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May 31, 2013
Keith Smart officially out as Kings coach

The Kings officially announced Friday evening that Keith Smart would not return as head coach.

The move was a formality as new majority owner Vivek Ranadive had already informed Smart he would not return and had already agreed on a four-year contract with Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Malone.

Smart was 48-93 record after replacing Paul Westphal early in the 2011-12 season. He has one more year left on his contract.

"The Kings would like to thank Keith for his hard work and dedication to the organization," Ranadivé said in a statement. "We wish him and his family nothing but the best in future endeavors."

Smart made strides early on by establishing a rapport with DeMarcus Cousins. He also tried to foster a more unified team on and off the court.

He also tried to emphasize defense.

That didn't materialize over the course of Smart's time. Players griped about inconsistent playing time, too.

Smart, however, did take the step of moving Tyreke Evans to shooting guard, instead of point guard. That allowed Isaiah Thomas to flourish.

Smart challenged Cousins to become a better defender, too.

"I enjoyed my time immensely in Sacramento," said Smart in a statement. "From working with the people in basketball operations to the business side of the organization to interacting with the people of the city, it was a pleasure to be around such a classy group."

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