Tar Heels Today: Berry's kind gesture, Hollins heads to the Super Bowl, recruiting notes, & more
Joel Berry makes a young fan's day, Roy Williams does not make a scheduled recruiting trip, Chase Rice performs for NHL fans, Wayne Ellington is hot for the Heat, Sunday's UNC results and more in Tar Heels Today.
The best recruiting pitches in college basketball
North Carolina: "The ceiling is the roof." Bob McAdoo and Phil Ford established the Tar Heel brand but what makes the program so unique is that it is the home to Michael Jordan, the best to ever play the game. The chance to become the next great to don the same powder blue jersey that Jordan once donned is difficult to decline, a recruiting pitch that Roy Williams and his staff have been sure to sell.
A brief history of Tar Heels in the NBA Finals
One of James Worthy’s teammates on the 1985 championship-winning Lakers was related to this year’s lone UNC representative. Bob McAdoo won two titles as a member of the Lakers in the 80s. James Michael McAdoo and Harrison Barnes are the latest Tar Heels to win a ring, but the most recent to really put his imprint on a series was Danny Green.
Six Tar Heels make ESPN's top 100 NBA players
ESPN ranked the 100 top NBA players of all time and six North Carolina players made the list. #1 - Michael Jordan (UNC: 1981–1984), #43 - James Worthy (UNC: 1979–1982), #52 - Bob McAdoo (UNC: 1971–1972, #69 - Vince Carter (UNC: 1995–1998, #88 - Billy Cunningham (UNC: 1962–1965), #96 - Bobby Jones (UNC: 1971–1974)
Bob McAdoo is the forgotten superstar in the city of Buffalo
When discussing the greatest athletes in Buffalo history, Bob McAdoo has to be on the list. At the zenith of his career, he was the best player in the NBA not named Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. And even then, McAdoo’s play was good enough to earn him an MVP in 1974-75 even with Abdul-Jabbar hunting for the same title. McAdoo was an offensive nightmare.
A look at 1972 UNC basketball
Dean Smith broke from his policy of not bringing in junior college transfers prior to the 1971-72 season because he had a major need. Originally, Smith thought he would have Tom McMillan in the post, but the lefthanded big man changed his mind at the last minute and went to Maryland. So needing a post player, Smith brought in junior college transfer Bob McAdoo, and the move completed a team that advanced to the Final Four.
How Dean Smith changed Bob McAdoo's life
Dean Smith was there that sad day in 1979, at the funeral for Bob McAdoo’s father. Smith was there again in 1991, right around Christmas, for the funeral of McAdoo’s 33-year-old wife, Charlina, taken too soon by cancer. And today in Chapel Hill, it will come full circle. McAdoo will be there for his old coach’s funeral.
Sources: Miami Heat reassign assistant coach Bob McAdoo
The Miami Heat are reassigning two prominent assistant coaches, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Ron Rothstein and Bob McAdoo will no longer play significant roles on head coach Erik Spoelstra's staff – and could be completely off the bench, according to league sources. McAdoo, a Hall of Fame player, has spent 18 years as a Miami Heat assistant.
James Michael McAdoo has learned from his basketball family
Maybe you've heard of James Michael McAdoo, the 6-foot-9 forward who is entering the NBA draft after three seasons with the Tar Heels. More likely, you've heard of his family. McAdoo's parents, Ronnie and Janet, both played basketball at Old Dominion in the 1970s. And his father's second cousin is someone named Bob McAdoo, who happens to be one of the best players to ever play in the NBA.
What's in a name: James Michael Ray McAdoo
UNC sophomore James Michael McAdoo has a last name synonymous with basketball in the Triangle but there is more to his name than the family tree alone can tell. Ronnie McAdoo, James Michael’s father, was a star at Orange High School in Hillsborough. From there he went on to post a hall of fame career at Old Dominion University. Ronnie's second cousin is former UNC All-American Bob McAdoo.
Thunder big shot Kevin Durant followed in Heat assistant Bob McAdoo's footsteps
Sometimes when Heat assistant coach Bob McAdoo looks up from his clipboard and sees Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant launch a 3-point swish, he feels like he's looking in a mirror. Take away the reading glasses, gray hair and about 35 years, and McAdoo wouldn't be too far off.
David Glenn Chats With Bob Orr, August 5
David Glenn recently caught up with former N.C. Supreme Court justice Bob Orr. Last year Orr represented UNC fullback Devon Ramsay, helping Ramsay to regain his eligibility. Among the topics they discussed: the lack of student-athlete rights within the NCAA system; why Orr was successful in the appeal of Devon Ramsey’s case; why he thinks Butch Davis and Michael McAdoo kept their ends of “the bargain.”
NCAA won't bend to McAdoo's reinstatement lawsuit
Lawyer Bob Orr, who worked with UNC and NCAA to get a permanent ban on UNC fullback Devon Ramsay last year rescinded, called the NCAA’s response to Michael McAdoo’s lawsuit “predictable.” Orr also represented UNC defensive lineman Quinton Coples when NCAA investigators questioned his trip to Washington, D.C. in May for an NFL draft party held by former UNC defensive tackle Marvin Austin.
Audio: Interview with former NC Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr on McAdoo lawsuit
Former NC Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr, who previously succeeded in getting UNC fullback Devon Ramsay re-instated after he was ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA, discusses the Michael McAdoo case on Raleigh sports talk station 99.9 The Fan.
James McAdoo following in cousin Bob's footsteps
It was a year ago that James McAdoo, whose father is second cousin to former UNC All-American and NBA Hall of Famer Bob McAdoo, seriously considered graduating after his junior season, and moving on to Chapel Hill to help bolster the Tar Heels' thin frontcourt. "I would have missed a lot of things, and I would have missed some growing up," said the 6-foot-8, 220-pound James McAdoo, who finally moved to Chapel Hill two weeks ago to take summer school classes and play pick-up ball with his fellow incoming freshmen.