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UNC basketball to play in Phil Knight Invitational
UNC basketball will participate in one of the largest regular-season tournaments in history when it plays at the PK80 in Portland, Ore. in November of 2017. The Phil Knight Invitational, a 16-team, early-season men’s college basketball tournament honoring Nike co-founder Phil Knight in advance of his 80th birthday, will take place over Thanksgiving week in 2017.
Grading the November must-see college basketball tournaments and events
Maui Invitational: Grade A-; Always one of the best, and likely will remain that way for decades to come. Maui is a lock for at least two top-20 programs every season. Here we have Oregon and North Carolina, who will be ranked top-eight/top-10/top-12 by the time Maui gets going. UConn and Wisconsin could be in the rankings.
Chansky’s Notebook: The Game Of His Life
Larry Brown is serious about coaching high school basketball. The Hall of Fame coach, the only man to win NBA and NCAA championships and the winner of nearly 1800 total games in his 45-year career, may do the one thing he always wanted to do. Coach high school in a mostly empty gym. And, somewhere, Dean Smith will be watching and smiling.
Can North Carolina basketball officially be considered 'back'?
North Carolina’s return to the Final Four in 2016 ended a six-year absence -- its longest since a stretch from 1983-1990. Men's basketball wasn’t implicated in the NCAA's amended Notice of Allegations stemming from the investigation. With the case wrapping up, it appears the Tar Heels won't be hit with heavy sanctions. But are they officially back?
Hall of Famer Larry Brown mulls high school job in New York
Larry Brown, the Hall of Fame head coach who resigned from SMU in July, might return to the sideline -- for the East Hampton High School Bonackers on Long Island, New York. While staying at his summer home in East Hampton, Brown learned the local high school unexpectedly needed a new boys' varsity coach after the newly hired one resigned last week.
Video: Indoor, intense conditioning for UNC basketball
The Tar Heels were back at it on Monday. Assistant coaches Hubert Davis and Steve Robinson both posted videos to their instagram accounts of the UNC basketball team taking part in some intense conditioning on a rainy Chapel Hill Monday.
UNC Men’s Basketball Ranked Seventh In Blue Ribbon Preseason Poll
With the release of the annual Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook Preseason Top 25 on Tuesday, it’s safe to proclaim that basketball season is almost here. Despite losing senior fan favorites Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige, the Tar Heels were ranked No. 7. Once again, it appears the road to an ACC title could be determined by the UNC-Duke rivalry.
Lucas: Peak Condition
North Carolina won’t officially take the basketball court for the first day of 2016-17 practice until Oct. 3. But every Tar Heel was on the Smith Center hardwood on Monday afternoon for the fourth day of team conditioning. Strength and conditioning coach Jonas Sahratian varies the assignments during the conditioning period.
After father’s murder, Heat’s Wayne Ellington a messenger for peace
At 28, Wayne Ellington has made more than $12 million in his NBA career because he’s been pretty good at making long distance shots. But Ellington wants to be more than a basketball player these days. He wants to be a messenger of the NBA’s growing voice to end gun violence. “It will be two years in November,” Ellington said Monday of his father’s murder.
Warriors training camp preview: James Michael McAdoo
One of the more overlooked developments of the NBA Finals was the emergence, as subtle as it was, of James Michael McAdoo. After sitting out the Western Conference Finals, the reserve forward earned meaningful minutes. Though he attempted just two shots against Cleveland, the UNC product made enough strides to warrant a chance at a bigger role this season.
Video: UNC basketball conditioning continues
The "unofficial start" to the 2016-2017 college basketball season is right around the corner with Late Night with Roy scheduled to take place on Friday, Oct. 14 in Chapel Hill. The weeks leading up to UNC's first practices is about conditioning.
Three questions: North Carolina looks to bounce back from title-game heartbreak
Is there a go-to scorer for UNC? This is probably going to be another spread-the-wealth operation for Roy Williams and Co. It stands to reason that Joel Berry, the 6-foot, 195-pound rising junior point guard, will have the ball in his hands at the end of a shot clock or a half, creating for himself or collapsing the defense and finding someone else for a shot.
Could the 2016-2017 Tar Heels be more balanced than ever?
While many college basketball teams are going small with more shooters, quicker guards, and undersized big men, Roy Williams continues to stress having two big men who can rebound, score, and draw fouls. The 2016-2017 Tar Heels have the chance to be more balanced in terms of star power and scoring than any UNC team in recent memory.
Studying film on Harrison Barnes shows why the Mavericks are so excited for him
Harrison Barnes, fairly or not, will be constantly compared to Chandler Parsons. Whether he lives up to the departed Parsons will, in large part, determine whether he’s a success or a failure with the Mavericks this year and going forwards. Barnes has a lot of potential, and every tool you could hope for from a wing.
Ty Lawson: My computer was hacked, now I'm being extorted
Sacramento Kings star Ty Lawson says he's been hacked and claims the cyber thieves are trying to extort him. Lawson's attorney, Martin Kaufman, says they're extremely concerned about the hack -- because the culprits got access to some sensitive material. Kaufman believes the hackers are shopping the material around to media outlets and websites.