Social media reaction to Dean Smith’s death
The news of former North Carolina coach Dean Smith’s death on Saturday night at the age of 83 spread quickly Sunday. Smith had health issues in recent years, with the family saying in 2010 he had a condition that was causing him to lose memory.
But Smith left a world of memories from those in the college basketball world. Here’s a sampling of those weighing in on the great’s passing.
My prayers are w/ all of those whom were touched by the great Dean Smith. We both grew up in Kansas so I always followed him closely. RIP
— Mark Fox (@coachmarkfox) February 8, 2015
Saddened to hear of the loss of Dean Smith – a tremendous coach and teacher but an even better person. Condolences to the UNC family.
— Duke M. Basketball (@Duke_MBB) February 8, 2015
I started covering Final Four in 1988. Dean Smith coached in four of the first first nine I attended. And at the end of his career! Amazing.
— Michael DeCourcy (@tsnmike) February 8, 2015
Just waking up to the Dean Smith news. Maybe the finest man I've ever met. God rest his lovely soul.
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) February 8, 2015
RoyW: “Dean Smith was the perfect picture of what a college basketball coach should have been.”
— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) February 8, 2015
Dean Smith was the most innovative and player-loved coach of his time.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) February 8, 2015
Statement from Michael Jordan on the passing of Dean Smith pic.twitter.com/9h5FQyGQ9V
— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) February 8, 2015
Prayers to Coach Smith's family first time I met him on a coaches trip treated me like gold didn't need to do that #RIP
— Mark Gottfried (@Mark_Gottfried) 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
Statement from Coach K on the passing of Dean Smith pic.twitter.com/1yEXcwIiKF
— Bret Strelow (@bretstrelow) February 8, 2015
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) 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
R.I.P. Dean Smith! You were the greatest! Legends never die…. You will forever be in our hearts and memories!
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) February 8, 2015
— J D Lyon (@TarHeel_Photo) February 8, 2015
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) February 8, 2015
President Barack Obama releases statement on the passing of Dean Smith. pic.twitter.com/pzuthLhonA
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 8, 2015
Condolences to Dean Smith's family. He was 1 of the great figures in basketball, even more so for his humanity than his coaching brilliance.
— Steve Kerr (@SteveKerr) 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
We lost a great man in passing of Coach Smith last night. No one has impacted our game more and with total class. Great coach but better man
— Bill Self (@CoachBillSelf) February 8, 2015
— NCAA (@NCAA) February 8, 2015