Dean Smith, the coaching legend who won two national championships at North Carolina and coached numerous NBA legends, has died. He was 83. The NBA community continues to react to the passing of a legendary and influential coach.
Statement from Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan on the Passing of Dean Smith pic.twitter.com/KC3tpvDu65
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) February 8, 2015
We join basketball fans everywhere in mourning the loss of Dean Smith, a legendary coach and a mentor to so many in the NBA family.
— NBA (@NBA) February 8, 2015
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) February 8, 2015
There are so many things I could say about Coach Dean Smith but simply put, he is the greatest man I've ever known. pic.twitter.com/tWaE2LPYpK
— James Worthy (@JamesWorthy42) February 8, 2015
GM Mitch Kupchak's statement on the passing of his college coach, Dean Smith. pic.twitter.com/f7Dn4MFtBy
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 8, 2015
RIP to the legendary Coach Dean Smith. Thankful for all the things you stood for and believed in #CarolinaWay
— Harrison Barnes (@hbarnes) February 8, 2015
— Jerry Stackhouse (@jerrystackhouse) February 8, 2015
Dean Smith an educator and great coach will not be forgotten. He taught player more than just bball skills RIP
— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) February 8, 2015
An originator of forming the game and helped change the world to give athletes like myself the opportunity to play at a great program
— Danny Green (@DGreen_14) February 8, 2015
— Ty Lawson (@TyLawson3) February 8, 2015
Simply a Legend, RIP Dean Smith.. Job well done..
— Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) February 8, 2015
— Anthony Morrow (@MrAnthonyMorrow) February 8, 2015
Hate waking up to bad news. Sad day in Tar Heel family. RIP Coach Dean Smith.
— Wayne Ellington (@WayneElli22) February 8, 2015
RIP Dean Smith, basketball pioneer. His book: Basketball,Multiple Offense&Defense is likely 1st to introduce possession based analysis
— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) February 8, 2015
RIP #DeanSmith, game-changing coach with a social conscience.
— Matt Winer (@matt_winer) February 8, 2015
Thoughts and Prayers to the Family, Friends, and Fans of Coach Dean Smith! #Legend
— Mark Jackson (@MarkJackson13) February 8, 2015
Dean Smith was not only one of the greatest coaches, but a leader, a teacher and someone who stood for equality on and off the court. RIP.
— Kevin Johnson (@KJ_MayorJohnson) February 8, 2015
— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) February 8, 2015
RIP Coach Smith. I've always felt KU and UNC has a special bond. Coach Brown and Roy Williams spoke his basketball language. Thank You!
— Kevin Pritchard (@PacersKev) February 8, 2015
Dean Smith built a dominant program at UNC. He stood taller as a man, fighting for racial equality when it wasn't popular. RIP, Coach Smith.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) February 8, 2015
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 8, 2015
Was such a UNC hoops fan, I applied to Carolina even though they didn't have the major I was interested in. R.I.P. Dean Smith.
— John Schuhmann (@johnschuhmann) February 8, 2015