Two angles on the OJ Mayo gifts scandal.
- The baseball team moved to 42-9 over the weekend losing only a rain shortened game to UVa. The Heels play their final scheduled “home” game of the season against Winthrop tonight in Cary. This weekend it is off to Coral Gables for a huge three game set with Miami in a #1 vs #2 battle. The Heels trail Miami by three games in the loss column for the Coastal Division title in the ACC and are ranked 2nd behind the Hurricanes in all three major polls.
- T.J. Yates made the most of his spring by improving his footwork and watching game film. He stands to be ready for fall practice now that he is able to throw the football again.
- How can the ACC produce so many NFL Draft picks but not be competitive in the BCS?
- I do pay some attention to the NBA during the playoffs and what LeBron James did to Kevin Garnett here is just sick.
An article appeared on the website Hoopsworld last week detailing the impact of UNC players in the NBA. By and large it was what you would expect highlighting some of the greats from UNC who have made waves at the next level. However I was also struck by some serious omissions.
According to the Denver Post, he is on their radar:
Denver will not stand pat. With a draft choice late in the first round, it’s believed the Nuggets are eyeing North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson. The team also is known to have recently scouted young European center Marc Gasol, currently property of the Memphis Grizzlies and a prospect who might be ready to emerge from the shadow of his big brother with the Lakers.
Denver owns the 20th pick in the draft which would be enough to keep Lawson in the draft. I also think that information like this is what Roy Williams gets when he talks to various teams meaning when these guys declare they are aware of interest from certain scouts. Fans often assume that the mock drafts and ESPN analysis is all the players are using to decide. In the case of Tar Heel players, Roy talks to a lot of people and probably gets assessments similar to this one. And we can safely assume Denver was one of the 18 teams Roy spoke with since UNC alum George Karl is the head coach there.
Obviously this process has a ways to go but an interesting “nugget” nonetheless.
According to Slate’s Josh Levin in an interview with The Fynal Cut:
I went to a Wizards game the other night, and despite the fact that Gilbert Arenas made a surprise return to the lineup, the crowd was comatose for pretty much the whole night. When the Bucks shot free throws, the Verizon Center crew put up a collage of Duke images — Paulus, Coack K, etc. — on the scoreboard to get the crowd to boo, and it worked like magic. I’m not kidding. That really happened.
I am not sure what to make of that. Yeah, I know Duke is hated but wow, using images of Duke players and coaches in a random NBA game to get the crowd booing is just bizarre. Antawn Jamison and Brendan Haywood both play for Washington and I am sure they had nothing to do with it.
UPDATE: Apprently this was a bit overstated in earlier reports. Apparently the owners are prepared to go after it but the Player’s Associate will need to be convinced. Also the current age limit still holds unto 2010-11 so this may have been much ado about nothing.
The NBA and NCAA have apparently hammered out a new 20 year-old age limit in an effort to keep players in college for two years curbing the rash of “one and done” players. Given my love for the college game I think this is a great move and I also think two years is the right number.
And for everyone who wants to say how nice it would have been to have this rule in effect last year so UNC could have kept Brandan Wright may I remind you it would also mean Texas would still have Kevin Durant and Ohio State would have Greg Oden, Mike Conley and Daequan Cook. UNC actually made out the best of all the teams that saw NBA defections and if they can minimize those defections this season it will be the case again.
And that is what someone in the Cleveland Cavaliers organization did to ex-Duke player Danny Ferry. When Ferry arrived at the new Cavaliers practice facility he found this painted on his office wall.
That is awesome.