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  • shwineka 10:33 am on December 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Biscuit Briefs, , Bojangles, , , , , DB Camps, , , Dewey Burke, , EYE Program, , Franklin Street, Gerald Henderson, , , , , Sam Wineka, Sheldon Williams, Sky High Basketball, , , , ,   

    Want some gravy with that?:The Rafters’ Interview with Dewey “Biscuits” Burke 

    Rafters blogger Sam Wineka recently caught up with former Heels guard Dewey Burke, a.k.a. “Biscuits.” For those of you that might not know (and who are you?) Bojangles offers patrons of Carolina games two sausage biscuits for $1.00 in instances when UNC scores 100 points in the Dean Smith Center. Mr. Burke had a knack for pushing the Heels over the century mark and chatted with The Rafters about it.

    Rafters: Tell us a little about what you’re up to. Are you in Philly? How are DBCamps and Sky High Basketball coming along?

    DB: I am currently living just outside of Philly, where I grew up. I am building two different business that I have started. One is a basketball training company. Think personal trainer – but 100 percent basketball-specific. I do everything on the court. In the summer time I run camps for ages 7-18, and then in the Fall and Spring, I do individual and small group private instruction. Working on fundamentals, skills on both sides of the ball, shooting form, etc. Basically I evaluate the needs of the young players, and create a plan for improvement. So far things are going well and the business is growing nicely.

    The summer camps have really been fun to do because I’ve been able to have my teammates come up and speak for the kids. North Carolina Basketball carries such prestige around the country, so when you can bring in a Tyler Hansbrough, Wayne Ellington, Marcus Ginyard or Bobby Frasor – the kids really enjoy it and are mesmerized by what these guys can do. (http://www.DBcamps.com & http://www.skyhighbasketball.com)

    My second company is a small education firm. We specialize in after-school tutoring for students from low-income families. Our services are completely free to our students and their families – all of our funding comes from the state government. Through and educational grant my company has been approved to provide this supplemental education to students in desperate need of extra academic help. It is named the EYE Program, and EYE stands for Empowering Youth through Education. You can find out more here: http://www.EYEpartners.org.

    Rafters: I was in the Dean Dome the first time you pushed Carolina over 100 and secured your nickname, “Biscuits,” by hitting a trey near the end of regulation. I have to say that in my four years at Carolina, it was definitely in the Top 5 loudest moments I heard the Smith Center. What was that moment like?

    DB: There were a lot of special memories in the Smith Center, and that was a great one. Playing for Carolina is such a special gift, and the fans are the biggest part of that. The love we receive day in and day out is truly a blessing. It’s very, very unique to be a part of something that literally millions of people are so passionate about. I’ve always had a tremendous relationship with the Carolina fans, and I have so much love for the people of Chapel Hill. Even now, two years out, every time I drive up Franklin Street I get goose bumps. Chapel Hill will always be home for me. I have a lot of special feelings in my heart for that place. I think, too, that some fans see some of themselves in me. I’m not 6’8’’ and I wasn’t recruited out of high school to any big time schools. I just decided that playing for Carolina was what I was meant to do – nothing and no one was going to stand in the way of that.

    Rafters: While we’re talking about great moments, what was your favorite as a Carolina player?

    DB: My favorite moment was beating Duke in Cameron Indoor the first time (in 2006). The class of 2009 went on to do it 4 times in a row, but the first time was an incredible experience. JJ Redick and Sheldon’s last home game, senior night for them, they were # 1 – we had freshmen, etc etc. We just played so tough that night, and David Noel was the greatest leader you could ask for. The day before at practice, there was a sense and a feeling in the air that we were going to go over there and win. Coach talked about how there were very, very few people outside out locker room that believed we could win that game…but that was ok because we knew. And we were not just saying that. We came in so confident that night, we weren’t intimidate or worried at all. We knew they couldn’t handle us that night. It was an amazing experience.

    Rafters: In the infamous Duke game when Gerald Henderson broke Tyler Hansbrough’s nose, you were one of the guys holding Tyler back. I have to ask, did you kind of (maybe deep down) just want to let him go?

