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Player Review: Justin Jackson
Justin Jackson entered this season with enormous expectations heaped upon his slender shoulders. A consensus top-ten recruit, Jackson was expected to be the solution to the scoring woes that UNC faced most of last season, and very early on, that is exactly what he was. In his first three games as a collegian, Jackson scored a very efficient 40 points.
Season in review: Isaiah Hicks
During the 2014-2015 season, Hicks made the jump from an ineffective freshman playing out of position to a productive and quality reserve as a sophomore. Playing in all 38 games (started three) as a power forward, the Oxford (N.C.) native provided energy and athleticism off the bench. He proved to be a good rebounder, using his size and leaping ability, while also a decent scorer within 10 feet.
Hornets’ PJ Hairston showed shooting potential
P.J. Hairston is guaranteed about $1.2 million next season under the rookie pay scale. The Hornets have two one-season options after that. Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford has said Hairston has the talent to eventually be an NBA starter. He needs to spend the summer becoming more consistent from NBA 3-point range and to get in better shape.
Marvin Williams one of low-maintenence Hornets
Charlotte Hornets forward Marvin Williams had a solid season whether coach Steve Clifford asked him to start or come off the bench behind Cody Zeller. Williams is low-maintenance, as illustrated by his not particularly caring whether starts. He doesn’t figure to pout next season if Zeller and Noah Vonleh get expanded roles at power forward and Clifford can fit him in at small forward.
Celtics' Zeller set for return to Cleveland
Tyler Zeller isn't sure how the fans will react when his name is announced as a starter before his Celtics take on the Cavaliers at 3 p.m. Sunday in Cleveland in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference opening-round series. Will the Cavs fans boo him because he plays for the Celtics or will they cheer him because he played the first two of his three NBA seasons in Cleveland?
Ed Davis Exit Interview 2014-15
Ed Davis averaged 8.3 points and 7.5 rebounds in 23.3 minutes, while shooting 60.7 percent from the field in a team-high 78 games (24 starts) this season. Per 36 minutes, Davis tallied 12.8 points and 11.7 rebounds. “I think I had a solid year overall. My thing was I needed to do whatever coach needed me to do...I just wanted to be the most active guy on the floor whenever I went out there.”
How a Rotoworld slight may have fueled a Brendan Haywood season-finale breakout game
Before Sunday's loss to the Boston Celtics, Cavaliers coach David Blatt announced pregame that LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, JR Smith and Kevin Love would sit the game out. A few moments later I tweeted out in jest that Blatt forgot to mention that Brendan Haywood would rest as well, since the big man hasn't played in a game - blowouts and all - since Feb. 26 and it was only a minute-long stint.
A Tar Heel's Guide To The NBA Playoffs
Every first-round series except for one in the NBA Playoffs has at least one Tar Heel. Here's an easy guide to the UNC-related storylines in each series: (2) Cleveland vs. (7) Boston - Tar Heels to watch: Brendan Haywood (Cleveland), Tyler Zeller (Boston). (1) Golden State vs. (8) New Orleans - Tar Heels to watch: Harrison Barnes, James Michael McAdoo
Video: Sam Perkins remembers moments at UNC with Michael Jordan
On SI Now, NCAA champion Sam Perkins revisits his college days with pictures from Sports Illustrated's photo vault and shares special memories of his time at UNC.
Early-entry ex-UNC star McAdoo in NBA playoffs
Even after being undrafted and spending most of his rookie year in the NBA D-League, former Tar Heel James Michael McAdoo said recently he was happy with his decision to go pro. Of course, it helps that he was speaking from the locker room at Golden State, the No. 1 seed in the West, which enters the playoffs at home today (3:30 p.m.) against the No. 8 seed New Orleans Pelicans.
Video: Carolina Basketball 2014-2015 Season Highlights
From the Bahamas to Los Angeles and many places in between, the 2014-2015 Tar Heels shared in the highs and lows that only a college basketball season can bring. Relive the year's best highlights and great behind-the-scenes moments with the season highlight video.
Player Review: Kennedy Meeks
The leaner, meaner Kennedy Meeks was a favorite topic of conversation on pretty much every UNC basketball broadcast well into January and the result was a fairly stellar start to the season. But as strong as his first third of the season was, the final two-thirds of the season was marked by inconsistency and illness. Despite his weight loss, Meeks seemed to hit a wall for the final 10 games of the year.
Former Tar Heel great Phil Ford reflects on Dean Smith
Former UNC basketball great Phil Ford continues to heed the words of the late coach Dean Smith. And that’s why the three-time All-American and Olympic gold medalist didn’t mind saying that he had dinner “compliments of Coach Dean Smith” after the hall of fame coach posthumously sent $200 checks to all his former lettermen. “It was an incredible gesture,” Ford said Wednesday before coaching the ACC Barnstorming Tour team at East Duplin High School.
Marcus Paige Earns MVP Honors At Team Awards Ceremony
Tar Heel guard Marcus Paige earned his second consecutive Dean Smith Most Valuable Player Award and was named co-captain for the second time in as many years at the University of North Carolina men’s basketball team’s 2015 awards ceremony held Thursday evening. Paige is the 17th player to win UNC’s Most Valuable Player award at least twice.
Q+A: Ed Davis
With hitting depths the likes of which the franchise has never seen this season, as history has shown, things can only get better for the Los Angeles Lakers going forward. Right? Fifth-year big man, Ed Davis, hopes to be part of the team’s turnaround and has shown consistency under coach Bryon Scott when given consistent playing time.