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February 10, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
After the games, back in the glory years when Dean Smith was coaching college basketball better than anyone on earth, he would stand in the dim hallways outside the locker room and consider the postgame questions with a cigarette cupped in one hand and a profound distrust rolled tight in the other. It was long before the ritual was moved to sterile, televised sessions at a podium, a distant predating of the time when every uttered word would be thumb-typed around the world immediately in 140-character bursts that record everything but explain nothing.
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February 10, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
IF YOU LIVED in the northernmost ACC outpost as I did for the majority of Dean Smith's career at North Carolina, you simply could not like his teams. They simply won too much, against Maryland and everybody else. If you watched his teams as I did religiously, however, you learned Larry Brown's "right way" long before it had a name. If you coached elementary-school and rec-league teams as I did, you found yourself emulating how those Carolina teams played - teaching your players to point at the player who passed them the ball that led to a basket, huddling up before a free throw, changing defenses every time down the court, putting up a fist if you were tired, the passing game, the traps, the hoarding of timeouts and, yes, even the four corners.
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February 10, 2015 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
IN THE SUMMER of 2000, my son Rory, then an impressionable 13-year-old, attended the Carolina Basketball School on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He got to play against other youngsters his age from all over the country who wanted to soak in the Carolina Blue. He was there to learn whatever he could from the camp's coaching staff. He was able to play in the Dean Dome, got to meet Bob McAdoo and got ballhandling advice from Phil Ford. But the most meaningful moment in his 1-week stay was getting to meet Dean Smith, the legendary Tar Heels coach.
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March 17, 1997 | by Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer
Several times a year, Bobby Jones will pick up the telephone and call Dean Smith, his former coach at North Carolina. Sometimes, it's Smith who calls Jones. "He's like a second father to me," the former 76ers standout said of Smith. "That's what makes Dean Smith and Carolina basketball so special. I've been out of the program for 23 years and I'm still made to feel like part of the family. When you're with Dean Smith, you're with him for life. The bond that he forms with his players doesn't break when they leave.
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October 31, 1995 | By Kevin Tatum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Vince Grimaldi walked into the banquet room of a Winslow Township restaurant two Saturdays ago. "Surprise!" about 40 of his friends yelled. Grimaldi was expecting to have a quiet dinner with a few friends, and he couldn't figure out what was going on. He knew it wasn't his birthday. And there was no wedding anniversary to celebrate, because Grimaldi is single. "I was thoroughly confused," said Grimaldi, 65. As it turned out, the gathering was a way to present Grimaldi with an NCAA championship ring that University of North Carolina men's basketball coach Dean Smith had sent him. And to make up for an oversight.
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March 15, 1997 | by Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer
Hard to believe, but there was a time when Dean Smith was almost clueless as a coach. Smith was the golf coach at the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1958 and, he recalled, he wasn't much good at it. "When they were planning the Eisenhower Golf Course, I sat in on meetings with [golf course architect] Robert Trent Jones and just nodded my head," Smith said. "I had no idea what they were talking about. " Fortunately for Smith, Frank McGuire called to offer him a job as an assistant basketball coach at North Carolina.
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March 26, 1991 | by Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer
The Arkansas players eyed the nets as they left the floor at halftime. Twenty more minutes of hell and they would go back to the Final Four. Kansas was down by 12. Down and probably out. Jayhawks coach Roy Williams wasn't looking at the nets. He was staring straight ahead as he left the floor, concentrating, devising a plan to get his team back into the Southeast Regional final in Charlotte. Arkansas returned to the court early - like a fighter who doesn't sit on his stool between rounds.
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May 10, 1989 | Daily News Wire Services
After listening to his father, his mother, his coach and his heart, J.R. Reid decided that pro basketball was the best course for him. "I feel that I can play in the NBA right now," said Reid, North Carolina's 6-9 junior All-America forward. "Hopefully I can go out and prove it. " Reid ended weeks of speculation yesterday when he announced he would forego his final year of college eligibility to enter the June 27 NBA draft. A number of reasons conspired to point Reid toward the NBA a year early: his own feelings about his readiness; coach Dean Smith's inquiries to NBA officials about his potential draft spot; and his academic standing at North Carolina.
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March 11, 1987 | By Jere Longman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Once again, a sensitive question is being asked in the Piedmont: Can North Carolina bridge the gap between November, the month of predictions, and March, the month of champions? Almost yearly, the Tar Heels open as the nation's No. 1 team or spend time at the top of the charts during the season. March is a different month. Lately, Carolina has flattened out at tournament time. Not since 1982, when they won the national title, have the Tar Heels won the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, much less returned to the Final Four.
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July 8, 2000 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
Pat Croce describes himself as "a dream-maker, not a dream-breaker. " That's why the 76ers' president had to say "yes" when former University of North Carolina coach Dean Smith called yesterday morning, asking for permission to speak with Sixers coach Larry Brown about the Tar Heels' vacant head-coaching position. Brown, at his summer home in Southern California, declined to speak with reporters, but was expected to speak with Smith last night and possibly interview with athletic director Dick Baddour as early as tomorrow.
