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Carolina Stars win
NBA exhibition game
By ANDY HODGES
Tar Heel Sports Editor . .."
GREENSBORO ' The Doctor made a housecall to the Greens
; boro Coliseum last week, but a group of former students of the Dean
Smith School of Basketball Medicine stole the show. .
In this case, the Doctor was Julius Erving, of the newly-crowned
NBA champion Philadelphia 76ers, who led his team of "Pro All
Stars" against a team of 'Carolina All-Stars" in the Stroh's Basket
ball Challenge exhibition game June 29.
Former Tar Heel headed West
By ANDY HODGES
Tar Heel Sports Editor
Jim Braddock had just finished playing in a Caro
line Basketball School counselor's game in Cannichael
Auditorium last week when he got the message. The
message, delivered by UNC Coach Dean Smith, was
that he had been selected by the Denver Nuggets in the
fifth round of the NBA college draft.
The 6-2 point guard said in a telephone interview
from his Chattanooga, Term., home Tuesday that his
selection was hot totally unexpected, so his reaction
was not unusual.
"Since there are 10 rounds in the draft, I thought I
had a good chance of being picked," Braddock said.
. "I had talked with some teams that had an interest in
me, and I was pretty much guaranteed a pick by one of
Braddock said he was glad just to be drafted, but he
was especially happy to be chosen by the Nuggets.
"Being drafted by Denver will help my chances
more than if I had been drafted by another team be
cause their style of play fits well with mine," he said.
"They like their point guards to push the ball up the
court, they expect them to make few turnovers, and
they also look to them for some outside shooting."
Shooting is one area in which Braddock has proven
very effective. His 1982-83 regular-season statistics in
cluded 83.8 percent from the free-throw line and near
ly 50 percent from the field. He shot 46.3 percent from
the ACC's 19-foot 3-point circle.
Braddock is the only player UNC lost to graduation
this year. James Worthy, a member of Braddock's
class passed up his final college season last year to
become eligible for the 1982 draft.
After spending his first three years for the Tar Heels
in a reserve role, Braddock had the unenviable task of
replacing Jimmy Black at the point guard position for
his final year. He received a great deal of criticism for
inconsistency early in the season but quickly developed
into an outstanding team player and leader. His total
of 128 regular-season assists was second only to Matt
Braddock said he has been lifting weights, running
and playing basketball on his own to prepare for the
NBA. He is awaiting word from the Nuggets' admini
stration about the possibility of playing on a summer
league team in California sometime this month.
Denver's rookie camp begins in early August, he said.
If he does not make it in the NBA, Braddock will
give the Continental Basketball Association a shot.
(The CBA is the basketball - equivalent of pro
baseball's farm teams.) He said a good showing in the
league would increase the chance of being picked up
later by an NBA team.
Other ACC players taken in the June 28 draft were
Virginia's Ralph Sampson, by the Houston Rockets,
as the first pick overall; N.C. State's Thurl Bailey by
the Utah Jazz in the first round; State's Sidney Lowe
by the Chicago Bulls in the second round; State's Der
eck Whittenburg by the Phoenix Suns in the third
round; Virginia's Craig Robinson by the Boston Cel
tics in the third round; Clemson's .Fred Gilliam by
Utah in the sixth round; Wake Forest's Alvis Rogers
by , the Kansas City Kings in the sixth round; and
Duke's Tom Emma by Chicago in the 10th and final
round. ' 2 v
mainly on its speed, outside shooting and pressure defense in claim
ing a 128-1 12 victory over the bigger and more experienced Pro Stars.
With Bob McAdoo and Rich Yonaker, both 6-9, handling most of
opposing big men Buck Williams and 7-2 Artis Gilmore, two of the
NBA's top four rebounders. The shooting of Al Wood and Mike
O'Koren proved more, than enough to make up the difference,
however, as the two combined for nearly half of the Carolina team's
points. Both players scored 26 points while Walter Davis, who was
named the game's MVP, added 22. Eric "Sleepy" Floyd led all
scorers with 28 points.
The Carolina roster also featured former Tar Heels Dudley Brad-
fcv.flnH Phil Fnrrl nlm former Diilce star fiie Ranks. The team was
directed by former Wake Forest coach Bones McKinney.
Erving's other teammates were Nate 'Tiny" .Archibald, Adrian
Dantley, John Duren, Cedric Maxwell and Linton Townes. The
coach was Winston-Salem State's Clarence "Bighouse" Gaines.
The Carolina Stars' victory delighted the crowd, but it was obvious
that most of the 11,131 spectators had come to see Erving. A slam
dunk contest which preceeded the game was met by a round of boos
when Erving's name was not announced among the participants.
Wood won the contest, beating out Bradley, Townes and Yonaker.
Erving's performance during the game at least partially satisfied
the crowd, though, as he scored 20 points on an assortment of
dunks, finger rolls and swooping layups.
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