Marcus Paige Maturing as UNC Leader, Accompanied By ‘Gym Rats’UNC junior Marcus Paige has been busy picking up some tips from past Carolina legends over the summer and is expecting a Final Four-caliber team to hit the hardwood in the Smith Center come November. Paige says he’s learned invaluable lessons from former Carolina stars Raymond Felton and Kendall Marshall. It just so happens, that duo happens to play the same position. (Chapelboro.com)
Video: 51 years old Michael Jordan vs. Kobe Bryant fanMichael Jordan randomly handpicked a person in his annual Nike Air Jordan basketball academy for a 1-on-1 game. A Kobe Bryant fan was called upon to play with Michael Jordan.
Raymond Felton pleads guilty to felony gun charge, avoids prisonRaymond Felton pled guilty Wednesday to two gun charges as part of a plea deal, the AP reports. Felton pled guilty in a Manhattan court to counts of attempted criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm. As part of the deal, in exchange for the guilty plea and admission of a felony, Felton will avoid jail time and instead receive 500 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine. (Sports Illustrated)
Ed Davis Excited for Fresh Start on LakersLast week, the Los Angeles Lakers finalized what may go down as one of the best signings of the 2014 offseason. The Lakers inked Ed Davis to a two-year contract worth $2 million, with a player option in year two, which is already being regarded as one of the summer’s biggest free agency steals. Davis is just 25 years old and has been productive when given minutes throughout the course of his four-year NBA career. (BasketballInsiders.com)
Marvin Williams will be good influence on young HornetsMarvin Williams is a player you want on your team and in your locker room. Williams is classy. Williams, who nine seasons ago helped lead UNC to the NCAA basketball championship, left UNC after his freshman year and has taken classes in Chapel Hill nine straight summers. His news conference Monday was pushed back because he had been in class. He’s two days from a degree. (Charlotte Observer)
Jimmy Braddock would still make Dean Smith proudJimmy Braddock remains one of the five best basketball players ever produced in the Scenic City some 35 years after he graduated from Baylor School in 1979 and went on to win a national championship at UNC in 1982. But his only direct association with basketball these days is his Jimmy Braddock Camp at Grace, which just wrapped up its 19th summer teaching kids the proper way to shoot, pass and dribble. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Harrison Barnes Named to 2014 USA Men’s Select TeamWarriors forward Harrison Barnes is among the 13 players named to the 2014 USA Men’s Select Team that will practice with the USA Basketball Men’s National Team during its training camp in Las Vegas, Nevada, from July 28-31. The training camp is the first step for the USA Basketball Men’s National Team in its preparation for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. (NBA.com)
Roy Williams Golfs for CharityEvery year, before the start of the Nike Peach Jam, a handful of coaches come together to golf for a cause. The Nations of Coaches Celebrity Golf Classic tournament, which is in its third year, featured names such as UNC’s Roy Williams, Texas Tech’s Tubby Smith, South Carolina’s Frank Martin, Clemson’s Brad Brownell, Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall and more. (North Augusta Star)
Video: One-on-one with Kenny SmithFormer UNC point guard and current NBA television analyst Kenny Smith talks returning to Chapel Hill, Carolina point guards, and gets a surprise gift in this 1-on-1.
Nate Britt's jumper finally all rightPlenty of players adjust their shooting mechanics during the course of their college career, but very few could even consider the option of changing hands. Nate Britt has had people call him crazy for alternating hands while shooting throughout his playing career. "Everyone who has seen me play with both doesn't feel like it's a big deal," he said. (ESPN.com)
Charlotte Hornets Sign Marvin WilliamsCharlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced Monday that the team has signed free agent forward Marvin Williams. We’re excited to add a player of Marvin’s caliber to our team,” Cho said. “He will be a key piece of our frontcourt rotation.” The 6-9 Williams was the second overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft after one season at the University of North Carolina. (Charlotte Hornets)
Video: Joel James and Brice Johnson InterviewIn a laid back interview, Brice Johnson and Joel James discuss playing full speed and watching their favorite players on tape.
Kendall Marshall thanks Chipotle for his time with the LakersKendall Marshall was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday in their continued efforts to squeeze out every bit of cap space they can get their hands on for the coming season. Marshall was a class act, thanking everyone at the Lakers organization. (USA Today)
Isaiah Hicks an under-the-radar sophomore to watchThese 12 sophomores should make big improvements from their freshmen seasons. Isaiah Hicks, forward, North Carolina: Hicks appeared in every game as freshman for the Tar Heels, but mainly played out of position at small forward. This season should see him return to power forward where he should establish himself as the Heels' top frontcourt reserve. (ESPN.com)
Vince Carter may be older, but he's ready to help the Memphis GrizzliesHe may not be the same player who made the Toronto Raptors relevant for a brief period more than 14 years ago, and jumped over a 7-foot French center in the 2000 Summer Olympics, but Vince Carter may still have a little bit of the “Vin-sanity” that made him popular. “(They’ll be) few and far between, but you may see a few,” Carter said during his introductory press conference at FedExForum this afternoon. (Memphis Business Journal)
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