NBA training camps open Tuesday, October 2nd, and here is a Tar Heel Pros update to help keep track of your favorite former Tar Heel(s).
Let's begin with the most recent additions to NBA training camp rosters: Makhtar Ndiaye has been signed by Cleveland and Kevin Salvadori will workout with Boston.
Joseph Forte, with Boston, and Brendan Haywood, with Washington, will prepare for their rookie seasons as they make their NBA training camp debuts.
Sam Perkins, waived recently by Indiana, will not be attending an NBA preseason camp for the first time in 18 years. Sam still has not officially announced his retirement.
And, as you know, Michael Jordan is no longer an NBA executive, but instead will prepare to amaze us once again as Washington begins practice sessions in Wilmington, N.C.
These Tar Heel NBA Pros are back with the team they ended last season with: Vince Carter (Toronto), Hubert Davis (Washington), Rick Fox (LA Lakers), Antawn Jamison (Golden State), George Lynch (Philadelphia), Jeff McInnis (LA Clippers), Eric Montross (Toronto), Jerry Stackhouse (Detroit), Rasheed Wallace (Portland), Scott Williams (Milwaukee) and Shammond Williams (Seattle).
Many ex-Tar Heels have already started another pro season overseas: Derrick Phelps and Henrik Rödl remain teammates with Alba Berlin, last year's German League champs. J.R. Reid, released by Cleveland during last season, is back overseas in the French Pro A League with Strasbourg IG. Steve Bucknall has moved from the London Towers (UK) to play in the Greek A1 League for Aris Thessaloniki. Dante Calabria has left Trieste (Italy-A1) in favor of Pamesa Valencia in Spain's ACB League. Vasco Evtimov is now with Skipper Fortitudo Bologna of the Italian A1 League after spending last season in the Greek A1 League with Maroussi. And Ademola Okulaja, the Spain-ACB League Rookie of the Year last season with Girona, stayed in Spain, but will be with F.C. Barcelona for the 2001-02 season.
That leaves only previous Heels Pros Brian Reese and Donald Williams without a professional affliation at this time. And Max Owens could be a candidate for the NBA's NBDL inaugural season that begins November 16th.
As far as other minor league hoops that can offer employment, the IBL and the IBA have folded, but the CBA, after being terminated last season, will return in November and the ABA 2000 has yet to make an official announcement on plans for a 2001-02 season, which would be their second campaign if they decide to proceed.