Dre Bly Takes Picture with Dean Smith's SonThe Carolina family connects sports and generations and all walks of life. Former UNC cornerback Dre Bly, one of the best Tar Heel football players ever, recently posted a photo of himself with Scott Smith, the son of legendary UNC basketball coach Dean Smith. The image connected Carolina football with basketball and two of the very best to ever do it in college athletics. (Inside Carolina)
Sources: Raptors interview Jerry Stackhouse for head coaching positionThe Toronto Raptors have interviewed Jerry Stackhouse — coach of their development league affiliate, the Raptors 905 — for the NBA franchise’s head coaching opening, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Stackhouse, who previously interviewed for the New York Knicks’ head coaching job, met with the Raptors last week in Chicago during the NBA draft combine. (Yahoo! Sports)
Raymond Felton's a steadying presence the Thunder needs to keepWhether or not the Thunder brings back Raymond Felton, who played for the veteran's minimum this past season ($2.3 million), players of his ilk are crucial. Players like Felton willing to accept their roles and execute them well are keys to any successful NBA franchise. Felton appeared in all 82 games last season, averaging 6.9 points and 2.5 assists per game. (The Oklahoman)
UNC athletes make a snail mail connection with young fansAfter months of letters back and forth, Kayshawn Farrington and Edgar Balderasrosas were ready to meet their pen pals. They are among hundreds of local elementary school students paired with UNC athletes in a snail mail exchange. Edgar hoped to bond with Theo Pinson, who said the program helps keep players grounded and connected to the younger generation. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Joel Berry in the NBA Draft, and the value of 'a winner'Joel Berry is a winner. He’s a winner in that the Tar Heels won, a lot, with him at the helm. North Carolina went 92-25 in Berry’s last three years in Chapel Hill, earning two No. 1 seeds, one No. 2 seed and making the title game twice. He’s a winner in that he makes “winning plays,” including a 22-point, 6-assist effort as North Carolina won the 2017 NCAA Championship. (Inside Carolina)
The NBA cracked the door for UNC's Theo Pinson. Roy Williams' tip may help open it.If there’s a player more excited this week than Theo Pinson about being in uniform at the NBA Draft Combine, that’s an upset. The North Carolina senior wasn’t initially invited to the event in preparation for the June 21 draft. Then, he got a call Monday to pack for this week of 5-on-5 games, physical measurements and drills conducted by veteran NBA coaches. (Charlotte Observer)
Video: Theo Pinson Discusses Joel Berry's NBA Combine Invitation SnubFormer North Carolina greats Theo Pinson and Joel Berry had a great bond on and off the court. Pinson describes how Joel Berry should have been a participant at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine and the snub will do nothing but fuel Berry's competitive fire to be great in the NBA.
Video: Theo Pinson Combine InterviewFormer North Carolina forward Theo Pinson feels he will be one of the steals of the 2018 NBA Draft. Pinson describes how he will help a team with his versatility, whatever-it-takes attitude, and his ability to guard any position on the court.
Theo Pinson at the NBA Draft CombineAt the NBA Draft Combine on Thursday, Theo Pinson measured 6-foot-6.75-inches tall without shoes. He was 211 pounds with 7.35 percent body fat and a wingspan of 6-foot-10.75. During the scrimmage portion of the Combine, Pinson played 22 minutes and was 2-for-4 from the field and 0-for-2 from three point range with 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 turnovers. (Inside Carolina)
Four Corners: Graduation & Summer SchoolTar Heels Joel Berry II, Kane Ma, Theo Pinson and Aaron Rohlman are now officially North Carolina graduates. Most of the returning players for the 2018-19 Tar Heels are taking summer classes in both summer sessions while also working out and playing pickup games with the annual pilgrimage of former Carolina basketball players returning to Chapel Hill. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Luke Maye Junior Season HighlightsJunior season highlights of North Carolina forward Luke Maye. Maye finished the season second on the team in scoring with a 16.9 points per game average while pulling down 10.1 rebounds per contest. Maye also made 43% of his shots from behind the three-point arc.
North Carolina transfer Jalek Felton sets decision timelineJalek Felton is getting close to making a college decision. The former North Carolina guard posted on his Twitter page that he will be announcing his college choice next month. “Stay tuned decision day next month,” Felton wrote. South Carolina is one of the schools interested in Felton, who announced on March 1 he was withdrawing from North Carolina. (The State)
UNC to Face UCLA in 2019 CBS Sports ClassicThe UCLA men's basketball team will play against North Carolina in the CBS Sports Classic at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Dec. 21, 2019. The 2019 edition will mark the sixth annual CBS Sports Classic and feature the first meeting between UCLA and UNC since the two programs faced each other in Dec. 2015 at the CBS Sports Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y. (UCLA Sports)
How sports gambling left a taint on NC State, UNC basketball programsWhile many years have passed, it’s hard to overlook what occurred after the 1960-61 season, when a point-shaving scandal was uncovered that involved players at N.C. State and UNC.. The games, fixed by out-of-state gamblers, would bring an end to the Dixie Classic, a popular Christmas-time tournament hosted by N.C. State., and change the course of the two programs. (Raleigh News & Observer)
Video: UNC's Joel Berry Prepares for NBA DraftKeep doubting Joel Berry. That has essentially been the former North Carolina point guard's mantra his whole life. Even after he led the Tar Heels to the 2017 National Championship and won the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player, the 6-foot Berry entered his final season at Carolina with a giant chip on his shoulder. (Inside Carolina)
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