The “Associated Press” reported Wednesday that the Golden State Warriors have elected not to retain the services of head coach Keith Smart for next season. Smart was in his first season at the helm for the Warriors having been elevated from an assistant to former bench boss Don Nelson just before the campaign began. Smart was given a one year pact at that time with a club option to bring him back for a second season.
The Warriors mark for the recently concluded regular season was 36-46 as the squad earned ten more victories than they had in the previous campaign. However they were never truly a factor in the Playoff hunt in the Association’s Western Conference finishing in twelfth place and ten games behind the eighth seeded Memphis Grizzlies.
There had been rumors emanating from the Bay Area that Smart and Warriors guard Stephen Curry were not in the best of terms and speculation is that may have been a big factor in Smart being let go after just one season. The Warriors position was the second time the long time assistant held the title of head coach. Smart was named interim coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2002-2003 campaign after the team dismissed John Lucas. Smart is the second head coach to lose his job so far in this off-season as Rick Adelman was fired last week by the Houston Rockets.