NBA PRESEASON: TAR HEEL STATS
* ... As opening-day (Oct. 31) approaches for the NBA and rosters will be reduced to a maximum of 15 players, here's a look at the numbers compiled by the former Tar Heels during the preseason games --
Jackie Manuel (Orlando): In 4 games is averaging 17.8 MPG, 5 PPG, 2 RPG, .5 APG, with 5 steals, 2 blocks, 4 turnovers, 8-20 FG (.400), 0-0 3P, 4-9 FT (.444).
Jawad Williams (LA Clippers): In 4 games is averaging 10.3 MPG, 5.8 PPG, 1 RPG, 0 APG, with 1 steal, 1 block, 2 turnovers, 9-16 FG (.563), 5-11 3P (.455), 0-0 FT.
David Noel (Milwaukee): In 6 games is averaging 24.8 MPG, 7.3 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 1.3 APG, with 10 steals, 3 blocks, 14 turnovers, 16-32 FG (.500), 3-8 3P (.375), 9-12 FT (.750).
Marvin Williams (Atlanta): In 6 games is averaging 29.5 MPG, 11 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1.8 APG, with 5 steals, 5 blocks, 13 turnovers, 20-50 FG (.400), 1-2 3P (.500), 25-32 FT (.781).
Rashad McCants (Minnesota): Has not played due to recovery from offseason knee surgery.
Sean May (Charlotte): In 5 games is averaging 24 MPG, 11.6 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 2 APG, with 4 steals, 1 block, 11 turnovers, 20-53 FG (.377), 0-2 3P (.000), 18-24 FT (.750).
Raymond Felton (Charlotte): In 4 games is averaging 25.8 MPG, 13.8 PPG, 3 RPG, 6 APG, with 5 steals, 1 block, 13 turnovers, 15-38 FG (.395), 6-15 3P (.400), 19-27 FT (.704).
Shammond Williams (LA Lakers): In 3 games is averaging 17.7 MPG, 5.3 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 2.7 APG, with 3 steals, 6 turnovers, 7-12 FG (.583), 2-5 3P (.400), 0-2 FT. (Has missed games recently due to an abdominal strain.)
Brendan Haywood (Washington): In 6 games is averaging 17.5 MPG, 4.2 PPG, 4.7 RPG, .3 APG, with 2 steals, 4 blocks, 9 turnovers, 8-19 FG (.421), 9-16 FT (.563).
Antawn Jamison (Washington): In 5 games is averaging 22 MPG, 13 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.6 APG, with 5 steals, 2 blocks, 3 turnovers, 25-54 FG (.463), 10-21 3P (.476), 5-6 FT (.833).
Vince Carter (New Jersey): In 3 games is averaging 26.7 MPG, 18 , 5 RPG, 2.7 APG, with 2 steals, 1 block, 4 turnovers, 19-45 FG (.422), 4-3 3P (.308), 12-15 FT (.800). (Has missed games due to sore ribs.)
Rasheed Wallace (Detroit): In 6 games is averaging 20 MPG, 7 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.5 APG, with 4 steals, 3 blocks, 7 turnovers, 17-41FG (.414), 4-11 3P (.364), 4-5 FT (.800).
Jerry Stackhouse (Dallas): Has not played yet due to sore knees.
Jeff McInnis (New Jersey): Did not attend training camp at the team's request.
NBA PRESEASON: FINAL WEEK
* ... Here's a look at the last week of NBA preseason games prior to the 2006-07 season that are likely to involve former Tar Heels ...
- Washington (Antawn Jamison and Brendan Haywood) @ Atlanta (Marvin Williams)
- Indiana vs. Charlotte (Raymond Felton and Sean May) at Columbia, S.C.
- Miami @ Orlando (Jackie Manuel)
- Boston @ New Jersey (Vince Carter)
- Washington (Antawn Jamison and Brendan Haywood) @ Detroit (Rasheed Wallace)
- New Jersey (Vince Carter) @ Philadelphia
- Dallas (Jerry Stackhouse) @ Cleveland
- Memphis @ Detroit (Rasheed Wallace)
- Portland @ L.A. Clippers (Shammond Williams)
- Houston @ Orlando (Jackie Manuel)
- Charlotte (Raymond Felton and Sean May) vs. Milwaukee (David Noel) @ Green Bay, Wisconsin
- Denver @ L.A. Lakers (Shammond Williams)
- Minnesota vs. Milwaukee (David Noel) @ Grand Forks, North Dakota
- New York @ New Jersey (Vince Carter)
- Dallas (Jerry Stackhouse) @ San Antonio
- Denver @ L.A. Clippers (Jawad Williams)
- Charlotte (Raymond Felton and Sean May) vs. Atlanta (Marvin Williams) @ Chapel Hill, 8 p.m. ET
THE CW'S "ONE TREE HILL" NABS FOX
* ... Look for former Tar Heel Rick Fox on four episodes of the hit teen drama "One Tree Hill" on your local CW affiliate starting November 8 (Wednesday) at 9 p.m. ET.
The show is filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina, set in a small town in North Carolina (called Tree Hill) and has a basketball-related storyline that includes loose references to North Carolina and Duke.
Fox is also involved with Magic Johnson on funding a film project about college football coaching great Eddie Robinson of Grambling, according to ESPN.com.
And he'll be back on TV in January in "Dirt," a new series on FX.
News & Notes Extras* According to the Newark Star-Ledger, former Tar Heel Jeff McInnis, now working out in Las Vegas, has been offered $2 million of his $3.6 million guaranteed salary by the New Jersey Nets to void his contract and open a roster spot. His agent is asking for a payoff of $3.4 million for that to happen, according to a Nets official, the story goes.
* The Orlando Sentinel notes that Larry Brown, 66, attended a Hawks practice this month as a guest of Atlanta head coach Mike Woodson. Brown talked to the young players as he passed along some of the basketball wisdom that has helped him win championships with Kansas (NCAA) and Detroit (NBA).
* Florida Today reports Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith and coach Brian Hill have been very impressed by rookie free agent Jackie Manuel. With two cuts coming this week, Manuel would have to get the nod over small forward Kasib Powell (Texas Tech) and power forward James Augustine (Illinois) to make the team.