North Carolina loves basketball. Last week Dean Smith — one of University of North Carolina’s coaching legends — passed away. There are many reasons why his legend lives on beyond his coaching days of the 60’s and 70’s but the following tidbit caught my eye.
Coach Smith had a rule that when you scored a basket you pointed to the person who passed you the ball.
Think about this for a moment. In the glory of a successful basket — as you run back along the court with the thunder of the applause ringing in your ears — you shared the win by pointing at the person who helped make it possible. I can’t think of a better way of showing that winning is a team effort.
His philosophy was simple and short: “Play hard; play together; play smart.”