Why every UNC fan should love Roy WilliamsOver the course of his 28-year career as a head basketball coach, Roy Williams has been the picture of consistency. Through adversity and the challenges of a changing culture in college basketball, Williams has remained consistent in his approach. To the chagrin of some, he’s been reluctant to change his style of coaching and recruiting. But his results are hard to argue with. (Keeping It Heel)
Team USA, Harrison Barnes win Olympic GoldTeam USA won Olympic Gold on Sunday, defeating Serbia 96-66 in Rio. The United States went undefeated throughout the tournament, but it wasn't always easy. Team USA defeated Spain in the semifinals 82-76 and had a number of other close calls. On the court for the United States in the closing minutes of Sunday's final was former UNC forward Harrison Barnes. (Carolina Blue)
The Time Michael Jordan Was Forced to Wear ReebokIn fact, the only real high-drama for the Dream Team happened in the lead up to the medal ceremony, when Nike athletes – headline by Air Jordan himself – had to consider if their allegiances to Nike outweighed their commitment to their service of their country. (Highsnobiety)
Photo: Dean Smith and his "Olympic Cartoon"A photo by Hugh Morton of Dean Smith autographing a cartoon honoring his role as coach of the gold medal-winning 1976 USA Men's Basketball Olympic team. Probably taken at Grandfather Golf and Country Club in Linville, NC. (UNC.edu)
Video: Brice Johnson Senior Season MixTake a look back at the senior season highlights of former Tar Heel Brice Johnson, now embarking on his rookie season in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers.
For Harrison Barnes, It’s All About A First-Time OpportunityWith a larger role comes more responsibility. Since his time at UNC, Harrison Barnes hasn’t really had the spotlight on his game, but he will in Dallas with many people viewing him as the player of the future after Dallas’ willingness to give him such a large contract. That means that when things aren’t going so well, he’ll likely get a significant share of blame. (Hoops Habit)
Is Joel Berry II massively underrated?One of the biggest preseason publications, Blue Ribbon Magazine, released its five-member All-America team this week. Only one ACC player, Duke’s Grayson Allen made the cut, which wasn’t a major surprise. But it still semi-prompts the question: Is North Carolina’s Joel Berry II massively underrated? (Carolina Blue)
UNC basketball freshman preview: Tony BradleyFreshman center Tony Bradley, like Joel Berry, is a former Mr. Basketball in the state of Florida. He averaged 23 ppg, and 12.6 rpg, while shooting an impressive 65% from the field. The five-star Bradley is among the highest-ranked players in the class of 2016. Bradley is also the first UNC recruit to be a member of the McDonald’s All-American team since 2014. (Tar Heel Blog)
What will it take for Harrison Barnes to get court time in Rio?Over the previous three games, 11 guys played in all of them. The 12th man sat out all three. The question going into Wednesday's game, then, was what's it going to take to get Harrison Barnes into a game? A 20-point lead? Twenty-five? A FIBA bribe? An Olympic boxing judge? A reporter for the Charlotte Observer suggested the snub-of-sorts is typical of Coach K. (Dallas Morning News)
P.J. Hairston Works Out For Los Angeles LakersFormer Charlotte Hornets, Memphis Grizzlies, and North Carolina player, P.J. Hairston, was one of several free agents to workout with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers held a free agent minicamp where they worked out six players with NBA experience. Hairston is still looking for a home this upcoming season as he has not yet been signed by a team. (Swarm & Sting)
Joel James to play overseas in JapanWe’ve seen Marcus Paige (Utah Jazz), Brice Johnson (Los Angeles Clippers) and J.P. Tokoto (New York Knicks) find homes in the league. But what about Joel James? Well on Thursday, we finally got an update. Joel James announced via Twitter that he will play overseas in Japan next season with the Kumamoto Volters. (Keeping It Heel)
Carolina Athletics: 2015-16 Year In ReviewCarolina finished seventh in the Learfield NACDA Cup standings, UNC’s seventh top-10 performance in the last eight years. It marked the 17th time Carolina was the highest finisher among ACC schools. UNC was one of only three schools, with Stanford and Oklahoma, to finish in the top 10 in both men’s and women’s standings in the Capital One Cup. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Outside The Paint - Brandon Robinson's Road to UNCTake a look at the new series: Outside The Paint featuring incoming freshman Brandon Robinson as he talks about his road to North Carolina.
U.S. Men's Basketball Blows By Argentina, 105-78After a first-quarter fight, the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team (6-0) shut down Argentina (3-3) to record an impressive 105-78 quarterfinal win on Wednesday night at Carioca Arena 1 in Rio de Janeiro. The USA will meet Spain (4-2) in the semifinals at 2:30 p.m. (EDT) on Aug. 19. Spain advanced after defeating France (3-3) 92-67. (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heels Making Their Marks at Rio OlympicsSixteen Tar Heels have been delivering on months and years of training in their goal to compete at the highest level of their sports, bringing them to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. With the games closing ceremony set for Aug. 21, here’s how UNC Olympians have been doing. (UNC General Alumni Association)
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