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Fear The Sword Feb 25, 2015

North Carolina product Brendan Haywood speaks on passing of Dean Smith

Brendan Haywood talks to Fear the Sword about the man who recruited him to North Carolina Brendan Haywood never played under legendary coach Dean Smith, but he was recruited by the man and a part of what was the last great team that Smith assembled. In 1997-98 Brendan Haywood was a freshman center at Chapel Hill, the first year that Bill Guthridge took the reins. Haywood's role on that team was limited. The Tar Heels, led by consensus Player of the Year Antawn Jamison went 34-4, finished the regular season ranked number one, won the ACC tournament, and made the Final Four. They had a guy...
Plain Dealer Feb 9, 2015

Cleveland Cavaliers' Brendan Haywood on Dean Smith: 'He was more than just basketball'

Cleveland Cavaliers center Brendan Haywood chose to go to North Carolina specifically to play for legendary coach Dean Smith.

Cavs' Brendan Haywood remembers coach Dean Smith

This is from Jason Lloyd's Cavaliers notebook: Cavs' Brendan Haywood’s fondest memory of Tar Heels coach Dean Smith occurred prior to his freshman season at North Carolina, when Smith was trying to convince a 320-pound Haywood he needed to lose weight to succeed. “You can play in the NBA as long as you want, but you have to get your weight down,” Haywood recalled Smith saying. “He said, ‘Two guys came in like you, very young and overweight. One was Geoff Crompton and one was Brad Daugherty.’ ” The younger Haywood thought about it for a minute before asking Smith,...

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