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Lakers' Wayne Ellington takes leave of absence after father is killed

Wayne Ellington has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the Lakers after his father, Wayne Ellington Sr., was shot in the head and killed late Sunday by an unidentified gunman. "Our players are upset for their friend and teammate," Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. "Additionally, ownership and all Lakers employees are also saddened by this tragedy..." (Los Angeles Times)

UNC's plethora of point guards

Marcus Paige is still the king of the point guards, but Nate Britt, Joel Berry and Stilman White bring a depth that UNC hasn’t had in quite a while. In 2008-09, UNC had a wealth of point guards with Bobby Frasor, Larry Drew II and of course, Ty Lawson. But since then, UNC has really only operated with one true point guard and one back up. (Carolina Blue)

Marcus Paige Named Athlon Sports All-American

First Team: Marcus Paige, guard, North Carolina, The point guard Paige was streaky to start last season as he found his role adjusting to the season-long absence of P.J. Hairston. Paige eventually became one of the top guards in the country, averaging 17.5 points per game and shooting 44 percent from the floor. Now, he’ll have a settled backcourt around him. (Athlon Sports)

Lucas: Building A Defense

With some defensive luxuries at his disposal on the wing, expect Roy Williams to be even more rigorous than usual about emphasizing ball pressure. It’s something he always asks of his point guards, and when they’re able to do it effectively—with Ty Lawson being perhaps the best example of a player who was ferocious when he decided to be—it changes the entire Tar Heel defense. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Position Series: Point guards

Roy Williams could use Marcus Paige, Nate Britt II and Joel Berry II in the same lineup for ball handling and free throw shooting to close out close games. But barring injury, foul trouble or ineptitude, Carolina is much more talented and deep on the wings. That’s good news for Paige. He will spend more time this season with the ball in his hands at point guard. (ESPN.com)

Roy Williams Radio Show Quotes

Roy Williams on his takeaways from the exhibition games: “I like the way we shared the ball. They had a lot of assists. We missed a lot of easy shots, particularly in the Belmont game. I like the way they tried to play defense, but they’re not where they’re supposed to be yet. We’re not running the way I want us to run but for this early in the year, they’re doing that okay." (Inside Carolina)

UNC Player Profile: J.P. Tokoto

Today we look at UNC junior wing J.P. Tokoto. Entering his junior season, Tokoto finds himself on a team that appears on paper to be much deeper and more talented on the wing than last season's team, leading some to question if Tokoto's minutes and production may take a bit of a step back. Recent history, however, suggests that the results could be completely the opposite. (Tar Heel Blog)

Carolina Rundown: November 11

Not saying NBA players have a lot of free time on their hands, but Kendall Marshall had time to perfect his seated halfcourt shot. Women's soccer received a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will host a match this weekend. Carolina remains at No. 8 nationally in the new volleyball poll. Women's basketball won an exhibition, 92-50. Dustin Ackley is hoping for a big 2015. (GoHeels.com)

A Hero For The Wired World: Michael Jordan reaches new heights

In honor of Sports Illustrated's 60th anniversary, SI.com is republishing 60 of the best stories in the magazine's history. Today's selection is "A Hero For The Wired World," by David Halberstam, which ran in the Dec. 23, 1991 issue in which Michael Jordan was chosen as the Sportsman of the Year. In a satellite age, Michael Jordan has become the fast-rising global star of basketball's fast-rising global show. (Sports Illustrated)

To Hong Kong with Jerry Stackhouse

A weekend trip to Hong Kong doesn’t make a lot of sense. But Jerry Stackhouse was the perfect candidate. When asked about 10 days prior to the event, if The Skill Factory could bring a former NBA player to Hong Kong as the Ambassador for the Hong Kong Sports Festival, it seemed unlikely. But when I connected with Jerry, I knew it would be a great trip. (Jeremiah Boswell Blog)

Bubba Cunningham Defends Roy Williams

UNC Athletics Director Bubba Cunningham stopped by Roy Williams’ live radio show on Monday night to voice his support of the Hall of Fame coach. Cunningham joined the radio program in the latter part of the hour and spoke uninterrupted for several minutes in response to recent media criticism directed at Williams. (Inside Carolina)

Tyler Zeller finding his groove with Boston Celtics

Tyler Zeller was impressive on Saturday night. He must have impressed Brad Stevens as well, since he got to play a season high 21 minutes and was on the court for much of the final few minutes. His 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists helped the Celtics best a team that featured star centers Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah. He did much of his offensive damage in the pick and roll. (Celtics Blog)

Lakers' Ed Davis has a message for Charles Barkley

NBA on TNT analyst Charles Barkley took a subtle jab at the Los Angeles Lakers uninspiring start to the season by stating that he wouldn't eat until Los Angeles finally won a game. Well, the Lakers got their elusive first win of the season on Sunday night against the Charlotte Hornets and Lakers reserve power forward Ed Davis took to Twitter to send the NBA on TNT analyst a message. (Carolina Blue)

Want to protect your championship banner? Win a title

Tere have been bloggers, such as Bradley Bethel at Coaching The Mind, who have suggested the information in the Wainstein report is not as damning to the basketball program as others have insisted. And whatever the NCAA enforcement folks eventually put in front of the infractions committee, if anything, the committee that will serve as the judge and jury might consider none of it to be actionable. (Sporting News)

Isaiah Hicks looking for big year at natural position

When James Michael McAdoo decided to forego his senior season and enter the 2014 NBA Draft, attention immediately turned to Brice Johnson. Known as a prolific scorer off the bench his first two seasons at UNC, Johnson is now expected to assume the starting power forward spot for a team anticipated to be one of the best in the country in 2014-2015. (Carolina Blue)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 76
Notre Dame: 80
Sat, Feb 6 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Boston College
Tue, Feb 9, 8:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC vs. Pittsburgh
Sun, Feb 14, 1:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC vs. Duke
Wed, Feb 17, 9:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Standings
(9) North Carolina8-219-4
(7) Virginia8-319-4
(13) Louisville8-319-5
Notre Dame8-417-7
(12) Miami7-318-4
Florida State6-516-7
Virginia Tech5-613-11
Georgia Tech2-812-11
NC State2-912-12
Wake Forest1-1010-13
Boston College0-107-16

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