Tar Takes S2E9: Tar Heel basketball season begins, Raiders worst NFL team? Cowboys in trouble?

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?

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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?

Photo credit:

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


Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

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Tar Takes S2E8: Warriors unstoppable, Luke Walton hot seat, UNC recruiting

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.

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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?

Photo Credit:

Dante Fowler Jr. – Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Klay Thompson – Image via Jeff Haynes/NBAE/Getty

LeBron James/Luke Walton- Getty Images

Cole Anthony – Jon Lopez of Nike

Kelly Bryant – Getty Images

Nathan Elliot – Goheels.com


Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

Tar Takes S2E7: LeBron + Lakers playoffs, Amari Cooper traded, UNC Basketball 3rd best ACC team?

On this week’s episode we discuss LeBron James and the Lakers, the latest trades in the NFL and the Tar Heel’s outlook for basketball season which is just right around the corner.

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Lakers are off to a rough start, so you think they can still make the playoffs? If so what seed?

Thoughts on Big NFL trades and rumors: Amari Cooper to Cowboys, Apple to Saints, etc.

After a tough 40-37 loss to Syracuse, what should Tar Heel fans look for going forward as UNC football finishes out the season?

UNC ranked No. 8 in AP Poll Duke #4, Virginia: Are the Tar Heels the third best team in the ACC?

Zion Williamson scored 29 points and 6 rebounds in an exhibition game: Should UNC fans be worried about Zion’s performance?

Photo Credit:

LeBron James – Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Amari Cooper – Getty Images

Syracuse UNC – Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Theo Pinson – Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Zion Williamson – Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Tar Takes S2E6: UNC vs. VT, NCAA crazy, Khabib/McGregor, Warriors’ dynasty

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.

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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?

Khabib/McGregor fight

Quick Thoughts: Lakers/Warriors tomorrow night, Stephen Curry, Raiders/Falcons depressing

Photo credit:

UNC vs. Virginia Tech – Michael Shroyer/Getty Images

Wendell Moore – Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Roy Williams – Getty Images

UNC scrimmage – Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

McGregor – Getty Images


Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

Tar Takes S2E4: UNC vs. Miami, Jimmy Butler, Raiders/Falcons State of the Franchise

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.

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Tar Takes S2E4: UNC vs. Miami, Jimmy Butler Trade, Raiders/Falcons State of the Franchise

UNC beat Pittsburgh 38-35 Saturday. What does the win on Saturday mean for Tar Heel football?

UNC travels to face #16 Miami on Thursday, Do the Tar Heels have any chance of winning?

Tar Heels’ basketball ranked #6 in Sporting News but #12 in Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook’s rankings. Is UNC a top 10 team in the country?

Falcons drop to 1-2 after OT loss to Saints, what is your takeaway on Atlanta?

Raiders drop to 0-3 after another 2nd half collapse, what is the state of Oakland?

NBA media today took place Monday, days after Jimmy Butler requested a trade. Is it the right move for Jimmy to ask for a trade out of Minnesota?

Tar Takes: Tiger Woods, Kawhi Leonard’s laugh, Baker Mayfield

Photo Credit:

UNC QB Nate Elliot – Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

UNC v. Miami – Evan Pike-USA TODAY Sports

UNC basketball huddle – GOHEELS.COM

Drew Brees – Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Derek Carr – AP Photo/Brynn Anderson

Jimmy Butler – Getty Images


Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

Tar Takes: UNC vs. Pitt, Tar Heels basketball recruiting going well, Trubisky not looking good on Bears

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.

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Tar Takes S2E3: UNC vs. Pitt, UNC recruiting going well, Trubisky not looking good on Bears

Should the Tar Heels be happy the game vs. UCF was canceled?

UNC (+3) vs. Pittsburgh: What is one thing you are watching for during the game?

UNC in the NFL: What is your takeaway of the Bears and Mitchell Trubisky?

UNC Basketball Uniform Top’s Sports Illustrated List: What are your thoughts on the list?

UNC Basketball: Recruiting efforts finally taking an upward trend. Is UNC back to its national prominence?

Photo Credit:

UCF Football: John Raoux/AP Photo

UNC vs. Pitt: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Chicago Bears QB Mitch Trubisky: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

UNC G Kenny Williams: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Roy Williams: Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images


Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

2018 NBA Free Agency: What 5 teams improved, failed to do so?


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.

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2018 NBA Free Agency: What 5 teams improved, failed to do so?

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Lakers’ Joel Berry, Nets’ Theo Pinson: Will former Tar Heels stick with new NBA teams?

2018 NBA Draft: Doncic-Young trade, Sexton to Cavs impact on LeBron, Suns’ future with Ayton

Kawhi Leonard: Will he help form a Los Angeles Lakers super team?

Should Raider Nation be worried about home-field advantage in Las Vegas?

Why the LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan debate is too premature


Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

Lakers’ Joel Berry, Nets’ Theo Pinson: Will former Tar Heels stick with new NBA teams?

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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?

UNC G Joel Berry and F Theo Pinson (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

Joel Berry

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.

Photo via Getty Images

Theo Pinson

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.


Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

Tar Takes: 2018 NBA Draft, Doncic-Young trade, Sexton to Cavs, Suns’ future with Ayton


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?

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NBA Draft 2018: Doncic-Young trade, Sexton to Cavs impact on LeBron, Suns’ future with Ayton

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Kawhi Leonard: Will he help form a Los Angeles Lakers super team?

Should Raider Nation be worried about home-field advantage in Las Vegas?

2018 NBA Finals Takeaways: LeBron’s hand injury and effort, pending free agency

Why the LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan debate is too premature

Is Chris Paul underappreciated/most unlucky player of all time?


Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

Tar Takes: Will Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard help form Lakers super team?


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.

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Will Kawhi Leonard help form a Los Angeles Lakers super team?

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Should Raider Nation be worried about home-field advantage in Las Vegas?

2018 NBA Finals Takeaways: LeBron’s hand injury and effort, pending free agency

Why the LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan debate is too premature

Have the Golden State Warriors been lucky on their past 4 trips to the NBA Finals?

Is Chris Paul underappreciated/most unlucky player of all time?


Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.