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40 years ago, U.S. Olympians - coached by Dean Smith - played, beat the Allentown Jets

As a run-up to the '76 Olympics in Montreal, the U.S. team, coached by UNC coach Dean Smith, came to Bethlehem to take on the Allentown Jets, champions of the Eastern Basketball Association, which served as a minor league for the NBA. Smith was already well known to Lehigh Valley basketball fans after recruiting Catasauqua star Larry Miller in 1964. (Allentown Morning Call)

NBA Free Agency: The Tar Heel Round-Up

A dramatic increase in the NBA’s salary cap caused by the league’s new nine-year, $24 billion TV deal has made this free agency period one of the craziest of all time. As many as nine former UNC players have found themselves on the NBA free agent market this summer–some hoping to cash in big and others hoping they can cash in at all. (Chapelboro.com)

Iowa's in the middle of Harrison Barnes' whirlwind

You’re fresh off a long NBA season, you’re about to change teams and sign a contract for mind-boggling money, and you start practicing with the U.S. Olympic basketball team in less than two weeks. Where did you relax today? Harrison Barnes has chosen Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, where Tuesday he began the second of his basketball camps in Iowa this month. (The Gazette)

UNC’s Johnson, Duke’s Plumlee shine in NBA summer matchup

Tuesday, the first-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Clippers, Brice Johnson, and undrafted free agent Marshall Plumlee, trying to make the New York Knicks roster, went head-to-head for the first time as pros in the Orlando Summer League. Johnson got the best of the duel, as expected, hitting for 23 points for the second straight game. (Wilmington Star News)

Q&A: Ty Lawson

Given how quickly things in the NBA can change and how challenging of a season it was for Ty Lawson, it’s easy to forget just how special he is as a player. SLAM caught up with Lawson last week in Los Angeles. The 28-year-old spoke openly about his preparation for next season, difficulty in adjusting in Houston, working past his alcohol rehabilitation and more. (SLAM Online)

Joel Berry posts tribute to ex-teammate Brice Johnson

Brice Johnson has been one of the biggest pieces for the North Carolina Tar Heels over the last few years, but he has taken his talents to the NBA and was the 25th overall selection by the Los Angeles Clippers. It seems like ex-teammate Joel Berry is going to miss having him on the court going into the 2016-17 season. (Campus Sports)

Chansky’s Notebook: Barnes’ Brand Gets Big Boost

Now that Kevin Durant has signed with the Golden State Warriors, called by critics one of the weakest moves a super star has ever made, Harrison Barnes will move to Dallas where the Mavericks will sign him to a max contract of $95 million over four years and where Barnes can emerge from fourth or fifth banana to one of the stars in the league. (Chapelboro.com)

Video: Brice Johnson's impressive in summer league start

The Los Angeles Clippers selected former UNC forward Brice Johnson with the No. 25 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. On Saturday against the the Miami Heat, Johnson had six points (2-for-6) and six rebounds in 24 minutes. On Sunday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Johnson had 23 points (11-for-18) and seven rebounds in 29 minutes. (Carolina Blue)

Roy Williams on knee pain: ‘It’s going to be better’

Roy Williams joined UNC alum Vince Carter on an NBA Summer League broadcast over the weekend, and discussed his knee health and what that means for his future. It was good news. “Total knee replacement on my right knee, five weeks ago yesterday. The surgeon assured me I could play golf in August, and I said, ‘I’m going to hold you to that.'” (NBC Sports)

Roy Williams discusses knee surgery, Brice Johnson

North Carolina's Hall of Fame basketball coach, Roy Williams, was in Orlando this past weekend to watch his former player Brice Johnson take part in an NBA Summer league game. Williams, entering his 14th season as UNC's head coach, joined the NBATV telecast to discuss his health, comment on Johnson, and talk basketball. (Carolina Blue)

Harrison Barnes pays tribute to Warriors fans in farewell note

The Golden State Warriors landed a superstar Kevin Durant, but in doing so they had to part with a number of players that were a part of an NBA championship squad and a team that set a record for regular-season wins. Harrison Barnes is headed to the Dallas Mavericks on a deal reported to be worth $94 million over four years. (FOX Sports)

Sam Perkins stomps for NBA, finds common ground with USO troops

Tracy is a military contractor, currently stationed on one of the United States’ four Kuwait bases while her husband and daughter await her return?. Tracy’s transition from service in the Middle East to civilian life in South Carolina may prove just as daunting as her responsibilities overseas. Transition is something Sam Perkins, an 18-year NBA veteran, feels he can identify with. (Sports Illustrated)

Report: Mavericks, Harrison Barnes agree to four-year, $94 million deal

Free-agent forward Harrison Barnes has verbally agreed to a four-year, $94 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks, ESPN’s Marc Stein reports. Barnes, who entered free agency as a restricted free agent, was reportedly renounced by the Warriors in order to make room for Kevin Durant. Golden State also traded center Andrew Bogut to the Mavericks. (Sports Illustrated)

Johnson, James, Tokoto NBA Summer League Update

Brice Johnson, a first-round pick of the Los Angeles Clippers, scored 23 points on 11-of-18 shooting and grabbed six rebounds Sunday in a loss to Oklahoma City. Joel James is with the Indiana Pacers in Orlando and hasn’t appeared in Indiana’s first two games. Second-year pro J.P. Tokoto, playing for the Knicks, had five points, five rebounds and five turnovers Saturday. (Fayetteville Observer)

Maybe Harrison Barnes does fit the Mavericks' criteria

With the news that they intend to extend a four-year, maximum contract offer sheet to Golden State small forward Harrison Barnes, the Mavericks are investing in the future. Barnes just turned 24 and is a solid player. His scoring average has risen each season. Granted, that's only four years, but the arrow is pointed upward. (Dallas Morning News)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 74
Villanova: 77
Mon, Apr 4 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. UNC Pembroke
Fri, Nov 4, TBD

UNC @ Tulane
Fri, Nov 11, TBD

UNC vs. Chattanooga
Sun, Nov 13, TBD

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(3) North Carolina14-433-7
(4) Virginia13-529-8
(10) Miami13-527-8
(16) Louisville12-623-8
Notre Dame11-724-11
(19) Duke11-725-11
Virginia Tech10-820-15
Clemson10-817-14
Pittsburgh9-921-12
Syracuse9-923-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25

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