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Hansbrough gets his turn

Jim O'Brien went looking for a spark Friday by way of adjusting his starting five, a familiar course of action in Indy. Tyler Hansbrough came close to providing it in his 36 minutes against the Spurs, but his 23 points, 12 boards, and two blocks weren't quite enough as the Spurs rallied from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to win 90-87. (Yahoo! Sports)

Tyler Hansbrough To Start Tonight Against Spurs

According to Indy Star’s Mike Wells, second year PF Tyler Hansbrough will get the start Friday when the Pacers host the Spurs. This will be the second career start for Hansbrough, who started one game last season against the Suns. (SB Nation)

JamesOn Curry pushes to try to make it back to the top

JamesOn Curry was the most talked about prep player in the state [of North Carolina]. He is the state's all-time leading high school basketball point scorer. He was headed to UNC. But all of that changed in the blink of an eye. Currently, Curry is in his second season with the Springfield Armor which is assigned to the Los Angeles Clippers. He is averaging 17.4 points, and 3.7 assists per game. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Shawne Merriman wins big judgment against Christian Laettner

Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman probably feels like a guy who just caught a three-quarter-court pass, dribbled once, spun around, and nailed a 15-foot jumper to win a basketball game. A press release from EAG Sports Management declares that Merriman has been awarded nearly $4 million against former NBA players Christian Laettner and Brian Davis. (Pro Football Talk)

Back injury to keep Marvin Williams out at least four games

Atlanta Hawks forward Marvin Williams will miss at least four games after suffering a lower back injury. Williams fell hard to the floor during the Hawks' victory against Golden State on Wednesday and sustained what the team said is a bruise. Hawks coach Larry Drew said an MRI on Thursday showed no further damage. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Tudor: UNC's travails top 2010 headlines

The University of North Carolina football program has been in unfamiliar, uncomfortable territory since the middle of July. When news first emerged that the NCAA had launched an investigation into possible improper contact with sports agents, there was certainly no reason to assume that one investigation would lead to a second - into academic misconduct. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Raymond Felton Playing Big, Loving Life With Knicks in NYC

Raymond Felton hasn't embraced the big city lifestyle yet -- his favorite lunch stop is still the Waffle House -- but he has fallen in love with his New York Knicks. He may have grown up in the small town of Marion, S.C., played his college ball in Chapel Hill, N.C, then spent the first five years of his NBA career in small-market Charlotte, but there is no going back now. After two months on the job, Felton is ready to turn his two-year contract into 12. (AOL FanHouse)

Dean Smith congratulates Coach K on victory No. 880

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski won his 880th game Wednesday night, his top-ranked Blue Devils hammering UNC-Greensboro 108-62 at the Greensboro Coliseum. The victory moved Coach K past Dean Smith into sole possession of second place on college basketball’s all-time wins list. Immediately following the game, Smith sent a statement of congratulations to Krzyzewski. (Fayetteville Observer)

Coach K gets win No. 880 to pass Dean Smith

Moments after wrapping up his historic, 880th career win, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski waved to the fans at the Greensboro Coliseum with heartfelt appreciation. Top-ranked Duke’s 108-62 defeat of UNC Greensboro on Wednesday night moved Krzyzewski past former North Carolina coach Dean Smith into second place on the Division I career wins list. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Dean & K: Legendary Parallels, Part 3

In November, 2008 we ran an article in the ACC Sports Journal and on ACCSports.com comparing the careers of Dean Smith and Mike Krzyzewski. As Al Featherston noted then, there are many parallels between the two coaching legends. With Krzyzewski passing Smith on the all-time wins list, we thought it was a good time to re-run this article in installments. (ACC Sports Journal)

Inside the numbers of two coaching legends

A breakdown of the remarkable coaching numbers compiled by Dean Smith and Mike Krzyzewski. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Dean & K: Legendary Parallels, Part 1

In November, 2008 we ran an article in the ACC Sports Journal and on ACCSports.com comparing the careers of Dean Smith and Mike Krzyzewski. As Al Featherston noted then, there are many parallels between the two coaching legends. We’re re-running this article in installments over the next two days. Please note the information in the article was current as of November, 2008 (ACC Sports Journal)

Michael Jordan Buys Luxury Condo In Charlotte

Wilmington native and Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is officially a Charlotte homeowner. The Charlotte Observer reports that the former University of North Carolina star and six-time NBA champion has purchased and combined the two top-floor penthouses at a luxury condominium building in Charlotte. (Associated Press)

Raptors rookie Ed Davis seeing progress

As he approaches the end of his first month in the NBA, rookie power forward Ed Davis isn’t exactly smiling, but he is seeing progress. Like every rookie out there, Davis would like to have broken through and have the same feeling of comfort on the court in the NBA that he had in college at North Carolina. Davis is confident that feeling will eventually come, but he also knows it’s still a long road there. (Toronto Sun)

Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski followed similar paths

Before they became legendary basketball coaches, Dean Smith and Mike Krzyzewski had to withstand harsh criticism. At UNC, Smith was hanged in effigy on campus after a stinging 107-85 loss at Wake Forest in January 1965. Roughly 20 years later, Krzyzewski's second and third seasons at Duke were marked by such opposition that the struggling coach was hounded by a posse of "concerned Iron Dukes." (Raleigh News & Observer)

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