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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Russell Westbrook and the best circus shots of 2011-12

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts

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Russell Westbrook's running "lay-up" from the free throw line topped the NBA's list of the best circus shots from the 2011-12 season.

With the Thunder and Lakers tied at 70 in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, Westbrook took off on a breakaway. He was fouled just inside the free throw line, and heaved up a finger roll from the elbow that dropped.

Oklahoma City went on...

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Amar'e Stoudemire tweets picture of injured hand

Amare Stoudemire posted this picture of his injured

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It became clear Friday why Amar'e Stoudemire said he's "doubtful" to play in Sunday's Game 4 against the Miami Heat when the Knicks forward tweeted the gruesome accompanying picture of his left hand.

Stoudemire wrote, "A millimeter away from my nerve. Thanks to the Most High I'm still able to heal an recover," referencing how close the cut was to a nerve in his hand.


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Austin Croshere pokes fun at Amar'e Stoudemire

Twitter picture posted by Austin Croshere.

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Even Austin Croshere is getting in on the Amar'e Stoudemire-fire extinguisher fun.

The longtime Pacer, who retired from the NBA after 14 games with the Bucks and Spurs in 2008-09, posted the picture to the left on Twitter prior to Indiana's 97-74 win over the Magic yesterday.

In case you can't read it, the masking tape reads, "*Please do not hit*," an obvious reference to Stoudemire's...

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The best Amar'e fire extinguisher GIF you'll find

Amare Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks

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Not surprisingly, Twitter has taken "Amar'e Stoudemire-Fire Extinguisher I" and run with it.

There have been tweets:

The Bobcats would lose by 27 to the fire extinguisher Amare Stoudemire punched. — Faux John Madden (@FauxJohnMadden) May 1, 2012


It sounds like Amar'e Stoudemire punched a fire extinguisher. I was worried about Mike Bibby for a second. — Alex...

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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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