Tar Heel Pros News & Notes

This week's update on former Tar Heel hoopsters.


* Jerry Stackhouse of the Washington Wizards is set for surgery on his right knee on Tuesday in New York. The arthroscopic procedure is intended to determine the amount of damage to the lining of the back of his right knee cap. An offseason treatment of rest followed by a rehab period to strengthen the knee did not eliminate the discomfort that Stackhouse has felt since the end of last season.

Stackhouse issued a statement that read, "I haven't been able to play up to the level I'm capable of playing and I'm hoping this procedure will ease my discomfort so that I can be back and be 100 percent and help the team in any way I can."

The Wizards first game is October 29 in Chicago. Stackhouse is likely to start the season on the injury list and will be required to miss at least five games.


* The report in the Orlando Sentinel says Orlando Magic coach Doc Rivers has given Shammond Williams the green light to shoot. But also the red light ... the stop light ... the don't shoot light. "It's a fine line. Sometimes he wants me to be aggressive; sometimes he wants me to just balance things out," Williams told the Sentinel about adjusting to traffic lights and becoming more of a playmaker than a scorer to meet the wishes of Rivers.

Williams, trying to catch on as a point guard behind Tyronn Lue with Orlando, says he has been misread by coaches in his five NBA seasons as "the type of individual that wanted to do my own thing, that I think of myself first instead of the team. But I know I just don't carry myself that way," Williams said to the Sentinel.

According to the Sentinel report, Rivers is pleased so far by Williams' preseason performance, but there have still been those times "we have to remind Shammond that he's a point guard," Rivers said.


* Nikki Teasley scored 21 points for WNBA Select, but homestanding Volgaburmash Samara (Russia) prevailed 72-68 in the championship game of the World Cup For Women's Clubs in Samara, Russia yesterday.

Teasley concluded the international competition with 11.2 points per game in 26.2 minutes. Coretta Brown contributed 4.0 points per game in 12 minutes per game over five games (3-2).

Fiba.com mentioned that Teasley may sign with a pro club in Russia after the World Cup. "I am thinking about it. I am open to everything," Teasley told fiba.com when asked about playing in Russia. "I want to see new things. Basketball gives me an opportunity to learn about new countries and cultures."

Teasley also stated during the fiba.com Q&A that she was not homesick at all, she called home everyday over the regular phone since her mobile phone was not working in Russia and the hosts there made them feel very comfortable.


* Former Tar Heel Vasco Evtimov is off to an excellent start with Caja San Fernando Sevilla in Spain. After the first five games (2-3) Evtimov has two double-doubles (14+13 and 12+14), leads the ACB league with 10.6 rebounds per contest and averages 11 points and 32 minutes per game.

* The Utah Jazz released Ademola Okulaja from their training camp roster last week. Okulaja has played the last three seasons in Spain's ACB league and is currently unattached after reaching a financial agreement with Unicaja Malaga (Spain - ACB) on the final year of his contract.

* There have been reports by overseas websites that Kris Lang was offered a contract by Polonia Warbud in Warsaw, Poland. Lang is also reported to be considering signing with Union Olimpija in Slovenia.

* Eurobasket.com noted that Jason Capel had been in Greece for a tryout, but was not likely to sign since he was on his way to Turkey. Capel played last season in his hometown of Fayetteville, N.C. in the NBDL.


* Washington Wizards' center Brendan Haywood recently noted that Dei Lynam, a reporter for Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia, was a big help during the summer when they worked together on a couple of televised games, on Comcast SportsNet's Washington affiliate, for the WNBA's Washington Mystics. "She relaxed me and helped me out by showing things that happen behind the scenes and helped me with my eye placement when it comes to looking in the camera," Haywood told washingtonwizards.com.

Lynam informed Inside Carolina last week via e-mail that, "Working with Brendan most definitely was fun." Lynam included that Haywood displayed enthusiasm, a good sense of humor and did not have the monotone voice that first-time TV people often have. "He is bright, articulate and is putting his communications degree to good use," Lynam responded when IC asked about Haywood's future in broadcasting.

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