Keith Smart Rumors
Marc Stein: Coaching sources tell @MarcjSpearsESPN and I that Heat assistant Keith Smart is bound for Memphis to join David Fizdale with the Grizzlies. Interesting staff assembled by Fizdale in Memphis with two ex-head coaches beside him in Smart and J.B. Bickerstaff as well as Nick Van Exel.
The Miami Heat have granted permission to the Memphis Grizzlies to interview assistant coach Keith Smart for a position on the staff of former Heat assistant David Fizdale. The Heat confirmed Thursday they have been contacted by Memphis since Fizdale took over as coach last week regarding Smart, who was added to Erik Spoelstra’s staff in 2014 on the recommendation of Fizdale. Fizdale and Smart previously had coached together with the Golden State Warriors.
Marc J. Spears: Heat asst. coach Keith Smart to return to Miami in 7-10 days after skin cancer battle. Affected skin on the left side of face still healing.
In order to drop his chances of the cancer returning to 1-in-500, Smart took part in 30 radiation treatments in San Francisco that began on Feb. 17, with weekends off, and ended Tuesday. His visit with the Heat on Friday was his first game since he attended a home contest Jan. 19 against the Milwaukee Bucks. “It’s been an interesting ride,” Smart told ESPN’s The Undefeated. “I have a unique experience of understanding [cancer] now.”
The Heat was buoyed this morning by the presence of assistant coach Keith Smart, who is in remission after receiving treatment for a rare form of cancer that surfaced on the left side of his jaw. Smart has been in San Francisco receiving six weeks of treatment since stepping away from the team on Jan. 26. Smart, who addressed the team at its morning shootaround, said he expects to rejoin the coaching staff by the playoffs.