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Tuesday / October 17.
  • North Carolina’s Roy Williams Hopes to Coach Another 10-12 Years

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    CHICAGO — North Carolina coach Roy Williams hopes to coach for another 10-12 years.

    Williams, 66, attended the NBA Draft Combine here on Friday to support his former players, including senior Kennedy Meeks who went for 19 points and 16 rebounds in his team’s win. Meeks’ team was coached by former North Carolina star Jerry Stackhouse, whom Williams chatted with before the game.

    Afterward, I asked Williams if he could envision Stackhouse one day taking over for him at North Carolina.

    “We’re very fortunate,” Williams said. “We’ve got a lot of our former players in coaching so it’s a pretty good coaching tree. So we’re going to have some good choices, I just hope that’s about 10 or 12 years from now.”

    Stackhouse, 42, led North Carolina to the 1995 Final Four and was the No. 3 pick in the ’95 NBA Draft by Philadelphia. He now coaches with the Toronto Raptors D-League team, which he lead to a championship this year while earning Coach of the Year honors.

    Williams is coming off his third NCAA championship in April. He has a career record of 816-216 (.791).

    Meeks was asked about being coached by Stackhouse.

    “I met him plenty of times,” he said. “He’s a cool guy, he’s a great coach, his team won the championship in the D-league so you can see just the vibes between those two [Williams and Stackhouse]. Two great coaches at this point. It’s definitely good to surround yourself with those type of people.”

    Asked if he thought Stackhouse would be a good successor to Williams, Meeks smiled and said, “That’s not my decision, man.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.