Tar Heels in action as NBA season begins

The Tar Heel Pro on everyone's mind was Michael Jordan, who opened his comeback effort with a 19-point outing in a 93-91 loss to the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. He missed a potential game-tying three-pointer in the final minute and shot 7-21 for the game, but did total six assists (link).

Michael Jordan drives by New York's Mark Jackson.

Jeff McInnis' Clippers lost at San Antonio, but the former Tar Heel floor general posted an impressive 23 points (9-14 FG) and five assists. ().

Jerry Stackhouse, who pledged over the summer to be a more team-oriented player this year, had six assists to go with 27 points (7-19 FG) and eight rebounds. The Pistons gave a valiant effort but lost at Dallas (link).

Jerry Stackhouse fouls Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki.

Vince Carter suffered a knee bruise which limited him to 11 points (2-14 FG) in Toronto's loss at Orlando. Carter's teammate Eric Montross had four points and one rebound (link).

An official separates Vince Carter from Toronto's Tracy McGrady.

It was a new season, but more of the same for Portland's Rasheed Wallace. The volatile Carolina grad recorded a double-double (22 points, 12 rebounds), lost to the Lakers -- and earned his first technical of the season. Rick Fox had nine points and six rebounds for Los Angeles (link).

Rick Fox receives his NBA championship ring during the Lakers' pregame ceremony.

It didn't take long for Scott Williams to get used to his new outfit in Denver. Williams posted 12 points and 15 rebounds, as the Nuggets came away from Phoenix with a win (link).

Also in action was Boston rookie Joseph Forte, who scored two points and handed out two assists in 13 minutes of action in the easy win over Cleveland (link).

Shammond Williams (Seattle), Hubert Davis (Washington) and Brendan Haywood (Washington) are all out with injuries and did not dress.

The teams of Antawn Jamison (Golden State) and George Lynch (Charlotte), who is out 2-3 months after foot surgery, did not play and open their season tonight.

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