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Former Tar Heel players pursue coaching dreams at UNC

By pure coincidence, Jackie Manuel and Bobby Frasor each arranged meetings with their former UNC coach, Roy Williams, on the same day this offseason. They were seeking advice on their futures. “I’d been talking with coach [Williams] about coaching since my first year out [of college],” Manuel said. Frasor had the desire to coach at an even earlier age. His father had coached high school hoops for 27 years. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Lennie Rosenbluth among new inductees to NC Sports Hall

Rosenbluth now lives in Chapel Hill, where in the mid-1950s he and the University of North Carolina basketball team made history with an undefeated season and a national championship victory over Kansas and Wilt Chamberlain. The New York City native led the Tar Heels in scoring in his first varsity season and still holds the school record for points in a season (895) and scoring average in a single season (28.0). (NBC 17)

Danny Green lends hand on defense

It might not be the most glamorous of roles, but Danny Green isn't very choosy. He's just happy to earn some significant minutes during the Spurs' last two games. His late defense on Monta Ellis was a key reason the Spurs were able to escape with a 101-95 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday at the AT&T Center. (San Antonio Express-News)

Nuggets are in good hands with Ty Lawson running the show

He could operate the most unstoppable offense in the pro game. His brilliant star power is undeniable. At age 24, this athlete should rule sports in Denver for the next 10 years. Sorry, Tim Tebow?. We're talking about Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson. How big is Lawson's ambition? "It's huge," he told me Wednesday, after the Nuggets blew away Sacramento 110-83. "I want to be the best." (Denver Post)

Catching up with: Jawad Williams

Right around Christmas, former North Carolina forward Jawad Williams, a starter on UNC’s 2005 national championship team, found himself having dinner with fellow Tar Heel alums David Noel, Sean May and Shammond Williams -- in Paris. “David and I play on the same team in France now; Sean [who plays in Croatia] had a few days off, so he came to town." (ESPN.com)

Old home day

Rice said he debated having 5-8 point guard Jesse Steele jump ball against Henson, with his 7-4 reach, to start the game. He did not decide for sure until he saw Lennie Rosenbluth in the stands to do it for sure. "I asked the guys in the locker room, and they said no,"Rice said. "Then when we went out there, and I saw Lennie Rosenbluth, I said 'We're doing it.' It just didn't work the way it worked in '57." (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Photos: UNC-Monmouth

Photos of Carolina's win over Monmouth. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Audio: King Rice, Brian Reese, and Derrick Phelps

King Rice, Brian Reese, and Derrick Phelps talk to the media following Monmouth's loss to Carolina. (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heels dominate Rice, Monmouth

Monmouth coach King Rice, formerly a point guard at North Carolina, received a 30-second standing ovation from the Smith Center crowd Sunday before the Hawks faced the Tar Heels. The current UNC players weren’t as accommodating.The fifth-ranked Tar Heels (13-2) led by 30 in the first half and cruised to a 102-65 win over the Hawks (2-12). (Durham Herald-Sun)

Lucas: Family Reunion

Three of Carolina's six all-time leading assist men were in the building--Phil Ford was in the stands, and King Rice and Derrick Phelps were on the Monmouth sideline. By the time Marshall finishes his career, we'll look back and say it was four out of seven. Rice offered some praise of the sophomore. "I was hoping we could keep him under 10 assists," Rice said. (Tar Heel Blue)

Despite result, Rice revels in Tar Heel family reunion

It was more like a Tar Heel family reunion than a basketball game Sunday when North Carolina played Monmouth at the Smith Center. That became evident during pregame introductions when the opposing coach, former Tar Heel point guard King Rice, received an extended standing ovation from the better-than-expected New Year’s Day crowd of 18,614. (Wilmington Star News)

Rice, Phelps, Reese return in UNC win

When Monmouth coach King Rice was introduced Sunday afternoon at the Smith Center, the standing ovation went on for so long that tears started to well. “When the crowd did that, and then I thought it was over but it kept going -- it got me, it really got me. And I almost started crying,’’ said Rice, who is in his first year as a head coach. (ESPN.com)

Always a Tar Heel, Rice has happy homecoming

The mind of University of North Carolina head coach Roy Williams is a little foggy after so many years and so many players. He’s pretty sure he went to go see former Tar Heels player and current Monmouth University head coach King Rice play in a football game for Binghamton High School in the late-1980s, but he’s not quite certain if that’s his earliest memory of Dean Smith’s point guard on the 1991 Final Four team. (Asbury Park Press)

Beyond the blowout: Interesting scene unfolds in Rice's return to UNC

The idea had been shot down in the locker room minutes before, but when King Rice returned to the Smith Center floor and noticed Lennie Rosenbluth seated nearby, he immediately invoked his coaching veto power. Monmouth indeed would start Sunday afternoon’s game with Jesse Steele, a 5-foot-8 point guard, stepping into the tip-off circle and “jumping” against North Carolina’s 6-11 John Henson. (Burlington Times News)

History sticks with Monmouth's former Tar Heels

King Rice was making his way down a hotel hallway the other day when a woman stopped him. Staring at him, she said he looked familiar but just couldn't place him. "Well, I hadn't been down here in a long time," Rice began to say. "Flat top?" she said. "Yeah, King Rice. That's it!" (Fayetteville Observer)

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