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Ty Lawson dishes on playing time, Nuggets offseason hoopla

Ever wanted to ask a sports personality a question? Now's your chance. They will answer readers' questions in The Denver Post's "Fan Mail" feature. In this installment, Ty Lawson, the Nuggets' speedy second-year point guard, dishes his thoughts about increased playing time, his beloved North Carolina Tar Heels and the hoopla surrounding this year's Nuggets. (Denver Post)

Dean Smith takes in second Bobcats practice

Dean Smith was a popular man on Thursday. From his seat on the floor at mid-court, the former UNC coach took turns watching the Charlotte Bobcats practice and chatting with numerous old friends as a special guest of coach Larry Brown. It was the second straight day the 79-year-old Smith took in a training camp workout. "It's great," said Brown, who had dinner with Smith Wednesday night. "It's great seeing him." (ESPN.com)

Dean Smith visits Bobcats practice

Hall of Fame coach Dean Smith has showed up at Charlotte Bobcats training camp in one of his first public appearances since details emerged that he's experiencing some memory loss. The 79-year-old former UNC coach wore a Tar Heel blue jacket and was accompanied by his son Wednesday night. Smith moved slowly but steady around the floor after the workout as players and coaches greeted him. Smith didn't speak to reporters. (ESPN.com)

Pacers' Tyler Hansbrough healthy, ready to go

Tyler Hansbrough entered the NBA with much to prove after the Pacers took him in the first round of the 2009 draft. The 6-foot-9, 250-pound power forward was dominant at UNC, but he knew some critics questioned whether he had the size or the athletic ability to make it in the NBA. Medical issues prevented him from showing much in Indiana. Now, he has been cleared for contact and is been practicing with the Pacers during training camp. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Cavs’ small forwards facing huge task: How to replace LeBron

The candidates are Joey Graham, Jamario Moon and Jawad Williams. That’s not exactly a list of who’s who among NBA small forwards, but one of those players is almost certain to replace LeBron James in the Cavaliers’ starting lineup. “I expect it to be a battle,” new coach Byron Scott said Tuesday following the team’s first practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts. (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram)

Marvin Williams is a rare one-and-done working for his degree

At a time when we're quick to attack college basketball's one-and-done system for turning education into a necessary evil, we should also give credit to a player who is bucking that stereotype. Marvin Williams, the Atlanta Hawks forward who turned pro in 2005 after just one season at North Carolina, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution over the weekend that he's now only three summers from earning his college diploma. (Rivals.com)

Danny Green on his second year in the NBA - Cavaliers media day

Cavaliers guard Danny Green talks about getting the opportunity to play and the adjustment of playing without LeBron James in his second year in the NBA in this video from Cavs Media Day earlier this afternoon. (Cleveland.com)

Atlanta Hawks: What about Marvin?

The Atlanta Hawks are pinning much of their hopes for Marvin Williams’ improvement on Larry Drew’s new offense. Marvin is, too. “That always sounds good to a player,” Marvin said. “You always want to be involved. Last year my production went down. Hopefully with this new offense guys will get looks on a more consistent basis and they will be better looks." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Wayne Ellington getting work at the point

Wayne Ellington showed versatility playing shooting guard and small forward last season for the Timberwolves. Now you can now add another position to his repertoire. Ellington, 23, revealed Friday during the Timberwolves.com media day live stream that he has been working on playing point guard. According to Ellington, he received offensive play calls from coach Kurt Rambis this summer. (Minnesota Sports Zone)

Tyler Hansbrough cleared to take part in Pacers training camp

Power forward Tyler Hansbrough has been given a doctor’s clearance to take part in contact drills after dealing with vertigo since late last December. He had been limited to non-contact drills since early July. (Indianapolis Star)

Rebirth of the Cool

“Cool” is a very fluid adjective for an individual. It’s hard to describe, but easy to pinpoint. Either someone’s cool. Or they’re not. Jawad Williams is cool. There’s no mistaking it. He carries himself with a quiet intensity – on the court and off. His words are measured. He’s thoughtful. And although he’s also a very modest man, even he has to admit that he’s the team’s best-dressed dude. (NBA.com)

Look for Rashad McCants to get a camp invite

Rashad McCants has a couple things to prove if he is going to make it back in the league, even at the end of the bench. We know he can score, although he'd have to shoot a higher percentage to really get some run. But more than that he has to prove that he is not going to be a problem off the court. He also has to move the ball and not zone out on defense on the court. (NBC Sports)

Tyler Hansbrough to meet with doctor today

Forward Tyler Hansbrough will visit with his doctor today to see if he can be cleared to take part in contact drills. Hansbrough has been dealing with an inner ear infection/concussion/vertigo for nearly nine months. "It would be disappointing (if I wasn't cleared), but at the same time, I feel like I'm right around the corner," he said. (scroll down) (Indianapolis Star)

Summer Q&A: Raymond Felton

Over the course of the summer, nyknicks.com will sit down with members of the team, coaching staff, front office and others to discuss the eagerly anticipated 2010-11 campaign. We recently caught up with Raymond Felton to learn more about the new Knick floor general. (NYKnicks.com)

Video: Ty Lawson dribbling display

Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson shows off his skills. (Nuggets.com)

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