Armando Bacot jokingly takes jab at reporter who called North Carolina 'soft'
North Carolina center Armando Bacot sat down for a lengthy interview on Friday with former Purdue star Robbie Hummel and college basketball insider Jeff Goodman.
As it turns out, early in the year, Goodman described North Carolina as “soft.” The criticism came after the Tar Heels’ early-season losses to Tennessee and Purdue.
In the end, Bacot got the last laugh. He led North Carolina all the way to the National Championship game, securing wins over teams like Baylor and Duke along the way.
Goodman and Bacot had had some fun reminiscing about that moment and UNC’s eventual run to the Final Four.
“As soon as I saw it,” Bacot said, referring to Goodman’s “soft” comment, “I said, ‘I’m gonna see him at the Final Four.'”
"As soon as I saw it … I said, 'I'm gonna see him at the Final Four.'" – @iget_buckets35
After Goodman called his team soft, are Armando Bacot and @GoodmanHoops are friends again?
— The Field of 68 (@TheFieldOf68) April 22, 2022
Bacot kept his word. He called Goodman out at a press conference on March 31 in New Orleans.
“When you said it, it definitely pissed us all off,” Bacot said. “I’m not going to lie. Yeah, it was something — it was kind of upsetting just because I didn’t think we were really a soft team. I think we just weren’t playing together. We were going through tough stretches and growing pains as a team. We have a lot of new faces, a lot of new players, new system we were implementing. We were just really figuring it out.”
Bacot has already announced plans to return to North Carolina for the 2022-23 season.