Tar Heel Pros News & Notes

This week's update on former Tar Heels.


* Following a meeting Sunday between George Karl and Bucks' GM Larry Harris, it was announced that Karl will not be the coach of the Bucks for the 2003-04 season.

Karl ('73), 52, has been with Milwaukee for the past five years and has coached them to a record of 205-173 (54.2%). His overall NBA career record stands at 708-499 (58.7%).

"I'm grateful for the opportunity that Senator Kohl (team owner) gave me to come to Milwaukee. I have made many friends here, and I will never forget how quickly the people of Wisconsin made me feel at home with their overwhelming support of our success," Karl said when his departure was announced, one year short of completing his current two-year, $14 million contract.


* Kris Lang appeared in five games for the Washington Wizards (3-3) at the Boston Summer League last week.

Lang played in two of the first three summer-league contests for just seven minutes (5 - DNP - 2), then got on the court for 48 minutes (18 - 15 - 15) in the last three games.

Lang went 6-14 from the field, 1-4 on free throws, with 12 boards, 2 assists, a steal, a block and scored 13 points. His best production came in the Wizards' fourth game, a 93-70 win over the Bucks, with six points (3-7 FG) and six rebounds.


* Ademola Okulaja is back for NBA summer league play following a one-year absence, and is again with the San Antonio Spurs for the Rocky Mountain Revue. The Spurs first RMR game is today against the Chicago Bulls.

Okulaja's teammates in Salt Lake City include former ACC stars Terence Morris (Md.), Jason Collier (GT) and Chris Williams (Va.).

The Spurs summer squad will also play on July 22 (Utah), July 23 (Ind./Phila.), July 25 (Phoenix) and July 26 (Dallas). Utah features Lonny Baxter (Md.) and Roger Mason Jr. (Va.). Dallas has Josh Howard (WF) and Josh Powell (NC St.) on their summer roster.


* The Phoenix Suns last week signed 13-year veteran Scott Williams to a one-year, $1 million contract. Williams played in 69 games for Phoenix last season, with 33 starts, as he averaged 12.6 minutes, 4.0 points and 2.8 rebounds.


* Former Tar Heel Nikki Teasley and her dazzling passes got the attention of ABC broadcaster Mark Jones on her way to capturing the WNBA All-Star Game MVP award.

Jones, given USA Today's "Best Line of the Week" nod, mentioned during the All-Star Game telecast that Teasley "reminds me of a drive-through window at a fast food restaurant. If you get close enough, you're going to get fed."

Last Tuesday, Teasley followed up her sterling All-Star effort with a double-overtime gem that helped the Sparks to an 80-77 victory. Teasley played the full 50 mnutes, grabbed seven rebounds, dished nine assists, had three steals, blocked a shot and tossed in 10 points (4-7 FG, 2-3 FT). I think ABC's Mark Jones would have been impressed.

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