Warriors End Their Relationship With Smart

The Warriors announced today that they are parting ways with their coach Keith Smart. I wasn’t overly impressed with the job he did coaching, but didn’t feel he did enough to get let go, and wouldn’t have been upset to see him at the bench one more year. It’s probably for the better though. The new owners need to move as far as they possibly can from the old ownership, and so far they haven’t really done much maybe this is a sign of changes to come. I’m pretty realistic about my teams, and I didn’t think the W’s would make the playoffs this year as their roster was constructed at the beginning of the year, which I guess isn’t much of a bold prediction since they rarely do anything. Maybe if everything came together perfectly they would’ve had a shot to make the playoffs, but that didn’t happen, and management decided it was time for their first big change.

Smart did a few things that I questioned during the season, like keeping Biendris out there when he obviously didn’t have anything to contribute. Sure, we didn’t have a lot of options at center, and the team is paying Biens a ridiculous $9M per season, but Smart should’ve seen what we all saw, a player that just didn’t have the heart or desire to be out there more than ten minutes a game. His second mistake in my mind was playing Ellis way too many minutes. Sure he was out best player, but 80% of the time at the end of the game he’d be too tired to make an impact. His elevation wasn’t there because he played about 5 too many minutes, so we’d lose. I loved how Smart was a players coach, but maybe he was a little too much of a players coach. I mean, he let Acie Law talk himself into the lineup regularly. You just can’t let that happen! I wish Smart the best of luck, and hope he finds another home. He was our assistant from 03-09 and our head coach last year, which is actually a pretty long tenure in the Warriors organization.

I have no idea who they will end up with as their coach for next year, but I’m hoping it’s Rick Adelman or at least someone proven. I’d hate to give the job to someone that has no experience again. We are a very young team that needs someone that can keep their attention and respect. Not so sure Smart had that from them. He had their respect, but not so positive about their attention.

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8 responses to “Warriors End Their Relationship With Smart

  • tophatal


    The NBA much like the NFL has become about …….. the what have you done for me lately league ‘ I don’t blame Smart for the Warriors problems but in essence what they needed was someone who could relate to the young players on the roster and instill into them all the nuances of the game. It’s going to be interesting to see the path they take in the hiring of a new coach .

    tophatal ………………….

  • Anthony Burrola

    I’d bet my left arm that Rick Adelman doesn’t return to Northern California anytime soon.

    The way I see it, when a team is not winning, coaches should devote their time to maximizing individual talent. Not because it’ll be good for the team’s future, but because it’ll help my fantasy team. This year, Monta Ellis was that guy, and for some reason, he was FINALLY healthy nearly all year. I loved it.

    Well, I would have loved it if I drafted him.

    • Ravenation, L.L.C. of North America

      Agreed. Too many enemies out there.

      But if they can turn it around you’ll be Rick Allen from Def Leppard in the mirror


    • chappy81

      Ellis was a fantasy beast this year. I had him and enjoyed his services all year! I thought he could’ve been even more productive if Smart didn’t play him 45 minutes a game. I would’ve like to see that closer to 40-42. In a lot of games he was too tired to take over in the fourth quarter. He would be short on his jumpers because he wouldn’t have his legs. A few minutes of rest might have done the trick imo.

  • Ravenation, L.L.C. of North America

    This is further proof that good players don’t always make great coaches. Keith Smart was an immensely talented college basketball player, but college and pro games are very different.

    I also hope they end up with someone that has experience. I’ve never been a fan of Adelman, and I have no real legitimate reason for that. The way the Knicks have fallen apart, you guys might even be able to get D’Antoni since Golden State has never really been a defensive powerhouse.


    • chappy81

      I think your right in most cases that players aren’t that great of coaches. They have an easy in because they can sell to the owner that they can relate to the players better. I think Smart was good at relating to the players, but I did question his rotations quite a bit.

      It sounds like our new owners don’t want another offensive minded coach. I think we’ll hire the Mike Brown type before we hire someone like D’Antoni, but you never know with the Warriors!

  • Chris Humpherys

    There are a lot of guys coaching now with little or no head coaching experience. I’ll actually have a piece on it soon.

    I agree with you that another young head coach might not be right for this team but will another retread like Adelman?

    Who else would you like?

    • chappy81

      I read a tweet that said they were trying to convince Sloan to come out of retirement. I’d hit the “like” button on that one. As far as I can tell the new owners are targeting a defensive minded coach for the first time in Warriors history. It sounds like Mike Brown is a strong candidate for the job. I just hope they pick someone before the lockout, so it’s not a lost season even though there might not be a season….

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