Dean Smith was a lot of things but to me he was the coolest coach of my childhood

Posted: February 8, 2015 by jmklee in Uncategorized


The passing of Dean Smith reminds me of a time when North Carolina was not just one of the best basketball programs in the country but the coolest program in all the land.  Love them or hate them they were the team you loved to watch and wished your team was like.  During the 80’s and 90’s there were better programs or teams but none of them were ever as cool as UNC was in my mind.  Their uniforms were cool and the players even cooler.  Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky and others won titles but they were never the “it” program.  Indiana and Kansas have always been basketball nerds trying to prove they know more than you do about basketball. Kentucky wore denim uniforms one season for the love of God and Duke, well they were the biggest dorks of them all.  Jordan, Perkins, Worthy were icons in the 80’s and the 90’s brought us Rasheed, Vince Carter, Steakhouse and Jamison.  As a Kentucky fan I always wanted them to be able to recruit like UNC.  One of the reasons Tubby got so much heat at Kentucky was he never was as sexy as the team at Chapel Hill.  Dean Smith was able to recruit One & Done talent before we even knew the phrase.  UNC and Coach Smith took the title of coolest program when the likes of Wooden, Alcindor and Walton left UCLA and know has pasted the torch to Coach Cal, Wall and the Unibrow.  So as we remember Coach Smith we will hear how great of a man he was as he lead his teams and community in times of change both in basketball and life but what I will remember is how he was in charge of the coolest basketball team of my childhood.


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