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Greek A1 round 13 best performance: Deon Thompson

Deon Thompson put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Ikaros Kallitheas, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award. The 22-year old had a double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds, while his team edged out Aris 64-62. Thompson was Ikaros' top player in his first season with the team. Thompson is in the league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.6rpg) and assists (3rd best: 0.6apg). (EuroBasket.com)

Antawn Jamison Says Next Season Could Be His Last

There are four kids at home to look after. There are PTA meetings to attend, although Antawn Jamison later said that might be a stretch for his life after basketball. The Cleveland forward already has started to think about retirement. He said before Saturday night's 127-99 loss to Denver at the Pepsi Center that next season, the last on his contract, could be the final one of his NBA career. (AOL FanHouse)

NBA Update

Tyler Hansbrough, Indiana Pacers- After recently being inserted into the starting line-up, the power forward has averaged 28 minutes and scored in double-digits four out of the last five games. Most notably was the game against the San Antonio Spurs, where he had 23 points and 12 rebounds in a loss. (Tar Heel Blue)

Michael Jordan's dinner table has 32,292 holes

Michael Jordan has been criticized for either spending his money poorly, as owner and personnel chief of the Charlotte Bobcats, or for not spending any money at all. Maybe, partially, because Jordan spent a good chunk a change on one of the cooler dinner tables we've ever seen. The artist who designed it plugged a hole into the table for each of the points Jordan scored during his NBA career. (Yahoo! Sports)

Is Brendan Haywood earning more PT with Mavericks?

Brendan Haywood runs through the same game-day routine. A long session on the elliptical before the game and then another one after the game. Apparently when logging a career-low 17.8 minutes a game, additional conditioning work is necessary. But, maybe Haywood is working himself into additional minutes. It's been a tough go for him in his second season with the Dallas Mavericks, but in his last three games he's shown positive signs. (ESPN.com)

Wayne Ellington unsure of playing time, despite sinking key shot

A day after hitting one of the biggest shots in his two-year NBA career, Wayne Ellington heard compliments about his professionalism and how he handled not playing in five consecutive games before his breakout performance Thursday night against the Washington Wizards. What Ellington didn't hear is the assurance from Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis that he will get more playing time (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

Wayne Ellington took advantage of opportunity

It was the perfect opportunity for rookie Wes Johnson. But when he didn't grab it, little-used Wayne Ellington didn't hesitate. Ellington was a supplementary success. Getting his first playing time since January 1, Ellington scored 11 points, grabbed seven rebounds, handed out five assists and chipped in a block and a steal. (Fox Sports North)

Vince Carter Adjusting to Life With the Suns

This is all new for Vince Carter. Never in his 13-year NBA career has he found himself playing for a contract. Then again, Carter wouldn't use those words. The way he looks at, he's just playing. The Phoenix swingman will become a free agent if the Suns buy his $18 million contract for next season for $4 million by June 30, something that is very possible. (AOL FanHouse)

Lebo aims to make basketball relevant at ECU

Head coach Jeff Lebo is attempting to build a successful basketball program at East Carolina, and he can already credit the football team with one assist. ECU hired Lebo in March, and he added Missouri transfer Miguel Paul two months later. (Fayetteville Observer)

1st-year ASU coach Jason Capel puts pedigree to work

As Appalachian State prepared for its season opener, first-year men's basketball coach Jason Capel saw something he didn't like. The 30-year-old Capel stopped the workout and reached into his past for something to put the Mountaineers on the right track. No, the former North Carolina Tar Heel (1998-2002) and son of a longtime college coach (Jeff Capel II) didn't employ a kernel of coaching wisdom he'd gained from the roots with which he's most often associated. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

Sources: Nuggets' Rebuilding Won't Affect George Karl's Future

Forward Carmelo Anthony soon could be gone. So could point guard Chauncey Billups. But there's one Denver Nuggets fixture who won't be going anywhere. With it becoming apparent the Nuggets most likely will be entering a rebuilding mode, sources said Tuesday the team is committed to bringing George Karl back as coach next season and Karl is committed to staying. (AOL FanHouse)

Rasheed Wallace to Return?

This wasn't quite the same as Stephen A. Smith predicting the ultimate destination of LeBron James, but it did cause a mini-stir nonetheless. The media personality told host Kevin Frazier on the Dan Patrick show that Rasheed Wallace would come out of retirement to join his old Boston Celtics teammates just in time for another deep playoff run. (AOL FanHouse)

Warriors weigh options with Brandan Wright

The Warriors had their own lottery-pick forward for whom they had such high hopes: Brandan Wright. No, he's not at the level of Griffin, whom the Los Angeles Clippers -- today's opponent -- selected No. 1 overall in the 2009 draft. But Wright shows flashes of being dynamic. Is that potential still enough to keep him around? (San Jose Mercury News)

UNC coaching impact felt around the state

The first time Buzz Peterson expressed an interest in coaching, North Carolina legend Dean Smith asked him a question. "If a job at the University of Montana was open, would you take it?" Smith's point: If Peterson was serious about becoming a coach, he'd embrace the opportunity regardless of location, salary or prestige. (Fayetteville Observer)

Tyler Hansbrough stays on mission

The Indiana Pacers' starting power forward spot is Tyler Hansbrough's to lose. Hansbrough, however, doesn't want to look at it that way. He is keeping his strictly-business mentality and plans to continue playing like he has something to prove. "That's the way you have to think about things," Hansbrough said. "I've got to keep working." (Indianapolis Star)

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