Sunday, November 7th, 2010 at 10:45 am  |  8 responses

Keith Smart’s a Player’s Coach

The evidence is piling up. Keith Smart likes his players; his players like him. Jonathan Abrams of the NY Times gives us yet another example, this one involving Double-double Lee (also, read the rest of this piece. It’s about a whole lot more than Smart.): “This is how David Lee realized he was truly wanted here. The Los Angeles Lakers had just handcuffed Lee, holding him to no points and handing the Warriors their first loss of the season. That night, Golden State’s first-year coach, Keith Smart, called him. As a player, Smart had been there. He figured Lee would play the lowlights on an endless loop through the night. Those nights occasionally happen, Smart said, but the games should be quickly forgotten. ‘I felt it was important to him, even if I couldn’t get ahold of him at 1 a.m., to call and leave a message on his phone,’ Smart said. This is how Lee truly realized he was not in the Knicks’ plans after spending five years with them. Lee, who became a free agent in the 2010 off-season, said he did not receive a phone call from the Knicks until Donnie Walsh, the team’s president, agreed to a sign-and-trade deal that sent Lee to the Warriors in July. Through their quest for other free agents, Lee became a memorable figure in a forgettable Knicks era.”

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  • http://ohlaglambam.blogspot.com Zabba

    Yeah, but can he coach?

  • baller3g

    Yeah but can you read/ It said he’s a players coach, not a great one.

  • JD

    Well it also says that loss was their first of the season so for the Warriors thats very good, so he can coach.

  • Towelie

    This article is really hard to read.

  • rich

    well they got a lot of talent so i think keeping guys like beidriens ellis and lee happy is part of being a good coach. assistant coaches can do all the gameplanning/ xs and os if need be but hes gotta have good plays for end of games and out of timeouts. but motivating these guys is the most important thing he can do

  • Clay

    Don Nelson called his players during the night. The only difference: he was drunk.

  • http://ohlaglambam.blogspot.com Zabba

    Clay: FTW.
    baller3G: my bad, I never heard of this sissy player-coach thing before. If I had a bad game back in the day and some retard on the staff calls me up to tell me everything’s going to be okay, I’m gonna tell that fudgepacker to stay the eff away from me or I’ma bust his teeth the next time I see him.

  • bails1

    Zabba is secretly Kenny Powers.^