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Dean Smith Quotes About Life, Leadership & Basketball

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Dean Smith Quotes

 

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

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

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

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The best leaders in any profession care about the people they lead, and the people who are being led know when the caring is genuine and when it’s faked or not there at all. I was a demanding coach, but my players knew that I cared for them and that my caring didn’t stop when they graduated and went off to their careers.”

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

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“When I became head coach at North Carolina, I tried to put myself in the shoes of the players. How did they want to be treated? How could I help them reach their potential? How could I make the game fun and enjoyable and still work them hard?”

 

“I’d get on the players if I needed to, but it was also important to praise them for the good things they had done, especially on the road, where they faced enough adversity without my piling on. I wasn’t as critical during games as I was at practice. Players needed confidence during games more than criticism.”

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“A lion never roars after a kill.”

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