Against the Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade got to be Dwyane Wade on Monday night in the NBA playoffs. Regardless of sport, when older athletes play young again, the result is stunning.
In 2018 NFL draft, Carolina Panthers should first pick Stanford safety Justin Reid, Iowa cornerback Joshua Jackson or Louisville’s Jaire Alexander. The game plan should also include getting a running back such as Georgia’s Nick Chubb.
Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson would never hire NFL free agent Eric Reid. How will new owner react when he realizes that team that needs a safety could have signed Reid, who has promised not to kneel during the national anthem?
If the Charlotte Hornets hire Jerry Stackhouse, that means team owner Michael Jordan, general manager Mitch Kupchak, assistant GM Buzz Peterson and the head coach will be a former North Carolina Tar Heel. Does all that UNC blue matter?
Short takes: Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant would be an interesting NFL free agent to add to the Carolina Panthers roster. ... In NBA, why anger directed at Charlotte Hornets’ Nic Batum is misplaced.
Wrestler Ric Flair, a friend outside the WWE ring, remembers Andre the Giant, the subject of 2018 HBO biography. Born in France, the seven-footer, also known for “The Princess Bride,” lived in Ellerbe, North Carolina, before his 1993 death.
Short takes: 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed’s occasionally boorish behavior isn’t due to his being a millennial. Proof is found in his generation: Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker, Carolina Panthers’ Luke Kuechly and golf’s Rory McIlroy.
Would Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis try to “cheat the game?” Watching the NFL linebacker after knee surgery at a banquet his Defending Dreams Foundation held for women from a Charlotte shelter showed why that’s hard to believe.
New Charlotte Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak has to do a better job in draft and evaluating NBA talent than his predecessors. Rebuilding the roster is key; a lineup once thought playoff-ready for 2017-18 finished 10th in the East.
The Alliance of American Football will have the talent – starting with founder Bill Polian, coach Steve Spurrier and execs such as ex-Carolina Panthers star Jared Allen – to succeed. But it will fail for the same reason NFL ratings fell.
Mitch Kupchak is not my first choice for Charlotte Hornets general manager. But I understand the hire. As former UNC Tar Heels, he shares a pedigree with the NBA team’s owner, Michael Jordan. That’ll give him some power.
Short takes: Seeing Kentucky Wildcats fan Ashley Judd at an NCAA Final Four basketball game may yield chilling results. … Las Vegas will have a team in each major league sport. … Love the Charles Barkley, Samuel L. Jackson, Spike Lee ads.
NFL free agency: Carolina Panthers’ offseason not as splashy as New Orleans Saints. … Former Charlotte Latin, Duke Blue Devils star Ross Cockrell a good addition. … Eric Reid, known for taking a knee during national anthem, still available.
Walked into BB&T Ballpark for the Charlotte Knights’ exhibition against the Chicago White Sox. … The first look of the season is breathtaking. Monday, I saw blue sky, green grass, white uniforms and Black Jack McDowell, now coach at Queens.
Charlotte Hornets star Kemba Walker has improved in ways that few saw coming. He’s far more than a point guard. He’s tired of losing, yet this NBA franchise remains unsuccessful. His contract expires after the 2018-19 season.
The Charlotte Hornets’ Steve Clifford is one of the best coaches that Charlotte, the city not the team, has ever had. And as much as I like and respect Clifford, I don’t think the Hornets will, and I don’t know if they should.
Chicago-Loyola Ramblers doing the smacking so Sister Jean doesn’t have to. … Upsets liven up NCAA basketball tournament but Kansas - Duke was best game. … NFL gives Johnny Manziel another chance. … Broadcasters too focused on officiating.
Sports this week: North Carolina Tar Heels coach Roy Williams’ respect from fan base; UMBC Retrievers and the 2018 NCAA basketball tournament; NASCAR’s older drivers such as Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick; and my busted Final Four bracket.
Carolina Panthers: NFL free agent safety Eric Reid is available. Panthers need the former first-rounder from LSU and can afford him. Will they avoid signing this defensive back because he takes a knee during the national anthem?
Students from high schools across Chapel Hill and Carrboro walked out of school and marched up to 4.6 miles to Franklin St.'s Peace and Justice Plaza for an anti-gun violence rally on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting.