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.

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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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Kobe to Howard: Welcome to Hollywood

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) shoots

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It's Facebook Official.

Shortly before the four-team blockbuster deal that will send Dwight Howard to Los Angeles was made official on a call with the league office, Kobe Bryant welcomed Howard to the Lakers and wished Andrew Bynum well in a post on his Facebook fan page.

Kobe wrote: Well, it looks like Superman has found a home. I wish nothing but the best for Big Bynum. I hope he follows...

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Jeremy Lin wins 'The Epic Award'

Injured Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin talks to

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The offseason awards keep piling up for point guard Jeremy Lin.

A breakout star in 2011-12, Lin was presented with "The Epic Award" at Wednesday night's NBA TV Social Media Awards for his 38-point performance against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers on Feb. 12, 2012.

"The Epic Award" was given to the game that fans voted to be the best of the regular season.

Lin also...

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Internationally, everyone wants to be like Kobe

Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers

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The NBA announced Thursday that Kobe Bryant's jersey is the best-selling internationally.

It was the first time the NBA released a comprehensive list naming the most popular jerseys outside of the United States, according to the league.

Bryant edged out Derrick Rose for the top selling jersey outside of the United States. Rose had the best-selling jersey in the U.S. this past year.

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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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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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LeBron, Dwight named to All-NBA First Team

LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat posts

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NBA MVP LeBron James and the man who may have replaced him as the league's most polarizing player, Dwight Howard, were both named to the All-NBA First Team, the league announced today.

Joining James and Howard on the first team were Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul.

James averaged 27.1 points, 6.2 assists and 7.9 rebounds en route to his third MVP award. This year also marks...

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The Kobe-Gotye parody video you need to watch

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant wipes his

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Dribblers, meet Kobye.

Dan Rib, an apparently passionate Lakers fan, wrote, recorded and filmed a spoof of Gotye's hit single "Somebody That I Used To Know" called "The Kobe That We Used To Know."

It's clear in the music video that Rib isn't a fan of hero ball, as he constantly implores Bryant to stop heaving contested late shots. He suggests Bryant instead find teammates...

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NBA Defensive Player of the Year snubbed from All-Defensive First Team

Knicks center Tyson Chandler talks to the media

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Wrap your head around this one: Tyson Chandler, the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year, didn't make the NBA's All-Defensive First Team.

The voting panel, which consists of the league's 30 head coaches, gave Dwight Howard the nod over Chandler as the starting center for the first team.

Members of the media voted Chandler the league's Defensive Player of the Year.

Howard was joined...

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Ibaka block on Kobe highlights Thunder win

Serge Ibaka #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder

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It's nice to have Serge Ibaka in the paint.

Ibaka, the NBA's leading shot-blocker during the regular season, turned away seven shots during the Thunder's 77-75 Game 2 win over the Lakers, including a nasty rejection of Kobe Bryant early in the first quarter.

Bryant took possession of the ball from the three-point line, and proceeded to put on a dribbling clinic. The veteran star switched...

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