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Are the Warriors better off with Keith Smart?

Sep 18, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

The tea leaves read “Nellie is done.” And though Nelson long and distinguished career is certainly worth respecting, you can still hear the collective sigh of relief, followed by the sharp intake of anticipation from Warriors fans. A fresh start. A new beginning. A change in the winds.

Or, you know, not really any of that.

Warriors World discusses Smart and his brief reign last season as head coach of the Warriors, and the results are not good:

I have no clue how prospective
Warriors coach Keith Smart would handle all that, I just want him to
eschew his December 2009 self…which was a facsimile of modern Don
Nelson:

12/7 @Okc L 104-88
12/9 @Njn W 105-89
12/11 @Chi L 96-91
12/12 @Det L 104-95
12/14 @Phi L 117-101

That rancid roadtrip lies in
obscurity’s hamper, but like an elephant I never forget-I also never
stop eating the stale peanuts fed to me by GSW HQ. Smart was given the
reins for an entire jaunt, and he promptly ran the carriage into an
Alligator swamp.

It wasn’t Smart’s first rodeo at the helm. He also took over as interim coach of the Cavaliers in 2002, going 9-31.

Ouch.

If the Warriors are going to really turn a corner if and when they do decide to let Nelson go, Smart may not be the best option. After all, he’s been working under Nellie in that whackadoodle system of his for years, and the Warriors don’t need more of that. They need a fresh start. Smart may do as a temporary solution, but there’s evidence to suggest he may not hang on like Jay Triano has in Toronto (although his defense will still probably be better than Triano’s.)

  1. Cedric - Sep 20, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    Keith Smart was like the substitute teacher in Jr High School, just following the lesson plan left by the permanent teacher. We’ve yet to see him in charge of the class. I’m willing to see if he’d change the lesson plan if he was fully in charge of the class.

  2. Cedric - Sep 20, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    Keith Smart was like the substitute teacher in Jr High School, just following the lesson plan left by the permanent teacher. We’ve yet to see him in charge of the class. I’m willing to see if he’d change the lesson plan if he was fully in charge of the class.

  3. Mare - Sep 20, 2010 at 7:46 PM

    Hire Mark Jackson…

  4. dave - Sep 21, 2010 at 2:49 PM

    well said.

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