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Bill Guthridge part of 2011 ACC Legends class

This afternoon the conference announced its 2011 Legends Class, a group of 12 former standout players and coaches from ACC schools who will be honored on semifinal Saturday at the conference tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum. Headlining this year’s Legends Class are former North Carolina coach Bill Guthridge and former N.C. State forward Thurl Bailey. (Fayetteville Observer)

Consistency will be key for Raptors’ Ed Davis

Davis, a 6-foot-10 21-year-old, has shown solid basketball instincts and is active on the glass. He’s still limited offensively, with no real jump shooting range, but those are aspects of the game that can be taught. He said his biggest adjustment is coming off the bench after being a starter his whole life. (Toronto Star)

NBA Update, January 24th

Vince Carter, Phoenix Suns - The Suns have won four out their last five games, and he is a big reason why. Carter is averaging 34 minutes a game, with 14 points and 7.8 rebounds. Most notably, he had 29 points and 12 rebounds in a winning effort against the Knicks on January 17th. Wayne Ellington, Minnesota Timberwolves - The backup shooting guard has seen quality minutes in his last four games. (Tar Heel Blue)

Rick Duckett enjoyed return to bench

Rick Duckett is out of coaching for the second straight season, an unusual position for someone who was in the coaching fraternity for 29 years, ever since his days as a graduate assistant to Dean Smith at UNC. Duckett is back living in Winston-Salem and doing radio work for UNCG basketball. He says he wants to coach again but admits that seeing the game from a different angle hasn't been all bad. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Hansbrough’s Natural Instincts Take Over; Dunks On Blue Devil

On Wednesday night, we were able to witness this event yet again during the Indiana-Golden St when former Tar Heel Tyler Hansbrough ran down the lane and slammed home a putback over teammate and former Blue Devil Mike Dunleavy. (Tar Heel Fan)

Vince Carter should go into the Basketball Hall of Fame

Is former Magic player Vince Carter a basketballHall of Famer? It’s a question that’s being asked around the NBA after Carter’s 29-point effort earlier this week for the Phoenix Suns made him the 37th player in history to reach 20,000 career points. (Orlando Sentinel)

Laughter now is George Karl's best medicine

"When I was younger and I felt stressed, I'd go out and play basketball," coach George Karl said Friday night before his Nuggets were thrashed and trashed. "Then, as I got older, I'd drink a few beers, eat a big meal." And he would yell at a player or a referee or his two dogs."Now I'm not allowed to do any of that."So, to relieve his stress, "I just laugh." (Denver Post)

Video: Opening of the Smith Center

A video clip featuring the opening of the Dean Smith Center in which Paul Cameron of the ACC Sports Center interviews then-Chancellor Christopher Fordham and Board of Trustees Chairman Clint Newton.  Carolina, ranked #1 in the country, defeated third-ranked Duke 95-92 in the arena's first game on January 18, 1986.  (The ACC)

Resilient Karl has Denver rolling despite all the noise

George Karl knows tough situations, and this isn't one of them. If anything, part of Karl relishes the challenge of dealing with something like the Carmelo situation, and that has always been the underplayed Karl storyline compared to the emotional tug of the health issues. He's a scrapper, a Pittsburgh kid who became a coach who toiled in the Continental Basketball Association and Europe before finally making it in the NBA. (NBA.com)

Larry Brown wants to return to coaching. Of course he does.

What, you thought Larry Brown would go gently into that good night? Ha! The Associated Press caught up with Brown, the former Bobcats (and Knicks and Pistons and Sixers and Pacers and Clippers and…) coach as he hung out with old friend Jay Wright and that coach’s Villanova Wildcats to “get his basketball fix.” (Pro Basketball Talk)

Danny Green Attempting NBA Comeback Through D-League

Danny Green, the 46th overall pick of the 2009 NBA Draft, will be attempting his NBA comeback through the NBA Development League. A league source told FanHouse that the former Tar Heel has signed a D-League contract and is expected to clear waivers on Tuesday. Green, a 6-foot-6 wing out of UNC, played two games in November with the San Antonio Spurs after being released by the Cleveland Cavaliers. (AOL FanHouse)

UNC’s Logo Jersey A Y2K Glitch Jordan Couldn’t Pull Off

You can’t get more traditional than UNC’s baby-blue-and-white uniforms with the block “North Carolina” on the front. And yet prior to the 1999-2000 season, the school decided it would try a major design change to the uniform, led by a former Tar Heel. In fact it was THE former Tar Heel: Michael Jordan. Unfortunately, on this occasion, “Air Jordan” was more like “Err Jordan.” (Lost Lettermen)

Rashad McCants tries his hand at acting

Basketball life hasn't always been easy for former North Carolina star Rashad McCants . He went from being one of the top high school prospects in his class to a lottery pick to an NBA pariah, all in the span of a few short years. With his chances at an NBA spot dwindling, you'd almost think he should start thinking of another career. Rashad agrees, so he's now trying to act. (Yahoo! Sports)

Tyler Hansbrough is the face of hustle

We've all been had knowledge of Tyler Hansbrough's crazy face game; dude's been showing off a wide variety of mugs, mean and otherwise, since his days in Carolina blue. Still, it's great to see that his face's work ethic hasn't fallen off since becoming a professional. You need look no further than the way he defended Stephen Curry during Wednesday night's game for proof of that. (Yahoo! Sports)

Vince Carter becomes eighth active player to reach 20,000 career points

Vince Carter scored 29 points, including the 20,000th of his career, and the Phoenix Suns ran past the New York Knicks 129-121 on Monday to match a season high with their third straight victory. Grant Hill added 25 points for Phoenix, which overcame a season-high 41 points from former Suns All-Star Amare Stoudemire and handed the Knicks their third loss in a row. (NBA.com)

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