NBA TAR HEELS '04-05
* With another NBA season beginning this week, here's a look at where former North Carolina players will be located:
Vince Carter ('99), is still with the Toronto Raptors despite asking to be traded. Brendan Haywood ('01) will be the starting center for the Washington Wizards right after he sits out a three-game suspension for brawling with the Bulls in the preseason. Antawn Jamison ('99) will also be a starter with the Washington Wizards after being the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year in Dallas. Mike O'Koren is an assistant coach in Washington.
George Lynch ('93) is back with the New Orleans Hornets. Jeff McInnis ('97) is the starter at point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jerry Stackhouse ('97) will come off the bench for the Dallas Mavericks once he recovers from a right thigh bruise suffered in a collision with Orlando's Grant Hill.
Rasheed Wallace ('97) will help the Detroit Pistons defend the NBA championship along with Larry Brown, Dave Hanners, Pat Sullivan and Phil Ford. Scott Williams ('90) is a backup center for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
John Kuester is now an assistant coach for the New Jersey Nets. Hubert Davis and Rick Fox have retired. Davis is a player-development coach for the Dallas Mavericks.
IN RUSSIA - COTA, WILLIAMS CASHING IN
* Former Tar Heels Ed Cota and Shammond Williams are just two of the players in Russia's Superleague picking up big paychecks for their basketball talents this season. The Russian news agency Novosti recenly reported as many as 15 players are making over $500,000 with six players getting a salary of a million dollars or more. That upgrade in payscale gives the league "a superstar quality by European standards," according to the salary report.
Williams is said to have a salary of $1.2 million with UNICS Kazan. In an overtime win in FIBA Europe League play last week, he had 30 points in 45 minutes.
Cota is listed with a salary of $700,000 for recently established Dynamo St. Petersburg, an expansion team with a budget of $6 million for signing players like Jon Stefansson (Dallas Mavericks) and Kelly McCarty (Southern Mississippi). Cota had his best game of the season yesterday with 25 points (9-17 FG, 7-7 FT), three assists and nine rebounds in an 85-79 victory over intra-city rival Spartak.
Other highly paid players in the Russian league include Marcus Brown (Murray State) at $1.5 million, Lynn Greer (Temple) at $1.1 million, and Arriel McDonald (Minnesota) and Antonio Granger (Boston College) at $1 million, according to the report published prior to the opening of the season by Russian News & Information Agency Novosti.
LANG, CAPEL DEBUT IN ASIA
* Former Tar Heel teammates Kris Lang and Jason Capel got started with the 2004-05 season over the weekend.
Capel, with the Aisin Sea Horses of Japan's Superleague, scored 17 points with six rebounds, five assists and three steals in a season-opening victory over Mitsubishi Electric (also known as the Melco Dolphins). Game two of the seson went to the Dolphins as Capel had six points and three boards.
Lang, playing in the Korean Basketball League for the SK Knights in Seoul, South Korea, scored 13 the first time out as the Knights lost 84-78. The Knights, considered as the KBL "dark horse" team this season, bounced back in game two for a 90-70 victory over Korea's defending champs (KCC Egis).
Lang put up 17 points (7-10 FG, 3-5 FT) in the contest along wih 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. "The game was great. I'm very happy for my first win," Lang said according to asia-basket.com's Korean correspondent. "Also, thanks to our fans for showing great support."
Some of the other ex-NCAA players now playing in Korea include Lang's new teammate Leonard White (Southern), Junior Burrough (Virginia), Nate Johnson (Louisville), Jameel Watkins (Georgetown), Aaron McGhee (Oklahoma) and Albert White (Missouri).
JORDAN BEATS SEVE
* Michael Jordan created a bit of a stir during a visit to Valencia, Spain last week. Jordan took to the golf course against Spanish golfing great Seve Ballesteros.
Under the format of match-play, Jordan, 41, a 7-handicap golfer, defeated Ballesteros, 47, by an advantage of two holes with just one hole remaining to be played (two and one). "It went badly for me," Ballesteros was quoted about the match and a friendly wager in the Spanish press. "I have pleased him since he has gained my 45 euros."
Jordan was in Spain as a guest of the company that organizes the world championship of motorcycling. Jordan is a sponsor of Team 23 Racing of the AMA Superbike Championship. His travelling party included former NBA player Charles Oakley, TV personality and friend Ahmad Rashad, and motorcycle racer Jason Pridmore.
HOLMES BUSY IN DENMARK
* Jonathan Holmes checked in with Inside Carolina over the weekend with an update from Horsens, Denmark. Last Sunday, Holmes helped his team to an 88-84 win with 21 points, seven assists and four boards. Six of those points were over the last two minutes. On Friday, Holmes came through with 16 points and five assists, but Horsens lost a tough road game 91-85 to the top team of the Danish League to fall to 3-2.
"We are also in the [quarterfinals] of what is called the Pokal Cup which is played independent of our regular season schedule," Holmes said. "We play again on Nov. 7 to begin a busy month with quite a few league games along with the Pokal tournament, if we keep winning."
Holmes is aware of the excitement building among Tar Heel fans for the upcoming college basketball season. "I have been following all the news and keeping up to speed by checking espn.com and insidecarolina.com pretty regularly," Holmes said.
- 1st: Octavius Barnes (30)
- 1st: Tracy Reid (28)
- 4th: Matt Wenstrom (34)
- 5th: Jerry Stackhouse (30)
- 5th: Alex Miller 19
- 8th: Frank McGuire (born 1916, died October 11, 1994)
- 8th: Dante Calabria (31)
- 17th: Rashanda McCants (18)
- 20th: Jimmy Black (44)
- 21st: C.B. (Colin Bryan) McGrath [asst. coach] (29)
- 21st: Terrence Newby (27)
- 27th: Brendan Haywood (25)