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Roy Williams denies interest in coaching Lakers

May 9, 2014, 11:11 AM EDT

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“Roy Williams really belongs in the NBA” is a sentiment I heard exactly zero times before the Lakers reportedly showed interest in the North Carolina coach.

Not even Williams buys it.

Brett Friedlander of StarNews Online

Williams cooled down the Lakers rumors,first reported by the Los Angeles Times earlier this week, by telling Fox Sports Radio host J.T. The Brick that he has no interest in following many of his former players into the NBA.

“I’ve always felt that I’m a college coach and that’s where I belong,” he said.

“Mitch Kupchak is one of my best friends in the whole wide world, there’s no question there. But I’m a college guy,” Williams said. “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.”

In all likelihood, Williams was never a serious candidate – just a name floated among the many the Lakers are considering.

By leaking or allowing someone else to leak Williams’ name, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak gave his fellow Tar Heel a credibility boost. Recruits want to play for coaches who are NBA caliber.

Williams is better off staying at North Carolina, and the Lakers will be much better off with a different coach.

  1. jimsjam33 - May 9, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Oh really ? He was never called , but his name just happened to float out there during the Clipper play-off run . Pathetic Laker front office . Was Kevin Ollie ever called ?

    • sportsfan18 - May 9, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      latest news is that Ollie has NOT been contacted by the Lakers…

      Seems ALL the Lakers are doing is leaking names…

    • asimonetti88 - May 9, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      Oh yeah, cause the Lakers conduct business based on what the Clippers are doing. Little brother syndrome much?

  2. cbking05 - May 9, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    He also denies fathering a child in North Dakota

  3. Great Caesar's Ghost - May 9, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    He’s more interested in being part of the imminent Milwaukee Bucks dynasty. Get ready haters.

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