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Year after dad’s murder, Ellington’s larger reason to join Nets

Wayne Ellington had arguably the most successful season of his six-year NBA career last season with the Lakers, averaging 10 points per game and shooting 37 percent from the field. But while Ellington was re-establishing himself as an NBA player in Los Angeles, he also was dealing with the aftermath of the November murder of his father in Philadelphia. (New York Post)

Basket from Michael Jordan's '98 winner vs. Jazz up for auction

Heritage Auctions is auctioning off the basket, backboard, and stanchion used at the east end of EnergySolutions Arena (then the Delta Center) during Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals. Yes, this is the basket on which Michael Jordan converted the game-winner to lift the Chicago Bulls over the Utah Jazz for their sixth championship. It was also Jordan's final shot with the Bulls. (Yahoo! Sports)

Top 5 UNC wings in the Roy Era: No. 1

Despite the controversy surrounding Rashad McCants' post UNC career and his allegations against the university, its hard to refute the shooting guard's greatness while a player in Chapel Hill. An exciting and powerful guard, McCants was deadly from deep but also had the quickness and strength to take the ball to the hoop and score through contact. (Carolina Blue)

J.P. Tokoto expects limited role

J. P. Tokoto is far from delusional when it comes to playing for the Philadelphia 76ers. “I know what it is,” the rookie said of his role. “I’m a realist. I know what it is coming into it. Right now, the 58th overall pick out of North Carolina is more of an athlete than a polished basketball player. He’ll make one spectacular dunk in transition while struggling to shoot the ball. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Video: J.P. Tokoto Pulls Off the Acrobatic Alley-Oop

J.P. Tokoto pulls off the insane high-flying alley-oop for the Philadelphia 76'ers during NBA Summer League play against the Brooklyn Nets. View Video...

Defensive-oriented John Henson's star is rising with Bucks

John Henson is in line for an expanded role this season, playing behind Greg Monroe but also next to him in certain lineups if Bucks coach Jason Kidd decides to pair the 6-foot-11 duo. "We think John is a great complement to Greg with his defensive ability and his ability as a premier shot-blocker in the league," Bucks general manager John Hammond said. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Know Your Opponent: 2015-16 Basketball Non-Conference (Part One)

Carolina kicks of the 2015-16 season in Annapolis, Maryland, for the Veterans Classic, where the Tar Heels will face Fran Dunphy's Temple Owls. Temple has won at least 20 games in seven of Dunphy's nine seasons since moving across town from Penn. The Owls were a top-20 defense last season according to KenPom.com and they lost just two key contributors. (GoHeels.com)

Steve Kerr gave nondrinker Harrison Barnes shot after Warriors won

Harrison Barnes can thank Steve Kerr for helping achieve a number of firsts in his life. Most notably, Barnes' first NBA championship and his first sip of alcohol. Barnes has abstained from drinking for his entire adult life, but after the Golden State Warriors won the championship, his very first drink came courtesy of Kerr. (CBS Sports)

Video: Ty Lawson's First Days of Summer

Just a few weeks ago the Cavs and Warriors were locked into a Finals battle and NBA players on every other team were taking some time to relax. VICE Sports went to LA to spend a few hours with Ty Lawson as he got his hair cut, picked out some free clothes, and talked trash about the future champs. All in a day's work before hitting up the premiere of Entourage. (VICE Sports)

UNC hoping freshman Kenny Williams provides 3-point shooting boost

Kenny Williams III is known for his 3-point range. Just don't refer to North Carolina's newest guard as simply an "outside shooter." "I really don't like that label," he said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I know that's what I do best and that's how I made my name. But it's like when you use that, you pigeon-hole a person. I'm not just an outside shooter." (USA Today)

Video: James Michael McAdoo (20 points) leads Warriors over Kings

Former Tar Heel James Michael McAdoo scores 20 points in leading the Golden State Warriors over the Sacramento Kings, 83-67, in the NBA Summer league playoffs on Wednesday. View Video...

Defensive stopper J.P. Tokoto finding his role with Sixers

Even though J.P. Tokoto does not have impressive offensive numbers, that’s not his primary focus. Tokoto, the No. 58 overall pick during June’s NBA draft, sees himself as more of a defensive specialist. In Wednesday’s Las Vegas Summer League game, Tokoto showed some offensive spark. He had nine points on three shots and was 3 of 4 at the free throw line. (CSN Philly)

Top 5 UNC wings in the Roy Era: No. 2

Harrison Barnes' offensive abilities put him in a different category. At 6-foot-8, Barnes could shoot the three, score at will in the midrange, and play above the rim. He was a guard in a forward's body. Physically strong, a hard worker, and gifted athletically, Barnes was a integral part of a great 2011-2012 UNC team that lost to Kansas in the Elite Eight and went 32–6 for the season. (Carolina Blue)

UNC’s McAdoo a playoff warrior for Golden State summer team

James Michael McAdoo won an NBA championship ring last month. Wednesday, the former UNC star played a major role in helping the Warriors inch closer to the league’s Las Vegas Summer League title. McAdoo recorded 20 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals to lead his team to an 83-67 rout of the Sacramento Kings in the opening round of the summer league “playoff” bracket. (Wilmington Star News)

Dean Smith signed motorcycle up for sale to true blue fan

A Wilmington mom is selling her decked-out UNC motorcycle that was signed by the late Dean Smith. Ann Bowdish has shown her dedication to the UNC with a Carolina blue motorcycle. “We trailered the bike up to Chapel Hill and we went in and met Dean,” said Bowdish. The late former UNC basketball coach and sports icon Dean Smith took a pen to Bowdish’s motorcycle back in 2009. (WWAY)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 85
Syracuse: 68
Mon, Jan 16 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Boston College
Sat, Jan 21, 12:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC vs. Virginia Tech
Thu, Jan 26, 8:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Miami
Sat, Jan 28, 1:00 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

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ACC Basketball Scoreboard
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Thursday 9:00 PM
Blossomgame 18.4 ppg, 1.6 apg; Mitchell 13.6 ppg, 2.5 apg;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
(9) North Carolina5-117-3
(10) Florida State5-117-2
(15) Notre Dame5-116-3
(16) Virginia4-214-3
(12) Louisville3-215-3
Virginia Tech3-314-4
Georgia Tech3-311-7
(18) Duke2-314-4
NC State2-413-6
Wake Forest2-411-7
Boston College2-49-10

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