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Remembering Dean Smith’s first game, and a lifetime of excellence
It was Dec. 2, 1961. North Carolina’s Tar Heels had just won their home opener, defeating Virginia 80-46. The Tar Heels’ new coach, Dean Smith, met with his team in the locker room, then he came out, looked around at a handful of us who had come looking for a quote or two for our stories and asked Bob Quincy, the sports information director, “What do I do now?”
High Point Coach Scott Cherry: "Maybe Coach Smith was with me tonight"
High Point University men’s basketball coach Scott Cherry thought his coach and mentor, Dean Smith, was looking down on him Wednesday night. Having rallied from 16 down early in the second half and 10 down in the last 3:20, the Panthers overcame a tough situation in the last 10 seconds and pulled out an improbable 73-72 victory over Winthrop at the Millis Center.
Hubert’s ACL tear further thins UNC’s bench
The knee injury that kept North Carolina senior forward Desmond Hubert from being available against Boston College this past Saturday has turned out to be a torn anterior cruciate ligament. On Sunday, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed the severity of Hubert’s injury, which has brought his UNC playing career to an end, team spokesman Steve Kirschner said Thursday.
Art’s Angle: 10-40 Years Ago
Monumental events often make me go back in time to recall what was happening 10, 20, 30 years ago. The passing of Dean Smith, whose legacy will live forever, came almost cosmically as the basketball season heads into the home stretch with February Fretting before March Madness. So what was going on at those various 10-year mileposts?
The night Vinsanity was born
Vince Carter's 2000 dunk contest performance was almost mythical. Fifteen years later, he walks us through the magic.
Sam Perkins: Dean Smith did everything the right way (video)
On SI Now, NCAA champion Sam Perkins discusses Dean Smith's personable nature, immense knowledge and the way he cared for his team on and off the court.
Video: Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley, and Kenny Smith remember Dean Smith
On TNT's Inside the NBA, Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley, and Kenny Smith all remember former North Carolina head coach Dean Smith. Smith was a point guard for Coach Smith and UNC from 1983–1987.
Mourners attend private service in honor of UNC's Dean Smith
Family, friends, former players and coaches have gathered to honor the life of retired North Carolina coach Dean Smith. Smith's family had a private church service Thursday for the Hall of Famer, who died Saturday at age 83. The service was held at Chapel Hill's Binkley Baptist Church. A public memorial service is scheduled for Feb. 22 in the campus arena bearing the coach's name.
Pelicans assistant Dave Hanners remembers Dean Smith
There were no pictures of Dean Smith in his office. There was one picture that was of him and the four starters from the ’82 championship team that were coming back. He disdained anyone praising him over the players. He always had the famous quote that, ‘players win games, coaches lose games.’ He really believed that – all the credit he thought should go to the players.
George Lynch remembers Dean Smith
When George Lynch got to the NBA, he was surprised to find that not everyone had enjoyed playing for their college coach. But Lynch certainly did. He played for the late Dean Smith. Lynch, a former Patrick Henry star, played for Smith at North Carolina from 1989 to 1993. “He treated me like a son,” Lynch, 44, said this week in a phone interview from Dallas.
Desmond Hubert Out For Season With Torn ACL
UNC men’s basketball senior Desmond Hubert injured his right knee in practice last week and will miss the rest of the 2014-15 season. Hubert will undergo surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the coming weeks. He will not be able to play again this season. A forward from Cream Ridge, N. J., Hubert played in 113 games as a Tar Heel, including 18 games he started in 2012-13.
Dean Smith's Transition Not Always Smooth
Willis Whichard was a freshman in 1958 when Dean Smith came on board as an assistant. One Sunday evening in August 1961, Whichard and his wife, Leona, were walking back to Victory Village and took a shortcut through Woollen Gym. “Dean Smith and Frank McGuire were standing in front of the trophy case in what was obviously a pretty intense discussion,” Whichard remembers.
Video: Former Friends and Opponents Share Stories of Dean Smith
Raycom Sports brings you more perspective on the life of Dean Smith. Charlie Scott, Phil Ford, Mike Krzyzewski, Mike Gminski, Bill Guthridge, Reverend Robert Seymour and others share poignant stories of how the legendary coach touched their lives.
Honoring Coach Smith by opening doors
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in consultation with the Smith family, has created The Dean E. Smith Opening Doors Fund to honor the legacy of UNC’s legendary men’s basketball coach by providing access and opportunities to Carolina students for generations to come. The fund will support talented undergraduate students who need significant financial assistance to attend Carolina.
Will Graves getting life back on track, keeping NBA dreams alive
With a UNC degree in hand and a healed knee, Will Graves returned to professional basketball. A third season in Argentina and one in Iceland were his next stops before signing a two-year contract with Maccabi Bazan Haifa of the Israeli Super League. That contract will run through 2015-16, at which time he hopes to return stateside. “It’s my ultimate goal to play for the NBA,” the 26-year-old Graves said.