Tar Heel Bred Tar Heel Dead

Over on ESPN, Andy Katz has posted his preview of the 2011-12 season, and he’s got the Heels solidly on top.

The Tar Heels return a foursome of players that will be hard to match by any other team, save Kentucky, with Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller, John Henson and Kendall Marshall. Adding James McAdoo and P.J. Hairston to an already-deep roster makes the Tar Heels a loaded crew for next season. UNC coach Roy Williams is in a position to win his third national championship since 2005, which would tie him with UConn’s Jim Calhoun and behind only Mike Krzyzewski of Duke on the active title list.

Butter gets down

May 11, 2011

Check out this amusing video of Dexter Strickland trying to teach Kendall Marshall how to dance. First, Butter gets a rep for not being able to dunk. Now he’s gonna be known as the guy who can’t dance.

Whoa. This is a huge shock. Gary Williams is reportedly retiring from Maryland after 22 seasons. The coach took a lot of heat last year when his team struggled, ultimately finishing 7-9 in the conference and failing to make the NCAA tourney. Still. Williams has a national title, and he consistently recruits NBA-quality or near players. Terp fans better be careful what they wish for. I smell a Herb Sendek situation. The coach that comes in may help them appreciate the coach that went out.

Hey, maybe Maryland could hire Sidney Lowe. He’s already got a lot of red sportwear.

If you do, you’ll be greeted with a recording of Tyler Hansbrough reading “Chicken Little.”
The reading is all part of a partnership between the Indiana Pacers and the local library to get kids to read. Previously, Dahntay Jones read “Giraffes Can’t Dance,” Josh McRoberts tackled “I Am Not Going To Get Up Today,” Roy Hibbert recited “I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly” and Paul George did “Trucks: Whizz! Zoom! Rumble!”
How does Hansbrough do? Let’s just say Ty might no’t have a future in reading audio books, were he to have a career-ending injury.

If you’d rather not call the hotline, you can listen to the complete recording here.

As he proved a few times in the now-concluded series against the Bulls, Tyler Hansbrough is a beast. He is probably one of the most physical, hard-charging players out there. Take a look at this pretty great highlight video rounding up many of his hustle plays and hard dunks when he still wore a Carolina uniform. Watching it proves once again what we’ve always said: Tyler is the greatest guy in the world to play with, but if he were on the other team, you would hate him more than anything. We’re glad he’s our guy.

Now it’s Will Graves’ turn. The former Heel, who’s playing over in Japan, dabbles in hip-hop occasionally. He’s just released a song honoring his late grandfather, who Will says was the reason he went to Carolina. Take a listen here.

Your Easter wish is hereby granted.  (Thank you Twitter).

Go ahead. He’s apparently up for a game of NBA 2K11. His gamer tag is DNice219

His new single “Fire” isn’t embeddable, so you’re just going to have to go here to listen to it.

It begins with McCants (aka Suni Blac) whispering creepily, “I’m on fire” like one of those 2am callers chicks used to get in the days before caller ID. After that, it’s a pretty standard rap jam with verse after verse of boasting about being able to do stuff way better than everyone else. Novel! Although we do award points for being able to rhyme anything with “orthodontist.”

And we’re not sure whether it’s a plus or minus, but this song doesn’t seem to mention basketball once, unlike Blac’s last song, “Ballin’.” What do y’all think? Would you want to hear this song in a club or on the radio?


The Fayetteville Observer has a pretty interesting (but let’s be honest, very niche) interview with Bobby Frasor, a lifelong Bulls fan, talking about Psycho T — his former teammate who’s now playing against Chicago in the first round of the playoffs. Hansbrough has been going off for Indy, and oftentimes, getting the better of his match-up with Carlos Boozer. But that hasn’t stopped Carlos from talking a lot of trash.

“I’m not going to repeat anything; you’d have to use a lot of bleeps and then there wouldn’t be much to say,” Hansbrough said. “You try to limit [responses], but sometimes you get frustrated and slip up and say something you shouldn’t have.”

Anyway, for whatever reason, Tyler has become the man to hate for Bulls fans. Here’s a sample from the interview:

Q: I’ve heard from people in Chicago that think that if this series drags out at all, that by the end of things, Tyler is going to reach a Bill Laimbeer level of hatred with Bulls fans. You get that same sense?
Absolutely. It was pretty obvious. When he checks into the game and they announce him coming back on the floor, the boos are significantly louder for him than anyone else. When he’s shooting free throws, they’re booing him pretty good. There’s a lot of people screaming at him. I’m not sure why. I guess after that one steal and dunk he had his arms in the air and he was getting really emotional. And it was bothering people. And yeah, he could get to Laimbeer status if the Pacers get a couple of wins and he keeps playing well.

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