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On doing the radio show each week -
What fascinates me, what intrigues me what entertains me about it…that would be nothing, nothing and nothing. But it’s one of those necessary evils I guess. I try to have fun with it, but it’s something I’d rather not be doing, and there’s no question about that. The crowd at Spice Street, they do a great job. I’ve got a huge crowd that comes out and we have fun.
But if you think about it, how many people would want to have an open line to people that they don’t know, can’t see – if they’re a North Carolina, NC State or Duke fan – question what they’re doing for a living. It is what it is. It’s something that we do as part of the radio/TV package. If you asked me if there was anything that I do weekly that I would like to get rid of, there’s no question, it would probably be something like that; because I could relax, I could go to dinner with my wife, I could sleep, I could watch tape, I could practice an hour longer…
But with the support of the people that show up every Monday night – they enjoy it.
What’s the craziest question you’ve taken so far this year?
When they say, ‘Have you thought of…?’ I say, ‘Yes,’regardless of what they say. It's like I explained to them, they may be a pharmacist or a real-estate guy, but it's not something that they think about all day every day, and not only myself but four other assistants, that's all we think about.
Do you have to start preparing this far back for the tournament?
Gosh, I think there’s so many ways to do it. There’s no question, in my mind, that you have to be playing well once it starts. I hate to admit this, but I’ve been very fortunate. I’ve been to the Final Four five different times, and we’ve never won our conference tournament. But we were playing pretty well all of those times. So, just being able to play well that first day, you gain some momentum and then play well that second day. Then you have four days of practice, and guys start talking about wanting to play next week.
On Ty Lawson’s play down the stretch versus Virginia Tech, and if Coach Williams still has confidence in him -
Of course I still have confidence in him. Go back and look at tape from 2004. Raymond [Felton] had it in his hands a few times, and he was a sophomore. In 2005, he had it in his hands at Duke, but he played pretty darn well after that. So I don’t think that anything that happened (in the last game) is going to make me lose confidence in him – in any way, shape or form. I don’t worry about that part of it. Ty made a mistake at the end of regulation. He didn’t penetrate and make the play that he should have made. The last play when he comes down the court after the missed free throws…he might have held the ball a bit too long, but if we’ve got a slow clock operator, we win the game.
Regardless what has gone on in the civilized and uncivilized wrong – if the clock operator is four-tenths to five-tenths slow, Wayne Ellington makes one of the most unbelievable shots ever to win a game.
How far is Bobby [Frasor] from being Bobby?
A long way. He just doesn’t have the speed and quickness right now. He doesn’t have the handle on the basketball. He doesn’t have his shot. But, it’s what it is. We can’t snap our fingers and make it different. We’ve just got to allow him to play everyday and get some more repetitions, and hopefully with each day it will be a little bit better.
On Wayne Ellington shot after the buzzer versus Virginia Tech -
In 2004 with the Olympic team, we beat Germany on a last-second shot by Allen Iverson. Allen Iverson said it was the first game-winning shot he'd ever made. He'd been in the NBA for 10 years. I said, `You've got to be kidding me.' He said, `No, Coach, that's the first last-second shot I've ever made to win a game.' And he's pretty good.