UNC beat writer

“When they became husbands, at their wedding day they would receive notes. When they became fathers, they would receive calls and hand-written letters from Coach Smith checking in. He was the kind of guy who would do anything for his players. That speaks to the father-figure type role that he had. He wasn’t just a person (who) cared about his guys on the court. He cared so much more about his players off the court. It was about a lot more than just basketball.”
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Fox Sports West columnist

“Anytime Doc Rivers is coaching a team and Chris Paul is on it and DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin – even if he’s out for four weeks. I just don’t think they’re going to be waving the white flag.”
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UNC Director of Basketball Operations

“That last season that he coached, the ’97 season, he set the all-time wins record at the time, which was passing Adolph Rupp at (876). He was so apprehensive about being around the spotlight from that. When he set the record, he allowed players to hug and he raced off the court. That was probably the thing that struck me the most about him – the way he handled himself.”
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KURT HELIN – 2/12/15
Pro Basketball Talk managing editor

“If I had to, I’d probably take Horford just because he is the glue for all of them. His all-around game, the ability to play inside and outside and do so many things sets everything else up. But Teague is right there with him. He has really matured as a playmaker for them.”
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