Double Dribble

An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett

Poll: Which star will be the best fit with his new team?

Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum dunks against

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Dwight Howard is heading to the Lakers. And so ends the latest edition of "NBA superstars strong-arm their way out of town."

There's little doubt that Dwight Howard's arrival in Los Angeles will have the greatest impact of any piece of this trade. But which star will be the best fit in his new home?

Will Howard take his game to a new level alongside Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant...

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Kobe to Howard: Welcome to Hollywood

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) shoots

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It's Facebook Official.

Shortly before the four-team blockbuster deal that will send Dwight Howard to Los Angeles was made official on a call with the league office, Kobe Bryant welcomed Howard to the Lakers and wished Andrew Bynum well in a post on his Facebook fan page.

Kobe wrote: Well, it looks like Superman has found a home. I wish nothing but the best for Big Bynum. I hope he follows...

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Lakers acquire Dwight Howard

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UPDATE: The Magic officially announced the trade in a press release.

After months of rumors, reports and demands, Dwight Howard is about to get his wish.

According to several reports, Howard will be dealt from the Magic to the Los Angeles Lakers as part of a monster four-team blockbuster deal. Adrian Wojnarowski reports the deal could be official as soon as Friday.

Wojnarowski...

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Report: 13.3% of NBA involved in Dwight Howard trade discussions

Dwight Howard, dunks over Memphis Grizzlies teammates Darrell

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He's back!

Just when you thought our long national Dwightmare was over, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Magic and Lakers have brought in two additional teams to work on the framework of a possible Dwight Howard blockbuster deal.

Wojnarowski, who wrote that no deal is imminent, mentioned a bevy of stars who may wind up switching homes, including Howard (who would...

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Could Andrew Bynum, Dwight Howard swap coasts?

Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard, right, makes a move

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Could an All-World center be heading from Disney World to Disneyland for the second time in 16 years?

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Magic management is intrigued by Lakers center Andrew Bynum as the potential centerpiece of a deal that would send Dwight Howard to L.A. On the flip side, Jarrod N. Rudolph of RealGM reports that Lakers management is prepared...

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NBA playoff power rankings

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At the start of each playoff round, you can find updated power rankings in the Double Dribble. The rankings are formulated based on what team still playing is most likely to win the NBA championship. So, for example, you'd expect the No. 4 team to beat the No. 5 team in a playoff series, but the No. 4 team would likely lose to the No. 3 team.

1. SAN ANTONIO SPURS

The red-hot Spurs enter...

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First round NBA playoff predictions

Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) and guard

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After the lockout, the Chris Paul trade fiasco, the Dwight Howard and Lamar Odom drama, the Metta World Peace elbow, and a lot of basketball in a short period of time, wer'e finally here: In less than 24 hours, the first round of the NBA playoffs tips off.

Here are predictions for the opening series:

No. 1 San Antonio Spurs vs. No. 8 Utah Jazz Gregg Popovich’s management of the veteran...

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NBA announces schedule for opening games of playoffs

New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, left, and Miami

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Earlier today, the NBA announced the schedule for the opening game of each first round playoff series.

Four series will open Saturday, and four on Sunday:

SATURDAY OPENERS

No. 7 Dallas or Denver at No. 2 Oklahoma City*

No. 8 Philadelphia or Knicks at No. 1 Chicago*

No. 7 Knicks or Philadelphia at No. 2 Miami*

No. 6 Orlando at No. 3 Indiana

SUNDAY OPENERS

No....

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Stan Van Gundy: Dwight Howard wants me fired

Stan Van Gundy (left) and Dwight Howard.

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How much longer will Stan Van Gundy be coaching the Magic?

Van Gundy told several reporters this morning, including Newsday's Al Iannazzone, that Magic management informed the coach that Dwight Howard wants him fired.

According to Iannazzone and other reporters on Twitter, Howard, next to speak with the media, walked in and hugged Van Gundy, unaware of the news the head coach had delivered....

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Flashback: Magic stunned by the King

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) celebrates after his

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Day 8 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Orlando Magic. The Magic franchise has never won an NBA title, and has 13 playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: May 22, 2009

Situation: The No. 3 seed Orlando Magic lead the No. 1 seed Cleveland Cavaliers, 1-0, heading to Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Context: The Orlando Magic used the league’s best...

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