Roy Williams Radio Show Quotes

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

On his thoughts on when to send kids to the NBA:
"To me, there's no general rule that I believe in. I think it has to be looked at individually. I think LeBron James made the right decision. I think Kevin Garnett made the right decision, and Kobe Bryant made the right decision. But there's a lot of guys out there that if they had made that same decision, it was not the right one. I think the maturity that you can get in college is irreplaceable. How can you put a value on being a kid, and being a kid a little longer? That is something that I tell our kids all of the time.

"My whole deal is that I tell you, ‘Tell me what you want to do, and I'll support you.' If I tell you that you're ready to go, then that's what I say to them. Now, I've had some cases where I've told the kids that I thought they'd be better off staying another year and that I thought they would be a better player and be more prepared to handle it. But I do believe that you to look at it individually. I think Sean May, Raymond Felton, Marvin Williams Brandan [Wright] – all of those guys did the right thing. It was what was right for them at the time. And if they had decided to stay in school, I think it would have been right, because it gets back down to what they wanted to do.

"I don't think there's any general rule. The financial situation [of the NBA], college basketball can't compete with. If you have a financial need and a way that can take care of your family in a way that has not been done before, then I think that's the No. 1 criteria when you're trying to make a decision."

On Quentin Thomas' improvement:
"'Q' has done a great job for us. When Ty [Lawson] went down, ‘Q' was expected and needed to step up and play great basketball for us. A lot of times a young man, when his back is against the wall, he steps up and plays really good basketball, and that's what Quentin did for us. And I'm hopeful that he'll continue doing that because our team can be much stronger if we get Ty back going at 100 percent and being healthy, and then when we make that substitution, Quentin Thomas will play with the confidence that he's been playing with."

Defensive player of the week:
"The defensive player of the week was Danny Green. He was the defensive player of the game against Florida State and against Duke, as well."

On Green's dunk over Paulus:
"My reaction on Danny's dunk is probably going to surprise you, because I was really ticked off. It was a stupid, stupid play, and I don't mind telling you [that]. As soon as Marcus [Ginyard] came over to the bench, he said, ‘That was a bad play, wasn't it?' and I said, ‘Yes.' It worked out, but if you've got a 3-on-1 break, that means one guy is on defense and he's in the middle, and do you know what he had to do to take a charge on Danny? Nothing. I'm 57 years old, and I could have taken a charge on Danny.

"Luckily, he was a little bit farther away and the referee thought he could make the dunk without charging it, but probably half of the officials in the nation would have called that a charge. And I've said many times, you should never throw the ball backwards to a guy against one defender coming down the middle of the court. We played it over three or four times on the bus, and they all got excited about it, but they all knew deep down that it was not a very intelligent basketball play and you can't make those kinds of mistakes."

On deciding who to recruit:
"You've to look at players in the positions that you need the most, but you also have to consider who's going to be back on your team, because you don't want to have unhappy guys on your team. I'm too old – I don't want guys frowning in the locker room after a win because they didn't play enough or Mom and Dad making noise because they didn't get as many shots or anything like that. We try to recruit the best players that we can possibly recruit that will fit in with our team. And during the recruitment, I've talked to them, [saying] ‘If you want to go to a place where you get 35 shots a game and those kinds of things, that's not here. But if you want to go to a place where everybody is pulling together and making sacrifices to try to win, then that's what we're all about.'"

Injury update:
"Yesterday, we didn't practice, but Mark met the guys at 6 p.m. last night, because I was having a little bit of interest in what was going on. I just happened to be driving by the gym at 6 p.m., so I went in there to check and see. Deon [Thompson] and Tywon were both in there getting treatment. ‘Q' wanted to get treatment and made a huge mistake, and I told him it was okay, because he forgot to set his clock ahead and so he missed the time.

"But Deon is getting better, Tywon is still 80-85 percent, ‘Q' is getting a little better, Marcus has two or three ailments, but there are getting a little better as well. We didn't practice yesterday, we went short [on Monday], we're not practice [on Tuesday] and then we're coming back and trying to have real good practices Wednesday and Thursday, because I think it's extremely important to have fresh legs when you're going into the possibility of playing three straight days."



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


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