Double Dribble

An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett

Mike D'Antoni: 'The natural choice was Phil'

Mike D'Antoni reacts as he speaks at a

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As former Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni gets set to take the reigns of the Los Angeles Lakers in his first game as their head coach tonight against the Phoenix Suns, he admitted he was surprised he got the job.

On WFAN today with Mike Francesa, D'Antoni said he thought the gig would go to former Lakers coach Phil Jackson.

"The natural choice was Phil, and I kind of thought he would...

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Report: Randy Foye signs with Utah Jazz

Los Angeles Clippers' Randy Foye (4) shoots a

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Cross Randy Foye off your "best available free agent" lists.

According to Ric Bucher of, Foye, formerly of the Los Angeles Clippers, signed a one-year deal with the Utah Jazz. Jerry Zgoda, the Timberwolves' reporter for the Star-Tribune, reported the deal is worth $2.5 million.

Foye will replace C.J. Miles, an unrestricted free agent who appears unlikely to return...

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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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Jeremy Lin, the Jason Kidd signing and the Knicks

Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd (2) and

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On the same day Jeremy Lin, arguably the Knicks' most popular player, reportedly agreed to sign an offer sheet with the Houston Rockets, a Hall of Fame point guard reportedly agreed to take his talents to the Big Apple.

OK, let's take a step back. The 39-year-old Jason Kidd the Knicks reportedly signed to a three-year, $9 million deal isn't the same Jason Kidd that averaged near-double-doubles...

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Report: No deal for Mavericks, Jason Kidd

Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd bringing the ball

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UPDATE:'s Marc Stein, citing sources, reports via Twitter that Jason Kidd has instead decided to sign with the Knicks. Check for updates.

From earlier . . .

After striking out on Deron Williams and Steve Nash, the Mavericks may finally be nearing a deal with a starting point guard.

According to ESPN's Jeff Caplan, the Mavs and veteran point guard Jason...

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Video: Melo talks nutrition, Jeremy Lin

Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, right, and Jeremy Lin, left,

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Carmelo Anthony, the new EVP of PowerCoco sports drink, spoke recently about how highly he values nutrition and what prompted him to eat healthier.

"There's a lot of products that are being made for kids that, believe it or not, are not really right for them," Anthony said. "For me, being an athlete, I can relate to that. There are certain things I don't want to eat, there's...

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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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Dwyane Wade tossed Mike Bibby's shoe toward the stands

Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat drives

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Last year, Mike Bibby spent part of the season with Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat.

Last night, Wade acted like it never happened.

In the second quarter of the Heat 104-94 win over the Knicks, Bibby lost his shoe on Miami's end of the court off a Mike Miller missed trey. Wade saw the shoe, picked it up, and tossed it toward the baseline, then cooly backpedaled on defense while smirking...

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