Goodbye to a Legend

 

The basketball world is mourning the loss of one of the great minds of the game.  Legendary coach Dean Smith has died at the age of 83 years old.  Smith coached the Tar Heels from 1961 to 1997; the school named the basketball arena after Coach Smith in 1986 – the Dean Dome. He also won two national championships, in 1982 and 1993.

Coach Smith produced great players and one of them Michael Jordan paid tribute to him –

“Other than my parents, no one had a bigger influence on my life than Coach Smith. He was more than a coach — he was my mentor, my teacher, my second father. Coach was always there for me whenever I needed him and I loved him for it. In teaching me the game of basketball, he taught me about life. My heart goes out to [Smith’s wife] Linnea and their kids. We’ve lost a great man who had an incredible impact on his players, his staff and the entire UNC family.”