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Husky Men's Basketball

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December 11, 2009 at 8:00 PM

More from the John R. Wooden Classic

Had a chance to sit down with Lorenzo Romar today for an interview and the Washington coach dished on his relationship with John Thompson Jr., Georgetown and Roy Williams’ dancing.
(Was John Thompson Jr. a role model for you?) “Oh yeah. He’s kind of a pioneer of sorts. He’s one of those guys that stood up for his convictions early on and helped some people along the way and has mentored many.
(Have you met him or had much of a relationship?) “Over the years, I’ve gotten to know him. When I was with Athletes in Action, we played against Georgetown and then we played against the Olympic team when he coached it in ’88. I got know him a little bit through that and when I got into coaching I’d see him from time to time. We’re not real close, but I’ve been on his radio show a few times.
(Do you have a friendship with JTIII?) “Obviously we know each other. We see each other. He was on the Nike coaching trip so you get to know guys like that. Every summer there’s a Nike coaching trip that a lot of the coaches go on and get to interact with guys.

(How has JTIII taken over the program his dad built?)
“He’s done a phenomenal job. Even though he was 2-3 coaches removed from his dad. His dad comes to every game that he can that’s his son and that’s Georgetown. He’s always there. And I’ve always sensed that he’s never coached looking back in the shadow of his dad. I’ve always felt that he’s been his own (man). Even when you watch them play, they don’t play at all like Georgetown did when he dad coached. He runs his own system that he’s comfortable with. I feel like he’s taken over that program himself and created his own identity with the program. They’ve recruited well. They’ve done a nice job.
(Is it fun to hang out with the other coaches?) “It always is. When you’re a player, you play against guys on the floor and man sometimes you may come to blows almost. And you’re boxing each out and getting after it and maybe even talking a little trash. After the game, you see each other in the summer, people don’t know you guys get along real well. It’s the same with the coaches. We compete, but we go to these Nike coaches trip. Roy Williams, Tubby Smith they’re on the floor dancing and all that kind of stuff. Playing egg toss games together. And people don’t see behind the scenes. It’s a battle and it’s competition, but aside from that we get along pretty good.”

(So you’re dancing with Roy Williams?)
“Roy Williams was dancing. I said you see Roy Williams dancing and Tubby Smith dancing.”
(You dance?) “I usually don’t get out there. … It’s fun. Just really relaxed. Sitting around. It’s a lot of fun.”

AND A PROGRAMING NOTE:

— We’re on for tomorrow’s Live Chat after the game. Let’s plan around 2 p.m. Saturdayand we’ll go for about an hour. It should be fun. Lots to talk about.

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