May 28, 2013|
On this episode of the Green Street Podcast, Ben Rohrbach talks with Syracuse Point Guard, Michael Carter Williams. They talk about Michael's time at Syracuse and expectations going into the draft.
Transcript - will not be 100% accurate
Excuse the green street -- What sort of -- and a quarter point. Really do something. Welcome to the podcasts. I'm -- -- back I've been covering the Celtics for the past several seasons on WEEI dot com. But I am a podcast rookie of got to face for radio and voice for print but they still let me have this thing. Thankfully my first guess is a great one even if he's a rookie to. It's Syracuse guard Michael Carter Williams. Who grew up on the North Shore and led the orange to the final four this march is probably a top ten pick in the June 27 NBA draft. But ESPN's Chad Ford had him going to the Celtics at number sixteen in the first round. What is ESPN now. Anyway we talked about Syracuse winners growing up Celtics fans of weird interview questions and its former -- you teammate Maryland's Noel. Who's probably the top pick in the draft next month enjoy the first podcast that Michael Carter Williams and follow him on Twitter at MCW one. So. I guess first off so I just wanted to see you know how you do it like how how the family is you're doing after the whole. The house incident -- not the final four and all that that was. Those bizarre and and pretty tragic preakness right. Yeah yeah I'm doing well apparently so we'll also. You know which was reportedly have better things in just been positive. Yeah -- looking back on how did that whole thing play out from your perspective I mean. Is who's pretty pretty bizarre the whole thing played out right. Yeah it was a pretty bizarre and we're just grateful and not certain you know looking back at it is. You know wasn't a great experience -- -- the process closest. It amounts. Well I guess. Certain from from the beginning for you kind of balance. You transferred. From from the North -- to RI was that just to move to to kind of get it. And do a better basketball program and kind of you don't take your career to the next level. A grad. School and so I went to Syracuse for a little bit to end. I can always wondered how -- -- basketball recruit like yourself. And that go in there and that you know a cold weather cities small kind of a small city in. Upstate New York you know -- out of that how did you come to the decision to. To go to Syracuse. -- he got really like the coaches you know coach. -- back there you know it was great. And I -- -- -- -- those values need so I'd really like coach Staten. Let's take on it not just so. You know -- and it was a far enough away immediately but then Florida for the OPEC has. Yeah yeah -- months so you know we see a lot of engine bay and I am. You know it but today outsider he looks -- he seems kind of like curmudgeonly with the media I guess. What's he really -- you know behind the scenes at the plane for him what what what was that experience like. Are so well -- -- You know -- -- a great coaching them. He's been around for our. I think that. You'd talk a lot. And the others in terms of the game and and off the court to in the you know intensely loyal -- players and Texas players at all costs. Not really appreciate it. Yeah absolutely. So so you get there as a freshman in and there's you know kind of some. Pretty talented. Group there. You know what was it like Kevin Chris Joseph and sad note two guys that you know Celtics fans are kind of familiar with nine months on the roster and and as teammates. It was great to have those guys. On the roster. Of beating this to mean also government's -- you know I mean critics. Stay in touch. You know it's still Tuesday. Out of that here and there. They're great guys -- the great teammates initial a lot of social ropes. On and off the court. It's -- people world. Have they helped you know I mean have you talked to them about you know what it's going to be like when. With throughout the whole draft process and dumb ass you know getting joining a team and just you know that whole first year sort of thing. Mountain not yet really. You know I -- -- a little bit about and not much. Pop up it will you know a lot forward and I -- Yeah. So so this year you guys make quite -- -- to this the final four. You know I was a Syracuse -- so I was. Probably it I mean not his bond as YouTube how tough was that Michigan team and and how much was you know all the you're going through at that time weighing on you. You know throughout that whole running yes. Our radar -- -- thought about it. You know I try to block. Installation in another tough team. They have good players on the team and you know they they -- Because of that you know we -- -- -- yeah top level. In the -- it's what they know the women. How -- we played we still were able to make it -- -- -- game. -- -- Absolutely. I mean Ono must be pretty cool to to say you got to a final four. -- And so after the season. I guess -- how did you come to the decision in the you're gonna declare for the the draft -- was that. A tough decisions for you was that something are we anticipated doing for. While there. It was a tough position I think. You know I drove in college and my teammates there and I don't know I don't know I came back east -- we did. Well you know I think my parents have to go. I talked to my parents and they also read. The best decision for me. Yes I was wondering and so you you talk to your parents you talked to the coach is ending. Yes -- spoke to yes -- so what coaches you know carpet and you know literally he had some pros and cons but you know I think appropriately. And now you know getting ready for the draft getting ready to join a new team and what's the typical day for you. Where you know I know you just you know you're have you work out today. I think braves. Yeah. Were not returned to base so. -- fast forward. What was. Pretty upbeat occasion. My tape over. Usually faster. So who helps you through I mean you just working out on your own is there. No more you know. Almost you know -- and incidents. -- -- and and for approach is long. -- -- And so are you in communication with any teams have how does that work I mean. Well we've we've had vehicle mine about. A lot of teams. And spoke today. Well and so all. I'm looking forward spiritual support outrage -- probably the with the teams. No I guess it was. Which team that should -- Mom so. What was the come by in -- what was that experience like. Deliberations. A lot of fun these people. To coaches. -- a lot. -- -- Pete -- and speak to us -- that you know -- You know just people that -- community. You know disposable world races. -- that did you talk to the Celtics