HoopsHype Keith Smart rumors

August 1, 2012 Updates

Sounds as if Keith Smart's hope his team would bond in the offseason is happening. Ten of the players on the roster are in Sacramento working out and playing 5-on-5. The only players that could not be in town are John Salmons, James Johnson, Chuck Hayes and Francisco Garcia. It's important that young nucleus that the franchise is depending on (DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton) is in town. Also have to like that new PG Aaron Brooks is getting to know his new teammates. Definitely a step in the right direction and something that's needed to build team chemistry. Sulia

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Contacts inside Evans camp say that the word is mum. They have not been approached by the franchise about an impending deal. In fact, Evans has been holding private workouts with Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie while coach Keith Smart was out of town checking in on other players. Cowbell Kingdom

May 5, 2012 Updates

Q: What was Keith Smart able to get out of this group that you were looking for after taking over? Geoff Petrie: Every coach, with the lockout and no practice time to speak of, it was tough on anybody and affected change. He certainly changed us offensively from where we were, a very low place to start with. And he found ways to try and get guys going and get his best guys on the floor like Tyreke at small forward. John (Salmons) had about 20 what I would call John Salmons game after the first 20 because Keith started giving him the ball and let him run the offense and that got him going. And certainly making a decision to put Isaiah out there, those were all things he was trying to find a way to use people and find what combinations are going to work best together. And we were in a lot of games. It's not like we were getting blown out all the time. But we've got to start winning more the goes. Sacramento Bee

May 2, 2012 Updates

When Paul Westphal knew his tenure as Kings’ head coach was coming to an end, he gave Smart his blessing. After parting ways with the Golden State Warriors following a better than projected 2010-11 season, Smart’s second-wind as an NBA head coach came sooner than he had expected. “I knew he was prepared to be a head coach then,” said soon-to-be free agent guard Jamal Crawford, who spent one season in Golden State while Smart served as an assistant. “It was like preparation. Every situation, he had a lot of patience. “He knew how to challenge guys,” Crawford added. “Sometimes you need to get in a guy’s face to challenge them (and) sometimes you need to back off and do it a different way. He had that back then.” Cowbell Kingdom

April 8, 2012 Updates

Kings coach Keith Smart wasn't about to be baited into having part of his salary go to the NBA. So when asked if he thought Los Angeles Clippers All-Star Blake Griffin was "babied" by NBA referees, Smart wasn't about to draw the ire of the league. "You didn't ask me that question, did you?" Smart said. "Did you see what happened to my big man?" Smart's big man, DeMarcus Cousins, was fined $25,000 by the NBA Friday for saying referees babied Griffin and did not enforce the rules against him fairly. "My wife would be really upset if I answered that question," Smart said. Sacramento Bee

March 22, 2012 Updates

Before their current three-game win streak, the Kings had lost three in a row and guard Marcus Thornton was playing some of his worst basketball. Coincidentally, the trade deadline was just around the corner and the Kings guard thought he was on the block. “I remember coming in trade deadline day,” said coach Smart to media following practice. “He said coach, ‘What time is it?’. And I said ’12:30′. He said, ‘What time is it out east?’ I said ‘Is that what this is all about? Is that what you had been thinking for over a week?’” Cowbell Kingdom

Before the deadline, Thornton averaged just 10 points and shot 31.2 percent from beyond the arc in the Kings’ three-game skid. Since then, he’s scored 30 or more points and shot above 50 percent from deep in two of the Kings’ last three games. “It was just trade deadline,” said Thornton, who added that a cold contributed to his poor play last week. “Everybody gets cautious at the trade deadline. It was on everybody’s mind. But that’s over with. It’s a new week, new day, glad to be a King.” Cowbell Kingdom

March 7, 2012 Updates

A new addition to the Sacramento Kings’ coaching staff was spotted working with Hassan Whiteside following shoot-around today. Clifford Ray, who won championships as a player (1975, Golden State Warriors) and coach (2008, Boston Celtics), has joined head coach Keith Smart’s staff to work with the team’s big men. “He’s been all over with coaching so he has a great feel,” said Smart of Ray, who’s had NBA stints in Dallas, New Jersey, Golden State, Cleveland, Orlando and Boston. “Every big guy in the league has come through his hands at one time or another.” Cowbell Kingdom

March 5, 2012 Updates

Keith Smart has found some job security as an NBA head coach in Northern California after all. In California's state capital with the Sacramento Kings, that is. Kings president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie announced Monday that the team has extended Smart's contract through the 2012-13 season. The 47-year-old Smart replaced the fired Paul Westphal in early January -- giving him another shot as a head coach after being let go by the Golden State Warriors last April after one respectable season. CBSSports.com

March 2, 2012 Updates

"Yes," Maloof said emphatically when asked if Smart's option would be picked up. "With no disrespect to our past coaches, we really have someone who everybody likes now. The players like him, the basketball staff likes him, we trust him, and he knows the game. Keith Smart is a wonderful coach, and we're lucky to have him. ... Yes, we'll pick it up. We want him to be our coach forever." SI.com

"There was one game where we won, and DeMarcus didn't have a real good fourth quarter, so the next day [Smart] took DeMarcus to breakfast, sat down with him and it was fantastic," Maloof said. "DeMarcus really respects him, trusts him, believes in him. You've got to have trust, and that's the most important thing that I think he's been able to develop with the team. They have a trust and they stick together, these guys." SI.com

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Smart took over for the fired Paul Westphal Jan. 5 and said Cousins has grown up a lot in a month's time. "Everything I'd seen or heard about him I've seen a complete personality shift," Smart said. Sacramento Bee

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Since taking over as head coach, Smart has characterized the Kings as a group of players still trying to become a team. On Friday he said the Kings did a better job against the Trail Blazers of communicating on defense. But the kind of cohesion he wants to see is also to be found away from the court, and it gives some insight into how Smart envisions the Kings improving. "Sometimes I just sit around on the plane and just listen to their chatter and see what they're talking about, and hear what they're talking about," Smart said. "And you can hear things now that they're talking about the game a little bit more, they're talking about what they could do on an opponent coming up, and that's how the team starts to grow. "And then eventually they start going out to eat places together, eating with each other, and having fun and growing right there. And then you have a game like last night, or several games prior to last night, where they were doing so many good things, not getting the win, but then last night everything came together with the win. And now they can say, 'Man, see, we just do this.' Sacramento Bee

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