Sean May Extended Interview on UNC v. Duke, the Bobcats & His Basketball Journey
Tar Heel Sean May, 2005 Final Four MOP and former Charlotte Bobcat, came in studio to discuss his basketball journey (inclduing being scared for his life one time), how he ended up in Chapel Hill, the UNC v. Duke matchup tomorrow, Marcus Smart, being teammates with former ACC rival Julius Hodge, remembering his time playing in the rivalry (including the one Duke player who got under his skin), Coach K, his favorite game in the rivalry, fat jokes and why the academic issues at UNC hurt him so much. Sean joined the guys for the final segment of Hour 2 and for all of Hour 3 (including the Jeff Capel interview). There were a ton of topics covered, but here are some of the highlights:
Sean started out his time in studio discussing this year’s Tar Heel team, their early struggles, their free throw shooting and Coach Roy Williams.
“Watching them play, they’re playing harder and they’re able to compete and that’s all you can ask for as a fan and as someone who supports the university.”
“When I watch McAdoo shoot his free throws and you watch how he shoots his jump shot, it’s very fluid and then when he gets to the free throw line, he’s trying to overcompensate and he shoots that high-arcing shot and a lot of times you’re going to hit back iron… to me he’s just got to mimic what he does when he shoots his jump shot.”
“The one thing I always loved about Coach, when it was crunch time you could look in his eyes and you could see he was going to win this game. If you followed exactly what he told you to do, you were going to be in a position to win.” “He does a great of motivating his players. He does a great job of letting you figure out where you fit in his system and then being able to push you through to different heights.”
On his disappointing time with the Charlotte Bobcats:
“At the end of the day, it’s all on me.”
“A lot of people don’t realize the stuff that came out about me not being in shape was a result of me being out for a year and a half with microfracture surgery, but it’s my fault.”
On his relationship with Larry Brown: It wasn’t very good at all. He straight told me I’m not playing you until you get under 260 (pounds). I got down to 262 and you couldn’t have told me I wasn’t going to play in the next game and then I didn’t play for the 25 straight more games. That really hurt. He told me to my face, ‘I’m trying to trade you and Michael (Jordan) won’t let me.’
On the Cameron Crazies: I was at half court stretching like I do before every game and there was a guy yelling and I won’t look over. All of a sudden, all of the Cameron Crazies sit down and this guy stands up with a Sean May jersey, a fishing rod and a Happy Meal and it lands right next to me. I had no choice but to start laughing. It was awesome.
On the UNC academic situation: I don’t know who [Mary Willingham] is. Supposedly she worked in the academic center. I’ve never met her. This person that they say was illiterate and couldn’t read on a college level on my team, I have no idea who it is. I know the guys I was with, we had study hall on the road. We had study hall after practice, every single day. For me the reason why it hurts, a lot, is because I know what Coach has put into this program. What he’s put into his players and what he’s done for all his players since they’ve left.