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Tyler Hansbrough hungry for return

Q. How close do you feel you are to returning? A. I feel like I'm in good shape. I'm doing more, increasing my workouts, starting to feel better. I feel like I'm coming around. Q. What are you able to do now, and what activity is still restricted? A. Right now I'm doing non-contact, lifting weights, running conditioning, working out with the coaches, individual work. (NBA.com)

Raptors rookie Ed Davis undergoes surgery

The Toronto Raptors announced Monday that first-round draft choice Ed Davis is recovering after surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee. The 13th overall pick in the 2010 draft sustained the injury during a pickup game last Wednesday. Davis will be sidelined for six weeks, according to a team statement. The six-foot-10 forward led UNC in blocks and rebounding during his sophomore season in '09-10. (CBC News)

Jawad Williams agrees to one-year deal to return to Cleveland Cavaliers

Jawad Williams will be staying home. The Cleveland native has decided to accept the Cavaliers' one-year qualifying offer and will sign it this week, agent Kevin Bradbury said. The sides have been in talks for months with Williams hoping to secure a multi-year deal. But the small forward has decided to settle the contract issue in time for training camp, which starts Sept. 28. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Ed Davis suffers knee injury

Toronto Raptors rookie Ed Davis has suffered a knee injury less than two weeks before the start of training camp. Davis suffered damage to his meniscus cartilage in his right knee while playing basketball Wednesday, the Raptors announced Friday, adding the team and Davis are evaluating treatment options. A serious injury would be a blow to a young Raptors squad that lost Chris Bosh in the off-season. (SportsNet.ca)

Hansbrough Helps Fight Against Cancer

Raising money for cancer research and making a kid’s dream come true? All in a day’s work for former UNC star Tyler Hansbrough. Hansbrough was in town Friday night, signing autographs at Performance BMW to benefit the Lineberger Cancer Center and the UNC Cancer Hospital. (WCHL 1360)

Boston Celtics looking at Rashad McCants

Two former college stars are in Waltham, MA this week, working out with the Boston Celtics. Former UNC star Rashad McCants and Gonzaga standout Adam Morrison are in town this week working out for the Celtics. McCants starred on the 2005 Tar Heels team that captured the NCAA title and played with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings. (WEEI.com)

Hawks' Marvin Williams hosts Special Olympics event

When the R-word “retard” is mentioned around the Atlanta Hawks’ Marvin Williams, he cringes as he remembers Special Olympics friends he made through volunteering in his hometown of Bremerton, Washington. In an effort to support SOGA athletes, Williams is hosting the “Strike the R-word” bowling event on September 23. (Examiner.com)

Wiederer: A modern twist on the UNC-State rivalry

Not to worry, UNC fans. Bobby Frasor has always found it easy to be candid with his thoughts, too. The former Tar Heel point guard has never shied away from rolling his eyes at loudmouth, boastful N.C. State backers. People like Julius Hodge, for example. So Frasor quickly delivers his two cents. (Fayetteville Observer)

Antawn Jamison: Last Season "Was Really Difficult”

It was amazing to be in a team which played for the title with one of the best players in the league, because Lebron is really a great player. I arrived in Cleveland and tried to adapt myself, to melt myself in the collective. And then there was the elimination in the playoffs while we were there favorites and we realized that the chemistry was not good in the team. (Hoops Notes)

Tyler Hansbrough still not fully healed

Larry Bird said Tyler Hansbrough still hasn't been cleared to go all out. "When they release him to go, he'll go," Bird said. "I don't know when that's going to happen. I know he's got another meeting with his doctors coming up. "He's in top condition. I don't worry about Tyler as far as being in shape." Hansbrough has been dealing with an inner ear infection/concussion/vertigo since last December. (Indianapolis Star)

New Role for Marvin Williams?

New Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew says he plans to create a new and improved Marvin Williams. Drew said he’s working on ways to make certain that Williams becomes more involved in Atlanta’s offense during the upcoming NBA season. “I think he has been lost in the shuffle a little bit,” Drew told Sporting News Today. “We have had numerous talks this summer about the coming year." (Kitsap Sun)

Nets waive Sean May after power forward suffers stress fracture in foot

Sean May, whose chances of making the Nets were firmly in the slim-or-none category, suffered a stress fracture in his left foot during a workout last week in Chapel Hill and was waived by the team today, just 17 days before the start of training camp. Nets general manager Billy King explained that the team just couldn’t wait on the 25-year-old power forward. (Newark Star-Ledger)

Marvin Williams, Larry Robertson Usher a 'New Life' in West Bremerton

The Marvin Williams Center was Bishop Larry Robertson’s idea, and he has seen enough to know what a positive environment it would provide and how much that could impact the lives of those who need guidance and structure in their lives. Williams, who will soon start his sixth year in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks, knew what it was like to have little and to be classified “at-risk.” (Kitsap Sun)

Cavs waiting for Jawad Williams answer

The Cleveland Cavaliers are playing a waiting game with restricted free agent forward Jawad Williams. They made a $1.03 million qualifying offer to the 6-foot-9, 218-pounder at the end of June. Unless Williams gets a better offer from another team, he'll likely accept the qualifying offer. Cavs general manager Chris Grant is hoping to add Williams to the roster. He could become the starting small forward. (News-Herald)

Dante's Peak

I own a No. 17 jersey worn by Dante Calabria during his preseason stint with the Chicago Bulls in 1997. A precious few can write that sentence. The jersey was a gift from my wife on our wedding day, which arguably ranks among the coolest things ever. And since Calabria recently retired after 13 successful seasons in Europe, it seems an appropriate time to sing his praises. (Order of the Court)

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