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 ...

With such a big lineup, why don't you use more zone defense?
"That's a good question and it's got about three answers. One, I don't coach zone very well and so I don't want to go out there and try to do something that I don't do very well. I do believe that our whole staff is good coaching man-to-man. That's what we believe you have to be able to do to win national championships. I'm not just trying to win the game tomorrow night. I'm trying to build a program that can be the best you can possibly be, and in order to do that, you've got to be able to play man-to-man.

"But the biggest reason, even over those things, is that one of the things that I was concerned about our team was the ability to score. We don't have Wayne Ellington that we can clear out or Ty [Lawson] that we can open up the middle or Tyler [Hansbrough] that we can throw the ball into, or if they double Tyler, he can throw back out to Danny [Green] to hit a lot of threes. Last year, we wanted good spacing and good movement and then we let them play. We don't have those kinds of offensive players.

"So for me, by far the biggest reason is that if we play man-to-man and we can get you to take a quick shot or a bad shot or turn it over, no we have a chance to score in the open court. Against a zone, we're not going to make you turn it over as much. We're going to have to try to play against your set defense all of the time because we're not going to get many run-outs. So it's all three of those, but the last one…

"If we're going to have to play against a set defense every time, I don't feel very comfortable. I want to be able to score sometimes before they get their defense set and the best way to do that is to block their shot or take it away from them so we can get the break going."

On UNC's eight turnovers against Nevada compared to the Wolf Pack's seven:
"It's what I expected because they play a smaller lineup or four people that can play out on the floor. Luke Babbit can do things out on the court that Deon Thompson can't do or Ed Davis doesn't do. And yet we still had some silly ones. Every day in practice we put the ball in Ed Davis' hands in the middle of a fastbreak and every day in practice we put the ball in Tyler Zeller's hands in the middle of a fastbreak.

"And [on Sunday], Ed gets the ball in the middle of the court on a fastbreak and he looked like he was scared to death and he threw it to Tyler and Tyler looked like he was scared to death and threw it to the other team. I said, ‘My gosh, we do that every stupid day.' But that's part of it. For us, I don't mind turnovers to a certain degree as long as we're accomplishing some things.

"I thought Larry, by far, had his best game of the year. He had 10-to-1 error-assist ratio. But the way we keep it, it was 17-1 and that's about as good of a grade as you can have."

How close are you to setting the rotation?
"Not completely, by any means. We may do something on [Tuesday] night that we didn't do [Sunday] night. I think it's a process that you go through. You always have to be open-minded about things. I still remember Darrell Elston a long, long time ago playing his sophomore year. Coach Smith called him in at the end of the year and said, ‘You know, Darrell, I think it's going to be best for you to transfer. You'll have a chance to play more. I'll help you.' And Darryl said, ‘No, Coach, I want to play here. I want to show you how good I'm going to be.' And Coach Smith said, ‘Well, I just want you to know that I think it's going to be awfully hard.' The next year he was second-team all-conference.

"When I came here, it was Jackie Manuel. I said, ‘If you want to transfer, because you're not going to be able to do some of the things you did before, I'll help you. I hear you're a great kid, but I want to help you.' And that was the greatest thing that every happened to me that Jackie didn't do that and my expectation for him got a lot better with each and every day. He was probably the one single guy that adjusted and adopted and bought into every thing we were going to do. So it's never a complete process.

"I told Travis Wear today, I said, ‘Hey, I screwed up. I should have gotten you a couple more minutes.'"

On John Henson's development:
"John, I think, has tremendous potential. The best line there is that potential is what gets coaches fired. But John is getting better. [Sunday] night in the first half, I thought he really did some good things. And then in the second half I put him in and we ran a set play and he forgot and didn't go screen. And then there was a key box-out and he didn't box out.

"When he comes over to the bench, before I can say something to him, he's got a junior and a senior chewing his rear end out. I said, ‘John, this is not the little league. It's not like everybody gets to play seven minutes and everybody gets four at-bats, you've got to frickin' produce when you're out there.' John's going to have some big-time moments and I really think he has a chance to be a big-time player before he leaves here, but it's got to be a little bit at a time."

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

Inside Carolina Top Stories