Ryan is currently a student at the University of North Carolina. He grew up in the Bay Area and has had Raiders season tickets his entire life fostering his love for the NFL. He has founded his own sports website, thejrreport.com and works at the Sports Desk for the Daily Tar Heel. You can follow Ryan on twitter @rytime98 if you want to discuss anything sports.
On this week’s episode, we talk about whether LaVar Ball ruined his kids’ lives, if the Raiders are the worst team in the NFL and if the Cowboys are in trouble?
On the Tar Heel side, we discuss if UNC football is bad or just cursed, we give props to a few other UNC sports teams that are making impressive postseason runs, preview the beginning of UNC basketball season, and predict if Larry Fedora will be the head football coach in 2019?
Tar Takes with Ryan Lipton and David Matlock is presented by The JR Report and Relevnt!
Basketball: Looking back on it, did LaVar ruin LaMelo + LiAngelo Ball’s childhood?
Are the Oakland Raiders the worst team in the NFL?
NFL: Dallas Cowboys (3-5) are in horrible position after Amari Cooper trade
UNC Sports: Time to give love to sports that aren’t basketball/football
UNC Basketball: What are you looking for early in the season for the Tar Heels?
Will Larry Fedora be the coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels in 2019?
UNC Football: Are the Tar Heels bad or just cursed?
Jared Cook – Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
Amari Cooper – Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
LaVar + LaMelo Ball – Photo by Sean M. Haffey/BIG3/Getty Images
UNC Field Hockey – Photo via GoHeels.com
UNC Football – Photo via Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports
UNC vs. Wofford – Photo via Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Larry Fedora – Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images
On this week’s episode, we discuss the biggest names traded during the NFL trade deadline, if Luke Walton should be on the hot seat, and if the Golden State Warriors will win 73 games or more.
For the Tar Heels, we look at if Cole Anthony will join the UNC basketball program, why Kelly Bryant should come to North Carolina and if there has been too much blame on UNC QB Nathan Elliott thus far.
Tar Takes with Ryan Lipton and David Matlock is presented by The JR Report and Relevnt!
After Klay Thompson’s 14 threes, will Warriors win 73 or more games?
Lakers still tumbling, now 2-5, Should Luke Walton be on the hot seat?
Thoughts on NFL Trade Deadline as big name WRs traded, Rams get more
Are the Tar Heels going to land top basketball prospect Cole Anthony?
Why Kelly Bryant should join UNC football
Tar Heels: Have we been putting too much blame on UNC QB Nathan Elliott?
Dante Fowler Jr. – Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
This week on Tar Takes! We talk about the Tar Heels’ upcoming game against Virginia Tech on national television, the first time since 2015! UNC basketball loses out another recruit, NCAA makes weird ruling on UNC-USC basketball game, McGregor/Khabib rematch and Stephen Curry’s NBA impact.
Tar Takes with Ryan Lipton and David Matlock is presented by Relevnt and The JR Report.
Tar Takes S2E6: UNC vs. VT, NCAA crazy, Khabib/McGregor, Warriors’ dynasty
UNC vs. Virginia Tech: First nationally televised home game since 2015, thoughts on the game?
UNC basketball loses out on some major recruits this week: Wendell Moore, Josh Green
Are you going to Late Night with Roy?
NCAA denies Gamecocks, Tar Heels from playing fundraiser game: Why NCAA?
Quick Thoughts: Lakers/Warriors tomorrow night, Stephen Curry, Raiders/Falcons depressing
UNC vs. Virginia Tech – Michael Shroyer/Getty Images
Wendell Moore – Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
This week on Tar Takes we discuss the North Carolina Tar Heels’ football win over the Pittsburgh Panthers on Saturday, if they have any shot to upset the Miami Hurricanes on Thursday and if Carolina basketball should be a top 10 team in the country.
In the NFL, we discuss the state of the Oakland Raiders and Atlanta Falcons.
And we look at the Jimmy Butler trade request from the Minnesota Timerbwolves and tell you if that was the right decision for Butler.
