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Mack Brown reflects on Dean Smith's words in evaluating tough Longhorns season

The words came from former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith, and Texas coach Mack Brown remembers them well. "He told me a long time ago that you need to remember a few things in your life in coaching in my estimation," Brown recalled. "And one of those things is players win games and coaches lose games. Because they're kids and you need to understand that you take the responsibility." (Austin American-Statesman)

David Glenn Chats With Jeff Lebo

David Glenn recently caught up East Carolina’s new basketball coach, former UNC standout Jeff Lebo, for an interview on Glenn’s afternoon radio show. Lebo’s Pirates play N.C. State tonight. Among the topics they discussed: the biggest changes freshmen face now as opposed to when Lebo came out of high school; the best rivalry Lebo played in when he was at UNC; and his impressions of N.C. State. (ACC Sports Journal)

Tyler Hansbrough, Josh McRoberts growing up fast

Josh McRoberts and Tyler Hansbrough will go through plenty of growing pains this season as they hold down the power forward spot. "I think it's a work in progress," coach Jim O'Brien said. "But I think these two guys will be very, very productive." O'Brien plans to stick with McRoberts and Hansbrough because he wants to see them improve. He also doesn't have anyone else on the bench. (Indianapolis Star)

Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley to join NCAA coverage

Look out, March Madness. Charles Barkley is coming. CBS and Turner executives confirmed Tuesday that the brash Hall of Famer and other big names from TNT’s NBA broadcasts would be part of their joint coverage of the NCAA tournament starting this season. Expect Marv Albert to call some early round games and Barkley and Kenny Smith to offer analysis from the studio under the 14-year, $10.8 billion deal the two companies signed in April. (Associated Press)

San Antonio Spurs sign Danny Green to deal

The Spurs let Alonzo Gee go, which dropped their roster down to 12 players. League rules require a team to carry 13 players. Hello Danny Green. The Spurs have signed the former Tar Heel swingman, according to a tweet from Jeff McDonald of the Express-News. This is really an extended tryout for Green more than anything. He’ll have really good seats for games but will not be playing much at all. (Pro Basketball Talk)

George Karl to keep coaching if healthy

Everybody seems to be talking about where Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony will end up next season. What about coach George Karl? He's in the last year of his contract and is working with a new front office. More importantly, he's still recovering from throat and neck cancer that sidelined him at the end of last season. (ESPN.com)

Buzz Peterson building with Dean Smith's blueprint for success

From time management to team structure, most of what UNCW coach Buzz Peterson does he learned from Dean Smith, the legend he played for at North Carolina, who recruited blue-chip talent and forged those individuals into a championship caliber team as consistently as any college coach in history. The Tar Heels won 115 games and a national championship during Peterson's four years in Chapel Hill. (Wilmington Star News)

Interview: Adam Lucas Reflects on a Century of Tar Heel Basketball

In the definitive centennial history of the University of North Carolina men’s basketball team, Lucas chronicles the coaches, players, venues, rivalries, challenges, and triumphs that have defined the program through its first 100 years. In this interview, he reflects on the past, present, and future of one of the most storied programs in the history of the game. (UNC Press Blog)

Latest on Rashad McCants

The Mavericks' D-League affiliate in nearby Frisco has begun two-a-day practices, but Rashad McCants is not the only absentee of stature. Legends officials, though, continue to keep the door open for the enigmatic shooting guard, knowing that McCants has to play for them if he plays in the D-League this season and still convinced he'll ultimately report to Frisco if he continues to be shunned by NBA teams. (ESPN.com)

Book looks at UNC hoops

Of the manifold books on the University of North Carolina basketball that have emerged between the retirement of former head coach Dean Smith and the return home of current head coach Roy Williams, "Carolina Basketball" is easily the best, a wide-ranging, comprehensive history that takes its journalism seriously. (Charleston Post & Courier)

Deon Thompson earns Player of the Week award

22-year old forward Deon Thompson put on an amazing game in the last round for Ikaros Kallitheas and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3. He had the game-high 18 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Ikaros in his team's victory, helping them to beat Marousi (2-1) 83-75. (EuroBasket.com)

Pat Sullivan personified Dean Smith's ideals

Pat Sullivan played 118 games for the Tar Heels and appeared in three Final Fours, with the historical record noting that he scored 478 points, grabbed 223 rebounds and dished 120 assists. But beyond statistics, Sullivan seemed to personify the unselfish ideals of coach Dean Smith. (Order of the Court)

Appalachian State coach Jason Capel quite capable in his new job

Jason Capel is young enough to have played for UNC when the Tar Heels faced Appalachian State 10 years ago in the first game played at the Mountaineers' arena. He grudgingly gave up his playing career less than four years ago when a bad back made the decision for him. After a stint as a television analyst, Capel joined coach Buzz Peterson's Appalachian State staff last season. Now it's his team and his program. (Charlotte Observer)

Review of 'Celebration of a Century' book

Several things come to mind when North Carolina is mentioned. Among these are, in no particular order, barbecue, Billy Graham, Andy Griffith, NASCAR and Carolina basketball. With a Foreword by Dean Smith -- 36 years as head coach -- and an Afterword by Roy Williams, Adam Lucas' sixth book on basketball at Carolina will have no trouble getting off bookseller's shelves. (Statesville Record & Landmark)

Orlando Melendez adds a new country to Globetrotters' resume

During his [UNC] campus visit, Orlando Melendez played some pickup games with several Tar Heels, including Antawn Jamison and Vince Carter. They heard "El Gato" could jump a little bit, so Carter issued a challenge. "Orlando goes first, and throws down some monster dunk, I don't even know what he did," Church says. "And Vince just walked off the floor and said, 'You win.'" (ESPN.com)

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