HoopsHype Keith Smart rumors

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But coach Keith Smart shouldn't worry, not only because the Maloofs remains supportive of his program but because they aren't interested in making what would be fifth coaching change since 2006. Smart already had his 2013-14 contract option picked up, and – record aside - has received major credit for establishing a defense-first culture and connecting with third-year forward DeMarcus Cousins. USA Today

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Smart said guard Tyreke Evans should be available for tonight's game against Toronto. Evans, who missed the last two games with a bruised left knee, was held out of parts of practice Tuesday but had a good workout, Smart said. "He came in and did some treadmill work, did some sprint work on the floor and then got up his shots," Smart said. "I just wanted to get him to where he did some change of direction on the floor and ran into someone, but I think he'll be ready to go." Sacramento Bee

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Under Petrie, the NBA's longest-tenured top basketball executive, the Kings have missed the playoffs for six consecutive seasons; four coaches have been scorched in the process, with Keith Smart's job security suddenly not so secure; the slow start has dampened preseason enthusiasm and furthered the belief that the Maloofs don't care and Smart can't coach, and that Petrie's Princeton pedigree notwithstanding, he is no longer the brains behind a highly successful venture. (NBA scouts summarized the Kings as a low-IQ roster that lacks a floor leader/facilitator, and has too many small guards and duplicating small forwards, a dearth of perimeter shooters, terrible chemistry and inexplicable offense.) Sacramento Bee

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Kings coach Keith Smart has discussed the incident with Cousins. "Any little mark is gonna knock you all the way back down again," he said, remembering their conversation. "So you've got to stay one step ahead and be perfect, with everything that goes on. You've got to be a man now and accept what's happening. And then we've got to move on. But understand that everything you do until you are this person that we believe you can become, you have to do things perfect, because when you make mistakes they affect not just you but it affects our entire team. "So let's put this behind you, we've got the right people in place now to get you through all these things and we're looking forward to the polished person to eventually come out." ESPN.com

November 7, 2012 Updates

Offensively speaking, it’s been a rocky start to the NBA season for newcomer James Johnson. The Sacramento Kings small forward hasn’t been able to find his rhythm and is shooting a team-low 23 percent from the field through four games. Johnson has looked out of sync when the Kings have had the ball, but his struggles aren’t a major concern for Keith Smart. The Kings head coach believes that the 25-year-old forward is still adapting to his new surroundings. “I don’t think there’s anything ailing him,” Smart said of Johnson following Tuesday practice. “I think it’s all new to him. I’m giving him freedom to function as a wing player and I think that’s maybe something new to him. “I’m saying to him do whatever you need to do and do it decisively,” Smart added. “And I think he’s kind of shell-shocked (with) that, you know?” Cowbell Kingdom

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DeMarcus Cousins showed up in the best shape of his NBA career. It's a good thing, too, because Kings coach Keith Smart is setting the bar even higher for the third-year center. Smart is focusing on defense for this training camp and is asking Cousins to take a bigger role in leading the Kings from the bottom of the league in points allowed and field-goal percentage allowed. "One thing I've already put to him is, 'You should be honorable-mention All-Defense this year,' " Smart said. " 'If you put your mind to it, you should be honorable-mention All-Defense.' " Sacramento Bee

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I actually had a long talk with Keith Smart about Evans when we were in LV at summer league. The knock on Tyreke is that he can’t knock down the open jumper during games. He rains them down during practice, but is reluctant to shoot during games. Coach wants to see him gain the confidence he needs to shoot when he’s open, and if he can, Smart wants to keep him. If Evans won’t engage, he’ll continue to be the subject of trade talks. HoopsWorld

August 12, 2012 Updates

Brian T. Smith: Jimmer Fredette's hoping for a clean slate with the Kings and believes his relationship with coach Keith Smart continues to improve. But if Fredette remains at the bottom of Sacramento's depth chart and the team struggles, it wouldn't be surprising to see him moved before the 2013 #NBA trade deadline, if not sooner. Twitter

Jimmer Fredette on how he's viewing situation with Sacramento: I just worry about the things that I can control. And that's right now just working on my game and becoming the best player I can be. When it comes to the training camp, I know that I'll be ready to go. I'll show them that I can be a very good player in this league and a guy that can help their team. That's what my focus is right now. Whatever happens in the future, I can't really predict that. But I'm working on becoming the best player that I can be. If I control that and be the best player that I can be, I'm going to find a spot and be in the right place. Sulia

August 7, 2012 Updates

The Kings could have waited a few months and made Keith Smart prove himself more before deciding he was their coach beyond the 2012-13 season. But in Smart's first six months, Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie said he had seen enough. The Kings announced Monday that Smart had agreed to a contract extension through the 2013-14 season. "We had talked about it at length somewhat after the season, after the draft," Petrie said. "We just really moved forward on it in the last couple of weeks. It's something I'm really in favor of. He's the right coach at the right time for the group of players." Sacramento Bee

August 6, 2012 Updates

There were 10 players in town last week working out voluntarily, on their own dime, at the Kings facility. That's seen as a sign Smart's message is reaching players, who during last year's lockout didn't get together at all. Sulia

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