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)
2015 NBA All-Star Game a homecoming for Kenny SmithKenny 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." (Newsday)
The Relentless Scrimmage In Dean SmithThis 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. (Deadspin)
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...." (Charlotte Observer)
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