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Legendary North Carolina Tar Heels coach Dean Smith dies at 83

Dean Smith (2009 photo by Zeke Smith via wikipedia commons)

Dean Smith, the Hall of Fame legend who won two national championships at North Carolina along with an Olympic gold medal while coaching, has died. He was 83.

In a statement released by the university from the Smith family,  the coach died “peacefully” at his Chapel Hill home Saturday evening. He was with his wife and five children.

Smith coached some of the biggest names ever in college basketball. The list is long Michael Jordan, Larry Brown, Billy Cunningham, Hubert Davis, Matt Doherty, Phil Ford, George Karl, Charlie Scott, James Worthy, John Kuester, Jeff Lebo, Mitch Kupchak, Sam Perkins, Bob McAdoo, Kenny Smith, Rick Fox, Jerry Stackhouse, Walter Davis, Antawn Jamison, Vince Carter and Rasheed Wallace to name a few.

He sent more than 50 players to the NBA and ABA.

Smith had health issues in recent years, where he had a condition that was causing him to lose memory. He stayed out of the public’s eye since 2010. His wife, Linnea, accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom on his behalf from President Barack Obama in November 2013.

Born Feb. 28, 1931, in Emporia, Kan., the son of public school teachers, Dean Edwards Smith graduated from the University of Kansas with a communications degree in 1953. He played for the Jayhawks teams that won the NCAA title in 1952 and finished second the next year. While at Kansas, Smith played for another legendary basketball coach in Phog Allen which the Jayhawks home arena is named after, Allen Fieldhouse.

He served as an assistant coach at Kansas to Allen and Dick Harp before joining the Air Force. He was an assistant basketball coach at the Air Force Academy, and also the baseball and golf coach for a year, before leaving in 1958 to join Frank McGuire’s staff at North Carolina. When McGuire left to coach in the NBA in the summer of 1961, the university selected Smith, 30 years old at the time, to take over the program.

Smith had an 8-9 record his first season and never had one again.

He won two championships in his career, 1982 and 1993. Other career accomplishments included: 11 regional titles which led to the Final Four; 13 ACC Tournament titles; 18 ACC regular season titles; NIT title in 1971; National Coach of the Year 4 times and ACC coach of the Year 9 times.

He is the member of several Hall of Fames: North Carolina 1981; Basketball 1983; Kansas 1996; College Basketball 2006 and the ingaural class of FIBA in 2007

Smith retired in October 1997 with a career record of 879-254, having eclipsed ‘The Baron” Adolph Rupp’s record of 876 victories during the NCAA tournament earlier that year in March.

Smith was very active in his church, politics, while speaking out on social issues such as civil rights, the death penalty, affirming gays and lesbians.

During his regime at UNC, Smith, with the insistence of his pastor started to recruit black athletes to his team. In 1967, swingman Charlie Scott became the first black athlete on scholarhip.

In politics, he supported Democrats and Liberals. He donated money to the presidential campaigns of Howard Dean, Bill Bradley, North Carolina alumnus John Edwards and Obama.

With his wife, Linnea,  Smith is also survived by daughters Sandy, Sharon, Kristen and Kelly; son Scott; and several grandchildren.

Dean Smith Center interior (2007 photo by Greenstat via wikipedia commons)


Cavs showing improvement but Jamison likely done for season

Antawn Jamison (file photo)

The Cleveland Cavaliers have the worst record in the NBA this season. However, since ending a record-setting 26-game losing streak, the team has shown improvement with a 3-3 record and have added Baron Davis to the roster.

But they’ve suffered another blow. Antawn Jamison, their high-scoring forward, will likely miss the rest of the season because of a broken finger that required surgery and puts him out five weeks.

Jamison suffered a fractured left little finger against the 76ers on Sunday night.

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One thing is certain, Cavs can beat the Knicks

J. J. Hickson (file photo)

Even with a rebuilding team, the Cleveland Cavaliers can beat the superstar-loaded Knicks.

J.J. Hickson, one of the Cavs cornerstone pieces to return to the glory days, led the team to a 115-109 win over the New York Knicks in Quicken Loans Arena.

The Cavs have two wins over the playoff-bound Knicks.

Hickson was coming off a dreadful night against Houston, where head coach Byron Scott benched him for the entire fourth quarter, took his frustrations out on the Knicks, with 24 points, 15 rebounds and a career-high five blocks.

Hickson played All-Star Amare Stoudemire tough and aggressive, just as he played LA Clippers star Blake Griffin two weeks before. Amare did score 31 points, with 11 rebounds and five blocks, but Hickson did not let him dominate as he can.

Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points before fouling out. Chauncey Billups scored 20 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 26.

Hickson got lots of help in the scoring column from Antawn Jamison had 28 points and 13 rebounds, Ramon Sessions with 22 points.

The Cavs outrebounded the Knicks 62-42 which led to 26 second-chance points.

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Cavs turn tables on Lakers, 104-99

The Cleveland Cavaliers proved the old adage of anybody-can-beat-anybody when they hung a loss on the arrogant Los Angeles Lakers, 104-99.

35 days ago the Lakers were clowning around and laughing as they routed the Cavaliers in LA 112-57, a record for margin of loss in team history of 55 points.

The Cavs stayed in the game from the outset to the delight of the sellout crowd at Quicken Loans Arena.

Ramon Sessions (file photo)

Ramon Sessions, who came into the game early when Mo Williams re-injured his right ankle, scored a team-high 32 points and dished out eight assists.

Sessions had help all across the board as Antawn Jamison scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Anthony Parker chipped in with 18 points and nine assists and J.J. Hickson provided 13 points and collared 15 rebounds.

Pau Gasol scored 30 points and hauled down 20 rebounds. Kobe Bryant had 17 points and 12 rebounds, but he was only 8 of 24 from the field, committed seven turnovers and was hounded defensively all night by Parker, Jamarrio Moon and Christian Eyenga.

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Cavaliers 128-119 over Clippers in OT; losing streak ends for now

Mo Williams (file photo)

The Cleveland Cavaliers finally won a game.

Mo Williams, returned to the lineup for the first time since he suffered a strained left hip flexor muscle on January 15 in Denver, scored 17 points and dished out 14 assists to help the Cavaliers to a 126-119 win over the Los Angeles Clippers in Quicken Loans Arena.

The win snapped their embarrassing losing streak at 26 games and helped saved the franchise from owning the pro sports record for losses in a row.

They did however, remained tied with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team had not won since December 18 and are 9-45 on the season.

The Cavs were led in scoring by Antawn Jamison with 35 points, J.J. Hickson put in 27.

Clippers rookie sensation Blake Griffin had 32 points and 13 rebounds, Baron Davis scored 26 and Randy Foye chipped in with 23.

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