Watch Wednesday’s Carolina basketball practice: Much was the same but there was a different vibe

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — Practice at the Smith Center followed a lot of the same routines players have become accustomed to for years, but the vibe felt different Wednesday as the 2021–22 team took the court for its second official practice. It starts, of course, with first-year head coach Hubert Davis running the …

White, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, has Bulls contract extended

By R.L. Bynum The Chicago Bulls on Wednesday exercised the fourth-year option on guard Coby White, extending his contract through the 2022–23 season. White suffered a torn labrum during an offseason workout and isn’t expected to be available to play until mid-November. The team said he will be reevaluated in October. White had shoulder surgery …

On podcast, Roy Williams says he never wanted to retire, talks about frustrations that led to that decision

By R.L. Bynum If not for the pandemic or his only career first-round NCAA tournament loss, would Roy Williams still be Carolina’s head men’s basketball coach? The retired Hall of Fame coach talked about this during an interview with Jones Angell and Adam Lucas on UNC Athletics’ “Carolina Insider” podcast released Tuesday. “There’s no question, …

Manek, with Bird’s look and shot, eager to make deeper NCAA run in his one season at UNC

By R.L. Bynum Most players Brady Manek’s age move on from college basketball after four years. If this wasn’t the age of NCAA pandemic rules, he would have left with only frustrating March memories. The 23-year-old sharpshooter never got past the first weekend of the NCAA tournament during his four seasons at Oklahoma and he …

Many reasons intense McKoy, aka ‘The sparkplug,’ left UVa for UNC

By R.L. Bynum Of Carolina’s three transfers, Justin McKoy’s decision to leave Virginia after two seasons was the most surprising until you look closer at his situation. Coaching changes came ahead of Brady Manek’s decision to leave Oklahoma and Dawson Garcia opting to leave Marquette. There was no coaching change for the Cavaliers and McKoy …