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 …

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 …

Tar Heels in Summer League: Pinson, Sharpe play well but Theo’s Bucks win

By R.L. Bynum Theo Pinson and Day’Ron Sharpe on Wednesday had the best games of any Tar Heels so far at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas as Sharpe’s Brooklyn Nets outlasted Pinson’s Milwaukee Bucks 97–91. After Pinson, a veteran of three NBA seasons, played 34 minutes all of last season for the New …

Tar Heels in Summer League: Pinson, Anthony start, make key free throws in wins

By R.L. Bynum How will life on the Orlando Magic change for Cole Anthony now that Jalen Suggs is on the team? Anthony and Suggs both started Monday night in Las Vegas at the Thomas and Mack Center. At least for this game, though, Anthony started at off guard with Suggs at point guard in …

NBA Summer League in Vegas starts Sunday with seven Tar Heels on rosters

By R.L. Bynum Eight Tar Heels ranging in age from 19 to 27 are on rosters for the NBA Summer League, which gets underway Sunday and runs until Aug. 17 in Las Vegas. The oldest is Isaiah Hicks, 27, who is on the Los Angeles Clippers’ roster, and the youngest is first-round draft pick Day’Ron …

Bullock reportedly signs 3-year deal with Mavericks

By R.L. Bynum The Dallas Mavericks want to surround Luka Doncic with good shooters and took a solid step in that direction Monday by signing former UNC star wing Reggie Bullock to a 3-year deal, according to the Dallas Morning News. Sharms Charania of The Athletic reported that the deal is worth $30.5 million. NBA …

A Tar Heel will win an NBA title for the third consecutive season, push total player titles to 36

By R.L. Bynum Danny Green’s injury during the Philadelphia 76ers’ Eastern Conference semifinals series contributed to him being denied a third consecutive NBA title. But it’s guaranteed that a Tar Heel will win a title for a third consecutive season — either Cameron Johnson with the Phoenix Suns or Justin Jackson with the Milwaukee Bucks. …

Cam Johnson’s defense big part of Suns’ run to NBA Finals; ‘he’s a starter in this league,’ Coach Monty Williams says

By R.L. Bynum Good defense is hard to prove statistically other than with steals and blocks. You have to watch a player defend talented opponents. But, make no mistake about it, Cameron Johnson’s defense is one of the reasons that the Phoenix Suns are in their first NBA Finals since 1993. Johnson may get more …

Johnson talks about Suns loss after his career-best playoff scoring night isn’t enough

By R.L. Bynum Cameron Johnson had a career-best playoff scoring night with a playoff-high three 3-pointers but they weren’t enough to help his Phoenix Suns close out the Los Angeles Clippers. Los Angeles avoided elimination with a 116–106 road victory Monday to trim Phoenix’s series lead to 3–2 and send the series to L.A. for …

Johnson’s good shooting isn’t enough for Suns; was he getting enough shots?

By R.L. Bynum Could it be time for the Phoenix Suns to give Cameron Johnson more shots? For only the fifth time this season and the first time in the playoffs, Johnson has scored in double figures for a third consecutive game. But it wasn’t enough Thursday as the host Los Angeles Clippers beat Phoenix …