    DB: No. And that’s the truth. My immediate thought when he got up was “he’s going to kill someone.” All I was thinking was keeping him away from anyone else, because I didn’t want him to get suspended. It was the last game of the regular season. All we had worked for all year was about to be upon us (NCAA Tourney), and there was no way we were going into it without our best player. Truly, all I was thinking was keeping him calm. If you watch the clips, you can see me telling him “try to breathe, stay cool.” He was very upset. He took more beatings than anyone in college basketball since Shaq, and he never reacted. He would always say, I won’t care about it unless someone makes my face bleed – then it’s too far. Well, Gerald and Duke took it too far – but we took the high road. We won that game, the ACC a few times, and a National Title. That’s what matters.

    Rafters: Follow up: are you in fact, the only person capable of stopping Psycho T?

    DB: Well we both know that no one can stop him on the court… Off it, he’s a really a gentle giant. He’s quiet and reserved, and until you get to know him and get into his inner circle – he won’t say a whole lot. The real Tyler Hansbrough is a regular friend like anyone else. He laughs, jokes and enjoys life. He’s no different. He’s an intensely loyal friend and great example of what a Tar Heel player is supposed to be about. On the court he’s the most focused and driven person I’ve ever seen. Off the court, he’s just a regular guy and a great friend.

    Rafters: What do you think about this year’s team? I think all Carolina fans expect their team to go really far.  Are your expectations higher or lower than a Final Four?

    DB: This year’s team is going to very fun to watch grow. We have so much talent. We have everything you could want: speed, size, length, athleticism. Maybe all we are missing is a knock-down shooter, but Will Graves can fill that role if he wants to. We will be in every game because we are further along defensively than most teams are at this time. Marcus is the main reason for that. He’s so good on defense, people just don’t even begin to understand. Defense is so much more than not letting your man score. It’s about communication, and positioning, and timing and toughness and grit. Marcus is the best we’ve had in a long time.

    My feeling is, people better beat us now. Come March, when Coach Williams has 90-100 practices with this team, look out. They’ll get the offensive end figured out and continue to get better defensively. We will learn to run better and better and get easier baskets. We are so young that all we can do is improve. We can be a force by March, and barring injuries – we will be.

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    You can listen to more of Dewey’s take on UNC basketball on his podcast, Biscuit Briefs.

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  • shwineka 8:00 am on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Charlotte Bobcats, , , , , , Sportscenter, , , Verizon Center,   

    Where the Heel did you go, Raymond Felton? 

    Those of you that watch Sportscenter (one word or two?) probably know very well where Raymond Felton is because he’s taking names in the NBA. As point guard for the Charlotte Bobcats, Ray has been getting some great compliments from his coach, Larry Brown. Not an easy task, considering Brown is known to be one of the toughest coaches on points guards in the game.

    Felton has the squad playing pretty well. Charlotte just beat a very good Denver Nuggets team, against another former UNC PG Ty Lawson no less. The Bobcats have won six of their last eight games. Needless to say, one of those came when they visited the Wizards Nov. 28. Rafters blogger Matt and I made our way to the Verizon Center to catch the game and took some super sweet video of our boy Felton from our “upgraded” seats in the lower level.  So please, do check it out below:

    Look closely and you’ll see another former Tar Heel, Brendan Haywood, in that second video. And now, the highlight of the Wizards’ night!……

     
  • hiphopobserver 5:15 pm on November 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , jackie manuel, ,   

    Where the Heel Did You Go? Jackie Manuel 

    This is a segment I have been thinking about starting for a while now, and when I saw this article today I thought, “Why not today?”

    Let’s all take a trip down memory lane and avoid as many cliches as possible.  The year was 2005 and UNC had just won Roy Williams his first NCAA championship. That June, UNC would make history with four players selected in the first 14 picks of the NBA draft and one more being picked in the second round. One notable exception from that list of draftees was shutdown man Jackie Manuel.

    Jackie has forgone the usual route of playing oversees and now plays with the Erie BayHawks of the NBA D-League.

    Last season Jackie averaged 9.1 points and 7.1 rebounds and shot 47.9 percent from the field as a starter.

