The Carolina Way: Infiltrating the NBA

Tyler Hansbrough. Enough said.

When we remember Hansbrough traveling, flopping, and flailing his body to become a four time 1st team ACC player, we think of a bull in a china shop that the Carolina Way PR deparmtent made into a “legendary UNC phenomenon.” However, we know that Beeker, oops Hansbrough, was best known for his penchant for managing to travel on the vast majority of his post moves. This has been discussed in these memorable clips:

Coach Bob Knight:

Hansbrough traveling, broken down by a fan:

Now, he has taken the skills he learned at UNC, aka the Carolina Way, and applied them in the NBA. Watch as he throws Jonas Valanciunas off the court and in the process Valanciunas hurts his wrist. No foul called on Hansbrough just for the record.

The surprising thing is that the analyst calls Hansbrough “a hack.” Did he forget he is one of the greatest players in ACC history?

One of the best examples of his learning how the Carolina Way can get the better of opponents, even in the NBA, please check out the screen he sets on another ACC alum, Georgia Tech guard Will Bynum. Bynum is fed up with moving screen and lets Hansbrough know of his displeasure.

Don’t worry, more examples of the Carolina Way on the basketball court will coming to an arena near you.

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20 Responses to The Carolina Way: Infiltrating the NBA

  1. Alpha Wolf 02/26/2013 at 10:31 PM #

    One of these days, Hansbrough is going to do that to the wrong guy, and he’s going to get an epic beatdown in front of 20K NBA fans.

  2. lush 02/26/2013 at 10:37 PM #

    “The guys a hack. I’ve said it before the guys a hack.”

    Just so we are clear. Body slam ok. Illegal screen ok. Retaliation not ok.

  3. Wufpacker 02/26/2013 at 11:04 PM #

    “One of these days, Hansbrough is going to do that to the wrong guy, and he’s going to get an epic beatdown in front of 20K NBA fans.”

    For the record, I’m not an NBA fan and haven’t been inside the arena for an NBA game since I was a kid. But I’d damn sure buy a ticket to see THAT in person.

  4. BureauOfMines 02/27/2013 at 12:07 AM #

    Hacksbrough is used to getting his way and getting by with cheating and intentionally injuring other players. He’s accumulating lots of bad karma.

  5. redcanine 02/27/2013 at 2:52 AM #

    Is it wrong of me to instinctively associate the Hansbrough name with his mother’s affairs? His traveling and his public speaking (Chicken Little) also come to mind, but I would consider those less embarrassing.

    It looked like Bynum barely missed Tyler’s jejunum. (I thought the “Semi-Pro” reference was fitting)

  6. nckestrel 02/27/2013 at 6:59 AM #

    I love how Hansborough is doubled over, squatting in pain, until the foul is called and then he hops to his feet to taunt Bynum.

  7. PackerInRussia 02/27/2013 at 7:52 AM #

    Nice take down. Maybe he should consider the NFL; tackling is becoming poor there.
    Also, interesting reactions by the announcers. They’re quick to call-out Tyler in the first video, but don’t seem to blame Bynum too much in the second.

  8. sndybttm 02/27/2013 at 8:15 AM #

    Would love to have seen him play against the Pistons of the lat 80s. Wonder how that would have worked out for him?

  9. PackHooligan 02/27/2013 at 8:32 AM #

    I’m still trying to figure out how Hansbro didn’t get tossed from the game in Raleigh where he took a swing at MacCauley at midcourt. At least State won that game in the end.

  10. heeled82 02/27/2013 at 8:55 AM #

    You guys should be very careful. Without moving screens or picks – Woods would not be able to shoot from behind the line. He is simply not quick enough.

    Also, everyone travels because everyone is getting pushed or hit. Basketball is supposed to be a non-contact sport. Watch your boy CJ when he comes into the lane.

  11. El Scrotcho 02/27/2013 at 9:52 AM #

    Hah you don’t need to tell us on cj. The spin move into a double team travel is the most predictable move in basketball.

  12. ncsu74-83 02/27/2013 at 10:04 AM #

    This is tyler’s game (come in muck around the basket) as he is a 6 point 4 rebound per game player who shoots 40% from the field and gathers approx 1/2 his points from the line and that is all he will ever be as he is in his prime right now. When JJ Hickson was a freshman I said that he had more potential to be a better player and most of my Carolina friends said I did not know what I was talking about. Hickson is now a double/double player who has a career shooting % of 50% and I would bet any NBA scout of GM would take Hickson over Hansbrough any day

  13. Hungwolf 02/27/2013 at 10:31 AM #

    Dirty play is the only way he gets to play or gets attention. He has been an NBA Flop. Saw him play last year, he played 10 minutes max and got called for traveling twice. He is a terrible NBA player.

  14. PackerInRussia 02/27/2013 at 11:06 AM #

    Agreed on CJ. He gets called on it, though, even if not all the time. It’s done so often and not called, though, that I am happy to say that “if everyone’s doing it,” might as well take advantage of it. I was watching Dirk Nowitzki just the other night as he planted, pivoted, then jumped off the non-pivot foot to get around the defender and get the bucket. Apparently a great basketball move.

  15. NCSU84 02/27/2013 at 11:22 AM #

    PackerinRussia, those were my thoughts exactly. We need to put things in perspective and “if everyone’s doing it” (including us with CJ’s whirly twirly move), why are we so hard on Hansbrough? I believe there is enough “bad karma” with the heels these days that we do not need to grasp/reach for things that occur routinely in BBall.

  16. ryebread 02/27/2013 at 11:24 AM #

    I see two cheap shots in the videos — one by traveling Tyler and the other by Bynum (who isn’t exactly a choir boy either). I have no context about what happened prior to those possessions.

    Hung: I’d argue that Hansborough was a mediocre college player who lived at the line on offense while pushing and shoving on defense. I’ve never seen someone play that style, go to the free throw line so much and foul out so little. Had he played at FSU (and honestly, he’d have fit in perfectly for Hamilton’s style), he’d have never made it through a game.

    heeled82: Leslie gets called for his fair share of travels on that spin move. He’s good for 1-2 calls a game like that. How many times did Hansborough ever foul out? Heck, how many times was he even called for a foul?

    I’ll give you the point re. the moving screens. They’re awful across the board in college basketball. The basketball screen is increasingly like a WR pick route in football.

  17. oceanman 02/27/2013 at 11:24 AM #

    Hansborough reminds me where the term “Cry Baby Blue” came from. And don’t forget, after years of intensive study at the academically superior UNC-CHeat, he can barely read.

  18. heavy 02/27/2013 at 11:44 AM #

    That didn’t take long for the Carolina Way defense: ‘Everybody does it, so its okay.’

  19. packof81 02/27/2013 at 1:29 PM #

    I loved that shocked look on his face when the Dukey player busted his nose. That was rich.

  20. tdouble 02/28/2013 at 11:53 AM #

    The Hansbrough hate is alive and well I see. I figured it take a few generations of Pack fans to forget that domination.

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