Keith Smart Rumors
Ian Begley: Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff is interviewing coaches for his staff with the knowledge that Keith Smart will join David Fizdale as an assistant with the Knicks, per ESPN sources. Smart will be a top assistant on Fizdale’s staff.
David Fizdale has said he’s just starting to build his staff but among the assistants expected on board is Nick Van Exel, multiple sources told the Daily News. Van Exel, a former All-Star with the Lakers, was an assistant under Fizdale in Memphis. Keith Smart, another Grizzlies assistant coach, is also expected to join Fizdale’s staff. Van Exel, 46, was an assistant with the Hawks and Bucks before moving to Fizdale’s bench in Memphis. He stayed with the Grizzlies under J.B. Bickerstaff after Fizdale was fired.
Regarding Juwan Howard, it’s highly unlikely that he’ll be joining David Fizdale’s staff in New York, per sources. Potential candidates for staff additions include Keith Smart, who worked with Fizdale in Miami and Memphis and is likely to join as an assistant.