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Roy Williams: ‘I’m a college coach and that’s where I belong’

May 8, 2014, 11:17 AM EDT

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There have been numerous names tossed around when it comes to the head coaching gig with the LA Lakers, but perhaps the most head-scratching one to come out was that of North Carolina head coach Roy Williams.

The man is 63 years old and has spent his career in the collegiate ranks, but hey, why not toss that name out there?

On Wednesday, Williams did his best to squash those rumors on a national radio show.

“I’ve always felt like that I’m a college coach and that’s where I belong,” Williams told JT the Brick on FOX Sports Radio. “Mitch Kupchak is one of my best friends in the whole wide world, there’s no question there, but I’m a college guy and if somebody calls and offers me the greatest job in the world, it better be really good because I feel like I’ve got about the greatest job in the world.”

Hopefully, that will settle Tar Heel fans down a bit.

  1. Professor Fate - May 8, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    In the world of business, and the NBA is most certainly a business first and foremost, this is called due diligence. When you have the reputation and cachet that is the L.A. Lakers you make damn sure you’ve turned every stone before pulling the trigger, especially since the past two hires were busts.

    If nothing else, perhaps Kupchak’s good friend Williams can offer insight on who they might pursue, although I find a bit of intrigue in Williams’ reference to “the greatest job in the world.”

  2. mogogo1 - May 8, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    I agree they need to do due dilligence but if you’re the LA Lakers how do you fire a coach without already having a short list of guys you really want for the job? Maybe some of these rumors are totally unfounded, but Steve Kerr? Talking to Roy Williams who almost certainly was going to say no? They’re giving off the impression they don’t really know what direction they want to go which is what doomed their last coaching hire.

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