CHARLOTTE — Roy Williams has remained active in practice while he recovers from surgery to remove a tumor from his kidney. ROBERT WILLETT
Remember that stuff Roy Williams said last week about how he might need to take it easy while he recovered from surgery to remove a tumor from his kidney?
Well, it hasnt exactly happened that way. At least not during UNCs first few practices.
The Tar Heels began preseason practice on Saturday, and Williams has been as feisty and fiery as ever, said Reggie Bullock, the UNC junior guard.
Hes still the same coach, to me, Bullock said. I know he doesnt think about his surgery much. There are certain movements that hurt him a little bit if he puts his hand up in the air. So we just try to do everything to the best of our ability.
Thats especially important, Bullock said, because he and his teammates dont want Williams yelling at them too much. Thats not necessarily new that the Heels wouldnt want Williams to yell at them but theres added motivation to keep Williams happy these days.
Were just trying to give our best effort so he wont strain any muscles from yelling, Bullock said, drawing some laughs from reporters. Because he still has stitches or whatever that he has. But we just try to do everything possible thats right to take some attention off of him.
Williams underwent surgery on Sept. 19, and then had a biopsy two weeks ago. Doctors determined the two tumors on his kidneys one on his right kidney, one his left to be benign. Williams said last week that he had been working for about four or five hours per day while recovering from surgery.