Sure, UNC needs Green's skill set next year. If he returns, though, how will he impact team chemistry? He's definitely speaking his mind this week.
Green's on Lawson (wasn't DG also the one this year who suggested that Ty stop being a sissy and get back to playing?)
So was sitting out just a precautionary measure?
“Yes, but it hurts a little bit, though.”
How does this affect your status for the rest of the week?
“I’ll probably just take it easy and try not hurt anything else. It depends on how I feel tomorrow if I play or not.”
Are you going to try to play tomorrow regardless?
“Yes, definitely. I’m not with all of the quitting and sitting out just because I’ve got little bumps and bruises. I’m hurt pretty bad right now, and of course, I want to sit out, but I’m not fortunate enough. I need to play and show the scouts what I can do, so I’m going to try to play tomorrow.”
Green on Ole Roy
Green is still not sure how the disconnect between him and his coach transpired. “I don’t know – you’d have to talk to him about it,” Green said.
Why weren’t you involved in the initial NBA discussion with Tyler [Hansbrough], Wayne and Ty?
“Coach… I guess he didn’t think I had it in my mind then, so he didn’t think that I was going to even think about going or trying to ‘test the waters,’ so he didn’t include me in that, I guess. I don’t know.”
Had you talked with him about it?
“You’d have to talk to him. I mean, I called him and talked to him about it, but when it came down to it, it was the ‘Big Three.’ So they had their own meeting, and he thought I wasn’t thinking about doing it. But I called him and told him about doing it, but he didn’t think it was for my best interests… He gave me his advice, but I wanted to do it anyway.”
Green on Hansbrough
"I'm not in Tyler's situation," Green said. "He's breaking records, and he has money. I'm not broke-poor, but my family doesn't have as much as Tyler. He's more fortunate, and I'm trying to do what's best for my family."
"In college, a lot of guys aren't able to show off what they can do," said Green, who added he has to be much more assertive this week.
Green on personal aspirations
"A lot of guys that were coming out I can compete with. They're from my class or younger so I want to see how I can do. The objective is to get drafted, and I'm trying to get into the first round, and if not, get a guaranteed contract in the second round."
I think you definitely have to wonder how the chemistry will be not just with green but with lawson and ellington too. I've already read things (somewhere on this board a few months ago) about how roy told them to pass the ball to hansbrough and how hansbrough was told not to pass out of a double-team. These guys are all terrific players in their own right and having to take a second place to hansbrough all the time must be difficult. This is probably a factor in them declaring early. If an elite player feels like he's not getting the respect or the number of touches he feels he deserves then there's much less incentive for him to stick around if he thinks he can get a good pick in the draft. But yea chemistry may very well be a problem if there's a lot of tension/ bad feelings between the players or between the players and the coach. As we all know, a basketball team is more than the sum of its parts.
I wonder if the biggest chemistry problem at UNC Lawson, Ellington and Green return will be with Coach Roy. After all, he was the one that let them get behind 40-12 without calling a single timeout. I mean, what was he saving them for -- dinner in Carrboro?
Calipari choked with 10 seconds left in the KU game by not calling a timeout to tell his team to foul. That was an instant judgment. Roy watched his team bleed to death for 15 minutes and did nothing to stop it.
Leslie SatcherSometimes I feel like Jesse James,
Still trying to make a name.
Knowing nothings gonna change what I am.
I was a young troubadour,
when I rode in on a song.
and I'll be an old troubadour,
when I'm gone.
I think you make a great point. Personally, I was convinced there would be some tension just by reading Green's quote about Hansbrough. What does the Hansbrough family's financial situation have to do with Green entering the draft? He should worry about his family and shut the hell up.
But when I read all of these quotes on top of the Hansbrough quote, you have to believe people aren't just going to forget these words. This is just speculation but I think that loss to Kansas really put a dent in UNC's chemistry--amongst the players and between players and coach.
If Green has a problem, IMO, it is not with Hansbrough but Ginyard. Green averaged 21 mpg and put up 8.8 shots per game but couldn’t beat out Ginyard. I wouldn’t shed any tears for Ellington either. He averaged 13 shots per game which is greater than any other off-guard in the ACC except for McLinton, who also averaged 13 shots per game. Who knows whether there will be chemistry problems next year for the Heels. I expect all three of their early entries to move on. A comparable question might be whether Smith, Williams, Pocious, and the non-starters among the big men will be happy next year with their playing time. There are only so many minutes available and top teams like Duke and UNC fill their rosters with good players. Unhappiness, transfers and early entry to the NBA are probably just accepted by the coaching staffs.
For what it's worth though, similar comments have been made about Coach K (great recruiter, great motivator, not such a great Xs and Os coach when it comes to gametime).
Whether or not I have a Duke bias, I believe the comments made by Green and some of the other players will cause some kind of tension next year. Whether or not it shows up on the floor is a different story but there were some very awkward comments from the three players and IMO, the fact that Hansbrough is only one who's coming back paints a picture that is completely upside-down; he's the only one that should be in the draft.
In game, he's certainly been questioned for things such as the Kentucky loss in 1998, the UConn loss in 1999, the slowness to react and not extend pressure in the first round a few years back against a vastly inferior team, etc (I don't care to point out every time it's happened). And plenty have questioned his rigidity with his defensive strategy.
Whether or not the claims have merit is another story. But to say that it hasn't been discussed is incorrect.
Honestly, I hate having this discussion, because it puts me in the position of badmouthing Coach K. I think he's a phenomenal coach, but I don't think he's flawless. I think Williams is a great coach, too, and he's also not flawless.
I don't know that necessarily means he thought K was not a great coach. Teaching them the game is the way to make a group of talented players into a good team. I think last year, when Duke defied all expectations, and performed so strongly even without a dominating big-man (not that i want to reopen that discussion) shows that he is the kind of coach who is great at winning games no matter the hand he's dealt.
Well, one thing is that with a resume of hundreds of games to choose from, and for a coach with 20ish years experience probably 20ish season ending losses, there are a lot of data points to cherry pick as examples of poor coaching.
Also, think about it this way... there are over 300 starters in the NCAA tournament each year... there's only 64 coaches (and about 300 total in the country)... I don't know if the percent of great coaches is similar to the percent of great basketball players in the population, but one thing for certain is that coaches have longer careers... so even elite coaches are going up against other coaches, that are at the top of their game in a very competitive field, in many of these season ending games.
The same applies in some degree to Williams. Both are fantastic coaches. They both have their strengths and weaknesses.
You guys are funny. I haven't posted in a while, but felt the need to thank you for a good laugh.
This might have an impact:
"Green took a bad fall while attempting to dunk in a camp game Thursday. He banged up his left hip, elbow and wrist and aggravating an ankle injury. He sat out Friday's final game and plans to have a magnetic resonance imaging on the injuries in the next few days.If that MRI shows real damage, Green anticipates pulling out of the draft and returning to Chapel Hill for his final college season."