Tar Heel Pros News & Notes

This week's update on former Tar Heel hoopsters.


* Here's a look at what the 11 NBA Tar Heel Pros will be up to when the National Basketball Association begins the 2003-04 season on Tuesday:

--- Vince Carter (Toronto Raptors) will look to be healthy and stay healthy to get the Raptors back in the playoff picture.

--- Hubert Davis (Detroit Pistons) is trying to hang on to a roster spot and help the Pistons with some points off the bench.

--- Rick Fox (Los Angeles Lakers) is still recovering from foot surgery and hopes to be back with the Lakers in December.

--- Brendan Haywood (Washington Wizards), the Wizards starter at center, had the option on the fourth year of his contract picked up by Washington last week. Haywood's salary will increase to $1.75 million in 2004-05, according to the Washington Post.

--- Antawn Jamison (Dallas Mavericks) will have to adjust to a new team, after being traded by Golden State to Dallas, and a new 6th-man role, since Dallas acquired small forward Antoine Walker from Boston.

--- George Lynch (New Orleans Hornets) will be coming off the Hornets' bench to defend, rebound and provide whatever else is needed in his 11th pro season. "I've probably got three or four more years left in me," Lynch recently told the New Orleans Times-Dispatch.

--- Jeff McInnis (Portland Trail Blazers) starts the season as the backup at point guard to Damon Stoudamire, but should still see more playing time than he did last year.

--- Jerry Stackhouse (Washington Wizards) needs to rehab from last week's knee surgery before resuming his role as the Wizards' top scorer.

--- Rasheed Wallace (Portland Trail Blazers) moves from power forward to the small forward spot to make room for Zach Randolph as a starter.

--- Scott Williams (Phoenix Suns) is still healing from the thumb surgery he had a couple of weeks ago, but should be back soon to take some minutes in the Suns' center rotation.

--- Shammond Williams (Orlando Magic), the oft-travelled sharpshooter, appears to have won a roster spot in Orlando as a backup point guard to Tyronn Lue.


* According to information posted by amazon.com, Dean Smith's latest book -- "The Carolina Way: Leadership Lessons from a Life in Coaching," along with Gerald D. Bell, John Kilgo and preface by Roy Williams -- is published by Penguin Books and will be available in February 2004.

The website describes the book as, "The most successful coach in college basketball history, and among the most beloved, offers his comprehensive program for building and maintaining winning teams in sports, business, and life.

"In his wry, sensible, wise way, Coach Smith takes us through every aspect of his program, illustrating his insights with vivid stories. Accompanying each major point is a 'Player Perspective' from a former North Carolina basketball star and an in-depth "Business Perspective" developing some of the wider applications of Smith's precepts from Gerald D. Bell, a world-renowned leadership consultant and a professor at UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School.

"Each year Coach Smith gave his team the same three goals: PLAY HARD ... PLAY SMART ... PLAY TOGETHER. Coach Smith taught all his teams that if they kept their focus on these three goals, winning would take care of itself. And more times than any other coach in history, he was right."

Coming soon to a book store or website near you.


* George Karl began working as an analyst for ESPN on Friday night when he worked the Lakers - Kings exhibition game. Karl has been assigned to cover NBA games on ESPN along with Tom Tolbert (Arizona) as a co-analyst and Mike Tirico providing play-by-play. Karl will begin as an ABC studio analyst on Christmas Day, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

ESPN and ESPN2 will offer 72 regular season games with a Wednesday game, Friday night doubleheaders and seven Sunday night games, according to the Journal-Sentinel report.

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