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NBA impersonator extraordinaire Brandon Armstrong has won scores of fans this summer with his crazy-good takes on LeBron James, James Harden, Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook and more. Westbrook even tweeted his support of Armstrong.

Well, it looks like the Oklahoma City Thunder guard isn't the only NBA player who likes Armstrong's work. On Wednesday, the former D-Leaguer dropped a Manu Ginobili impression:

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... and Ginobili responded:

Armstrong is quickly becoming the James Adomian (look him up, kids) of the NBA.

Can't wait to see what's next.

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OK, so you might believe what he wore.

Still, Russell Westbrook is known for his distinctive, rather unusual style of dress.

Russell Westbrook
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Which means it might come as a surprise that, for his wedding this weekend to longtime sweetheart Nina Earl, Westbrook went with a rather subdued look from, according to People, Tom Ford.

We're not criticizing by any means; it's your day, you do you, even if wedding "you" is a different than walking-through-the-event-level-before-a-game "you."

And Russ has plenty to be happy about. Westbrook and Earl have been together for years, meeting while both were playing basketball at UCLA.

They certainly didn't go the (perfectly acceptable, by the way) low-budget route with their wedding; it took place at the Beverly Hills Hotel, according to People, with Oklahoma City Thunder teammates Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka -- as well as former UCLA teammate Kevin Love and ex-Thunder teammate James Harden -- in attendance and a performance by Miguel on the bill.

Yep, looks like the couple is pretty happy:

H/T People and SB Nation

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D'Angelo Russell sent out a since-deleted tweet earlier this month, claiming that the talented-but-oft-injured Tracy McGrady "might have been the GOAT."

This raised eyebrows; after all, Russell's new Los Angeles Lakers teammate is Kobe Bryant -- himself an all-time great who gets labeled by some fans as the "best ever" (despite, you know, this guy).

Kobe himself responded, leading to a good-natured exchange between rookie and legend that has seemingly quashed any thoughts of bad blood.

All good in Laker Land? Well ...

This weekend the No. 2 overall pick spoke with the Los Angeles Daily News about his first offseason as a Laker, and that infamous tweet. Here's the key McGrady-related quote in a story that covers much more:

"There's a lot of spoiled Lakers fans. I wasn't downgrading Kobe at all. I was just watching a highlight tape of Tracy McGrady and I got excited. I tweeted and the whole state of California went crazy."

(Insert flushed emoji here.)

Now, it's hard to deny that fans of this franchise -- winner of 16 overall titles, 11 since moving to Southern California, five in the Kobe era and at least two during the lifetimes of pretty much anyone who's reading this -- have had it just a little bit good.

But if some Lakers fans went after him for the McGrady tweet, this might not exactly endear him to those same fevered supporters.

Then again, if he lives up to the hype, we're guessing they'll forgive it all.

H/T Los Angeles Daily News and Bleacher Report

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The Miami Heat, no matter what a certain star once said, do not play on South Beach.

Still, it's hard to separate the NBA franchise and the neighborhood that's just a causeway away. So, as posted to owner Micky Arison's Instagram account this week, the team is considering these vibrantly colored uniforms -- in some capacity -- which would fit right in on Collins Avenue:

That color scheme look familiar? Many have noticed its similarity to the "Miami Vice" TV show's logo, but it doesn't stop there. The Washington Post noticed that a number of Reddit users have proposed "Miami Vice" theme nights, with one creating the uni design that Arison ultimately shared.

Who knows what will come of these (this writer would offer a "Yes" vote), but it does seem Arison is feeling the "Miami Vice" nostalgia, so ...

#TBT 25 yrs since MiamiVice next year will be 10 since ur @MiamiHEAT 1st Championship @DwyaneWade @SHAQ

A photo posted by Micky Arison (@mickyarison) on

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He went too soon: Darryl Dawkins, aka Chocolate Thunder, aka Dr. Dunk, died Thursday at age 58.

His combination of personality and backboard-shattering dunks made him a player no hoops fan could forget. So it's only natural that a social media outpouring followed the news, featuring current and former Philadelphia 76ers, big-time dunkers, other stars past and present, and even those who never played in the NBA:

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