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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!……

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  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • shwineka 5:08 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Iowa, , , , , , ,   

    Harrison Barnes Will Announce School Choice 

    The waiting is almost over.

    The No. 1 recruit in the class of 2010, Harrison Barnes, will make his choice of college — or “university of the people,” whichever — public next week. Hopefully his “public” decision will be the “public” choice. It’s been pretty well documented that his two leading contenders are UNC and Duke.

    In my opinion, Barnes is the quintessential Carolina kid. He  maintains a good GPA and is ultra-talented. He seems grounded (He kept Iowa in his top schools with the likes of UNC, Duke, Kansas, Oklahoma to be close to home), which is a great reason to join the Carolina basketball family. He wants to play in the NBA, but he recognizes the importance of an education, and may not necessarily leave after one year — though this kid is definitely of the breed that could and might.

    The downside to being a perfect fit for Carolina? That kind of fit is pretty good for Duke as well: good school, family-ish (clique-ish?) with a tight community surrounding the basketball program.

    According to the blog linked above, his announcement will be live on ESPN. (Commence biting nails)

     

     
  • hiphopobserver 6:08 pm on November 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , rap   

    J.J. Redick releasing a rap album? 

    So, this blog has turned into as much of a lampoon on Dook basketball as it has an update on UNC’s own team, but this has to be mentioned.

    Apparently Magic guard JJ Redick is going to drop a single and an album with a hip-hop “super group” sometime soon. He says in the article that since all the members “pretty much have a full time job” that they hope the single will be out by the end of the year. I assume this means that the group will include other basketball players.

    The group does not have a name as of yet.

    Also, the single will be called “Waste Management.” I don’t know what that means and JJ’s explanation doesn’t clear it up: “The chorus has been written and the first verse and the direction we’re heading on the song has to deal with ‘waste management.”

    I thought JJ was a poet? When did he turn to rhymes.

    Read the whole article on AllHipHop

     
  • hiphopobserver 1:06 pm on October 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , nuggets, , ,   

    George Karl calls Ty Lawson “Whiz Kid” 

    Nuggets Lawson Basketball

    Here’s an article from the Nugget’s website with coach and UNC alum George Karl referring to Ty as essentially and NBA protege who, even as a rookie, “doesn’t make mistakes.”

    More quotes from the article.

    Karl: “The downside to playing young guys is it usually leads to mistakes. This rookie doesn’t make mistakes.”

    Chauncey Billups: “A lot of rookies when they make good plays, you didn’t even have to see the play. You know what happened because they’re just so emotional and they’re running back and they’re so happy. (Lawson’s) got a great composure. He stays even-keeled the whole time, which I love. It’s something that reminds me of myself. I love playing with Ty. He’s earned his spot with us.”

    Read the whole article.

     

     
  • gonzologist 8:37 pm on October 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , NBA Draft, NBA Summer League,   

    Wayne Ellington Garners Early Praise in Minnesota 

    Found an impressive review of Wayne’s summer play with the T’Wolves. It’s great to see an NBA writer giving such solid praise to a guy we all know to be a highly versatile and skilled player. He goes as far as to say that “His intelligence and productivity on the court will surprise several teams who passed on him during the June draft.” Damn right.

    Wayne Twolves
    And the man is still looking smooth.

     
  • hiphopobserver 6:58 pm on October 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: jerry stackhouse, , , ,   

    Where will Jerry Stackhouse play this season? 

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    I came across an ESPN article about the former Tar Heel and College Player of the Year Jerry Stackhouse and how he’s still on the free agent market. Sounds as if he’s waiting for the right oppourtunity with a playoff team. I like the thought of him winding up in Denver. Watching him play with Ty Lawson would be real exciting, especially come the playoffs. The article makes it sound though like he’ll wait until the season begins to sign with a team.

    Read the whole article at ESPN.

    **Editor’s note** Stackhouse was named “College Player of the Year” by Sports Illustrated. He did not win the Naismith or Wooden Awards.

     
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