Q&A With Justin JacksonHaving played in a pair of exhibition games in August in the Bahamas, endured preseason conditioning and most of the first week of practice with the 2014-15 Tar Heels, freshman wing Justin Jackson also led all scorers with 17 points in last Friday's Late Night with Roy scrimmage. This week, he sat down for a Q&A with GoHeels.com: (GoHeels.com)
Antawn Jamison becoming Lakers analyst for TWC SportsNetAntawn Jamison is becoming a broadcaster after a 16-year NBA career. He has joined Time Warner Cable SportsNet as a Los Angeles Lakers analyst, the network announce on Tuesday. Jamison spent the 2012-2013 season as a Laker, then joined the Los Angeles Clippers for 22 games last year before being dealt to the Atlanta Hawks at the trade deadline and waived shortly thereafter. (CBS Sports)
Lucas: Studying ScreeningIt happens every winter. At some point during the season, an opposing guard knocks down a barrel full of three-pointers, sometimes including a flurry when Tar Heel defenders are a step late getting a hand in his face. The standard reaction: doesn't Carolina ever work on defending screens? The answer became obvious at Tuesday afternoon's practice. (GoHeels.com)
P.J. Hairston gets NBA chance with Charlotte HornetsP.J. Hairston’s talent was such that he was a first-round pick in the NBA Draft last summer. His penchant for breaking rules and laws was such that he never played a game for North Carolina last season. The Charlotte Hornets hope the 21-year-old 6-6 guard can flash a lot of the former and none of the latter for them this season. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Marcus Paige Named CBSSports.com Pre-Season All-AmericanCBSSports.com All-American First team: Marcus Paige, North Carolina, 6-1 Junior Guard; P.J. Hairston losing his eligibility last season forced UNC coach Roy Williams to ask Paige to score more, and the Iowa native was excellent in that role. He averaged 17.5 points while shooting 38.9 percent from the field and leading the Tar Heels to a 13-5 ACC record. (CBS Sports)
Toronto Raptors throw caution to the wind with Tyler Hansbrough’s three-point shootingWith an eye toward the changing nature of the game. Tyler Hansbrough is the last player you would expect to work on a three-pointer, as his game is based on energy, and resides in the paint. He is known for his innate ability to agitate, not his smooth stroke. However, each year there are more three-pointers attempted in the league. So, Hansbrough worked with Mike Hollis, a shooting coach in North Carolina. (National Post)
CAROLINA: The Prophecy of IsaiahWhen UNC traveled to play a pair of August exhibition games in the Bahamas, not many fans would have been able to predict what would be one of the more shocking takeaways from the trip. While the Tar Heels return four of their top six scorers, the guy who averaged just 1.2 points and 7.3 minutes a game in 2013-14 took the reins to lead the team in scoring. That guy is sophomore Isaiah Hicks. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Nate Britt Lip Syncs Justin Timberlake at Late Night With RoyNate Britt shows off a few moves while lip syncing Justin Timberlake's 'Suit & Tie' at 2014 Late Night with Roy at the Dean Smith Center on Friday.
Basketball preseason Top 25 with best-case and worst-case scenarios6. UNC: The season ends in one win shy of a championship, but that's good enough to secure bragging rights over an underachieving Duke team upset in the opening round of the NCAA tournament for a third time in four years and a hapless NC State team that doesn't even make the field of 68. Depressed PackPride messageboarders suspend their quest for vigilante justice for a few days for an alcohol-soaked bender (Yahoo! Sports)
Clippers' Reggie Bullock ready for increased role this seasonSecond-year forward Reggie Bullock has an opportunity to play a significant role for the Clippers this season. Bullock said he has envisioned himself playing the backup small forward spot behind starter Matt Barnes. The door opened for Bullock when the Clippers traded small forward Jared Dudley to the Milwaukee Bucks over the summer. Now all Bullock has to do is impress Clippers Coach Doc Rivers. (Los Angeles Times)
Video: Late Night With Roy Coach's ClinicThe UNC men's basketball team offered up a few pointers on some of the finer points of coaching like Roy Williams at Late Night With Roy on October 3, 2014.
Video: Marcus Paige lip syncs Beyonce at Late Night With RoyMarcus Paige lip-syncs to Beyonce's 'Drunk in Love' at 2014 Late Night with Roy at the Dean Smith Center on Friday, October 3, 2014.
Lucas: Pushing The PaceThere are essentially two beginnings to the 2014-15 basketball season. The first was Friday night, when the focus was on having fun, on some iffy dancing abilities and Kennedy Meeks' unexpectedly adept lip syncing. The other came Saturday morning, with the first "real" practice of this season. The Tar Heels practiced twice over the weekend, and will be off Monday before three straight practices starting Tuesday. (GoHeels.com)
Harrison Barnes should benefit from new Golden State offenseThe prime beneficiary from Warriors coach Steve Kerr preaching better ball movement could be Harrison Barnes. Barnes suffered a setback in his second season while playing mostly off the bench for former coach Mark Jackson, who unsuccessfully ran isolation plays through a young forward unaccustomed to playing alongside subs. (San Jose Mercury News)
Marcus Paige still the go-to man for UNCGiving junior point guard Marcus Paige the ball with the game on the line has become a habit during pick-up, scrimmages, games, whenever. It’s become an instinct, even for sophomore guard Stilman White, who has just started playing with Paige. White missed the last two seasons while away on a Mormon Mission. The year he left, Paige came to UNC and quickly rose to stardom. (Daily Tar Heel)
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