Profiles & Features
Sports writer | UNC-Chapel Hill student, Media & Journalism major
I cover North Carolina athletics for The Daily Tar Heel, the university's independent student newspaper.
Past: Sports intern, Houston Chronicle (summer 2018)
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Profiles & Features
"I just feel like I'm a younger version of him, almost," K.J. Smith said with a laugh. "There's a picture my sister took on the couch and we're both just like doing the same exact thing." It isn't hard to tell K.J.
Although Carter jokes being addressed as "Mr. Carter" rubbed him the wrong way, he is in the twilight of his career. The eight-time NBA All-Star, Slam Dunk Contest champion and Olympic gold medalist - now a member of the Atlanta Hawks - is the oldest active player in the league at 42 years old.
Ice Cube sat in his hotel room in Atlanta on a Wednesday night in April 2016 after spending the day working on Barbershop: The Next Cut, a film he was producing and starring in. He watched as one of his all-time favorite NBA players, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, scored 60 points in his last career game.
"I think we used that as motivation a lot this preseason, just emphasizing getting back to playing our game," Williams said at ACC men's basketball media day on Oct. 24. "I know for the older guys that know what it's like, that have been there and won that championship, we don't want to go out like that two years in a row."
Lisa Beverley was the first to hear the news from orthopedic surgeon Dr. Walter Lowe on a late November day in 2017. Her son, Pat Beverley, was out for the NBA season after having surgery on a torn meniscus in his right knee.
During one of the Texans' players and coaches meetings in the summer of 2017, coach Bill O'Brien pulled Brandon Dunn to the side. The team needed more production out of the fourth-year defensive tackle, the coach said. Dunn's job was on the line. "They didn't quite say, 'You're on the borderline (of getting cut).'
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Harold Little didn't hear Williams' follow-up statements. He didn't hear Williams' explanation of why his son doesn't play more, that he's "trying to get him some more minutes," or his praise of Nassir Little's work ethic. So, naturally, Harold Little was caught off guard by the comments.
When Manny Miles grew up, he watched his father coach LSU to two Southeastern Conference Championships and one BCS National Championship in 2007. Manny Miles dreamed he would be like the players his father coached and score touchdowns at the collegiate level.
North Carolina started its first drive of the game from its own 30-yard line and marched quickly into Pittsburgh territory. After a 6-yard rush from running back Jordon Brown and a 3-yard reception from Williams, UNC found itself in a fourth-and-one on the Panthers' 37-yard line.
"I look at it as a successful year," Pieters said. "I've never been to an ACC final, let alone the semis. So, this year has been a success for me. I don't rate it off my personal success. It's (about) how the team does."
Fortin's roommate, true first-year running back Javonte Williams, asked him the same question all week: "Are you nervous for the game?" But Williams knew better than anyone that Fortin was more than prepared to be the starter. The two often study the playbook together and talk through hypothetical in-game situations in their room.
Little looked the most comfortable of the three. The 6-foot-6-inch forward tied Manley with a team-leading nine points on the White squad. He also had the dunk of the night. Little caught a pass at the right wing and blew by guard Andrew Platek on his way to the goal.
An hour after arriving at the Courtyard Marriott in Tyler for a pizza party, the Post Oak Little League All-Stars had a pause in their celebration. Manager David Rook, along with his two assistants, pulled their club out of the shindig in the hotel's conference room and into the lobby.
White began his historic performance on Wednesday night when Greenfield topped Kinston High School, 85-63, in the tournament's opening round. White finished with 46 points in that game - tying Penny Hardaway for the fourth-most points scored in the annual Raleigh tournament. "I just go out there and play my game," White said.
VC: Just a love for the game. I still love playing - still love to travel. The ups and downs of the game is something that hasn't gotten old yet. DTH: What part of playing for Dean Smith and spending three years at North Carolina helped you prepare for the league and for being in the league for 21 years?
Patrick Beverley spent five seasons with the Rockets before being traded to the Los Angeles Clippers with six other players, a 2018 first-round draft pick and cash in last summer's deal that brought All-Star guard Chris Paul to Houston.
Ahead of the BIG3's season opener Friday at Toyota Center, Ice Cube discussed a wide range of topics from his inspiration to create the league, his decision to hire Clyde Drexler as commissioner and the status of the next "Friday" movie.
On Oct. 13, the NCAA announced that its Committee on Infractions could not conclude that North Carolina violated NCAA rules during the university's 18-year-long academic scandal. That same day, the NCAA ruled N.C. State freshman guard Braxton Beverly ineligible for the 2017-18 season. Beverly originally committed to Ohio State in Oct.