Alumni Game: Postgame Quotes + Audio

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- An all-star cast of former UNC players and coaches converged on the Smith Center on Friday night to celebrate the program's 100th season. Inside Carolina interviewed numerous Tar Heels following the Alumni Game's completion, including Roy Williams, Vince Carter and Marvin Williams.

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On the event:
"In my opinion, there's no place in the country that could have done what we just did… To have everybody that was eligible to play want to play was fantastic. It was just a wonderful atmosphere and to be able to honor Coach Smith like that and Coach Guthridge and Michael, it was a wonderful, wonderful night and I was very fortunate to be a part of it."

On his most memorable moments:
"It was neat to me when we got everybody out there, because I hadn't told Coach Smith that we wanted him to come out on the court, too. So somebody – I think Steve Kirschner – was trying to tell him and he wasn't having any part of it. So I had to go over and get him out there. That was special to me... It's a pretty special place."



On Dean Smith's ovation:
"I didn't expect anything less. He's touched so many lives for even the people that just are die-hard fans. Just to be a part of it and see it was breathtaking."

On taking the Smith Center court again:
"Just running out there -- it brought back so many feelings and memories. Just to see the loyalty. When you get in the professionals like the NBA, it's sometimes up and down when you win and lose, sometimes your home team isn't behind you. But it's die-hard here. They love North Carolina basketball. They love what it's about. I love what it's about."



On why the '05 team is better than the '09 team:
"We have four first-rounders. Everybody gets buckets. We're ballers. We're ballers. Not taking anything away from the '09 guys, but we just came from a different era, period."

How did it feel to run out the tunnel again?
"It felt like we were playing Duke. Any time you come out of that tunnel, it's like we're playing those Dukies. Let's go."



On being around the NBA group of Tar Heels:
"Any time all of us can get together and hang out, it's always a good time. We see each other in the NBA, night in and night out. We try to spend as much time as we can with each other. It's always been like that since I've been here. It's like we never left here, so it's huge."

On the magnitude of playing at UNC:
"I think coming in as a freshman, you don't really understand. I look at the freshmen right now, when they were in the locker room, and I don't think they understand the tradition this school really has. I think it's exciting for them, because they know that when they do leave here, they're still going to be a part of something special. I left after my freshman year and I still feel a part of this. I'm still in school and I still come back and play with the guys."



On Dean Smith:
"Let's be honest: I don't think we all would be here if it wasn't for him. You can't put into words how much he has meant to myself, my family and my friends. The guy has done so much. I love Coach Smith dearly. I said it before: he's like a second father to me, man."

On taking the Smith Center court again:
"It was unbelievable. Coming out, warming up and the fans going crazy... Still to this day, when I'm watching the game and they're coming out warming up – man, you never forget that feeling… But when I ran out onto that court and could see nothing but blue and white in the stands, it was special."



On the historical video montage:
"Seeing videos like that – that's why I came to Carolina. I just love things like that. The video they showed of us winning the championship gave me goose bumps. That's big."

On his matchup with Felton:
"It's real fun. Everybody compares us to each other, but that was just all fun and games. We just play and laugh and giggle and talk a little trash. It's all fun."

Has Felton given you any pointers?
"Definitely. He's shown me a couple of tricks that the vets do – pull your jersey, pull your arm and things like that. He's shown me a lot of things. He told me to be ready for the rookie hazing, so I'm getting my mind ready for it."



On North Carolina's tradition:
"Just to be a part of it, to have my stamp in Carolina history is incredible. Everybody who has played here, from Walter Davis to Charlie Scott, there are just a lot of great players who have played. For the turnout and for players to take time out of their schedule to come back, to see Coach Smith out there, it just means a lot to a lot of fans and especially to the players."

On the turnout:
"I don't think there are too many programs that can do something like this. On a given Friday, to bring 22,000 people… If we had 5-10,000, I could understand that. But to have 22,000 people to come in here and to have MJ back is a beautiful thing."



On the event:
"It was a lot of fun. I was just trying to enjoy it as much possible, being out there with all of those vets. It's just about history, really – tradition. Looking back, watching all of those videos, all of those people and players and coaches being recognized, it was just a lot of fun to be a part of. Now I'm a part of the family forever."

On dancing to "Jump Around" before the opening tip:
"It was fun. I wasn't prepared. But I just wanted to roll with it and have some fun with the guys. Everybody was waiting for it, waiting to see it. Some of the guys had never seen it up front. So it was a little different with the bench that I had with me – I didn't have my regular team behind me, supporting me."

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