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February 19, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
ONCE UPON a time - January 1992 to be exact - there were rumors the Sixers were about to trade Charles Barkley to the Lakers for James Worthy and Elden Campbell. It never happened, but just the thought of it was enough to drive Barkley to drink. "I get a call from my agent one morning and he said, 'Philly has traded you to the Lakers,' " Barkley told Sports Illustrated. "So I went to lunch and started drinking. I'm [bleeping] so excited that I am going to the Lakers. "Three hours later I get a [bleeping]
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February 10, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
IF YOU LIVED in the northernmost ACC outpost as I did for the majority of Dean Smith's career at North Carolina, you simply could not like his teams. They simply won too much, against Maryland and everybody else. If you watched his teams as I did religiously, however, you learned Larry Brown's "right way" long before it had a name. If you coached elementary-school and rec-league teams as I did, you found yourself emulating how those Carolina teams played - teaching your players to point at the player who passed them the ball that led to a basket, huddling up before a free throw, changing defenses every time down the court, putting up a fist if you were tired, the passing game, the traps, the hoarding of timeouts and, yes, even the four corners.
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February 10, 2015 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
IN THE SUMMER of 2000, my son Rory, then an impressionable 13-year-old, attended the Carolina Basketball School on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He got to play against other youngsters his age from all over the country who wanted to soak in the Carolina Blue. He was there to learn whatever he could from the camp's coaching staff. He was able to play in the Dean Dome, got to meet Bob McAdoo and got ballhandling advice from Phil Ford. But the most meaningful moment in his 1-week stay was getting to meet Dean Smith, the legendary Tar Heels coach.
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February 10, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
After the games, back in the glory years when Dean Smith was coaching college basketball better than anyone on earth, he would stand in the dim hallways outside the locker room and consider the postgame questions with a cigarette cupped in one hand and a profound distrust rolled tight in the other. It was long before the ritual was moved to sterile, televised sessions at a podium, a distant predating of the time when every uttered word would be thumb-typed around the world immediately in 140-character bursts that record everything but explain nothing.
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March 22, 2013 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
HE BEGAN the week with a dissertation about human nature and wrapped up Thursday talking about Mars. The hair is still unnervingly black and that face that has both charmed and repelled seems little changed, but there are times when 66-year-old Mike Krzyzewski acts his age - such as when a reporter from a relatively new website called Sportsonearth.com stated his affiliation before asking a question at the news conference at the Wells Fargo Center....
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February 10, 2013 | By Daniel Carp, For the Daily News
By Daniel Carp A s the sports world grows closer and continues to intertwine, coaching trees have become a hot topic of conversation. Watching the disciples of Bill Walsh and Don Shula clash on the gridiron every Sunday takes sports fans back to the iconic figures themselves. The same holds true on the basketball court, where the many of the top coaches in college hoops have played or coached alongside the likes of Dean Smith, John Wooden or Bob Knight. Duke associate head coach Chris Collins has crossed paths with a number of exceptional coaching minds in his 15-year coaching career.
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January 4, 2013 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
TRADITION FOR the modern college basketball player is the uniform his team wore last season. History is the last game, if not the last possession. So how exactly do you account for the University of Kansas? Smack in the middle of the country, hard by I-70, with its throwback gym right in the middle of campus on Naismith Drive, KU is as much a feeling as it is a place. But it is a place that has a longstanding love affair with its basketball team that shows no signs of abating.
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December 28, 2012 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
Ninth in a series of 25 Setup: The Sixers, coming off a painful NBA Finals in which they blew a 2-0 lead on the road against Portland, started 1977-78 at 2-4. Owner Fitz Dixon wanted a change and called on a familiar face. The 76ers of the late 1970s were one of the most exciting and entertaining teams to ever grace the NBA. Fans, especially on the road, would make sure they'd get to the arenas early so they could watch George McGinnis, Julius Erving, Lloyd "World" Free, Joe "Jellybean" Bryant and Darryl Dawkins put on a display of da dunk.
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December 23, 2012 | By Jeff Faraudo, CONTRA COSTA (CALIF.) TIMES
Larry Brown has coached more basketball games - 2,587 and counting - than John Wooden and Phil Jackson combined. He has coached Allen Iverson, David Robinson, and Reggie Miller and mentored assistants Gregg Popovich, Bill Self, and John Calipari in an enduring career that has included 13 coaching jobs at the pro or college level. Now 72, the former 76ers coach is back doing his life's work at Southern Methodist University, which brought an 8-3 record to Santa Clara's Leavey Center on Friday night to face Wagner in the 46th Cable Car Classic.
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November 4, 2012
The conference reshuffle It's a new college basketball season, and we know you've done your homework to become familiar with teams that moved into different conferences. Virginia Commonwealth and Butler were two great finds for the Atlantic Ten. West Virginia is out of the Big East and into the Big 12, which lost Missouri and Texas A&M to the SEC but gained Texas Christian. Nevada and Fresno State shifted to the Mountain West. And you also have teams marking their farewell seasons - Syracuse and Pittsburgh in the Big East, Temple in the A-10, and the Conference USA quartet of Memphis, Central Florida, Southern Methodist, and Houston, which will join the Owls in the Big East.
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