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Video: Ty Lawson beats the buzzer from 75 feet out

The coolest thing about Ty Lawson beating the clock with a beyond-three-quarter-court heave is that his Denver Nuggets definitely needed the breathing room. So often, successful conversions on long-range circus shots seem to come in the midst of a blowout. Here, it really mattered in the flow of the game, which was super cool. (Yahoo! Sports)

North Carolina's Basketball Dynasty

[The state of] North Carolina's first claim to basketball fame is Michael Jordan, the kid from Wilmington who went on to attend UNC, win six NBA titles and become one of the planet's most famous athletes. It includes Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who has guided U.S. teams to gold medals at the 2008 Olympics and 2010 World Championships. It has spread more recently to John Wall of the Washington Wizards, who hails from Raleigh. (Wall Street Journal)

Michael Jordan's new $20 million home

Michael Jordan paid $4.8 million for the land and $7.8 to build the mansion, and will likely have a total commitment of $20 million in the property when all is said and done. And while Tiger Woods' property comprises three lots with both ocean and Intracoastal Waterway access, Jordan's has neither, which could compromise its resale value. (See if you can bargain him down!) (Yahoo! Sports)

Ed Davis looking good for Raptors

Ed Davis said he had a few rookie jitters, but they were not readily apparent. The 13th selection of the 2010 NBA Draft finally made his NBA debut on Wednesday night in Toronto’s blowout win over the Washington Wizards. “I was a little nervous at first, it was faster and longer than I thought it was going to be,” Davis said. Davis checked in halfway through the first and made an immediate impression. (Toronto Sun)

Knicks Find Their Franchise Point Guard in Raymond Felton

While they might fast be becoming post-game dinner partners, Raymond Felton and Amare Stoudemire’s connection on the hardwood may also finally be improving. A source of criticism for most of the season, their pick-and-roll bond is now one of the major reasons why the New York Knicks believe they have an even bigger growth spurt to hit this year. (Dime Magazine)

N.C. Sports Hall of Fame inducts Michael Jordan on Dec. 14

The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame announced it will officially induct Michael Jordan on Dec. 14 during halftime of the Charlotte Bobcats game at Time Warner Cable Arena. Jordan, who attended Laney High School and later starred at UNC, was elected into the hall by the board of directors in 1993. At the time, he had retired from professional basketball and started playing professional baseball. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Paul Grier one of the forgotten stars of segregated basketball in North Carolina

Paul Grier says he didn't think much then about chances he missed - until Charlie Scott went to UNC. "That kind of hit my mind," he says. And now there's no way to know how opportunities would have played out. On this day, in this gym, he and Richard Vinroot talk about the best players they've seen - including Charlotte's and UNC's Walter Davis and Bobby Jones, names this basketball state will forever celebrate. (Bellingham Herald)

Raptors’ Ed Davis hungry for real meal

Nobody claims life in the NBA Development League compares to the glitz of the big show. Destinations are often unglamorous. Players sleep in motel rooms, not luxury suites. Even Thanksgiving dinner can be lackluster. “I never thought I’d eat Thanksgiving at IHOP,” Raptors rookie Ed Davis said after spending the last week with the D-League’s Erie Bayhawks. (The Globe and Mail)

Rashad McCants will give his D-League paycheck to charity

The maximum salary in the D-League is $25,500 - well shy of the $2.6 million Rashad McCants earned in his last season in the NBA with Minnesota and Sacramento in 2008-09 - but the source said McCants intends to donate his Austin Legends checks to the Urban Born youth and teen charity foundation. (Yahoo! Sports)

Wait almost over for Raptors' Ed Davis

A week in the D-League was enough for both the Raptors and, we can safely assume, Ed Davis. The No. 13 overall selection in last June’s draft will make his regular-season NBA debut on Wednesday against the Washington Wizards after being recalled from the Erie Bayhawks of the development league. (Toronto Sun)

Book review on "Carolina Basketball: A Century of Excellence"

For a college basketball program with the rich history of the University of North Carolina, it can be a daunting task to tell its story in a comprehensive manner in less than 250 pages. Well, Adam Lucas has done it in the recently-released “Carolina Basketball: A Century of Excellence.” (Gaston Gazette)

Rashad McCants to Join Mavericks D-League

Former NBA lottery pick Rashad McCants arrived in Dallas right around midnight Sunday and will officially join the Dallas Mavericks’ D-League affiliate for his first practice Monday, according to team sources. Barring any snags, McCants is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday when the Nancy Lieberman-coached Texas Legends play their home opener against the Austin Toros. (ESPN.com)

Raymond Felton, Amare Stoudemire show Knicks the way

Raymond Felton would have happily spent yesterday in bed, trying to recover from a stomach bug. Instead, the New York Knicks guard played 53 minutes against the Detroit Pistons and finished with 23 points and 11 assists in New York's 125-116, double-overtime victory at Auburn Hills, Mich. "I'm definitely pretty sick," Felton said. (Philadelphia Daily News)

Jerry Stackhouse on Heat release: 'No complaints'

Jerry Stackhouse appeared in just seven games and logged a mere 50 minutes of court time with the Miami Heat before they released him Tuesday to make roster room for Stack's former Dallas teammate Erick Dampier. Stackhouse -- possessing the Heat's lone non-guaranteed contract after only joining them on Oct. 23 -- says he can accept the reasoning behind Miami's choice. (ESPN.com)

Spurs waive Danny Green after less than a week

The San Antonio Spurs have waived forward Danny Green after less than a week with the team. Green scored six points in two games for the Spurs, whose roster now stands at 12 players. Tuesday's move leaves the Spurs one under the NBA minimum. San Antonio signed Green last Wednesday. The second-year swingman from North Carolina appeared in 20 games for Cleveland last season. (USA Today)

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