* After being away from pro basketball for nine months, former Tar Heel All-American Joseph Forte tried to shake off the rust and regain his confidence last week with the Detroit Pistons at the Minnesota Timberwolves Summer League in Minneapolis.
Forte came off the bench in five games to score 18 points (3.6 ppg) in 41 minutes (8.2 mpg). He shot just 28 percent from the field (5-18) and 67 percent from the line (8-12) with six rebounds and seven assists. In game one he logged one point (0-3 FG, 1-2 FT) and four assists in 11 minutes. In game two during 10 minutes he tallied nine points (2-6 FG, 5-8 FT), two rebounds and two assists. Then played nine, five and six minutes in the last three games.
Former Tar Heel assistant coach Dave Hanners coached the Detroit summer team of rookies and free agents to a 4-1 second-place record in Minneapolis and also was involved with recruiting and coaching Forte at North Carolina. Hanners attributes Forte's early exit from the NBA to "lost confidence" and "not being mature enough" to handle making adjustments in the NBA. "His psyche somehow got damaged, and I'm not sure that he has recovered," Hanners told the Detroit News.
"I didn't handle not playing very well," Forte explained, according to the report. "That's what all my problems stem from, from me wanting to be on the court and acting immature whan I wasn't able to get on the court. It's not an element of a character flaw or anything like that. I just want to play basketball. But I know now there are other things that go into it."
"If he has to go to Europe or the [NBDL], then that's what he has to do," Hanners said. "He is going to have to keep working until he gets what he wants."
LANG TO PLAY FOR THE GRIZ
* Kris Lang is on the Memphis Grizzlies summer roster as they take part in the Southern California Summer Pro League at Long Beach, Calif. from today through July 23 along with seven other NBA teams of mostly free agents and draftees. Memphis is scheduled to play on July 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22 and 23.
Other former ACC players in Long Beach include Terence Morris (Maryland '01) and Chris Wilcox (Maryland '04), both on the Los Angeles Clippers, Edward Scott (Clemson '03) for Sacramento, Trevor Harvey (FSU '03) for New York and Josh Howard (WF '03) with Dallas. Duke's Dahntay Jones ('03) is also on the Grizzlies summer squad.
Lang played for the Washington Wizards last summer before moving on to the Asheville Altitude, the champions of the NBDL. Prior to that, Lang played his first pro season in Wloclawek, Poland for Anwil, the 2002-03 Polish League champs.
STACKHOUSE READY TO START IN DALLAS
* Former Tar Heel All-American Jerry Stackhouse told the Dallas Morning News last week he's willing to come off the bench for Dallas, but he intends to battle for a starting job if he ends up with the Mavericks.
Stackhouse is "excited about being back healthy again" after injuries limited him to 26 games and 13.9 points per game last season. "I still feel like I'm a starter in this league," he told the Morning News. "They're saying I'm the sixth-man, but when I get there, we'll see."
Up next for Stackhouse will be hosting the third annual World's Greatest Alumni Basketball game on August 28 at the Dean E. Smith Center. Tickets are now on sale at TarHeelBlue.com for the charity event. You can also visit www.carolinapros.org for more information.
SULLIVAN HAS OFFER FROM ATLANTA
* Larry Brown's coaching staff in Detroit continues to be in upheaval. Assistant coach Mike Woodson departed last week for the head coaching job in Atlanta. Woodson then added Pistons' assistant coach Herb Brown, Larry's brother, to the Atlanta coaching staff.
Now, Woodson has offered Pat Sullivan, the Pistons video coordinator, a similar job on his staff in Atlanta. The Detroit Free Press reports that Sullivan will know more about his future today after Brown and Woodson discuss his situation.
Sullivan said he'd like to stay in Detroit, but either job would be good. Possible replacements in Detroit for Woodson and John Kuester, who left for a job with the Nets, include Gar Heard and Bob Bender, who worked with Brown in Philadelphia.
CARTER CHARITY GAME INVITEES
* Vince Carter has announced some of the participants for his fourth annual Charity All-Star Game in Toronto on July 30. Carter will be joined by fellow Tar Heels Brendan Haywood, Antawn Jamison and Shammond Williams to raise money for local Toronto charities for children.
Toronto's Morris Peterson, Jalen Rose and Milt Palacio have also committed to attend along with two-time NBA Slam Dunk champ Jason Richardson (Golden State), Jamal Magloire (New Orleans) and Stromile Swift (Memphis).
"Fans and players have had fun at this game and I'm looking forward to another great time in Toronto," Carter stated in a press release for the event. "The players enjoy being able to display some of their special basketball skills and this year's group should put on another exciting show."
Antawn Jamison showed up over the weekend at Allen Iverson's annual charity event in Washington, D.C. Jamison was sporting a retro Randall Cunningham Eagles' jersey. "One of my favorite players," Jamison told the Philadelphia Daily News.