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 …

Pinson to go to training camp with Celtics

By R.L. Bynum Theo Pinson will head to training camp with the Boston Celtics, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Pinson played his first three NBA seasons with the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks. You can probably give an assist to Roy Williams. “I was on the phone two days ago with Theo trying …

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 …

Bacot at the center of a new Carolina approach offensively

By R.L. Bynum Being a big man in the Carolina basketball program is going to be different starting this season, and junior Armando Bacot is the man in the middle of that transformation. From Dean Smith to Roy Williams, those legendary Hall of Fame coaches wanted two low-post players. Apart from players such as Sam …

Games in Bahamas and against three Power 5 schools highlight UNC’s women’s schedule

By R.L. Bynum North Carolina’s women’s basketball non-conference schedule will be a lot more fun for the players than last year when the Tar Heels only left the state for ACC games. The best perk this season will bea a trip to Bahamas on Thanksgiving week to play in the Goombay Splash, facing VCU and …

Davis demands UNC players at every position be versatile, particularly big men

By R.L. Bynum Regardless of your position or height, first-year coach Hubert Davis will demand greater versatility from this Carolina basketball team than in any previous season. Junior Armando Bacot may be defined as a post player and RJ Davis as a guard but their roles will be expanded. “One of the things that I …

An influx of talent heightens expectations for UNC’s women

By R.L. Bynum There are so many reasons that offseason excitement around the North Carolina women’s basketball program is soaring. It starts with the program-changing, four-player, No. 2-ranked freshman class that includes three McDonald’s All-Americans. Throwing two experienced point guard transfers, five talented returning sophomores (from a class ranked No. 11) and a core of …

Tar Heels in Summer League: Anthony, Sharpe play well in victories

By R.L. Bynum Cole Anthony wasn’t sharing the Orlando Magic’s backcourt with rookie Jalen Suggs for the first time during the NBA Summer League on Sunday and came through with his best game in Las Vegas. In 22 minutes, Anthony collected 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists (against five turnovers) and two blocks in Orlando’s …