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Chansky’s Notebook: Blue Bloods Running Red Hot

The Carolina-Duke rivalry is heating up in May. The Tar Heels are buoyed by Kennedy Meeks and Justin Jackson returning to school, giving UNC three returning starters and another roster that will go at least 10 deep with experience and quality youth. And Duke just keeps adding five-star recruits with the signing of 6-10 center Marques Bolden. (Chapelboro.com)

Photos: Young Michael Jordan

Before the "Crying Jordan" meme took control of social media, there was the high-flying, slam-dunking, sports merchandise game-changing Michael Jordan who dominated the NBA. Take a look back at Michael Jordan from his playing days at North Carolina, with the Chicago Bulls, and yes, his brief minor-league baseball career. (Newsday)

UNC basketball assistant coach takes subtle shot at Duke

After the Duke Blue Devils landed another five-star commitment in the form of 2016's No. 1 center Marques Bolden, UNC assistant basketball coach C.B. McGrath took to twitter and sent a subtle shot at the team down the road. "And despite all the hype - last 6 years - ZERO ACC regular season championships! You figure it out." (Carolina Blue)

Spurs' Danny Green undergoes LASIK eye surgery

For most of the season, San Antonio Spurs sharpshooter Danny Green wasn't so sharp. Maybe it was his rhythm, maybe it was diminished opportunities, or maybe he just couldn't see where he was shooting. So, using a modest portion of that $40 million contract he signed last summer, Green decided to fix the problem with LASIK surgery. (San Antonio Express-News)

Pacers willing to give Ty Lawson a longer look

If you thought Ty Lawson had played his way out of Indiana, think again. Despite his postseason disappearance, Lawson is still considered a viable option in the team’s never-ending search for an upgrade at point guard. “I felt comfortable,” Larry Bird said, “when Ty Lawson was here making plays and getting up and down the court.” (1070 The Fan)

NBA Mock Draft Roundup: Post-draft lottery

With this week's NBA draft lottery finished, teams are locked into a draft order and are starting to think more seriously about players who might interest them. Here's a look at where some of the post-lottery mock drafts project Brice Johnson's landing spot. The 2016 NBA Draft is June 23 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (GoHeels.com)

Jerry Stackhouse may be the best dunking assistant coach ever

Jerry Stackhouse was a high-flying swingman in the NBA for many years. His aerial skills were so good that he competed at the 1996 and 2000 dunk contests, although you have probably forgotten about the latter because, you know, Vince. Now 41 and an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors, Stackhouse still has some hops left in him. (Hoops Hype)

Sixers 2015-16 player evaluation: Kendall Marshall

It was quite the year for Kendall Marshall, and not in a good way. He missed the first 23 games of the season while rehabbing from a torn ACL. When he returned in December, Marshall was almost immediately handed the keys as the Sixers’ starting point guard. “It’s going to be his job to lose,” coach Brett Brown said at the time. And that’s promptly what he did. (CSN Philly)

Justin Jackson’s return means flexibility for UNC

Justin Jackson’s recent announcement of his plans to return to North Carolina completes the puzzle for the Tar Heels this offseason. With Jackson back, UNC should have the depth it needs to be a Top 10 team. From a personnel standpoint, though, there won’t be as much depth in the frontcourt, particularly at power forward. (Today's U)

Marcus Paige Working Toward NBA Draft Spot

After a tremendous four-year career at UNC, Marcus Paige is excited to be taking the next step in his basketball career as he goes through the NBA Draft process. Paige participated in the NBA Draft Combine last week in Chicago and also recently secured representation, so he's just starting to get the ball rolling on workouts and interviews with individual teams. (Inside Carolina)

Underclassmen Return Means Stability for UNC Basketball

The announcement that Justin Jackson would return for his junior season was certainly a welcome bit of news for UNC which will enter the 2016-17 season as a likely top ten team and aspirations for a second straight Final Four run. Here is what it all means. For the first time since 2011, UNC will not have an underclassmen depart for the NBA. (Tar Heel Blog)

How Air Jordan Became Crying Jordan

If you’ve spent time on the Internet recently, there’s a good chance you’ve seen an image of Michael Jordan’s tearful face superimposed on someone else’s body. The meme, known as Crying Jordan, became ubiquitous last fall. For those of us who were sentient when Jordan was winning championships, seeing his face become a mocking emblem of sadness and incompetence has been jarring. (The New Yorker)

Justin Jackson is back, what does it mean for UNC?

Justin Jackson is coming back to UNC for his junior season. It's time to celebrate, right?! UNC returns three starters from a Final Four team that was seconds away from forcing overtime in the 2016 National Title game. UNC also brings back Roy's favorite: experienced depth. (Carolina Blue)

Chansky’s Notebook: Jackson’s Back and Better For It

Regardless, the draft combine has been great for Jackson and others with the option of going back to college. It gave them an up-close measuring stick of where they need to be to get drafted and make the NBA. On the positive side, teams learned what a quality kid Jackson is, how hard he works and what an unselfish team player he is. (Chapelboro.com)

Kenny Smith no longer a candidate for Rockets job

Former Houston Rockets guard Kenny Smith will no longer be a candidate to be Rockets head coach, a person with knowledge of the decision said Monday. Smith was described as very impressive and likely to become an NBA head coach if he pursues it, but the Rockets will shift their focus to experienced head coaches and extremely experienced assistants. (Houston Chronicle)

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, TBD

UNC @ Tulane
Fri, Nov 11, TBD

UNC vs. Chattanooga
Sun, Nov 13, TBD

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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