When Mike Became Michael Jordan: Roy Williams Remembers UNC’s 1982 Championship Win 40 Years Later

When a fresh-faced Michael Jordan arrived on North Carolina’s campus joining the established duo of James Worthy and Sam Perkins, the Tar Heels were on a mission to win their second national championship and their first under Hall of Fame head coach Dean Smith. Facing Patrick Ewing and Georgetown in the championship game, Jordan wrote the first chapter in his iconic career, doing what we’ve seen him do many times since.

Legendary coach Roy Williams, who led the Tar Heels to three national championships as a head coach, spent 10 years there as an assistant, helping lead Jordan and the Tar Heels to victory. Williams sat down with The Sporting News to relive the moment.

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