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In rookie season with Kings, Justin Jackson learning plenty from 'Mr. Carter'
Vince Carter and Justin Jackson are bound together by their alma mater, but until last summer, the 41-year-old veteran of 20 NBA seasons and 22-year-old rookie had never met. That changed during Sacramento's Summer League. "As soon as I signed with the team, the first text message I received was from Justin Jackson, and he called me, 'Mr. Carter,'" Vince Carter said.
UNC Locker Room Report: Four Straight
Peaking is a word thrown around a lot this time of the year. The last two North Carolina teams, both of which made it to the final day of the college basketball season, were seemingly peaking around this time of the season. While the 2017-18 version is very different, there is a similar feel of playing the best ball as the regular season enters its final stretch.
UNC completes 5-day trifecta
This has to be the greatest five day span during the regular season in UNC basketball’s storied history. Three wins in five days – two of them over Big Four rivals. Coach Roy Williams mentioned the Tar Heels once had a stretch like this in 1980. I saw those games 38 years ago in my Tar Heel Network days alongside the legendary Woody Durham and Jim Heavner.
The offensive versatility of Luke Maye makes him the ACC’s No. 2 player
The ascension of North Carolina's Luke Maye from solid role player to All-American candidate is well-documented. We have even reached the point where it’s trendy to now question if Maye is the ACC’s second best player — behind Marvin Bagley of Duke. Instead of speculation, though, let’s dig into the numbers. Here’s why Maye is the league’s No. 2 player.
Carolina Insider Podcast: Recapping NCSU & Notre Dame
Recap the big basketball wins over North Carolina State and Notre Dame and take stock of the rest of the season in the latest episode of the Carolina Insider podcast. Hosts Jones Angell of the Tar Heel Sports Network and Adam Lucas of GoHeels.com also hear what happens when a listener invites coaches Dean Smith, Bill Guthridge and Roy Williams to his wedding.
Chansky’s Notebook: How ‘Bout Them Apples?
Whether it was a second wind or just dad-gum determination to stick it to the ACC schedule-makers and ESPN for giving the Tar Heels three brutal games in a five-day period, something changed on the court. The Tar Heels haven’t seen a card this grueling since February of 1991 — 27 years ago — when the Gulf War forced postponement of the State home game.
What Roy Williams does when ‘dadgum’ isn’t enough
Sometimes “dadgum” doesn’t get the job done, even for Roy Williams. Coarser words, than the folksy coach’s preferred vernacular, are sometimes necessary. Halftime of UNC’s game with Notre Dame on Monday was such an occasion. Joel Berry said, “Ol’ Roy” has been working blue on the regular. “He’s been doing that lately,” Berry said. “It’s a good thing for us.”
UNC's slump officially over as Tar Heels win 4th straight
North Carolina is not used to going through losing streaks, which is why last month's three-game losing streak had folks asking questions about the Tar Heels. But everything seems cool now. Because UNC has responded with four straight wins -- among them last week's victory over Duke -- to improve to 20-7 and 9-5 in the ACC. Is UNC a real title contender?
Time Is Almost Up For Berry & Pinson
Walking off the Smith Center court Monday, Joel Berry II reflected on the time he's spent there, typically alone. Those moments helped him through the most difficult parts of his UNC career. And after the Tar Heels' win over Notre Dame, he thought back on them, knowing he and Theo Pinson's final home game, a 9 p.m. contest against Miami on Feb. 27, looms.
UNC over ND for win 3 of a 5-day spree
UNC finished a stretch that the ACC schedule-makers didn’t lay out for any other team in the league: Play three games in five days. Entering Monday, it helped that Saturday’s game was played in the afternoon. If fatigue was going to weigh on anybody, it was going to be on the starters, who played many of the minutes in wins over Duke, N.C. State and Notre Dame.
Vinsanity: Passion for basketball helping Carter defy Father Time in Sacramento
Vince Carter may be the oldest guy in the NBA, but he rarely acts his age. The 41-year-old has altered his style and fought off Father Time in a career that's seen him play for seven teams. Now, the last NBA player to have been coached by Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina is close to moving into the top 10 all-time in number of NBA games played.
Center Tyler Zeller is catching up with Bucks
Three games into his Milwaukee Bucks tenure after he was traded from the Brooklyn Nets, Tyler Zeller is drawing praise from coach Joe Prunty. Prunty and Zeller worked together in Cleveland in 2012-’13. Most of Zeller’s best plays haven’t shown up in the stats yet in an average of 14 minutes per game as a backup, but Zeller’s value in getting teammates open.
Ty Lawson emerges as serious candidate for deal with Wizards
After a season in the China Basketball Association, guard Ty Lawson has emerged as a serious candidate for a deal with the Washington Wizards. Lawson's strong performance with Shandong of the CBA, including 55 points in his final game, has merited deeper inspection. Lawson is expected to make a case to Washington about signing him prior to the All-Star break.
Lucas: Triple Crown
We should have known Roy Williams would find a way to make North Carolina's daunting three games in five days a challenge for his team. While the rest of us were busy lamenting that the Tar Heels hadn't played such a stretch of ACC games since 1991 (only because of a Gulf War rescheduling), Williams was virtually daring his team to succeed.
Quick Hitters – UNC vs Notre Dame
Luke Maye did not have a great scoring night, but he contributed in other ways with four assists, two blocks, and eight rebounds. This also means Louisville is in trouble Saturday. Why? This is the fifth time Maye has scored in single digits this season. The game after the first four single-digit scoring games, he followed up with 27, 17, 32, and 26 points.