Lucas: Seniors Ready For Responsibility
Part of Carolina’s senior class has already accomplished something that hasn’t been done by a pair of Tar Heel seniors in nearly 60 years. Marcus Paige was a first-team All-ACC pick last year, and Brice Johnson earned a third-team nod. That makes them the first UNC returning seniors to have junior year All-ACC credentials since Tommy Kearns and Pete Brennan during the 1957-58 campaign.
Lennie Rosenbluth & Pete Brennan: Kansas and Wilt Go Down!
We really thought coach McGuire was joking when he mentioned Tommy Kearns jumping against Wilt Chamberlain at breakfast that morning. But when (assistant coach) Buck Freeman brought it up in the dressing room before the game against Kansas, everyone was laughing except for Tommy.
Plenty of star power in UNC's traveling party
Among those in UNC’s traveling party, which toured the USS Carl Vinson on Wednesday evening, were a bevy of former Tar Heel starters and standouts, including: Tommy Kearns, Vince Carter, Eric Montross, Tyler Hansbrough, Bobby Frasor, Marvin Williams and Jackie Manuel.
Lucas: Newark Notebook
The Tar Heels had an abbreviated open practice Thursday afternoon at the Prudential Center before traveling to Seton Hall for their "real" practice. Taking some ribbing from Michael Jordan for wearing Kobe Bryant model shoes didn't stop Harrison Barnes, who said he has no plans to switch shoes. 1957 national champion Tommy Kearns attended the open practice.
Triangle trio can relate to Patriots' journey
Somewhere on the Chapel Hill campus all those years ago, who knows, Tommy Kearns may even have spotted a small boy at play, a toddler named Bill Belichick. Now, as Kearns watches Belichick's New England Patriots try to win all of their football games this season, the former UNC basketball star sees more than parallels to his own joyous run to perfection. He is reminded of how small the world is, of having known Belichick's father.
Nostalgia: The halftime ceremony was day's highlight
No basketball player remains forever young, but North Carolina players saw yesterday how youthful exploits can live forever. The 1957 national champions and 1982 national champions starred in a halftime ceremony that overshadowed the current Tar Heels' 104-67 thrashing of Wake Forest. Lennie Rosenbluth, Tommy Kearns, Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, James Worthy and Coach Dean Smith triggered roar after roar from the crowd.
Lucas: Cunningham Loved Being A Tar Heel
Bobby Cunningham, who passed away Tuesday morning, was that quintessential Carolina player: the glue guy. Lennie Rosenbluth was the star of the '57 team. Pete Brennan had the matinee-idol good looks and the game to match. Tommy Kearns was the flashy guard. Quigg was made forever famous by his free throws. Here's what Bob Cunningham did: he played defense. He shared the ball. And he never particularly cared how many points he scored.