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Refreshed and recharged, Ty Lawson taking aim at Steph Curry, NBA's elite

Before Ty Lawson texted James Harden with a plea – “Man, get me over there” – he had studied the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in the Western Conference Finals and come to a conclusion: Half the time, Steph Curry was coasting. “Steph Curry needed someone to go back at him,” Lawson told Yahoo Sports. (Yahoo! Sports)

2015-2016 Memphis Grizzlies Player Preview: Brandan Wright

Memphis doesn't need Brandan Wright to be a superstar; they need him to back up a superstar, and he has all the qualities to be able to do it. Wright joined his home state team on a 3 year, $17 million deal, which is a very friendly contract when you consider some of the crazy deals that were thrown towards NBA big men over the summer. (Grizzly Bear Blues)

Point Guard Kendall Marshall Looks to Lead Sixers By Example

You wouldn’t expect Kendall Marshall to be this well-traveled only three years after being selected 13th overall in the 2012 draft. Yet here Marshall is, about to suit up for his 4th NBA team, with a journey that also includes being traded twice, waived three times, and two stints in the NBA Development League. Marshall split his rookie season between the Phoenix Suns and the Bakersfield Jam, the Suns' D-League affiliate. (Philadelphia Magazine)

Looking back on Larry Brown's tumultuous coaching career

Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown has had an illustrious coaching career in basketball at several levels, but it hasn't been without its share of scandal. On Tuesday, Brown — who is the current head coach at SMU — was hit with a two-year show-cause penalty and a nine-game suspension resulting from a "lack of coaching control" charge during his tenure in Dallas. (Sporting News)

Friends in High Places

“As soon as you try to describe a close friendship, it loses something.” – Dean Smith (1931-2015) Smith coached the basketball team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for 36 years — from 1961-1997. In addition to his record wins and personal character, he was regarded as a desegregation advocate who lead by example. He recruited the university’s first African-American scholarship basketball player, Charlie Scott, in the late 1960s. (On Franklin & Main)

Roy Williams North Carolina Basketball Coaches Clinic to be held Saturday October 3

The 2015 Roy Williams North Carolina Basketball Coaches Clinic will be held on Saturday October 3 in the Smith Center in Chapel Hill. Clinic attendees also will have the opportunity to attend the first UNC practice of the season on the afternoon Friday October 2. The participation fee is $65. Basketball coaches interested in attending should download the clinic brochure or register online. (GoHeels.com)

John Henson says he and Bucks ‘close’ on contract extension

John Henson and the Bucks were reportedly close on a contract extension July 13. Since then, nothing. But it doesn’t seem this was a Tristan Thompson-level falling out. “We’re close,’’ Henson said of contract talks. “We’re just trying to work out some details. It’s a process; we’ll see what happens. But I definitely want to be here for a long time.’’ (NBC Sports)

Motivated Ty Lawson sees Houston as 'turning point'

Much has already been written and said about the real world challenges facing Ty Lawson. But as the 5-foot-11 point guard picks up the pieces of his life after the two DUI arrests and court-ordered therapy that brought him to Houston in a low-risk trade, Lawson joins the Rockets with something to prove on the court, too. (NBA.com)

Warriors' Harrison Barnes 'optimistic' deal will be done

Harrison Barnes said he is "optimistic" that he will have a new contract with the Warriors before the Oct. 31 deadline that would make him a restricted free agent next summer. "That's the goal. Things don't always happen that way," Barnes said during Warriors media day Monday. "I know for sure I love it here in Oakland. This is home." (San Jose Mercury News)

Why Harrison Barnes Could Be the Most Intriguing Free Agent of 2016

Harrison Barnes heard the chuckling when he turned down a four-year, $64 million extension. “Everyone asks, ‘Someone is really going to pay all that for a guy who can’t run the pick-and-roll?’” Barnes tells Grantland, laughing. “But I don’t worry much. I’m confident I will get better at it.” The mystery of Barnes is that he may never get to show off that theoretical improvement on the Warriors. (Grantland)

Video: Harrison Barnes, James Michael McAdoo Bring NBA Trophy to Chapel Hill

Reigning NBA Champions and members of the Golden State Warriors Harrison Barnes and James Michael McAdoo return to UNC with the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy. View Video...

Memphis Grizzlies Media Day: Vince Carter took little time off, no vacations for the summer of 2015

Half man, half amazing. 100% cryogenically preserved. I've made no secret about how much I love Vince Carter playing for the Memphis Grizzlies. Yes, I know he's old and was a major disappointment on the court last season. No, I won't stop believing he's about to have one last great season. FWIW he is looking a bit slimmer these days. (Grizzly Bear Blues)

Lakers Hire James Worthy to Work with Coaching Staff

Former Lakers great James Worthy has been hired by the team to work with the coaching staff it was announced Monday by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Worthy will work with head coach Byron Scott and his staff, focusing on the Lakers big men. He will accompany the team to Hawaii for training camp and continue to work with Lakers players throughout the season. (Los Angeles Lakers)

2015-2016 Memphis Grizzlies Player Preview: Vince Carter

The value we can count on from Vince Carter will come off the court. Or, more accurately, it will come on the court, but from other players — especially the rookies. Vince is as good a mentor as any young player could ask for, and it helps that he's an exceedingly good and likable person. (Grizzly Bear Blues)

Is Homer Simpson an "anybody but Carolina" fan?

The season premiere of "The Simpsons" on FOX featured an animated shoutout to Triangle area schools when Homer Simpson wore a Duke shirt and held an NC State flag....It's not clear why Homer had Blue Devils and Wolfpack gear, but it was cool to see on television. (WRAL Sports Fan)

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