The truth is I was done.
I accomplished far more there than I expected. And I had no
dreams of greater power and glory, if such a thing were available
to me. When I looked inside myself, I didn’t see ambition or even
drive to continue. I’m not sure how that happened. Maybe I was
And when you’re responsible for so many people, you owe them more
than that. Better to step aside and let others have their turn.
So I did.
He had come to believe so after a former North Carolina player and
assistant under Smith, Larry Brown, brought his Philadelphia 76ers
to Chapel Hill for training camp in the first week of October. The
old coach, 66 now, measured himself against this younger one and
found himself wanting. “Watching Larry out on the court, I said to
myself, I used to be like that,” Smith said. “If I can’t give this
team that kind of enthusiasm, I should get out.”