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Monmouth coach King Rice finds sobriety and redemption

Alcoholism doesn’t just run in ’s family, it has consumed it — his mother, sister, and two of his half-brothers suffer from the disease. Yet Rice didn’t use any of the traditional treatments — no Alcoholics Anonymous, no 12 steps, no detox, no therapy. He just quit, cold turkey. “Basically, I got tired of people saying I was a (jerk),” Rice said. (Newark Star-Ledger)

J.R. Reid interested in community college coaching job

, a former All-American basketball player at UNC and an 11-year NBA veteran, is exploring an opportunity to join the men’s basketball coaching staff at Patrick Henry Community College. Reid, who played at UNC before being selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the fifth overall pick in the 1989 NBA Draft, attended Saturday’s game between PHCC and Wytheville Community College at Stone Hall. (Martinsville Bulletin)

Former Tar Heels, Devils to clash at NCCU

Some of the top players Duke and North Carolina have sent to the NBA will get a chance to clash on the Triangle hardwood again this month. Kentucky-based Bleid Sports, which also is producing a high school basketball event in Durham in December, has organized the Kings of Tobacco Road alumni game on Nov. 17 at N.C. Central. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Duke vs UNC Alumni Game officially scheduled

The first annual Kings of Tobacco Road game which pits Duke and UNC alumni against one another will take place on November 17th at 8:30 PM. The game will be played at McDougald Gym on the campus of N.C. Central University. The UNC roster features , , , Antawn Jameson, , and Donald and . (Blue Devil Nation)

UCF sidelines Michael Jordan's sons

University of Central Florida guards Marcus Jordan and Jeff Jordan, the sons of , were among five players held out of Saturday's exhibition game. Junior Marcus Jordan, the team's leading scorer, was suspended with two other players for violations of team rules. Senior Jeff Jordan was withheld pending resolution of NCAA eligibility matters. (

Carolina’s Greatest Players of the ACC Era: The Top 10

As a methodological reminder, Hansbrough’s selection at #1 doesn’t (necessarily) mean he’d be my first pick for a single game or that he had the highest peak value of any Tar Heel or that he’s the most talented player in the history of the program. In a must-win game, I’d (probably) choose a peak-value Worthy, Lawson, Jordan, Ford, or May over “Psycho T.” (Tobacco Road Blues)

Carolina’s Greatest Players of the ACC Era: 20-11

’s incredible 2009 campaign is quite simply one of the best by a point guard in the history of the ACC. On the surface, his per-game numbers of 16.6 PPG and 6.6 APG look good if not extraordinary. (Tobacco Road Blues)

James Worthy To Be Inducted In College Hoops Hall of Fame

North Carolina's headlines the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame induction class of 2011, the organization announced in November. Joining Worthy for enshrinement will be former ACC rival Ralph Sampson of Virginia, along with coaches Bob Knight and , players Cazzie Russell and Chris Mullin and contributors Joe Vancisin and Eddie Einhorn. (Tar Heel Blue)

Danny Green adapting to European style of basketball

Once the NBA lockout was announced, decided to take his talents overseas and play for KK Union Olimpija in Slovenia. And as Green waits for the lockout to be over and return stateside, (and perhaps return to the San Antonio Spurs) adapting to a new style of basketball has had its challenges. (Project Spurs)

Michael Jordan out as Presidents Cup assistant captain

NBA labor issues will keep from going to Australia to be an assistant captain for the U.S. team at the Presidents Cup. Fred Couples brought Jordan along to the last Presidents Cup in San Francisco, and signed him up again for the Nov. 17-20 matches at Royal Melbourne. The Chicago Bulls great was to be an assistant captain with Jay Haas. (PGA Tour)

Carolina’s Greatest Players of the ACC Era: 30-21

In his first year on the varsity in 1958, a sophomore Shaffer averaged 11.0 PPG, 6.1 RPG, and shot 74.1% from the line. Those numbers improved across the board in each of the next two seasons (13.2/7.1/77.1, 18.2/11.2/78.6), culminating in ACC Player of the Year and 1st-team All-American honors in ’60. (Tobacco Road Blues)

Wear, oh Wear, have those tall twins gone?

Missing the Wear twins, Tar Heel fans? Well, they’re back -- playing for UCLA, after sitting out an NCAA-mandated season after transferring from UNC. In the afterword to his autobiography released last month, "Hard Work," continued to take the high road when it comes to the twins, although it's pretty obvious he still continues to be surprised by their choice. (

Sources: NBDL's Texas Legends hiring Sam Perkins

The NBDL’s Texas Legends are adding more well known names to the organization’s basketball staff. Sources with knowledge of the moves told that the D-League franchise will this week hire former Mavericks forward as a big-man coach and Basketball Hall of Famer Marques Haynes of the Harlem Globetrotters as a front-office adviser. (

Michael Jordan: Before the legend

went on the record and said Five-Star "changed how I felt about basketball and my future. It was the turning point of my life." Before becoming the G.O.A.T., Jordan burst into the national consciousness during the summer of '80 at Five-Star Basketball Camp. He was a rising senior at the time. Largely undiscovered. One week at Five-Star changed that forever. (Five-Star Basketball)

"Voice of the Tar Heels" conjures memories with Belmont trip

will resume a relationship with Gaston County next week that has long roots. They include his connection to two of biggest names in UNC’s storied athletic history – Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice and – and his brief childhood stay in Mount Holly. The 40-year “Voice of the Tar Heels,” Durham is the featured speaker for the 25th annual Belmont Sports Hall of Fame. (Gaston Gazette)
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