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Pacers coach keeps Tyler Hansbrough sitting on bench

Indiana Pacers power forward Tyler Hansbrough returns tonight to the state where he became a college basketball legend. But there is no guarantee fans who make the three-hour drive from Chapel Hill to Charlotte will see the former UNC All-American play against the Bobcats. Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said he is not planning to alter his player rotation until Hansbrough improves offensively. (Indianapolis Star)

George Karl talks long-term desire to coach Nuggets, returning from cancer

"In my career, I hope there’s a second 5-6 years to the Denver Nuggets. We’ve had a good run. And I don’t know how many years I want to coach, but the stress of the job, I’ve learned to filter it out a lot better than I did 10 years ago. Some of that is because of my family, and I have situations where teaching life to the people (close to) me is more important than teaching basketball." (Denver Post)

Speedy Lawson gives Nuggets turbo boost off the bench

As one of the league’s quickest guards, Lawson is determined to make people take notice in 2010-11. Despite shooting a solid .410 from three-point range, he altered the release point of his jump shot during the offseason and should once again pose a matchup nightmare for opponents as they try to contain him on the perimeter. (Nuggets.com)

Derrick Phelps Named Men's Basketball Video Coordinator at Fordham University

Fordham University head men's basketball coach Tom Pecora named Derrick Phelps the team's video coordinator it was announced today. "We're excited about adding a native New Yorker with such an impressive basketball pedigree as Derrick Phelps," said Pecora. Phelps, a Queens native, joins the Fordham staff after playing professionally overseas for the past 12 years. (Fordham Sports)

Ed Davis eager to get in the game

In the moments after the Toronto Raptors selected him 13th overall in June’s NBA draft, Ed Davis was asked what he knew about the city. “My favourite player, Chris Bosh, plays there,” he said. But Davis will not get a chance to play with Bosh, now a member of the Miami Heat, this season, “I would have loved to learn from Chris Bosh, but he went his way and I’m here,” Davis said. (National Post)

Michael Jordan writes to you about his Bobcats

Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan published sort of a state of the Bobcats address on Sunday. He took out a full page of advertising on page C5 in the Charlotte Observer to write an open letter to the fans. In it Jordan lays out his philosophy and vision for the franchise: Win as one. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Jerry Stackhouse ready to play

The Miami Heat was interested in putting Jerry Stackhouse to work. Stackhouse, who had longed to play for the Heat since the summer, said he wasn't just ready to play -- but play for free. "I would have told him that I probably would have came for free if he asked me,'' Stackhouse said on Sunday, his first full day with his new team. "I'm just glad he didn't.'' (Miami Herald)

Heat sign Jerry Stackhouse

Once denied a championship by Miami, Jerry Stackhouse is resuming his chase of a title with the Heat. Stackhouse joined the Heat on Saturday, one day after the NBA championship hopefuls learned that they'll be without injured swingman Mike Miller until possibly January. Stackhouse, who turns 36 next month, averaged 8.5 points in 42 games as a reserve with the Milwaukee Bucks last season. (ESPN.com)

Jerry Stackhouse could sign with Miami Heat

Veteran guard Jerry Stackhouse was on a 10 p.m. flight from Atlanta to Miami on Friday, a strong signal that the Heat is considering signing the 35-year-old to make up for the loss of injured swingman Mike Miller. Stackhouse attended the Heat's road game against the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday, and ESPN's Chris Broussard reported Friday that Stackhouse worked out for the Heat while the team was in Atlanta. (Miami Herald)

Rashad McCants Weighs Options After Being Cut by Mavericks

When Rashad McCants again burst back onto the NBA's radar earlier this week, this time with a make-good preseason contract from the Dallas Mavericks, everyone hoped that this was the opportunity that was needed to put his sordid NBA past behind him. Unfortunately for the former Tar Heel, the Mavericks waived McCants almost as soon as they signed him. (AOL FanHouse)

Michael Jordan not thinking about milestone NBA ownership

Michael Jordan has had little time to consider the significance of being the first ex-player to buy an NBA team and just the second black majority owner. The realities of what he’s taken on with the Charlotte Bobcats, on and off the court, have given him little time to reflect in what he calls his “shot of a lifetime.” (WRAL Sports Fan)

Mavericks tab Rashad McCants for their D-League affiliate

Rashad McCants and Sean Williams are both NBA-caliber talent, but have slipped out of the league based on issues that have less to do with basketball skill and more with their work ethic, focus, and off-court behavior. The latter applies far more to Williams than to McCants, but Rashad nonetheless battles a bit of a trouble-making reputation. (NBC Sports)

Raps' Ed Davis itching to get back playing

Ed Davis can see the light at the end of the tunnel. But it’s still another 10 days before the Raptors No. 13 overall selection in last year’s draft can engage in any contact drills and at least another two weeks (and that is Davis’ best-case scenario, not the team’s) after that before he could get into a game. For this 21-year-old, the past five weeks have been one huge exercise in frustration. (Toronto Sun)

Nuggets exercise third-year option on Ty Lawson

The Denver Nuggets have exercised the third-year option on point guard Ty Lawson for 2011-12, team Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri announced today. Lawson established himself as one of the NBA’s top rookies in 2009-10, averaging 8.3 points and 3.1 assists in 65 games while serving as the primary backup to veteran Chauncey Billups. (NBA.com)

For Sale: Michael Jordan's $430,000 Mercedes McLaren

Michael Jordan bought a 2007 Mercedes McLaren SLR 722? That's one of the best cars ever made. Nice move, M.J. So, the McLaren can be yours for $430,000, which is a little dear for that brand even if the wheels were spun for fewer than a thousand miles (considering it cost around $475,000 new). The sellers are clearly factoring in the whole "Michael Jordan owned this car" addition. (Yahoo! Sports)

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