Warriors expected to name Smart head coach

Former Indiana University standout Keith Smart, whose jumper beat Syracuse in the 1987 NCAA championship game, reportedly will become the head coach of the Golden State Warriors as early as Monday.

An NBA source told the Associated Press the Warriors and longtime head coach Don Nelson are expected to part ways on Monday, opening the door for Smart, who has been an assistant with the Warriors the past seven seasons and long considered Nelson’s replacement.

Smart, 45, has prior head coaching experience in the NBA when he took over for the fired John Lucas midway through the 2002-03 season and went 9-31 as the interim head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He joined the Warriors staff prior to the 2003-04 season.

The 70-year-old Nelson is the NBA’s winningest coach with 1,335 victories in 31 seasons with Milwaukee, Golden State, New York and Dallas. The source did not say if Nelson would resign or be fired.

3 comments

  1. And according to this tweet:

    http://twitter.com/MSteinmetzCSN/status/25354274135

    Calbert Cheaney will be an assistant coach. If he likes it maybe he’d consider coming to IU as an assistant if a member of IU’s staff moves on at some point.

    Obviously that’s leaving the NBA for the NCAA, but it’s also leaving the Golden State Warriors for IU. So there’s that.

    But that’s a long way off, and I’m happy both Smart and Cheaney are getting a shot.

  2. It also talks about Cheaney as well. Good for Smart! These 2 guys would look great coaching at IU in the future with Crean or in case Crean does not work out.

  3. When Smart was coaching in Fort Wayne in the CBA several years ago he was a complete class act. A real asset to the community …he always did a lot of charity events. He was soft spoken , humble and cared about more than just basketball. And he did a very good job coaching, too. He has paid his dues in the coaching ranks, for sure.

    I wish him nothing but the best in the NBA!

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