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.