Roy Williams Radio Show Quotes

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Roy Williams provided an update on Marcus Ginyard during his radio show on Monday night, indicating that a decision on the senior wing's status for the remainder of the season is quickly approaching.

Opening remarks:
"It's always good to be here after a win… All of the guys in the [crowd] – do you know what the worst thing to say to your wife in the morning would be? ‘Gosh, honey, you look fat.' That's what my wife said to me this morning, but not exactly in the same terms. She said, ‘We didn't even have a game this weekend and I'm worn out.' And you know what she did? On Friday, she went shopping and then she went out to eat. On Saturday, she went shopping and then went out to eat. That's true.

"On Friday, I went to Des Moines, Iowa. It was 11 degrees below zero. The high school game was canceled after I got there. And then I flew to Memphis, Tennessee and drove 200 miles to New Albany, Mississippi and saw a high school game and got back about 2:30 in the morning on Sunday and then went to the gym on Sunday. We had a Special Olympics clinic, which our players did a great job with and then we had a little practice.

"So on Sunday, I was in the gym for about five hours. So Des Moines, Iowa, minus-11 degrees, the game was canceled, then Memphis and drive 200 hundred miles and get back in about 2:30 in the morning and Sunday spent five hours in the gym, and my wife says, ‘You know, we didn't even have a game and I'm still worn out.' Other than that, I had a great weekend."

On Marcus Ginyard:
"We have decided that we're going to hold Marcus out the rest of this week and make a final decision probably at the end of the week or over the weekend. He has not practiced now – it's been two weeks and three days since he practiced. He still has a little pain in his foot, but we're going to try to give it to the end of the week. He's done a great job with Chris [Hirth], our trainer, and Jonas [Sahratian], our strength and conditioning coach. At one time Marcus had gotten up to 230. He's down to 218 right now. We're hoping that that loss will help release some of the pain in that foot, too."

Why do the players no longer wear mouth guards?
"I would probably say that I would rather the kids [wear mouth guards], but some kids aren't comfortable with them. There's no question in my mind that I would not be comfortable with one whatsoever. Our trainer works with them and talks to them. We have some dental people that talk to them and work with them. Tyler [Hansbrough] will wear one the rest of the year now.

"It is something that I have never required. I ask our players on their ankles, for example, to either wear the braces or to get their ankles wrapped. And I have two players who are just not comfortable with that. So it is a little bit of freedom of choice, but I encourage it. Especially if they've had problems, we encourage it a little stronger."

On Danny Green's 15 blocks in the last seven games:
"Well, he's been more active, but also, I think the level of our competition – the ACC teams – aren't afraid to take the ball in. If you play a team that's not going to take it in there because they're worried about their shots being blocked, then there's not going to be as many opportunities. In ACC play, they are, because they think they're pretty doggone good, too."

Who has improved the most defensively since last year?
"Ty [Lawson], statistically, has more steals and his defensive grades have probably improved more than anybody else. I think Deon, position-wise defensively inside – and this is purely a guess – Deon may not have as many blocked shots this year as he did last year, but position-wise defensively, he's much better than he was last year…

"And now that I think about it, Will Graves is far superior to what he was last year. He couldn't guard his lunch last year. He's really done a nice job since last summer with the things he's done. He's got the whole package defensively, because his feet are quick enough [and] he's very strong and powerful. Of all the kids, I would probably say he's improved more defensively than all of the kids."

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

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