|Roy Williams Radio Show Quotes|
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Roy Williams discussed Marcus Paige's shoulder injury, Kendall Marshall's NBA struggles and possibly playing more zone on his radio program on Monday night.
On last week's loss to Indiana and win over UAB:
"For us it was definitely a mixed week. We didn't play very well at all up at Indiana. They're a very good team. 17,000 people were going crazy. It was a wonderful college atmosphere except I was on the other end of the score. I didn't like that much, but it was a big time game for us and we didn't step up and play the way we wanted to play and then turn around against UAB and Jarod [Haase] and Bobby [Frasor] this weekend was an emotional thing but we shot the ball well in the second half and that was the story of the game.
"We've got to play better. We originally were going to give them Sunday off and I changed my mind and so we practiced and we practiced again today and we've done some things that I think is going to help us, but we got to play better."
Was shot selection the biggest culprit as far as why you struggled offensively against Indiana?
What was the difference against UAB when your team shot 72 percent in the second half?
"We had the right guys shooting the three point shots. We were 7-of-11 and no one took one except for Reggie [Bullock], P.J. [Hairston] and Leslie [McDonald] and so those are your best shooters shooting the ball, but being honest and this is nothing against Jerod's club, but Indiana is better and playing in front of 17,000 people that would like to choke you to death is a little bit more difficult than playing in front of our crowd that is hoping we do well."
What is going on with Marcus Paige's shoulder injury?
On Dexter Strickland filling in for Paige on Saturday:
"He was gone all Saturday morning. He did not come to shoot-around. He did not come to pregame meal. It was a six-hour performance thing with two things that he had to do. It was over in Raleigh so he is leaving Raleigh to come back for the game at about four o'clock and that's when he finds out that Marcus is not going to play. For all of a sudden just bam like that he thinks he's going to guard somebody and now he's guarding somebody else that he thinks he's going to be playing the two. He played the point for five minutes a game, now he's playing the point guard for 25 minutes a game so it was a drastic shock for him and for Dexter to do as well as he did I was really pleased."
How does playing a smaller lineup change what you're trying to do?
"[In the UAB] game, they went small and it was a more difficult matchup for us. They were pushing the ball. It was more difficult for Joel [James], Desmond [Hubert] and those guys to get involved because of the pace of the game. We've had players in the past like Tyler Hansbrough who could slide his feet so well. I didn't care how small the other team went because he could really guard anybody and so we didn't change at that time. We kept our advantage with the size, but right now it's a battle. Do I go small to match them or do I try to stay big and use our advantage there, but our big guys that give us the advantage are so young it's not really much of an advantage right now so it did help us a little bit and it's a really good shooting team. You have Leslie and Reggie and P.J. in a lineup all at the same time that's three guys who can shoot the three point shot and it did help us, but we got to get it where we can have Joel and Brice [Johnson] and Desmond and James Michael [McAdoo] and those guys having two big guys in the lineup a lot too."
What is your philosophy on guarding the high ball screen and could this be a team that presses more than previous teams?
"We played Gonzaga in '09 and the slip guy was a problem so we squeezed and went under and they didn't bother us. For Villanova the guy would stop behind the screen and shoot it so you got to play it different there. There is no set way. In the NBA they have 73 ways, because those coaches got to earn their money and they yell out and the players do the crap they want to do most of the time, but for us it does change depending on what the threat is and, again, the roll man, the screener, is he the problem or is the dribbler the problem?
"Smaller lineup does not mean we're going to press more because if a smaller lineup is Ty Lawson, Marcus Ginyard, Raymond Felton, Bobby Frasor, those kind of guys with great savvy and speed and quickness that's something. We don't have that and just because we're smaller doesn't necessarily mean we're quick enough to start going and pressing people. Dexter is not an instinctive defensive player. Bobby Frasor was. Marcus Ginyard was. Dexter is tremendously athletic pushing the ball, jumping and those kinds of things. Marcus Paige is not a tremendous athlete, but has tremendous savvy. Leslie McDonald is not a tremendous athlete. Reggie Bullock is not a tremendous athlete. P.J. Hairston is not a tremendous athlete. They're not Harrison Barnes, Vince Carter kind of guys.
"We may play more zone. You just got to find out something kids can do and that's one of the things we've been working on the last couple of days is being able to change our defenses a little bit more."
You don't play a lot of zone. That's a pretty big statement from you.
Have you had any contact with Stilman White and is the plan still for him to rejoin the team after his mission?
I know it has been a tough transition so far for Kendall Marshall in the NBA and now the D-League...
"It's a different path. It's not the path that you want. When you leave college early to go to the NBA you would like for it to be smooth and have some playing time immediately, but it hasn't happened that way for Kendall and so it's just something that he's got to fight through and I think he's going to be there for nine games and hopefully it will help them."
How do you integrate basketball during the upcoming exam period?
"Roy Williams Live" airs Monday evenings on Tar Heel Sports Network affiliates.