Roy Williams started his college basketball coaching career at the University of North Carolina as an assistant coach and play a key role in recruiting a young Michael Jordan for the team. Now, as head coach of the UNC Tarheels, William just reached his 800th career win against Syracuse University and Jordan Brand is celebrating it with a special sneaker package. UNC took to Twitter to share Williams gift from Jordan Brand. The packaging alone is impressive on its own. A large wooden box features a Jumpman logo, basketball net and “800” carved into it. Opening the box reveals more carved details, an etched glass container that reads “Congratulations Roy Williams” and a pair of “Metallic Silver” Air Jordan 1 Low Pinnacle signed by Michael Jordan.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski will undergo lower back surgery on Friday to remove a fragment of a herniated disc, causing the Hall of Famer to miss up to four weeks coaching the Blue Devils (12-2 this season). The news was announced Monday. Duke associate head coach Jeff Capel will fill in for Krzyzewski. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Allan Friedman at Duke University Hospital.
Calipari is still imploring Monk to drive to the basket, because frankly, he can get there almost whenever he wants. He has a rare combination of skill and athleticism where he can drill 3s and also get what he wants when he drives to the hoop. But NBA executives are torn on Monk. Some believe he’s a lock to go in the upper half of the NBA lottery. One even recently told me he’d select Monk with the No. 1 overall pick. But others are concerned that he’s a 6-foot-3 2-guard, and they feel as though he’ll go in the bottom portion of the lottery due to his lack of size.