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 ...

Will practice change any this week and do you expect the players to remain focused?
"Practice really won't be any different. We're still trying to get better as a team each and every day. If you start talking about what might be down the road, I have this old saying, that's where your butt ends up going – down the road back home. What we're going to do is try to get better as a team in every phase of the game. We'll work on a couple of things that will be specific to Florida State, but the biggest thing will be trying to get our team to improve…

"Our kids have been resilient, they've been practicing well. When they come to practice, they'll be focused. Everybody got all fired up about what happened Saturday night up in Virginia when Virginia Tech beat Duke and I said, ‘It doesn't make any difference – we've got to play.' That's the way our team looks at it. We're not concerned about Saturday. We've got to be concerned about Florida State and I think our team will do that."

You took Harrison Barnes and Tyler Zeller out early in the game against Maryland when they were shooting well and then the Terrapins went on an 8-0 run. What was your logic in making that move?
"It was easy – they [ticked] me off. It's a pretty easy thing. That's something you can't do if you want to stay in the game. Harrison didn't run back and ‘Z' tried to run out on the break before we got the dadgum basketball, so I told them to sit their butts over there for a while and figure out what the crap we were supposed to do. If you go back and look at it, Harrison didn't run down on defense, so I took him out, and the time the ball bounced on the floor a couple of times on the previous possession, ‘Z' was… And I love him. Gosh, I love both of them. I love my children, but that doesn't mean I don't get on their rear ends a little bit every now and then, too.

"But two possessions in a row, I thought ‘Z' should have done a better job getting the defensive rebound and not taking out on the break. One they ended up scoring and the other I think we ended up fouling, but it's pretty easy with me. If you come out of the game and you're making shots, it also means you're screwing something up… They knew why they were sitting there."

John Henson has now made six free throws in a row –
"I wish you hadn't said that… He's been practicing. The best thing is that every one of those really looked good. There wasn't any of those stumble-around-and-fall-in shots. They went right through the heart."

On Reggie Bullock:
"He hurt his knee a little bit in the first half [on Sunday]. I gave him one run in the second half and then decided his knee was bothering him too much, so we didn't play him. In fact, he's having a MRI right now. We'll find out tomorrow if there's any other problem than what he's been fighting through the whole season."

Is Leslie McDonald your best outside shooter?
"Probably, but you can't say that by looking at the stats because it doesn't bear out. He was down in the 20s in conference play until the last two games. But I do think he is our best shooter – he and Reggie. And I've said that in front of the team this year so many times. The proof has got to be there in what you do in the games. When Leslie gets his feet set and gets a good grip on the ball and is not floating from side to side, I feel really good about him… Shot preparation has got to be big for Leslie and he's got to make sure that he's not floating, but we need him to make some shots. There's no question about that."

On Dean Smith:
"His reach goes past his own players and the people that have coached for him because then they go touch someone else. As a coach, you hope to have a positive impact on the players' lives and the people that you touch. Coach Smith was such an enormous person and [with] the enormous respect that he had around the world, he touched many more people than a regular coach does because of the stances that he took and the innovation stations that he had in basketball and in what people copied from him. He's just an incredible person."

On what Coach Smith told him when he took the Kansas job:
"The two things that stood out when I left here to go to Kansas, he said, ‘The biggest thing that worries me is that you take the losses so much harder than any assistant I've ever had. So I worry because the burden is so much more as a head coach. How are you going to be able to handle that?' And the other thing was that he said, ‘Just be yourself. Coach the way you want to coach. Don't try to be anybody else. Coach the way you want to do it, the way you're comfortable doing it and then you'll feel better about it in the long run. You don't have to try to do anything differently. It's a natural thing.'

"I'm not so sure it's a natural thing to me, but he said, ‘It's a natural thing to you. Your personnel will change, so you'll have to change things a little bit, but change the way you want to do it and the way you're comfortable with.' …

"A coach is a teacher. A coach is a mentor. A coach is someone who cares about you. A coach is someone who puts his arm around your entire being. That is Coach Smith. The phrase that gets me and we say it way too much about people, but Coach Smith, you are the best. And that's the best thing you can ever say."

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

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