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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Lakers acquire Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic looks on

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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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Eric Gordon, Goran Dragic and an NBA free agent roundup

New Orleans Hornets' Eric Gordon reacts after making

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Deron Williams will join the Nets in Brooklyn. Steve Nash is headed to Hollywood. What about the rest of this year NBA free agent class? Here's what you missed while celebrating the 4th of July:

Suns open up their checkbooks

Phoenix had the most eventful holiday of teams not named the Lakers or Nets, making power plays at three of the top 30 free agents available this offseason.

The...

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110 seconds of the Sixers embarrassing the Celtics

Philadelphia 76ers' Andre Iguodala, center, smiles after hitting

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Looks like somebody at the NBA wanted to rub some salt in the Celtics' wounds.

The 76ers swept Wednesday night's top plays, with Thaddeus Young, Elton Brand, Evan Turner and Andre Iguodala filling up the top five.

Young's rejection of Game 5 hero Brandon Bass was fifth; Brand's dunk while surrounded by the swarming Celtics defense was fourth; Evan Turner had a reverse layup that came...

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AI at Sixers-Celtics game, still wants to play

Twitter picture from Allen Iverson prior to Game

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Philly fans may boo Santa Claus, but they have nothing but love for arguably the greatest basketball player in city history.

Allen Iverson was on hand for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Sixers and Celtics. He delivered the game ball to the floor prior to the game's start, and was met by thunderous applause from the fans.

Later, Iverson was interviewed...

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The Sixers may have lost, but this fan won

Philadelphia 76ers superfan James Brister in a YouTube

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James "Big Daddy" Brister Jr. is one of the 76ers' biggest fans.

In more ways than one.

Following the Celtics' 107-91 win against the Sixers last night, Brister put on a show for TNT's cameras, performing a prolonged belly dance.

Brister, referencing the Charles Barkley-Shaquille O'Neal shirt-off from two nights ago, greeted the TNT postgame show by saying, "Hey...

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NBA playoff power rankings

San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, left, Manu Ginobili,

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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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