Catch up on all the recent news surrounding the North Carolina Tar Heels after Hurricane Florence. We catch you up on the cancellation of UNC’s game against UCF, look ahead to their game against the Pittsburgh Panthers, debrief Chicago Bears QB Mitch Trubisky’s start to the NFL season, and look at some recruiting news for Roy Williams and his Tar Heels.
Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James and Lonzo Ball (Photo via Getty Images)
The 2018 NBA Draft has passed, Free Agency is slowing down, and teams are scrambling to build their rosters for the upcoming season. The Lakers landed the big fish in LeBron James, but the Warriors continue to outshine the king with the signing of Boogie Cousins. The Thunder may have had the biggest upset in the NBA the past two seasons in signing for Paul George. Either way, nobody is catching the Warriors anytime soon.
In what was not a surprise to anyone on Tar Takes, former North Carolina Tar Heels guard Joel Berry and forward Theo Pinson went undrafted in the 2018 NBA draft.
Almost immediately after the draft, Theo Pinson signed with the Brooklyn Nets and Joel Berry signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. Both guys, who have spent the past four years in Chapel Hill, will be moving to the bright lights of Brooklyn and Los Angeles.
But the question still remains, considering the fact they both ended up as undrafted rookies, can either one of them stick with their new NBA teams?
Out of the two, Berry might have the toughest path to being on an NBA roster come opening day for two reasons.
First, Berry is the worst of the two players from an NBA perspective. He has less room to grow athletically and is undersized for the position at just six-feet tall. The odds are against you if you are smaller and not a freak athlete.
Second, Berry is joining the Lakers. No one really knows what the team will exactly look like, but they are in the market for LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. So their roster is going to be a lot better than the Nets’, and Los Angeles has many solid young pieces, assuming they aren’t traded, in Lonzo Ball, Julius Randle, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and more.
So it might be hard for Berry to break through on a roster that is looking to sign all-stars and has a young core of talent already in place.
Moreover, the Lakers are the heavy favorites to land LeBron at the moment, per CBS Sports. As we know, LeBron has always wanted control over the roster he joins and has favored veteran players who can shoot the basketball.
Berry is a rookie and shot just 34.4 percent from three-point range last season for the Tar Heels. And that three-point line was more than two-feet closer than it is in the NBA.
We will see what Berry can do for the Lakers in the 2018 NBA Summer League, but his chance to make the team come October does not look good.
Pinson, who was the lesser- valued player in college, might actually have the best chance to break through to an NBA roster.
In terms of Pinson’s basketball ability, it is much easier to envision a role for him unlike Berry. Pinson, who is 6-foot-6, can do it all but shoot. He is extremely athletic (dunk below), can pass (5.1 assists per game in 2017/18), can finish (10.3 points per game), and is an unquestioned leader.
While it is insane to think he will be the next Draymond Green, he has all the qualities to become a poor man’s Green. And I would assume many teams would jump on the possibility of having a player like Draymond.
Now, that doesn’t mean it will happen but it is easier to keep a player on your team if you have a clear vision of what they could become.
Furthermore, Brooklyn is among the worst teams in the league. So it is easier to make the team, and it is in no rush to find talent that can produce immediately. The Nets can take their time to develop Pinson because he could become a solid player if he learns to shoot decently.
Tar Heel fans, if you want to stay updated on Berry and Pinson’s efforts in the NBA, they can be watched during the NBA’s Summer League from July 2-17.
Phoenix Suns Center Deandre Ayton (Photo via the Arizona Republic-USA TODAY NETWORK)
2018 NBA Draft Analysis: Tar Takes’ David Matlock dissects the biggest moves in the NBA draft and the long-term impact on the NBA.
Who wins the Doncic-Young trade, Hawks or Mavericks? Is Colin Sexton the answer to keeping LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers? Is Brett Brown’s decision to move Mikal Bridges the right one? What is the Phoenix Suns’ Future?
San Antonio Spurs F Kawhi Leonard: Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
Kawhi Leonard has alerted the San Antonio Spurs that he wants out. He has vocalized that the Lakers would be a preferred destination. This makes potentially 3 perennial all-stars on the move this summer in LeBron, Paul George, and now Kawhi. Will these three link up in LA to form a new superteam? Or is LA not truly the likely destination for Kawhi.