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They came to remember, honor Dean Smith
Some people wore their Sunday suits, but most people dressed for a game day. It felt like a game day. The line was hundreds deep two hours early outside the Dean Smith Center. They wore countless variations on Carolina blue. "We're finished with grieving because we've grieved a lot," said UNC coach Roy Williams once everybody got inside.
Tar Heel Basketball Family Finds Closure
The celebration of Dean Smith's life was a fond remembrance of the legendary Tar Heel coach and finally gave the Carolina community closure. "It's been hard." Roy Williams during Sunday's celebration of Dean Smith's life. The fortnight since Dean Smith passed has been difficult for those closest to him and highly emotional for the Tar Heel basketball community at large.
Video: Roy Williams Remembers Dean Smith at Memorial Service
During the public memorial service for legendary coach Dean Smith, North Carolina head coach Roy Williams honored Smith's longtime assistant Bill Guthridge and shared a few humorous personal stories about Coach Smith. In closing, Williams encourages the audience to point to the sky to thank Dean Smith for his many assists.
Dean Smith's Tar Heel family bids farewell from their seats in the sky
Nearly an hour before Sunday's memorial for Dean Smith, only three of the seats in Section 228 were taken. Stuart Burroughs, Ellyn Courts and Mary Beth Montgomery had claimed three seats in Row K. "This was a very special gentleman," said Burroughs, a Carolina blue sweater slung over her shoulders. Courts and Burroughs, both of Chapel Hill, are longtime Tar Heels fans.
A chance to smile, cry and say goodbye
Saturday afternoon, North Carolina coach Roy Williams honored Dean Smith in the best way he knew how — by holding up four fingers and calling Smith’s signature Four Corners to open the team’s 89-60 win against Georgia Tech. Sunday afternoon, he honored his mentor yet again in the Smith Center at the memorial service to honor Smith’s life.
Remembering Coach Smith
The sign that Dean Smith was most known for – other than the iconic four fingers raised to signal the four corners offense – was the index finger of the scoring player pointing to the teammate who made the pass. The meaning behind the gesture: “You deserve the credit. Thanks for the assist.” Sunday’s celebration of the late Smith’s life was a two-and-a-half-hour point back from grateful players, friends and fans.
Harrison Barnes shows improvement in Warriors' new offense
Harrison Barnes is averaging career highs of 10.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. His 43.4 percentage from long distance is second on the team and even better than 3-point champion Stephen Curry's. After Barnes' 16-point performance in Friday's win over San Antonio in which Barnes was 7 for 11 from the field, Steve Kerr even spoke of possibly a larger role for the 22-year-old.
Remembering Dean Smith
Roy Williams has reprised the role of a history professor since Dean Smith, his mentor, died Feb. 7. Williams’ players aren’t old enough to fully appreciate the man for whom the arena in which they play is named. “I always kind of had an idea of how great of a legend he was,” UNC forward Kennedy Meeks said Saturday after the Tar Heels beat Georgia Tech.
Final Farewell: Coach Smith Cherished, Celebrated By Those He Loved
The life and legacy of Dean Smith was publicly celebrated Sunday in the Carolina basketball showpiece that bears his name, the Dean E. Smith Center. There were few dry eyes in the house as former players, coaches and friends paid tribute to UNC’s priceless gem. ‘Amazing Grace’, sung to perfection by the UNC Clef Hangers, certainly didn’t help those watery eyes any, either.
Lucas: Family Weekend
As anyone with a family knows, no one can fight like family, because no one knows exactly where to hit you like family. But no one can come together like family, either. So it was fitting that on Sunday afternoon it was Roy Williams who prompted the crowd to give a standing ovation to Bill Guthridge. Those two had their differences when Williams decided not to return to Carolina in 2000. But there was too much history to let it linger.
The Dean Smith Memorial Celebration
On a Sunday afternoon that radiated warmth after a week of ice and snow, around 10,000 fans and hundreds of former lettermen and friends of the Carolina basketball family came to bid a final farewell to Dean Smith at a memorial celebration in the building that bears his name on Sunday.
Pointing to Coach Smith
The Dean E. Smith Center, the banners hung within, and the wins and championships the arena was built upon were secondary on Sunday to the man the building was named for nearly 30 years ago. Current and former players and coaches, friends and family, national and state leaders, and thousands of fans filed into the Smith Center on Sunday afternoon for Dean Smith’s public memorial service.
Video: A Celebration of the Life of Dean E. Smith
The University of North Carolina celebrated the life of Dean Smith Sunday as former players, coaches, fans, family and school administrators gathered in the building bearing Smith's name to remember the coaching legend:
Fans, players attend public memorial for former UNC coach Dean Smith
Fans, former players and coaching colleagues gathered Sunday to honor the late Dean Smith. The school held a public memorial service for the retired Hall of Famer in the campus arena bearing his name, drawing thousands of fans to pay their respects to the coach whose career made him not only the face of the university and a coaching innovator but also a civil-rights advocate.
For Dean Smith, team was more important than talent
Phil Ford’s watch may read 4:18 p.m., but your clock will tell you the time is really 4:08 p.m. “I’m 59 now, but that’s still left over from Coach Smith,” Ford said “That was Coach Smith’s most important principle -- I’m not more important than anyone else. Being late says your time is more important than my time.”