    Over the off-season Jackie has changed up his diet, added close to 20 pounds of muscle and worked to improve his shooting touch. He was an abysmal 27.3 percent from beyond the arc and 59.2 percent from the free-throw line.

    Here’s to you Jackie, good luck in Erie and remember you’ll always have a possee in Chapel Hill.

    Read the whole article on Jackie at GoErie.com

     
  • gonzologist 12:56 am on November 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Arnie Stapleton, , Denver Post, George Karl, , , Ty Lawson Dunk   

    Ty Lawson Posterizes 

    We can’t get enough Ty Lawson here at The Rafters. Poor seven-footer D.J. Mbenga of the L.A. Lakers got more than enough Ty Lawson on Friday night.

    Unreal. What might be even better is how the dunk blew the roof off the Pepsi Center. Ty’s teammates love the kid, and the Denver Post published two articles over the weekend that include more of the praise the rookie has been garnering almost as fast as he can run from baseline to baseline. In one article, Ty’s all-star teammates share their shock and awe at his funknasty dunk:

    Yet, all the Nuggets wanted to talk about afterward was rookie Ty Lawson’s first NBA dunk, when the 5-foot-11 guard skied past 7-footer D.J. Mbenga and 6-9 forward Josh Powell for the slam as he was hammered to the floor for a three-point play that had his teammates bolting from their seats and celebrating with the crowd as if they had won just the West.

    “That was nasty,” Anthony said. “A 5-footer against two 7-footers.”

    “That was incredible,” Billups said.

    The other article, also by Arnie Stapleton, gushes with the excitement and satisfaction that the Nuggets have in regards to drafting Ty. His valuable experience in the up-and-down, high-scoring Carolina system is mentioned several times, with UNC alumnus Gerge Karl adding, “Well, when Roy Williams whispers to you that he’s the best point guard he’s ever coached—I mean, he’s had a few good point guards.”

    Roy’s best? I believe it.

     
  • hiphopobserver 7:21 pm on November 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , hallowed ground, hyperize, , , , , , , , nike, ol school iii, , , , , ,   

    UNC Men’s Basketball Team Shoes 

    Besides Chuck Taylor, there is no name more synonymous with footwear than Michael Jordan.

    Lucky for UNC, Jordan is an alum and the men’s basketball team is outfitted with the best Nike and Jordan Brand gear there is. The team has their pick at which shoes they want to wear each season, but there’s always two that most of the team rocks through the season. This year there’s three: the Jordan Jumpman Pro, Jordan Hallowed Ground and Jordan Ol’ School III.

    Jordan-Ol-School-III We’ll start with the Ol’ School III. As you can see, there are several colorways for these shoes, but you’ll notice the Carolina blue one is extra special with an argyle trim along the sole. So far this year Tyler Zeller, T. Wear and Leslie McDonald have been spotted wearing these.

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    [T.Wear to right of screen]

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    [McDonald to left of screen]

    As you can see though in the above picture, T. Wear has switched to wearing the Jumpman Pro, like his brother David, since the exhibition. Interestingly, Zeller wore the Jumpman Pros last season also but switched this season.

    tylerzellershoes2So, onto the Jumpman Pro.

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    These are a holdover from last year, but some of the team members are still wearing them. Deon Thompson, T. Wear, D. Wear and Ed Davis are holding strong in the kicks. Deon and Ed did not wear these shoes last season.

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    The UNC Player Editions of the Jordan Hallowed Ground have caught favor with a couple of the underclassmen.

    jordan-hallowed-groundAmong the Tar Heels, John Henson, Dexter Strickland and Justin Watts have been wearing the shoes.

    hensonshoesstricklandshoes2wattsshoes2Now for the outliers.

    Larry Drew II has gone with some of the Jordan “remixes,” an update on the orignal Jordan IIs. Drew II wears the Jordan 2.5

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    The one that has stumped me so far is Marcus Ginyard. A definite benefit of going to Carolina is the exclusive Jordans. Ginyard, however, has opted to go outside of the Jordan Brand to Nike and wear the Hyperize. While I’ve never seen this colorway anywhere else, the Hyperize is favored by many professionals and is a very team oriented shoe that will probably be seen a lot this season, much like the Hyperdunk was last season.

