael Lee put it, a "Wallop-a-Wallace" strategy to beat the Pistons last night.

Big Ben was up to the test.

Wallace, a 34.1 percent free throw shooter on the season, was sent to the line six times in the final 2:17 of what was a close game. He connected on five of the free throws -- after missing his first four attempts...

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Bizarro NBA: JaVale McGee and Knicks passing highlight top 10

New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, left, and Philadelphia

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JaVale McGee's game-winning putback in his Nuggets debut was picked as Wednesday night's top play, but it was a pass by Carmelo Anthony that stole the show.

In the fourth quarter of the Knicks' 82-79 win against the 76ers, Melo made what may have been the best touch pass in the NBA this season. Jeremy Lin, standing outside the 3-point line, whipped a pass to Anthony, who was under the basket....

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