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Warriors not bringing back Smart

Posted on: April 27, 2011 1:31 pm
Edited on: April 27, 2011 2:04 pm
 
Warriors coach Keith Smart, who has been under evaluation since Golden State's season ended, will not be back next season, the team announced Wednesday.

Comcast SportsNet-Bay Area first reported the decision on Smart, who took over for Don Nelson last season and went 36-46. The Warriors' new front office, led by former agent Bob Myers, decided not to pick up Smart's team option for the 2011-12 season.

Golden State joins Houston on the coaching-search trail, with the Pistons (John Kuester) soon to follow once the ownership transfer to Tom Gores is completed. The Timberwolves' basketball staff is meeting later this week to discuss, among other things, the future of coach Kurt Rambis. Sources say Minnesota brass are in no rush to make a decision on Rambis, who is in danger and will be required to make some significant changes to his style and philosophy if asked to stay.

In Toronto, coach Jay Triano's future is tied to general manager Bryan Colangelo, who appears to be on his way out unless the majority owners from the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan are successful in selling their stake in the team, sources say. There are strong indications that Pacers coach Frank Vogel will be retained after taking over for Jim O'Brien and losing to the top-seeded Bulls 4-1 in the first round. It also is believed that team president Larry Bird, who has been contemplating retirement, will be back next season, sources with knowledge of the situation told CBSSports.com.

As CBSSports.com reported Monday, the Knicks are poised to retain team president Donnie Walsh with a two-year extension, pending Walsh becoming comfortable that he will have undisputed final say over basketball operations. It is Walsh's desire to retain coach Mike D'Antoni, who has one year left on his contract, sources say.

Speculation has surrounded Smart's future for weeks as new owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber seemed poised to put their own stamp on the franchise. The process began two weeks ago when Golden State hired Myers, an influential agent with Wasserman Media Group, as assistant GM, signaling that he will be groomed for the top job while GM Larry Riley remains with a contract extension. The decision not to retain Smart ultimately was ownership's call, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Comments

Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: April 28, 2011 2:14 pm
 

This Team Needs to get Tougher

You want toughness? then start at the top bring in Jerry Sloan how great it would be to see him break the all-time win record as a warrior coach....ah to bad nellie.

Sloan will teach and demand that his guards play defense and so will the rest of the team.



Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: April 28, 2011 10:01 am
 

Warriors not bringing back Smart

Trade Steph Curry



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 2:24 am
 

Not Smart for the Warriors

While not a Warriors fan I have watched more than a few of their games this year. Keith Smart seemed to motivate the team well. He did coach more conventionally than Don Nelson but that would be true of any coach. No, they did not play good defense. But it was miles ahead of last year for defense. The small backcourt will never be strong on defense. It is a personnel issue, not a coaching issue.

So it seemed wrong to dismiss Smart so soon. I think the Warriors want a big name and will be disappointed in getting one. The main need for this team is the personnel acquisition that has occured in the past and must be revamped. Keith Smart will coach again and in a better situation than GSW. Best of success coach. For the Warriors may they decide on their identity and work forward in creating itt. There are many years to undo before they return to their glory days.



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: April 27, 2011 11:59 pm
 

Warriors not bringing back Smart

Curry and Smart did not see eye to eye which ultimately led to Smart's dismissal.



Since: Jul 6, 2009
Posted on: April 27, 2011 3:41 pm
 

Warriors not bringing back Smart

   Berger looks like this back in the day movie critic: Rex Reed. Berger probably has Reed's "other" characteristics also.



Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: April 27, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Warriors not bringing back Smart

The players hated Nelson....they liked and respected Smart who called some off the best in bounds plays i have seen in years. They cant play defense because there guards gamble to much and theydont have a physical presense in the middle but according to Riley and Lacobs there going to take care of that problem.....ya right.....20 years and still waiting .....



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 2:09 pm
 

Warriors not bringing back Smart

im telling you he is getting rid of the wrong people. Keith Smart good luck you deserved better wasn't your fault the GM or the owner did nothing but weaken the team at the trading deadline.
No way. Smart was just Don Nelson's puppet that ran the same exact stuff that didn't work. The Warriors need a real coach, one that actually emphasizes playing defense and that utilizes their top players (Steph Curry anyone?) better. Thank god Smart is out as coach as this was the right decision. For now, I wouldn't be opposed to bringing Adelman back to Golden State. The only time Adelman hasn't had a winning record in a single season was his two seasons that he coached the Warriors before. However, the guy is a good coach...







Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: April 27, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Warriors not bringing back Smart

hey why dont we let Lacobs coach the team? im telling you he is getting rid of the wrong people. Keith Smart good luck you deserved better wasn't your fault the GM or the owner did nothing but weaken the team at the trading deadline.


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