Buzz on the Tim Brando Show

Buzz Williams is down in Atlanta and wearing a Mia Dolphin shirt and shorts, appeared on the Tim Brando Radio Show. Brando starts the interview by saying the highlight of his career was working for 1 month with Al McGuire at the '98 ACC Tourney. He always pauses when introducing Buzz because he wants to say ‘Warriors' not Golden Eagles…because Al was a Warrior. Here is a summary of the interview.

Brando: the hurt in the locker room…after Syr…how did you deal with it?

Buzz…It is extremely painful…hard to put In words…close to kids…current staff and prev staff have been the example for the players…so there are varying levels of pain….end of that team…cannot recapture it…aware of the effort and energy of all comprising team…

Brando…as a member of the media, it is always tough to sign off of a game…want to see how those who deal with emotion or despair…players and coaches…the quick handshake vs. the conversation…how they deal with defeat…but we sign off and leave…

Buzz….that might have been the best 3 min monologue I have ever heard from the media… ….need to study more from loses…learn more from losses than from wins…

Brando: It is not your IQ it is your FQ…failure quotient…there are some coaches who don't get you…how you are wired…does that bother you…?

Buzz…after our success over the last few yr.…My circle is bigger than you think…I have to be accountable to children [my family] …my players…I go to a beat of a different drum…when look back at my history…I do understand how from an outward perspective, how people view this…

Brando…nothing wrong with it…you just don't fit

Buzz…after the success we have had over the last few yrs.…I can understand it and say who are you... I don't try to fit…sometimes I don't try on purpose……I like to play possum…I am a little smarter than I act…I am a little smarter than I talk...than how other perceive me…I don't care how other people perceive me…I never thought I would get to this point….I don't know if I am going to coach until I am 70…

Brando…you don't know how much you can burn with the players…like Teflon…how much you burn but don't stick….about the time the players leave you[after 3-4 yrs]…they are probably glad to leave….tired of the voice…good time to leave?

Buzz..how we operate is not for everyone…but when you come out on the other side of it…you are best prepared for basketball…and for life…we are not for everyone….but that is how I am accountable…

Williams and Brad Stevens getting ready for the New Big East.

Buzz…[Syr vs Mich]we played Syr 7 times…it is the zone…you have to get stops defensively…because if you have to play vs zone in half court…tough…better to score in transition when they set it up zone…draw fouls…if they are playing 50% from the field….and then play vs. the zone…it is prob a 72-76 possession game…if you score on 35-40 % of the poss…it is hard..

Brando…When the announcers say that vs. the Syr zone you need to put the ball in a certain place…

Buzz…I know [laughing] where the ball is supposed to go…the problem is getting the ball there…


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