By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard

Dean Smith died at his home Saturday night at the age of 83. He suffered from dementia, a condition that robbed him of his memory. He is not the only legendary basketball coach being inflicted with dementia. Former University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt suffers from Alzheimer’s which is a common cause of dementia.

Dean Smith

Dementia should be filed under ‘horrors of the world’. It is a combination of symptoms that effect the memory. Just imagine for a moment living a full and fruitful life and then not being able to remember the things you’ve done or people you have loved.

Dean Smith wasn’t able to sit back and bask in his accomplishments and neither will Pat Summitt. All the championships, the wins, the players, the relationships and the great moments are eventually lost from memory.

Tommy Tomlinson wrote an incredible piece last March about Dean Smith and what he was going through. On this day where the basketball world remembers Dean Smith, it is a sobering read.


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