Head coach Keith Smart is one and done
The new regime running the Warriors knows what it wants in a head coach.It’s not Keith Smart.The
Warriors informed Smart on Wednesday that he wouldn’t be retained as
their coach. Now in the market for their third coach in three years, the
Warriors want one who is going to be around a few years and can develop
young talent, said Larry Riley, the team’s head of basketball
operations. They also want a coach with a vision on how to get this team
into the playoffs, an event the Warriors have missed for 16 of the past
"The main thing," Riley said, "is we do feel like we need a new direction."Smart
led the Warriors to a 36-46 record this past season, a 10-game
improvement over the 2009-10 campaign under coach Don Nelson.
said Smart did a good job, citing the team’s effort and chemistry. But
Smart didn’t do enough to convince the decision-makers — Riley,
co-owner Joe Lacob and vice president of basketball operations Bob Myers
— that he was the coach to take this team to the next level.
everyone figured Smart’s return was unlikely when he signed — perhaps
even Smart. He was introduced as head coach the day before training
camp, after signing a contract that had just one guaranteed season and a
team option for the next.
"I don’t know if it was ever going to
be a fair shot," Smart said in a phone interview. "I was put in a
situation to try to coach this team and get this headed in the right direction. Fair or not fair, who knows? But certain things had to fall in place for it to happen."
said the Warriors haven’t contacted anyone yet and don’t have a
timetable for hiring a new coach, though he said it wouldn’t hurt to
have one by the NBA draft, which is June 23.http://www.insidebayarea.com/warriors/ci_17944980