Kings pick up Keith Smart as assistant coach


Hey — actual basketball related news! Enjoy this post for the diversion from the lawsuits and foolishness.

Keith Smart, let go as head coach of the Golden State Warriors after one season, has been picked up to be an assistant coach on Paul Westphal’s staff in Sacramento, reports the Sacramento Bee. He joins 12-year NBA veteran Bobby Jackson, who also was just hired as an assistant coach.

Smart led the Warriors to 36 wins last season, which is just about where the talent on that team was going to land them. But he was never really the guy handpicked by the Warriors new ownership, he was just the guy who was not Don Nelson. Smart never really stood a chance, but did a solid job in his year.

While we’re doing assistant coach notes, the Philadelphia 76ers have hired Jeff Capel in that role. He played for and was an assistant coach at Duke, learning from some guy with a weird last name who is supposed to be pretty good.