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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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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You couldn't care about something less than Kevin Durant and James Harden care about the Dwight Howard trade

Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, left, and James

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James Harden and Kevin Durant aren't losing any sleep, they're not apprehensive about the start of the season, and they're not considering quitting basketball since the Lakers acquired center Dwight Howard.

In fact, they couldn't care less.

The two Thunder stars and recent gold medalists were on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" promoting the Nike+ FuelBand Monday night when the...

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Poll: Which star will be the best fit with his new team?

Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum dunks against

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Dwight Howard is heading to the Lakers. And so ends the latest edition of "NBA superstars strong-arm their way out of town."

There's little doubt that Dwight Howard's arrival in Los Angeles will have the greatest impact of any piece of this trade. But which star will be the best fit in his new home?

Will Howard take his game to a new level alongside Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant...

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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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Lakers acquire Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic looks on

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UPDATE: The Magic officially announced the trade in a press release.

After months of rumors, reports and demands, Dwight Howard is about to get his wish.

According to several reports, Howard will be dealt from the Magic to the Los Angeles Lakers as part of a monster four-team blockbuster deal. Adrian Wojnarowski reports the deal could be official as soon as Friday.

Wojnarowski...

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Report: 13.3% of NBA involved in Dwight Howard trade discussions

Dwight Howard, dunks over Memphis Grizzlies teammates Darrell

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He's back!

Just when you thought our long national Dwightmare was over, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Magic and Lakers have brought in two additional teams to work on the framework of a possible Dwight Howard blockbuster deal.

Wojnarowski, who wrote that no deal is imminent, mentioned a bevy of stars who may wind up switching homes, including Howard (who would...

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Could Andrew Bynum, Dwight Howard swap coasts?

Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard, right, makes a move

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Could an All-World center be heading from Disney World to Disneyland for the second time in 16 years?

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Magic management is intrigued by Lakers center Andrew Bynum as the potential centerpiece of a deal that would send Dwight Howard to L.A. On the flip side, Jarrod N. Rudolph of RealGM reports that Lakers management is prepared...

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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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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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