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)
Dean Smith always wanted his accomplishments to be about someone elseI remember Dean Smith’s handshake. I was a kid, maybe 10 in the mid-1960s, when I met Smith for the first time after a North Carolina basketball game at the original Charlotte Coliseum. When he shook my hand, I did my best not to whimper because he had a grip like a vise. It was the first time I felt conviction in a handshake. (Charlotte Observer)
Charlie Scott's children remember Dean SmithSimone Scott, a UNC alum, shared a letter and gift that Dean Smith sent when she was born, as well as a photo that includes Smith and her brothers Shannon and Shaun....Shannon Dean Scott, a starting guard at Ohio State, posted this photo and message.
Shaquille O’Neal: I almost chose UNC over LSUAs tributes for late North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith continue to pour in, former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal revealed Tuesday night on national TV that he almost joined Smith’s Tar Heels in 1989. O’Neal, an NBA studio analyst on TNT, said as a high school player from San Antonio, Texas, he met Smith twice and nearly committed to North Carolina after a trip to Chapel Hill. (Charlotte Observer)
George Karl closing in on Sacramento Kings jobOnly a dramatic and unexpected collapse in the final stage of negotiations can prevent George Karl from becoming the next coach of the Sacramento Kings, according to league sources. Although the Kings have yet to formally announce a done deal with Karl, sources told ESPN on Tuesday that the organization is already operating under the premise that Karl will take over the team after the All-Star break. (ESPN.com)
Dean Smith made everyone feel like they matteredI like to think this is what made Dean Smith so special. He used his amazing powers of recall and applied them equally to everyone. He treated me the same as he would Michael Jordan or anyone. And he made me feel cared about. And, of course, he was about as nice a person as you could ask for. (ESPN.com)
UNC Road Swing Continues At PittNorth Carolina will play its first ACC game in Pittsburgh when it plays the Pitt Panthers on Saturday at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt joined the ACC last year, but the teams met in the regular season in Chapel Hill and the ACC Tournament in Greensboro but not in Pittsburgh. Tipoff is set for 12:06 p.m., and the ACC Network will televise the game with Tim Brando and Mike Gminski on the call. (GoHeels.com)
Bond between Dean Smith, Woody Durham went beyond basketballWoody Durham has called more than 1,800 basketball and football games at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including all but 10 years of Dean Smith’s coaching career. The two men have had countless conversations on and off the air about basketball, their children and society. Smith also talked with Durham about things that bothered him, including the building that bears his name. (WRAL Sports Fan)
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