As we move forward as coaches, constantly looking for ways to improve -- we need to always remember to take a look in the review mirror at those who have paved the way. Dean Smith had an indirect impact on me as a coach. At Winfield High School, the head boys coach Ron Chambers made a decision to implement the North Carolina system -- in particular the UNC passing game offense. Coach Chambers gave me a copy of Coach Smith's book "Multiple Offense & Defense." To this day I still believe it to be one of the best tactical basketball books written. To this day there has been some guidelines from his passing game that we have incorporated into our Post Exchange motion attack. I don't believe there is a better stat sheet for understanding the efficiency of your team on both the offensive or defensive end than the Possession Evaluation Chart that we stole from Coach Smith and his book.
Here is a video of Coach Roy Williams paying tribute to Coach Smith last week (thanks to Coach Clarence Gaines II) and is well worth it for everyone to watch.