Keith Smart Rumors
Miami Heat assistant coach Keith Smart is stepping away from his duties for the second time this season to undergo treatment for a rare form of skin cancer, a team official confirmed Tuesday. Smart, 51, initially left the team in mid-December and returned Jan. 11 after what was deemed to be successful treatment of the cancer that surfaced on the left side of his jaw. The Heat did not offer a timeframe for how long Smart is expected to be away for this latest round of treatment.
Miami Heat assistant coach Keith Smart is recovering from successful surgery to treat a rare form of skin cancer and should return to work in January, the team announced Wednesday. Smart is in his second year with the Heat after previously serving as head coach of the Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. Before Monday’s game in Atlanta, the Heat informed reporters that Smart was away from the team for an undisclosed medical reason.
The Miami HEAT announced today several front office hirings, including Keith Smart as Assistant Coach, Chris Quinn as Assistant Coach/Player Development, Brandon Gilliam as Assistant Trainer/Director of Rehabilitation, Wes Brown as Assistant Trainer and Eric Foran as Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach.
Former Golden State and Sacramento coach Keith Smart has emerged as a strong candidate to join the Miami Heat’s revamped assistant coaching staff, league sources told Yahoo Sports. In the wake of a shakeup that resulted in the reassignments of Bob McAdoo and Ron Rothstein, Smart, 49, and Miami are discussing a role on head coach Erik Spoelstra’s bench, sources said. David Fizdale will continue as Spoelstra’s top assistant, and ex-Heat player Juwan Howard will move up to an assistant coaching job after a season working in player development, sources said.