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    If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you'll die a lot of times.
    — Dean Smith
    tags: death  time  die 
     
    Play hard. Play smart. Play together.
    — Dean Smith
    tags: smart 
     
    If you do what we ask you to do, the victories will belong to you, and the losses to me.
    — Dean Smith
    tags: loss  victory 
     
    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
    tags: society  american 
     
    Any old coach will say the game was meant for finesse. It's a beautiful game, especially on television.
    — Dean Smith
    tags: beautiful  games 
     
    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
    tags: time  focus  gone  summer 
     
    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
    tags: choice  rain 
     
    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
    tags: people  society  real 
     
    One player's selfish attitude can poison a locker room and make it hard, if not impossible, to establish team work
    — Dean Smith
    Praise behaviour that you want repeated
    — Dean Smith
    tags: praise 
     
    There is a lot of basketball beyond our control, but a player should never let anyone try harder than he does
    — Dean Smith
    tags: control 
     
    Only praise behavior that you want to be repeated. Never use false praise.
    — Dean Smith
    tags: praise 
     
    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
    tags: problem  school  year 
     
    I do believe in praising that which deserves to be praised.
    — Dean Smith
    tags: believe 
     
    A leader's job is to develop committed followers. Bad leaders destroy their followers' sense of commitment.
    — Dean Smith
    tags: job  bad  commitment  leader 
     
    You should sub a player out when you see a player not going full-speed or playing selfish basketball.
    — Dean Smith
    The coach's job is to be part servant in helping each player reach his goals within the team concept.
    — Dean Smith
    tags: job  goal 
     
    Over coaching is the worst thing you can do to a player.
    — Dean Smith
    Good people are happy when something good happens to someone else.
    — Dean Smith
    tags: people 
     
    You should never be proud of doing the right thing. You should just do it.
    — Dean Smith
    tags: right 
     
    A lion never roars after a kill.
    — Dean Smith
    Basketball is a team game. But that doesn't mean all five players should have the same amount of shots.
    — Dean Smith
    tags: games 
     
    Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court play with one heartbeat.
    — Dean Smith
    tags: beautiful  games 
     
    I always mean what I say, but I don't always say what I'm thinking.
    — Dean Smith
    tags: thinking 
     
    What do do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.
    — Dean Smith
    tags: learn 
     
    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.
    — Dean Smith
    tags: death  problem  games 
     
    The best way to build team chemistry is the way Rupp used to substitute, when they fouled out.
    — Dean Smith
    tags: substitute 
     
    There is a point in every contest when sitting on the sidelines is not an option.
    — Dean Smith
    Our teachers at the public school level are the most underpaid for the importance of their job in America.
    — Dean Smith
    tags: job  america  school 
     
    I enjoy basketball. I enjoy coaching basketball. It's the out-of-season stuff I didn't handle well.
    — Dean Smith
    Motor cut. Forced landing. Hit cow. Cow died. Scared me.
    — Dean Smith
    I know a lawyer who'd love to retire and be an assistant coach. I mean, it's fun.
    — Dean Smith
    tags: fun 
     
    You can't teach court savvy
    — Dean Smith
    The truly free person in society is a disciplined person.
    — Dean Smith
    tags: people  society 
     
    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
    tags: alcohol  college  courage 
     
    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
    tags: sacrifice 
     
    I wasn't as critical during games as I was at practice. Players needed confidence during games more than criticism.
    — Dean Smith
    As soon as you try to describe a close friendship, it loses something.
    — Dean Smith
    tags: friendship 
     
    The most important thing in good leadership is truly caring.
    — Dean Smith
    tags: leadership 
     
    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
    tags: school  games 
     
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