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Rating Dean The Best

I did not mind the well-deserved accolades for Mike Krzyzewski after he set the new victory record for Division 1 basketball coaches. What gave me a slow burn is how Dean Smith was left outside the three-point line by certain “analysts” comparing the greatest coaches of all-time. (Chapelboro.com)

James Worthy credits his parents for steering him toward greatness

Events like the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame induction celebration make James Worthy feel proud, fortunate, and reflective, too. So as the former North Carolina forward approached the podium for a pre-induction news conference Sunday at the College Basketball Experience, Worthy figured he should give credit to the people that helped them along the way. (Kansas City Star)

Donald Williams featured on new mural in his hometown

Williams, who moved back to Garner two years ago, attended Friday's event. Even though he went on to play in college and overseas, Williams said his high school always meant a lot to him. "Everywhere I played, I always tried to represent Garner," Williams said. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Bobby Frasor discusses his experience playing overseas, decision to join UNC staff

Bobby Frasor never imagined it’d be so easy to walk away and end his basketball playing career. Following two memorable seasons overseas -- one being the good sort of memorable and the other the bad sort -- Frasor decided to retire from playing and begin pursing a coaching career. (ESPN.com)

Nuggets coach, cancer survivor George Karl spends time during lockout in fight against cancer

With no basketball to coach, George Karl is tending to his other passion in life: fighting cancer, a disease he’s beaten twice. The Denver Nuggets coach lent his voice Tuesday to the American Cancer Society and Quest Diagnostics, which are teaming up on a nationwide cancer prevention study. It aims to follow 300,000 people for 20 to 30 years to see how genetics, lifestyle and the environment affect cancer risk. (Associated Press)

President Obama to host exhibition game featuring former Tar Heels

President Obama hasn’t hid his desire for the NBA lockout to end, but he is taking advantage of the league’s work stoppage by luring some of the game’s top stars to participate in a fundraising game on Dec. 12 in the District. Confirmed former UNC players include Antawn Jamison, Vince Carter, Jerry Stackhouse, as well as Tyler Hansbrough. (Washington Post)

Roy Williams adds Bobby Frasor, Jackie Manuel to UNC basketball staff

North Carolina coach Roy Williams has added Bobby Frasor and Jackie Manuel, who won national championships as players for the Tar Heels, to the basketball staff. Frasor, a member of the 2009 championship team, will serve as assistant video coordinator. Manuel, who played on the 2005 title team, will serve as assistant strength and conditioning coordinator. Both are six-month appointments that run until May 15. (Fayetteville Observer)

Jacobs: K’s Record Evokes Memories Of Dean

That 1997 season, North Carolina’s Dean Smith achieved his 877th win, passing Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp to break a longstanding career record for coaching victories. Both Smith and Rupp had played at Kansas for Forrest “Phog” Allen, who died in 1974. Smith paid unemotional tribute to Allen after tying his former coach in career wins at 746 during the 1993 season, which ended with the UNC coach’s second NCAA championship. (ACC Sports Journal)

Marvin Williams waiting out the NBA lockout

Since the lockout precluded him access to the Hawks' medical staff or equipment, he went back to Chapel Hill, N.C., to rehab at North Carolina. He was cleared to play in early September. It was rough getting back in shape as he played several times a day. "I couldn't breathe," he said. Now that he's healthy, and not walking bent over, people think he's grown, Marvin Sr. said. (Kitsap Sun)

Lucas: First Visit For Okulaja

Sunday's game at UNC-Asheville was notable for more than just the 91-75 Tar Heel victory. Ademola Okulaja was in the stands behind the Carolina bench, watching his first UNC game live since he graduated in 1999. After Carolina, Okulaja had a decade-long professional career in Europe. He retired in the summer of 2010. Okulaja's extensive playing experience kept him away from Chapel Hill during past seasons. (Tar Heel Blue)

Video: Coach K discusses impact of Dean Smith

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski sits down with Jeff Gravley in the third of a three part series to discuss the impact of rival coach and friend Dean Smith. (Rivals.com)

Sailors, hoopsters mix aboard USS Carl Vinson

A handful of former North Carolina stars were walking to their seats when a sailor stopped one of them and said, `'Tyler Hansbrough?!"It was indeed. And there was Vince Carter and Bobby Frasor, getting mobbed for autographs by sailors and Marines waiting for the game. (Associated Press)

Troops and hoops for Obama, on a Navy warship

The president's patriotic message to the military crowd, while welcomed, was secondary to the scene itself. The players from two storied basketball programs, No. 1 North Carolina and Michigan State, competed aboard the USS Carl Vinson in the open air, in the dusk of a perfect San Diego evening. Basketball star power was on hand in the form of Magic Johnson and James Worthy. (Yahoo!)

The implausible attempt to rank UNC’s point guards

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the greatest point guard of them all? That’s a popular question in Chapel Hill, where the Tar Heels go through elite point guards like Twitter goes through hashtags. It started with the Dean Smith era and has continued under Roy Williams. In order for the secondary break to be effective, the point guard has to be able to advance the ball from end to end at breakneck speed. (Hoop Speak)

Duke-UNC alumni game postponed

The "Kings of the Hill" game, scheduled to pit North Carolina alums vs. Duke alums next Thursday at N.C. Central for charity (and bragging rights), has been postponed. Matthew Moyer, head of basketball operations for Kentucky-based Bleid Sports, said the game will be rescheduled. He did not give any details about why, or when it might be played in the future. (ESPN.com)

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