Ron Rothstein Rumors
Ira Winderman: Yahoo reporting Heat interest in Keith Smart for coaching staff. Spoelstra has opening with Rothstein, McAdoo being reassigned.
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.
After a summer of dramatic roster change, the Miami Heat are reassigning two prominent assistant coaches, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Ron Rothstein and Bob McAdoo will no longer play significant roles on head coach Erik Spoelstra’s staff – and could be completely off the bench, according to league sources.
“The fact is,” the source said, “they were part of Pat’s group.” Both Rothstein and McAdoo were Heat assistants when Pat Riley coached the Heat to the 2006 NBA title. They then remained on the staff when Spoelstra took over as coach in 2008 and Riley returned to a full-time role as team president.
A source close to the situation confirmed Sunday night to the Sun Sentinel that assistant coaches Ron Rothstein and Bob McAdoo no longer will be part of Erik Spoelstra’s Miami Heat primary coaching staff. “As far as being on the bench, they no longer will be,” said the source, who said the two have been offered the opportunity to remain with the team in other capacities. “The staff is evolving.”
Ron Rothstein, his Heat coach, on the passing of Pat Cummings, “It’s a terribly sad thing to hear. Pat was a good guy. He gave us his all, he gave us whatever he had. He was a good guy. He was good with the younger players. He filled his role to the best of his capacity those first two years. We were lucky to have him.”