Wednesday, February 20, 2008

BOYS WILL BE BOYS

OL' ROY vs. COACH K – ROUND 2

Seems as Roy Williams and Mike Krzyxvhblpt4ski had a little dust up back in the Big Dance o’ 2000 when Williams was still with the Jayhawks. When Ol' Roy returned to Chapel Hill in 2003, there was hope from the “To Hate Like This Is To Be Happy Forever” crowd for more confrontations between the rival combatants.

So far, it’s been pretty congenial on their end of Tobacco Road until Old Man Marconi got into the fray as the two exchanged words during their weekly radio shows.

According to ACC NOW (a damn good source in our book), after Duke's loss to Wake Forest, Mike Krzyzewski revealed freshman guard Nolan Smith has been playing with an injured knee.
According to a transcript from 850 the Buzz (the radio home of Duke) Coach K said: "Nolan hyper-extended his knee at Maryland and has been dealing with that since - and unlike other schools we don’t release our injuries - so I thought he played a strong game tonight."

The "unlike other schools" was a not-so-thinly veiled reference to the 4077th T.A.R.H.E.E.L.S., who have been releasing daily injury updates on point guard Ty Lawson and several other players who are limping and/or horking.

Williams responded to the verbal jab with one of his own. The Buzz, which airs Williams' weekly radio show, has a clip from Williams' show. The UNC coach said:

"Regardless of what somebody else says about they have injuries too, which is a bunch of bunk, so I don't give a crap what somebody else says, but coach their own damn team, I'll coach my team."

When later asked about his comments during his radio show, Williams said:

“It struck a nerve, because if you guys would leave me alone, I wouldn’t tell you anything. It’s not like I’m getting a dadgum plane and flying it around and saying ‘Roy fell against a wall and banged his nose’ or anything. So we have to do those things, and everybody’s hurt.”

"There’s different stages of being hurt. If you’re hurt and missing games, that’s not exactly like having a hang nail. And so we do have some people getting hurt and missing games, and I don’t think somebody should say we’re putting it in front of the public.”

When he was asked a follow-up, he said:
“Let’s get off that; that’s all I’m saying on that one. We’ve got enough problems without having to have battles through the media. We’ve got to beat State, and they’ve got to beat whoever they have to beat.”

But at the end of the press conference, he added:

“We don’t need arguments with coaches through the media…it’s impossible to have more respect than I have for Mike, but I felt like that comment was aimed towards us.”

Goodnight, goodbye and eff-U.

Any questions?

(Photos by/from Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images, Streeter Lecka/Getty Images and ACC Now)

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