Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - The Sacramento Kings extended the contract
of head coach Keith Smart on Monday.
No terms of the deal were released, but the Bee reported it is a two-year pact
which takes him through the 2013-14 season.
"Keith's extension gives us the stability we need to continue the development
of our team," said Kings president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie. "He
has the commitment, energy and vision necessary to succeed in building a
winning team. We are all looking forward to working with him as we pursue an
exciting and productive future."
Smart was promoted from his assistant position on January 5, succeeding
Paul Westphal, who was fired after the team's 2-5 start. He ultimately guided
the Kings to a 20-39 record.
"I'm excited to continue this process with the Kings," Smart said. "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.
It's been great working with Geoff and his staff and communicating with the
Maloofs in this process."
The 47-year-old Smart, who hit the game-winning shot to give Indiana the
1987 NCAA title over Syracuse, joined the Kings after serving as Golden
State's head coach last season.
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