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Theo Pinson works out for Charlotte Hornets

Tar Heel guard Theo Pinson was one of a handful of former college players on the court Saturday for a pre-draft workout with the Charlotte Hornets. Playing in his Carolina blue Jumpman shoes and chatting with former Tar Heel-turned-Hornets executive Buzz Peterson, he also worked out under the watchful eye of General Manager, and UNC great Mitch Kupchak.

Jerry Stackhouse’s Tar Heel ties shouldn’t matter for Hornets. Look beyond the blue.

Every NBA team looking for a head coach apparently has discovered Jerry Stackhouse, the former North Carolina star. If the Charlotte Hornets hire him, this will mean that the team’s owner, Michael Jordan, is a Tar Heel; the general manager, Mitch Kupchak, is a Tar Heel; the assistant general manager, Buzz Peterson, is a Tar Heel; and the head coach will be a Tar Heel.

Mitch Kupchak eyed for front-office role with Hornets

After declining to offer general manager Rich Cho a new contract, Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan is planning to target former Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak for a high-ranking role in the organization, league sources told ESPN. Jordan is planning to continue grooming assistant GM Buzz Peterson as a foundation of Charlotte's front office.

How Michael Jordan became a golfer

Michael Jordan was a junior at the University of North Carolina in 1984 when he posed the question to his roommate Buzz Peterson, who was also his teammate on the Tar Heels basketball team. There was another person in their room that day, a new friend that Peterson had recently met in a psychology class. The friend was Davis Love III.

Buzz, Michael and Davis: Longtime friends share weekend headlines

Buzz Peterson, Michael Jordan, and Davis Love, close friends since their days together at UNC, were back in the headlines-on the same day no less. All three are past their coaching and playing prime, and as a result, often spend months away from the limelight. And yet on Thursday, Buzz received a promotion as Assistant General Manager of the Charlotte Hornets.

Buzz Peterson promoted by Charlotte Hornets

Buzz Peterson has been promoted to assistant general manager by the Charlotte Hornets, the team announced. The announcement means Peterson, a McDonald's All-American as a senior at Asheville in 1981 who went on to play four seasons at UNC, will continue to work with his college roommate, Michael Jordan, the Hornets' majority owner and chairman.

North Carolina's 6 national championship teams, ranked from worst to first

1. 1981-82: It’s hard to argue against a team led by the Michael Jordan and James Worthy. Not to mention Sam Perkins, Buzz Peterson and Matt Dougherty. This team lost only two games all season and overcame some stacked teams in the Final Four. When you beat Hakeem Olajuwon and Patrick Ewing in back-to-back games, you know you’ve got a good team.

Buzz Peterson's son making name for himself at Charlotte Christian

Charlotte Christian junior Rob Peterson has been around basketball his entire life. His father, Robert Bower Peterson II -- or better known as “Buzz” -- was the 1981 N.C. high school basketball player of the year. The younger Peterson, 17, looks very much like his father and has a similar build at 6-foot-5 and 170 pounds. Like his father, Peterson is developing quite a game.

Buzz Peterson remembers his coach, Dean Smith

Former Appalachian State basketball coach Buzz Peterson, who played for Smith for four seasons at UNC and was a member of the 1982 national-championship team, shared memories of Smith earlier this week. Peterson said that Smith always lauded the player who made the assist more than the one who scored the basket.

Catching Up With ... Buzz Peterson

Buzz Peterson was back home recently, site of some his greatest triumphs as a basketball player and the starting point for a life in the game. As a star guard at Asheville High, he was a highly recruited shooter, winning the Associated Press' Player of the Year Award in 1981, edging out a kid from Wilmington named Jordan who would later become his college roommate and best man at his wedding.

UNC-Wilmington fires Buzz Peterson

UNCW has terminated the the contract of men's basketball coach Buzz Peterson, UNCW Athletic Director Jimmy Bass announced this evening in a news release. Bass has appointed assistant coach Eddie Biedenbach as interim head coach. A national search for Peterson's replacement will begin immediately.

Conflicted Williams faces another member of his coaching family

No one in college basketball is as loyal as Roy Williams when it comes to his relationships with former players and assistant coaches. That’s what makes it so difficult when he’s forced to send his team into a game against one of them. Williams has already had to do it three times this season – scoring victories against Buzz Peterson and UNC Wilmington, and Wes Miller’s UNC Greensboro team while losing to UAB and Jerod Haase.

Tar Heels put it together, put away UNCW

North Carolina fans are tired of watching their Tar Heels struggle to put away lesser opponents. But despite leading by only eight at halftime against UNC Wilmington on New Year’s Eve, something was different — and it wasn’t the Carolina blue uniforms. Though the first half didn’t show it, the No. 19 Tar Heels came to the Smith Center ready to play. UNC blitzed Buzz Peterson’s Seahawks 84-51.

Preview: #19 UNC vs UNCW

The Heels looks to close out the calendar year with a solid showing in their final tune-up before starting ACC play on January 5th. This is also another game in the Former Tar Heel Who is Now a Coach series that Roy Williams has going on with Buzz Peterson coming to town with UNC Wilmington. Peterson played at UNC from 1981-85 and was a member of the 1982 NCAA title team.

‘Happy Blue Year’ in Smith Center for Tar Heels-Seahawks

The 9-3 North Carolina basketball team will be looking to polish up its play Tuesday in a 5 p.m. New Year’s Eve match-up with 6-8 UNC-Wilmington. No. 19 UNC will be welcoming back one of its own in Buzz Peterson, the head coach for the Seahawks. Peterson was a member of the 1982 national championship squad under Dean Smith and then assistant coach Roy Williams.

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