- Oakland is in Detroit. Did not know that.
- Joel James has definitely sculpted his body in the offseason, but his offense is still a bit hit-or-miss. How long before Kennedy Meeks starts?
- That Hubert Davis hiring has paid off just in Tokoto’s shot alone. How could he improve so much over one summer?
- Nate Britt is very, very fast, and with him and Paige on the floor, Carolina looks like a runaway train.
- Oakland’s coach should just ditch that toupee. No one cares if you’re bald, dude.
- Gotta love Jackson Simmons. Still. He didn’t play much, but whenever he did, good things happened. Really nice assist to McAdoo and great lay-up.
- If you believe in that whole adjusting stats for 40 minutes business, Meeks would have had about 33 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists. He certainly makes the most of his time on the floor.
- Worrying that the free throws haven’t improved much since last year. 65%
- Remember when Desmond Hubert started last year?
Take this with whatever grain of salt you wish, but word is Hairston will get suspended for the entire year and his college career will be over. Meanwhile, Leslie McDonald will supposedly be suspended for 10 games. Roy Williams has always said he’ll announce the pair’s punishment before the season opener, so expect some news in the next day or two.
We’re just days away from the start of the season, so on this episode, we break down the freshmen, debate the starting line-up and wonder what will happen to the team if PJ and Leslie get sent to SingSing. Also, we’ve got some young scouts who offer their thoughts on the exhibition game, and in Duke Sucks, someone hates a Dookie enough to try and hit him with his car. That’s just hardcore. (We should mention that the Dookie in question was not seriously hurt.) Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Butta, who came over from Phoenix in a trade with Marcin Gortat, was waived by Washington yesterday. The guard wasn’t getting much PT with the Suns, so the writing was on the wall. At least he has a guaranteed contract for this year. Sad. What’s impossible to say is whether more time in college would have increased Marshall’s longevity in the pros. Who knows? By most accounts, the knock on him was that his defense was a bit soft and his shot never quite developed. Those are two deficits that are difficult to overcome at the next level. Still, here’s hoping someone else scoops him up or he can find lucrative work overseas.
It seems everyone’s favorite disfunctional point guard, Larry “3am Escape” Drew II, is playing for the Miami Heat. LD2 went undrafted out of UCLA, then last month he signed with the team in what we have to assume is a non-guaranteed contract. The Heat’s web site lists him as officially on its roster — for now — but Drew hasn’t played a minute in preseason. Best guess, his father, coach of Bucks, had someone in Miami who owned him a favor and young Drew is only on the roster for training camp. Once the season gets underway in earnest, he’ll get cut and will be free to return to his career as a rap artist.
UPDATE: As of 10/21, Drew has been waived by Miami, as expected. He played just 5:52 over the entire preseason.
Marcus Paige spoke to ESPN and revealed that Hairston is practicing with the team and looks to be in “good shape.”
As for the Hairston’s legal troubles, Paige said:
We’ve moved on. He’s working out with us, and we still accept him. It was a big deal in the media, but we’re pretty confident everyone has moved past it. We can’t wait to get him back — whenever it is.
But then, what else is he going to say? No one thinks something is going to become a distraction until it does. Just ask the Jets last year with Tebow and their quarterback controversy. Here’s hoping it will all work out and won’t be that big of a deal in the end.
In this week’s episode, Reed and Andy take a closer look at the 2013-2014 schedule. We break down the toughest games, predict how the Heels will finish and debate if a school known as “Northern Kentucky” actually exists. Once again, the Duke Sucks segment was gift-wrapped for us in the form of their out of conference schedule. Who in the world is putting together the matchups for the ACC-Big 10 Challenge anyways?
Looking at Carolina’s upcoming opponents brings both excitement and dread. People, this next season is going to be potentially difficult.
Look at this thing. Look at it!
Louisville? Michigan State? Kentucky? And those are just the out-of-conference foes we already knew about.
The ACC schedule used to provide quite a few gimmes back in the days when everyone in the league played each other twice. In those years, you could always count on at least three teams in the conference having down years each season (Clemson, anyone?), which meant that Carolina could get to 6 wins fairly easily. No more. Not only has the competition gotten tougher with the addition of Syracuse, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh, but each season has become a frustrating game of chance where we look to see which ACC opponents we’ll have the pleasure of facing twice.
Next year, it’s Wake Forest, Duke, Notre Dame and NC State. OK, not great but not bad. But then you have to look at where the games will be played against those teams that only appear on the schedule once. Away games include Syracuse, Virginia, Florida State, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech. That’s likely to be two very difficult games, one tough game and two winnable ones.
In the end, a lot is obviously going to depend on just how good Carolina ends up being. If the team stumbles out of the gates and players we’re hoping to mature haven’t, the team could get knee-capped before January and have a tough time recovering.
But let’s be positive and assume that won’t happen and that Carolina will be back in the top 10 this year. Can’t wait for November.
Yep, that other shoe finally dropped.
UNC announced a few hours ago that Hairston has been suspended “indefinitely.” And the strangest thing is, the action was taken after P.J.’s THIRD run-in with the law yesterday. Hairston was cited for reckless driving after getting pulled over going 93mph in a 65. And true to form, he was driving a rental car paid for by someone else.
This whole thing is just sad. And stupid.
You’d think Hairston would be on his best behavior after what happened earlier in the summer, but instead, he doubled down on the BS.
In two years, when he’s coming off the bench in the Polish league, he’s going to look back on this summer and wonder what the hell he was doing. As will we all.
The Hairston saga is just so frustrating because it didn’t have to be this way. You have to wonder why players don’t understand what a privilege it is to play for Carolina (or any college basketball team). All they have to do is mostly behave for 4 years, and then, if they’re good enough, they’re pretty much set for life. That could have been the case for Hairston. After his spectacular performance at the end of last season, he was already climbing up NBA draft boards, and he wasn’t all that far off from the first round and a guaranteed contract. Another year playing as well, and he could have bolted for the NBA next summer and been well on his way.
Who knows. If we had to guess, we’d say we never see him in a Carolina uniform again. He’ll be suspended for the season or kicked off the team. He’ll leave school and head overseas, hoping to make enough of an impact that an NBA team gives him a look. From there, maybe he’ll make it in the League, maybe he won’t.
Whatever happens, it’ll be weird having a player out there who once wore Carolina blue but isn’t really a part of that fabled Carolina Family. The only other guy like this who comes to mind is Makhtar N’Diaye. But he never made much of an impact at the next level and is mostly forgotten about.
C’mon, P.J. Get your s$!% together.