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  • hiphopobserver 2:46 pm on November 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: air jordan, Jason Capel, Jordan XI, Jordan XII, Julius Peppers, , Kris Lang, , Nike Air Adjust Force, player edition, , , ,   

    It’s got to be the shoes… 

    One of the things that always intrigues me at the beginning of each basketball season is seeing what kicks the Tar Heels are going to be rocking on the court.

    Above is a picture of some Air Jordan 2009 Carolina Editions.  These apparently came out during the NCAA Tournament last year but I don’t remember anybody in particular wearing them. Here’s another shot.

    A lot of player wore the Air Jordan Jumpman Pro UNC Player Edition(PE) last year. Sorry for the unfortunate picture.

    Don’t really have any ideas of what will be on the feet of UNC players this year. Most likely it will be part of the Jordan line, but I’m not sure of what. What would be amazing would be some Jordan reissues like the Jordan XII “Rising Sun” or something similar.

    Remember when the Jason Capel/Kris Lang/Julius Peppers team wore these Jordan XIs. These were classy.

    Or who remembers the Nike Air Adjust Force from the mid/late ’90s?

    Anyways, I’m excited to see what happens tonight in the season opener. Especially with those ’57 throwbacks in action. I’ll try to get some pics while I’m cheering the team on.

    • shwineka 2:59 pm on November 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, that picture of the AJ Carolina 2009s really helps us with our “wine and cheese crowd” image. Seriously, who took that?!

  • hiphopobserver 2:07 pm on November 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Bleacher Report: 09-10 UNC Tarheels: Not You’re Typical “Rebuilding” Team 

    This is just a re-post of an article on Bleacher Report. If you couldn’t tell by the title of the post, it is an article saying that what UNC is retooling with isn’t what many teams are accustomed too.

    Also, the author parallels the ’09-’10 team to that of the ’05-’06 team that included Tyler Hansbrough, Marcus Ginyard, Danny Green and Bobby Frasor. If you’re a UNC fan you’ve probably already made the comparison, but it’s nice to see someone else make it.

    Read the article here.

  • shwineka 1:28 pm on November 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    UNC to Wear Retro Jerseys; Roy in the WSJ 

    From Twitter:  @UNC_Basketball 100 Year update – Carolina will wear 1957-themed throwback uniforms for tonight’s game vs. Fla. International

    In case you were wondering, you can’t buy them yet. But soon, very soon.


    Also the Roy Williams book tour continues with an interview in the Wall Street Journal from yesterday.

    • hiphopobserver 1:43 pm on November 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Pretty excited about this. Probably going to have to buy my own.

  • shwineka 12:41 pm on November 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    UNC Basketball Season Opener: Florida International 


    It’s heeeerrrrrrrree.

    Time to tell all your football friends “Goodbye.” Time to say, “Hey, I’d love to stay at work a little longer tonight, but really, I can’t. It’s a 7 o’clock tip-off.” Time to jump around. Time to strategically wear Carolina blue clothing items on gamedays. Yes, ladies and gentlmen, it’s college basketball season.

    The Heels take on Florida International tonight, though if Golden Panthers coach Isiah Thomas had his way, FIU would be playing Ohio State. As season openers go, the whole Isiah thing has given this one a little punch for me, a little extra pizzazz that playing FIU would not have had without it. Plus, it’s Isiah’s first game as a college head coach. I’m interested to see if he’s got game in regards to coaching college kids. That and the fact that this kicks off the 100th season of Carolina hoops.

    I was going to take some time and post any local previews about the game, but TarHeelBlue has kindly done that for me, so let’s not let their diligent work go unnoticed. Check it out.

    Three things I’ll be looking for:

    1) Larry Drew II at the point: If (as some of those game previews suggest) the Heels really are a Final Four caliber team, they will need a strong point guard. Drew II did not play significant minutes last year and as such is a big question mark.

    2) Cutting down on turnovers: From memory, I believe Carolina had something like 20 turnovers in the exhibition against Belmont Abbey. That’s unacceptable. UNC fans have been spoiled by the likes of Ty Lawson, who seemingly never gave the ball away. The turnovers didn’t just come from Larry Drew II, who dished out eight dimes to his three turnovers, however, they were spread out over the team.The whole group needs to focus on taking care of the basketball.

    3) Post play: It’s what should be the Heels’ strength this year, so let’s see it in action, eh?!


  • hiphopobserver 2:12 pm on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Wayne Ellington to get No. 22 Jersey in the Rafters 

    Did someone mention The Rafters?

    Over the summer UNC changed the criteria to have a jersey raised into the rafters of the Dean Dome. Previously, only the team-voted MVP from national championship seasons was guaranteed a spot among the legends. The rule has now been changed to include NCAA-voted MOPs (Most Outstanding Player) into what can qualify a player.

    That means that Wayne Ellington will now be enshrined in the Dean Dome, but guess who else gets to join the club? Donald Williams from the 1993 championship year, who averaged 25 points a game in each of the Final Four games that season but was beat out by George Lynch who was recognized by the team as MVP for his entire season’s worth of work and leadership.

    Also during the summer, UNC changed the rafter rule to include ACC players of the year, meaning Ty Lawson’s No. 5 will also be raised. With the addition of Williams, Lawson and Ellington, the ’93 and ’09 teams will each have three members in the Dean Dome joining Lynch (’93), Eric Montross (’93) and Tyler Hansbrough (’09).

    Some other interesting points from the Adam Lucas article on TarHeelBlue:

    • Williams was not told about the honor until the Alumni Game where he admitted to not remembering the first several minutes after finding out about his jersey: “I sat down and I started thinking about where mine would be going,” he says. “I looked up at all those jerseys, and to think that mine would be up there, especially for someone like me who is local, it’s really big for me.”
    • Williams is also trying to break into coaching and will be on the sideline this year for St. Mary’s School in Raleigh, an independent, college-preparatory, girls boarding and day school dedicated to academic excellence and personal achievement for grades 9-12.
    • The ’82 (James Worthy, Sam Perkins and Michael Jordan), ’05 (Sean May, Raymond Felton and Rashad McCants) and ’57 (Lennie Rosenbluth, Tommy Kearns and Pete Brennan) championship teams also have three members in the rafters, but three different non-title teams have four players represented–’76, ’84 and ’94.


  • shwineka 2:21 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    More Roy Excerpts! 


    The N & O published a particularly interesting part of Roy’s new book, the part in which he makes the decision to return to UNC as coach.

    Interesting why? Because it’s arguably one of the most important decisions in the 100-year history of North Carolina Basketball. There’s two banners in the Smith Center to attest that. Now it’s settled. I have to buy this book.

    **Correction @ 2:56 p.m.** The excerpt linked above is about his decision NOT to return to UNC, but to stay at Kansas. Obviously the “most important decision” that I referred to was the one to return to UNC and subsequently win two national championships. That decision was made three years later.

  • hiphopobserver 6:46 pm on October 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Daily Tar Heel: 100 Years of UNC Basketball Timeline 

    This probably deserves many more blog posts or a more well written one, but The Daily Tar Heel has put together a huge project in celebration of the 100 years of UNC basketball. There’s a timeline for each deacade, the top ten players according to the DTH, profiles on Dean Smith and Roy Williams and recaps of every championship year. It’s really nicely put together and a lot of stuff to waste time reading.

    Check out the whole project.

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