You should never be proud of doing the right thing. You should just do it.

— Dean Smith

The most almighty Dean Smith quotes that will transform you to a better person

Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court play with one heartbeat.

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What to do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.

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If you make every game a life and death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot.

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A leader's job is to develop committed followers.

Bad leaders destroy their followers' sense of commitment.

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Good people are happy when something good happens to someone else.

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A lion never roars after a kill.

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Basketball is a team game. But that doesn't mean all five players should have the same amount of shots.

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Michael, if you can't pass, you can't play.

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One player's selfish attitude can poison a locker room and make it hard, if not impossible, to establish team work

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I would never recruit a player who yells at his teammates, disrespected his high school coach, or scores 33 points a game and his team goes 10-10.

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I only use statistics to reinforce what I already think, or if it's something unusual.

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I always mean what I say, but I don't always say what I'm thinking.

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About Dean Smith

Quotes 51 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Athlete
Birthday October 16

You can't teach court savvy

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There is a point in every contest when sitting on the sidelines is not an option.

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Over coaching is the worst thing you can do to a player.

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The most important thing in good leadership is truly caring.

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Given the fact that we are in a capitalist society, we still do not want to overlook not only what a corporation produces and its profitability but also how it impacts the environment, touches human life and whether it protects or undermines the dignity of the human person.

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The best way to stop the problem of agents would be for the NCAA to come down hard and suspend a school for two years if it finds players with agents on campus.

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I've always believed in quickness over strength and size.

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As soon as you try to describe a close friendship, it loses something.

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The most important thing is team morale.

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The flash of rain, the shining rainbow riding completely around the plane, the lift over mountain ridges, the steady, pure air at dawn take-offs. ... It was so alive and rich a life that any other conceivable choice seemed dull, prosaic, and humdrum.

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If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you'll die a lot of times.

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Basketball, more than any other sport, is a team game.

..about the thousands of small, unselfish acts, the sacrifices on the part of the players that result in team building.

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Praise behaviour that you want repeated

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Any old coach will say the game was meant for finesse.

It's a beautiful game, especially on television.

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I know a lawyer who'd love to retire and be an assistant coach. I mean, it's fun.

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Our teachers at the public school level are the most underpaid for the importance of their job in America.

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Motor cut. Forced landing. Hit cow. Cow died. Scared me.

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You should sub a player out when you see a player not going full-speed or playing selfish basketball.

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The focus should be on the players. I'm here a long time. You can call me in the summer. Our seniors will be gone.

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The presidents of colleges have to have some courage to step forward.

You can't limit alcohol in college sports, you have to get rid of it.

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I'd never get elected if people in North Carolina realized how liberal I am.

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Always have your players go and pick-up the guy who draws the charge.

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I think the real free person in society is one that's disciplined.

It's the one that can choose; that is the free one.

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I enjoy basketball. I enjoy coaching basketball. It's the out-of-season stuff I didn't handle well.

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I do believe in praising that which deserves to be praised.

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Everyone on the bench stands for the man coming out of the game.

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There is a lot of basketball beyond our control, but a player should never let anyone try harder than he does

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The key statistic is still to get to the foul line.

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The real issue is not if a crossing is put in, but when.

It would be negligent on the part of Union Pacific and the California Public Utilities Commission to not address the problem.

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The truly free person in society is a disciplined person.

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The death penalty makes us all murderers.

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Only praise behavior that you want to be repeated. Never use false praise.

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You should just do the right thing.

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The coach's job is to be part servant in helping each player reach his goals within the team concept.

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I just think we shouldn't get into counting coaches' records.

I've never been for that but I know that's just American society.

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The best way to build team chemistry is the way Rupp used to substitute, when they fouled out.

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I'd like to see the high schools put in a rule that limits recruitable athletes from playing on teams outside a 100-mile radius from their home or school.

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