|Sacramento Kings Extend Head Coach Keith Smart|
The Sacramento Kings want some stability at the head coaching position for the near future and have moved to lock up head coach Keith Smart until the end of the 2013-14 season. Smart took over from Paul Westphal in January and is considered the ideal coachby the Kings to help mentor and lead their young group forward, especially talented power forward, DeMarcus Cousins.
The Kings announced Monday that Smart had agreed to a contract extension through the 2013-14 season.
"We had talked about it at length somewhat after the season, after the draft," Petrie said. "We just really moved forward on it in the last couple of weeks. It's something I'm really in favor of. He's the right coach at the right time for the group of players."
Smart has said his focus for this season is to improve one of the NBA's worst defenses while emphasizing a fast-paced offense that shares the ball.
"I'm excited to continue this process with the Kings," Smart said in a statement. "We're trying to get our franchise moving in the right direction. The goal is to keep moving in that positive direction, and I'm glad that I get that opportunity."
Petrie said critics who think the team should have waited to give Smart an extension might also have considered him a lame duck coach if he hadn't received it before the season.
"I think it gives us stability and gives him a reasonable period of time to implement the style of play and type of teaching he wants to use," Petrie said. "We're still essentially a younger team that's in development, and he has a strong commitment to working with players and getting them to improve."
|Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 August 2012 14:11 )|