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‘Big Smooth’ didn’t gripe about 82-game season
Sam Perkins ranks 19th all time in games played (1,286) and 55th in minutes (36,598). The sweet-shooting forward/center known as “Big Smooth” played at least...

Sam Perkins Talks About His Charity Work and Life After Basketball
Sam Perkins, who was a member of UNC's 1982 NCAA championship basketball team, was selected with the fourth pick of the 1984 NBA Draft by...

The Best That Never Was?
The 1983-1984 Tar Heels were arguably the best team Dean Smith put on the floor in his 36 years in Chapel Hill. That UNC team...

The Strange Tale of Patrick Ewing’s Recruitment to UNC
Patrick Ewing's college decision would shape basketball history, and his claim that the KKK precluded him from committing to North Carolina — where he would...

15 Best Teams That Never Won the NCAA Tournament
5. 1984 North Carolina Tar Heels (28–3, 14–0 ACC) Lost to Indiana in Sweet 16; On paper, this was Dean Smith’s most talented team. National...

NCAA Tournament at 75: Ranking the Champions
6. North Carolina, 1982 James Worthy, Sam Perkins, Michael Jordan. Does much more need to be written? The junior-sophomore-freshman trio combined to give coach...

Michael Jordan: An oral history
The first time I saw him, the summer before his freshman year, we were playing pickup games on campus. We all knew about him, but...

Sam Perkins Alumni Camp Tips Off Next Week
Sam Perkins is brining his Alumni Basketball Camp back to Chapel Hill next week. Perkins says he wants to get back to the fundamentals because...

Michael Jordan's ascent to stardom started with winning shot in 1982
Before Michael Jordan became a tongue-wagging legend, whom many regard as the best basketball player to ever play the game, he visited the Superdome as...

John Henson swatting up career chart
With 1:38 left in last Sunday night’s first half, John Henson went airborne in the lane to swat away Georgia Tech guard Jason Morris' shot...

Tar Heels Win Third Straight
Harrison Barnes continued his case for ACC Player of the Year with 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting in No. 7 North Carolina’s 93-81 victory over...

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 ESPNDallas.com that the...

Roy Williams puts Heels on the run
Of all the disappointments from last season's 17-loss debacle, UNC basketball coach Roy Williams was most irritated by his team's lack of toughness. So during...

Tudor's Take: UNC's Davis not Perkins yet
Ed Davis (6-10, 225) had many of the same physical attributes and an effortless playing style that reminded fans of Sam Perkins. But when Davis...

Perkins: Jordan out to prove himself as owner
Former UNC basketball star Sam Perkins is like a lot of former Tar Heels who are happy that his former teammate Michael Jordan will soon...

Daniels: Hidden ACC Tournament Gems
In 1982, Virginia and UNC took the floor in the most anticipated ACC title game since the Pack and Terps eight years earlier. The game...

2010 ACC Men's Basketball Legends: North Carolina, Sam Perkins
Raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., UNC basketball legend Sam Perkins started watching basketball on television, but didn't really get into it until he began going to...

Sam Perkins recalls his own "Friday Night Lights"
After leaving Shaker in 1979, Sam Perkins went on to a storied career with North Carolina and the NBA. He won a national title with...

Nemo Nearman still hooping it up
When you think of the UNCs basketball program, certain names come to mind: Dean Smith, James Worthy, Rasheed Wallace, Bob McAdoo, Sam Perkins and, of...

Legendary ACC Team No. 3: 1982 North Carolina
North Carolina has never had a better trio than the group that led it to the 1982 national championship. And it’s very unlikely it will...

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