SALT LAKE CITY -- Marvin Williams played one season at North Carolina, then jumped to the NBA. Still, the Utah Jazz forward is a diehard Tar Heel and a true college basketball fan.
In responding to recently-released video of Rutgers coach Mike Rice verbally abusing, kicking, shoving and hurling basketball as his players, Williams said that behavior was over the line.
"It was kind of crazy to see," he said. "Different coaches have different styles of motivating. Some coaches are yellers, some coaches like to get their point across just by talking. It just seemed like coach Rice was a little too passionate about the game."
Williams said he believed Rice didn't set out to belittle, embarrass or abuse his players.
"I'm sure he never meant any ill will toward those kids," he said. "Unfortunately, some of the stuff he was doing was inappropriate."
Marvin Williams played for Tar Heels coach Roy Williams, widely regarded as a class act among college coaches.
Marvin said he's never seen Roy Williams act inappropriately. In fact, he said he remembered when he first got to UNC, the Tar Heels dropped an important early-season game to Santa Clara. Roy Williams accepted the blame for the loss and said none of it had to do with the players.
"He came in the locker room and he didn't say anything negative toward any of the players," he said. "He told us all it was his fault. He didn't have us prepared. I felt like, when your leader accepts responsibility like that, it really rubs off on the players."
North Carolina won the 2005 NCAA Tournament.
Asked if NBA players would ever tolerate a coach hurling a ball at or putting his hands on them, Marvin Williams laughed out loud.
"No, I don't think that would happen at the professional level," he said.
Jazz 95, Hornets 83
* BEST PLAY: DeMarre Carroll steals the ball from the Hornets' Greivis Vasquez and quickly starts the break. He lifts a lob pass for Gordon Hayward, who goes up and gets it for a crowd-inciting dunk to give the Jazz an 87-73 lead with 4:47 left in the fourth quarter.
* BEST LINE: Paul Millsap finishes with 20 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and a blocked shot.
* KEY STAT: After going 1-for-8 from the field in the first half, Hayward went 8-for-10 in the second, including 4-for-5 from behind the 3-point line.
* MILESTONE: Derrick Favors tied his career high with six blocked shots.
* INJURY REPORT: The Jazz went without Enes Kanter (shoulder), Marvin Williams (heel) and rookie Kevin Murphy (skin infection). During the game, second-year man Alec Burks suffered a sprained left ankle and did not return. Point guard Jamaal Tinsley took a shot to the lower back, bruised it, and also did not return. ... The Hornets didn't have Austin Rivers (hand) and Jason Smith (shoulder).
* ETC.: Utah's four-man bench was 9-for-17 from the floor and scored 22 points. The Hornets' six reserves were 2-for-25 from the field, scoring 11 points (7-for-8 from the free throw line. ... Millsap recorded his 15th double-double of the season. ... The Jazz are now 31-6 when leading after the third quarter. ... The Hornets' Anthony Davis recorded his 18th double-double of the season.
* UP NEXT: The Jazz will travel to Oakland, Calif. to play Golden State on Sunday. They'll return home to face Oklahoma City on April 9 and Minnesota on April 12.