May 14, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes (40) takes a shot over San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Danny Green (4) in the fourth quarter in game five of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the AT

Tar Heels in the Pros: May 11-17

A scary moment, an interesting comparison, and a rumor that might get the people of Charlotte excited: Carolina alumni in the pro had an interesting week.


May 7, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Chicago White Sox with a bloody nose during the first inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Harvey: The Mets pitcher shocked no one by having another good week this week. Harvey won his start on Friday, but more interesting than his pitching stats, he actually drove in the winning run in the top of the seventh inning. Also, Harvey was on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated. Don’t be surprised to see Harvey make this article again next week. This pitcher is special.


Harrison Barnes: The Golden State rookie took quite a tumble Thursday night. Barnes received six stitches to the head, and though he eventually returned to the game, he was removed for “headache” symptoms. Good for Barnes, but bad for the Warriors, he’ll have a whole offseason to recover from the injury as Golden State fell to the Spurs Thursday night, losing the series to the Spurs 4-2.

Ed Davis and Danny Green: The Memphis Grizzlies won their series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and they will face the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. This ensures the NBA Finals will have some UNC representation, as Green starts for the Spurs and Davis is a reserve big for the Grizzlies. If the Pacers or Knicks can defeat the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, someone from Carolina will receive a championship ring. Tyler Hansbrough plays for the Pacers, and Raymond Felton starts for the Knicks.

Michael Jordan: His Royal Airness, whose ownership of the Charlotte Bobcats has been dominated by losing, might be making the residents of Charlotte more excited in the future. CBS Sports are reporting that the team is considering switching the name back to the Charlotte Hornets. With the New Orleans franchise becoming the Pelicans, the name became available. Local groups have wanted Charlotte to “bring back the buzz,” and they might be pleased if these reports are found to be true.


Gio Bernard: ESPN’s Jamison Hensley compared the former Tar Heel to Baltimore Ravens superstar Ray Rice. Bernard’s been criticized for his smaller stature, but Rice has shown that size doesn’t necessarily equate to a lesser career. It’s an interesting question and read for Tar Heel fans.

NBA Draft

Reggie Bullock: Bullock impressed at the NBA Draft Combine on Friday, as he was the third best shooter, hitting 72 percent of his shots. He posted a 31 inch standing vertical and a 36.5 inch max vertical. Bullock currently sits 39th on ESPN writer Chad Ford’s Top 100 prospects for this draft, but with a solid shooting performance, Bullock could find himself being drafted towards the end of the first round.

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