Video: Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley, and Kenny Smith remember Dean SmithOn 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. (Carolina Blue)
Mourners attend private service in honor of UNC's Dean SmithFamily, 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. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Pelicans assistant Dave Hanners remembers Dean SmithThere 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. (NBA.com)
George Lynch remembers Dean SmithWhen 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. (Roanoke Times)
Desmond Hubert Out For Season With Torn ACLUNC 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. (GoHeels.com)
Dean Smith's Transition Not Always SmoothWillis 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. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Former Friends and Opponents Share Stories of Dean SmithRaycom 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 doorsThe 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. (UNC.edu)
Will Graves getting life back on track, keeping NBA dreams aliveWith 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. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Video: James Worthy remembers Dean SmithThe Lakers legend pays tribute to the longtime University of North Carolina coach, who passed away on Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C. (TWC Sportsnet)
Dean Smith, Charlie Scott turned page for ACC to thriveEverett Case at North Carolina State University gave birth to what would become the phenomenon of Atlantic Coast Conference basketball in the 1950s, but it wasn’t until Dean Smith signed Charles Scott to a UNC scholarship in the mid-1960s that the league was able to solidify itself as a long-term national sensation. (WRAL Sports Fan)
George Karl to coach KingsGeorge Karl has reached a deal to become the next coach of the Sacramento Kings, league sources confirmed to ESPN.com on Thursday. The Kings are expected to announce the deal on Thursday or Friday, with a formal news conference likely to take place after All-Star Weekend. (ESPN.com)
How Dean Smith changed Bob McAdoo's lifeDean Smith was there that sad day in 1979, at the funeral for Bob McAdoo’s father. Smith was there again in 1991, right around Christmas, for the funeral of McAdoo’s 33-year-old wife, Charlina, taken too soon by cancer. And today in Chapel Hill, it will come full circle. McAdoo will be there for his old coach’s funeral. (Greensboro News & Record)
Video: Marcus Paige Breaks Down His Game-Winning Shot vs LouisvilleNorth Carolina guard Marcus Paige sat down with the ACC Digital Network's Jason Capel to break down Paige's game-winning shot vs Louisville on January 10th in Chapel Hill. After the play, the guys have some fun dissecting the ensuing reactions and celebration from the Tar Heels.
'Duke-UNC: The Blue Blood Rivalry' screening to be held in Durham“Duke-Carolina: The Blue Blood Rivalry,” a documentary about the Duke-UNC basketball rivalry, will be screened Feb.18 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Stadium 10 theater at Northgate Mall. The public can also purchase VIP tickets to walk the red carpet with basketball and football legends Phil Ford, Kenny Dennard, Gene Banks, Dre Bly, Ross Cockrell, Bryn Renner and other former players from both schools at a VIP event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Durham Herald-Sun)
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