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!Free E-pub ☪ Dean Smith: A Basketball Life ☩ Former University of North Carolina men s basketball coach Dean Smith was one of the most successful coaches ever to hold a whistle In hisyears at North Carolina, his teams won a recordgames They also captured two national championships, claimedseasons with at leastwins, and madeFinal Four appearances Coach Smith developedconsensus All Americans, five NBA rookies of the year including the great Michael Jordan , andfirst round draft picksBut Smith s basketball accomplishments tell only part of his story Dean SmithA Basketball Life is the definitive biography of the legendary coach You may not know that Smith worked to abolish the death penalty in North Carolina and openly supported gay rights In , five years before the Supreme Court s historic ruling in Brown vs Board of Education, he pleaded in vain with officials to include African American players on the school s basketball team Sixteen years later, after completing his fourth season as the head coach at North Carolina, Smith ventured to New York City and came back to Chapel Hill with Charlie Scott, the most significant recruit of his tenure Scott became the school s first African American scholarship recipient and he integrated major college basketball in the SouthSmith passed away in February , and it is now time to take stock of this extraordinary man whose ideas and philosophies have shaped the best of what college basketball has been and should aspire to be in the future Haven t gotten the book I won in the giveaway yet. I won Dean Smith A Basketball Life thru a GoodReads Giveaway I have always considered myself a basketball and a football fan, though in reality I was a huge fan of my high school Mustangs, the Chicago Bulls and da Bears and my son s sports teams I also am a fan of Jeff Davis, having enjoyed his book on the Chicago Bears and his George Halas Papa Bear book Biographies are often a hard write read, you can not manipulate the facts or change the facts because that is what you are recording I I won Dean Smith A Basketball Life thru a GoodReads Giveaway I have always considered myself a basketball and a football fan, though in reality I was a huge fan of my high school Mustangs, the Chicago Bulls and da Bears and my son s sports teams I also am a fan of Jeff Davis, having enjoyed his book on the Chicago Bears and his George Halas Papa Bear book Biographies are often a hard write read, you can not manipulate the facts or change the facts because that is what you are recording I did not know much about Dean Smith prior to reading this book other than the fact that he was Michael Jordan s college coach, which is one of the reasons that I wanted to read the book the other being that I had read Mr Davis s writing before and enjoyed it I kind of thought I would skip to the Michael Jordan parts and skim the rest of the book I did not While the pages spent on Tar Heel games and college politics were slow reading for me, I thought that the early years were fascinating as well as Dean Smith s social forward thinking and his willingness to be open and vocal about his political and social beliefs and his personal philosophies This book kept the book s focused on the man, not just his basketball achievements and as such was a very good book.If you are a North Carolina Tar Heel fan, a college basketball fan, a coach, or just someone who enjoys a well written modern biography, this is the book for you I have been a big fan of Dean Smith and his basketball teams He was an outstanding coach and person Unfortunately, I was let down with this book I was hoping to readabout his relationships with his players and coaches With this being said, I am still Dean Smith fan. This new biography of legendary North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith has its moments, particularly in the early chapters about Smith s Kansas upbringing and matriculation at the University of Kansas Following several bunny trails as it traces Smith s career, the book is also a de facto history of college basketball The assortment of stories, while interesting and educational, detract somewhat from the overall narrative Ultimately, there may not be much new about Smith in the book, thoug This new biography of legendary North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith has its moments, particularly in the early chapters about Smith s Kansas upbringing and matriculation at the University of Kansas Following several bunny trails as it traces Smith s career, the book is also a de facto history of college basketball The assortment of stories, while interesting and educational, detract somewhat from the overall narrative Ultimately, there may not be much new about Smith in the book, though it s a concise summary of his life and career If that s what you want, you ll find it here, and you might look elsewhere fordetails This is a terribly written book, which is surprising given the accolades the author has received There are errors, such as twice misnaming Dean Smith s father It makes me wonder how many errors are there that I wouldn t catch I hurried to finish it, just because I love Dean and wanted to finish what I had started I do not recommend it at all.