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December 2, 2013
Roy Williams Live: December 2
The first few episodes of Roy Williams Live on Monday nights, despite an early season loss to Belmont, have seen the head coach of the UNC Tar Heels' basketball team in pretty good spirits. He's talked about the inexperience of his team but overall has made it seem like this is a team he really enjoys coaching and that he has a lot of fun with them even when they mess up.
Monday night, a day after they went on the road and suffered a 63-59 loss to the UAB Blazers, Williams was not a happy camper.
Over the course of the hour-long broadcast, Williams spent many a moment letting his team have it for a lack of effort and execution.
He started the broadcast with that sentiment and talked about the loss to the Blazers and their head coach, a former player and assistant coach under Williams, Jerod Haase.
"We did have some opportunities and we did get some stops. We got some blocked shots around the rim, protected the rim a little bit better. But, it was not a very good day for the good guys. I say that jokingly because I think Jerod Haase is one of the all-time good guys. I told him before the game 'You know I'm pulling for you like crazy but right now I love my team a heck of a lot more than I love you," said Williams. "They outplayed us. Bottom line, they wanted it more, they hustled more and they did the things that you have to do. They had more intensity and it's aggravating to a coach. I've always felt like I should coach execution. I shouldn't have to coach effort. I tell every prospect. I go in their home and I say 'I will never try to embarrass you.'
Except for two things. If you do not hustle I will hold up a sign that says '(You) Did Not Hustle.' I'll try to get the camera man's attention so I can get it there. And we need to play with more intelligence and more savvy. But it was not a good day for us."
Williams, while exaggerating at times, went to great lengths to illustrate that UNC had chances to win the game but didn't take advantage of those opportunities. Instead, they gave those chances to the Blazers and they were able to get the upset because of it.
"We make four free throws they make 22. They outrebound us by about 52-37. They have 13 more possessions than we did. We hold a team to 30.7 percent and we can't win the game and we can't win the game when we hold them to 30.7 percent because they have 13 more possessions," said Williams. "That's just like starting the game and giving them the ball 13 straight times and then saying O.K. from now on we'll alternate. You can't beat people like that. I was not pleased with their effort. I was not pleased at all. I haven't been pleased all night. I was not pleased at practice today and will not be pleased at practice tomorrow."
Williams began a segment in the middle of the show letting the host Jones Angell know that he may not be available for next week's show because he may make a recruiting trip (he didn't' say where). He also said that whoever fills in for him will be a more pleasant experience given the current state of his mood.
"They'll do a better job because right now I'm ticked off. It's something and it's my fault. I've got to get them to play harder. But I will say this, you know I'm straightforward. I'm not saying anything I didn't tell them in the locker room. Coach Robinson and I figured out about three games in my 26 years that I've ever said something negative to my team in the locker room. In Belmont, I took the blame and I have no problem with that," said Williams. "I was on their case in the locker room yesterday. I was on their case in practice today. I'm going to be on their case tomorrow. I'm going to be on their case Wednesday. They hate it because we don't play until Wednesday night at 9 p.m. We had this pretty itinerary where we wake up at 11 a.m., have breakfast at 11:30 a.m., shootaround at 1 p.m. I changed it. We're having a film session at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. That's just the start because I'm going to be one of the meanest blankety-blanks over the next 48 hours."
During one line of questioning, Angell tried to give props to J.P. Tokoto by mentioning that after the game Williams said he liked the effort he got from the athletic swing man. Williams was having none of it and wasn't in the mood to let anyone off the hook.
"I don't remember saying that Jones. I'll take your word for it. I know one time he goes down and he tries to triple pump fake and all he's got to do is drop the ball to Nate Britt and Nate lays it up. He was 7-for-11, I like that. He penetrated in the middle a couple times, I liked that. He got a steal and he dunked it," said Williams. "But, you're not going to find anybody, other than the water boy or manager or somebody like that, you're not going to find anybody that I'm going to brag on. Because, when I got J.P's defensive grade, it sucked too. That was bad but so was his defensive game so it's all even."
It would seem that Williams, and his players, can't wait to get back out on the court so that they can attempt to get the bad taste of defeat out of their mouths. Williams ended the show with a memorable quote and it should be fun to see if it comes true against the No. 1 ranked Michigan State Spartans on Wednesday during another early season opportunity for UNC to knock off a top-five ranked team.
"It's hand-to-hand combat, a physical game. They're going to draw a line in the sand and I'm going to step across and I hope some players do go with me," said Williams.