Tar Heel Pros News & Notes

Joe Wolf to coach pro team in Idaho; Rasheed Wallace's Pistons upset the Lakers to go up 1-0; Vince Carter goes on book tour.


* After one season as an assistant coach at William & Mary (CAA) under former Tar Heel Tony Shaver, Joe Wolf, 39, is leaving to become the head coach of the Idaho (Boise) Stampede of the CBA.

"What a wonderful job Joe Wolf did for us at William & Mary. He is one of the nicer people in the profession and was a real pleasure to have on our staff," said W&M coach Shaver, according to the school's web site.

"Joe is a real 'basketball guy' with a good basketball mind," fellow UNC alum and former CBA and NBA coach George Karl said in a press release by the Stampede. Retired North Carolina coach Dean Smith noted, "Joe is a very bright young man with basketball savvy. He has had great experience in college, the NBA, overseas and in the business world. I think the Stampede has picked a star on the rise."

Wolf averaged 9.6 points and 5.5 rebounds for North Carolina from 1983-87, then played 11 seasons in the NBA before retiring in 1999. Wolf takes over in Idaho for Larry Krystowiak. 'Coach K' left the Stampede to become the head coach at the University of Montana.


* Rasheed Wallace scored 14 points (3-4 FG, 2-2 3-pt. FG, 6-6 FT) and took down eight rebounds during 28 minutes as Larry Brown's Pistons downed the Lakers 87-75 last night in Los Angeles to take a 1-0 lead in the 2004 NBA Finals.

The Lakers were held to 40 percent shooting from the field by Detroit's persistent defense. When the shots were not taken by Kobe Bryant or Shaquille O'Neal (23-43) the Lakers could only muster six field goals in 30 tries (20 percent). Former Tar Heel Rick Fox put in a scoreless (0-0 FG) four minutes as a Laker sub.

Game 2 is Tuesday in Los Angeles on ABC. The series moves to the Pistons' homecourt for Game 3 on Thursday (ABC).


* Vince Carter has a new book out and began promotional work for it last Friday, taking part in the 'Read To Achieve' program at the NBA Store in New York City. 'Choose Your Course', written by Carter with Greg Brown, is intended to help youngsters deal with challenges by sharing stories from Carter's life experiences that emphasize balance and diversity when making choices.

"I have always been impressed by how Vince has focused on setting clear objectives and making good choices throughout his career. His life story is a great example for all kids aspiring to live a positive, meaningful life," said Dean Smith, former University of North Carolina basketball coach, in the www.positivelyforkids.com review section.

Actor Denzel Washington states, "Vince and I went to the same high school, so I've kept tabs on his professional and community accomplishments. He created a smart life path and this book provides his roadmap to good decision-making."

The book, published by Positively For Kids, Inc., is 48 pages with an assortment of color photos, a listing of related websites and costs $15.95.


* Nikki Teasley of the Los Angeles Sparks offered her thoughts on the Detroit-Los Angeles battle for the NBA title to www.nba.com last week:

"Of course, I have to go with the Lakers, but it will be tough. Detroit is so strong defensively and even though Ben Wallace is smaller than Shaq, he is the only one that can match Shaq strengthwise in the league. Rasheed on the outside will be hard for Karl Malone to guard. Kobe Bryant is definitely the X-factor for L.A. and I think Rip Hamilton for Detroit. How well they play and how consistent they both are will be key throughout the series. But I think the Lakers will pull it out in five games."

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