Dean Smith's NBA dominanceDean Smith’s death was the top story on NBA.com Sunday morning even though Smith never coached a single game in the league. That editorial decision is a reflection of Smith’s pervasive influence on the NBA, a greater impact than any other college coach. At North Carolina, Smith coached five of the top 55 scorers in NBA history, and three of the NBA's top 25 in coaching victories. (ESPN.com)
George Lynch on Dean Smith: ‘Even when you played for him...he was still a legendary figure’George Lynch, senior captain of the 1993 national championship team: “He always wanted the guys to be themselves. Other than the press conference (after the 1993 NCAA victory), I didn’t see coach Smith around. He wanted us to enjoy the moment. Even in pre-game meals, he encouraged us to eat pre-game meals without him because he wanted us to enjoy the time we were spending together." (Charlotte Observer)
List of head coaches on Dean Smith’s coaching tree is an impressive oneBelow are those who went on to become head coaches in basketball, with many others moving on into assistant coaching and administrative roles. And this doesn’t include those, such as Gregg Popovich, who have been impacted by those who played for Dean Smith. While it likely wasn’t a goal of his, Dean Smith ended up planting one of the greatest coaching trees in all of sports. (NBC Sports)
Dean Smith: Humanitarian, friend, leaderWhen Dean Smith recruited Eric Montross, Lawrence North High School coach Jack Keefer said Smith brought a legal pad covered with names, of players he'd sent to professional basketball. "He says to Montross, 'When it's time for you to go pro, and you will go pro, I'll have two law professors and a business teacher negotiate your first contract for free.'" There were so many sides of Smith's legacy worth praising. (Indianapolis Star)
Former Tar Heels Marvin Williams, P.J. Hairston mourn death of Dean SmithFormer Tar Heels Marvin Williams and P.J. Hairston were among those who spoke glowingly about Dean Smith and his many contributions. Now players with the Charlotte Hornets, Williams and Hairston play for a team owned by another UNC legend, Michael Jordan. But while Jordan remains one of the biggest names in sports, no figure looms larger within UNC circles than Smith, Williams said. (Sporting News)
Jerry Stackhouse recalls relationship with Dean SmithFormer North Carolina star and longtime NBA player Jerry Stackhouse recalled his relationship with Smith in a radio interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio. While he talks of specific moments he shared with his college coach, he makes sure to mention that was how Smith would treat everyone, not just a National Player of the Year. (Sporting News)
Dean Smith remembered for his influence on others away from courtThe sprawling Dean Smith coaching tree is filled with smart men who carried on his punctilious system. How to set a screen. How to signal the bench that you need a breather. The next time you see Roy Williams spring a sideline trap coming out of a timeout, smile and know that's a Dean hand-me-down. Same thing when you see Williams with a pocket full of timeouts late in the game. (Yahoo! Sports)
Dean Smith's legacy proven by amazing tree of coaches, players, rivalsDean Smith's death brings to mind the unprecedented impact he had on the sport of basketball and the greater cultural issues surrounding it. Perhaps no coach has ever been tied to more influential basketball figures than Smith, who's coaching tree stems to the very roots of the sport: Smith played for Phog Allen, who played for James Naismith -- otherwise known as the man who invented the sport. (CBS Sports)
Video: Roy Williams Press Conference Reflecting on the Passing of Dean SmithWatch the full press conference as North Carolina head coach Roy Williams reflects on the passing of his former coach, mentor and friend Dean Smith.
Video: Antawn Jamison on Dean Smith's Tar Heel FamilyAntawn Jamison is one of the many former players who attribute so much of their success to their legendary coach, Dean Smith. In this piece, Jamison shares stories of his great experiences with Coach Smith from recruitment all the way through being named National Player of the Year and even past his days as an NBA All-Star.
Fowler: Michael Jordan’s kiss symbolized all Dean Smith meantThe kiss. That is what I remember first when I think about Dean Smith – not the championships, not the Four Corners, not the innovations, not the restaurant integration and not the 879 wins as North Carolina’s basketball coach, although all of those were important. (Charlotte Observer)
A man of honor: Competitive, irascible Dean Smith strove to do rightThe more history one lives through, the better able they are to understand it. Born in 1952, I’ve lived through plenty. Dean Smith was 39 years old and starting his 10th season as head coach at North Carolina when I showed up in Chapel Hill for my freshman year in the fall of 1970. The Tar Heels had won the ACC championship (Winston-Salem Journal)
Dean Smith: ReflectionsThe best recollections of Dean Smith come from those he interacted with - players and coaches - throughout his transcendent career and life. Inside Carolina spent Sunday compiling those memories and reflections. Antawn Jamison (UNC player, ’95-98): "Coach Smith was a coach, mentor and friend. He had a huge impact on my career but had an even bigger impact on my life." (Inside Carolina)
From Naismith to Jordan to Simmons, Dean Smith's basketball legacy will never passHe was a member of the game’s royal family, not a matter of blood but association. Dean Smith learned the game from the man who learned it from the man, and he taught another generation that will teach another generation and another after that, and that line will continue as long as leather basketballs are bouncing across hardwood floors. (Sporting News)
Video: Former Players Remember Coach Dean SmithFormer Tar Heel players Eric Montross, Phil Ford, Hubert Davis and current player Marcus Paige speak about their thoughts on the passing of legendary Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith.
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