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.

Blah, blah, blah.

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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Coming to a mall near you: MarShon Brooks

New Jersey Nets' MarShon Brooks shoots against Charlotte

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If you live or work in the Paramus, N.J. area, or if you're a diehard Brooklyn Nets fan and want to meet someone who projects to be one of the best sixth men in the league next year, it's worth stopping at the Paramus Park Mall Tuesday at 4 p.m. Nets sophomore shooting guard MarShon Brooks will be on hand Champs Sports as part of a meet-and-greet.

Brooks, a Providence alum, averaged 12.6 points...

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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: Duncan staying put, Williams to Hawks

Philadelphia 76ers' Lou Williams (23) reacts with fans

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The moratorium on free agents officially signing with teams was lifted at midnight Wednesday. And as expected, Deron Williams signed with the Nets, and Steve Nash was shipped to the Lakers.

The rumor mill is still churning, though, and figures to heat up now that teams can start to lock up players for the 2012-13 season. Here are some of the latest:

Hornets will match on Gordon


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Roundup: Ilyasova, Kirilenko, Thompson staying put

ANDREI KIRILENKO Forward The former member of the

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As the Dwight Howard-to-Brooklyn rumors swirl, the NBA's best available free agents continue to make moves. Of the top 65 available players in Newsday's free agent rankings, only 28 have yet to agree to reported deals. Players can begin officially signing contracts at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.

Here are the biggest moves of the last 48 hours:

Bucks hold on to Ilyasova

The NBA's...

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Report: Goran Dragic likely leaving Houston

Houston Rockets' Goran Dragic (3) drives the ball

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Point guard Goran Dragic, whose free agent stock skyrocketed after a mad dash to the end of the regular season, is unlikely to return the Houston Rockets, according to a report.

ESPN's Marc Stein writes that the Rockets are "pessimistic about their chances of re-signing" Dragic, and the two sides are "far apart in negotiations."

Stein also reports that Dragic is looking...

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Reports: Anthony Davis likely out for Olympics

Kentucky's Anthony Davis listens to a question before

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Another day, another star lost to injury for the U.S. men's basketball team.

Anthony Davis sprained his ankle in a weekend workout with the Hornets, according to the team. The team added that they will evaluate his ability to practice with the national team later in the week; reports suggest it is unlikely Davis will play for the Olympic team.

Davis had been set to workout for Team USA...

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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. 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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Brooklyn Nets unveil new logo

One of the new Brooklyn Nets logos is

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It's official. The Brooklyn Nets have arrived.

Earlier today, the Nets unveiled the team's new logo. According to the Nets website, the logo was designed by part owner Jay Z. It includes the shield from the team's previous logo, the basketball that has been part of every Nets logo since the franchise began in 1967, and a bold "B" on the ball to represent Brooklyn.

The most...

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New Nets logo leaked on Twitter?

Image tweeted by someone who claims to work

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As first discovered by Deadspin, the Nets' new logo may have leaked.

The logo, seen to the left, was tweeted by someone who claims to work in IT for the soon-to-be Brooklyn Nets.

It even looks awfully similar to the outlined shield you see when you visit the Nets website.

Do you think the logo is real? Do you like the look? Share your thoughts in the comments below....

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