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Wes Miller ready to face Krzyzewski, Duke from another point of view

Wes Miller, who played in Chapel Hill from 2004-07,and Jack Wooten, who was a walk-on from 2007-09, jokingly said they were the last two Tar Heels standing between Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski passing former UNC coach Dean Smith on the career wins list. Krzyzewski has a chance to pass the legendary UNC coach when Duke faces winless UNC Greensboro and assistant coach Miller today at the Greensboro Coliseum (7 p.m., ESPNU). (Durham Herald-Sun)

Barry Jacobs On K And Dean

Regardless of who was on the sidelines, you can bet that, even now, Smith, like Krzyzewski, would stress that wins belong to players and teams, not coaches. “I really don’t like this business of counting coaches’ victories,” Smith said after UNC recorded the 700th win of his tenure in January 1991. “How can you say the coach won the game, anyway? It was all the players I’ve had the privilege to coach who won the games.” Smith was consistent in that message, as in many things. (Duke Basketball Report)

Cleveland Cavaliers Waive Jawad Williams

The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived forward Jawad Williams, Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced today. Williams averaged 4.0 points on.325 shooting and 1.8 rebounds in 15.0 minutes per game in 26 games (one start) this season. In three seasons (all with the Cavaliers), he had career averages of 3.8 points on .369 shooting and 1.5 rebounds in 90 games (seven starts). (NBA.com)

Raymond Felton Brings Back the New York Point Guard

Raymond Felton grew up in South Carolina, went to UNC and spent the first five years of his career playing for the Charlotte Bobcats. All of that information leads to only one question, when did the Carolinas become part of New York City? We ask the question because watching Felton for the first 30 games of his Knicks career has made it impossible to believe that he hasn't been playing the point in our fair city since the dawn of time. (NBC New York)

Larry Brown didn't leave, he was fired

Larry Brown didn't exactly see eye to eye with Michael Jordan on some of his off-season moves with the Bobcats. Brown's season was doomed before the season even started when the Bobcats let one key component walk away in free agency. Brown said he "died" the day they failed to sign Raymond Felton to long-term deal, saying his roster got worse as the rest of the Eastern Conference improved. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Would Ol’ Roy be interested in the Bobcats’ job?

Larry Brown stepped down as coach of the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday. Now the question is who will team owner Michael Jordan hire to replace him? Does that open the door for Michael to make a play for another former Tar Heel? Someone like, say, current UNC coach Roy Williams? Don’t laugh. Hiring Williams would certainly generate interest and sell some tickets. (Wilmington Star News)

New books feature history of UNC, NC State basketball

Just in time for Christmas and college basketball season, two books are available that chronicle the rich history of ACC basketball from the specific perspectives of North Carolina and N.C. State. “What It Means To Be a Tar Heel” and “N.C. State Basketball: 100 Years of Innovation” provide historical strolls down Tobacco Road, and each book includes a foreword by the school's current head coach. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

Phoenix could be haven for Vince Carter

To explain why Phoenix could be the best of all havens for Vince Carter, and why his arrival may yet turn into a gain for the Suns, understand first of all that coach Alvin Gentry wasn't exaggerating last month when he made the following case to me. (Sports Illustrated)

Marvin Williams not happy with bench role

Hawks forward Marvin Williams was back in the starting lineup Wednesday. It is a spot he'd far more prefer than his station Monday, when he came off the bench in the Hawks' win over Orlando. "I'll be honest with you," Williams said. "I didn't like it, but I have to live with it." Williams has been a mainstay in the Hawks' starting five since his second season, 2006-2007. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Larry Brown Steps Down as Head Coach of Charlotte Bobcats

Charlotte Bobcats Chairman and CEO Michael Jordan announced today that Larry Brown is stepping down as head coach of the team, effective immediately. "I met with Coach Brown two weeks ago about the team’s performance and what we could do to improve it. We met again this morning after practice. The team has clearly not lived up to either of our expectations and we both agreed that a change was necessary," Jordan said. (NBA.com)

Raymond Felton Gives Knicks a Point of Comparison

Raymond Felton is clearly a giver, as his nine assists a game attest. His assist and scoring average (18.4 points) are career highs, even when accounting for the Knicks’ higher pace. After Amar’e Stoudemire, no other player has been as critical to the team’s resurgence. (New York Times)

Donnie Walsh, the real MVP of the Knicks turnaround, deserves chance to finish what he started

The real MVP of the Knicks' season wasn't in the house on Wednesday night, the best basketball night at Madison Square Garden in 10 years. Donnie Walsh, the old New York City basketball guy who came home to clean up Isiah Thomas' mess at the Garden, is still recovering from hip surgery, the latest in a series of physical maladies for him, still needs a walker to get around when he attends Knicks' practices up in Greenburgh, N.Y. (New York Daily News)

Mike Krzyzewski ties Dean Smith at 879 career wins

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski reached 879 career victories Monday night by building a program, not just a team. Much like former North Carolina coach Dean Smith – whose mark Krzyzewski tied with the top-ranked Blue Devils’ 98-72 victory over Elon at Cameron Indoor Stadium. And whose record he could surpass as quickly as Dec. 29, vs. UNC Greensboro. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Photo: Raymond Felton and Spike Lee

New York Knicks' Raymond Felton (L) winks at film director Spike Lee (R) as Lee points to him after Felton made a three-point basket at the buzzer at the end of the first half against the Boston Celtics during their NBA basketball game in New York, December 15, 2010. (Reuters)

Nuggets' Ty Lawson playing like a starter

George Karl said Ty Lawson could start for many NBA teams right now. Well, last week he started for Karl's team and looked like a guy who could start not just for many teams, but any team. With Chauncey Billups injured, the second-year point guard led Denver to wins against Orlando and Minnesota. (Denver Post)

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