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Cavaliers' roster coming into focus

Halfway through training camp, the Cavaliers' roster is beginning to take shape. Truth is, most of the 15 spots are already filled, except maybe for an interesting battle brewing near the bottom of the roster between Danny Green and Manny Harris. Here is a player-by-player account of the Cavaliers with two weeks left before the start of the season. (Kansas City Star)

Larry Brown prodding Gerald Henderson is not about school colors

I guess everything is about your frame of reference. If you believe water is combustible, then the Atlantic Ocean is an endless inferno. So, considering how much blind hate there is between fans of North Carolina and Duke, how surprised can I be that some of you mistook Larry Brown's comments on Gerald Henderson as Blue Devil-bashing. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Felton Finding His Fit With Stoudemire

Of all the hellos the Knicks have said this preseason in familiarizing themselves with one another, one of the most important new relationships on the team originated nearly a decade ago. As high school players, forward Amar’e Stoudemire and point guard Raymond Felton occasionally crossed A.A.U. and summer-camp paths, sometimes playing together. They now have the chance to perform full time as teammates. (New York Times)

After challenging first year, Pistons coach John Kuester ready to improve

Coach Brown was really my mentor because I was with him for seven years. I saw him mold teams — to taking a team to a championship, to taking diverse-type players and getting the maximum out of them. To taking the team here like we had in ‘04 and having them believe they can win a championship. (Detroit News)

Hansbrough back, but Pacers fall

Tyler Hansbrough's final stat line doesn't mean anything. It was his presence going up and down the court during a game that had people excited Friday night at Conseco Fieldhouse. Hansbrough appeared in his first game of any kind in nine months, coming off the bench for 19 minutes in the Indiana Pacers' 93-86 preseason loss to the Orlando Magic. "It felt good," Hansbrough said. (Indianapolis Star)

NBA2K11 introduces the real Michael Jordan

Standing in the tunnel at Chicago Stadium, Michael Jordan looks back and asks, "Are you ready?" With those three words, "NBA2K11" kicks off a frenzy of basketball action, awesome graphics and new modes of play that bring "His Airness" to life. And, yes. That's his real voice. "My kids were always asking me, 'Why are you not in the video games?' and I never really gave it a thought until now," Jordan said. (CNN)

Michael Jordan surprises students at Village Christian Academy

Students at Village Christian Academy on Wednesday got an unexpected lesson in the importance of education from basketball legend Michael Jordan. High School Principal William Warren said the visit was kept secret so it would be a surprise for students. Jordan's niece and nephew are students at the academy. (Fayetteville Observer)

Brandan Wright looking to shake recent history of injury

Brandan Wright, starting for the white team in Wednesday's open-to-the-public practice, took a pass in the paint with his back to the basket. With one dribble, he turned toward the middle and jumped, stretching over the reach of defenders Andris Biedrins and David Lee, easily dropping in a left-handed hook. It was a move that jogged a memory. (San Jose Mercury News)

Vince Carter has lean, hungry look

While Dwight Howard certainly opened eyes with his expanded game — get back to me when he fires jumpers in the regular season — it was an old dog’s tricks that impressed me. Vince Carter looked engaged, in shape and showed flashes of the all-star form so critical to the Magic in their preseason opening win over Houston Tuesday night. (Orlando Sentinel)

Jawad Williams feels prepared for any situation

Jawad Williams waited nearly two years before ever really playing for the Cavaliers. Another couple of days certainly won't hurt. Williams didn't enter the preseason victory over the Charlotte Bobcats until the fourth quarter Tuesday, when he played all 12 minutes. He is part of four players expected to see extended minutes tonight in the second preseason game against the Washington Wizards. (Akron Beacon Journal)

Antawn Jamison has no regrets after Cavaliers' tumultuous offseason

Antawn Jamison looks forward to being part of a new era that starts tonight when the Cavs host Charlotte in their first preseason game. “I guess it’s a sigh of relief where I can sit back and say at least I had a chance to compete for a championship. I can’t make any more excuses. I had the best player in the game. I had a Hall of Famer. It’s just so unfortunate that I was only able to experience it for a couple of months." (Canton Repository)

Hansbrough said he would be brought along slowly

It appears the tweets and story about Tyler Hansbrough still not scrimmaging 5-on-5 at the end of practices got some fans worried. That wasn’t anything new. Hansbrough said last week that he wasn’t scrimmaging 5-on-5 full-court. Here’s his quote from the Sept. 29 paper. “They just didn’t want me to go all out,” he said. “They want to gradually bring me back in.” (Indianapolis Star)

Tyler Hansbrough falls behind

The Indiana Pacers had an injury-free first week of training camp. But fans might want to place an asterisk next to Tyler Hansbrough's name. He practiced, but it came with limitations. The vertigo-plagued power forward did not take part in the daily five-on-five scrimmages. Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said Hansbrough falls further behind the longer he's held out of scrimmages. (Indianapolis Star)

Felton hopes to add little bit of everything to Knicks

Whether she knew it or not, Raymond Felton’s mother saw her son developing into a future point guard. “My mom told me a long time ago: ‘Son, you’re not a follower, you’re a leader,’” Felton said. “I kind of took that to my brain and really took that personally. I’m never going to be a follower, I’m always going to be a leader. I’m not going to lead anybody in the wrong direction, I’m going to lead them in the right direction.” (The Hoops News)

Little big man

Nuggets guard Ty Lawson, listed at 5-11, is known for his speedy offense and, as they say only in sports, his "escapability." But Karl is also pleased with the reserve's abilities on the other end. "Other than being small, he's a pretty darn good defensive player," Karl said. "He does get shot over some. But his instincts on the defensive end of the court? He's one of our top three, four players defensively." (Denver Post)

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