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Monday, April 11th, 2011 at 12:30 pm  |  9 responses

Keith Smart Thinks He Deserves to Keep His Job

Smart, a sort of Dead Man Walking in the Bay Area, tells the press that he’s done a good enough job to get a contract extension. From the San Fran Chronicle: “I would say that anywhere else, other than right here, people would look at it and say it was a good season,’ Smart said before Sunday’s game against Sacramento. ‘I’ve done everything I could possibly do, and for some strange reason, people (don’t recognize it). Anywhere else in the country, people would say we are moving in the right direction.’ Co-owner Joe Lacob went out of his way in his opening news conference in November to say that Smart’s contract for next season is not guaranteed. Since then, Lacob has said all employees will be evaluated at season’s end. Smart laid out his personal evaluation. He said he has changed the climate of a previously poisonous locker room, pointing out that the team had fewer fines this season. Also, the team accepted forward Al Thornton’s late-season acquisition without worrying about losing minutes or shots. The Warriors went into Sunday’s game 11 wins ahead of last season’s pace, an improvement that ranked behind only Chicago, San Antonio and New Jersey. Smart said he won more games than could have been expected with the Warriors’ roster, and playoff expectations were unrealistic as the team is currently constructed.”

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  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    in the east they would still be competing for the play-offs. tough conference to live in right now.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    11 wins IS a big improvement.

  • Bojangles

    11 win improvement and Steph Curry didn’t have the season most expected because he was bogged down by injuries. This team seems like it likes playing for Smart and I think it would be dumb to get rid of him. Pun intended. If they do let him go I would like to see Detroit pick him up. Keuster has got to go!

  • toinefan88

    teams have no patience these days (ie Dantoni)

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    smart should be kept…the warriors have made a huge improvement, and are more fun than ever to watch..if they weren’t all injjured they could probably compete for 8th seed in the playoffs

  • computerdude

    Smart is a good coach. GSW needs some muscle in the paint. I like David Lee but he is not a center.

  • Danny_W_UK

    He’s gotta stay right? Unless privately the players want him gone

  • hendry

    its frustrating to watch him work a game, his subbing pattern is one of the oddest ive ever seen. with this kind of roster any coach can get +11 wins, but with a great coach i think this season GSW would have jumped by 15 or more.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Keep Smart.
    And to Houston: KEEP ADELMAN!

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