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That doesn’t bother Turgeon, however. He said he’s sure there have been awkward situations between successors and predecessors in the past, but that’s not something he’s worried about.

“I don’t care if Gary comes around, to be quite honest,” Turgeon said. “I have all the respect in world for him but I’m going to coach the way I coach because I believe in what I do. … I know publically what he’s saying about me and that means more than staying away.

“I hope as time goes on – maybe when all of his players are gone and mine are in – that he comes to practice and hangs around and feels like a big part of it. I would love that. That would be great for me.”

Until then, he’ll settle for playing on Williams‘ court.