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2015 NBA All-Star Game a homecoming for Kenny Smith
Kenny Smith, who grew up in Queens, is the designated New Yorker on TNT's NBA studio crew. So next week's All-Star Game has special resonance for him. "I'm excited about it," he said. "I'm probably the only one in my extended family that does not live in the tri-state area. I was actually named after the city. My name is Ken-NY. That's why I'm Kenny."
The Relentless Scrimmage In Dean Smith
This piece originally appeared in the March 1982 issue of Inside Sports: (Dean Smith) once devoured the works of theologians Soren Kierkegaard and Paul Tillich deep in the night; now he is more likely to feed the Betamax a 1:00 a.m. basketball tape. He spends his few leisure hours playing with the one-and three-year-old children from his second marriage, golfing, listening to jazz, or sampling fine restaurants at tables tucked in corners.
David Chadwick on Dean Smith: ‘To him, it was always about the team being first.’
David Chadwick, player for Smith at UNC from 1968 to 71, senior pastor at Forest Hill Church in Charlotte since 1980 and the author of “The 12 Leadership Principles of Dean Smith”: “I found out about coach Smith just before it was time to preach on Sunday...."
Dean Smith always wanted his accomplishments to be about someone else
I remember Dean Smith’s handshake. I was a kid, maybe 10 in the mid-1960s, when I met Smith for the first time after a North Carolina basketball game at the original Charlotte Coliseum. When he shook my hand, I did my best not to whimper because he had a grip like a vise. It was the first time I felt conviction in a handshake.
Charlie Scott's children remember Dean Smith
Simone Scott, a UNC alum, shared a letter and gift
that Dean Smith sent when she was born, as well as a photo
that includes Smith and her brothers Shannon and Shaun....Shannon Dean Scott, a starting guard at Ohio State, posted this photo and message
Shaquille O’Neal: I almost chose UNC over LSU
As tributes for late North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith continue to pour in, former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal revealed Tuesday night on national TV that he almost joined Smith’s Tar Heels in 1989. O’Neal, an NBA studio analyst on TNT, said as a high school player from San Antonio, Texas, he met Smith twice and nearly committed to North Carolina after a trip to Chapel Hill.
George Karl closing in on Sacramento Kings job
Only a dramatic and unexpected collapse in the final stage of negotiations can prevent George Karl from becoming the next coach of the Sacramento Kings, according to league sources. Although the Kings have yet to formally announce a done deal with Karl, sources told ESPN on Tuesday that the organization is already operating under the premise that Karl will take over the team after the All-Star break.
Dean Smith made everyone feel like they mattered
I like to think this is what made Dean Smith so special. He used his amazing powers of recall and applied them equally to everyone. He treated me the same as he would Michael Jordan or anyone. And he made me feel cared about. And, of course, he was about as nice a person as you could ask for.
UNC Road Swing Continues At Pitt
North Carolina will play its first ACC game in Pittsburgh when it plays the Pitt Panthers on Saturday at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt joined the ACC last year, but the teams met in the regular season in Chapel Hill and the ACC Tournament in Greensboro but not in Pittsburgh. Tipoff is set for 12:06 p.m., and the ACC Network will televise the game with Tim Brando and Mike Gminski on the call.
Bond between Dean Smith, Woody Durham went beyond basketball
Woody Durham has called more than 1,800 basketball and football games at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including all but 10 years of Dean Smith’s coaching career. The two men have had countless conversations on and off the air about basketball, their children and society. Smith also talked with Durham about things that bothered him, including the building that bears his name.
Roy Williams On The Passing Of Jerry Tarkanian
"It's another sad day for those who love college basketball and the people who have contributed so much to our game. 'Tark' was a great coach, better than people gave him credit for, and he loved college basketball. He was one of the few coaches who were successful playing more than one style. Our sympathies go out to his son, Danny, and all of the Tarkanian family."
The Longest Goodbye: Friends, family mourned Dean Smith before his death
The record will reflect that former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith died on Saturday, at age 83. But to the players and assistants he had worked with most closely over 36 seasons, it felt as if he had left them years ago, when the feature that marked him so characteristically -- a dauntingly sharp memory -- began to slip away.
Tom Morris: My Dean Smith Story
We recently lost one of the great masters of basketball and life, former Tar Heel head coach Dean Smith. I don't get to meet many legends of basketball in my normal life as a philosopher, but I did get to meet him, long ago, and our interaction told me a lot about the man and his extraordinary character. It was 1985. I was a fourth year assistant professor of philosophy at Notre Dame.
Vince Carter: Dean Smith didn't like the limelight (video)
The Dan Patrick Show: Vince Carter joins the show to discuss if he ever felt bad dunking on anyone throughout his career, how he was recruited by Dean Smith and what it was like to dunk over a 7-footer.
Sylvia Hatchell recalls Dean Smith’s influence
Dean Smith is the reason UNC women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell wound up literally sitting where he sat to think about ways his players both could put the ball in the hole and keep the other team’s five guys from doing so. He established a level of excellence that has permeated all sports at UNC, Hatchell said. “I wanted to do that in women’s basketball,” Hatchell said.