Art Heyman — a man at the heart of the Duke/North Carolina rivalry who went on to be the No. 1 overall pick of the Knicks in 1963 — passed away Monday at the age of 71. The cause of death is not known.
Heyman is often remembered as the first great players at Duke, a three time All-American who led the school to its first Final Four back in 1963. He also lit the fire under the Duke/North Carolina rivalry when during a February game he punched Larry Brown (yes, that Larry Brown) and started a benches-clearing brawl.
The Knicks picked him No. 1 overall and Heyman played six years bouncing between the NBA and ABA. The 6’5” swingman averaged 13 points a game over his career but never blossomed into the NBA star many expected. He did, however, help the Pittsburgh Pipers win the 1968 ABA title.
The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:
In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.
LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:
Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.