Tar Takes 4/1: Coby White, Nassir Little, Zion William’s NBA draft outlook, recap from Duke + UNC’s early NCAA exit

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On this week’s episode of Tar Takes, Ryan Lipton and David Matlock give their takeaways from the North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils’ early exits from NCAA March Madness and why the exits might not have been as surprising as one might think.

Tar Takes also examines whether it is the right decision for Nassir Little to enter the NBA draft, if Coby White should follow Little’s footsteps and leave for the NBA, looks forward to possibly landing the No. 1 G in the country in Cole Anthony and Zion Williams/Ja Morant talk.

Tar Takes 4/1 Topics:

Thoughts on UNC’s loss to Auburn in the Sweet 16 and Duke’s loss to Michigan State in the Elite 8.

UNC F Nassir Little declares for NBA draft. Is that the right move for Nassir?

Should Coby White declare for the NBA draft? His decision is still unknown.

What are the prospects for next year’s Tar Heel team? Armando Barcot is committed, Cole Anthony is looking hard at UNC but some think his decision depends on Coby White.

Would a Cole Anthony and Coby White back court work together?


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

Tar Takes 3/25: UNC to face Auburn in Sweet 16, Zion and Duke barely escape UCF, Lonzo Ball no longer with BBB

On this week’s episode of Tar Takes, Ryan Lipton and David Matlock analyze UNC’s two wins over Iona and Washington and look forward to their matchup against the Auburn Tigers on Friday. They also look at Duke’s one-point victory over UCF and discuss the recent news involving Lonzo Ball severing ties with Big Baller Brand.

UNC struggles for a period against No. 16 Iona, beats No. 9 Washington easily. What are your thoughts on the Tar Heels after the first two games?

UNC v. Auburn: What are the keys to victory against Auburn?

Would we rather play Houston or Kentucky in the Elite 8 assuming UNC beats Auburn?

Duke v. UCF comes down to one point. Does the one-point win show a weakness in Duke or is it a catapult for Duke to make a run going forward?

Lonzo Ball breaks away from BBB brand after company founder in trouble for fraud

Tar Takes 3/4: UNC-Duke preview, do Tar Heels deserve No. 3 ranking, should LeBron finish season?

On this week’s episode of Tar Takes we look back at North Carolina’s 81-79 victory over Clemson, discuss if UNC deserves its No. 3 ranking, other top 5 teams, we preview the Duke-UNC game, and talk about the futures of recently-controversial LeBron James and Antonio Brown.

Tar Takes 3/4

Tar Heels defeat Clemson 81-79. Nassir only scored 5 points. Should UNC fans be worried about Little’s performance moving forward?

North Carolina rolled with 6 men for most of the game against Clemson. Is that the plan moving forward?

UNC now ranked No. 3 in the country. What would be your rankings for the top 5 in college basketball be?

Duke-UNC. Who’s going to win?

Would you trade for Antonio Brown?

Should LeBron play the remainder of the NBA season?


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

Tar Takes 2/25: Aftermath of UNC defeating Duke, FSU, Should Zion Williamson sit out season?

On this week’s episode of Tar Takes we discuss the aftermath of the North Carolina Tar Heels basketball team’s amazing week which included two decisive wins over the Duke Blue Devils and Florida State Seminoles. We also break down what we saw against Duke, who will win on Tuesday in Syracuse vs. UNC, and ask the question should Zion Williamson play anymore basketball games for Duke?

We also start the show by making an apology to UNC forward Luke Maye since he balled out against Duke after Tar Takes was not optimistic in its predictions for Maye against the Blue Devils last Wednesday.

Takeaways and thoughts after UNC’s win over Duke? Florida State?

Is UNC being ranked at No. 5 too high, too low or just right?

What should we expect tomorrow night against Syracuse? Will UNC lose, win by a little or win by a lot?

Should Zion Williamson play another game for Duke?


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

Tar Takes 2.18: Duke-UNC preview, will LeBron/Lakers make NBA playoffs?

On this week’s episode of Tar Takes, we spend most of our time breaking down the matchups when the North Carolina Tar Heels travel to Cameron Indoor to take on the Duke Blue Devils on Wednesday night.

After we break down everything in the tobacco road rivalry, we discuss if LeBron James and the Lakers will make the NBA playoffs.

Can anything be taken from UNC’s win over Wake Forest after tough loss to UVA? Tar Heels defeated Wake Forest by 38 points on Saturday.

Are you worried about UNC’s health heading into the Duke-UNC game on Wednesday? Cam Johnson and Nassir Little dealing with ankle injuries.

Do the Tar Heels have any chance to win on Wednesday against Duke in Cameron Indoor?

Barack Obama will be in attendance for Wednesday’s UNC-Duke game in Durham. Are we surprised?

Will LeBron and the Los Angeles Lakers make the NBA playoffs?


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

Tar Takes 2/4: UNC win over Louisville HUGE, Anthony Davis now will re-sign with 4 teams, Porzingis trade

UNC G Kenny Williams vs. Louisville (Photo via Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports)

On this week’s episode of Tar Takes we talk about what UNC basketball’s latest win meant over Louisville, look forward to the Tar Heels’ game vs. NC State, recap the Super Bowl drama and dive into the NBA’s drama led by Anthony Davis, Kristaps Porzingis and LeBron James.

Tar Takes Topics 2/4:

What does the win over Louisville mean for Tar Heel basketball?

Is the game against NC State at home on Tuesday a game the Tar Heels should worry about?

How would you asses the Mack Brown tenure thus far?

NBA: Who won the trade Mavs or Knicks?

Should the Knicks trade a possible top 2 pick for Anthony Davis?

Super Bowl Sunday Takeways:

21 Savage

Dave Portnoy + Barstool Sports

The actual Super Bowl game, was it even exciting? Takeaways from the game.


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

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.

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?

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: 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.

Tar Takes is presented by The JR Report and the new app Relevnt!

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

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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?

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.