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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Video: Top NBA dunks of the week

Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer reacts after missing

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We know you like dunks, so how about watching the top 10 NBA dunks of the week in the video embedded below. addCustomPlayer('1d6vmrdgiuaj01fgm6gsaziz3d', 'a3c2572eccce4b7f8e5d61c8a0a809f3', 'lka94ii544bh13w3h2lj9jww7', 475, 348, 'perf1d6vmrdgiuaj01fgm6gsaziz3d-lka94ii544bh13w3h2lj9jww7', 'eplayer15');...

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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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Metta World Peace shows off his acting chops

Metta World Peace #15 of the Los Angeles

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You still may remember that time last season when Lakers forward Metta World Peace viciously elbowed James Harden in the head, but hey, he has a softer side, too.

So don't be upset that MWP scored a dismal three points in 36 minutes during Tuesday night's loss to the Mavericks, because even if this basketball thing is fading for him, Metta has a second career ready to go as an actor.

MWP,...

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Jeremy Lin: I wanted to stay with the Knicks for my whole career

Jeremy Lin is on the cover of the

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Jeremy Lin is on the cover of the November issue of GQ and he has a message for all the jilted Knicks fans: it's not you, it's me.

In released excerpts of the interview, Lin said that he wanted to be a member of the Knicks for the rest of his career, partly because of the fan response to his sudden rise from obscurity.

"You can't ask for a city or a fan base to embrace somebody...

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Derrick Rose breaks down at promotional event in Chicago

Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose breaks down and cries

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About halfway through the expected 8-12 month recovery time for his torn left ACL, Derrick Rose appeared in Chicago to unveil his new shoe, the adidas D Rose 3.

The event coordinators started the event by playing Rose's latest adidas commercial, part of a marketing campaign coined "#thereturn."

An emcee then took the microphone to introduce the Bulls point guard. For a...

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NBA honors Brian Scalabrine in retirement

Chicago Bulls forward Brian Scalabrine, right, blocks out

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The White Mamba is no more.

As first reported by Yahoo! Sports on Sept. 6, Brian Scalabrine has retired from the NBA, the league's Facebook page confirmed today.

Scalabrine spent 11 seasons in the NBA, appearing in 520 games. He averaged 3.1 points and 2.0 rebounds, and shot 34.4 percent from three.

Yahoo! reports that Scalabrine turned down an assistant coaching job with the Bulls,...

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Chris Paul tops Newsday's NBA free agent rankings

CHRIS PAULLos Angeles Clippers, guard19.2 points per game,

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The Nets haven't yet played a game in Brooklyn. Anthony Davis hasn't made his debut. Dwight Howard hasn't fist-bumped Jack Nicholson.

But that didn't stop us from taking a first look at the class of 2013 NBA free agents.

Next year's summer signing period figures to include some of the league's best players, a class so deep that the Bobcats' top scorer from last season is ranked 55th.

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Barack Obama makes Mitt Romney-Jeremy Lin analogy, according to aide

U.S. President Barack Obama puts his hand to

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Just like Superman and Kryptonite, Jeremy Lin's got the Miami Heat.

And just like Lin and the Heat, Mitt Romney's got Barack Obama?

In a profile titled, "The Competitor in Chief," which appeared on page-A1 of the the Sept. 3, 2012 New York Times, a presidential aide quotes President Obama's use of a basketball analogy involving the GOP presidential candidate, Lin and the NBA...

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Inside Newsday's NBA positional rankings

Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki reacts after

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As the 2012-13 NBA season approaches, Newsday's Knicks beat writer Al Iannazzone, Nets beat writer Roderick Boone and your fearless Double Dribble leader teamed up to formulate a composite ranking of the top players at each position in the league.

Each of us submitted a list of our top 10 players at each position. Then, using the same point system used by the AP for its college football poll...

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