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Praise For Coach Smith

Phil Ford: “It’s a great honor for a great person. I think he’s the greatest coach to ever coach basketball but what sets him apart is that he’s a great human being. He’s extremely smart. He would’ve been successful in any occupation that he chose to do and we’re just lucky he chose to be a basketball coach.” (Inside Carolina)

Tobacco Road coaching legends honored

They came to hear stories about three of the state's all-time great basketball coaches. They came to Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, on a day Gov. Bev Perdue officially claimed as Basketball Day in the state, to honor the careers of the late Kay Yow, Mike Krzyzewski and Dean Smith. "We are the college basketball Mecca of the world," N.C. Sports Hall of Fame president Nat Walker said. (Charlotte Observer)

Honoring Dean

Dean Smith motioned for the crowd to sit down as he entered Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday evening, but this was one time the Tar Heel faithful wouldn’t listen to its coach. On a night honoring three coaching legends, Smith unsuccessfully tried to stay out of the spotlight as he accepted a Naismith Good Sportsmanship Award along with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and the late N.C. State women's basketball coach Kay Yow. (Inside Carolina)

On a special night, Dean Smith’s cameo elevates the goose bumps

It’s been 41 years since Charles Scott last played college basketball, 41 years since he was last under the direct command of Dean Smith. But to hear him speak Wednesday, Smith’s influence still resonates daily, providing a benchmark with which to evaluate his life. (Fayetteville Observer)

Naismith trinity

Old rivals Dean Smith and Mike Krzyzewski spent a few minutes side-by-side again Wednesday night with the late N.C. State women's basketball coach Kay Yow surrounding them in spirit. Smith, Krzyzewski and Yow were honored at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium with Naismith Good Sportsmanship Awards during a two-hour, 30-minute ceremony attended by former players, coaches and a Naismith offspring. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Dean Smith, Coach K, Kay Yow honored by Naismith

Dean Smith slowly walked onto the stage, his arm held by Roy Williams, and sat next to Mike Krzyzewski. A few seats down was the sister of the late women's coach Kay Yow. Smith, Krzyzewski and Yow — three Hall of Fame coaches who have combined for more than 2,500 victories at UNC, Duke and N.C. State, respectively — were honored Wednesday night on "Basketball Day" in North Carolina. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Lakers hire John Kuester

It took the Los Angeles Lakers just more than two weeks to find Phil Jackson's replacement in coach Mike Brown. More than a month later the team is officially finalizing Brown's coaching staff. John Kuester is Brown's first official bench partner in L.A. The former Detroit Pistons head coach has been hired as an assistant coach for the Lakers, the team announced Wednesday. (ESPN.com)

'Basketball gods would like' tonight's Naismith Award ceremony

The basketball legacies of the Triangle's three ACC schools come together tonight. Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, former North Carolina men's coach Dean Smith and the late Kay Yow, the longtime N.C. State women's basketball coach, each will receive Naismith Good Sportsmanship Awards during a start-studded ceremony at Raleigh's Memorial Auditorium. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Timberwolves exercise fourth-year contract option on Wayne Ellington

The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Wednesday that the team has exercised its fourth-year contract option on guard Wayne Ellington and its third-year options for forwards Lazar Hayward and Wes Johnson. Ellington, the 28th overall pick in the 2009 draft, has appeared in 138 games over two seasons, averaging 6.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists. (Fox Sports North)

Former Tar Heel Al Wood Talks With The Drive

Taylor Zarzour and Marc James talk with former Tar Heel Al Wood about Dean Smith and his relationship with Lorenzo Charles. (WFNZ)

Raymond Felton: On being a leader

“I lead by example. I lead by the things I preach about. I’m about playing hard each and every day in practice. I feel like practice is just as important as the game because you practice how you play. I feel like everybody should bring it every single day no matter what. I play through injuries so I’m a warrior and I expect everyone else to be the same way. That’s the way I lead." (Sports Radio Interviews)

Trail Blazers, Raymond Felton would like a long-term relationship

Raymond Felton said he believed he was good fit with the Blazers, with whom he considered signing as a free agent last summer before inking a two-year deal with the Knicks. In Denver, he came off the bench behind Ty Lawson, whom the Nuggets had considered a starter-in-waiting. Felton said the opportunity to be the starter with Portland is attractive. (Oregonian)

Jawad Williams hopes to hang on with Bobcats

At the outer fringes of the NBA, former North Carolina starter Jawad Williams is attempting to claw his way back onto a roster. It complicates matters, however, that the NBA looks like it's about to have its very own version of the NFL's lockout starting Friday. That means Williams - who is trying out for the Charlotte Bobcats this week - might well end up overseas again. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Video: Dean Smith takes time at Carolina Kids Classic

Honorary co-chair Coach Dean Smith was on hand for opening remarks at the Carolina Kids Classic golf tournament Thursday. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Lorenzo Charles, the Shot, and the Golden Age of ACC Basketball

First an apology: This will be more about me than it will be Lorenzo Charles. These are the feelings coursing through me. Lorenzo Charles died on Monday, a shocking thing. He was driving a bus for Elite Tours and the crash happened on Interstate 40, near Raleigh, N.C., where he was beloved. Charles had lived a basketball life — he was an excellent college basketball player, of course. (Joe Posnanski)

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