Following the reassignment of assistant coaches Ron Rothstein and Bob McAdoo, the Miami Heat are considering adding former head coach Keith Smart to the coaching staff, according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
Former Golden State and Sacramento coach Keith Smart has emerged as a strong candidate to join the Miami Heat’s revamped assistant coaching staff, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
As the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reports, the revamp of Miami’s organization transcends the players and has impacted the coaches on the bench, too.
Smart, if hired, would join David Fizdale and Juwan Howard or Dan Craig on Heat bench.Rothstein,McAdoo have been re-assigned.
Spoelstra essentially wants staff of his choosing, as head coaches generally do.
Smart has a 93-170 record as head coach. He’s been out of coaching since Sacramento let him go after going 28-54 in the 2012-13 season.
Rothstein was the franchise’s first head coach in 1988, where he remained for three seasons. He returned to the organization in 2000 to coach Miami’s WNBA team. He’s worked under Heat coaches Riley, Stan Van Gundy and Spoelstra for the past ten years.
Hall-of-Fame player McAdoo knows Riley from their time with the Los Angles Lakers and has been with the Heat for 18 years.
Spoelstra has been the beneficiary of some great assistant coaches over the years. David Fizdale, who has been rumored for head coaching jobs recently, will remain the team’s top assistant coach and Howard, who has apparently impressed enough for a promotion, will play an important role.
Spoelstra doesn’t know many NBA coaches, so forming a staff to his liking could be tough. But it’ll be an important step in life after LeBron.