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Sunday Q & A with Raymond Felton

"Over the years, I've become more of an aggressive leader vocally -- speaking out to my teammates and stuff; staying on top of people. But if you stay on top of people, you gotta lead by example, so I've always been big on that. But I've always been a person who played hard, who brings it every night." (New York Post)

Marvin Williams hosts "Flicks & Kicks" holiday event

Atlanta Hawks forward Marvin Williams hosted the fifth annual "Flicks & Kicks" event on Dec. 8 at the AMC Fork & Screen Buckhead 6 movie theater. Williams treated children from the HOPE Atlanta program to a private screening of the animated feature film Megamind and dinner, before passing out gifts, including NIKE shoes. (NBA.com)

Karl joins Larry Brown in the 1,000-NBA win club

Larry Brown is one of Karl’s good pals in basketball. The two North Carolina-bred coaches are now both members of the 1,000-win club. Eleven years older than Karl, Larry Brown was living in Chapel Hill when Karl showed on campus. “He was cocky as (expletive),” Brown said with a smile. “Nothing’s changed.” (Denver Post)

George Karl earns 1,000th win as Nuggets edge Raptors

George Karl found peace and contentment in recording a coaching milestone. Karl earned his 1,000th coaching victory, as Al Harrington scored a season-high 31 points and Nene added 26 to help the Denver Nuggets hold off the Toronto Raptors 123-116 on Friday night. The seventh coach in NBA history with 1,000 wins, Karl also notched his 900th in Toronto, a 114-107 victory on Dec. 31, 2008. (ESPN.com)

Or maybe Rashad McCants isn’t going to China…

The agent for Rashad McCants told the Dallas Mavericks and Texas Legends of the D-League that McCants was leaving for the greener — and by that we mean more money — of China Except, well, you snooze you lose. Liaoning Panpan (the team that had been negotiating with McCants) was unsure if he would make it to the team’s first game on Sunday and instead has signed Donta Smith to a deal. (Pro Basketball Talk)

George Karl’s nuggets of wisdom were learned the hard way

In his coaching youth, George Karl was a basketball version of Billy Martin. He blitzed through stints at Cleveland and Golden State, winning games and bruising egos. Before getting back into the NBA loop, he was exiled to outposts such as Madrid and Albany. But George Karl is a smart guy. He listened and learned. (Boston Globe)

Danny Green turns down offer from Italian team

Danny Green, who seemed close to landing in Italy and signing for Banca Tercas Teramo, has officially turned down the proposal of the team because he wants to try to have another chance in NBA this season. (Sportando)

Video: Felton's game-winner

Raymond Felton's game-winning three-pointer against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night. (YouTube)

Wayne Ellington talks Minnesota struggles and Carolina glory

I’ve heard about the UNC network within the NBA. How tight is that group? "It’s tight man, for sure. I feel like every NBA city you go to, we’ve got somebody there you can connect with on the other team because there’s so many of us in the League. Like in New York, I got Ray (Felton). The other night when we played Cleveland, they had Antawn (Jamison). You check on each other and see how we’re doing." (Dime Magazine)

Brad Daugherty on LeBron, Cleveland, Jordan, UNC and being a NASCAR shot-caller

You were 16 years old when you got to the University of North Carolina, right? "I was. I got off the farm and didn’t wanna go back. (Laughs) It was an eye-opening experience — I wouldn’t wish it on anyone else because socially it’s a tough fit when you’re 16 years old. I learned a lot pretty quick. I turned 17 in October, right before the season. After that I didn’t really think about the age thing." (Dime Magazine)

Raymond Felton proving to be NYC's best QB

On another December night in 2010, Raymond Felton did not look like anyone's idea of a stand-in. The kid who played his high school ball in South Carolina and his college and pro ball in North Carolina hardened his standing as the best quarterback in New York. Felton took 25 points and 11 assists into the final possession of a 110-110 game with the Toronto Raptors. (ESPN.com)

Texas Legends likely to lose Rashad McCants to Far East

It appears that guard Rashad McCants, who has been with the Frisco-based Texas Legends the last couple weeks, will be heading to China. Though details aren't official, the 6-4 guard's agent has told Legends' co-owner Donnie Nelson that the chance to play in China is one that McCants plans to take. "Rashad has an opportunity to play in China and it looks like he'll be taking advantage of that opportunity,'' Nelson said. (Dallas Morning News)

Remembering Jim Valvano

I know that Jimmy Valvano is looking down from heaven, watching a lot of college basketball and smiling. He is probably proud of his friends. After all, this is Jimmy V Week at ESPN. I cannot believe it is almost 17 years since he left us. (ESPN.com)

George Karl on cusp of landmark win No. 1,000

George Karl wants to get this over with and join the exclusive 1,000-win club Tuesday night when the Denver Nuggets visit the Charlotte Bobcats. Not necessarily because it's just a 2 1/2-hour drive down Interstate 85 from Chapel Hill, where he embarked on a life in basketball four decades ago while playing for Dean Smith and the North Carolina Tar Heels. (NBA.com)

Video: Ty Lawson Drains 75-Footer At The Buzzer

With 2.6 seconds left in the third quarter of Friday night's game between the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers, Nuggets guard Ty Lawson received the inbound pass from and launched a 75-footer. The ball soared through the air, bounced off the backboard and fell through the basket at the buzzer. (Huffington Post)

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