* The misdemeanor drug charge against Portland Trail Blazer Rasheed Wallace has finally been adjudicated. Associated Press reported last week that Wallace agreed with Lewis County (Wash.) District Court to attend drug counseling and pay a fine of $650 to settle the case.
The misdemeanor charge, regarding a small amount of marijuana found in a car Wallace was riding in on November 22, will be dropped if there is no legal trouble for the next six months.
FORTE OFFERS OPINION ON DOHERTY
* Former Tar Heel Joseph Forte played one of his two North Carolina seasons under Matt Doherty and passed along the following comments to the Seattle Times regarding Doherty's resignation as head coach:
"He needs to learn how to communicate with people better. He's a good coach. He's a good guy. But sometimes he gets caught up in the pressure of winning, and he talks to people too rough."
"He is the yeller, screamer type, but that's not all bad. There's nothing bad with that. He needs to figure out who he can do it with and the guys he can deal with. You can't be that way with everybody. Some people can't handle it and they tried to let him know that. He knows now."
CAPEL DOWN 1-0 IN NBDL FINALS
* The Fayetteville Patriots dropped the first game of the NBDL's best-of-three championship series to Mobile last Friday. Jason Capel played 15 minutes and scored two points for the Patriots.
That puts Capel and the Patriots in a must-win situation for game two on Wednesday in Mobile. A Fayetteville win would force a deciding game three to be played on Friday night back in Fayetteville.
WHO'S #1 -- UNC OR MICHIGAN?
* The Tar Heel NBA Pros got the nod over UCONN's NBA talent by a count of 84-16 last week in NBA.com's "Big Men on Campus" semifinal voting.
Michigan notched a 71-29 win over Kentucky to move into the final pairing of the "BMOC" 'tournament' against the Tar Heels.
Today, to coincide with the NCAA championship game, NBA.com is asking, which school produces the best NBA players, North Carolina or Michigan?
To support the NBA players from North Carolina over Michigan's best go to www.nba.com/features/bmoc_bracket.html and cast your ballot(s).