From the moment we drafted Tyler Hansbrough
everyone keeps asking me what it's going to be like to play with a Tar Heel.
To tell you the truth, I don't see him as a UNC guy or our Tobacco Road rival. I see him as a fellow member of the National Championship fraternity (you have to have won the NCAA tournament to attain this exclusive membership).
For that reason, we -- along with Brandon Rush
-- have a lot more in common than people think. So any time people try to give us a hard time about the Duke/UNC rivalry, we can just ask them what their ring looks like and that should end that.
Everyone in the organization is very excited to add Tyler as well as A.J. Price
to the mix. We know Tyler is a hard worker and a winner.
Turning the corner with knee and hip
Have I even mentioned that my knee is coming along great? I'm doing stuff in the weight room that I haven't been able to do since high school. I really can't believe how well it's going.
I know I have to get through a lot more tests but right now I'm out on the basketball court moving around and putting a fair load on it -- all this with no soreness during or after the workout.
My hip is also doing well. I feel like this week I am turning the corner. It is a whole lot less sore and I am getting increased range of motion in there. Needless to say, this is very encouraging, as well.
A personal tribute to the King of Pop
With a busy week in all respects, I'd be remiss not to mention something about the King of Pop. The first music tape I ever owned was Michael Jackson
's "Bad." I was 6 or 7 years old and I listened to it non-stop.
In the past few days, I've watched so many pieces on his life and career. It just blows you away how gifted the guy was. With the exception of Danny Granger
and his legendary singing ability, Michael Jackson is in a class all by himself.
With respect to those who have come before and will come after, we won't ever see a greater entertainer than M.J. From the singing, the dancing, the writing, the music videos, the concerts all over the world, this guy did it all. His talent and innovation were ridiculous.
I've always said if there was one concert I could see, it would be Michael Jackson anytime, anywhere. I guess I'll have to cross that off the bucket list for the wrong reason.
Hate to end on a morbid note ...
... so happy Fourth of July to all.