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  1. Video: Kings coach Keith Smart getting a tarp off the court

    Nov 6, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Keith Smart

    There are some tarps over part of the scoreboard at the Sleep Train Arena where the Sacramento Kings play, covering up a former sponsor no longer involved with the team. During the Kings home opener Monday (a win over Golden State) one of those tarps fell on to the court. But don’t worry, Keith Smart…

  2. The Inbounds: Can Keith Smart save the Kings’ soul?

    Aug 30, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Russell Westbrook

    My favorite B-movie of all time is “Killer Clowns from Outer Space.” It is as terrible and ridiculous as the title suggests, an outright cavalcade of campy horror bathed in absurdist light. To try and watch it is to recognize that sometimes, there are things which should not be made, and yet you will watch…

  3. Kings extend coach Keith Smart’s contract to 2014

    Aug 7, 2012, 2:01 AM EDT

    Keith Smart

    Keith Smart did a nice job with the Kings last year — taking over a team Paul Westphal had lost and connecting with key players. And by Kings players we mean DeMarcus Cousins. It all starts there. Kings management was impressed enough — and is desperate for some semblance of consistency — that they have…

  4. This Kings offseason looks too much like last Kings offseason

    May 9, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    One year ago right now, the biggest concern for Sacramento Kings fans was that the team’s owners — the Maloof family — were going to pack up and move the Kings as soon as they could. That issue overshadowed the on the court questions about the young core of the team and how they would…

  5. Owner says Smart will return as Kings coach next season

    Mar 2, 2012, 3:28 PM EDT

    Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins

    Keith Smart has seemed to make a connection with the Kings players. That has not translated to winning yet — since he took over and the team has gone 10-18. But you are seeing better energy and play out of DeMarcus Cousins, you are seeing better defense, you’re seeing a respectable team starting to form.…

  6. His new coach talks DeMarcus Cousins and maturity

    Jan 13, 2012, 3:57 PM EDT

    Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins

    Somewhere near the top of the list of things Keith Smart has to do that his predecessor as coach of the Sacramento Kings (Paul Westphal) couldn’t do is build a good relationship with DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins is immensely talented but with an ego to match. He’s not loved in his own locker room, other teams…

  7. Kings say Chuck Hayes officially out 3-4 weeks

    Jan 6, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Just a quick update on the unfortunate injury to Chuck Hayes in Sacramento — he will be out three to four weeks, the team announced Friday. Hayes dislocated his left shoulder when he fouled the Bucks Drew Gooden and their arms got tangled up awkwardly. Hayes fell to the ground in pain and laid there for…

  8. Keith Smart signs two-year deal to coach Kings

    Jan 5, 2012, 8:04 PM EDT

    Keith Smart

    Keith Smart had an impossible situation in Golden State when he became head coach. Not long after he was hired the team was sold to new owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber whose mandate was to change the culture of a franchise that had been to the playoffs once in 17 years. Smart coached the…

  9. Sacramento Kings fire Paul Westphal as coach

    Jan 5, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Sacramento Kings

    Locker room dissention plus confusion on the court equaled the firing of Paul Westphal as coach of the Sacramento Kings. The team made the announcement Thursday. Keith Smart will take over in the interim, starting Thursday night when the Kings host the Bucks. The Kings were 2-5 but not really playing even that well, with…

  10. Kings pick up Keith Smart as assistant coach

    Nov 16, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Keith Smart Stephen Curry

    Hey — actual basketball related news! Enjoy this post for the diversion from the lawsuits and foolishness. Keith Smart, let go as head coach of the Golden State Warriors after one season, has been picked up to be an assistant coach on Paul Westphal’s staff in Sacramento, reports the Sacramento Bee. He joins 12-year NBA…

  11. Warriors to give Mike Brown, Dwane Casey interviews

    May 10, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavilers v Boston Celtics

    The Golden State Warriors have started their interview process and apparently they are thinking about a more defensive mindset. The Warriors are bringing in former Cavaliers coach Mike Brown and former Minnesota head coach (and current Dallas assistant) Dwane Casey to interview, according to CSN Bay Area (Marc Stein of ESPN had it first). Also…

  12. Warriors not bringing back coach Keith Smart

    Apr 27, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Keith Smart

    UPDATE 1:35 pm: The Warriors have decided to let Keith Smart go as coach, according to CSN Bay Area. Smart had been the head coach of the Warriors for one year, but had spent the previous seven as an assistant. This isn’t a shock — owner Joe Lacob wanted to put the team on a…

