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Coach, Roy Williams had some
pretty scathing criticism of you in his press conference.
He said number one, that you owe
him money for ice cream. Number two, that
you had a daughter that went to UNC and that
she was the only smart person in the family.
Can you respond to those accusations?
"He's unbelievable. He begged me to walk
to the store with him to go get ice cream, first of all.
I was minding my own business, 'Would you
please, I don't have anybody to walk with me?
Would you please walk with me to the store so we
can get some ice cream. I'll buy.'
"Okay. All right. I guess I didn't want to be
rude to him. So we went, yeah, bought some ice
And my daughter did go to North Carolina,
that's true. I may as well tell everybody the story.
No, never mind, I won't. Let you tell him the story.
Coach Williams is unbelievable."
"I don't know
if this is one of those in-house stories I'm not
supposed to tell. It probably be better if you asked
him about going into a recruit's home that we were
He said that.
"He did? So
it's out of the bag. Since he fabricated the ice
cream story, how did he tell the
recruiting story? Let me hear it. Someone tell me."
He said both of you were recruiting
Marvin Williams. He looked at Marvin and said, 'Ask
Lorenzo where his daughter goes to school.'
"I knew he would
mess that up. It was Martell Webster, it
wasn't Marvin, it was Martell Webster. And he was
talking to Martell Webster about how many people
really loved North Carolina and the Carolina blue.
He said even his own son -- when Coach Williams
was at Kansas, even his own son went to North
Carolina. He said, 'You know, Coach Romar's
daughter even goes to Carolina.' I thought that
was interesting, he brought that out in the home
Where was this alleged ice cream
is not alleged. This was -- this summer
when we were -- I think we were on a USA
Basketball Committee helping select one of the
teams. We were in the same motel. That's when he
begged me to go get ice cream with him and
promised me he would pay for it."
This is Colorado Springs ice cream?
there was Blue Bell there and Blue Bell is usually
sold in the South. It was San Antonio. There you
go. It was San Antonio."
Cup or cone?
"No. It was
a pint. If I don't have the facts, I won't
say the story, unlike Coach Williams."
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When you think about North Carolina and
when you were younger, what do you think
about when you think about a school like that
"Michael Jordan. I mean, the best player to ever play the game went there, and then they got a lot of legendary players. It's basically every kid's dream school. I mean, to go to North Carolina or play against them, it's legendary."
"Matt, I assume you'll be matching up
with Henson, at least a little. What have you
watched of him so far? He's very disruptive on
defense. What have you seen of him so far?
"A really good talent, lot of length. Obviously with his size
and his wingspan, gets to a lot of blocked shots.
Just got to be physical with a guy like that. Lot of
shot blockers, I block shots myself, you kind of like
to get people so you can get an opportunity to
block shots. Try to just close that gap, be physical
with him on both ends of the floor, and getting your
body into him so it's more difficult so he's leaning
back so he won't be able to block as many shots
as he usually does in the past."
Because of Carolina's length and
their size, do you feel like you can penetrate
and get to the rim tomorrow or will this be a
game where you have to rely more on offense
from the perimeter?
"I think we will be able
to go inside. It's always to our advantage and
something we used in games. We can't stop doing
it now. It's what we've used to get to this point.
Going inside will also help our perimeter scoring or
success tomorrow. I think we're still play the inside out game like we always do off of penetration or
going into the post. Just because they're long,
we're a pretty long team ourselves. We'll be okay