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Lakers' Wayne Ellington playing with a heavy heart after his father's tragic death

When Lakers guard Wayne Ellington returns to his hometown of Philadelphia to play the 76ers on Monday, it will mark the first time in his six-year NBA career that his father won't be in the Wells Fargo Center's stands, a proud dad flanked by fellow supporters, bellowing the mantra he shared with his son: “Go to work!” An arena full of thousands of people will feel empty. (Orange County Register)

Tar Heel players: $200 final gift was ‘classic Dean Smith’

Some of Smith’s former players had yet to receive the letter for various reasons. David Chadwick, a well-known pastor in Charlotte, was in Iowa on Thursday attending his son’s NCAA swim meet. “Good heavenly day,” Chadwick said when I told him what would be waiting for him in the mailbox when he returned to Charlotte. “What a man Coach Smith was. He just keeps on giving.” (Charlotte Observer)

SAAC Spotlight: Luke Davis

Get to know UNC Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) representative Luke Davis, a senior on the men’s basketball team. SAAC is composed of representatives from each of UNC's 28 varsity teams and helps promote communication between faculty, administrators, coaches and student-athletes. SAAC members meet monthly to discuss issues pertinent to UNC Athletics, the ACC and the NCAA. (GoHeels.com)

Coach Dean Smith's last supper

A number of the men who received these checks are wealthy and famous -- Michael Jordan, who played for Smith in the early '80s, presumably can afford to eat out now and then. But it's not the money that's the extraordinarily moving principle here. It's the thought and the way it was delivered. It's the idea that this great man, this highly accomplished coach and leader, found a way to have a final timeout, a final word with his players. He found a way to thank them, posthumously, for being a part of his program -- his legacy. (Cleveland.com)

No, Dean Smith's gift is not an NCAA violation

A report from Forbes published on Saturday questioned whether the NCAA might find Dean Smith's legacy gift to former players a violation. Wait, what? That's simply not the case, the NCAA confirmed to Sporting News on Saturday. Smith's gift to his former players is not an NCAA violation in any way. Sometimes, a good deed is simply a good deed. The NCAA got this one right. Carry on. (Sporting News)

Proof Michael Jordan has talked trash to everyone, including 'Space Jam' extras

It might come as a surprise to you, but the psyche of the greatest basketball player to ever set foot on a court is slightly different. Michael Jordan’s ability was rivaled only by his trash talking. Reggie Miller recently shared that after he was dominated by Jordan as rookie, MJ requested he refer to him as “Black Jesus.” (USA Today)

Kenny Smith on special relationship with Dean Smith (video)

Kenny Smith talks about the special relationship legendary coach Dean Smith had with his student-athletes. (CBS Sports)

Kuester, Shaver touched by gesture from Dean Smith

John Kuester and his wife, Tricia, stopped at their mailbox Thursday afternoon in Cary, N.C. That’s when they saw what Kuester called "something very special to remember (legendary UNC coach Dean Smith) by." Smith died Feb. 7 at age 83. In his will he directed that his trust give $200 to every letterman who played for him during his 36 seasons with the Tar Heels. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

UNC-Wisconsin Postgame Notes

Carolina’s season ends at 26-12 overall and 8-3 on neutral courts. UNC is 112-44 in 156 NCAA Tournament games. The 112 wins are second-most all-time behind Kentucky. Carolina lost for the first time in the Sweet 16 since 1992. UNC had won its previous 11 Sweet 16 games. UNC played 22 of its 37 games in 2014-15 against NCAA Tournament teams and went 11-11 in those 22 games. (GoHeels.com)

George Karl amazed by the kindness of his former coach Dean Smith

When George Karl heard about Dean Smith’s latest act of kindness, the one that came long after he was gone and involved a $200 check being sent to many of his former players so they could have a meaningful meal on his behalf, he couldn’t help but get emotional about his old coach. Smith, the North Carolina legend who passed away in early February, was leaving Karl and so many others inspired even after he was gone. (USA Today)

Matt Doherty, Richard Vinroot: Dean Smith was a better man than coach

Shaking my head saying even after the man has passed away," said former player Matt Doherty. "He's still reaching out to his former players." Less than two months after he passed away, another story of Dean Smith's generosity surfaced. "Overwhelmed," said former player Richard Vinroot. "Why would he do that for us? We owe him, not the other way around." (WCNC)

Serge Zwikker “Teared Up” After Receiving $200 Check From Dean Smith

Former center Serge Zwikker, who played for the Tar Heels from 1993-1997, reportedly had a strong reaction to the gesture. ESPN’s Darren Rovell reports that Zwikker “teared up” after receiving the letter and claimed he’d never cash it. (College Spun)

Unfinished business for UNC's Marcus Paige

UNC point guard Marcus Paige didn't deliver a hard yes to say he'd return for his senior season, but the tenor of his talk after the Tar Heels' loss in the Sweet 16 was a strong endorsement that he's got unfinished business in Chapel Hill. “That could change in five minutes, because I'm a 21-year-old kid,” Paige quipped after Wisconsin beat UNC 79-72 in STAPLES Center on Thursday. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Dave Colescott 'blown away' by Dean Smith letter

Dave Colescott nearly threw the letter away thinking it was junk mail. But Colescott, a former player at North Carolina who played for the late Dean Smith, opened the letter and it brought tears to his eyes. “On the return part of the envelope it said ‘Dean E. Smith Estate,’ so I was skeptical,” said Colescott, 57, who lives in Winston-Salem. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Dean Smith’s Legacy Reaches Central Iowa

Steve Krafcisin played one season at North Carolina before transferring closer to home at Iowa. The emotions of opening a letter from the late, Dean Smith showed just how much that one year meant to him. The letter is one of 180 $200 checks that Smith posthumously sent to his UNC letter winners. Krafcisin is one of only two players to play in two Final Fours for two different teams. (WHOTV.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
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Villanova: 77
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Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. UNC Pembroke
Fri, Nov 4, 7:30 ET ACC Network Extra

UNC @ Tulane
Fri, Nov 11, 9:00 ET ESPNU

UNC vs. Chattanooga
Sun, Nov 13, 4:00 ET ESPN2 Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Standings
(3) North Carolina14-433-7
(4) Virginia13-529-8
(10) Miami13-527-8
(16) Louisville12-623-8
Notre Dame11-724-11
(19) Duke11-725-11
Virginia Tech10-820-15
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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