This video was passed along by listener Ben. Pretty funny stuff, and much credit to the Carolina fan shown here. This takes guts!
After the summer break, we’re back to run down the few Tar Heel tidbits that made news over the last couple months. We’ve also got a look at the just-released schedule. Kentucky? Duke? Louisville? How bad is it for Carolina?
And in Dook Sucks, we shine the spotlight on the most unlikely member of Team USA – a guy who doesn’t even start on his own team. Whuh?
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Yep, it’s that time again. The schedule for the upcoming season has been released. As was the case with the past few years, it looks like a beast. And that’s mostly because of how stacked the ACC is. Louisville. Syracuse. Dook. Pittsburgh. Which is not to say the pre-conference schedule will be easy. It won’t. There’s yet another game against Kentucky in there. But at least UNC won’t be facing the top team in the Big 10/ACC challenge this year. We get Iowa.
You can view the complete schedule here.
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— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) July 8, 2014
C’mon, PJ. We want to give you benefit of the doubt. We really do. We were ready to chalk up all your problems at Carolina to youthful indiscretions, running with a bad crowd, etc. We thought after you’d been kicked off the team and been forced to play in the D League, you’d learned your lesson. You certainly sounded remorseful in interviews. You said all the right things, talked about making mistakes and not wanting let your team down in the future. And then draft night came, and Charlotte took you in the first round. It seemed you were well on your way to a decent NBA career, free from the distractions that have dogged you in the past.
And then this happened.
You were charged with assault after allegedly punching a 17-year-old during a pick-up game at the Durham YMCA.
Oh, but there’s more. In a weird twist, Browns receiver Josh Gordon was arrested for a DUI in North Carolina over the weekend. When the cops checked the registration, they found that the 2015 Yukon he was driving was owned by Hairston. And worst of all, guess who bailed Gordon out of jail.
Go ahead, guess.
Our old buddy Haydn “Fats” Thomas, the felon who was linked to illegal rental cars provided to Hairston and Leslie McDonald. The guy who did a helluva lot to derail the Tar Heels’ season last year. It sure seems like Hairston is still pretty tight with Thomas. And also that Hairston isn’t exactly choosing his other friends very well, either. Gordon has failed multiple drug tests and been suspended for violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
PJ, we really want to root for you. We want to see you do well in the pros. But this might be it. You’re making it really difficult to pull for you anymore.
So P.J. Hairston ended up going about when everyone thought he would. He was chosen 26th by Miami then traded to Charlotte. This seems like a mixed blessing. On one hand, Charlotte is a bit of a black hole for players, and it’s unclear if they’re EVER going to be in contention for a title, no matter how many picks they get, how many trades they make. They’ve got a lot of decent supporting players, but they still lack that superstar that could put them over the top.
Hairston might have done better on a team like Miami, if the Big 3 stick around. He could come off the bench, produce some instant offense, then sit back down. In Charlotte, he’s probably going to be depended on to do a bit more. And will he get better there? The culture at Miami, with LeBron, is probably much more about working hard and winning. Who’s the person at the Hornets who’s going to really push P.J., mentor him — and make sure he doesn’t screw up again? (Let’s hope it’s not Gerald “Elbow” Henderson.) Maybe it’ll be Michael Jordan. But so far, Jordan hasn’t exactly proven that he can establish a winning culture.
Still, well done by Hairston. He’s gotta be happy with this result after he seemingly teetered on the edge last year of having his entire basketball career destroyed.
And now to James Michael McAdoo. What the hell happened there? It has to be a shock to a lot of people that he wasn’t drafted at all. Most projections had him in the mid to late second round, yes, but to be not be taken at all? Not sure many saw that coming. I’m assuming this includes Roy Williams. What did he discover when he started making calls to NBA GMs in preparation for McAdoo deciding to leave school? Or maybe McAdoo was told he might not be drafted and decided to leave anyway.
Man, you gotta feel bad for the guy. Had he come out after his freshman year, he might have been a first round pick. Maybe even a top 10 one. And now? He’s probably going to end up playing overseas. Sad for him, but the blunt truth is, besides his athleticism, he didn’t really have any NBA-caliber attributes. He was too small to be a true forward, his jump shot needed work, his foul shooting was suspect and he had trouble finishing around the basket. But here’s hoping he one day makes it into the NBA after a few years overseas, as lots of players have.
It’s hard to say. The mock drafts online are all over the place, and both players have worked out for several team. Consensus seems to be that Hairston will probably be a late first rounder and McAdoo an early second rounder. The Knicks were reportedly looking to acquire picks in an effort to grab Hairston and just last night appear to have executed a trade with Dallas to get a couple. Memphis is also reportedly interested in Hairston at #22. We’ll see what happens.
Here’s an interesting scouting report on both guys.
—Scouts love: There’s no denying Hairston’s shooting ability, which UNC rode to the 2013 NCAA tournament. Even during his freshman season, when he struggled to shoot well, it was clear he had NBA range. He showed significant improvement between his freshman and sophomore seasons and became one of the best scorers in the ACC.
—Scouts loathe: Hairston’s off-the-court issues have created doubts about his character; he undoubtedly has had to answer a lot of questions about his decisions that cost him his college eligibility. On the court, there’s not an aspect of his game that jumps out aside from his shooting and scoring. He has the ability to be a capable rebounder and defender.
—Scouts love: Physically, there’s not much to dislike. McAdoo has quick feet and hands. Though he’s a bit on the small size for an NBA power forward, he’s strong and in excellent condition. He can defend the perimeter and interior, and he’s disruptive in the passing lanes. Offensively, he excels in transition and runs the floor well.
—Scouts loathe: McAdoo never quite seemed to find his niche in UNC’s half-court offense. He seemed to avoid contact down low on offense, and at times he struggled to finish plays at the basket. He was prone to disappearing for long stretches offensively, though he was more assertive during his junior season.
The New York Knickerbockers, who seemingly never met a draft or a season they couldn’t botch, apparently have their sights set on P.J. Hairston. The Knicks have traded away their picks for this year, but are looking to maybe buy one in order to snag Hairston, possibly in the first round.
Here’s one GM’s assessment of the former UNC shooting guard:
“Two things stick out for him: his body, one of the stronger bodies of anybody in the draft for a wing position like Mitch Richmond. He’s extremely strong, a bully-type scorer. He can shoot the NBA 3 and beyond without a lot of effort because he’s so strong. He had some huge games in D-League. Downside to him, though, is as high as his highs are, his lows are just as low. He really struggled in some games. Consistency was an issue for him.’’
“His character doesn’t help him, but I don’t know if it hurts him,’’ the GM said. “It may be more immaturity than bad character.”
Hairston has worked out for Phil Jackson and the rest of the Knicks brass, and they apparently liked what they saw, in part because Hairston is a bit more NBA-ready than some of the other players in the draft because he’s spent a few months in the D League. Let’s see what happens.
This is pretty cool. If you watched Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones (that’s the ninth episode of season 4), you know the entire hour revolved around the Wildlings’ vicious attack on Castle Black and the Night’s Watch. And one of the Wildlings’ most formidable weapons was a terrifying giant riding a wooly mammoth. (For non-GoT viewers, yes, really. Shut up. This show is awesome.) Turns out, the giant was played by former UNC hoops player, Neil Fingleton.
Fingleton is 7′ 7″ and has carved out a decent acting career for himself. He had a bit part in X-Men: First Class, and according to his IMDB page, he’ll be in next year’s Jupiter Ascending, directed by the Wachowski…er, Siblings.