Roy Williams Radio Show Quotes

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

On UNC being one of eight teams to wear Nike's platinum uniform this year:
"I can't even remember which game we're going to wear them, but it looked nice and our players liked them. We saw them beforehand and we had some input into them. But I don't get carried away with that stuff. And I'll tell you this – when Michael's 25th anniversary shoe came out, and they asked us to wear that shoe and it was silver, and the uniforms and the whole bit [in 2010], I said, ‘fine.' And we lost. So by God, we ain't wearing those suckers anymore.

"And I told Nike on this thing, ‘If we don't play well, wearing this new uniform, don't ever come to me again.' So … they better bribe the referees or something, if they want us to try something down the line. Because I am superstitious, to say the least. But the uniforms look good. I've always said that every team I'm going to coach I want to have the V-neck and I want to have the things that are very important...

"In the first half [against Georgia Tech] we wore the Coaches vs. Cancer shoes. I told our guys, I said, ‘You have to wear them the first half and if you want to change shoes at halftime, you can.' ‘Z' and Harrison both changed shoes at halftime. We're wearing shoes under the Nike umbrella and I thought the shoes looked cool, but if you're a little superstitious and you want to go back and change shoes, as long as you play better, I don't care."

On Stilman White's play:
"He's doing fine. We're trying to limit the kind of options we're giving him out there, and get him to focus and keep things simple for him, and trying not to throw him out there and say, ‘sink or swim,' because … that first game was not going to be his only shot. We were going to try to stick with him, and give him some more opportunities.

"What I think you're seeing is a youngster that's all of a sudden given an opportunity, and some people would look at that as overwhelming. But he's not done that. He's looked at it as an opportunity and tried to grow into that, and guys are getting more comfortable with him. I still hope we have Kendall, there's no question about that, but for what we're asking Stilman to do right now, he's doing a nice job."

On Justin Watts playing point guard against Georgia Tech:
"We did it a couple of days in practice because think about it – you don't want to be sitting there and not have anything prepared. So what we do is we work Stilman about half of the reps, well, maybe not quite half of the reps at the point guard, but I've always felt you need to have three point guards. Right now we don't have three point guards, so we've gone through and everybody joked about it a little bit, but I did let John run the point one play.

"Harrison has been out there a couple of plays and J. Watts. J. Watts just looks more comfortable. He's more in control. And the best thing is that he really realizes his limitations. I think we would see him pass the ball up as opposed to trying to split the double team and do all of the crazy stuff that some other kids would do."

On the chemistry between John Henson and Tyler Zeller in the post:
"They're getting better. Last year at the end of the year, I thought they really did some nice things. And it's gotten to a point now where we're starting to build on it again. Both of them are looking for each other, but that's the way we play. If the ball goes in to one post player, he's got to look for his buddy and his buddy should go to the front of the rim, or reach the weakside boards is what we say. That's the first option to throw the ball. Those guys have been looking for each other."

On back-to-back road games this week:
"We've got to have tremendous focus. I think we did have that at Virginia Tech. It was 179 degrees away from what we had in Tallahassee. We've got to do that against Wake Forest and for sure against Maryland as well. In the league, you've got to play half of them at home and half of them on the road and I always think you should be able to win as well on the road as at home."

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

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