  13. Warriors set front office up for future, which leaves coach in limbo

    Apr 16, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

    Keith Smart, Larry Riley

    Last summer, before he even took control of the team, new Warriors owner Joe Lacob started to make changes — Don Nelson was out, Keith Smart was in for a year (it was a one-year contract) and they went out and got David Lee. The Warriors got 10 games better. But now Lacob is starting…

  14. Owners taking their time with coaches on hot seat

    Apr 15, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

    Kurt Rambis

    The coaching carousel has not started spinning yet. We keep expecting the music, we hear who is on the hot seat or likely gone, but nothing yet. Because owners are taking their time, reports Marc Spears at Yahoo. Take Kurt Rambis in Minnesota. (Please.) Everyone knows he’s expected to be let go, but so far…

  15. The decision on Keith Smart is no decision. For now.

    Apr 11, 2011, 10:40 PM EDT

    Keith Smart Stephen Curry

    What to do with Keith Smart? We know what Keith Smart wants, but Warriors owner Joe Lacob is going to take his time in making a decision he told our man Matt Steinmetz at CSN Bay Area. Warriors owner Joe Lacob indicated during a brief conversation on Monday that an announcement on Smart won’t be…

  16. Keith Smart thinks Keith Smart should keep his job

    Apr 11, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Golden State Warriors

    Keith Smart’s job was in danger the moment he signed a contract without a guaranteed second year. Not that he had a lot of choice. And Smart knew if he did well enough he would be back. But there are plenty of people in the Bay Area that do not think he has done near…

  17. Warriors’ worries: Stephen Curry limited, Monta Ellis worn down

    Mar 22, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    If you want, you can spin the Warriors season as a positive — they have 30 wins, already more than last season (26). Baby steps, but with a new owner at least there is hope they can improve on that next season. But on the ground, they have lost five straight and the same old…

  18. Is Doc Rivers ready to walk away from Boston after season?

    Mar 18, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

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    Doc Rivers almost left the Boston Celtics last season, but after coming within a quarter of an NBA title, and with the core of his team back, he decided to return and make another run at it. But will he walk away this summer? A lot of people in the coaching fraternity think he will,…

  19. Could Keith Smart’s relationship with Curry cost him his job?

    Mar 17, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

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    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…

  20. Anyone want Brandan Wright? Apparently he’s on the trade block.

    Nov 26, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    Brandan Wright

    This early in the season you don’t see a lot of trades, and the rumors of guys who will get moved closer to the deadline just start to bubble to the surface. Meet Brandan Wright. The forward is part of a crowded Golden State front court and can’t really crack the rotation in a serious…

  21. Keith Smart says rebounding key to Warriors start

    Nov 12, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    DLee_Rebound

    Golden State is different this season. You can see it in the 6-3 record, you can see it in better effort — well, any effort — on defense. But coach Keith Smart told KNBR in San Francisco (via Sports Radio Interviews) that the biggest difference has been in rebounding — the Warriors are one of…

  22. Warriors sale approved, becomes official

    Nov 12, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

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    In practice, the changes were already underway with the Warriors — Don Nelson was out, Keith Smart was in. A lineup of only shooters was being replaced by grittier, more physical players. But now the change in ownership that precipitated all of that is official — Joseph Lacob and Peter Guber have been unanimously approved…

  23. The unexpectedly expected rise of Dorell Wright

    Nov 4, 2010, 6:17 PM EDT

    Dorell Wright

    If you had Dorell Wright pegged as a 20-point scorer or the league leader in three-pointers made a week into the season, I’d politely ask that you step toward the stake surrounded by kindling. We don’t take kindly to witches and soothsayers around here. In retrospect, though, it makes complete sense. Maybe not Wright’s .545…

  24. Saturday Starting Five: Underground storylines before the season tip

    Oct 23, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

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    Hey, so, you’re stuck with me on the weekends, so I thought we’d put together something you can count on. Every weekend here at PBT we’ll have the Saturday Starting Five. Five elements, chosen thematically (so I’m not just basically vomiting words onto a screen for you) and brought for discussion about the NBA. Today’s…

  25. NBA Season Preview: Golden State Warriors

    Oct 21, 2010, 4:53 PM EDT

    Warriors_huddle

    Last season: 26-56, which is kind of the record you end up with when you don’t play much defense. And Don Nelson had stopped caring about defense, or seemingly coaching half the time. But as much as that, it was an injury-ravaged season that kept the win total that low. Head Coach: Keith Smart, who…

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