Memory of ex-Bullets coach inspires son Nolan Smith

Memory of ex-Bullets coach inspires son Nolan Smith
August 15, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Nolan Smith's father, Derek Smith, died from an undetected heart defect in 1996 while an assistant coach of the then-Bullets. The son, now trying to play his way back into the NBA after a failed stint with the Portland Trail Blazers, is a familiar face in Washington. 

Tara Greco, a grad student at Georgetown's School of Continuing Studies, tracked down Nolan Smith for her project -- and his agent, B.J. Armstrong -- and produced this inside look of his road back.
"For the first eight years of his life, Nolan was Derek's shadow. He quietly and intently studied and internalized his father's every word and move. Nolan idolized Derek, and wanted to be exactly like him: competitive, but with an unwavering positive attitude and an out-sized joy for life, his family and the game of basketball. Eighteen years later, he still does." 

See Greco's full story here on Nolan Smith, who led Duke to a national championship and has been playing overseas.