Roy Williams has always been candid when talking about his team, but his latest comments may have gone a bit too far. In the wake of North Carolina’s 96-83 loss to Georgia Tech, which moved the Tar Heels to 8-6 this season, Williams called this group the least gifted he’s ever coached in Chapel Hill.
“We stunk, okay. We were not very good,” Williams said on his weekly radio show Monday night. “The crazy thing about it is, our team — and we’ve had some very gifted teams — this is not a very gifted team. It’s just not.”
“It’s probably the least gifted team I have ever coached in the time that I’ve been back here,” he continued. “So, if you’re going to be like that, you need to bring your A-game even though your A-game might not even be an A-game.”
The Tar Heels lost three first-round draft picks in Coby White, Cam Johnson, and Nassir Little along with Luke Maye and Kenny Williams. Star guard Cole Anthony is currently out with a knee injury and Anthony Harris suffered a season-ending ACL injury last week; however, Williams said that is no excuse for North Carolina’s effort on the defensive end. The Tar Heels allowed the Yellow Jackets to jump out to a 19-2 lead on Sunday.
“Most upset, most disappointed I’ve ever been in my life coaching a basketball game,” Williams said of the beginning of the game. “It’s not even close.”
Williams has only missed the NCAA Tournament once as North Carolina’s coach and twice in his career. In his 17 years in Chapel Hill, only six of his teams have finished with ten or more losses. Barring an incredible turnaround, this team will join those ranks. I know Fake Barney must be devastated.
Can you imagine if John Calipari said this about one of his teams?