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5 Ways Harrison Barnes Stays on Top of His Game—Even When He’s Off the Court

Harrison Barnes saw his role change when he came to the Dallas Mavericks and has adjusted his training to improve at that new role, Mark Cuban recently told Dalton Trigg of SB Nation. “It’s not easy. But he puts everything into getting there. What does “everything” entail? Barnes discusses some of the small things he does to stay healthy in the off season. (

Justin Jackson’s approach hasn’t changed, but his results did Monday for the Kings

This was the Justin Jackson we remember from summer league. The Jackson who, without making much noise or having plays called for him, found ways to score. Jackson did that Monday night with a team-high 16 points in the Kings’ 97-83 preseason loss to the Portland Trail Blazers at Golden 1 Center. Jackson made five of his 10 shots Monday. (Sacramento Bee)

Miami Heat confident Wayne Ellington will ‘ignite’ when time is right

Wayne Ellington isn’t only paying attention to the threes he’s shooting on the court this season. He’s focusing on the "Three" he has off of it – his baby boy, Wayne Ellington III. "I’ve been trying to spend time with him and at the same time keep on putting in the work and trying to get better," Ellington said. "It’s tough because you want to be there for everything with him." (Miami Herald)

Video: Justin Jackson Scores 16 in First NBA Start

Former North Carolina star Justin Jackson scores 16 points for the Sacramento Kings in his first game as an NBA starter against the Portland Trail Blazers in Monday's exhibition. View Video...

UNC Volleyball To Kick Off Late Night With Roy

The weekend begins at the Dean E. Smith Center, home of the 2017 NCAA Champion Men's Basketball team, where a 5 p.m. volleyball match between UNC and Virginia Tech kicks off the annual Late Night with Roy preseason festivities. Admission is free for the entire evening with open seating filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 4 p.m. (

What's next in the evolution of Mavs forward Harrison Barnes?

Most Mavericks fans would rather not remember anything about last season, but if you think back to a year ago at this time, you might remember Harrison Barnes couldn't find the basket with a GPS. He was shooting horribly in the preseason, and a lot of people were grumbling about why the team invested $94 million for four years on Barnes. (Dallas Morning News)

UNC basketball should embrace Pace and Space in 2018

Roy Williams' team returns plenty of firepower. Joel Berry is one of the best guards in America; Theo Pinson is a two-way demon; Cameron Johnson and a healthy Kenny Williams are spacing agents. You will notice a trend with those players, though: they are all guards or wings. Luke Maye, an interesting pick-and-pop threat in 2017-18, is the only notable post player. (ACC Sports Journal)

Joel Berry Listed Among College Basketball's Top Point Guards

2. Joel Berry: North Carolina - UNC lost a lot to the NBA Draft and graduation, but the reason the Tar Heels still have legitimate Final Four hopes is because of Berry, the latest really, really good veteran point guard to come through Chapel Hill. Expect his averages to spike this season, in part out of necessity but also because he's a grown man with a grown man's game. (CBS Sports)

Carolina Insider Podcast: Dean Smith's Retirement, Notre Dame Recap

Recap North Carolina's football game against Notre Dame and look back at the 20th anniversary of Dean Smith's retirement with the latest edition of the Carolina Insider podcast with hosts Jones Angell of the Tar Heel Sports Network and Adam Lucas of Carolina Insider is a twice-weekly production hosted by Angell and Lucas. (

SI's College Basketball Player of the Year Top 10 Candidates

8. Joel Berry II, North Carolina; It’s unlikely Berry will experience as much team success as he did last season, when UNC claimed the program’s sixth national championship. But Berry could reach his personal peak as a college player during his senior season. Our model expects Berry to increase his per-game scoring average of 14.7 ppg by nearly three points. (Sports Illustrated)

Marcus Paige, Isaiah Hicks looking to impress Charlotte Hornets

When former Tar Heels’ Marcus Paige and Isaiah Hicks and N.C. State Wolfpack standout Terry Henderson were in college, they usually got plenty of playing time. Now as Charlotte Hornets’ training camp hopefuls, they have played a combined two minutes in three preseason games (all from Paige) and their success has to be on the team’s practice court. (Gaston Gazette)

Chansky’s Notebook: We Love You, Dean!

Twenty years ago, UNC Basketball changed forever. In 1997, we saw the first full day the Tar Heel basketball program was no longer led by Dean Smith, the only UNC coach hundreds of thousands of fans had ever known. Smith later confided that he might have quit too early. He was 66 on that day. His protégé, Roy Williams, turned 67 on August 1 and is still going strong. (

Vince Carter: ‘I’m not at the stage where I can sit there and be OK with it’

The NBA’s oldest player is an eight-time All-Star, a slam dunk champion and an Olympic gold medalist. Early in his career, fans worldwide fell in love with “Vinsanity” because of his high-flying game. The only thing missing from the 40-year-old’s professional basketball resume is an NBA championship. So why did Vince Carter sign with the rebuilding Sacramento Kings? (The Undefeated)

Turner's Take: It Was 20 Years Ago Today

On October 9, 1997, I was 16 years old, a junior at Eastern Wayne High School in Goldsboro. I don't remember how I first found out that Dean Smith was going to announce his retirement. Maybe Coach Maurice Jackson, a UNC fan who constantly had the television on in his in-school suspension room, slipped in to class to tell me. But I know that I was, well, shaken. (Argyle Report)

Cameron Johnson Listed as College Basketball's Top Transfer for 2017-18

After a winding, dramatic release process following his decision to transfer from Pitt to UNC, Cameron Johnson figures to be an integral piece of the Tar Heels' puzzle as a graduate transfer. The 6-foot-8 wing, who was third on the Pitt team last season in scoring, should be a seamless replacement for 6-8 small forward and first round draft pick Justin Jackson. (CBS Sports)

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