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JEFF BZDELIK
DAN GREENE
October 20, 2011
ON IN-STATE RIVALS AND WHY HE FEELS ENCOURAGED
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October 20, 2011

Jeff Bzdelik

ON IN-STATE RIVALS AND WHY HE FEELS ENCOURAGED

SI: What lessons learned during your 17 years as an NBA coach or scout do you share with your players?

JB: I tell them I've had to cut players in the NBA who sat there in the locker room and cried like babies. Yeah, they were All-America or this or that, but the school they were at didn't give a rat's butt about them graduating, and they had nothing. People don't understand how tough it is to make it, and even if you do, it doesn't last that long.

SI: Is it hard fighting for attention in the same state as UNC, Duke and N.C. State?

JB: I don't pay any attention to that stuff. It's great that we have those kinds of schools around us. It just raises the bar and challenges everyone in a positive way. We know the guys down the street are working hard, and that challenges us to work even harder. When the smoke clears, we're all better because of it.

SI: WHAT AREAS NEED THE MOST IMPROVEMENT FROM LAST SEASON?

JB: WE WERE VERY POOR ON THE BOARDS AND GETTING STOPS. THERE'S NO SECRET TO THAT. [IMPROVING] WILL ALLOW US TO GET SOME EASY BASKETS.

SI: What encouraged you from last season?

JB: We played well in spurts. There were several ACC games where we were down [just] four, six points midway through the second half. Being able to do that shows me that there's a light there and that they care.

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