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53 Insightful Quotes By Dean Smith That Will Keep You Focused

Famous As: Basketball Coach
Born On: February 28, 1931
Died On: February 7, 2015
Born In: Emporia, Kansas, United States
Died At Age: 83
Dean Smith was a renowned American men’s college basketball head coach. He is considered as a ‘coaching legend’ and has been inducted in the Basketball Hall Of Fame. He served as a coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for more than three decades. One of the most successful coaches, Smith retired with 879 victories. North Carolina bagged in two national championships and also emerged in 11 Final Fours during Smith’s tenure as head coach. Smith worked rigorously towards promoting de-segregation while he was at the North Carolina. To execute his plans, he recruited Charlie Scott, the university’s first African-American scholarship basketball player. We bring to you some thought-provoking quotable quotes and sayings by the legendary quotes shared both within and outside the court. Read through the quotes and thoughts by Dean Smith and get inspired.
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Good people are happy when something good happens to someone else.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dean Smith
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.

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.

Dean Smith

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.

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

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

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

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

Dean Smith
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.

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.

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

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

Dean Smith
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.

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.

Dean Smith
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.

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.

Dean Smith
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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dean Smith
A leader's job is to develop committed followers. Bad leaders destroy their followers' sense of commitment.

A leader's job is to develop committed followers. Bad leaders destroy their followers' sense of commitment.

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

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

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

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

Dean Smith
The truly free person in society is a disciplined person.

The truly free person in society is a disciplined person.

Dean Smith
Play hard. Play smart. Play together.

Play hard. Play smart. Play together.

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

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

Dean Smith
If you make every game a life-and-death thing, you’re going to have problems. You’ll be dead a lot.

If you make every game a life-and-death thing, you’re going to have problems. You’ll be dead a lot.

Dean Smith
If you do what we ask you to do, the victories will belong to you, and the losses to me.

If you do what we ask you to do, the victories will belong to you, and the losses to me.

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

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

Dean Smith
I wasn't as critical during games as I was at practice. Players needed confidence during games more than criticism.

I wasn't as critical during games as I was at practice. Players needed confidence during games more than criticism.

Dean Smith
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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Dean Smith
You should just do the right thing.

You should just do the right thing.

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

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

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

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

Dean Smith
Praise behaviour that you want repeated

Praise behaviour that you want repeated

Dean Smith
The most important thing in good leadership is truly caring.

The most important thing in good leadership is truly caring.

Dean Smith
Any old coach will say the game was meant for finesse. It's a beautiful game, especially on television.

Any old coach will say the game was meant for finesse. It's a beautiful game, especially on television.

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

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

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

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

Dean Smith
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.

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.

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

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

Dean Smith
A lion never roars after a kill.

A lion never roars after a kill.

Dean Smith
The death penalty makes us all murderers.

The death penalty makes us all murderers.

Dean Smith
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.

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.

Dean Smith
The most important thing is team morale.

The most important thing is team morale.

Dean Smith
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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Dean Smith
You can't teach court savvy

You can't teach court savvy

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

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

Dean Smith

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.

Dean Smith