so where the. On the every you know every team also wanted to interview me and you'll you have a certain amount of these. And so -- something didn't get a chance to you know I didn't get a a chance it was so it's. So it you you kind of hear how all these. Is a lot of people -- about the interview process it Camille Little strange some of the questions. You know. Give any examples of questions that the kind of stuck out to you or you remember from the whole experience. Our media there was some interesting questions questions like. There aren't that -- need to finish her sisters couldn't cope with discreet question -- very well you know best for our veterans day. And memorized. On the card number and she. Later on in the interview they asked me. What what it was not a pretty well good you know interest in question. It yeah you always hear about that I mean especially in light from the NFL analysts are about this weird things and people last year. So so had a had a teams leave it was viewed today say you know hey if your rounds when we're pick and we want to take you mean. How does that -- -- -- the. Not really you know they just warming -- -- -- person. I don't know what I'm morals. Like who have. In some months back so. You know it was -- me you know guarantee -- around -- so. -- -- Then you know I've seen. Every mock drafts. It has is completely different you know you there's -- -- like top five. Anywhere in the the top. After the first rounds. You know do you pay attention -- stuff given the expectation. Of where you're gonna go lower. Upon learning I don't really paid. And in contrast -- the end -- -- -- -- -- -- the south. -- not well it had to do. And I read that it's that you would kind of preferred to to place further from home is. Is that true. Time now I I give -- attentively he did not succeed if I was you're exposed so he's not just is that each. You know being trapped you know so arms of his. Not great based in so many of them via a glass in Korea and Iran cannot be really excited. You know I guess the question really double -- -- Yeah I know that's I truly he can be happy to -- -- -- world community. Yeah. And I I guess what will would be the ideal situations. For you it. Room. -- Well you know I'm not -- it any situation. Would I think. -- -- be greater glory you know works out of her ability. -- let them on and -- from so so. You know I don't really ever. Preference. You know I think your ideal situation would be. Just. Go and play. Did -- and so did did you grow up a Celtics fan. And -- here are always so. So would be to I mean it would kind of be weird he must have gone to attend the Celtics games. Owner and you -- her. So. I guess do you hit -- -- to people compare you to did you hear any comparisons like you seem a lot like this guys or you're still has. Yeah yes you know a lot of people -- is Tomlinson. And you know it could you know we have our body types. You know -- really lots of -- Marshall it was if my -- And I guess along the same lines here. I think you're you came out of high school as a shooting guard and you obviously. Played mostly point this past year. So I -- the NBA has become a more position unless I guess. But how how was that adjustment for you do you do you type I mean is. Do you see yourself as either one any kind of just a guard. You know I think. You know I think I'm just guard really put. In uncomfortable political positions. You know I think I'm not -- point I think implies deferral pass first point guard. I want him. Two you know Alec has scored all of it and it into there as much as I'd -- -- Last year but in an appointment. Yes so I guess along the same lines through what do you consider. Your strength sit and you know what what can you contribute. To an NBA team right away. -- you know I think you know Smart out there chemical normal for the right place. -- defensively I think. You know degree that. I think. You know economic shock making more consistent. Just give a positive message to teens something that down. -- -- Whom can you mentioned you -- is that. You know that something you consider you need to work out like what would you like to. To improve on -- I guess going forward. Arm -- straight and consistent which has been over the past couple weeks I've been really working at -- Yeah. And I guess you mentioned defense to rule what do you say to people who think that it's hard serve Syracuse guys to kind of just from the 23 zone it is. To the NBA. -- You know I think there's there's so IndyCar you'll see. You know. And can play defense and -- can be -- and -- I mean is there's stuff that you can take from the 23 zone and apply it I guess Carl. It's definitely -- think there's a lot of men in their principles and Arizona's. Our anticipation. Is. And -- -- in the zone and also -- Kenyan men and I think. You know I'll be able to sustain a lot of passes get a lot of. So how many basketball's we'll sit in the room you're in right now. Are our beer is consists and then. I guess it. In high school I think you played did you play a -- blow and their loans -- beer spirited. And what's what's your impression of them and. Is a great player especially on defense and now he's -- changer. You know he's an integrated. You know -- just flat -- -- angrily to improve offensively like that old car. It's a lot of easy baskets from -- rebounds valued so. Google should he develops some sort you know polls -- You know you're -- -- -- that's. Period in the big upsides. On the Scotland where. Did you guys keep in touch and and. Well yes definitely and we're really good friends we've talked. You know before console -- so. How. So it that's cool you have someone they can kind of go through this process with and and have commonality there with. It. It's so. I guess. From your experience in college you probably saw some guys at the com -- and country played against a ton of these guys who who's kind of impressed you the most in college or whoever. Just from -- playing against the scanning in this class going in the NBA. -- -- You know there's been a lot of guys out there I don't know really anyone in particular -- a lot of -- there are working hard on. -- bit very aggressive so you know I don't and you don't really. And so. Between that and no end. And draft night you'll. What do you expect cool what sky near what what goes on for you. You know should go forward don't work or like. Notes and talk of liberty and hope for the best. Yeah and -- had any discussions with teams since. Oh. And woody woody due to draft night. You know we are -- here. Well best of luck -- I I really appreciate cheated taken time out and join me on the podcast is school. Thank you appreciated all right take care meant. --