Roy Williams Radio Show Quotes

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Did you miss what Roy Williams said on his radio program? Here are some excerpts from the live call-in show hosted by Woody Durham ...

Teams have had some success running a zone against UNC. It is something where you have to adjust your strategy or do you just hope that the shots start to fall?
"It's a little bit of both. It's much more so that you have to decide the quality of the shots you're getting… I watch the tape all of the time. We study the tape and we show it to the kids. We're getting very, very good shots. We've just got to knock the shots down. I'm not going to berate our guys and all of that kind of stuff because we're going to make shots. Everybody's talking about it. There was an article about the zone and the fact of the matter is that Boston College played more man against us on Saturday than zone, but we didn't make shots in either scenario. Down the stretch, the last seven minutes, it wasn't a zone that we were turning the ball over against, they were playing us man-to-man at that time.

"For us, we've got to do a better job offensively of moving ourselves, moving the ball and doing both of them intelligently. And we've still got a couple of different things that we're going to try against a zone defense. We're still adding things we're going to try against man-to-man. But for us, I think you build habits, you learn from those mistakes and continue to build habits. We're getting really good shots, we've just got to knock a couple of them down and then add some things to it."

On the team:
"What we have right now is a really fine bunch of youngsters who are great teammates for each other. I told them last week that we feel very privileged as coaches to have this group."

On his fainting spells and vertigo:
"When I get a little dizzy there on the bench, that's not vertigo. I do have benign positional vertigo. I've even been diagnosed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester with that. When I was like 14 years old playing Babe Ruth baseball, I would pitch one game and I would catch the next. And one night I jumped up to try to throw a guy out at second and I got really dizzy. I had a tough time that whole night getting up. Now, I can be laying on the floor and the phone rings and I'll jump up and sometimes I'll have to grab a chair or whatever. That's what it is during the games. I'll jump up and usually scream something. I don't do those kinds of things when things are successful quite as much, but I have that blood rush.

"I have been to the doctors and they even gave me what was called the tilt table test one night. I told them I've been doing that since I was 14. That part of it – it just goes black for two or three seconds and I have to grab on to one of the coaches or whatever. That doesn't worry me. The vertigo is something that is not pleasant. I've had some of that, but the little episodes I have during the game, that doesn't really bother me at all."

On John Henson:
"It was our agreement, but I probably hurt his development a little bit – I don't mind saying that. John wanted to be a perimeter player and I thought he could be a perimeter player last year. And then, all of a sudden, we started getting guys hurt and John wasn't as comfortable as he thought he was going to be out there… Then I said, ‘John, what would you think about going back inside?' And he said, ‘Coach, I'd like to try that.' And so he went back in and what we're seeing now is not really [development] from his freshman to sophomore year, because John only played in the post the last 10 or 12 games, so he hasn't had a full year at the college level in what we're asking him to do now.

"I just think his future is extremely bright. He's still going to be able to do some things. John can put the ball on the floor and he can make some passes, though sometimes John doesn't know which pass he's going to make and for sure, I don't know which one he is going to make. But he has some ability there. His upside is just huge."


Is strength and conditioning coach Jonas Sahratian still taking pictures of every meal you eat?
"No, he's not. We ended that a long time ago because I started being more responsible with just getting older and maturing. That's something that he's helped me a lot with – eating the right things and doing the right things when no one is watching. I think that's helped me take my game up another level."

On the final four games of the regular season:
"I think it's going to show a lot about our maturity as a team and how we've grown up together. We need to go into N.C. State and play well. At Florida State, against Maryland… these will be the toughest games of the season coming up. I think if we can handle ourselves properly, then it will be that much better for us in the long run."

"Roy Williams Live" airs Monday evenings on Tar Heel Sports Network affiliates.

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