"I thought it was very important to try to have something this year. To bring Coach [Dean] Smith on the floor was a great thrill for everyone, and to get Robert McAdoo – I think that was Mac's first game that he had ever seen in the Smith Center. To get James [Worthy] back was great, and Billy Cunningham was so gracious, but folks, let me tell you what – those people did a lot of things to get here.
"James Worthy flew the red-eye on Friday night, got here Saturday morning, had a couple of hours nap, went to the game, went to dinner with us Saturday night [and] got up Sunday morning for a 6 a.m. flight to go back. Robert McAdoo flew in that morning, stayed for the game and then flew to [either] Philadelphia or Detroit to meet Miami, because he's coaching at Miami, to get back in time for their game that night.
"So just the trouble that those guys went to… And it was a great thrill for them, no question. [The standing ovation] that they received from the fans is something that they'll remember. Mac even got a little emotional, and Mac doesn't do that very often. So it was a great day for us."
On Will Graves:
"There will be no other information on Will Graves. Basically, the Carolina basketball family is a family, and there are some things that we are going to keep inside the family, and frankly, I don't give a flip if anybody knows or doesn't know, because it's nobody else's business. They can just cheer for our basketball team and that's the way it goes. If we come out and say that he voted for President Obama and that's the reason I suspended him, that's not going to satisfy people, so I'm not going to waste my time talking about that."
With depth becoming a concern, have you considered using a zone to give the guys some rest? And secondly, have you thought about pressing in similar fashion to how Clemson destroyed Duke?
"Don't ever ask a coach, ‘Have you thought of…', because I guarantee that I've thought of everything that you and all of your buddies could ever freakin' think of. We've got five of us that are full-time coaches, 24 hours a day. I'm not a pharmacist, I'm not an insurance guy, I'm not a lawyer, I'm not a banker. I am a coach. So there's not one freakin' thing that anybody's going to think about that we haven't thought about.
"And in saying all of that, you're correct that the bench is thin and we've worked more on the zone in the past week and a half than we have at any point this year and that is one of the reasons. We even worked on some zone a little bit today. But now I'll give you a contrary view – why would I want to press if we are a thinner team? Because now you're asking us to play 50-by-94 instead of guarding in a halfcourt situation, so it's a stamina question.
"We are going to press a little bit. We have pressed a little bit all year long, but if your bench is thin, you don't want to spread out and play 94 feet. So we are still going to do it, but we're not going to do more of it just because someone else does it. It's not a strength of ours… We are thinner than we have been. We've lost three of our top-nine guys to start the season, so yes, we are working on a zone a little bit more and no, we are not going to press."
On Tyler Zeller:
"The decision has not been made. He was released to start practicing. He practiced Thursday and Friday of last week. For half of the practice, he was out on the court with us, and the other half of the practice he was with our strength and conditioning coach. And during the time period that he was out there with us, he did half of that. So he basically did 25 percent of practice. We're going to wait and see how Tyler performs.
"Again, he's been out for 12 weeks. Very seldom do you have somebody to be away from something for 12 weeks and be able to come back in in three days and be able to perform at the highest level, and that's what we're trying to do is perform at the highest level. We have no idea what the final decision will be. What we're going to do is practice Tyler for a week to 10 days, see how he feels, and I'll give him an evaluation, and then I'm going to back off. I'm going to allow him to have 99 percent of the decision whether to play this season, the last five or six games and hopefully a few more in the tournament, or to stay out for the year.
"Ten years ago, I would not even have allowed him to consider it. It would not have even been a thought. But in today's times, with kids leaving early and Tyler has a wonderful opportunity down the line to potentially be able to play basketball for a living. But if he does not feel that he's competing at a high level, and if our staff does not feel that he is very successful at a high level, it would be silly to bring him back. So the idea of Marcus' decision having any bearing on Tyler, it has zero decision. We're going to decide what's best for Tyler Zeller, and not what's best for the North Carolina basketball team."
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