Tar Heel Pros News & Notes

This week's update on former Tar Heel hoopsters ... Pictured -- Sean May.


* The NBA's 2005-06 season is set to begin on Tuesday with 10 former Tar Heels, including four rookies drafted into the league in the first-round from the 2005 national championship team, on an NBA teams opening-day roster. There are also nine coaches from North Carolina in the league this year, two front office executives and three sportscasters. Here's a look at the full list ...

The players:

Vince Carter ('99), New Jersey Nets
* Raymond Felton ('06), Charlotte Bobcats
Brendan Haywood ('01), Washington Wizards
Antawn Jamison ('99), Washington Wizards
George Lynch ('93), free agent
* Sean May ('06), Charlotte Bobcats
* Rashad McCants ('06), Minnesota Timberwolves
Jeff McInnis ('97), New Jersey Nets
Jerry Stackhouse ('97), Dallas Mavericks
Rasheed Wallace ('97), Detroit Pistons
* Marvin Williams ('08), Atlanta Hawks

* = rookie year

The coaches:

Larry Brown ('63), New York Knicks
George Karl ('73), Denver Nuggets

The assistant coaches:

Phil Ford ('78), New York Knicks
Dave Hanners ('76), New York Knicks
John Kuester ('77), Philadelphia 76ers
Bob McAdoo ('73), Miami Heat
Doug Moe ('61), Denver Nuggets
Mike O'Koren ('80), Washington Wizards
Pat Sullivan ('95), New Jersey Nets

The executives:

Mitch Kupchak ('76), Los Angeles Lakers - President/General Manager)
Donnie Walsh ('62), Indiana Pacers - Chief Executive Officer

The sportscasters:

Kenny Smith ('87), NBA studio analyst for TNT
Scott Williams ('90), analyst for Cleveland Cavaliers' games on Fox Sports Ohio
James Worthy ('83), covers the Lakers and does pregame and postgame shows for KCAL – 9 in Los Angeles

And here's a look at the NBA schedule for those teams this week ...

Tuesday: Denver at San Antonio 8:00 p.m. (TNT), Dallas at Phoenix 10:30 p.m. (TNT), Philadelphia at Milwaukee.

Wednesday: Philadelphia at Detroit, Indiana at Orlando, New Orleans/Oklahoma City at Cleveland (FS Ohio), Washington at Toronto, Milwaukee at New Jersey, New York at Boston, Miami at Memphis, Portland at Minnesota, Charlotte at Chicago, Dallas at Utah, Atlanta at Golden State, L.A. Lakers @ Denver 10:30 p.m. (KCAL 9, ESPN).

Thursday: Indiana at Miami 8:00 p,m. (TNT), Phoenix at L.A. Lakers 10:30 p.m. (TNT).

Friday: Charlotte at Philadelphia, New Jersey at Toronto, Washington at New York, Cleveland at San Antonio 8:00 p.m. (FS Ohio, ESPN), Portland at Denver, Atlanta at L.A. Clippers, Minnesota at Seattle 10:30 p.m. (ESPN).

Saturday: Orlando at Washington, Boston at Charlotte, Chicago at New Jersey, Cleveland at Memphis, Philadelphia at Indiana, Miami at Milwaukee, San Antonio at Dallas, Atlanta at Portland, Minnesota at L.A. Clippers.

Sunday: Golden State at New York, Denver at L.A. Lakers.

Monday (Nov. 7): Cleveland at Toronto (FS Ohio), New Jersey at Miami, Utah at Charlotte, L.A. Clippers at Minnesota.


* After NBA veteran George Lynch was released by the New Orleans Hornets last week, the New York media outlets noted that Lynch might be of interest to the New York Knicks with Larry Brown as the coach.

Since Lynch, 35, played for Brown in Philadelphia for three years prior to being traded to the Hornets in 2001, the New York Post mentioned that going into his first season in New York Brown has concerns about his team having "an incomplete grasp of his system and could reach into his past for someone who is well-versed in his ways."

"That's up to Isiah [Thomas, team president] right now," Brown told the Post in regard to adding Lynch. "Right now, we have our 15 guys. We'll see how things shake up."

* Former Tar Heel Jason Capel was trying to catch on with the Charlotte Bobcats as a training camp invitee. Capel found out early last week it was not going to happen when he was released by Charlotte along with D'or Fischer (West Virginia).

Some of the other NBA transactions of teams getting down to the 15-player rosters they will begin the season with included Boston waiving Will Bynum (Georgia Tech), Houston cutting Chuck Hayes (Kentucky) and Keith Langford (Kansas) and naming Charlie Ward (Florida State) as an assistant coach, Atlanta waiving Anthony Grundy (North Carolina State), Cleveland releasing Obinna Ekezie (Maryland) and San Antonio waiving Sharrod Ford (Clemson).

Capel played last season in Japan for the Aisin Seahorses. He spent his first two seasons of pro ball in the NBDL with Fayetteville.


* Former Tar Heel star and current TNT NBA analyst Kenny Smith will be among the 15 NBA stars, WNBA players and NBA legends featured on "Wheel of Fortune" this week on shows airing in national syndication (check local listings for station and time).

"Wheel of Fortune's NBA Week" will raise more than $350,000 for a variety of charities. More than $200,000 will be donated to the American Red Cross for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Smith will be raising money for the American Red Cross and is scheduled to be on the TV game show on Thursday along with Baron Davis (Golden State Warriors - American Red Cross) and Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets - Habitat for Humanity).

Smith will also begin his sixth full season as a studio analyst for "Inside The NBA" on TNT this week along with host Ernie Johnson and analysts Charles Barkley and Magic Johnson. "Inside The NBA" follows TNT's NBA coverage on Thursday nights. The panel will be part of TNT's "NBA Preview Show" on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.


October ...

  • 31: Clifford Rozier (33)

  • 31: Bobby Frasor (19)

November ...

  •  1: Octavius Barnes (31)

  •  1: Tracy Reid (29)

  •  4: Matt Wenstrom (35)

  •  5: Jerry Stackhouse (31)

  •  8: Frank McGuire [born 1916, died 1994]

  •  8: Dante Calabria (32)

  • 17: Rashanda McCants (19)

  • 20: Jimmy Black (45)

  • 21: C.B. (Colin Bryan) McGrath [asst. coach] (30)

  • 21: Terrence Newby (28)

  • 27: Brendan Haywood (26)

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