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Report: Keith Smart ‘a strong candidate’ to join Heat’s assistant coaching staff

Sep 2, 2014, 11:59 AM EST

Keith Smart AP

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra is shuffling the deck in terms of his assistant coaches, after things changed fairly significantly once the game’s best player decided to leave in free agency.

Some older, trusted names are gone in favor of some new voices — one of which will be the recently-retired Juwan Howard taking a more prominent role — and it appears as though Spoelstra isn’t finished adding additional talent to his staff in advance of the coming season.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Former Golden State and Sacramento coach Keith Smart has emerged as a strong candidate to join the Miami Heat’s revamped assistant coaching staff, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

In the wake of a shakeup that resulted in the reassignments of Bob McAdoo and Ron Rothstein, Smart, 49, and Miami are discussing a role on head coach Erik Spoelstra’s bench, sources said.

Smart last coached in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings from 2011-13, and was an assistant under Don Nelson in Golden State before taking over for him in a head coaching role in the ’09-10 season.

Spoelstra has proven to be one of the league’s top-tier head coaches, and these moves show that he isn’t afraid to incorporate some new ideas as his team faces its latest transitional phase.

  1. hojo20 - Sep 2, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    I wonder how his career path would’ve been had he missed that jump shot in 1987.

    • sportsfan18 - Sep 2, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      Bite your tongue sir!

      I was a sophomore at IU when he hit that wonderful jumper…

      It was fantastic…

      Course Bobby Knight and his well documented way with words said that it would have been great for Alford to hit that shot instead… He said that he was a senior, was leaving and it would be better for a player to not have to come back after that…

  2. ProBasketballPundit - Sep 2, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    When I heard Keith Smart’s name I couldn’t remember if he coached the Warriors or Kings…

    I spend too much time reading about/watching NBA.

    • ebecks34 - Sep 3, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      Me too, maybe because the Kings change their coach every single year, so when we finally memorize the name, he’s gone.

  3. miamatt - Sep 2, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Sounds good, but only on the condition that Mr. Smart maintains the pose from the above pic at all times. You know he ain’t playin’.

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