Video: Michael Jordan UNC HighlightsIn honor of Michael Jordan's birthday, we take a look back at some of the best moment's from his UNC career. One of the best college players and perhaps the best NBA player of all time, Jordan became a household name by hitting the game-winning shot in the 1982 NCAA Championship.
Tar Heel Trailblazer: Charles WaddellCharles Waddell came to Carolina on a football scholarship with the understanding that he would have the opportunity to play basketball. Waddell’s first year on campus, 1971-72, was the last before freshman became eligible to compete in football and basketball. He participated in spring football practice that year. But in his sophomore season after the Sun Bowl that December, Waddell joined the JV basketball team. (GoHeels.com)
Joel Berry Providing BoostFreshman guard Joel Berry II has added a defensive presence to No. 15 North Carolina’s backcourt since returning from a groin injury that sidelined him for seven games. Berry’s defensive ability could be critical down the stretch for a team that struggles at times to limit dribble penetration. (Inside Carolina)
Kennedy Meeks On Watch List For Kareem Abdul-Jabbar AwardThe Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the fifteen watch list members for the 2015 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award. North Carolina sophomore Kennedy Meeks is on the list. Named after Hall of Famer and three-time NCAA Champion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the annual honor in its inaugural year recognizes the top centers in men’s college basketball. (GoHeels.com)
John Kilgo Remembers The Life Of Dean Smith (audio)On a somber Monday morning, legendary NC announcer John Kilgo opened up and shared stories with Mac Attack on the life of Coach Dean Smith. “He was a man of total grace, self-depricating, uncommon humility…his humility was off the charts,” says Kilgo. (WFNZ)
Carolina Visits Duke On WednesdayNorth Carolina will try to bounce back from Saturday’s loss at Pitt when it visits Duke on Wednesday in the first meeting between the schools this season. The Tar Heels will be playing their fourth road game in the last five outings. They have lost three of their last four games overall. ESPN will televise the game nationally at 9 p.m. with Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Shannon Spake on the call. (GoHeels.com)
Former UNC walkon Joe Jenkins talks about Coach SmithOut of 14 players, seven were McDonald’s All-Americans on the 1987-88 North Carolina men’s basketball team. The remaining seven who didn’t earn such acclaim were no less important in coach Dean Smith’s eyes. Joe Jenkins was certainly in the second group of seven, a UNC JV player who worked his way to a roster spot amongst the real deal Heels by his senior year. (Daily Advance)
UNC Announces Fund to Honor Coach SmithUNC, in consultation with the family of the late former UNC basketball coach Dean Smith, has announced the creation of the Dean E. Smith Opening Doors Fund, according to a statement from the university. The release states that the fund will honor the legacy of Coach Smith by providing access and opportunities to Carolina students for generations to come. (Chapelboro.com)
Video: Five unforgettable moments from the Duke-UNC rivalryA look back at five of the more memorable moments from the North Carolina-Duke basketball rivalry.
Kevin Madden remembers Dean SmithDean Smith's basketball reach circled the globe, and Staunton is one of the places the iconic former University of North Carolina head coach touched — a touch that will never be forgotten. Paul Hatcher and Kevin Madden each consider themselves blessed to have had Smith, who died Saturday night at age 83, in their lives (The News Leader)
'Thank you' never meant so muchMy routine at the time was to wait outside their locker room at Carmichael Auditorium for the players to arrive for practice and grab whoever I could for a quick interview. But on this particular afternoon, I was bypassing the locker room and heading straight upstairs to the basketball office for an interview with Dean Smith. (Fayetteville Observer)
Can George Karl turn the Kings around?Sacramento will be Karl's sixth head-coaching stop, and he has taken his last three teams to the conference finals (SuperSonics, Bucks and Nuggets). Karl also has one career NBA Finals appearance, with Seattle in 1996. (ESPN.com)
Growing up to appreciate Dean Smith's greatnessIn his memoir, Smith recounted that his father told him to "value each human being." Dean Smith made the basketball world, and his father, proud. Not only by the big things he accomplished, but by the thousands of little, unselfish things. (Los Angeles Times)
Injuries force Roy Williams to adjust practice tacticsRoy Williams no longer has the luxury of turning his practice sessions into teachable moments made memorable by their cruelty. Too many Tar Heels are injured — not just banged up a little bit, but out for extended periods of time, if not for the rest of the season. And his preseason All-America set-up man is still in the games, but he’s out there dribbling while hobbling, yet leading the squad in scoring. (Durham Herald-Sun)
From UNC to Hall of Fame under Dean SmithUNC has honored the jerseys of 35 former players in the rafters at the Dean E. Smith Center. Among that group, five who played for Dean Smith were later enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Four of those players (all but Larry Brown) were enshrined primarily for playing careers. Here is a look at those four players: (Durham Herald-Sun)
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