"We have wonderful fans who do really care about our club and care about how we feel, but it is so much more severe. You've heard me say before that Coach Smith, the week before I went to Kansas, said his biggest fear for me was how hard I took the losses as an assistant. And he said they were a heck of a lot worse as a head coach. I looked at him and said, ‘Boy, I hope not.' But as usual, Coach was right. Everyone that loves the Tar Heels wants to see us play better. No one wants it any more than the staff and the players do. Everybody hurts right now and it's something that we've got to keep fighting through."
"Before the State game, we were really hungry and practice was really intense. I didn't get the same feeling those two days [before the Virginia game]. In fact, on Saturday I jumped them like crazy at the end of practice for a couple of silly things. That part is frustrating, but I've got to do a better job and get them to do what we need them to do."
On knowing before the season that struggles were a possibility:
"We talked about how we had two major areas of concern – our experience in the backcourt and our effectiveness in the backcourt and our perimeter shooting. And I thought we'd have a positive with our play up front with our depth. Well, we've lost a little bit of depth without [Tyler Zeller] in there and Ed [Davis] has not been at full strength. And I was hoping that our strength with our big people would carry over and camouflage some of our weaknesses in the areas and perhaps that we would get better.
"And then the biggest thing is that I thought we would be good defensively. We've had spurts that we were good defensively and we've had spurts that we were not very good defensively. I think that and the overall focus, the intensity has been… I've always said that I don't feel like I should have to coach effort. I should coach the execution part of our play. And we've wasted time this year having to coach effort. We shouldn't have to do it. That's the bottom line. We should not have to do that, but we've got to do a better job of it."
On the team's lack of effort:
"It's hard for us. It's hard for the kids, too. It's hard to get into some youngster's mind that's 18-19-20-21 years old. We've talked all year long about playing with more of a sense of urgency on the defensive end of the floor. There's no question about that. Again, it's hard to figure out what those youngsters are thinking. I've got to figure out a way to get them to have a better sense of urgency.
"I get frustrated because about a week ago I showed them two clips from the University of Maryland game where two different players made fantastic plays just diving for the loose ball and coming up and getting extra possessions for their team and then scoring. And I said, ‘Guys, the thing about it is that people in the past have told me that they've used our teams to show things to their team.' And I said, ‘I don't think we're playing that way right now and we've got to change.'
"… It's hard to sit and listen to any criticism of your team, but at the same time, it's not hard to listen when it's something that we've been talking about all year long."
On possibly moving Marcus Ginyard to the 3-spot:
"When somebody's kicking your tail, you're not quite as feisty as you are at other times. Right now, I'm getting my tail kicked. What you're saying does have some meaning, but let's make sure we understand that the 2-man and 3-man for us do exactly the same thing. It's mirrored. And by that I mean if we go to the right side, 2 does ‘A' and 3 does ‘B.' If we go to the left side, 2 does ‘B' and 3 does ‘A.' So there's really no difference offensively from the shooting guard spot to the small forward. Last year, Wayne Ellington and Danny Green did the same thing; it was just that Danny guarded the bigger guy on the defensive end of the floor…
"But Marcus is not shooting the ball as well as we would like for him to shoot it. The problem is that we would like to find someone on our bench that would do that. We've given Leslie McDonald a couple of opportunities. We gave Justin [Watts] some opportunities early and no one stepped forward to do that significantly better than Marcus did, particularly when you add in that he was significantly better defensively.
"Now, if you go back and look at the stats before he hurt his ankle the last time, Marcus was shooting 40-something percent from the 3-point line – I'll just guess here from the first 10 games. But since he hurt his ankle, his stats don't look very good at all. So we've either got to get him shooting it better or we've got to get somebody else some opportunities."
On playing Dexter Strickland alongside Larry Drew more:
"I would like to play both of them together a little bit, particularly if we're not getting more productive play out of the 2-spot, but at the same time, when I grade out Marcus Ginyard and he grades positive every time and I grade out Dexter and he grades out negative every time, that's something that the typical fan does not see… It's easy to decide who to put in the game – it's who deserves it."
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