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Video: Dean Smith, A Coach's Life
UNC TV re-airs a D.G. Martin interview with basketball coaching legend Dean Smith about his book A Coach's Life.
Student vigil honored Dean Smith’s social justice efforts
Students gathered around a makeshift memorial outside of the Dean E. Smith Center Tuesday night. The wind blew through the North Carolina and UNC flags, which were lowered to half-staff in honor of the man after whom the building was named. In the wake of Smith’s death Saturday night, student groups dedicated to diversity planned the event in an attempt to continue the dialogue of Smith’s contributions to civil rights and humanitarian efforts across the state and country.
Dean Smith’s coaching legacy lives on
Coach Dean Smith’s 879 wins, two national championships, 13 ACC tournament championships and 17 ACC regular-season championships will always serve as proof of his impact on the North Carolina men’s basketball program. But unlike the banners hanging in the Smith Center rafters, the influence Smith had on his players throughout his coaching career — while not visible — might have been just as great.
Fan Memories Of Dean Smith: Wednesday
Coach Smith and I never met, but I gave him a smile and he returned it with a wink. Of all my wonderful experiences at North Carolina, the moment that Coach Smith walked into the Dean Dome and sat with us, the students, is and will always be my favorite.
Dean Smith impacted hoops, people
Once, during a coaches meeting, Dean Smith made Lefty Driesell so angry the old Maryland coach wrote Smith a letter telling him he'd never shake his hand again. True to his word, the next time Maryland and UNC played, Driesell turned away the man he liked to call "a hook-nosed, little sucker." Yet years later, when Driesell's son, Chuck, came to him for advice about coaching, Driesell had just one tip. "I told him, 'Don't model yourself after me; model yourself after Dean,'"
Walter Davis on Dean Smith: ‘He treated everybody the same’
I think from the outside everybody knows what a good coach Dean Smith is, but I was even more impressed with the person, from the very first day. He was a good, good man to have on your side. And he treated everybody the same, from Phil Ford – who was the best player on our team – to the guy who made the team as a walk-on.
Mitch Kupchak, Lakers Mourn Loss Of UNC Legend Dean Smith
The basketball world lost a giant on Saturday with former University of North Carolina head coach Dean Smith passing away at the age of 83. The Los Angeles Lakers franchise has a lot of ties to Smith and the University of North Carolina starting with longtime general manager Mitch Kupchak.
Dean Smith was a true gentleman
Dean Smith was one of the finest coaches in the history of American sport. His championship record, innovation, teaching and influence in the lives and careers of players and coaches are unsurpassed in college basketball. Yet the profound sadness we all feel at his passing Saturday at the age of 83 speaks to something far more substantial.
Al Wood on Dean Smith: ‘I could talk to him about any and everything’
He was like a father to me, because I didn’t have a dad. I could talk to him about any and everything. My children, my marriage, my finances, my religion, my spiritual beliefs, his spiritual beliefs.
Lessons Learned From Coach Dean Smith
Brian Reese, an assistant under King Rice at Monmouth and a member of the Tar Heels’ 1993 national championship team, remembers the emphasis not being placed on who scored the most points, but how many passes a player deflected, how many screens someone set, and how many offensive rebounds someone grabbed. If a player wanted to buck the system and show off some individual move in practice, Dean Smith would stop everything.
Mementos, memories from Dean Smith
Dean Smith ambled up to the tee box, relief splashed across his face. “Boy, I’ve really been looking forward to this,” he said. “Last night, I answered my last congratulatory note for the national championship.” It was 1984. Smith won his first title in 1982. It had taken him more than two years to write back to all who had congratulated him and his Tar Heels.
Dean Smith wouldn't change his ways for today's freshmen
Dean Smith’s teams were not designed to depend on how fast the freshman class could develop, although the opportunity was always there for freshmen to play. King Rice arrived in Chapel Hill in 1987. It was the perfect opportunity to play immediately because Kenny Smith, a four-year starter, had just graduated. But he didn’t crack the starting lineup.
Vince Carter recalls his legendary Slam Dunk Contest performance
It’s been 15 years since Vince Carter, then of the Toronto Raptors, rocked the Oakland Arena with a display of not just one quality dunk, but several of them en route to a dominant win. Carter, who turned 38 last month, is now a role player for the Memphis Grizzlies—out presently with a torn tendon in his foot—but he has fond memories of that night in Oakland in 2000.
Tyler Zeller: Dean Smith’s Death ‘Great Loss’ For UNC And For Basketball
“I actually got to spend some time with (Dean Smith) early on in my college career,” Tyler Zeller said before Tuesday’s practice. “He’s a great man, somebody that’s very intelligent, knew the game extremely well, but even more importantly, that cared about you off the court, cared about who you were, cared about making sure you grew up to be a great young man.”
Video: Dean Smith Introduces Roy Williams to ACC Fans on "The Dean Smith Show" (1988)
Roy Williams spent ten years as a key assistant on Dean Smith's staff. In this ACC Hidden Gem we travel back to February of 1988 and an episode of "The Dean Smith Show", where Coach Smith introduces a young Roy Williams to ACC fans.