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Peterson to be Bobcats' director of player personnel

| Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Buzz Peterson resigned Tuesday as coach at Coastal Carolina to become director of player personnel for the Charlotte Bobcats. Michael Jordan, Peterson's former college roommate and teammate at North Carolina, is part-owner of the Bobcats and has final say on all basketball decisions. Peterson was 35-25 in two seasons with the Chanticleers, who hired him after he was fired as Tennessee's coach in 2005.

• Former Duke star Josh McRoberts has signed with an agent and is staying in the NBA draft.

• Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith was released from the hospital after a weekend crash claimed the life of a friend. Smith was "devastated by the loss of his good friend," the Nuggets said yesterday. Andre Bell, 21, of East Orange, N.J., died Monday at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, where he and Smith were taken after the crash Saturday in Millstone.

• Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, 61, had replacement surgery on his left hip yesterday, eight months after his right one was replaced.

• Rick Carlisle told the Indiana Pacers he will not return as the team's executive vice president. Carlisle was fired in April after four tumultuous years as Indiana's coach. The team offered him the option of returning as vice president.


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