Double Dribble

An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett

Roundup: Raptors making hard push for Nash

Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash (13) gets a pass

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Blockbuster trades and Dwight Howard rumors overshadowed Day 2 of free agency. That said, there is still news surrounding two of the top 15 players available this summer.

Report: Raptors offer Nash $36M

According to reports, Toronto is making a hard push to bring Steve Nash north of the border. The Raptors reportedly made a three-year, $36 million offer to the 38-year-old, who hails...

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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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Tim Duncan sets NBA playoff block record

San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan (21) blocks

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Oklahoma City crushed San Antonio in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals 102-82 Thursday night, but it didn't stop Spurs forward Tim Duncan from making history.

Duncan's fourth block of the night gave him 477 career playoff blocks, the most in NBA history. The veteran added one more block to bring his postseason total to 478.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar previously held the record with 476...

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Flashback: Duncan did what?!

San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan wipes his

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Day 27 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs franchise has four NBA titles, and has 19 playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: April 19, 2008

Situation: The No. 3 San Antonio Spurs and the No. 6 Phoenix Suns open up the first round of the playoffs

Context: With the 2006-07 season ending in a title, the Spurs had firmly established...

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Dahntay Jones dunked on the Sixers last night

Philadelphia 76ers' Evan Turner, left, fouls Indiana Pacers'

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It wasn't enough that the Pacers delivered the Sixers another major loss in Philly's final home game. Indiana had to be featured not once, but twice in the NBA's top 10 plays of the night.

Tyler Hansbrough's volleyball-style spike of a Lou Williams shot came in at No. 4, and Dahntay Jones' put-back jam over seemingly the entire Sixers front court was one spot higher, in third.

The...

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Josh Smith looks like a point guard in top 10

Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith reacts in the

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There aren't many other 6-9 power forwards in the NBA that can lead a break like Josh Smith did last night.

During the Hawks-Celtics game, Smith took the ball up court, evading a Boston defender with a pretty behind-the-back dribble, before finding point guard Jeff Teague with an even prettier behind-the-back pass, who finished the fastbreak with a layup.

Smith finished with 20 points,...

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