Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Basketball.
Twenty Years Apart, Signature Moments for LeBron James and Michael Jordan
Twenty years apart, Michael Jordan and LeBron James wept unashamedly after winning an N.B.A. championship on Father’s Day. When tears for a title flow, the heart of the game is bared, and those who form its soul become clearer in focus. Largely in sorrow, Jordan sobbed on the locker room floor of United Center in Chicago on June 16, 1996.
Jay Bilas raves about Brice Johnson
When the Golden State Warriors come to their first round pick, there’s an All-American player that ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas said he would target. “There's one guy that I expect to be gone by then, but I wouldn't hesitate on if he's still there, and I think he's kind of a steal there, and that's Brice Johnson of North Carolina.”
After Finals loss, focus shifts to Kevin Durant, Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes went 5 for 32 in the last three games of the NBA Finals, bricking open 3s to the point that the Cleveland Cavaliers barely needed to defend him. Barnes is a restricted free agent and a max salary for him would start at $22 million. It sounds totally bonkers, but he could still get that kind of money.
NBA Draft Preview: Brice Johnson & Marcus Paige
In Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige, though, Williams is sending a pair of four-year college players who appear ready to contribute in some form no matter where they end up. This preview will try to project where these two best friends will be drafted–and why–while also laying out a best-case scenario for each.
Rasheed Wallace reminisces about Pacers/Pistons brawl
This week, former Piston Rasheed Wallace was the latest in an eclectic cast of analysts, celebrities and former NBA players to share the airwaves with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols on her new hoops show, The Jump. Wallace, Nichols and Steven Jackson talked about the NBA finals and a variety of basketball topics, including LeBron’s 48 Special game against Detroit, before ending the show by discussing the infamous Malice at the Palace.
NBA draft picks under Roy Williams
Former UNC players Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige both hope to hear their named called on Thursday night in the 2016 NBA Draft. Johnson is projected as a late first round pick, while Paige hopes to be chosen in the second round. If both get selected, they will join a long line of UNC NBA draft picks coached by Roy Williams. Check out the list.
Anonymous NBA Scout's Take on Brice Johnson
On Brice Johnson: "Best rebounder in the draft. Quick off his feet. Best paint finisher in college this year, so I don't see how that guy fails. Guys who rebound at that pace, they can do it at the next level. I don't think he always plays hard. I believe he's eventually going to be an NBA three-point shooter because he's got a good stroke."
Video: Brice Johnson Will Spend A Long Time In NBA - Seth Davis Breakdown
Brice Johnson enjoyed a breakout season for NUNC in 2015-16 and has put himself in position to be selected in the 2016 NBA Draft. Campus Insiders' Seth Davis tells how Johnson is equipped to be a force in the offensive post already and predicts a lengthy NBA career for the UNC star.
Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson Ready For NBA Draft
Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson came to Chapel Hill together in the summer of 2012 prior to their freshman year and hope to leave town together after Thursday night's NBA Draft. Johnson is projected as a possible first-round pick, and Paige hopes to be drafted in the second round. The two hope to be the 109th and 110th Tar Heels selected in NBA Draft history.
Michael Jordan’s Love Letter to Grade School Crush Up for Auction
ho knew Michael Jordan had poetic talent? I mean, we know he’s one of the greatest NBA players ever, but can you imagine Jordan writing love letters in grade school? According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, a letter Jordan wrote in grade school is up for auction at Goldin Auctions.
Will Pacers choose between production (Brice Johnson) and potential (Cheick Diallo)?
Brice Johnson and Cheick Diallo studied each other on the court. Friday was the first time the two post prospects had met. Their setting was the Indiana Pacers’ final pre-draft workout. Diallo watched intently when Johnson shot midrange jumpers in an individual drill. Johnson did the same when Diallo shot from the baseline.
The eight would-be best college basketball teams
Ten years ago, the one-and-done rule was put in place, altering both the NBA and college basketball. It also left us with a lasting question: What if players had to remain on campus at least three seasons? North Carolina's would-be lineup (2010-2012): Harrison Barnes, Ed Davis, Kendall Marshall, Tyler Zeller, John Henson.
Michael Jordan announces $500,000 investment in literacy
When basketball legend Michael Jordan became majority owner of the Charlotte Hornets in 2010, he promised to rebuild the team’s connection to Charlotteans, including supporting charitable causes in the community. On Monday, Jordan continued his track record of making good on that pledge by unveiling a $500,000 investment in charities working with literacy.
Barnes faces uncertain future with Warriors
There is no LVP award, and the Warriors surely had their share of players not answering the bell in what was the most historic collapse in NBA Finals history. But Harrison Barnes would probably receive that harsh honor after he picked the worst time to go ice cold. While Sunday wasn’t as bad as his Games 5 and 6 were, he still missed wide-open shots as the Cavaliers dared him to beat them.
Brice Johnson: Tar Heel
Brice Johnson: "It’s going to be weird not having to look over my shoulder and having [Roy Williams] in my ear constantly. Then again, he’ll probably figure out a way to get in touch and yell at me no matter where I am. Because of my teammates and the entire UNC community, I’m going to play in the NBA. And because of coach, I’m going to enter the league as a man."