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Posted February 7, 2005
This book is one of the best sports books i have ever read on coaching people. Coach Smith had such an impact on so many people that basketball was his ministry in life. He helped others become great. He unlocked the potentials of many others during his career. In this regard he was a master teacher of life not just basketball. I found i shared Kansas roots and the American Baptist church, and Air Force service with coach Smith as well as a love of the game. He is truly an amazing man and i would love to meet him.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 20, 2001
As an American who has played and coached abroad and is currently a Swedish national team coach I found Coach Smith's book impossible to put down. Great insights to his basketball mind but more importantly the perspective he placed upon student-athletes. This book gave me new ideas on how to relate to players and confirmed my belief that if you instill 3 thoughts into your team, play hard, play smart, and play together then your team will ultimately be successful whether you win or lose. I highly recommend this book to all readers, not just coaches or fans.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 6, 2000
This memoir is consistent with what I have observed of Smith over the years: intelligent, organized, interested in the world outside of basketball, publicly reserved, and loyal to a fault. The last two characteristics make the book a little frustrating to read: Smith will not name names or criticize his former players or coaches, though if you are fan of Carolina basketball you will know the names to fill into the anecdotes and incidents he describes (e.g. J.R. Reid's suspension from the 1989 ACC tournament semifinal for missing curfew.) Nevertheless, it is far better than most other sports memoirs (i.e. he actually had a life off the court)and should broadly appeal to people not especially interested in basketball in general or Carolina in particular.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 1, 2000
Buy this book or borrow it from someone!!!!Even if you dont follow College Basketball and have no idea who Dean Smith is. It's fabulous, and gives the reader the hope that maybe the world isnt so bad after all. All we need is more Dean SmithsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 24, 2000
I have been a fan of UNC for 10 years. In that time I saw many UNC games, and was lucky enough to seem them in person in my homestate of NJ. So of course I had to buy this book. This book not only re-affirms that Dean Smith is the greatest coach in all of sports history, but he is one of the greatest human beings to walk our planet. (Read the book to understand) Did you know he was the first college basketball coach in the south to allow a black player to play basketball? Or that he was embarrased at the fact of being given the Arthur Asche Award for Courage? And that he says all wins are the players doings and the loses are his fault? Or that he wrote Jalen Rose a letter the day after the '93 championship to congratulate him on a great year and told him that Michigan's loss was by no means his fault? With every page, you as the reader will be more and more amazed at what a rare man Dean Smith is. Many critics say he shouldnt be considered among the best since he only won two national titles. But when you read his overall records, and hear his first hand commentary on how hard it is to win a National Championship, you will understand. As he says 'The best team in the NCAA does not always go on to win the National Title.It depends on who plays well during the tournament, who has healthy players, and a certain amount of luck.' It's unfortunate 'they dont make' more men like Dean Smith, but how fortunate for North Carolina and all of us fans, they did.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 20, 2000
Having watched Coach Smith for years, I thought I could write any book on this life as a coach. I'd watched his games both live and via television. I'd seen away games, home games, games in Carmicheal and games in the Dean Dome. However, the book had little to do with basketball. It had everything to do with WHY he coached basketball the way he did and how he lived his life. It was a difficult book to put down. Never have I read a biography or biography-type book like this before. I'd recommend this to every coach in every sport at every level.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 22, 2000
Those of us who watched Smith coach over the years always knew that he ran a tight ship and that his teams epitomized the essence of college athletics, but that was about it. This book reveals in great detail what it took to build the greatest program in college basketball, however the most interesting aspects of the book are what it reveals about the man behind the program, Dean Edward Smith. From his childhood to his last season in coaching, Smith lets us in on his life and the hidden world of NCAA basketball at the highest level: the academics, the rivalries, the politics, and the day-to-day workings of the program at UNC. This book, while focusing on Smith and his teams, is really about what it takes to create a working basketball family. This book is enjoyable for both the hardcore basketball fans and those interested in a good old-fashioned teacher-pupil relationship story. Great tid-bits from the early years, updates on literally everyone of his players, and all the anecdotes along the way make this one a great addition to anyone's home library.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 19, 2012
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