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November 15, 2011
Kings add Jackson, Smart to coaching staff

The Kings announced Tuesday former Golden State Warriors head coach Keith Smart and former Kings standout Bobby Jackson have been added to the coaching staff.

Jackson announced he would be coaching via Twitter on Monday. The addition of Smart could be important.

Smart, 47, led the Warriors to a 36-46 last season.

Smart joined the Warriors after three seasons with Cleveland that included time as the interim head coach in 2002-03 finishing with a 9-31 record.

Smart is also known for making the game-winning shot for Indiana against Syracuse in the 1987 NCAA Championship game. Smart was a second-round draft pick of the Warriors in 1988 and played professionally in the CBA, Venezuela, France and the San Antonio Spurs.

Smart gives head coach an assistant with head coaching experience and someone that will likely be asked to help further the development of guards Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton.

Smart was often credited with helping Warriors guard Monta Ellis reach the cusp of being an All Star, an honor he'd likely have if not playing for Golden State.

Smart was seen as the bridge between coach Don Nelson and the young Warriors and will likely be in position to do that with the Kings (if/when there is an NBA season).

Westphal's revamped staff currently consists of one holdover (Jim Eyen), Smart and Jackson, barring anymore hires.

Gone are Truck Robinson, Mario Elie, Pete Carril (who I would not be surprised to see in some capacity) and Otis Hughley.

These moves affect the Kings' two young stars significantly.

Robinson worked with the post players so that means DeMarcus Cousins will have another coach spending time with him. Hughley coached Cousins in high school but wasn't charged with overseeing Cousins' development even though some saw Hughley's hiring as a way to appease Cousins.

I can't imagine Cousins is happy to see Hughley gone.

Elie had a good relationship with Tyreke Evans but there's no reason to believe Smart won't work well with him.

Elie is likely resurface somewhere closer to his home in Houston or his roots in New York. Elie joining Avery Johnson's staff in New Jersey is a likely possibility as they were teammates in San Antonio.

The Kings also announced the promotions of Pete Youngman from trainer to director of sports medicine and Manny Romero to head athletic trainer. Dwayne Wilson was hired as equipment manager, a post he held the last six seasons wit the Milwaukee Bucks.



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