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January 5, 2012
Kings name Keith Smart new head coach

The Kings announced Keith Smart is their new head coach, not the interim coach, after firing Paul Westphal this morning.

Tyreke Evans made four free throws in the final minute to finish with 26 points, and Sacramento overcame a 21-point halftime deficit to stun the Milwaukee Bucks 103-100 on Thursday night hours after the Kings fired coach Paul Westphal. Read more.

Smart, 47, was 36-46 coaching the Golden State Warriors last season. Smart joined the Kings coaching staff as an assistant coach this season.

"I had a chance to work for Paul Westphal in the brief time that I've been here and really enjoyed it," said Smart in a statement. "He was very supportive every step of the way. I want to thank Geoff Petrie and the Maloof family for giving me this opportunity. I'm looking forward to implementing a few new things with what we want to try to do with our basketball team. Hopefully, they'll respond to what I want them to do, and I believe they will. I think our players will be excited with some of the ideas that I have for our team moving forward."




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