‘There’s a guy named Dean Smith on the phone and he wants to talk to you …’I remember the date as though it happened just yesterday. Tuesday, Feb. 20, 1996. I was still a young, know-it-all sportswriter working in my second season of covering the Triangle teams for the Fayetteville Observer and I was feeling pretty proud of myself for a column I had written taking North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith to task for his handling of an incident during a game against Clemson. (Wilmington Star News)
Kendall Marshall traded from Milwaukee to Phoenix, will be waivedAs part of the three-team deal that sent point guard Brandon Knight to the Phoenix Suns and brought Michael Carter-Williams to Milwaukee, the Bucks shipped injured guard Kendall Marshall to Phoenix in order to clear a roster spot....According to The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro, the Suns, who drafted Marshall 13th overall in the 2012 NBA Draft, are expected to waive him immediately. (Brew Hoop)
Video: Full footage of UNC-Duke pre-game moment of silenceESPN's footage of the poignant moment of silence honoring Dean Smith that took place prior to the UNC-Duke game in Durham.
No. 15 Tar Heels try to regroup after 4th loss in 5 gamesLittle has gone right for No. 15 North Carolina of late. The Tar Heels have lost four of five after sitting near the Atlantic Coast Conference lead in late January. They've twice blown double-digit leads when on the verge of winning on the road against highly ranked opponents — including their fiercest rival. They haven't consistently defended well and are having trouble getting star guard Marcus Paige loose. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Golden State Warriors sign James Michael McAdoo for remainder of seasonThe Golden State Warriors have signed forward James Michael McAdoo for the remainder of the season. The team announced the move Thursday shortly after the NBA trading deadline passed. The Warriors, a league-best 42-9, made no deals at the deadline. The 22-year-old McAdoo has played in four games with Golden State this season, averaging 3.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in five minutes. (FOX Sports)
Legend Dean Smith wasn't above his fansOver the years, a lot of people wrote letters to Dean Smith, and in a lot of cases, he wrote back. Scott Cherry is the basketball coach at High Point University but he was a senior captain on the 1993 Tar Heel team that won the national championship. Years later, he remembers a letter coach Smith wrote, at an important time in his life. (WCNC)
Duke and North Carolina provide exactly what the game neededThere's nothing wrong with the college game when the game is between North Carolina and Duke. It never fails to deliver. In a season in which college basketball has taken its share of shots, rightfully so in many instances, the Blue Devils' 92-90 overtime win over the Tar Heels was a breathtaking reminder of why we love it in the first place. (ESPN.com)
The Morning After: UNC-DukeBy coming back in the first half and then playing their best basketball of the season to go up 10 in the second half, North Carolina proved they can be a great team. For the Tar Heels, toughness and execution when it counts is still an issue and the lack of a go-to-scored remains something hindering this team from taking the next step. (Carolina Blue)
Dean Smith was the king of basketball innovationsBefore he was the South Carolina men’s basketball coach from 1981 to 1986, Bill Foster had the misfortune of plying his trade at Duke, a few miles from Dean Smith at North Carolina. Foster led Duke for six seasons, including an appearance in the 1978 national championship game against title-winner Kentucky. Yet Foster grew increasingly frustrated in competing against Smith and UNC. (The State)
UNC's Bench Adds Positives in DefeatAfter falling behind no. 4 Duke by nine points at the first media timeout, No. 15 North Carolina received an unlikely, yet significant boost from its bench. Isaiah Hicks led the reserves with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting and three rebounds. Nate Britt scored 11 points and Joel James added six points and five rebounds. Joel Berry’s lone score was the 3-ball on six field goal attempts. (Inside Carolina)
Dean Smith treated women sportswriters with respectHelen Ross remembers feeling nervous. As a sportswriter for The Greensboro News & Record in the 1980s, she had been assigned the task of interviewing University of North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith on a controversial subject. "We were doing a story on athletes and drugs,'' she said. "I knew it wasn't something he would really want to discuss. (Fayetteville Observer)
Video: Top 3 J.P. Tokoto High-Flying Dunks vs DukeNorth Carolina junior J.P. Tokoto put on a show at Cameron Indoor Stadium with three awesome high-flying dunks against Duke.
Talking Points: Battle of the Blues defies expectationsNorth Carolina's season to this point would look drastically different had they been able to consistently close out opponents. Sometimes the bucket goes in, as it did against Louisville inside the Smith Center. Other times it won't, like the loss to Notre Dame. Strong second-half performances are counter-balanced with poor execution down the stretch. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Jay Williams Misremembers Playing UNC-Duke Game Against Vince CarterJay Williams attempted to explain the experience of playing in a Duke-UNC rivalry game to ESPN's audience Wednesday night, though in his attempt to name-drop some of the Tar Heels players he faced as a member of the Blue Devils, he mentioned Vince Carter—a player who was already in the NBA by the time Williams enrolled at Duke. (Deadspin)
The time Michael Jordan wore No. 12No. 23 did miss one game that season, although Michael Jordan did not. On Valentine’s Day, Jordan wore No. 12 instead of his iconic number. The sequence of events surrounding the jersey swap are not entirely clear, but a few details seem plausible in retrospect. Of the people familiar with the event who spoke to SI.com, there was an agreement on some basic points. (Sports Illustrated)
|(3) North Carolina||14-4||33-7|