Dean Smith Quotes

Dean Smith quotes – the old North Carolina coach provided some gems. See below.

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The Best Dean Smith Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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

Dean Smith QuotesIf you make every game a life and death proposition, you’re going to have problems. For one thing, you’ll be dead a lot.

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

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

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

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

A lion never roars after a kill.

The most important thing in good leadership is truly caring.

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 do believe in praising that which deserves to be praised.

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.

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

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

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