Dean Smith wouldn't change his ways for today's freshmenDean 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. (ESPN.com)
Vince Carter recalls his legendary Slam Dunk Contest performanceIt’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. (Sports Illustrated)
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.” (NESN)
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.
Georgetown legend John Thompson on Dean Smith: 'I loved him'Upon news Dean Smith's passing Saturday, notables from around the world of basketball and elsewhere shared their feelings of the man who led the Tar Heels to two national championships, led the U.S. men's basketball team to a gold medal and 1976 and led the fight for various social and political causes. The bond ran deep between former Georgetown coach John Thompson Jr. and Smith. (CSN Washington)
Larry Brown feels loss of Dean Smith: ‘He’s meant everything to me’When Roy Williams called Larry Brown on Sunday to make sure he knew about Dean Smith’s death, they talked about the impact of their late mentor. Williams’ North Carolina team had beaten Boston College Saturday afternoon and Brown’s Mustangs defeated Tulsa that night. “The first thing I thought about was we both won,” Brown said. “I’m sure coach Smith had a lot to do with that.” (Dallas Morning News)
North Carolina blue with passing of legendary Dean SmithGuess who Dean Smith had to beat in order to get to his first Final Four? Bob Cousy. Yup, the team in North Carolina’s way in College Park, Md., on that March evening in 1967 was Boston College. (Boston Globe)
Roy Williams joins The David Glenn Show to talk Dean SmithAn assistant under Dean Smith in the ‘70s and ‘80s, Roy Williams himself has repeatedly said over the years that his goal as UNC’s head coach has been to make Smith proud. On Monday, Williams made an appearance on The David Glenn Show to share stories and celebrate the life of his late mentor. The 64-year-old said he learned countless life lessons from Smith over the years. (ACC Sports Journal)
Obama: 'Smith will go down as one of the greatest'Dean Smith impacted thousands of people in a variety of ways. In the two days following his death, the legacy he leaves behind may be best reflected by the stories that fellow coaches, former players and fans across the country have been sharing. Included among those weighing in is President Barack Obama. On Monday, Obama joined The David Glenn Show to discuss the life of the UNC legend. (ACC Sports Journal)
The Gaines Family Always Knew What Dean Smith Stood ForThere was a day to savor in March 1997 when Dean Smith surpassed Adolph Rupp as the coach with the most wins in major college basketball. Clarence Gaines, also known as Big House, watched with a smile. This slice of American sports history occurred during the second round of the N.C.A.A. tournament in Winston-Salem, N.C., which happened to be Big House Gaines’s town. (New York Times)
With Four Corners offense, Dean Smith changed basketballOn the 12th of March exactly 40 years ago, these four fingers marked a legacy — of a coach and his game, a leader of men but, above all else, of unparalleled ingenuity in every facet of life. This was the start of Dean Smith’s legacy. This was “The Four Corners.” “The crowd in Carmichael would erupt when the point guard raised the four,” said Dave Chadwick, who played for Coach Dean Smith from 1968 to 1971. (Daily Tar Heel)
Video: Carolina Remembers Coach Dean SmithIn Chapel Hill and beyond, basketball fans - and those who don't follow the game - are reflecting on the life and legacy of Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith. Hear Coach Smith's story through the words of Carolina fans, students and some of those who knew him best.
Fan Memories Of Dean Smith: TuesdayMy Dean Smith story... asked him to sign something for my son at a dinner years ago. Told him my son’s name and then started spelling it - . J O R D A N. Coach Smith looked up at me with a wry smile and said "I think I know how to spell that one." Indeed, he did. (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heels Remain 12th In AP Basketball PollNorth Carolina is ranked No. 12 in this week’s Associated Press top 25 basketball poll for the second week in a row. The Tar Heels also are No. 15 in this week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll, falling two spots from last week. Carolina is ranked in the AP poll for the 18th week in a row, including all 14 polls in 2014-15. UNC was ranked in the final four polls of last season. (GoHeels.com)
‘We have lost one of the greats’Dean Smith never sought the spotlight in his time as North Carolina’s basketball coach, but seldom could he escape its searing glow in a long, successful career. In 36 seasons at UNC he won big in a conference known for high quality basketball. (Winston-Salem Journal)
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