Tar Heel Pros News & Notes

This week's update on former Tar Heel hoopsters ... Pictured -- Brendan Haywood.


* Former Tar Heel Matt Doherty has been very busy since taking over at Florida Atlantic University. Most recently, Doherty announced the hiring of Malcolm Farmer as the staff's Director of Basketball Operations. Farmer spent the past two seasons at Western Illinois University after four years as a manager at Notre Dame.

Doherty also recently announced the signing of Kevin Green to a National Letter of Intent for the 2005-06 season. Green, a 5-11 PG, played for Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Fla., as a sophomore last year.

That makes it four players added by Doherty and assistant coach Rex Walters since April 18. Green will join Paul Graham (6-4, G, Philadelphia, Pa.), Carlos Monroe (6-7, F, Cape Coral, Fla.) and DeAndre Rice (6-3, G, Flint, Mich.) at FAU.

Doherty is currently working on making another addition. "I am close to finalizing my staff, hopefully in the next few weeks," he told Inside Carolina via e-mail. What about seeing Florida Atlantic as a visitor on the North Carolina schedule in the near future? "I haven't thought about bringing my team back to Chapel Hill," Doherty responded.


* A recent issue of SLAM magazine wondered what nickname Brendan Haywood would prefer, "The Wood" or "The Hulk." Haywood definitely has a preference for "The Wood," Inside Carolina has learned, since he is already called "B-Wood" by his friends.

Haywood also informed IC that he will be on a daily routine of lifting weights, running and conditioning drills to stay in shape, but no basketball until the end of June. "My brain and body needs the break," Haywood said, following his first NBA playoff experience -- Washington's first-round win over Chicago, then being swept by Miami.

The Wizards' center also has plans to work as a TV analyst for the third season with the Washington Mystics of the WNBA. "That may be my only summer job if the NBA has a lockout," Haywood added.

Haywood, 25, closed out his fourth NBA season averaging 27.4 minutes, 9.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks (16th) in 68 games played.


* According to The USA TODAY last week, TNT basketball analyst Kenny Smith is very involved in the entertainment industry these days because his children, Kayla, (12) and K.J. (8), are both aspiring actors.

Smith moved from Houston to Los Angeles last year because his kids were always in L.A. on auditions, the article noted. "I was on flights all the time," Smith told the newspaper. Kayla and K.J. Smith will do the voices for "Ball Kidz," an animated show on Nickelodeon this fall. Kenny Smith is a co-creator of the show.

Smith is also working with Academy Award winning actor Jamie Foxx (co-executive producers) on "Mike the Barber and Bezo" for Spike TV. Smith calls it a "reality" show about real guys with famous friends, according to USA TODAY.

Fans of "Inside the NBA" on TNT shouldn't worry that the former NBA star will go "Hollywood" though. Smith says that "basketball will always be my mainstay. And I'm not going to be an actor."


* Here's a breakdown of how former Tar Heels are doing in playoff action through Sunday.

NBA: The Miami Heat begin a best-of-seven semifinal series (Eastern Conference Finals) against the Detroit Pistons on Monday. Bob McAdoo will be on the Miami bench as an assistant coach. The defending champion Pistons have PF Rasheed Wallace on the court with coach Larry Brown on the bench along with assistants Dave Hanners, Pat Sullivan and Phil Ford. Game 1 is tonight in Miami. Game 2 is on Wednesday. TNT has the television coverage for the series.
Germany: Coach Henrik Rodl has swept into the semifinals of the German League playoffs with ALBA Berlin (3-0). The best-of-five semis start on Sunday against Frankfurt or Artland.
Italy: Dante Calabria and Armani Jeans Milano (24-10, 4th) have advanced to the Italian League semifinals, 3-0 over Cantu. Calabria will go against one of his former Italian League teams, Benetton Treviso (28-6, 1st), in another best-of-five series starting on Tuesday.
Russia: Shammond Williams and UNICS Kazan have dropped the first two games on the road against Dynamo Moscow in the Russian Superleague best-of-five semifinal series. Williams and his squad (0-2) will need to avoid defeat today and tomorrow in Kazan, Tatarstan, to send the series back to Moscow for Game 5 on Friday.
Spain: Two quarterfinal losses by Unicaja Malaga have put Kris Lang just one loss away from ending his season in the Spanish League. Malaga, down 0-2, will try to avoid elimination on Thursday in Alicante, Spain.


* The 2005 WNBA season began on Saturday. Former Tar Heel star Nikki Teasley is back at point guard with the Los Angeles Sparks. Teasley played the full 40 minutes on Saturday in Seattle and contributed 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists as the Sparks beat the defending champion Storm handily, 68-50.

Charlotte Smith-Taylor helped her new team, the Washington Mystics, down her former team, the Charlotte Sting, 60-42. Smith-Taylor returned to Charlotte and scored nine points in the season opener. Washington will host Los Angeles on Thursday.

Coretta Brown, who had arthroscopic knee surgery in February, is on the Indiana Fever injured list to start the season. Nikita Bell was waived by the Detroit Shock just prior to the season opener. Veteran Tracy Reid was released by the Houston Comets during training camp.

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