Tar Heel Pros News & Notes

STACK IS BACK WITH UNC ALUMNI GAME

* According to UNC's official school site, TarHeelBlue, Jerry Stackhouse has arranged for another edition of the "World's Greatest Alumni Game." The 2002 game was at the RBC Center in Raleigh. The 2003 affair is scheduled in Chapel Hill at the Dean Dome on August 23 with proceeds going to the North Carolina Chapter of the American Diabetes Association.

North Carolina knocked off the alums from the rest of the ACC 154-148 in last year's contest. Stackhouse told THB that he expects to have the same participants as last year -- such as himself, Vince Carter, Sam Perkins, Antawn Jamison, Rasheed Wallace and many other former Tar Heels -- and maybe even a few more will stop by.

"When I saw Vince during the season this year. the first thing he asked me was if we were going to have the game again this year. Word got around pretty quickly about how fun the game was," Stackhouse told THB.

Tickets for the game are expected to be sold through Ticketmaster and the UNC ticket office (800-722-HEEL) when they are available for sale.

WALSH HIRES BIRD, BECOMES CEO

* UNC graduate Donnie Walsh is not leaving and still has four years left on his contract with the Indiana Pacers. But Walsh is 62 years old and is bringing in Larry Bird as the Pacers' President of Basketball Operations.

Walsh, team president since 1986, will become Chief Executive Officer of the organization and groom Bird to take over the day-to-day operation of the Indiana franchise.

"My health is fine -- I'm just getting older," Walsh said last Friday when he announced the hiring of Larry Bird and his plans to slow down, according to the Indianapolis Star.

"I started this with Larry about a month and a half ago. And last week, I lost my grandaughter (who died at the age of 12), so that kind of rushed it up (mentally)," Walsh said.

CALABRIA TO RETURN TO ITALY

* Dante Calabria has agreed to terms to play the 2003-04 season for Pallacanestro Cantu of the Italian A1 League. Last season in the Italian League, Calabria averaged 12.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game for league champ Benetton Treviso.

Calabria, 29, about to play his eighth pro season, was described in a team press release as "a pure sniper that knows the game well, and plays shooting guard and small forward with optimal peripheral vision." Of course, they said it in Italian.

LANG AT SUMMER CAMP WITH WIZARDS

* Kris Lang, back home recently from his rookie season in Poland, just finished up a four-day training camp stint with the Washington Wizards and is now ready for the 10-team, 7-day Pro Summer League that begins in Boston today.

A Washington Post article about the conclusion of training camp noted that Wizards coach Eddie Jordan mentioned Lang as one of the players he has been impressed by.

The Wizards play Atlanta today, New York tomorrow, Philadelphia on Wednesday, Milwaukee on Friday (11 a.m., NBA TV), San Antonio on Saturday and Cleveland in the final league game on Sunday.

The ACC will be well represented in Boston summer league play. Lang's teammates include Maryland's Juan Dixon and Steve Blake. Other ACCers on summer camp rosters are Alvin Jones (GT/Atlanta), Tahj Holden (MD/Atlanta), Damon Thornton (NC St./Atlanta), Carlos Boozer (Duke/Cleveland), Josh Howard (WF/Dallas), Josh Powell (NC St./Dallas), Terrell McIntyre (Clemson/Milwaukee), Eddie Elisma (GT/NJ), LaRon Profit (MD/Phila.), Todd Fuller (NC St./Phila.) and Travis Watson (VA/Phila.).

Former high school hotshot Lenny Cooke is on the training camp roster of the Boston Celtics. Cleveland has top draft choice LeBron James on their roster. Boston and Cleveland will get together tonight at 8 p.m.

The Rocky Mountain Revue in Salt Lake City, Utah, the final event of the NBA summer circuit, is scheduled for July 18 through July 26.

SULLIVAN HIRED BY PISTONS

* Former Tar Heel Pat Sullivan resigned from his job as UNC Wilmington assistant women's basketball coach last Thursday to accept a position with the Detroit Pistons working with UNC's Larry Brown.

Sullivan told the Wilmington Star-News that his new job involved breaking down scouting video tapes for Pistons coaches. "As a little kid you always wanted to play in the league. I always wanted to coach, and here I get to do something like that," Sullivan said in a phone interview from Orlando, Florida with the Star-News. The job Sullivan will be doing is considered as entry-level for becoming an NBA assistant coach.

Sullivan also disclosed he has been tempted to leave UNC-W in the past by other offers. To Notre Dame as a women's assistant, Penn State and VCU talked about men's assistant jobs and Tennessee's Buzz Peterson, another former Tar Heel, met with him this summer.

Then Larry Brown made him an offer to work for the Pistons. "It took about a second to think about it," Sullivan told the Star-News.

JAMISON, CARTER GIVING BACK

* Antawn Jamison was in Kannapolis, North Carolina last week to hand over a check for $20,000 to Habitat for Humanity, the organization that helps build homes for those in need.

"It's all about giving back. I've been very fortunate to receive a lot of things in my life," the Golden State Warrior star told the Charlotte Observer about his community service contribution. "It was a great opportunity to give back where there was a family in need. That's the most rewarding feeling, when you see smiles on families' faces. It makes me sleep better at night to know i actually made a difference."

Jamison's monetary donation helped the Scott family complete the building of their home that had been delayed since February due to a lack of funds for the project.

* Vince Carter was in Toronto last week at an opening ceremony for an outdoor, pro-sized, neighborhood basketball court for which he donated $130,000, according to the Toronto Globe and Mail. Carter got the new court started with a dunk as four or five rows of youngsters were lined up around the court.

Carter also talked about his remarks made recently that he thought the Raptors would be better off by trading Chris Bosh, the Raptors choice with the fourth pick in the draft.

"I think the whole thing was blown out of proportion. It never was intended to be about Chris Bosh," Carter told the Globe and Mail. "I've met him. I've seen him play and I'm impressed. But when you talk about you want to win now, let's mean it. Let's win now. I hope we can pick up some veterans."

"We're going to make sure that he is prepared to come out and win rookie of the year. He's shown to me so far that he works hard and he's capable. A lot of people say he needs some years. Well, I hope he proves everybody wrong," said the 1999 NBA Rookie of the Year.


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