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Did Michael Jordan really say “Republicans Buy Sneakers, Too”?

Michael Jordan established his reputation for staying silent on social issues decades ago when he chose not to endorse black North Carolina Democrat Harvey Gantt in his 1990 Senate race against Jesse Helms. Legend has it that the Nike pitchman justified his lack of activism with the now infamous line, “Republicans buy shoes, too.” It’s unclear, though, whether he actually said the line. (Slate)

UNC Basketball Summer Checklist: Kenny Williams

Kenny Williams was a late addition to the Tar Heels’ 2015 recruiting class, having originally committed to VCU, and saw the court sparingly during his freshman season. However, like many freshmen, Williams did just enough at the end of the year to leave fans irrationally optimistic (although I believe it may actually be justified) about his future. (Tar Heel Blog)

Harrison Barnes crosses Olympic dream off bucket list

There have been two big goals on Harrison Barnes’ bucket list: Win an NBA championship and play in the Olympics. Barnes won his NBA title during the 2015-16 season. This month, he’ll compete for the Team USA men’s basketball team at the Rio Games. “To be able to cross both those off at the age of 24 is impressive but we still have to go out and win gold,” Barnes said. (Des Moines Register)

Seventeen Tar Heels to represent four countries in Rio

Beginning this week, the rest of the sports world will stop for nearly a month as more than 10,000 athletes from the around the world travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to compete for gold in the Summer Olympic Games. And 17 of those elite athletes are Tar Heels. (UNC.edu)

Harrison Barnes relishing opportunity at Olympics, unites with former teammate to chase gold medal

Tuesday morning, new Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes will load onto a private plane with Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and the rest of the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team. Destination: gold or bust. Yes, the plane will head to Rio de Janeiro, where the Olympics officially open Friday. (Dallas Morning News)

Kennedy Meeks is ready to break out

Kennedy Meeks has been a steady and consistent post player during one of the most important stretches in UNC basketball history. He has been the consummate "professional", doing whatever he could to help the team. And he has done it while being dealing with injuries for almost half of the time. The man is a competitor. (Tar Heel Blog)

Paige, Egbuna, Coleman Named to NABC Honors Court

UNC basketball players Marcus Paige, Toby Egbuna and Justin Coleman have all earned spots on the 2015-16 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court, recognizing their academic achievement. The NABC Honors Court recognizes men’s basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season. (GoHeels.com)

Al Wood: Former Tar Heel still shooting straight

Al Wood turned 58 in June, but he’s still shooting straight. A recovering alcoholic (sober for 28 years) and now a minister, Wood was in Salisbury on Tuesday, lending a passionate voice to the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission’s Talk it Out program. Wood is an authority on the negative impact of drinking. (Salisbury Post)

Enough with the “who will replace Roy Williams” talk at UNC

I see it all the time, writers and fans alike who spout phrases such as “who will replace Roy Williams?” Or, “if Roy Williams returns...” Now, I am not sure if this is just used as click-bait or just fun fan banter to create what ifs and other woulda coulda shouldas, but we need to bring an end to this. (Tar Heel Blog)

Knicks sign former UNC wing J.P. Tokoto

The New York Knicks have signed former North Carolina wing J.P. Tokoto. Tokoto, who played for UNC from 2012 to 2015, was drafted 58th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. Since, the 6-6 wing has bounced around the NBDL. He played with the Knicks' Summer league team in July and spent last season with the Oklahoma City Blue (D-League). (Carolina Blue)

Rasheed Wallace Spent The Weekend Personally Delivering Water To Residents Of Flint, Mich.

Rasheed Wallace still has strong ties to the Detroit area, and he recently joined Rachel Nichols and Stephen Jackson of ESPN’s The Jump, to do something about the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Mich. Nichols documented their trip this past weekend and put together a video showing them buying bottled water and personally delivering it to local residents. (Uproxx)

Report: Jerry Stackhouse to coach Toronto Raptors' D-League team

Before the 2015-16 season, Jerry Stackhouse was hired by Dwane Casey and the Toronto Raptors to join the assistant staff. One year later, Stackhouse is getting the sidelines all to himself. Stackhouse is being given the head-coaching position for the Raptors' D-League franchise, the Raptors 905. This will be their second year as a D-League franchise. (CBS Sports)

One-on-One with UNC's Justin Jackson

Justin Jackson participated in the adidas Nations camp this past weekend as a college counselor and spent time playing alongside some of the top college players in the country. He averaged 11 points and 3.4 rebounds in five games, saving his best performance for last: 19 points on 4-of-6 three-point shooting on Sunday. "I’ve just worked as hard as I possibly can on my weaknesses." (Inside Carolina)

UNC Basketball: Ranking the Best Point Guards in Tar Heels History

North Carolina has featured some of the best basketball players in history at just about every position, but point guard is an especially impressive class....UNC has featured a handful of elite players who were capable of running the offense while playing a major role in helping the team win. (Bleacher Report)

Marcus Paige announces engagement to longtime girlfriend

Love is in the air in Chapel Hill. Former North Carolina point guard Marcus Paige asked longtime girlfriend Taylor Hartzog — the Tar Heels' dance team captain — to marry him on Sunday. "Of all the great moments I've had in Chapel Hill, none can top this! Love you @TayZogz," Paige wrote on Twitter. (Carolina Blue)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Villanova: 77
Mon, Apr 4 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. UNC Pembroke
Fri, Nov 4, 7:30 ET ACC Network Extra

UNC @ Tulane
Fri, Nov 11, 9:00 ET ESPNU

UNC vs. Chattanooga
Sun, Nov 13, 6:00 ET ESPNU Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(3) North Carolina14-433-7
(4) Virginia13-529-8
(10) Miami13-527-8
(16) Louisville12-623-8
Notre Dame11-724-11
(19) Duke11-725-11
Virginia Tech10-820-15
Clemson10-817-14
Pittsburgh9-921-12
Syracuse9-923-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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