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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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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No. 11 and Newsday's newest 'Countdown' project

Denver Nuggets rookie forward Kenneth Faried, right, reats

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From the top 10 New York coaches and managers of all-time to the 14 best NBA lottery picks ever, "Countdown" is a collection of rankings compiled by Newsday's sports writers.

For the 2012-13 season, Newsday's two basketball beat writers, Al Iannazzone (Knicks) and Roderick Boone (Nets), in addition to your fearles Double Dribble leader, will add to the project by taking a crack at...

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King, Blaylock, Kidd, Williams and the 21 biggest Nets trades

Nov. 3, 1992 Hawks trade Rumeal Robinson to

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OK, so Dwight Howard isn't getting traded to the Nets. At least, reports suggest that's the case. Heck, by the time you finish reading this, the trade talks might be back on.

But that won't stop us from having some Nets trade-themed fun, right?

Newsday looked back in Nets history and selected 21 of the biggest trades in franchise history. Starting with the team's acquisition of Tiny...

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Six years later, is the NBA draft's age restriction working?

John Calipari, Derrick Rose and David Stern.

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In 2006, for the first time since 1994, no high school seniors were selected in the NBA draft.

It wasn’t that there was a lack of talent. After all, Greg Oden, Kevin Durant and Mike Conley were all graduating.

Instead, as part of the collective bargaining agreement, players and owners had agreed to restrict the draft to players at least 19 years old and at least one year removed from...

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Report: No deal for Mavericks, Jason Kidd

Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd bringing the ball

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UPDATE: ESPN.com's Marc Stein, citing sources, reports via Twitter that Jason Kidd has instead decided to sign with the Knicks. Check newsday.com/sports 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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Reports: Clippers lock up Crawford, Billups

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chauncey Billups, center, passes

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The battle for Ray Allen looks now to be a two-horse race.

According to several reports, the Clippers, who were originally scheduled to meet with the NBA's three-point king, canceled their meeting with Allen after agreeing to sign both Jamal Crawford and Chauncey Billups.

Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports that Crawford's deal is for three years and $15.7 million. Billups,...

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Reports: Jason Terry, Celtics close on deal

Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Jason Terry (31) reacts

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Over the last two days, it appeared the Celtics had three main free agent targets at guard: Ray Allen, O.J. Mayo and Jason Terry.

They look to be close to securing one of them.

According to reports, the Celtics reached agreement on a three-year deal for the full mid-level exception with Terry. The deal would pay the veteran shooting guard $5 million per year.

Terry spent the...

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Roundup: Miller staying in Denver, Asik to Houston?

Denver Nuggets' Andre Miller, right, keeps the ball

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The NBA free agency period is officially underway.

Teams began contacting available players at 12:01 a.m. early Sunday. Since, several players have made news by agreeing to terms on deals, and several teams have made waves with robust contract offers. (Players can't officially sign free agent contracts or offer sheets until July 11.)

Some of the notable news:

Hibbert offered the...

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Brandon Roy enters free agent rankings at No. 7

Portland Trail Blazers' Brandon Roy (7) dribbles past

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Brandon Roy, the former Trail Blazer who retired during the 2010-11 season at the suggestion of team doctors because of chronic knee problems, plans on returning to the NBA next season. And teams are reportedly already knocking at his door.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Bulls, Mavericks, Pacers and Timberwolves are all interested in signing the three-time All-Star.

Roy...

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