Mar 17, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT
Keith Smart may not be long for the Golden State Warriors.
Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay Area minces no words about that or why.
When Warriors owner Joe Lacob says publicly at the end of the season he’s not bringing back Keith Smart as coach — which seems very much a foregone conclusion at this point — he’ll certainly have some reasons.
Right at the top of the list will be Smart’s relationship with second-year point guard Stephen Curry. There is no feud, no profanity-laced shouting matches or even any dislike, really. There’s not even really a “problem.”
But something’s amiss between the two. All you have had to do was watch the Warriors all season long and you would have seen it. To say Smart has had Curry on a shorter leash than Don Nelson did a year ago would be an understatement.
Smart has some reasons here. Curry still turns the ball over on 16.5 percent of the possessions he uses. His defense is unimpressive.
I can see sitting Curry if you have better options. Acie Law is not a better option. For all his flaws, Curry is their best point guard and he is shooting the ball better this season than he did last season. That is why you drafted him in the first place, to shoot the rock. Smart is trying to push Curry to be a more rounded player. But in the process he may have helped push himself out the door
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