Dean Smith with Michael Jordan after Jordan’s induction into the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. Ex-Tar Heel star Billy Cunningham remembers Smith getting irritated when Cunningham suggested Jordan, then a freshman named Mike, could become the Tar Heels’ best ever. Smith looked at everyone as an equal, Cunningham says.
Dean Smith with Michael Jordan after Jordan’s induction into the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. Ex-Tar Heel star Billy Cunningham remembers Smith getting irritated when Cunningham suggested Jordan, then a freshman named Mike, could become the Tar Heels’ best ever. Smith looked at everyone as an equal, Cunningham says. David T. Foster III dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
Dean Smith with Michael Jordan after Jordan’s induction into the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. Ex-Tar Heel star Billy Cunningham remembers Smith getting irritated when Cunningham suggested Jordan, then a freshman named Mike, could become the Tar Heels’ best ever. Smith looked at everyone as an equal, Cunningham says. David T. Foster III dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

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