CHAPEL HILL—Kenny Smith was one of the best point guards in Carolina and Atlantic Coast Conference history from 1983-87, earning National Player of the Year honors as a senior. He later won two NBA championship rings with Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and the Houston Rockets in the 1990s.
But Smith is almost certainly better known today than he was as an active player, thanks to his longtime role as an analyst for Turner Sports' Emmy-winning "Inside the NBA" program.
For all his success as a player and afterward, Smith still gets chills every time he returns to Chapel Hill. He was in town last week for his annual basketball camp in the Smith Center, bringing his family along with him, as usual.
Smith sat down with Adam Lucas of GoHeels TV to discuss playing for Dean Smith, flashes of future greatness he saw in a former Tar Heel assistant coach turned Hall-of-Famer named Roy Williams, the point guard talents of Marcus Paige and more.