Double Dribble

An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett

Kobe Bryant dunks against the Nets

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant smiles during

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Kobe Bryant scored 21 points as the short-handed Lakers beat the Nets, 92-83, on Tuesday.

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All anyone is talking about is Kobe Bryant's dunk that both Gerald Wallace AND Kris Humphries missed blocking. John Legend, in the background near the end of the video, can't believe it just happened. Neither can anyone else in the crowd. Check out Kobe doin' work in slow motion:

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No. 11 and Newsday's newest 'Countdown' project

Denver Nuggets rookie forward Kenneth Faried, right, reats

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From the top 10 New York coaches and managers of all-time to the 14 best NBA lottery picks ever, "Countdown" is a collection of rankings compiled by Newsday's sports writers.

For the 2012-13 season, Newsday's two basketball beat writers, Al Iannazzone (Knicks) and Roderick Boone (Nets), in addition to your fearles Double Dribble leader, will add to the project by taking a crack at...

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King, Blaylock, Kidd, Williams and the 21 biggest Nets trades

Nov. 3, 1992 Hawks trade Rumeal Robinson to

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OK, so Dwight Howard isn't getting traded to the Nets. At least, reports suggest that's the case. Heck, by the time you finish reading this, the trade talks might be back on.

But that won't stop us from having some Nets trade-themed fun, right?

Newsday looked back in Nets history and selected 21 of the biggest trades in franchise history. Starting with the team's acquisition of Tiny...

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Roundup: Miller staying in Denver, Asik to Houston?

Denver Nuggets' Andre Miller, right, keeps the ball

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The NBA free agency period is officially underway.

Teams began contacting available players at 12:01 a.m. early Sunday. Since, several players have made news by agreeing to terms on deals, and several teams have made waves with robust contract offers. (Players can't officially sign free agent contracts or offer sheets until July 11.)

Some of the notable news:

Hibbert offered the...

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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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