Tar Heel Pros News & Notes

This week's update on former Tar Heel hoopsters. Pictured - Jerry Stackhouse


* Former Tar Heel star Jerry Stackhouse decided after the Wizards lost to the Lakers on Saturday that he will not play anymore this season due to an ailing left knee. Stackhouse rejoined the Wizards on February 1 after rehabbing from surgery on his right knee on October 21.

"I'm going to sit down and talk to people because right now I am not healthy and well. I'm not able to play the way I'm capable of playing and I don't want to go into the offseason rehabbing," Stackhouse said after scoring 20 points against the Lakers on Saturday, according to press reports.

The injury to the left knee is a result of overcompensating for a not fully healed right knee. Stackhouse stated that he rushed his return, but now needs to "start thinking with my head instead of my heart. I've got to get back to being Jerry Stackhouse."

In 12 games Stackhouse played 31.2 minutes per contest averaging 14.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists.


* Jonathan Holmes, playing his first pro season in England for the Leicester Riders, has provided Inside Carolina with another update on his overseas experience:

"Last weekend, we went on the road and beat the Birmingham Bullets in OT, 94-91. It was the first win our club has had at Birmingham in over 17 years. I contributed 9 points and 5 assists in the win. Then, [Saturday] night we played the best team in the country, Brighton, who also participates in the Euro Championships [ULEB Cup]. We lost by 10 or so, but played a very inspired game, and had our chances late in the game to steal a big win against a top team. I played my best individual game since the season began, contributing 14 points (4-7 FG) and 7 assists. We have only 10 games remaining [until] mid-April, and are currently 6 games out of the last playoff spot."


* You can add Laker's General Manager Mitch Kupchak to that lengthy list of people that Shaquille O'Neal has issues with. Last Wednesday, O'Neal placed blame for the Lakers' tumultuous season on Kupchak. "The general manager we have needs to take notes from me. If I was general manager of a team like this there'd be no problems. No problems with the Diesel (that's Shaq), no problems with coach (Phil Jackson), no problems with the Kobester, no problems with the owner (Jerry Buss)," O'Neal (the Diesel) stated, according to the Los Angeles Times report last week.

Kupchak, currently negotiating a contract extension with O'Neal among other things, brushed off Shaq's comments as being unprofessional and as "Shaquille being Shaquille." Kupchak also noted that he would speak to O'Neal about his comments, but would not take any disciplinary action and would continue talking to O'Neal's agents about a contract extension. O'Neal can opt out of his contract after next season.

Phil Jackson characterized O'Neal's statement about Kupchak as "wrong" and "too personal," according to the Times story. O'Neal later explained that he was just offering to help the situation. "It's like if I thought you could improve as a writer. I'd tell you you should use more verbs," Shaq offered to the press corps the next day.


* With an 8-for-12 field goal shooting performance on Friday night, Kris Lang moved to the top of the NBDL in Field Goal Percentage at 57 percent on 118-for-207 shooting. Lang, a center for the Asheville Altitude (14-15), has played in 27 games averaging 27.4 minutes, 10.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 blocks per game.

Jason Capel, of the Fayetteville Patriots (15-17), is currently sixth in the D-league in free throw Percentage. Capel has hit 79-of-97 attempts from the line -- that's 81.4 percent. On the season, Capel checks in at 12.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.6 apg and 33.6 mpg in 22 games played.


* Donnie Walsh: 3/1 (63) ... Henrik Rödl: 3/4 (35) ... Kenny Smith: 3/8 (39) ... Steve Bucknall: 3/17 (38) ... Dudley Bradley: 3/19 (47) ... Bobby Lewis: 3/20 (59) ... Scott Williams ('90): 3/21 (36) ... La'Tangela Atkinson: 3/22 (20) ... Nikki Teasley: 3/22 (25) ... Joseph Forte: 3/23 (23) ... Jackie Manuel: 3/29 (21) ... Dennis Wuycik: 3/29 (54) ... J.R. Reid: 3/31 (36) ... Jonathan Holmes: 3/31 (24).

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