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Dean Smith just got slapped in the face

Posted on: September 8, 2009 5:33 pm
And so did Phil Jackson.

Both coaches won championships with Michael Jordan -- Smith at UNC, Jackson with the Bulls -- and yet to present him into the Hall of Fame, Jordan picked ... David Thompson?


It's an enormous slap in Dean Smith's face for Jordan to not only not pick him, but to pick a player whose best days were spent at rival North Carolina State. Seriously, Jordan is far too smart to have done this lightly. If I had to guess -- and I'm about to -- I'd guess that the relationship between Smith and Jordan is not good. Otherwise, how can anyone but Dean Smith (or Phil Jackson) present Jordan?

Then again, there's that old joke that goes something like this:

Q: Who is the only man in basketball history to hold Michael Jordan to less than 20 ppg?

A: Dean Smith.

Maybe Jordan carries a grudge.

Meanwhile, David Robinson picked Larry Brown to present him. So a member of the Dean Smith coaching tree will be represented at the induction ceremony. Just not Dean Smith himself.

At least Jordan didn't pick Mike Krzyzewski as his presenter.

But I bet he thought about it.

Category: NBA

Since: Nov 3, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2010 11:09 pm

Dean Smith just got slapped in the face

Jordan selected Thompson because he idolized him when he was a kid!     Coach Smith is like a father to him!    Get your facts straight!

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2009 9:04 pm

Dean Smith just got slapped in the face

Definitely a slap in the face to Smith and Jackson. I must say I am surprised...

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2009 12:47 pm

Dean Smith just got slapped in the face

Brilliant response Coto, though I have to say that my less innocent conquests are remembered pretty fondly too.

Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2009 11:28 pm

Dean Smith just got slapped in the face

Mr. Doyel, I think you may be underestimating the importance of a boy's first hero.   It is like the girl you first will never forget her, and the years will likely be more kind to the old memories than to those of more recent and less innocent conquests.  We are all strongly imprinted with our first wants and desires.  I am sure, as Michael thinks back on his career, that his earliest influence carries a lot of weight, and provides balance and symmetry to the final official act of his career.   I know it is a bit of a morbid reference, but there is insight in the following dialogue from "Silence of the Lambs".  I am sure Thompson was what MJ saw every day, what he knew, and was the power he lusted to attain.  It drove him to achieve beyond his dream.  It makes perfect sense.  He has nothing to prove, and no political statement to make.  This choice came from deep inside.: First principles, Clarice. Simplicity. Read Marcus Aurelius. Of each particular thing ask: what is it in itself? What is its nature? What does he do, this man you seek? 
: He kills women... 
: No. That is incidental. What is the first and principal thing he does? What needs does he serve by killing? 
: Anger, um, social acceptance, and, huh, sexual frustrations, sir... 
: No! He covets. That is his nature. And how do we begin to covet, Clarice? Do we seek out things to covet? Make an effort to answer now. 
: No. We just... 
: No. We begin by coveting what we see every day. 

Since: Dec 5, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2009 2:33 am


this is mjs day....he can pick whoever he want.   that's all i have to say about that!!

Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2009 10:52 pm

Dean Smith just got slapped in the face

Absolutely!  Doyle is living in left field.  You have a much more plausible explanation for Jordan's choice.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2009 10:50 pm

Dean Smith just got slapped in the face

I'm not buying it, Doyel. You're just trying to create a story that isn't there. It makes perfect sense for Jordan to pick David Thompson.

Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2009 10:06 pm

I Agree With Doyel, MJ Slapped THE DEAN

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bsp; I have to agree with Doyel on this one. Yes david was MJ's hero. But MJ played for Coach Dean Smith. MJ could have played for any college in America. But he choose to play under Dean. Dean Smith did not make MJ but playing under him sure did not hurt MJ. If Deans heath is failing i think that would be more reason to want him to do it. I would love to know what MJ's UNC friends like Davis Love think of this. I know MJ and Davis are good friends and Davis gave MJ his first set of golf clubs. But Davis is the type that would have asked Dean if he had been his coach.  MJ you slapped THE DEAN in the face on this one.

Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2009 8:58 pm

Dean Smith just got slapped in the face

Doyel---didnt you learn anything during your tenure with the Charlotte Obseerver?  DT transcends rivalries in the Carolinas and is revered by ALL fans from that time period.  Many ACC fans regardless of school affiliation consider DT one of their own,  I am a life long Tarheel and I have NO problem with MJ's selection. and I doubt many other alumni do.
Lastly, you should know by now that Coach Smith has always tried to remain low key and not detract from his players.  He is in the later stages of his life and it is my understanding that his health is failing.  I believe that this is the true reason that he is not presenting.  All of you ABC'ers need to get a life.  Carolina basketball is still FAMILY!

Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2009 8:07 pm

Dean Smith just got slapped in the face

If Jordan is in good terms with Dean Smith now.I think the coach will understand his decision.Being an old man with a historical past,Dean Smith's achievements is enough for him to be contented.Now if they hate each other,it is going to be more slap in the face of the coach if Jordan choose him over Thompson.
Blogg Doyel if you were an athlete once maybe you will understand what's on Michael Jordan's mine.Most if not all players in different sports they have an idol.So it is not a secret that if an athlete achieve something,the first thing that come to his mine is his beginnings.Jordan's beggining is him trying to be like the skywalker.
So you are wrong again as always.

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