Clippers like veteran Raymond Felton as point guard Chris Paul's backupThe Clippers’ 20-point lead was evaporating Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors when Coach Doc Rivers called a timeout to keep the game from slipping away. Rivers smiled when he drew up a play before sending his team back onto the court, perhaps sensing that with the ball in Raymond Felton’s hands that the result would be favorable. (Los Angeles Times)
Harrison Barnes urges Dallas students to hit the books just as he didHarrison Barnes wouldn’t be in the NBA if he hadn’t taken academics seriously. And no, that is not hyperbole. “I lived in a dictatorship household,” he joked. “My mom was very strict. Academics came first before basketball. That’s what helped me get to where I am. I had to have that importance in school, because if I didn’t, I might not have taken it seriously.” (Dallas Mavericks)
Video: UNC Basketball Practice ClipsA short series of video clips from Thursday's North Carolina basketball practice, courtesy of UNC Basketball's Instragram account. Check out the newest Tar Heels and see how the more familiar faces have refined their games.
Video: Roy Williams Mic'd Up At UNC Basketball Practice - Part 2North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams is mic'd up at a recent Tar Heels practice. Watch and listen as he instructs and motivates his team in preparation for the 2016-2017 season.
ESPN No-Longer-Way-Too-Early Top 25 College Basketball Rankings6. North Carolina Tar Heels: The Tar Heel faithful look plenty fired up from here. And they should be! Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson may be gone, but Joel Berry II, Justin Jackson, Isaiah Hicks, Theo Pinson and Kennedy Meeks are still very much in the building, making UNC one of 2016-17's best blends of sheer talent and hard-won experience. (ESPN.com)
Video: Roy Williams Mic'd Up At Practice - Part INorth Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams gets mic'd up at a recent Tar Heel basketball practice as the team prepares for the start of the 2016-2017 season.
Vince Carter's Embassy of Hope Foundation honors community leadersVince Carter’s Embassy of Hope Foundation recently awarded L. Gale Lemerand and Joe Petrock the Embassy of Hope Foundation Hall of Fame Award at the 19th annual Vince Carter Charity Gala at the Ocean Center. “Gale Lemerand and Joe Petrock exemplify my foundation’s mission of helping those less fortunate and giving of themselves for the betterment of our community,” said Carter. (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
Danny Green said he had to rebuild confidence after poor shooting seasonDanny Green did not want to make any excuses. The sharpshooter, who struggled with his shot last season, had Lasik surgery to fix his eyesight in June. When asked if he thinks his vision contributed to his struggles, he dismissed that theory. “I’m not going to say it was that,” Green said. “My eyesight wasn’t that bad to begin with. I got the procedure done, it helps." (San Antonio Express-News)
Video: UNC Basketball Tuesday Practice ClipsA few video clips from Tuesday's UNC basketball practice, courtesy of Sean May via his Instagram account: "Another Great Day At The Office...Best part...We Get To Do It Again Tomorrow"
NBC Sports ACC Basketball PreviewNorth Carolina has talent, but they also have question marks: The knock of North Carolina last season was that, while they had a roster full of highly-rated recruits, they didn’t necessarily have much future NBA talent in their ranks. The Tar Heels are a top ten team on paper. But just how sure are you that what we’ll see on the court will be a top ten team? (NBC Sports)
Wayne Ellington proudly and painfully brings anti-violence messageWayne Ellington is standing in a room filled with hundreds of high school students, all of them silent and hanging on every word that the new Miami Heat guard is saying. He's not there to tell basketball stories. He's there to talk about his father — a victim of gun violence not even two years ago. "Still grieving and it's still fresh," Ellington said. (Associated Press)
Online Auction Items for Roy Williams' "Fast Break Against Cancer"Over the past 11 years, UNC basketball coach Roy Williams has raised more than $2.1 million to help cure cancer. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to help him lead the charge for cancer research, treatment and care at UNC Lineberger by bidding on one-of-a-kind auction items, including special behind-the-scenes basketball and football experiences. (UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center)
Lucas: VillanovaSix months later, it still stings, and likely will for as long as you’re a UNC basketball fan. But the reality is practice began on Monday in Chapel Hill—NCAA permitted practice beginning on Friday, but Roy Williams was busy this weekend with his daughter’s wedding, so the Tar Heels hit the floor on Monday—and we’re going to hear a lot about Villanova in the months to come. (GoHeels.com)
The top 50 non-conference college basketball games for the 2016-17 season20. UNC at Indiana, Nov. 30 (Big Ten/ACC Challenge): Indiana -- which might not have Collin Hartman for this one -- can run and score with UNC. Critical guys returning for the Tar Heels: Theo Pinson, Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks and Justin Jackson, to name a few. Would not shock me if UNC is a little wobbly in the first few weeks of the season. (CBS Sports)
UNC rookies learning fast-break conceptsThere's being in shape, and there's actually having the cardiovascular fortitude to get up and down a basketball court the way Roy Williams wants his Tar Heels running. As good as UNC point guard Joel Berry II has been, and as nice of a player as rookie set-up man Seventh Woods could be, neither one will get an A+ when Williams hands out grades for running the fast break. (NCAA.com)
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