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    The one I can’t seem to put a finger on is the renegade Will Graves. I know he is wearing a pair that is within the Jordan Brand, I just don’t know what it is.

    willgravesshoeswillgravesshoes3Any ideas?

    Now while most players will stick with the same shoe throughout the season some will experiment, as shown by T. Wear. Come tournament time, it’s a different story. Last year UNC came out with everything from the Lebron James line on Ty Lawson to Deron Williams’ signature shoes on Wayne Ellington, making it very strange to see Wayne with a number 8 on his shoe.

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    5714615457146193Deon and Danny Green are seen in both those pictures in the Jordan 2.5

    In case you’re wondering, Tyler Hansbrough also wore the Jordan 2.5 last year.

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    I’ll keep you updated on shoes developments throughout the season.

     

     
  • shwineka 4:27 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , kenyon martin, , , ,   

    It’s the Law, son. 

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    Ty Lawson has been getting some early praise in his rookie NBA season, not the least of which is coming from Denver Nuggets teammate, Kenyon Martin:

    “The kid is able to play,” Martin said of Denver’s rookie guard. “I played with Jason Kidd, man. Moving that ball, it was unbelievable. (Lawson’s) strength is getting the ball up the court, getting into the gaps, making plays.”

    K-Mart referred to Lawson’s quickness as “that speed.” Like you say about the weather or something.

    It’s not that hot out, but that humidity!

    We knew it already, but looks like NBA teams are realizing what it means to get the Ty treatment.

     
  • 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?!

  • shwineka 2:35 pm on November 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: acura, , , , , subaru, , , , WOW   

    Pacers vs. Wizards: Tar Heels in the News 

    The Pacers/Wizards game last night provided lots of press for former Tar Heels. Tyler Hansbrough impressed in his NBA debut and fellow retired-jersey-mate Antawn Jamison popped into the papers without playing a minute.

    It’s Saturday and I’m lazy, so here’s a critique of Hansbrough’s Subaru commercial. **Update** This is actually about Hansbrough’s Acura commercial. It’s basically the same as the Subaru, but just a different brand. So count it, there are TWO Hansbrough WOW! commercials out there.

     
  • hiphopobserver 11:34 am on November 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Tyler Hansbrough makes NBA debut 

    Wizards Pacers Basketball

    Tyler finally made his NBA debut against the Washington Wizards and put up a pretty good and very Tyler-esque stat line:

    14 points in 13 minutes, 3 for 7 from the field and 7 for 10 from the foul line. He also had five rebounds and dove into the crowd once while chasing a loose ball.

    His coach and teammates also had some real nice things to say about him.

    Pacers coach Jim O’Brien: “A little rusty in a lot of areas, but he’s going to be in the attack mode at the offense and defensive end, he’s going to go after every rebound. I’m very pleased with him. I think he’s going to be a heck of an NBA player.”

    Teammate Danny Granger: “He brings that intensity, kind of that mad-dog intensity. I like to refer to him as a pitbull on the loose. He’s just attacking all over the place, and that’s the mentality you need.”

    The whole game wrap-up revolves around Tyler’s debut and has a nice anecdote about Antawn Jamison yelling at Tyler from the Washington bench.

    Oh yeah, the Pacers won 102-86.

    Read the article here.

     
  • hiphopobserver 2:37 pm on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    University Central Florida loses Adidas Sponsorship after Marcus Jordan wears Jordans 

    (Marcus wearing Jordan XII)

    If any had heard about this whole thing, you may have seen this coming.

    Citing the “honor” that his family has and goes along with wearing them, Marcus Jordan, son of Micahel and UCF freshman guard, wore a pair of Jordan Brand shoes during Wednesday night’s exhibition win over St. Leo.

    Problem is, UCF is an Adidas supplied campus and because of Jordan is withdrawing their deal with the school. The deal was set to expire in June.

    I think the bigger problem here is looking at young Jordan’s stat line: 23 minutes, 1 point, 0-3 from the field, but 3 steals.

    Anyways, how can you fault Marcus, the kid grew up receiving custom Jordan sneakers.

    Think Mike steps in and saves the school with exclusive Jordan Brand deal?
    Read whole story here.

     
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