North Carolina Rumors
Former North Carolina basketball and NBA star Rasheed Wallace has been named the head coach at NC Good Better Best Academy in North Carolina, according to a tweet from the program on Wednesday. It becomes the second head coaching job of Wallace’s coaching career, with a high school job being the head coaching job that he previously held. Wallace ended his NBA career in 2013 and then transitioned into coaching, working with the Detroit Pistons as an assistant coach for one year. He then didn’t coach again for a while until March of 2019, when Charles E. Jordan High School in Durham, North Carolina, hired him to be the head coach.
The Charlotte Hornets and Bank of America this month partnered for the seventh annual Military Care event. This year’s unique initiative saw the full Hornets team and coaching staff, along with 90 volunteers from the two organizations working at home, partner to pack 3,000 care kits to be distributed by the USO of North Carolina to military service members who are required to self-isolate after deployment for 14 days at a quarantine facility before returning home to loved ones. “It is extremely important that we show our gratitude for our troops and the protection they provide,” said Hornets Sports & Entertainment President & Vice Chairman Fred Whitfield. “Even though we could not gather in person like we have in previous years, we are pleased that we were able to continue to partner with our friends at Bank of America to provide these care kits as a way of offering our thanks to our military service members.”
Frank Fraschilla: I also fell in love with college basketball about that time too. It was completely different back then. We didn’t get 2,000 games broadcast every season like today. You’d hear about teams like UCLA, North Carolina and NC State, but college basketball was only on TV probably on an average of maybe three or four times a week, which gave me a hunger for college basketball. I had a hunger for going to Madison Square Garden, not only to watch the Knicks play but also for college basketball games too. And quite frankly, those were cheaper tickets so it was easier for me to go. My love affair with New York basketball for both the Knicks and college basketball hit me when I was about 12 years old and it really hooked me on the game for a lifetime. My early days of growing up in New York around those great Knicks teams had a huge impact on me, and it’s a big reason as to why I love the game so much.
Roy Williams, who led the University of North Carolina to three NCAA championships, is retiring after 33 seasons and 903 wins as a college basketball head coach. The 2007 Naismith Hall of Fame inductee will address the media at a press conference on Roy Williams Court at the Dean E. Smith Center today (Thursday, April 1) at 4 p.m.
The money will provide scholarship funding for HBCU students. “I’m trying to bring awareness to a lot of the HBCUs out there,” said Phoenix Suns All-Star and National Basketball Players Association president Chris Paul. “I have a class at North Carolina A&T. My brother and my AAU team have been doing calls with different coaches at HBCUs. It’s the education of it. In doing this, I’ve been able to learn a lot. … I’m just trying to bring awareness to not only myself but other people about these HBCUs that I think a lot of time get overlooked. I just want to tell our players great job — great job doing what you’re doing and we’re going to continue to make change with action.”
Multiple league sources say the Bucks are active in trade discussions; they’re looking to move on from Eric Bledsoe, and have offered him to several teams. They’re also in pursuit of Rockets forwards Robert Covington and P.J. Tucker; Houston doesn’t have a pick in this draft and is moving toward a retooling period with Russell Westbrook wanting out. If the Bucks stay here, or even if the pick is traded, it’s hard to see Anthony dropping any further. He was a top high-school recruit and a projected lottery pick heading into the season. He had a disastrous freshman season at North Carolina, but his shot-creation skills could ultimately add a lot to any offense he’s part of.