Jenni Carlson: You have an exhibition game Sunday, the season opener next Saturday. Are you a little busy right now? Nolan Richardson: Oh, man. It’s go, go, go, talk, talk, talk. JC: Are you doing more coaching or more talking right now? NR: I tell you what, I would love to do more coaching. JC: So, you’re coaching and selling the team. NR: It’s got to be done. JC: After all the months and days and hours of preparing, have you thought about what opening night is going to be like, to finally get to that point? NR: I’m hoping that opening night, of course, is sold out. That’s our main goal. Being in coaching all the years I’ve been in the business, opening night has always been a night that you want to hopefully have your team come out and perform to where the fans will enjoy it and go back and tell others, "Hey, we’ve got some exciting basketball.” JC: Your teams have always been known for an exciting style — 40 minutes of hell. Can we expect that with the Shock? NR: I absolutely believe so. I think it’s Part Two now. We’ve got the women now. They’re going to take over Part Two and see if they can’t make it a better movie or better style. JC: This is the sequel. NR: There you go. JC: You’ve coached at pretty much every level in the men’s game. What’s been the biggest adjustment for you coaching women? NR: What I have to try to think about is whether I can put on them what I can put on the men, the kind of work load that I normally expect. Can I put that same load on a female? The problem is that it’s not the same way simply because some of them are just getting here from overseas, some of them have played, there are some of them that didn’t play. It’s just a mishmash. But I’ve found that the women are very aggressive. Most of them are fundamentally sound. And they pick up things on short notice. The guys, it takes awhile sometimes for them to adjust to what you need to get done. Not the women. So far, they have adjusted with me just going over the blackboard and they go out and perform what we just talked about. With the guys, you might have to go on that chalkboard about 10 times. JC: You just reinforced what most women think – the gals are smarter than the guys. NR: Absolutely. Absolutely. That’s what I’m trying to say without saying it. (Laughs.) JC: Word is that you’ve been as intense as ever in preseason practices. True? NR: (Laughs.) I can’t stand around. That’s just not my style. I could be a hundred years old … and if I can get to the floor and get up and move, well, that’s what’s going to happen. I’m not as smart as the other guys that can just sit around and talk their way into it. If I’m out there working with them and barking at them, when I sit on the bench, all I have to do is bark. I don’t have to move anymore. (Laughs.) JC: When you were first approached about coaching this team, what was your reaction? NR: Let me tell you, when I was first approached about the job, I said, "No way, Jose.” JC: Really? NR: I didn’t want any part of coaching anymore. When they approached me, I was at a golf tournament down in El Paso. I told them, "Give me a couple weeks, and when I get home, let’s talk about it.” I got home, and true enough, in a couple weeks, they were calling. I talked with my wife about it. I’d just come from Mexico. I said that was enough. I’d been the year before to Panama. She said, "You said that was enough. Do you have enough?” I said, "You know, I’m not sure, but the challenge of coaching the women, it gives me another challenge.” I took that to heart more than the job itself.