During that first interview with Dean, I also mentioned that I grew up a fan of North Carolina great and Smith favorite Bobby Jones, pointing out his defensive prowess as a forward for the Denver Nuggets in the 1970s. The next time I interviewed Smith, a couple of years later, he reminded me of my affection for Jones -- he said it showed I knew something about basketball to appreciate a defense-first player. I was immensely flattered that Dean Smith, of all people, remembered what I said. And that he thought I had some basketball sense. But mostly I was astounded that a man who had so many interactions with people could recall a small portion of a conversation with a reporter years earlier.

Pat Forde writing on ESPN's College Basketball Nation Blog