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Vince Carter injures left foot

Vince Carter sprained his left foot while maneuvering to get off a last-second 3-pointer Monday night in the Dallas Mavericks' 73-70 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. X-rays taken at the Staples Center were negative, but Carter emerged from the training room on crutches. He said he heard a "pop" in the top of his foot inside, pointing along the inside of his big toe. (ESPN.com)

Catching Up With: Daniel Bolick

The new basketball coach had to pause and reflect for a moment at the reporter’s question. Daniel Bolick, less than a year removed from his final game in a North Carolina uniform, is the JV boys’ basketball coach at Durham Academy. He knew he was under the Roy Williams coaching tree, but did he know how far back that went? (Carolina Blue)

Ty & Chico: Lawson, alter ego playing star roles with Nuggets

Ty Lawson says he has an alter ego: Chico. That's the nickname they gave him in Lithuania during the NBA lockout last year. Ty is the guy who just goes with the flow. Chico is the guy who creates the flow for the Nuggets, the guy who could be an all-star this season. "He is the tortoise and the hare," Nuggets assistant coach Chad Iske said of Lawson. (Denver Post)

Michael Jordan's former coach arrested at home where dead body was discovered

Detectives with the Wilmington Police Department found a body while searching a home in Wilmington Friday for evidence relating to a missing person's case, and one of two men arrested at the scene used to be Michael Jordan's basketball coach while he attended Laney High School. Herring was recently featured in Sports Illustrated Magazine, discussing his connection with Michael Jordan. (WECT)

UNCG's Wes Miller Grabs First Win As Interim Head Coach

Trevis Simpson and Derrell Armstrong scored 16 points each as UNCG snapped its 11-game losing streak by defeating College of Charleston 73-66 Thursday night. The victory was the first in seven tries for interim head coach Wes Miller, who took over the Spartans in December. (Dig Triad)

Rasheed Wallace mulling over NBA return

Rasheed Wallace is contemplating a comeback to the NBA, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Wallace, who retired after 15 seasons in 2010, has been working out and probing some close league friends about possible destinations to sign for the rest of the season, sources said. At 6-foot-11, Wallace, 37, had been one of the most versatile and talented power forwards of his era. (Yahoo! Sports)

"Rec Specs" may add to Hansbrough legend

On anyone else, they would just be a temporary preventive measure. On Tyler Hansbrough, they are potentially the stuff of legend. When Hansbrough took the practice floor Tuesday, he did so wearing goggles and a bright yellow headband (to keep sweat from running down and fogging the lenses, of course). (Pacers.com)

Catching Up With: Woody Durham

For 40 years, Woody Durham spent hours preparing to call North Carolina football and basketball games on the radio, carefully hand-writing color-coded scoring charts that including everything from bits of history to lineups to obscure stats. So perhaps it’s not surprising that even in retirement, the former “Voice of the Tar Heels” still comes to games with a few notes in his pocket. (ESPN.com)

How Raleigh's Dixie Classic fueled interest in basketball in NC

Most Division I basketball coaches were quick to accept an invitation to play in the prestigious Dixie Classic. The tournament had been started in 1949 by Everett Case three years after he became the head coach at North Carolina State, and it quickly became a phenomenon. Each year the four major North Carolina basketball schools—N. C. State, the University of North Carolina, Duke, and Wake Forest—hosted four of the top national teams for a three-day holiday tournament at William Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh. (NBC 17)

Pacers' Tyler Hansbrough: Going with goggles

Indiana Pacers power forward Tyler Hansbrough is going old school with a new look to protect his right eye. Hansbrough will be sporting Rec Spec goggles with a headband for tonight's game against the Atlanta Hawks. Hansbrough missed the fourth quarter of Monday's game against the Philadelphia 76ers after being hit in his right eye. (Indianapolis Star)

Did This Man Really Cut Michael Jordan?

For years NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan has claimed that his high school coach underestimated his talent as a sophomore. Clifton (Pop) Herring, whose life has been a struggle since then, tells a different story. The most infamous roster decision in high school basketball history came down 33 years ago on the edge of tobacco country. (Sports Illustrated)

Live Video Halftime Show Tuesday With Lennie Rosenbluth

TarHeelBlue.com Halftime Live returns on Tuesday night during the Miami game, providing complete Carolina-centric stats and analysis during halftime of the UNC-Miami game. The player guest on the first of its kind programming, hosted by Adam Lucas, will be one of the greatest players in Carolina basketball history--Lennie Rosenbluth. (Tar Heel Blue)

Hawks' Marvin Williams sidelined

Atlanta Hawks forward Marvin Williams will miss at least two games because of a sprained left ankle he suffered in Saturday's win over Chicago. The Hawks say Williams will not be with the team for both Monday night's game at New Jersey and Wednesday's game at Indiana. Williams is averaging 10.9 points and 6.0 rebounds as the starting small forward. (ESPN.com)

Danny Green leaps through window of opportunity

Danny Green on Saturday made the most of his latest chance to show he belongs, not just in the NBA, but in coach Gregg Popovich’s plans for every Spurs game. The third-year pro from North Carolina scored a career-high 24 points, exceeding his previous high by 11, to help the Spurs gain their sixth home-court win without a loss. (San Antonio Express-News)

Audio: The Rise of ACC Basketball

Historian J. Samuel Walker chronicles the formative two decades of the conference in his new book "ACC Basketball: The Story of the Rivalries, Traditions and Scandals of the First Two Decades of the Atlantic Coast Conference" (UNC Press/2011). Host Frank Stasio talks with Walker about ACC history and the dangers of expansion. (WUNC.org)

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