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Draft night surprises

June 27, 2014

JamesMichaelMcAdooBeardSo 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.

Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2014/06/26/3531909/nba-draft-where-will-parker-hood.html#storylink=cpy
Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2014/06/26/3531909/nba-draft-where-will-parker-hood.html#storylink=cpy

P.J. HairstonThe 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.

On Saturday, Williams sat down with Jay Bilas and answered questions about the allegations McCants has been making. It’s pretty sad to see a hall of fame coach — a person who’s proven himself again and again over decades to be an honorable and decent person — be put onto the hot seat by someone who played at Carolina for three years, has not accomplished anything since and has shown himself to be not exactly a team player.

Williams discussed the “paper classes,” in which McCants alleged were no-show gigs.

“I thought that meant that a class was on paper but it didn’t really exist, and then come to find out people are using that terminology ‘paper classes’ to signify independent study courses that you do papers. … I’ve been told by people that some of those are really, really good. It shows a lot of discipline because you’re self-directed. If my players took independent study courses that were offered by this university for a reason that the university thought they were valuable, my players, if they took those courses, did the work, and I’m proud of that part of it.”

The coach also addressed the allegation that he “swapped out” a class McCants failed for one he passed in summer school, so that the player could retain his eligibility. (Huh?)

“I don’t have any idea what swapping out would be,” Williams said. “That’s not in my vocabulary. You can’t take a course and get another one thrown out at the college level. All of your courses count. So I know I would not have that kind of conversation. I don’t know what swapping out means, and I have never suggested that anybody take any course.”

Accompanying Williams at the interview were former Carolina players Wes Miller, Sean May, Damion Grant, Marvin Williams, Wayne Ellington, Byron Sanders, Jackie Manuel, Bobby Frasor and Tyler Hansbrough. They all disputed McCants version of the story.

The players, who spoke passionately about Williams and against the allegations, called McCants a “loner” on and off the court. They said they wrote their own papers and were never steered to any courses by Williams or the coaching staff (McCants had alleged it was academic advisers who did the steering). They deemed simply untrue the McCants allegations that players went to study sessions together after their freshman year or that they went by car in groups to pick up papers written for them by tutors.

Williams’ former players at Kansas have also come forward to defend their former coach.

Oh, and one other note. The ESPN article says McCants is writing a book about his time at Carolina. Sounds great. It’s not like someone pushing a memoir has ever lied in order to sell copies.

Rashad McCantsWe’ve had our fun with McCants over the years. He’s always been a little bit…off. His Hollywood aspirations were bizarre, his rap videos were a little bit sad, and his exaggerated claims of being able to play in the NBA if he wanted to just made him seem like someone who was completely out of touch with reality.

Well, now he’s done it. For whatever reason, McCants decided to throw another log on the fire with the academic scandal. I guess he hasn’t been getting enough attention lately, so he’s been spouting off, telling ESPN that he never went to class, had tutors write his papers and should have been academically ineligible to play in 2005, when Carolina won the national championship. McCants also claims the coaches and university knew about all the illegal help he was getting.

“I thought it was a part of the college experience, just like watching it on a movie from ‘He Got Game’ or ‘Blue Chips,'” McCants said. “… when you get to college, you don’t go to class, you don’t do nothing, you just show up and play. That’s exactly how it was, you know, and I think that was the tradition of college basketball, or college, period, any sport. You’re not there to get an education, though they tell you that.

“You’re there to make revenue for the college. You’re there to put fans in the seats. You’re there to bring prestige to the university by winning games.”

Are we honestly going to take the word of someone who dated a frickin’ Kardashian?

Of course, the university and former players have had a lot to say about this. UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham said: “It is disappointing any time a student is dissatisfied with his or her experience. I welcome the opportunity to speak with Rashad McCants about returning to UNC to continue his academic career — just as we have welcomed many former student-athletes interested in completing their degrees.”




CBS has an article up providing an early preview of the conference for 2014-15, and things will be a bit different (as seems to be the case every year now) with the departure of Maryland and the addition of Louisville. There will also be several new faces on the sidelines, including Danny Manning at Wake Forest. As to how the teams will finish? Here’s their prediction.

  1. Duke
  2. North Carolina
  3. Louisville
  4. Virginia
  5. Pittsburgh

Seems reasonable enough, although giving Duke the nod when they will once again lean heavily on freshmen seems a little far-fetched. The Blue Devils had Jabari Parker last year and still managed to fizzle.

As for Carolina, the article claims, “Kennedy Meeks could be the X-factor in terms of ACC title contention.” That’s probably true. With the departure of James Michael McAdoo, Meeks is going to have to really put up some numbers down low for the Heels to succeed. The season is only five months away!

Here’s a pretty good pre-draft interview with the former Carolina guard. Gotta say, I’m a bit surprised at how humble and honest Hairston comes off. Maybe he has learned his lesson? P.J. gets asked about his problems at Carolina and what he’s going to tell NBA execs when they question his integrity. His answer is vague but seems truthful. “I made mistakes.” What else can anyone say?
Watch it here.


April 21, 2014

The second-year NBA player has definitely had his ups and downs, losing his starting spot and occasionally disappearing. But not in the playoffs. Barnes helped seal Golden State’s victory by blocking a Chris Paul lay-up then coming down the other end and knocking down a 3. He then strutted his butt off. Deadspin has a nice write-up and video.

The country singer posted a photo on Instagram holding a copy of Duke Sucks with the caption, “Hi I’m Chase Rice…and I’m a Tar Heel.” Not sure where he was or what the occasion was, but we’ll take it. And Chase, get in touch. We can swing a deal where we sell the book at your merch table. Or maybe concertgoers get a free copy with every 9th beer purchased. Just spitballin’ here.

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