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Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Kay Yow to be honored

The list of possible attendees could make Wednesday's Naismith Awards ceremony in Raleigh's Memorial Auditorium a landmark event in North Carolina college basketball. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, UNC's Dean Smith and the late Kay Yow of N.C. State are scheduled to be honored at the event. The three coaching legends will receive the Dr. James A. Naismith Good Sportsmanship Award. (Charlotte Observer)

Former Wolfpack basketball standout Lorenzo Charles killed in Raleigh bus wreck

The driver killed in a bus wreck on Interstate 40 in Raleigh Monday is former Wolfpack basketball standout Lorenzo Charles, WRAL News has learned. Charles, 47, led North Carolina State University to victory with a game-winning dunk in the 1983 NCAA Championship game against the University of Houston. (WRAL.com)

Antawn Jamison To Speak To Charlotte AAU Teams, Host Sixth Annual All-Star Camp

Antawn Jamison's All-Star camp will be for boys aged 7-18 and focus on providing them with basketball drills to help them on the court and lessons from guest speakers to help them off the court. Of the 150 spots offered for the camp, at least 75 will be given away to underprivileged local youths (Tar Heel Blue)

Rick Duckett lands job at Tennessee State

Rick Duckett, a Winston-Salem native and a former head coach at Winston-Salem State, has been named an assistant basketball coach at Tennessee State. Duckett, who graduated from North Carolina in 1979, started out as a student manager for Dean Smith before getting into coaching as a graduate assistant with the Tar Heels. Tennessee State plays at North Carolina on Nov. 24. (Winston-Salem Journal)

David Glenn Chats With Al Wood, June 25

Among the topics they discussed: what it was like playing for legendary coach Dean Smith ; the connection between players in the North Carolina basketball family; what it’s been like to have all of his children attend North Carolina, with his three daughters each being a part of Sylvia Hatchell’s women’s program; and the NBA draft process. (ACC Sports Journal)

Indiana Pacers pick up option on Tyler Hansbrough

The Indiana Pacers have picked up the 2012-13 team options on Darren Collison, Tyler Hansbrough and Paul George. Hansbrough missed most of his rookie year, but he played a bigger role last season and moved into the starting lineup when Frank Vogel became interim coach. He averaged 11 points and 5.2 rebounds per game and was a key contributor during Indiana's playoff push. (Associated Press)

Scottie Pippen clears things up: Michael Jordan is the greatest

Scottie Pippen said Friday he believes Michael Jordan is the greatest player in NBA history, despite remarks he made last month regarding Miami Heat forward LeBron James. "The comments that I made were basically giving LeBron some props as a player, not to dismantle any player like Michael. We all know that he's the greatest player that ever played the game." (ESPN.com)

Famous Tar Heels Golf for Children’s Causes

Dean Smith, Roy Williams and Woody Durham gathered Thursday morning for a buffet breakfast, a round of golf and to present a check for more than $150,000 to children’s charities. Since its beginning 23 years ago, the annual Carolina Kids Classic golf tournament has raised more than $3 million for the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, the N.C. Children’s Hospital and the Childhood Trust. (Chapel Hill Magazine)

UNC Summer Pickup Basketball Video

Raw YouTube video footage taken from the baseline of a recent UNC summer basketball pickup game between current UNC players (blue team) and Tar Heel veteran players (white team), including Sean May, Raymond Felton, Jackie Manuel, Bobby Frasor and others. Part I, Part 2

Denver Nuggets trade Raymond Felton to Portland

The Portland Trail Blazers have addressed their needs at point guard. The Blazers on Thursday got both experience and youth at point guard, trading Andre Miller to Denver for veteran point guard Raymond Felton and drafting Duke point guard Nolan Smith with the No. 21 overall pick. Andy Miller, the agent for Andre Miller, confirmed the trade. (Oregon Live)

Basketball and Rhymes: Former Tar Heels, current rappers

Chapel Hill has produced some of the greatest names in basketball history; Coach Dean Smith, Michael Jordan and James Worthy just to name a few. This institution has made its mark not only in the world of basketball and education; it is also making its presence known in the world of hip-hop, thanks to former student-athletes Quentin Thomas and Terrence Petree. (SLAM Online)

Donnie Walsh Has One Last Chance to Reshape Knicks

The choice Walsh makes Thursday will not define his tenure with the New York Knicks, though it could enhance it. Expectations from the 17th pick are generally low, and it usually takes a few years to judge a draft intelligently. If this is in fact his last draft, Walsh said he would feel no added pressure and no sense of sentimentality. (New York Times)

John Henson wishes 'the best' for Larry Drew

UCLA's Larry Drew II has repeatedly taken verbal shots at North Carolina while expressing how unhappy he felt in Chapel Hill before returning home to Southern California. John Henson, a rising junior at UNC, said Drew's comments didn't bother him. "I love this place," Henson said. "That’s unfortunate he didn’t have the experience I had, but I wish him the best." (Fayetteville Observer)

Ultimate Basketball Draft

Imagine you and nine rival general managers are putting together basketball teams from scratch. Every current or former NBA or ABA player is available to draft, each in the prime of his career. How would you construct a 12-man roster? Would Michael Jordan be the surefire No. 1 player on your draft board? (Sports Illustrated)

Ty Lawson offers scholarships for his camp

Ty Lawson understands that every family with a child who is his fan can't ante up $215 to learn from him during his inaugural basketball camp next month. Lawson has a solution for that. A free ride. "We're doing scholarships for the camp too," the Nuggets guard said, "where inner-city kids can come." (Denver Post)

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