In the midst of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, Showtime debuts a new documentary on legendary coach Dean Smith, who won two national championships at the University of North Carolina. Sadly for Tar Heels fans, the team lost Thursday night to number one seed Wisconsin in a close contest, but this documentary may offer some solace. Smith earned 879 victories over the course of his coaching career, capped by titles in 1982 and 1993. Watch a promo for the documentary here.
I had some rawness to me. He [Dean Smith] shaped all that.
Under Smith, who died in February at the age of 83, UNC produced some of the greatest basketball players in history, most notably Michael Jordan. Watch Jordan speak about his mentor here. According to the New York Times, the Smith family gave its blessing to the documentary, but did not provide interviews to the filmmakers.
"Dean Smith: A Portrait of Greatness" next airs on Showtime on Saturday, March 28. It is available now on Showtime Anytime and Showtime on Demand.
Matt Carey has written and produced multiple documentaries for CNN and contributed to CNN.com, TheWrap and Documentary magazine. He is based in Los Angeles